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Greek PM says on final stretch toward deal with lenders

ATHENS (Reuters) - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said on Saturday his government was on the final stretch of negotiations with its international lenders on a cash-for-reforms deal that would not involve further pension cuts and harsh austerity.<p>After four months of talks with its euro zone …

Europe

Mexico gun battle leaves at least 43 dead

Mexico rocked by violent clashes between government forces and drug cartels<p>At least 43 people died in a three-hour shoot-out at a Mexican ranch on Friday as security forces fought cartel members, in one of the drug war’s bloodiest gun battles of recent years.<p>Only one federal police officer was …

ISIS Is Torturing, Enslaving, And Murdering Women At A "Staggering" Rate, U.N. Official Says

"They are institutionalizing sexual violence," said Zainab Hawa Bangura, U.N. Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict.<p>The U.N's Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict this week spoke with <i>Middle East Eye</i> about her recent tour of refugee camps across the region, where she …

American Isil hostage 'sacrificed escape attempt' for cellmate

Aid worker Kayla Mueller, who died in Syria after 18 months in captivity, decided to stay behind with an unwell female cellmate while another escaped<p>An American aid worker who died in Islamic State (Isil) captivity sacrificed a chance to escape out of concern for the cellmate she would leave …

How a 17-year-old high school dropout got two Silicon Valley bigshots to invest $500,000 in his app

When he was 17, he dropped out of high-school (with his parents' blessing) after he co-founded a New York startup called HomeSwipe with two other co-founders. His business partners are Michael Lisovetsky, now 22 (whose tech career started in middle school) and Dean Soukeras, 43, an experienced …

High School

Shi'ite militias advance on Islamic State insurgents near Iraq's Ramadi | Reuters - Firstpost

BAGHDAD/BEIRUT Shi'ite Muslim militiamen and Iraqi army forces launched a counter-offensive against Islamic State insurgents near Ramadi on Saturday, …

Islam
County Louth

Here's Everything You Need To Know About Obama's Trade Deal In One Short Speech

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) took to the Senate floor Friday evening to make a point-by-point analysis of why a trade deal being negotiated by President Barack Obama would harm the United States.<p>Merkley's comments came as the Senate voted to give Obama "fast track" authority that will …

United States

Israel thanks U.S. for stand on Mideast nuclear arms ban at U.N.

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thanked the United States for blocking an Egyptian-led drive on a possible Middle East nuclear weapons ban at a major United Nations conference, an Israeli official said on Saturday.<p>Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu …

Middle East

Polish president concedes election defeat to conservative challenger | Reuters

WARSAW (Reuters) - Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski conceded defeat to conservative challenger Andrzej Duda in Sunday’s presidential election, a result that will set alarm bells ringing for the government, which faces its own election race later this year.<p>Komorowski had originally been seen as …

Europe

Book review: Wake Up, Sir! by Jonathan Ames

Wake Up, Sir, the debut novel by the author of the HBO comedy Bored to Death, is a curious mix of parody, confessional, roman á clef and the …

Secret Pentagon Report Reveals US "Created" ISIS As A "Tool" To Overthrow Syria's President Assad

The revelations contradict the official line of Western government on their policies in Syria, and raise disturbing questions about secret Western …

Middle East

'No peace dividend' for Panama border force

<b>"Peace is not a bad thing, but it's unlikely to solve our problems," says Director of Panama's Border Police, Frank Abrego.</b><p>He is referring to the prospect of a peace deal between the Colombian government and left-wing rebels of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Farc).<p>Most of Panama's …

South America

Israel says no tanks for women soldiers

The Israeli army, which is distinguished by its strong integration of women in combat units, has decided not to let them serve in tanks, media …

Duke University Professor Stands By Racist Comments

Jerry Hough has seen a lot in his 40 years as a professor at Duke University -- including that “the blacks” in his classes just don’t have the same desire to integrate into American society as “the Asians” do.<p>Hough expressed this takeaway in a response to a May 9 New York Times editorial titled …

Martin Luther King, Jr.

The ISIS takeover of Ramadi is a game-changer

While US officials have tried to downplay the loss of Ramadi, the capital of Iraq's restive and Sunni-majority Anbar Governorate, Filkins points out that "the fall of Ramadi is not just a bleak symbolic defeat for the Iraqi government and its allies." Holding Ramadi gives the Islamic State terror …

Middle East

Police in Texas call for motorcycle gang truce

<b>Police in Texas are calling on members of rival motorcycle gangs to stop fighting after a deadly weekend shoot-out in Waco left nine dead.</b><p>Sgt Patrick Swanton said: "There has been enough tragedy and there has been enough bloodshed."<p>Seven people remain in hospital and 170 are in custody. About 50 …

Crime

Columbia Student Emma Sulkowicz Brings Rape Protest Mattress to Graduation

A Columbia University student who carried a mattress around the campus all year to raise awareness of sexual assault graduated Tuesday — with her mattress in tow.<p>Emma Sulkowicz, who says she was raped on her first day of her sophomore year, brought the mattress with her as she walked across the …

Columbia University

These are the 25 best cities for finding a job

A new Glassdoor study ranked America’s 50 biggest cities and come up with the best 25 for workers.<p>The formula weights each city’s housing …

Employment

The key to ending Colombia's five-decade civil war could be the US

When Washington appointed a special envoy to peace talks between the Colombian government and the leftwing rebels of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Farc), it was billed as a show of support for the process and for President Juan Manuel Santos.<p>There is no love lost between the Farc and …

South America

Israel confirms its new ministers – where are the sanctions?

Israel’s new ministers took up their posts on Sunday, after the country’s 34th government was sworn-in late Thursday. This is a government of …

Israel

Does Torture Work?

The rescue crews weren't even through sifting the rubble of the Sept. 11 attack when the debate over torture broke out: Is it necessary in the …

The Beatification of Óscar Romero

On May 23rd,^ ^thirty-five years after his assassination, Óscar Romero, the Archbishop of San Salvador, will be beatified. The ceremony is the step just prior to sainthood, so a big celebration is expected in El Salvador, although the cheer will not be unanimous. The country is still deeply divided …

Christianity

Garbage In, Benghazi Out

The hrod17 approach to intelligence.<p>What happens when top foreign-policy officials make life-or-death decisions based on faulty intelligence from self-interested sources? The example we have in mind is less than a decade old.<p>In March we wrote that while she was secretary of state, Hillary Clinton …

Benghazi

Woman jailed for Google executive's overdose death

<b>A woman has been sentenced to six years in prison after pleading guilty to giving a Google executive a fatal overdose of heroin in California.</b><p>Alix Tichelman pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and drugs charges, which resulted in the 2013 death of Forrest Timothy Hayes.<p>Tichelman did not seek …

Crime

This clever Chrome experiment allows you to mute individual tabs

Last year, Google added a handy feature to Chrome: a speaker icon that show which tabs are playing sounds so you can quickly spot them. A hidden experiment builds on that, allowing you to mute them all with one click.<p>To enable the feature, enter “chrome://flags/” – the special URL for experiments – …

New Windows 10 Mobile preview includes universal Office apps

Microsoft is rolling out to testers the promised new versions of the core, touch-first Office apps to try out.<p>Microsoft on Thursday is making available another Windows 10 Mobile preview build for phones to Windows Insider testers.<p>The new build, 10080, works on more Windows Phones -- including Lumia …

Windows 10 Mobile