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Denmark to hold referendum on Europol in December

Copenhage - Denmark will hold a referendum December 3 on whether to keep its opt-out to the EU's justice and home affairs rules, it said Friday.

Anti-EU UKIP unveils rally plans for 'Brexit' campaign

London - The leader of Britain's anti-EU UK Independence Party (UKIP) on Thursday unveiled plans for hundreds of rallies from September to campaign for a "No" vote in the EU membership referendum.

New Scottish independence vote 'inevitable' says ex-leader

London - Former Scottish nationalist leader Alex Salmond said Sunday that another referendum on independence from the United Kingdom was "inevitable" because of policies pursued by Prime Minister David Cameron's government in London.

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.

British PM wants EU employment law exemption: Reports

London - Prime Minister David Cameron is seeking a British exemption from European Union employment laws as part of his push to gain more autonomy from Brussels, newspapers said Saturday.

Australian heads to Greece to help crying pensioner in photo

Sydney - An Australian touched by an image of a pensioner sobbing outside a Greek bank said Wednesday he was flying over to Europe to support the man financially after discovering he was a family friend.

Latin America celebrates Greek austerity 'No' vote

Buenos Aires - A handful of countries across Latin America congratulated Greece on its Sunday referendum in which voters rejected creditors' austerity demands.

All eyes on ECB after Greek 'No' vote

Frankfurt - All eyes were on the European Central Bank on Monday following the resounding 'No' in the Greek referendum, with the ECB seen as the only institution capable of calming market panic and preventing the Greek economy from collapsing.

Alexis Tsipras: The premier playing roulette with Greece's future

Atenas - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras got the public boost he sought to keep alive his government's tightrope talks with the country's EU-IMF creditors, but the consequences of his gamble remain unclear.

Scenes of joy as Greece's 'No' voters celebrate victory

Atenas - Cheering and chanting, thousands of Greeks who voted to say 'No' to bailout austerity measures crowded into central Athens on Sunday to celebrate a landslide referendum victory, seemingly oblivious to the threats facing the near-insolvent country.

Greek conservative opposition chief Samaras resigns

Atenas - Greece's conservative opposition chief Antonis Samaras on Sunday announced his resignation after the country was on course to soundly reject further austerity cuts in a referendum."I understand that our great movement needs a new start.

'No' voters celebrating in Athens, eyeing victory in referendum: AFP

Atenas - Hundreds of 'No' voters began celebrating in Athens Sunday after early results showed those who rejected further austerity measures in a crucial bailout referendum were poised to win.

Over 60% of Greeks vote 'No' in referendum: 20% of votes counted

Atenas - Over 60 percent of Greeks on Sunday rejected further austerity dictated by the country's EU-IMF creditors in a referendum, results from 20 percent of polling stations showed.

Eurozone in tailspin after Greece votes 'No' to bailout

Atenas - Greek voters overwhelmingly rejected international creditors' tough bailout terms in a historic referendum Sunday that immediately sent the euro plummeting out of fear it could trigger a "Grexit" from the eurozone.

'Yes' or 'No' — Greeks choose between Scylla and Charybdis

Paris - Much like Odysseus faced with the mythological sea monsters Scylla and Charybdis, Greeks voting on an international bailout Sunday were forced to choose between two potentially hazardous scenarios.

Tense Europe awaits Greek voters' bailout decision

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other EU leaders awaited with trepidation the outcome of a referendum in Greece Sunday that is already dividing opinion in Europe and could even shape its future.

Nine days in the Greek debt crisis

Atenas - Greece and the entire eurozone are in limbo as the country votes in a crucial referendum on bailout conditions on Sunday.Greece was officially declared in default on Friday by the European Financial Stability Facility, which holds 144.

Greeks vote 'caught between a lion and a wolf'

Atenas - Beleaguered Greeks headed to the polls Sunday to choose between "being devoured by a lion or a wolf" in a bailout referendum many see as an impossible decision with unknown consequences for their crisis-wracked country.

Polling opens in crucial Greece bailout referendum 

Atenas - Polls opened Sunday for Greece's crucial referendum on whether or not to accept international creditors' conditions for a bailout, with the EU on tenterhooks for an outcome which could shape the bloc's future.

Sugar, flour, rice: Panicked Greeks stock up on essentials

Atenas - Greeks were hoarding cash and food Saturday amid mounting fears the economy could collapse, cracking open their wallets only to stock up on essentials and stripping supermarket shelves in the process.

Greeks fly home to vote in knife-edge referendum

Atenas - With the stakes so high for Greece in Sunday's knife-edge referendum, some Greeks living abroad have flown home to cast their votes in hopes of tipping the outcome one way or the other.

Italy no longer Greece's 'companion in misfortune': Renzi

Rome - Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said Saturday that his country is no longer a "companion in misfortune" of debt-wracked Greece, as it was three or four years ago.

Radical parties seize Greek vote to push eurosceptic agenda

Rome - Eurosceptic parties at the extreme left and right of the political spectrum are exploiting the Greek referendum set for Sunday to bash the euro currency and advance their own agendas.

Australia solidarity rallies ahead of Greek bailout vote

Melbourne - Hundreds of people rallied in Australia on Saturday in solidarity with Greece, mainly in Melbourne which has a large Greek community, ahead of the make-or-break weekend referendum on austerity measures.

Greece votes on financial future, government - and maybe euro

Atenas - Greek voters headed to the polls on Sunday to vote in a historic, tightly fought referendum on whether to accept worsening austerity in exchange for more bailout funds, in a gamble that could see it crash out of the euro.

Crying Greek pensioner: the story behind the poignant photo

Thessalon - Retiree Giorgos Chatzifotiadis had queued up at three banks in Greece's second city of Thessaloniki on Friday in the hope of withdrawing a pension on behalf of his wife, but all in vain.

'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.

Leftist Spanish parties back 'No' vote in Greek referendum

Madrid - Six Spanish leftist parties and platforms on Friday backed a "No" vote in Sunday's Greek referendum on its bailout terms.

Greek PM is hero and villain at rival rallies in divided Athens

Atenas - A warrior for the "No" supporters, an "emperor with no clothes" for the "Yes" camp -- thousands of people demonstrated at rival rallies in Athens Friday where Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras was both hero and villain.

Greece PM urges 'No' vote to 'live with dignity in Europe'

Atenas - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Friday urged thousands of supporters gathered in Athens to vote "No" in the weekend referendum to "live with dignity in Europe".
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