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Friday, August 28, 2015

Greece Police Continue to Investigate a Home Invasion

GREECE, N.Y. -- There was a lot of police activity Friday morning in a Greece neighborhood. Greece police are investigating a possible burglary on ...


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Get ready: Annual Greek festival at St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church in Orange days away

Helen Faraclas, 89, left, started the Treasures and Junk white elephant sale at the first Greek Festival 35 years ago and still works it. Her daughter ...


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Greek Election Campaign Starts With Tsipras in Narrow Lead

Greece's election campaign formally kicked off with polls showing Alexis Tsipras's lead over opposition parties narrower than what the former prime ...


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The 34th annual Greek Festival

Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Pacific announce the return the Greek Festival. The 2015 Festival will be held at ...


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Europe's Migrant Crisis Brings New Death By Land And Sea

(function(){var src_url="https://spshared.5min.com/Scripts/PlayerSeed.js?playList=519043146&height=&width=100&sid=577&origin=undefined&videoGroupID=155847&relatedNumOfResults=100&responsive=true&ratio=wide&align=center&relatedMode=2&relatedBottomHeight=60&companionPos=&hasCompanion=false&autoStart=false&colorPallet=%23FFEB00&videoControlDisplayColor=%23191919&shuffle=0&isAP=1&pgType=cmsPlugin&pgTypeId=addToPost-top&onVideoDataLoaded=track5min.DL&onTimeUpdate=track5min.TC&onVideoDataLoaded=HPTrack.Vid.DL&onTimeUpdate=HPTrack.Vid.TC";if (typeof(commercial_video) == "object") {src_url += "&siteSection="+commercial_video.site_and_category;if (commercial_video.package) {src_url += "&sponsorship="+commercial_video.package;}}var script = document.createElement("script");script.src = src_url;script.async = true;var placeholder = document.querySelector(".js-fivemin-script");placeholder.parentElement.replaceChild(script, placeholder);})(); VIENNA (AP) -- Death and desperation mounted in Europe's migrant crisis Friday as Austrian police said 71 people appeared to have suffocated in the back of an abandoned truck, while an estimated 200 people were feared drowned off Libya when two overloaded boats capsized. More than 300,000 people have sought to cross the Mediterranean Sea so far in 2015, up from 219,000 in all of last year, as European authorities grapple with the largest influx since World War II. The death of 71 people locked in the truck on a highway south of Vienna shows "the desperation of people seeking protection or a new life in Europe," said Melissa Fleming, spokeswoman for the U.N. refugee agency in Geneva. The International Office of Migration has recorded 2,636 deaths linked to Mediterranean crossings this year, and more may have vanished beneath the waves out of sight of rescuers.  Each day, thousands are boarding flimsy boats for Italy or Greece, and many more are placing themselves and their families at the mercy of human traffickers by slogging for days or weeks through the western Balkans toward what they hope will be a brighter future. Most are fleeing war, conflict or persecution in countries including Syria, Afghanistan and Eritrea. Several factors are driving the surge of Syrian refugees, including worsening conditions in that country's refugee centers partly due to budget cuts and the reluctance of neighboring countries to take in more people, the U.N. said. Two ships went down Thursday off the western Libyan city of Zuwara, where Hussein Asheini of the Red Crescent said at least 105 bodies had been recovered. About 100 people were rescued, according to the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, with at least 100 more believed to be missing. "A coast guard team is still diving in and checking inside to see if there's anyone else," Asheini added. Workers pulled the dead from the water and placed them in orange-and-black body bags that were laid out on the waterfront in Zuwara, about 105 kilometers (65 miles) west of Tripoli. Several victims floated face-down in a flooded boat towed into the harbor. At least one of the dead wore a life vest. Most of the people rescued came from Syria and sub-Saharan African countries, said Mohamed al-Misrati, the spokesman for the Red Crescent in Libya. "You can imagine what they are going through. Some of them are still looking for their friends. We're trying to speak to them but many of them are too traumatized to even talk about the incident," he said. Lawless Libya, which doesn't have the resources to deal with the flow of migrants, is a prime starting point for many, with human traffickers filling boats they know cannot reach European shores but figuring that rescuers will pick up the passengers and take them to Italy. Often, the smugglers force migrants below deck where their chances of survival are even dimmer. Rescuers who boarded one boat Wednesday counted 52 people who suffocated in the hold, according to the U.N. refugee agency. Survivors said the smugglers beat them with sticks to keep them below deck, and one said they demanded money to let the migrants come up for fresh air. While the U.N. agency said more than 300,000 refugees crossed the Mediterranean so far this year, the International Office of Migration, an intergovernmental agency, put the number at 332,000 on Friday. Hungarian police arrested four people overnight after the decomposing bodies of 71 migrants, including included eight women and four children, were found in the truck on Austria's main highway. The suspects, allegedly part of a larger Bulgarian-Hungarian smuggling ring, include an Afghan and three Bulgarians, one of whom owns the truck, Hungarian national police spokeswoman Viktoria Csiszer-Kovacs said. Police raided houses and questioned almost 20 others in the case.  Hans Peter Doskozil, chief of police in eastern Burgenland province, said the migrants probably suffocated. At least some of the dead were Syrian, travel documents indicated, though most of the partially decomposed bodies remained unidentified. "One is basically at a loss for words in view of the extent of suffering there," said Steffen Seibert, spokesman for German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The tragedy "should serve as a wake-up call ... for joint European action" in dealing with the torrent of migrants flocking to Europe, said Austrian Interior Minister Johanna Mikl-Leitner. Added Fleming: "We believe this underscores the ruthlessness of people smugglers who have expanded their business from the Mediterranean Sea to the highways of Europe. It shows they have absolutely no regard for human life, and that they are only after profit." At Budapest's Keleti train station, volunteers tending to migrants asked people to bring candles and flowers for a tribute there Friday in memory of the 71 victims.  The U.N. refugee agency urged authorities to crack down on smugglers and to expand safer, legal ways for refugees to reach Europe. Hungarian police said they arrested 21 suspected human traffickers in Budapest. They included 16 Romanians, two Syrians, two Hungarians and a Russian citizen. Police said they confiscated 16 vehicles, which had been carrying 112 people, including several Syrians, traveling along the Balkans route into the European Union. Prosecutors in Sicily detained 10 people on suspicion of smuggling and murder Friday for having allegedly crammed dozens of migrants into the airless hold of a boat where 52 bodies were found earlier this week. The Swedish ship Poseidon rescued 439 people Wednesday but crew members made a grisly discovery when they looked in the hold. They ended up smashing the deck to reach the 52 corpses inside. Palermo prosecutor Maurizio Scalia said the detained crew included seven Moroccans, two Syrians and a Libyan who was the "violent" enforcer of order on the ship. The migrants were mostly from sub-Saharan Africa: Sudan, Senegal, Nigeria but also Pakistan and Bangladesh. The International Office of Migration said Greece has received more than 218,000 this year. It said up to 2,000 migrants are crossing every 24 hours from Greece into Macedonia and then into Serbia, with government resources under strain, and the office warned the flow could increase to over 3,000 daily. Greece is a shorter sail from Turkey, with a nightly influx of hundreds of Syrian refugees. Thousands more make that trip daily in small, inflatable boats that aren't designed for the open sea. Greece's coast guard said Friday it had rescued 665 people from 20 boats in the previous 24 hours. Hundreds more presumably made the trip. Once in Greece or Italy, migrants still face long and dangerous journeys to their final destinations. From Greece, the primary route is by foot and train through Macedonia, Serbia and Hungary before heading to western Europe. More than 1,000 people, including families with young children, gathered at Greece's northern border with Macedonia on Friday, and scuffles broke out as they waited to cross. Several hundred had arrived the previous day and spent the chilly night in the open, lighting small fires to keep warm. Aid organizations were providing medical help, shelter, food and water, while volunteers had left clothes for those passing through. Most were from Syria and Afghanistan, while others were from Iraq, Iran, Pakistan and Bangladesh. --- Khalifa reported from Zuwara, Libya. Associated Press writers contributing to this report included Barry Hatton in Lisbon, Portugal; Alison Mutler in Bucharest, Romania; Pablo Gorondi in Budapest, Hungary; Jamey Keaten in Geneva; Frank Jordans in Berlin; Costas Kantouris in Idomeni, Greece; and Nicole Winfield in Rome. © 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. 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Reflecting On U.S. Power and Leadership During Hard Times

Expressions of populist anger, resentment toward unresponsive government institutions, and deep-seated frustration with "politics as usual" have dominated the rhetoric surrounding the Republican Party's ongoing presidential primary campaign. The underlying theme is that the United States is declining (in both material and moral terms) and without a dramatic change in course. This decline may be irreversible with catastrophic implications for American security and prosperity in a much more dangerous and unstable world. However, as global events of the past month indicate, things may not be as bad as they seem, and despite facing real challenges, the United States remains well-positioned to maintain its status as global leader. As to be expected in a highly contested primary race, some rhetoric may be overblown and hyperbolic. Yet considering the significant challenges confronting Washington in both foreign and domestic policy realms, there is no doubt that the next president will have a full plate. From the long-term rise of China, to the ongoing campaign against the Islamic State, to Russia's intervention in Ukraine, the world seems highly uncertain and threatening. At home, the economy remains sluggish, and popular frustrations with low growth, stagnant wages, and persistent unemployment have magnified already-controversial questions of illegal immigration and free trade as well as the enormous challenge managing health care delivery in an aging, post-industrial superpower. While these problems are indeed daunting, the recent spike in economic volatility spurred primarily by a decline in the Chinese stock market provides an opportunity to reassess the position of the United States relative to the rest of the world. There is little doubt that America has not fully recovered from the financial crisis of 2008 and the subsequent great recession. Yet the current economic downturn and other global events only underscore a fairly straightforward reality: the United States remains well-positioned to address its domestic political problems and capable of implementing a foreign policy that protects its national interests and the interests of its friends and allies. If America could escape the intractable partisanship and dysfunction that has dominated its domestic politics for the past decade, there are few international macro-systemic impediments (whether material or social) to the successful resolution of important problems. Other countries and regions are far less fortunate. Immigration, which has reemerged as a major campaign issue in the United States, has taken on a vital urgency in Europe. With ongoing conflicts in Syria, Iraq, and Libya among others, refugee flows have spiked in recent months. The leading members of the European Union, who had only recently struggled to resolve the Greek debt crisis and maintain the Eurozone amidst poor economic conditions, seem incapable or unwilling to address the crisis, and smaller European states, already stretched to capacity under years of fiscal austerity, threaten to be overwhelmed by this new humanitarian emergency. The so-called BRICS, which many hailed as rising to challenge the position of the United States as global leader, have hit a wall. Brazil's economic growth has plummeted, and the well-known costs of its previous rapid economic expansion, notably pollution and environmental degradation have become far more prevalent in recent discussions of Rio's Olympics. India has managed to maintain solid economic growth, but its infrastructural limitations continue to be the defining characteristic of its situation. At the same time, its commitment to democracy and concerns about China pushes it toward the American orbit. Economic downturn in South Africa has been marked by horrific communal violence against immigrants and refugees from Africa's conflict zones. Russia - always a curious member of this ostensibly emerging and energetic club, is a an economic mess and confronting significant demographic hardships. Moreover, despite Vladimir Putin's claims to contrary, very few states see Moscow as an alternative to Washington. Instead, Putin's nationalist rhetoric and belligerent foreign policy and his reliance on Russia's remaining hard power has won few friends and little admiration. Finally, while this week's crash in China's stock market and subsequent currency devaluation may be a limited event, it is a stark reminder of the long, difficult road Beijing faces in attempting to maintain requisite levels of growth necessary to foster social and political development. As the recent volatility of Wall Street reflects, the interdependence of the world economy means that problems in other parts of the world can cause pain in the United States. This is even more evident in the security realm. The problems of allies and friends can become problems for the United States, and thus the world remains a difficult and dangerous place. But in these hard times, the formidable capabilities of the United States are only made more apparent. The real challenges to maintaining American leadership in the world are not external, but come from within. None of this discussion should be misunderstood as hollow American triumphalism or a callous dismissal of real problems confronting the United States. Quite to the contrary, over the past decade the American political system has proven incapable of effectively responding to problems and developing sound policies that would necessarily be predicated on some measure of underlying compromise and consensus. The inability to govern, coupled with the growing perception both at home and abroad that the U.S. system is broken, presents the greatest threat to long-term American security and prosperity. The underlying challenge is whether a democracy that is so bitterly divided along partisan lines can develop and implement coherent policies that effectively address real problems. The recent historical record does not inspire optimism, but the United States has emerged from dark political periods in the past. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.


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Greek poll shows Syriza leftists leading conservatives

ATHENS (Reuters) - Former Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras' Syriza party would get 25 percent of the vote in a Sept. 20 snap election, versus 22 percent for the conservative New Democracy party, a University of Macedonia opinion poll showed on Friday. Tsipras abruptly resigned last week, days after clinching an 86 billion-euro (63 billion pounds) bailout package from European and International Monetary Fund lenders, hoping to crush a rebellion by far-left lawmakers and tighten his grip on power. ...


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Top EU migration official insists policy revision imperative

With Europe facing a migration crisis, we talk to Dimitris Avramopoulos, Greece's European Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship.…


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Germany wants camps in Italy, Greece, Turkey to sort through migrants seeking asylum

As Europe faces its worst refugee crisis since World War Two, and Germany deals with higher numbers of asylum seekers than any other EU country,…


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Greece name squad for Euro 2016 double-header

Interim Greece coach Kostas Tsanas called up three uncapped players on Friday for next month's Euro 2016 qualifiers against Finland and Romania.


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Greece braced for 200,000 migrants

In Greece, it is estimated that 210, …


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Europa League Draw: PAOK to Play Gabala, Atromitos Will Face APOEL Nicosia

The 2015-2016 UEFA Europa League group draw on Friday produced some interesting match-ups for the two Greek teams in the competition. PAOK F.C. will face Gabala, the Azerbaijani team that eliminated Panathinaikos F.C. in the qualifying round of the Europa League on Thursday. PAOK was also drawn with Borussia Dortmund from Germany and Krasnodar from Russia. Asteras Tripolis will face


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Three Greek Shipwrecks Among the Best in the World

Shipwrecks are constant reminders of terrible naval tragedies and the lost lives of sailors and passengers, but with the passage of time, the stranded shipwrecks, found in various coasts across the world, become unique sites and they are often visited by thousands of people. Shipwrecks create an eerie landscape, attracting global attention. Three sunken ships, located in Gytheio


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Revitalize Yourself in Greece’s Hottest Spa Resort in Edipsos on Euboea Island

One of the world’s top destinations to rejuvenate your body and spirit is Thermae Sylla Spa Resort located in Edipsos, the town known for its natural hot springs on the Greek island of Euboea. Uber-comfortable beds, spacious rooms, balconies overlooking the beautiful blue Agean Sea are just a few of the perks you will find in


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Europa League Final Qualifying Round: Panathinaikos and Atromitos Eliminated – PAOK Goes Through

On Thursday evening Panathinaikos F.C.‘s European dream was cut short while PAOK F.C. joined Asteras Tripolis F.C. as the second Greek football team that will play in the 2015-2016 UEFA Europa League. PAOK drew 1-1 with Brondby in Denmark in the second leg of the Europa League final qualifying round. The Greek team’s 5-0 victory in the first


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Former Greek PM Tsipras Wants Greek Voters to Dismiss ‘Old Political System’ in Snap Elections

Former Greek Prime Minister and SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras urged voters on Friday to reject “the old political system” in the upcoming September 20 elections, party sources said. “On September 20 people are called … to overthrow, with their own vote, the plans for a Left interlude. To choose between forging ahead and restoring the old


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Greek PM Thanou tells new cabinet elections will be held in an impeccable manner

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Greek second-quarter GDP growth revised up

ATHENS--Greece's economy grew by a revised 0.9% in the second quarter of the year, the Hellenic Statistical Authority (Elstat) said Friday. The figure ...


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Syriza leader Tsipras calls of Greeks to vote against the old system

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Bodies of 71 migrants who died in truck taken to morgue

NICKELSDORF, Austria (AP) — Death was in the air Friday, its stench overpowering as workers on Austria's border with Hungary unloaded the bodies of some of the 71 migrants who perished trapped in a truck they hoped would take them to a better life.Found Thursday on the main Austrian highway leading to Hungary, the truck containing the victims' corpses was towed to a cooled border warehouse before police and forensic experts began the gristly work of unloading the partially decomposed bodies before shipping them to a Vienna morgue for autopsies.On Friday, workers continued the work, wearing gloves and respirators as they hefted plastic body bags into coffins neatly lined up on the warehouse ramp. One after another five trucks backed up to be loaded.Moments after the last truck left in the direction of Vienna, about a dozen migrants scurried across a patch of the four-lane highway connecting Vienna to the Hungarian capital, Budapest.They said they were Kurds from Syria and Iraq. Two were women carrying small babies. All seemed exhausted.No, they said: they hadn't heard about the deaths.As the trucks sped toward Vienna, police in Austria and Hungary worked to trace the perpetrators, announcing the arrests of several suspects.Austrian police said three people had been arrested while their Hungarian counterparts said four were in detention. There was no immediate explanation for the discrepancy.This year has seen tens of thousands of people risking everything to seek a better life or refuge in wealthy European countries. At least 2,500 have died, mostly at sea, where another tragedy was unfolding Friday as Libyan authorities counted bodies from two ships that capsized off the coast of that country. The U.N. refugee agency said 200 were missing and feared dead.In Austria, officials said they are still investigating but believe the migrants suffocated. Investigators found a Syrian travel document, indicating that at least some of the dead were refugees fleeing violence in Syria.The 71 included eight women and four children, the youngest a girl between 1 and 2 years old, the others boys aged 8 to 10. Authorities initially estimated the death toll at 20 to 50, but raised it after officials counted the bodies at the warehouse.Migrants fearful of death at sea in overcrowded and flimsy boats have increasingly turned to using a land route to Europe through the Western Balkans. They start in Greece, which they can reach via a short boat trip from Turkey, then move on through Macedonia, Serbia and into Hungary, where thousands have been crossing the border every day, crawling over or under a razor-wire fence meant to keep them out.Most go from there to other countries in the European Union, sometimes paying smugglers to drive them, but the discovery of the bodies in the truck showed there is no truly safe path.Police in Hungary said that as of Tuesday, 776 suspected human smugglers had been detained this year, compared to 593 in all of 2014. In the southern part of the country, police said they had found 18 Syrians near an overturned van on the M5 highway between Szeged and Budapest early Friday. Ten were taken to the hospital for treatment while the driver, a Romanian, was treated for hand injuries and then taken into custody on suspicion of human smuggling.Hungarian police also said that over the last several days, 21 suspected human traffickers — 16 Romanians, two Syrians, two Hungarians and a Russian citizen — had been arrested and 16 vehicles carrying around 100 migrants toward the West had been confiscated.Volunteers, tending to hundreds of migrants a day in a transit zone set up at Budapest's Keleti train station, asked people to bring candles and flowers to a tribute to be held there Friday evening in memory of the 71 victims.The truck with the 71 migrants inside was found parked in the safety lane of the highway from Budapest, Hungary, to Vienna on Thursday. It was not clear how long the bodies had been in it, but police believed they may already have been dead by the time the truck crossed the border into Austria overnight Wednesday. Autopsies were being conducted, said state prosecutor Johann Fuchs, with results expected in several days.Fuchs said the perpetrators could be charged with human smuggling, danger to public safety leading to death, or murder.Austrian police said that two of the three arrested are Bulgarian citizens, while the third has Hungarian identity papers. One is the truck owner, while two others were apparently taking turns driving, said Hans Peter Doskozil, chief of police in Burgenland province, where the truck was found. He said police believe that the suspects were part of a larger Bulgarian-Hungarian human smuggling ring.In Budapest, Hungarian national police spokeswoman Viktoria Csiszer-Kovacs said four people — three Bulgarian citizens and one from Afghanistan — were in custody in connection with the deaths. She said the Afghan had a Hungarian identification document but was not a Hungarian citizen.Csiszer-Kovacs said two Hungarian police detectives were working with authorities in Austria on the case.The International Organization for Migration reports that in 2014, Austria received around 28,000 applications for asylum, a number already reached this year by the end of June. Projections for this year are for 80,000 asylum applications.Interior Minister Johanna Mikl-Leitner said the tragedy "should serve as a wake-up call ... for joint European action" in dealing with the torrent of migrants flocking to Europe. Melissa Fleming, spokeswoman for the U.N. refugee agency in Geneva called the tragedy "absolutely shocking."___Jahn reported from Vienna. Associated Press Writer Alison Mutler in Bucharest, Romania; Pablo Gorondi in Budapest, Hungary; and Jamey Keaten in Geneva contributed to this reportJoin the conversation about this story »


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Moody's cuts 2016 global growth forecasts

By Marc JonesLONDON (Reuters) - Credit rating firm Moody's cut its 2016 global economic growth forecasts on Friday, with China and United States both trimmed and Russia and Brazil seen staying in recession.It was a surprise move from the firm, coming just 10 days since its last forecasts. It put average growth in the top 20 world economies at 2.8 percent on average, versus the 3 percent it had forecast previously.It said the fresh cut reflected information that had become available since the earlier forecasts were published.China, Japan and Korea's growth saw downgrades partly due to expectations of more muted exports. Emerging markets Turkey and South Africa had their forecasts reduced too."The (China) policy stimulus measures that have been implemented have been broader-ranging and larger than we had expected. This suggests that the underlying economic environment is weaker than we previously thought," the report said."We have revised our U.S. 2016 forecast down slightly as the negative impact of the stronger dollar seems more pronounced than we assumed previously," it said cutting it to 2.6 percent from 2.8 percent.It kept its euro zone forecast unchanged despite the recent turbulence in Greece, at 1 and 2 percent in 2015 and 2016.It said Brazil's output would shrink as much as 1 percent in 2016 and Russia's as much as 1.5 percent."The price of many globally-traded commodities has fallen very sharply in the last 18 months. The slowdown in China, a major consumer of commodities, will continue to weigh on prices," Moody's said.(Reporting by Marc Jones; editing by Andrew Roche)Join the conversation about this story »


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Greece’s Radical Ex-Finance Minister on Past, Present and Future of Greece

Yanis Varoufakis answers questions from 9 leading academics on Greece and Europe


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How the IMF’s misadventure in Greece is changing the fund – Reuters

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New far-left party gives up bid to form Greek government

Greece's far-left leader last night formally gave up a bid to form a coalition government, allowing the country's president to finally set a date for early elections after a week of political wrangling. After using up all three days allowed, Popular Unity ...


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Syriza tipped to win Greek election – but no majority

Former Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras's leftist Syriza party will emerge as the biggest party in next month's election but without the majority it was ...


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Greekfest set for Sept. 25-27 at St. George Greek Orthodox Church

St. George Greek Orthodox Church's popular celebration of Greek food, music, faith and culture will take place Sept. 25-27 at the church, 4070 ...


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A week in Europe's migrant crisis

From Greece to Austria and across the Balkans, the flow of desperate migrants arriving in Europe shows no sign of abatingInteractive: What do you call a person who moves to another country in search of a better life? Continue reading...


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The Latest: Over 332000 migrants reach Europe this year

Syrian refugees wait to cross the border from Greece to Macedonia, in the border town of Idomeni , northern Greece, Friday, Aug. 28, 2015. Greece ...


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Greece bailout: Snap elections called for September; ruling party Syriza leading polls

Greece is gearing up for a snap election next month, with an opinion poll showing leftist party Syriza ahead despite a wave of defections over the ...


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Greek Coast Guard Rescues More than 600 Migrants and Refugees in One Day

The Associated Press reported that the Greek Coast Guard conducted 20 search operations from Thursday to Friday around various eastern Aegean Greek islands that led to the rescue of 665 migrants and refugees. The missions were conducted around the ...


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Greek voters still favor Syriza but by a reduced margin

Greece's governing Syriza party appears to be on track to win next month's snap elections. But the first surveys since Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras resigned indicate Syriza may wind up in a much weaker position.


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Greece swears in its first female prime minister

Greece's top Supreme Court judge Vassiliki Thanou attends a swearing in ceremony as the country's caretaker Prime Minister, at the Presidential ...


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Greek-inspired, weeknight-easy: Lamb chops with feta and olives

Even though this particular feta happens to be French, I mostly think of the tart, briny cheese as Greek. And as we all know, Greek cooks know a thing ...


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Eldorado, miners take legal action over Greek project

Eldorado's Greek subsidiary, Hellas Gold, and its Greek workers, argue in their latest legal complaint that the decision was illegal and against the ...


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Beware of Greeks Bearing Gifts -- The Coming Rally in Greek Stocks Won't Last

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Disdain for the Greeks and their fiscal mismanagement has recently subsided, as the world's focus shifted first to the ...


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Greek caretaker government sworn in ahead of early elections

The new Greek caretaker government has been sworn in as the country prepares for early elections next month: the third time it has gone to the polls ...


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New Greek Poll Shows New Democracy Trailing SYRIZA by 1%

With the Greek snap elections set for September 20, a new opinion poll indicates changes in the structure of the next Greek Parliament. SYRIZA leads New Democracy by just 1%, as the two parties garner 22.2% and 21.2% of the intended Greek vote respectively. SYRIZA’s former coalition partner, the Independent Greeks (ANEL), gathered 1.7% of the vote, which


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How A Pregnant Woman's Love Of Dogs Led To Her Death By Parasites In Ancient Greece

Could a pregnant woman's love of dogs have caused her early death in ancient Greece? These archaeologist think they have evidence that it did.


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Exhausted migrants scuffle at Greek-Macedonian border

IDOMENI, Greece (AP) — Scuffles and limited fights broke out Friday among more than 1,000 people at Greece's northern border with Macedonia as exhausted, thirsty migrants jostled to get into position to cross.


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Greece's Former Finance Minister: Election Campaign Is 'Sad And Fruitless'

ATHENS -- Greece's former finance minister Yanis Varoufakis may not be taking part in the country's upcoming election, but that doesn't mean he's ...


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Sun Rises on Syrian Migrant Family's Arrival in Greece

A Syrian migrant family arrives on the island of Kos in Greece at sunrise after crossing a three mile stretch of the Aegean Sea from Turkey on Aug. 28.


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Crossings of Mediterranean Sea exceed 300000, including 200000 to Greece

A group of Afghans recently arrive on the island of Lesbos after travelling in an inflatable raft from Turkey to Greece. More than 300,000 refugees and ...


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The Latest: Migrants spooked by short sea crossing to Greece

GENEVA (AP) — Here are the latest developments Friday regarding the tens of thousands of migrants trying to reach Europe.


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SkyGreece Temporarily Suspends Operations

NEW YORK – SkyGreece, the Canada-based discount airline that has angered and frustrated hundreds of travelers to Greece with its abrupt flight cancellations and poor communication, finally issued a message. On the evening of August 27 the company declared it must “temporarily cease all operations,” and that it expects to resume its flights “soon.” That […] The post SkyGreece Temporarily Suspends Operations appeared first on The National Herald.


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Economist: Greek capital controls won’t be lifted before mid-2016

The capital controls imposed on Greek banks were unavoidable, and will not be lifted before the second quarter of 2016, Dr Nikolaos Georgikopoulos said in an interview with EurActiv Greece. Georgikopoulos said the Greek banking system should be ...


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Greek economy defies expectations

Despite the debt and political crisis in Greece the country's economy is defying expectations. The government may be in crisis with new elections on ...


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Syriza Will Win Slim Victory in Greek Snap Election, Poll Shows

In spite of Alexis Tsipras's resignation as Greek prime minister, the left-wing Syriza party he still leads is expected to emerge as the biggest party after ...


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Don't get comfortable — Greece's elections could make Europe extremely messy again

Greece has fallen out of headlines around Europe, after debt negotiations thrust the country into the spotlight earlier this year. Greece's January elections launched radical Syriza to power and reopened the country's old bailout wounds. Uncertainty reigned until July, but the agreement of a bailout seemed to cool things down a great deal. Even when Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras announced his resignation and snap elections earlier in August, Europe shrugged off the news.  But the latest headlines suggest that the continent might want to pay a bit more attention. Some people, including myself, thought that Tsipras would ride it out and win another vote. New Democracy, the mainstream centre-right party that Syriza replaced in office in January, has tumbled in the polls. Tsipras seems like the only natural fit as the next Prime Minister. It looked like the new Syriza would need to make a coalition with centre-left former mainstream party Pasok, or perhaps centrists To Potami, but that they would slide back into government with relative ease. That case now looks a little shaky. For starters, the polls put Syriza in the lead but certainly don't look great. One early this week put the party on just 24%, two points ahead of New Democracy. Another similar one on Friday but them on 23%, 3.5 points ahead of ND.  If the undecided voters in that poll don't vote, Syriza would end up with about 30.8% of the vote, 5.5 points less than they got in January. Then, they got 149 out of 300 seats in parliament. A 30.8% result would give them fewer than 130. Which wouldn't be too much of a problem, but for the fact that Tsipras has ruled out coalitions with basically all of his potential partners. Speaking on television on Wednesday, he ruled out coalitions with New Democracy, Pasok or Potami. KKE and Golden Dawn, the unreformed communist and fascist parties, are way off the table. Popular Unity is a new party which has just split off from Syriza and is running on an anti-bailout programme. A sudden alliance is unlikely. That leaves the Independent Greeks, Syriza's semi-reliable current coalition partners, though their 13 seats, if repeated again, wouldn't be enough to give Tsipras a majority. One positive aspect of the election was that Syriza would be less of a big tent, and the government could be somewhat less confused about its position with regards to Greece's new bailout agreement. But that's only true if they get back in with a centrist/centre-left coalition.  And that's bad news for Greece, because it'll slow down or stall the implementation of the things agreed to in the bailout. And without implementation, there'll be no debt relief. Getting Greece's European creditors to ease off on its debt obligations requires that the country pass its bailout reviews, which won't happen without a fairly committed government. It's hard to see how this situation gets sorted, unless Syriza's popularity is being underplayed by the polls.  And that could mean problems for Europe too — although the resolution of the bailout negotiations required a massive Greek capitulation, it was received coolly at best across much of Europe, where voters are tired of what they see as providing a bankrupt country with endless lines of credit. It's incredibly difficult to predict what will happen if Syriza fails to form a government. There's no appetite among the Greek people either for a return to the drachma, or for the sort of governments the country had between 2010 and 2014. But without a stable government, the painful progress made in the last two months could quickly be reversed.Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: The cheapest new Ferrari money can buy is absolutely gorgeous


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Greece's Caretaker Cabinet Sworn in Ahead of Early Vote

Greece's caretaker cabinet sworn in as country heads to early election


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US stocks dip as rollercoaster week continues

Asian markets make gains... but the FTSE100 dips into negative territoryOil extends its rise after the biggest one-day price increase in 6 yearsUK GDP confirmed at 0.7% growth in Q2Greece has a new finance minister: Yiorgas HouliarĂ kis Central bankers head for the hills 4.31pm BST With the FTSE 100 hovering around the unchanged mark and the Dow Jones industrial average on Wall Street similarly flat on the day, there is tentative talk that calm has returned to markets.Translated into Twitter-speak (using a cute cat, naturally), that’s:Stocks today vs. this week @CNBC pic.twitter.com/frj9Tk7xPg 4.27pm BST Central banks are very much in focus over coming days and policymakers’ words will be scrutinised for hints their fingers will be kept off the rate hike trigger for now given the latest market turmoil and signs global growth might have lost some steam. In the case of the ECB attention will be on clues to further loosening.After the Jackson Hole meeting of central bankers in Wyoming over this weekend, when the Bank of England’s Mark Carney is set to speak, attention will shift to the ECB’s latest decision on policy for the eurozone next Thursday and particularly the accompanying press conference by president Mario Draghi.On balance, we expect the ECB to reiterate its easing bias, using the same language used at the July meeting, when the risk of Grexit seemed imminent. At this stage, we would not expect the Bank to take any tangible policy actions, e.g. , by increasing the pace, the scope or the overall size of its QE programme. But we would not completely rule out any action either. No change is expected with the refi rate likely to stand on hold at 0.05% and QE continuing at a pace of €60bn/month.Most interest will, as ever, be focused on Mario Draghi’s press conference, where questioning is certainly set to focus on the recent market turmoil. But attention will also be on the outlook for ECB policy in light of a return in disinflationary pressures following the continued fall in commodity prices and a stronger euro. Recent comments from the Vice President, Vítor Constâncio, and Chief Economist, Peter Praet suggested the Governing Council would be willing to consider additional supportive action should it be warranted. Continue reading...


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