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Negotiations between Greece's creditors and the Syriza government have seen many change in positions by the Greek government on privatization, taxes, debt reduction, and other issues. Different officials made contrasting statements on disputed issues.

Varoufakis: Scourge of Greece's creditors

Greece's maverick finance minister Yanis Varoufakis, who announced his surprise resignation on Monday, achieved near-celebrity status with an urban-cool image and visceral attacks on the country's international creditors.

Malaysia's prime minister to sue Wall Street Journal

Malaysia's Prime Minister is looking to take the Wall Street Journal to court after the newspaper released an article claiming that nearly $700 million dollars has flowed from Malaysian government programs into the Prime Minister's personal accounts.

Obama faces opposition to opening embassy in Cuba

While Cuba and the United States reached a deal at the end of June to reopen embassies, Obama is facing opposition to the move both from his own party and Republicans.

Op-Ed: Tripoli government will not sign UN draft peace plan

The UN dialogue appears less and less as a plan for peace and more and more a means of promoting the Tobruk House of Representatives(HoR) in a new Government of National Accord that gives Tripoli almost no actual power.

Many seized Freedom Flotilla participants still held in Israel

It is more than two days since the Freedom Flotilla ship "Marianne" was boarded by Israeli Defence Force(IDF) soldiers in international waters more than 100 nautical miles off the Gaza coast.

Op-Ed: Greece may have been planning a Grexit from the beginning

An article by Simon Nixon in the Wall Street Journal suggests senior Greek officials such as prime minister Tsipras and economy minister Yanis Varoufakis had from the beginning decided creditors would never extend reasonable terms to Greece.

Rick Perry says GOP must court black vote to win election 2016

Should black voters give Republicans a second chance in the coming election? Former governor of Texas Rick Perry seems to think so, and he asked fellow Republicans to work harder than ever to court the black vote during a speech Thursday.

Op-Ed: UN appears to want GNC government to reject peace deal

The most recent fourth draft of a UN-sponsored plan for a unity government in Libya was originally received positively by the Tripoli government and negatively by the internationally-recognized House or Representatives(HoR) government based in Tobruk.

Donald Trump: Golfing should only be for rich people

Apparently, Donald Trump isn't just taking aim at immigrants in his presidential bid, but Main Street America in general. Trump recently stated that golf should be “elitist.”

'Modifications' to voter ID law disrupt state, federal trials

A bill softening the strict photo ID requirement in North Carolina's controversial Voter Information Verification Act (VIVA) has thrown four lawsuits challenging the law into turmoil.

Op-Ed: Translink referendum no vote consigns Vancouver area to chaos

The one million more humans expected to become part of the Greater Vancouver metro area in the next 25 to 30 years have been consigned to transit chaos by those living there now. That is, in effect, the result we learned of in the transit vote.

Nearly 10,000 attend Bernie Sanders campaign rally in Madison, WI

Bernie Sanders, the independent socialist senator seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, drew the largest crowd of any 2016 candidate so far, with nearly 10,000 people attending a campaign rally in Madison, WI on Wednesday evening.

Russia slashes state funding for 'foreign agent' NGOs

Some of Russia's leading NGOs said Thursday that their work would be hit after they were turned down for grants by a government that brands them "foreign agents" under a controversial law.

Op-Ed: Libya peace talks reports leave out everything significant

The US, Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Spain all are calling for a UN-sponsored plan to be endorsed by the rival governments. Bernardino Leon, the UN special envoy to Libya, hopes the parties will agree to his plan later this week.

Hope for U.S.-Cuba ties at Havana's 'Park of Sighs'

As word spread that the United States will soon turn its interests section into a full-fledged embassy in Havana, Cubans standing outside the mission Wednesday voiced hope for a better future.

Russia blasts Finland for barring parliament speaker

Moscow on Wednesday slammed Finland for refusing entry to the speaker of Russia's parliament in the latest high-profile spat between the Kremlin and the European Union over the blacklisting of officials due to the Ukraine crisis.

U.S., Cuba agree to restore ties, embassies to reopen

The United States and Cuba on Wednesday agreed a historic deal to re-establish full diplomatic relations, severed 54 years ago in the heat of the Cold War.

Merkel says 'Europe's future not at stake' in Greek crisis

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Wednesday that "the future of Europe is not at stake" from the Greek crisis but warned against striking a compromise at any price that could weaken the EU."Yes, these are turbulent days.

Donald Trump remarks causes Mexico and NBC to shun Miss Universe

Mexico has decided not to send a contestant to the Miss Universe pageant following derogatory remarks made by Donald Trump. Last week, during his presidential bid, Trump made several insulting comments against Mexicans.

Op-Ed: On Donald Trump having no chance, zero, of being U.S. president

Let's start here: It is likely virtually all of you would agree that Donald Trump has the proverbial snowball's chance in hell of becoming the next president of the United States. As much chance as Kanye West has of winning the Most Humble Rapper Award.

Rash of African-American church fires are drawing suspicions

Six black churches across five southern states have been burned in recent days, and arson is suspected in at least three of the incidents.

NYPD outraged by City Council's police reform bills

New York City police are angered over several “police reform” measures City Council members plan to review this week, including bills that would outlaw police using chokeholds and change search and consent procedures.

Op-Ed: Looking back: Is John Roberts becoming an Earl Warren?

U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts might be the last person to surprise a nation like Chief Justice Earl Warren. Both Republicans, they have surprised the nation.

Turkey may invade Syria to create buffer zone

Turkish president Recep Erdogan, in an anti-Kurdish speech, said that he would not allow the formation of a separate Kurdish state in Syria. There are reports he is ordering the military to carve out a buffer zone to prevent IS and Kurdish advances.

CIA photos of 'black sites' demanded for 9/11 trials

The existence of thousands of CIA photographs of secret locations, "black sites," will likely cause another delay of trial of five defendants on trial for planning the September 11, 2001 attacks.

Merkel warns 'if euro fails, Europe fails' as she urges 'compromise'

German Chancellor Angela Merkel stressed Monday that amid the Greek crisis Europe needs the ability to compromise, warning if the "euro fails, Europe fails", but insisted the bloc must also stick to its principles.

Colorado Supreme Court: Businesses can fire for medical marijuana

The Colorado Supreme Court delivered a victory for business owners and anti-drug advocates in its Coats vs. Dish Network.

Op-Ed: Paul Krugman applauds the Greek referendum on Troika offer

Paul Krugman, the American liberal economist, has been consistently critical of the austerity program demanded by the Troika as a condition of releasing the final funds of the Greek bailout that expires on June 30.

Op-Ed: HarperPAC euthanized after short life span

There are many ways in which political parties and governments can promote their agendas through the media and other activities. PACs or Political Action Committees are a common vehicle for doing this in the US.

Op-Ed: Ukraine likely to default on payment due in July

Ukraine has found it necessary to obtain a further bailout from the IMF even though it had agreed to a $17 billion aid package last year, of which it has so far received $4.6 billion. It needed more in early 2015.

NDP surging in Canadian federal polls and leading election race

Just four months from an expected federal election in October, the left-leaning New Democratic Party (NDP) is widening its lead over the Conservatives and Liberals, according to a new Forum poll.

Immigration: Ottawa touts Express Entry for jobs needing workers

At an Economic Club of Canada event last week, Canada's federal minister of citizenship and immigration, Chris Alexander, told businesses they can look to a new immigration program to fill vacancies. The program fast-tracks immigrants with work skills.

In historic 5-4 ruling, Supreme Court legalizes gay marriage

Same-sex marriage equality is now the law of the land as the United States Supreme Court ruled in an historic civil rights case on Friday that the Constitution requires that gay couples be allowed to marry across the nation.

'Dukes of Hazzard' model cars shut down due to Confederate flag

As the debate over the Charlestown shooter spirals into a tangent on displaying the Confederate flag, private companies are beginning to stop selling it.

Supreme Court upholds 'Obamacare' subsidies

The United States Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a key portion of the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as 'Obamacare,' preserving healthcare coverage for millions of Americans and securing a major part of President Barack Obama's legacy.

Supreme Court rules on King v. Burwell in favor of Obamacare

The Supreme Court of the U.S. ruled six-to-three in favor of upholding Obamacare in the King v. Burwell case. Today's ruling means federal healthcare subsidies are upheld for more than 6 million Americans.

Columbia University divests from private prisons

The private prison sector has become one of the most profitable industries in the U.S. It should come as no surprise then that many organizations are sinking their money into private prisons. You can cross Columbia University off that list, however.

Op-Ed: Libyan unity government talks to resume in Morocco

Earlier this month, members of the internationally-recognized House of Representatives(HoR) government based in Tobruk eastern Libya were split on whether they would even continue to participate in the peace talks.

Op-Ed: Greece's new proposals erase most previous 'red lines'

Eurozone finance ministers gather in Brussels this evening to discuss new proposals that Greek officials hope will be sufficient to release the last 7.2 billion euros of the bailout funds remaining in the loan that expires the end of June.

U.S. pays Syrian rebels up to $400 per month to fight IS

The US is now paying the rebels it is training to fight Islamic State militants in Syria. Training of the first 90 fighters began in May.