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May 14, 2013 | By Rob Gillies, Associated Press
TORONTO - A Palestinian convicted of hijacking an airliner in Greece in 1968 has been deported from Canada 26 years after entering the country using an alias, the immigration minister said Monday. Jason Kenney said the case "made a mockery of Canada's generosity and our fair immigration system for 21/2 decades. " The minister said Mahmoud Mohammad Issa Mohammad made a false refugee claim in 1987. The government learned a year later that he was a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and had participated in a terrorist attack on an El Al airplane in which an Israeli citizen was killed.
BUSINESS
May 14, 2013 | Associated Press
BRUSSELS, Belgium - European finance ministers met Monday to discuss the economic plans of Italy's new government and take a closer look at Slovenia's precarious financial situation - and whether it could become the bloc's sixth nation to require a bailout. The ministers from the 17 countries using the euro currency were also discussing the outlook for Portugal, Greece, and Cyprus, which have already received emergency loan programs and must meet tough conditions. The group's finance ministers approved the next batch of 7.5 billion euros ($10 billion)
NEWS
April 29, 2013
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Police say a 24-year-old man stabbed four people yesterday at a Catholic church in Albuquerque as a Sunday Mass was nearing its end. Police spokesman Robert Gibbs said Lawrence Capener jumped over several pews at St. Jude Thaddeus Catholic Church about noon yesterday and walked up to the choir area, where he began his attack. The injuries to the four victims weren't life-threatening. An off-duty police officer and others at the church subdued Capener and held him down until police arrived.
NEWS
April 20, 2013 | By Nicholas Paphitis, Associated Press
ATHENS, Greece - Greek officials on Thursday promised "swift and exemplary" punishment for three strawberry plantation foremen who allegedly shot and injured 29 Bangladeshi laborers protesting late pay. Police are seeking the three suspects who disappeared after Wednesday's shootings, which occurred during a confrontation with about 200 Bangladeshi farm workers in the country's rural south who say they have not been paid for half a year. Seven Bangladeshi workers were still receiving hospital treatment for non-life-threatening injuries.
NEWS
April 12, 2013 | By Elena Becatoros, Associated Press
ATHENS, Greece - A long-standing debate over whether Germany still owes Greece war reparations stemming from the Nazi occupation erupted anew Thursday in a spat between Greece's foreign minister and Germany's finance minister. German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble was quoted by German media as suggesting that Greece should focus on reforming its economy and that the issue of war reparations was closed years ago. In a riposte, Greek Foreign Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos said the reparations issue was one for international law to determine, stressing it was completely unrelated to Greece's financial bailout.
BUSINESS
March 13, 2013 | Associated Press
ATHENS, Greece - Greece's cash-strapped government detailed Monday its plans to sell 28 state-owned buildings on long-term lease, including tax offices, ministry buildings, and the main police headquarters in Athens. A government privatization fund said it hoped to make 30 million euros - $39 million - annually from the lease agreements lasting 20 to 25 years. Included on the list of buildings for sale are the main properties used by the ministries of justice, education and culture, 12 tax offices, and the greater Athens police headquarters.
NEWS
January 21, 2013 | By Elena Becatoros, Associated Press
ATHENS, Greece - A bomb exploded at a shopping mall in Athens on Sunday, slightly wounding two security guards and forcing the evacuation of about 200 people. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the bombing, the latest in a string of violent attacks. Two warning calls were made to local media about 50 minutes before the blast, leading authorities to evacuate people from the four-story mall in the Maroussi suburb, a police official told the Associated Press. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.
BUSINESS
December 19, 2012 | By Nicholas Paphitis, Associated Press
ATHENS, Greece - The Standard & Poor's ratings agency on Tuesday upgraded Greece's credit grade by six notches, yanking the debt-heavy country out of default but keeping its devalued bonds in junk status. The agency said the upgrade to B-minus - the highest grade it has given Greece since June 2011 - reflected its view that the 16 other European Union countries using the euro are determined to keep Greece inside the currency union. It also gave Greece a stable outlook, meaning it is less likely to change its rating again soon.
BUSINESS
November 29, 2012 | By Nicholas Paphitis and Pan Pylas, Associated Press
ATHENS, Greece - European and global financial leaders have agreed to release 44 billion euros ($57 billion) in critical loans to Greece and provide billions in additional debt relief in order to help the country stabilize its ailing economy. After three weeks of negotiations, Greece's euro partners and the International Monetary Fund agreed early Tuesday morning to release the loans in four installments beginning next month. The leaders also settled on a raft of measures - including a debt buyback program and an interest-rate cut on loans - that will reduce the country's debts by about 40 billion euros.
NEWS
November 21, 2012
SAN FRANCISCO - San Francisco lawmakers have narrowly approved a proposal to ban public nakedness. The 11-member Board of Supervisors voted 6-5 Tuesday on an ordinance that prohibits anyone from ambling about with exposed genitals in most public places, including streets, sidewalks and public transit. A first offense carries a maximum penalty of a $100 fine, but prosecutors have the authority to charge a third violation as a misdemeanor punishable by up to a $500 fine and a year in jail.
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