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Referendum snubs that the EU learned to manage

Brussels - The history of the European Union is dotted with plebiscites where the initial outcome, like this weekend's Greek bailout vote, seemed catastrophic but was eventually resolved.

'Door open to discussions' on Greece: Hollande, Merkel

Paris - French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Monday the door was open for a return to debt negotiations with Greece, but called on Athens to make "serious" proposals.

Demonstrators regroup after Armenian police break up protest

Yerevan - Hundreds of demonstrators gathered on a central square in the Armenian capital on Monday pledging to carry on protests over energy price hikes after police cleared a key artery they had blocked for weeks.

Greek bailout negotiator Euclid Tsakalotos named new finance minister

Atenas - Greece on Monday named economist Euclid Tsakalotos, its top negotiator in the stalled EU-IMF talks, as the country's new finance minister, the president's office said."Euclid Tsakalotos will take his oath of office at 1700 GMT today," it said.

Varoufakis's verbal salvoes during the Greek crisis

Paris - The five-month tenure of Greece's pugnacious former finance minister Yanis Varoufakis, who notably accused the country's creditors of "terrorism", was marked by his outspokenness and refusal to submit to convention.

The morning after: Cheers fade as Greeks face reality

Atenas - After jubilant celebrations by 'No' voters, Athens returned to a reality of ATM queues on Monday and the shock news that the finance minister, champion of the victorious anti-austerity camp, had quit.

EU summit should discuss humanitarian aid for Greece: Germany

Atenas - Eurozone leaders gathering for an emergency summit Tuesday should discuss humanitarian aid for the debt-mired country, German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel said.

Tsipras, Merkel agree to discuss Greece's proposals at summit

Atenas - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and German Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke by telephone Monday and agreed that Athens would present proposals to a eurozone summit the next day, a Greek government source said.

Putin tells Tsipras he supports Greek people to 'overcome difficulties'

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday told Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras he supported Greeks in overcoming the "difficulties" they faced after their resounding 'No' to creditors' bailout terms, the Kremlin said.

Singapore teen in anti-Lee video walks free after sentencing

Singapore - The Singaporean teenager behind online attacks on former premier Lee Kuan Yew was given a four-week jail term Monday but freed in view of time served since being accused of offending Christians and posting an obscene image.

Warplanes bomb Saleh party HQ in Yemen capital

Sanaa - Saudi-led warplanes have bombed the Sanaa headquarters of the Yemeni party headed by former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, who is allied to Shiite Huthi insurgents, the party said on Monday.

Eurozone stability 'not in question' after Greek vote

Brussels - The stability of the eurozone is not at risk after Greeks voted 'No' to creditors' austerity demands in a weekend referendum, the European Commission vice president for the euro said Monday.

Egypt looks set to approve disputed anti-terror law

Cairo - Rattled by attacks on its soldiers and the assassination of the top prosecutor, Egypt is set to pass sweeping legislation critics say grants police impunity, censors media and further restricts freedoms.

Iran, major powers meet on eve of deal deadline

Vienna - Foreign ministers from six major powers began Monday a meeting with their Iranian counterpart, on the eve of a deadline in Vienna to agree a historic nuclear deal.

No basis now for new debt talks with Greece: Germany

Berlin - Germany maintained a hard line Monday after Greece rejected creditors' austerity demands in a referendum, with Berlin saying there was currently "no basis" for talks on a new bailout package or debt relief.

Eurogroup ministers expect 'new proposals' from Greece

Brussels - Eurogroup ministers expect fresh reform proposals from the Greek government in talks on Tuesday, a statement said on Monday, a day after Greeks overwhelmingly rejected terms demanded by creditors.

Varoufakis: Scourge of Greece's creditors

Atenas - 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.

Greece's finance minister resigns as eurozone ponders 'No' vote

Atenas - Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Monday sacrificed his finance minister in a gesture aimed at placating eurozone creditors, which must now decide whether to loan more money to the debt-wracked country or prepare for a "Grexit".

Iran nuclear talks 'could go either way' in final straight

Vienna - Top ministers were due to meet Monday seeking to conclude an unprecedented nuclear deal with Iran, on the eve of a deadline aiming to draw the curtain on almost two years of high-stakes negotiations.

Powers warn Iran 'now is the time' for nuclear deal

Vienna - Global powers upped the pressure on Iran late Sunday warning now was "the time" to strike an elusive deal curbing its nuclear ambitions, as the US said the fate of the talks hung in the balance.

Thousands march against corruption-plagued Guatemala president

Guatemala City - Some 5,000 protesters marched night in downtown Guatemala City demanding the resignation of the country's corruption-plagued president, who lost a fight for immunity from prosecution earlier this week.

Fidel Castro seen in rare public outing

Havana - Cuban state television broadcast images Saturday of former president Fidel Castro meeting cheese experts during a rare trip outside his Havana home.

German anti-euro party marks shift to right with new leader

Essen - Germany's Alternative for Germany (AfD) party ousted its co-founder and frontman Bernd Lucke Saturday to elect a new leader from its right wing, signalling a shift in focus to immigration from its anti-euro origins.

Turkey coalition talks to start next week: PM

Ankara - Talks will begin next week to form a new coalition government in Turkey after the ruling party lost its overall majority in a shock electoral setback, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said.

Singapore activists condemn treatment of anti-Lee teen

Singapore - Prominent Singaporean intellectuals, artists and activists Saturday criticised the government's "harsh" treatment of a teenage boy behind online attacks on the late former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew.

Putin tells Obama U.S.-Russia dialogue 'key to global stability'

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday said relations between Moscow and Washington were key to ensuring global stability and called for dialogue based on "equality and respect.

Iran atomic bomb probe may be completed in 2015: IAEA

Vienna - A long-delayed investigation into whether Iran has sought to develop nuclear weapons could be completed by the end of the year with Tehran's help, the head of the UN atomic watchdog said Saturday.

Egypt's Sisi rallies troops in Sinai after IS attacks

Cairo - Egypt's president said Saturday the situation in the restive Sinai Peninsula, where dozens of soldiers, jihadists and civilians have been killed this week in yet more violence, is "totally stable".

'Yes', 'No' voters worlds apart in sleepy Greek town

- In the sleepy town of Argos in southern Greece, the "No" and "Yes" camps are worlds apart ahead of a historic bailout referendum. For one it's about rejecting austerity, the other is haunted by a possible return of the drachma.

The diplomatic Viennese waltz at the Iran talks

Vienna - Tucked away behind some trees is a serene rooftop garden at the luxury Viennese hotel hosting the Iran nuclear talks. There negotiators working round-the-clock can relax, hidden from the hordes of cameras below.
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