July 25, 2013
Colombian war deaths analyzed BOGOTA, Colombia - A much-awaited report by a Colombian government-created historical commission says the country's long internal conflict has claimed at least 220,000 lives since 1958, with civilian noncombatants accounting for more than four of every five deaths. The 434-page report by the National Center of Historical Memory says most of the killings occurred after far-right militias backed by ranchers and drug traffickers emerged in the 1980s to counter leftist rebels.
June 27, 2013
DEAR READERS: After I printed the letter from "Can't Believe It Down South," about the grandfather who is insisting that his granddaughter's Greek fiance change his last name "because it is too long and impossible to pronounce," I loved what you had to say. Some of your comments made me laugh, so I'm sharing them with you: DEAR ABBY: I saw the letter from "Can't Believe It," and I have just the response for him: "Dear Grandpa: Don't...
May 14, 2013 |
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.
May 14, 2013 |
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)
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.
April 20, 2013 |
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.
April 12, 2013 |
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.
March 13, 2013 |
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.
January 21, 2013 |
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.
December 19, 2012 |
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.