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Merkel dampens hopes for Greek loan deal
German chancellor Angela Merkel (L) talks with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras at the EU eastern Partnership Summit in Riga, on May 22, 2015German Chancellor Angela Merkel has dampened hopes for an end to marathon talks with Greece on a new loan deal as cash-strapped Athens said an agreement was possible by end month. Speaking after a two-hour meeting late on Thursday with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and French President Francois Hollande in Riga, Merkel urged Athens to continue talks with its international creditors. There is still a lot to do," she added, referring to the European Union, European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund who have bailed out Greece twice to the tune of 240 billion euros ($267 billion).
Fri, 22 May 2015 05:46:35 -0400
FIFA scandals while Sepp Blatter has been president
FILE - In this Monday June 8, 1998 file photo, Switzerland's Sepp Blatter, left, and Swedish UEFA president Lennart Johansson hold a replica of the World Cup trophy in Paris, after Blatter defeated Johansson and was elected FIFA president, the world 's soccer governing body. Sepp Blatter's widely expected re-election on May 29, 2015 as president of soccer's world governing body for a fifth term has seldom seemed a real contest. His hold on the top job is so secure that Blatter published no manifesto, declined to debate opponents and rarely engaged with media worldwide. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, File)GENEVA (AP) FIFA has been routinely called "scandal-plagued" for much of Sepp Blatter's 17-year presidential reign.
Fri, 22 May 2015 05:44:02 -0400
IS forces capture, kill dozens in Syria's Palmyra
This picture released on Thursday, May 21, 2015 by the website of Islamic State militants, shows damaged Syrian military helicopters at Palmyra air base that was captured by the Islamic State militants after a battle with the Syrian government forces in Palmyra, Syria. Activist and officials say members of the Islamic State group are conducting search operations in the ancient town of Palmyra where they have detained and killed dozens of people. (The website of Islamic State militants via AP)BEIRUT (AP) Activists and officials say Islamic State fighters are combing Palmyra, detaining and killing dozens of people two days after seizing the historic Syrian town.
Fri, 22 May 2015 05:40:53 -0400
'Nut rage' Korean Air heiress freed
Former Korean Air executive Cho Hyun-Ah is surrounded by journalists after she received a suspended jail sentence and was freed by a Seoul appeals court in Seoul on May 22, 2015 for disrupting a flight in a rage over macadamia nutsThe former Korean Air executive jailed for disrupting a flight in a rage over macadamia nuts walked free Friday when a South Korean appeals court overturned her conviction for violating aviation safety laws. The High Court in Seoul ruled that Cho Hyun-Ah, who had been in jail since her arrest in December, was not guilty of the most serious charge of altering an aircraft's route while in flight. "The accused had no intention of hampering the safe operation of the plane," High Court judge Kim Sang-Hwan said, handing down a reduced sentence of 10 months, suspended for two years.
Fri, 22 May 2015 05:31:43 -0400
Insurgents in Syria seize hospital from army: monitor
Insurgents on Friday seized a hospital from Syrian government forces who had been besieged there since late April, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported, compounding recent setbacks for President Bashar al-Assad. The al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front, one of the insurgent groups involved in the offensive, said government forces had fled the hospital outside the town of Jisr al-Shughour in Idlib province. The Observatory said dozens of Syrian troops had managed to escape, and the insurgents were in complete control of the hospital. Fri, 22 May 2015 05:31:23 -0400
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