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Greece Will Be Stuck In Its Bailout for Years to Come

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The exit terms make it difficult for the next Greek governments to chalk up any wins. Leonid Bershidsky Bloomberg In a way, the debt relief deal Greece has received as it exits its bailout makes good sense: It keeps the country on a tight leash, all but eliminating the possibility that it will go on a borrowing spree in the financial markets and misspend the money as it’s done… On the other hand, the scheme gets superimposed uncomfortably onto the ... Read More »

Gina Miller says will of people has CHANGED as she demands second Brexit referendum

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ANTI-BREXIT campaigner Gina Miller claimed the will of British voters has changed as she urged protesters to demand a second referendum on European Union membership. Aurora Bosotti Express The outspoken anti-Brexit campaigner claimed the will of the British people had changed as she delivered a speech to thousands of Remainers gathered at the “March for a People’s vote.” Addressing the crowd in central London, Ms Miller said: “It is simply dishonest for them in that House to say that they ... Read More »

ICC gives Myanmar deadline over Rohingya case jurisdiction

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ICC gives Myanmar until July 27 to respond to a request on whether it should exercise jurisdiction over alleged crimes. AlJazeera and News Agencies The International Criminal Court (ICC) has given Myanmar just over a month to respond to a prosecution request that it consider a case on the alleged deportation of hundreds of thousands of ethnic Rohingya to Bangladesh. On Friday, The Guardian newspaper published details from evidence that has been sent to the ICC and forms part of the… The document included accounts from a… ... Read More »

An island nation in the Mediterranean Sea is running dry

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Countries in the eastern Mediterranean are increasingly vulnerable to drought as the changing climate brings higher temperatures and less precipitation. NBC2 MARONI, Cyprus — The salty water of the Mediterranean in plain view from Charis Christoforou’s olive farm is no help to the cracked, white earth suffering from a third year of drought. A shortage of rain combined with clouds of dust carried over from the water-starved Middle East has slashed Christoforou’s olive production to a quarter of what it ... Read More »

Fighter Sale to Turkey Could Pit Trump Against Congress

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A battle is brewing over the transfer of F-35 fighter jets. Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are threatening to block Turkey from obtaining its promised fleet of 100 F-35 fighter jets over Ankara’s human rights violations and planned purchase of a… By Lara Seligman, Robbie Gramer FP But it’s not clear that President Donald Trump’s administration will back them up. Turkey, the third-largest planned operator of the F-35 after the United States and United Kingdom, just received its first aircraft during ... Read More »

Pentagon agrees to provide space for 20,000 migrant children

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The Pentagon will make space available on military bases for as many as 20,000 unaccompanied migrant children detained after illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, a spokesman said on June 21. WASHINGTON – The Associated Press Hurriyet The request for temporary shelter – amid a growing political battle over detained migrants – was made by the Department of Health and Human Services and accepted by the Defense Department, said the… A Pentagon memo to members of Congress, obtained by The Associated Press, said it has been asked to have ... Read More »

What is Europe’s migration fight about?

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Europe can’t agree how to deal with migrants and refugees — here’s why. By JACOPO BARIGAZZI AND JAMES RANDERSON Politico Migration is back at the top of the political agenda in Europe. The issue is threatening to bring down the government of the EU’s richest country and tear through the European Council summit next week, but leaders seem further than ever from a solution. Here’s POLITICO’s guide to Europe’s boiling political crisis. Why is this news now? Two main reasons — Italy and ... Read More »

The eurozone isn’t ready for the next big shock

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Here’s how to fix that. MADRID — The return to economic growth in the eurozone has produced a dangerous sense of complacency on the Old Continent, especially in the richer countries of the north. Miguel Otero-Iglesias  and Raymond Torres Politico But Italy’s flirtation with an exit from the euro under a populist government is a stark reminder that, if left unaddressed, the deep structural weaknesses that plague the single currency could trigger an existential crisis across the EU. It would be a ... Read More »

Ethiopia’s Ginbot 7 opposition movement suspends armed resistance

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An Ethiopian rebel group has suspended its armed resistance against the government. BBC Ginbot 7 said Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s reforms had given it hope that “genuine democracy” may be “a real possibility”. Earlier, the government said it had unblocked 264 websites and TV channels. This is the latest of numerous changes made since Mr Abiy came to office in April, relaxing the state’s previously tight grip on… Ginbot 7, which is based in neighbouring Eritrea, had been designated a… ... Read More »

Yemen Conflict Alert: Last Chance to Prevent a Destructive Hodeida Battle

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The fate of Hodeida hangs in the balance as UAE-backed Yemeni forces poise for what will be a prolonged and destructive battle to expel Huthi rebels. ICG A real but fleeting opportunity exists to avert catastrophe through a UN-mediated solution that safeguards all sides’ interests. The battle for Hodeida is reaching the point of no return. UAE-backed Yemeni forces are poised to begin operations to take this Red Sea port and city of 600,000 from Huthi rebels. This is the ... Read More »

Erdogan Is Making the Ottoman Empire Great Again

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Turkey is leveraging tradition to expand its power in Europe — but the history cuts both ways. Michael Colborne, Maxim Edwards FP SARAJEVO — Not every Turkish president can come to Sarajevo and get an endorsement from both heaven and earth, but Recep Tayyip Erdogan has managed to pull it off. At a pre-election rally for Erdogan in the Bosnian capital last month, Bakir Izetbegovic, the Bosniak (Bosnian Muslim) chairman of Bosnia’s tripartite presidency and son of the country’s first ... Read More »

Send them to Taiwan: Turnbull government’s secret refugee deal revealed

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The Turnbull government has signed a deal to send refugees on Nauru who need urgent medical care to Taiwan, in an undisclosed arrangement aimed at stopping them from applying to stay in Australia after being treated in local hospitals. David Wroe The Age Fairfax Media can reveal Australia signed a memorandum of understanding with Taiwan – which is not a signatory to the 1951 Refugee Convention – in September last year that has so far seen about five refugees flown ... Read More »

Donald Trump makes Time cover again, this time over US-Mexico border immigration crisis

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Donald Trump has got himself another Time magazine cover, but it’s probably not one he’ll be rushing to get his hands on. ABC The iconic American weekly news magazine published its latest front page and it was quickly being shared across the internet. It draws on the immigration crisis on the US-Mexico border and features the President looking down over a crying toddler. That crying toddler is a two-year-old Honduran, who was captured in a photo with her mother that ... Read More »

Strengthened hate speech laws pass NSW Parliament in ‘great day’ for Australia

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Inciting violence against a community or person based on their race in New South Wales could result in three years in jail under new laws which have passed State Parliament. Meredith Griffiths ABC The Keep New South Wales Safe Alliance, a coalition of about 31 community organisations and leaders, has been lobbying for the changes for three years, saying that previous provisions in the Anti-Discrimination Act had not led to a… They described the passing as a “great day for ... Read More »