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Greek finance minister quits to smooth talks after thunderous 'No'
News ImageATHENS/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Greece's outspoken finance minister resigned on Monday, removing a major obstacle to any deal to keep Athens in the euro zone after Greeks voted resoundingly to back the government in rejecting the austerity terms of a bailout. Yanis Varoufakis, an avowed "erratic Marxist" economist who infuriated euro zone partners with his unconventional style and hectoring lectures, had campaigned for Sunday's sweeping 'No' vote, accusing Greece' creditors of "terrorism". Greece's chief negotiator in aid talks with international creditors, Euclid Tsakalotos, a soft-spoken academic economist, is the frontrunner to become finance minister, a senior government official said.
Mon, 06 Jul 2015 06:51:23 -0400
Dispute over U.N. missile sanctions on Iran holds up deal: officials
News ImageA dispute over United Nations sanctions on Iran's ballistic missile program is among the issues holding up a nuclear deal between Tehran and six world powers as a Tuesday deadline for an accord approaches, Iranian and Western officials said. "The Iranians want the ballistic missile sanctions lifted. "There's no appetite for that on our part." Iranian and Western officials confirmed this view.
Mon, 06 Jul 2015 07:18:09 -0400
Yemen government raises prospect of truce, air strikes kill 30
News ImageBy Sami Aboudi and Mohammed Mukhashaf DUBAI/ADEN (Reuters) - Yemen's exiled government said on Monday it expects a deal shortly on a humanitarian ceasefire that would run through the Muslim Eid al-Fitr holiday later this month, as air strikes by Saudi-led warplanes killed at least 30 people. The United Nations has been pushing for a halt to fighting and air raids that have killed nearly 3,000 people in Yemen since March when a Saudi-led coalition intervened against Houthi forces in a bid to restore President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi. "We are now in consultations for guarantees to ensure the success of the truce," Hadi spokesman Rajeh Badi told Reuters.
Mon, 06 Jul 2015 08:11:40 -0400
Pakistani gunmen kill three in attack blamed on Islamist groups
News ImageBy Gul Yousafzai QUETTA, Pakistan (Reuters) - Gunmen riding motorcycles on Monday opened fire outside a passport office in southwestern Pakistan, killing three people, including a police officer, in an attack police blamed on radical Islamist groups. Sectarian strife has been worsening in Pakistan, where Shi'ite Muslims make up about 20 percent of a population of 180 million. Sunni Muslim militants frequently attack Shi'ites, whom they see as infidels who deserve to die.
Mon, 06 Jul 2015 07:39:49 -0400
Egypt arrests Brotherhood members for alleged Suez plot: security sources
Egyptian authorities have arrested 13 members of the Muslim Brotherhood on suspicion of planting bombs around the Suez Canal to disrupt shipping, security sources said on Monday. The waterway, the fastest shipping route between Europe and Asia, is a vital source of hard currency for Egypt, particularly since the 2011 uprising that toppled veteran autocrat Hosni Mubarak and scared off tourists and foreign investment. Egypt's government has escalated rhetoric against the Brotherhood, which it regards as a terrorist group, since the assassination of the country's top prosecutor last week. Mon, 06 Jul 2015 08:09:18 -0400
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