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Scourge of the Greeks: German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schauble

After the financial troika triumphed over the Greek government in debt negotiations last week, Germany’s veteran minister “indulged himself with some patronizing comments,” observed economics correspondent Phillip Inman at The Guardian.

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Proposed Mars Journey Highlights ‘How Unequal Our Planet Still Is’

“Humanity does not progress by jumping into space and leaving the cares of Earth behind,” writes Nigerian author Chibundu Onuzo. “We move forward by creating a more equitable and compassionate planet for now and generations unborn.”

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John Kerry: Additional Sanctions Against Russia Are Coming

After talks with British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond in London, the U.S. secretary of state described Russia’s conduct in the Ukraine crisis as “simply unacceptable.”

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Troika Deal Drives Greece Back Toward Austerity

“The rightwing orthodoxy that dominates thinking in Brussels has asserted itself over the hapless Greeks,” writes economics correspondent Phillip Inman at The Guardian.

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Facing Death, Oliver Sacks Says He Wants to Live ‘in the Richest, Deepest, Most Productive’ Way

On revealing that he has terminal cancer, the famed neurologist and author has displayed an admirably positive, and even courageous, attitude.

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Pope Francis Likens Transgender People to Nuclear Weapons

The head of the Catholic Church is quoted in a new book as saying that nuclear weapons and “the manipulation of life, or of the gender theory … does not recognize the order of creation,” GayStarNews reports.

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Is Syriza in Retreat?

Greece’s anti-austerity party has declared itself willing to sign the leaked “Moscovici document,” which a central committee member says defangs the Greek government in its struggle against its creditors.

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Some Wal-Mart Workers to Get a Modest Raise

In an effort to stave off criticism of its low wages, the United States’ largest private employer announced Thursday that it will raise the pay of half a million workers to $9 an hour in the next six months.

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Germany and Greece Are Going Head to Head in Bailout Negotiations

In what The Guardian’s economics editor Larry Elliott is calling a “white flag [being] raised over Athens,” Greece has requested a six-month extension to its bailout plan, essentially giving in to the eurozone finance ministers’ demands for austerity. Germany, however, refused the country’s proposal Thursday.

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It’s Official: Joseph Clancy to Head the Secret Service

President Obama permanently appointed Clancy to the position Wednesday. He had been serving as interim chief of the beleaguered agency since former Director Julia Pierson was ousted in October.

Posted on Feb 18, 2015 READ MORE


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