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Greek PM threatens snap vote over party rebels' opposition to bailout

Atenas - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Wednesday warned he would resort to early elections if hardliners in his party continued to resist an unpopular new bailout deal that promised debt relief.

Iran's Zarif has 'no concern' about nuclear deal

Tehran - Iran's foreign minister moved to dismiss speculation that his country's nuclear deal with major powers could hit difficulties, saying he had "no concern or worry" about its implementation.

Top EU diplomat due in Iran for nuclear deal talks

Tehran - EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini was due in Tehran Tuesday for talks on implementing this month's historic nuclear deal between Iran and the major powers.

Saudi FM slams 'aggressive' Iran comments

Riyadh - Saudi Arabia's foreign minister on Monday denounced "aggressive statements" by Iran, intensifying the verbal sparring between the regional rivals following a global deal on Tehran's nuclear programme.

EU foreign chief in Saudi for talks on Iran, Yemen

Riyadh - EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini held talks in Saudi Arabia Monday to explain the agreement she helped broker on Iran's nuclear programme, and to push for an end to Yemen's war.

Greek PM to take on party critics over unpopular bailout

Atenas - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Monday set the scene for a bruising showdown with his critics by demanding a congress at his ruling Syriza party to tackle a brewing revolt over an unpopular EU-IMF bailout.

Secret 'parallel' money plan clouds start of Greek bailout talks

Atenas - The Greek government and its international creditors began work on a mammoth new bailout Monday overshadowed by revelations that Greece's ex-finance minister Yanis Varoufakis had been secretly planning for a parallel system of liquidity.

Greece's headache: How to lift the capital controls?

Atenas - It is just the headache Greece's government does not need right now: how can it loosen the capital controls that are shielding its banks, but strangling the rest of the economy?

Britain may vote on EU membership in 2016: Report

London - British Prime Minister David Cameron intends to hold a referendum on the country's membership of the European Union around June of 2016, the Independent on Sunday reported.

Creditors expected in Greece by Sunday night: government source

Atenas - Representatives from Greece's international creditors are expected to arrive in Athens by Sunday night to start talks on a huge new international bailout for the crisis-hit country, a Greek government source said Saturday.

Greek banks reopen with restrictions as prices soar

Athens - Banks in Greece were open at week's end for the first time in July but at a steep price — limits on cash withdrawals and higher prices on nearly everything people buy.

Greece asks for fresh IMF aid in step closer to bailout

Atenas - Debt-crippled Greece on Friday took a step closer to a huge third international bailout by formally requesting IMF help, but sources said "logistical problems" were delaying the start of talks in Athens.

From cats to rhinos, Greek crisis takes toll on animals

Atenas - Hundreds of cats are loose on the streets, and food is running low for some residents of Athens' zoo. It isn't just humans who are suffering as Greece tries to claw its way out of economic crisis.

Obama calls on Britain to remain in the EU

Washington - US President Barack Obama has urged Britain to stay in the European Union, cautioning remaining in the bloc was necessary to help preserve the nation's global influence.

Greek PM's austerity gamble sows deep divisions in Syriza

Atenas - Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has won a difficult gamble in convincing the Greek parliament to agree to tough reforms demanded by Greece's creditors, but he is paying the price of deep splits within his radical-leftist Syriza party.

IMF expects 'difficult' discussions on new Greek bailout

Washington - The International Monetary Fund said Thursday that talks soon to open on a third EU-IMF huge bailout for the Greek economy will not be easy.

EU's Mogherini to visit Iran, Saudi Arabia next week

Brussels - EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini will visit Iran and Saudi Arabia next week following the agreement she helped broker with Tehran on its contested nuclear programme, her office said Thursday.

Creditors to open talks after Greece adopts bailout bill

Atenas - Greece's creditors will head to Athens shortly to open talks on a new international bailout, the government said Thursday, as parliament approved a second batch of reforms needed for negotiations to go ahead.

Alexis Tsipras: Selfless statesman or sellout?

Atenas - The jury is still out on whether Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is the man who capitulated to "blackmail" from Greece's international creditors, or pulled his country back from the abyss.

Tsipras urges Greek parliament to back crucial bailout bill

Atenas - Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras urged lawmakers in the early hours of Thursday to vote through reforms that must pass if Greece is to unlock a huge international bailout, saying the country must confront "new realities".

Greece wants final bailout deal by August 20

Atenas - The Greek government said Tuesday that it wants to see a final deal on its international bailout hammered out by August 20, as it presented parliament with more draft legislation on the cash-for-reforms agreement.

Greece approves austerity measures to stay in euro economy

Athens - Greece's parliament argued long into the night Thursday but finally approved a long list of new austerity measures to keep the government afloat with emergency loans from other European Union nations.

Greek gov't has 'no intention' of calling early election

Atenas - Greece's government has "no intention" of calling early elections while in the throes of finalising a deal with its eurozone partners on a new bailout, a spokeswoman for Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said Monday.

EU vows new support for Tunisia after tourist attack

Brussels - The European Union promised Monday to boost political and economic support for Tunisia to ensure its transition to democracy is not derailed by last month's deadly attack on a tourist resort.

EU fails to reach migrant resettlement target

Brussels - EU ministers failed to agree Monday on how to redistribute an agreed total of 40,000 Syrian and Eritrean migrants from overstretched Italy and Greece, officials said.

Greek banks reopen, taxes hiked amid bid to reboot economy

Atenas - Greek banks reopened Monday after a three-week shutdown imposed to stop a run on ATMs from crashing the financial system, but citizens woke up to widespread price hikes as part of a cash-for-reform deal with the country's creditors.

Merkel defends treatment of weeping Palestinian girl

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday defended her treatment of a crying teenage Palestinian refugee following a storm of protest on social media.

Banks to reopen, taxes hiked as Greece prepares to reboot economy

Atenas - Greek banks prepared to reopen Monday after a three-week shutdown, but capital controls remained largely in place while citizens also face widespread price hikes.The shutdown is estimated to have cost the economy some 3.0 billion euros ($3.

Schaeuble says prepared to resign if hand forced in Greece talks

Berlin - German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble is prepared to resign rather than go against his convictions in negotiations on Greece's debt crisis, he said in an interview published Saturday.

Greek banks to reopen as revamped cabinet gets to work

Atenas - Greece said Saturday its banks will reopen after a three-week shutdown, as a revamped government took up the task of enacting unpopular fiscal reforms amid doubts over the viability of the country's planned bailout.
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