September 30, 2013

Next year’s budget sees public debt matching GDP

Spain’s outstanding public debt next year is projected to rise to close to the size of the economy, while retirees will receive only the minimum increase in their state pension, according to details of the 2014 draft state budget delivered on Monday to Congress by Finance Minister Cristóbal Montoro.

Debt as a percentage of GDP is expected to rise to.. Read more.

El País

Families of dead workers to get Tk 19.5 lakh each

Rana Plaza compensation committee makes recommendations

A high-powered committee on fixation of compensation for the victims of Rana Plaza collapse in a meeting in Savar on Monday set about Tk 19.5 lakh as compensation to be paid to the families of each of the deceased, meeting sources said. Read more.

New Age

'Terrorists from 83 countries fighting in Syria' - FM to UN Assembly 2013



The Syrian government is fighting against "terrorist groups from 83 countries" as part of its "constitutional right" to protect the country's people, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem told the UN General Assembly in New York. Read more.

RT

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Taliban on the loose, another blast kills 41

PESHAWAR: A car bomb by Taliban killed at least 41 people and injured 100 on Sunday in Peshawar, officials said, the third deadly strike to hit the city in a week.

A splinter group of the Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the bombing, saying the attack was in response to US drone strikes in tribal areas;.. Read more.

PakTribune

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PTI to hold national conference on counter-terrorism - SAMAA

US drone kills three in Miranshah

MIRANSHAH: A US drone strike killed three militants on Sunday in the restive tribal areas near the Afghan border, officials said.

The attack took place in the Dargamandi area,.. Read more.

Argentina hopes US Supreme Court hears its case with the hedge funds

The US Supreme Court was scheduled to meet behind closed doors on Monday to decide whether to hear a high-profile appeal by Argentina over its battle with hedge funds that refused to take part in two debt restructurings that sprang from the country's 2002 default.

Argentina has appealed an October 2012 ruling by the.. Read more.

MercoPress

Chileans richest and most indebted in Latin America

One of the region’s two ‘Middle Wealth Countries,’ Chile leads Latin America in both per capita assets and per capita debt.

Chileans have the most assets and highest debts in all of Latin America, according to a leading international financial services firm. Read more.

Santiago Times

Colombia and Israel formalize free trade agreement

Colombia on Monday formalized a bilateral free trade agreement with Israel, ratifying an accord signed this past June.

The agreement was signed in Jerusalem by Economy and Trade Minister Naftali Bennett and Colombian Industry and Tourism Minister Sergio Diaz-Granados. Read more.

Colombia Reports

Israel on Counter-Offensive: Netanyahu vows to rebut Iran's 'sweet talk'



The Israeli Prime Minister's on a mission to thwart Iran's recent efforts to unfreeze its relations with the West. Benjamin Netanyahu claims Tehran's sweet talk is just a trick to buy the country's nuclear programme more time - and he's vowing to prove it in the White House and at the UN General Assembly.

RT's Middle East correspondent Paula Slier looks at what to expect from the Israeli leader's counter-offensive. Read more.

RT

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Kerry hopeful of quick US-Iran nuclear agreement - JPost

Bibi's One-Track Tack: 'Israel's talk of Iran's nukes is like stuck record player' (video) - RT

Tens of thousands rally against Ma

POSTAL PROTEST:Dismissal letters were distributed to protesters who were asked them to sign and mail them to the Presidential Office as an expression of their anger

Tens of thousands of people held a series of protests nationwide yesterday calling on President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) to step down over a variety of issues,.. Read more.

Taipei Times

TPP Protestors Scale Trade Building To Bring Attention to Secretive Deal



Kevin Zeese: The Trans-Pacific Partnership has nothing to do with trade or freedom, and ongoing demonstrations could encourage those on the inside to speak up.

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Ecuador Takes on Chevron, Global Indifference in Controversial Fights to Protect Rainforest



During a visit to New York City for the United Nations General Assembly, Ecuador’s Foreign Minister Ricardo Patiño joins us to discuss his government’s involvement in two closely watched environmental legal battles.

An Ecuadorean court has ordered the oil giant Chevron to pay $19 billion to indigenous and rural Ecuadoreans for the dumping of as much as 18.5 billion gallons of highly toxic waste sludge into the rainforest. Read more.

Democracy Now

Inspection in Solitude

House pushes U.S. to the edge of a shutdown

Washington marched relentlessly toward its first federal shutdown in 17 years Saturday after House Speaker John A. Boehner yielded to conservative demands to use a government-funding bill to press an attack on President Obama’s 2010 health-care law.

Early Sunday morning, the House approved a plan to keep the government open past midnight Monday. Read more.

Washington Post

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Why do we even have a debt ceiling? (video) - Washington Post

Till Debt Do US Part: 'Country's backlog much bigger than declared' (video) - RT
US Debt $70 Trillion Explained, Not The $16.9 Trillion The US Government Claims (video) - YT

September 29, 2013

Kenyan authorities had been warned about threat to buildings 'day before attacks'

Intelligence agents are said to have been in Westgate mall just hours before killings, as criticism over government grows

Kenyan authorities had intelligence pointing to an attack in Nairobi a day before the Westgate mall attack. Read more.

Guardian

First Food Aid: Starving Portuguese turn to charity



As austerity continues to wreak havoc for families in Portugal, people are turning to volunteer charities to provide them with food parcels. Charities are now essential in the lives of increasingly deprived sectors of the population.

RT

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Golden Dawn head, MPs arrested in unprecedented Greek crackdown

In an unprecedented crackdown over the weekend, police arrested the leader of the ultra-right Golden Dawn, Nikos Michaloliakos, as well as several lawmakers and party officials following an investigation by a Supreme Court prosecutor into criminal activities linked to the party, including the murder earlier this month of leftist hip-hop artist Pavlos Fyssas by a supporter of Golden Dawn. 

The lawmakers faced a magistrate later in the day. Read more.

Ekathimerini

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Greece hopes Ankara will adopt policy of normalization on Cyprus, FM Venizelos tells UN

Greece hopes that Ankara will pursue a “policy of normalization” regarding the Cyprus issue, Foreign Minister Evangelos Venizelos said during a speech at the United Nations General Assembly on Sept. 27.

“We hope that Ankara, at long last, will decide to.. Read more.

Hürriyet

Iran confirms approval of AMIA Memorandum

The government of the Islamic Republic of Iran has confirmed the passing of the Memorandum reached with Argentina to jointly probe the bombing of the AMIA Jewish community center in Buenos Aires 19 years ago.

The information was announced following the meeting held today between.. Read more.

Buenos Aires Herald

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Malvinas, Gibraltar: Spain’s side of the story

A united front with Argentina won’t be created

Spanish Foreign Minister José García Margallo yesterday denied that Spain would present a united front with Argentina to deal with the United Kingdom on the issues of the Malvinas Islands and Gibraltar,.. Read more.

Buenos Aires Herald

September 28, 2013

Selling War: UK eyes drones to build support for military campaigns



Mercenaries, drones and commando forces - the UK's possible solutions to make war more acceptable. The military has come up with a list of recommendations to ease the nation's war fatigue, and drum up support for military campaigns.

RT's Laura Smith examines the methods being looked at.

RT

'Zamboanga standoff over'

MANILA, Philippines - Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin on Saturday said that the three-week standoff between government troops and members of the Moro National Liberation (MNLF) front loyal to Nur Misuari in Zamboanga City is finally over.

"I can say that the crisis is over. We have accomplished the mission,".. Read more.

PhilStar

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At UN, Cuba Calls for Unity of Non-Aligned Movement

United Nations, Sep 27 (Prensa Latina) The Non-Aligned Movement must remain united to face today´s global challenges and threats to sovereignty and peace, Cuba said Friday during a foreign ministers meeting of that bloc.

At the meeting, which took place within the framework of the 68th UN General Assembly,.. Read more.

Prensa Latina

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US willing to improve relations with Venezuela



The United States Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, Roberta Jacobson, stated that the government of her country is willing to improve the bilateral relations with Venezuela.

teleSUR

Argentina and Iran meet on Saturday to address the Jewish community bombing

Argentine foreign minister Hector Timerman has confirmed that he will meet Iranian counterpart Javadi Zarif, in a talk designed to throw light on the current status of the AMIA agreement.

The meeting coincides with the announcement that the six major powers and Iran.. Read more.

MercoPress

September 27, 2013

Spain eases austerity as 2014 budget banks on recovery

Spain’s government has presented its most pain-free budget in many years, banking on a nascent economic recovery gathering steam in 2014. 

Nevertheless, Prime Minister Rajoy still needs to dole out some bitter pills. Read more.

DW

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Egypt sees fresh anti-coup alliance protests

Thousands take to the streets in protests across the country, answering call made by Anti-Coup alliance. 

Thousands of people are taking part in anti-government protests across Egypt, days after activities by the Muslim Brotherhood were banned by a Cairo court. Read more.

Al Jazeera

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Violent clashes across West Bank

BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Clashes broke out Friday across the occupied West Bank, as Palestinian demonstrators hurled rocks and Israeli soldiers fired tear gas and stun grenades to disperse protests.

In Hebron, clashes broke out after Friday prayers on.. Read more.

Ma'an

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Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory

Israeli forces have continued to open fire at Palestinian civilians in the border areas. 2 Palestinian civilians were wounded in the east of Jabalia in the north of the Gaza Strip.

A Palestinian child was wounded in the centre of Hebron. Read more.

PCHR

Abbas At UN: “It Is Time For Peace”

In his first speech as the President of Palestine at the United Nations General Assembly, President Mahmoud Abbas said that the time for peace has come, and that the International community must pressure Israel to end its violations, and illegal settlement activities.

Abbas said that the State of Palestine will practice its role,.. Read more.

IMEMC

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Abbas says Palestinians refuse to enter into 'vortex' of interim deals with Israel - Haaretz

Israel bans Muslims under 50 from Aqsa mosque

JERUSALEM (Ma’an) -- Israeli police imposed restrictions on Palestinian worshipers on Friday, banning Muslims under the age of 50 from entering the holy site.

A police spokeswoman said women of all ages would be.. Read more.

Five myths about Jesus

Perhaps no historical figure is more deeply mired in legend and myth than Jesus of Nazareth. Outside of the Gospels — which are not so much factual accounts of Jesus but arguments about His religious significance — there is almost no trace of this simple Galilean peasant who inspired the world’s largest religion.

But there’s enough biblical scholarship about the historical Jesus to raise questions about some of the myths that have formed around Him over the past 2,000 years. Read more.

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Kerry says Iran nuke deal possible in under 3 months

Secretary of state lists how Tehran can assure world it is serious about curbing enrichment, says sanctions won’t be lifted until US is convinced

Iran and the US could reach a deal on Tehran’s nuclear program within 3 to 6 months or sooner, Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday, amid a whirl of diplomatic activity. Read more.

Times of Israel

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Chemical Solution? Draft resolution on Syria weapons agreed, implies no immediate force



The UN Security Council's permanent members have finally agreed on a draft resolution that would rid Syria of its chemical weapons. The document imposes legally-binding obligations on all parties of the Syrian conflict, although penalties for non-compliance will not be automatic.

RT's Anissa Naouai with details of the agreement that is being seen as a landmark diplomatic breakthrough. Read more.

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Deadly Mall Attack Linked to Kenya's Role in US-led Global War on Terror



Kenya's Deadly Westgate Mall Attack In Context

TRNN

Underwater anti-radiation barrier at Fukushima has hole: TEPCO

TOKYO — Workers at Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant Thursday spotted a hole in one of the barriers intended to keep radioactive particles contained in the harbor, the operator said.

Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) set up silt fences in the harbor next to the plant, including one covering each outlet at reactor units 1-4,.. Read more.

Japan Today

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Trial fishing operations restart off Fukushima coast - Asahi Shimbun
Niigata governor approves TEPCO reactor-restart plan on one condition - Asahi Shimbun

September 26, 2013

Bank Workers’ Strike Intensifies

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The nationwide strike of bank employees completed one week yesterday and continues to intensify amid peaceful protests in several cities.

Strategic bases, like call centers, have also participated in the action as 10,024 bank branches across 26 states remained closed yesterday. Read more.

Rio Times

Uribe’s brother interrogated over paramilitary ties and murder

Colombian prosecutors have opened an investigation into the brother of former President Avaro Uribe on accusations of  being involved in both the creation of paramilitary groups and murder.

Santiago Uribe Velez will face the Prosecutor General on October 17 in order to.. Read more.

Colombia Reports

SMOC: afgelopen maand veel teveel uitstoot Isla

CURAÇAO – Metingen van de afgelopen maand wijzen uit dat raffinaderij Isla de vastgestelde normen voor zwaveldioxideuitstoot flink heeft overschreden.

Dat meldt milieuorganisatie SMOC. Lees meer.

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Spring Without Monsanto: From Festival to Roadblock

“Spring without Monsanto” is the slogan of a new campaign launched last week, in time for the turn of spring, in Malvinas Argentinas, a municipality in the province of Córdoba.

Last Thursday, environmental activists and residents of this municipality ran a big event, inviting artists, scientists, and human rights organisations.. Read more.

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Argentina, Spain join up to pressure Britain on Malvinas, Gibraltar

Argentina and Spain agreed today to join forces in order to pressure Britain to discuss their separate claims on British territories: the Malvinas Islands and Gibraltar near the southern tip of Spain.

Argentine Foreign Minister Hector Timerman and his Spanish counterpart, Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo, reached the agreement.. Read more.

Buenos Aires Herald

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Condemnations to U.S Blockade on Cuba Increase in UN

United Nations, Sep 26 (Prensa Latina) Heads of State and Government from Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, and Asia demanded in the UN General Assembly to lift the U.S. blockade against Cuba.

Bolivian President Evo Morales described as "the worst genocide" the economic,.. Read more.

Vulture funds: Griesa rules Argentine bank assets can be seized

New York Judge Thomas Griesa has ruled against Argentina's request to dismiss a lawsuit over the Central Bank (BCRA), which if upheld could allow holdout creditors to seize assets belonging to the nation.

“Vulture funds” NML Capital Ltd. y EM Ltd. filed the suit.. Read more.

Buenos Aires Herald

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Wage freeze for 2.5 million public workers extended into next year

The Finance Ministry on Thursday confirmed to labor union representatives that public sector wages would again be frozen next year as part of the government’s state budget proposals, union sources said Thursday.

Speaking in the Senate on Tuesday,.. Read more.

El País

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Mortgages granted in July drop to new record lows

Spain’s mortgage market continues in the doldrums due to low demand because of rampant unemployment and stricter conditions imposed by the country’s banks.

According to figures released Thursday by the National Statistics Institute (INE),.. Read more.

El País

Venizelos: Greece does not need third bailout, seeks debt 'reprofiling'

Greece does not require a third bailout and can cover its needs without further burdening its current backers, by improving the terms of its debt and possibly returning to the bond market next year, the country's deputy prime minister said on Wednesday.

Evangelos Venizelos, who is also foreign minister in a coalition government,.. Read more.

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Anti-Fascist Fury: Protest against Golden Dawn turns violent in Greece



A mass anti-fascist rally has turned violent in Athens - after furious protesters tried to storm the headquarters of the far-right Golden Dawn party. The anger was sparked by the murder of a left-wing rapper last week - by a sympathizer of the neo-Nazi party.

It's not going to be easy for the government to crack down on the neo-Nazis - as we've been hearing from the author of 'The Greek Crisis in the Media'. Read more.

RT

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Σιγά μην κλάψω, σιγά μη φοβηθώ / I won't cry, I won't fear (music) - Killah P

Fierce Clashes between Kurds and ISIL in Aleppo, UAE Emir Killed

The opposition UK-based Syrian Observatory reported fierce clashes took place Wednesday evening between the Kurdish People's Protection Units and militants of the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Levant in the region separating between Jenderes in Aleppo countryside and the Atma area in rural Idlib province.

"An emir of ISIL was killed during clashes erupted.. Read more.

Al Manar

Israel Prepares to Drill for Oil in Occupied Golan

Tel Aviv is close to completing a geological survey of the occupied Golan Heights, where commercial deposits have been discovered.

Up to 10 major drilling rigs could soon be pumping oil from the Syrian territory. Read more.

Al Akhbar

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Army units seize Israeli-made missiles, eliminate terrorists

Provinces, (SANA)- The army's operations on Thursday resulted in the destruction of terrorists' dens and gatherings in several areas across the country, in addition to seizing Israeli-made missiles in Daraa.

Army units destroy terrorists' cars, kill scores of them in Lattakia countryside. Read more.

SANA

Reports: Deal reached on Syria UN resolution

Five members of Security Council said to be close to agreement on dismantling Syria's chemical-weapons stockpile.

Diplomats at the UN say the five permanent members of the divided Security Council appear to have reached agreement on a resolution to require Syria to dismantle its chemical-weapons stockpiles. Read more.

Farewell to Arms: Iran's Rouhani calls for worldwide nuclear disarmament



A high-level conference on worldwide nuclear disarmament - that's the proposal from Iran's new President.

At the UN General Assembly, Hassan Rouhani also took the chance to call on Israel to declare its alleged weapons of mass destruction. Read more.

RT

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September 25, 2013

U.S. moves drone fleet from Camp Lemonnier to ease Djibouti’s safety concerns

The U.S. military has been forced to relocate a large fleet of drones from a key counterterrorism base on the Horn of Africa after a string of crashes fanned local fears that the unmanned aircraft were at risk of colliding with passenger planes, according to documents and interviews.

Air Force drones ceased flying this month from Camp Lemonnier,.. Read more.

Washington Post

Fighting rages in Syria as UN team returns

Chemical-arms inspectors arrive in Damascus as rebels battle government forces in Deraa, Aleppo and other provinces.

Fighting in Syria between regime troops and rebels are raging in different parts of the country,.. Read more.

Al Jazeera

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French Wine Test Finds Pesticides in Each of 92 Bottles Analyzed

Laboratory testing of 92 French wines from across the country found pesticide traces in every bottle, including those made from organically-grown grapes, consumer organization UFC-Que Choisir reported.

All findings were “well below” toxicity thresholds defined by European Union maximum-residue limits,.. Read more.

Bloomberg

Bangladesh police clash with garment workers protesting over wages

Hundreds of factories in industrial districts forced to close as police fire rubber bullets and teargas on fifth day of protests

Police in Bangladesh used batons, rubber bullets and teargas on Wednesday.. Read more.

Guardian

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'Iran's threat propaganda dangerous for world security' - Rouhani to UN Assembly



Iran poses absolutely no threat to the world President Hassan Rouhani said in his address to the UN General Assembly.

At the same time, militarism of "some players" and generalization of western values, he says, poses a true danger for the world security.

RT

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Auf Wiedersehen Austerity? European Hopes for Gentler Merkel

A sigh of relief can be heard around the Continent, where many European countries states are hopeful that a left-leaning German coalition partner could steer Angela Merkel toward a gentler course and less austerity in managing the euro crisis.

On Sunday evening, Günther Oettinger had himself chauffeured to the conservatives' Berlin headquarters to attend their election party. Read more.

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France says public debt to hit record in 2014

AFP - France said Wednesday its public debt would hit a record 95.1 percent of GDP in 2014, far higher than previous estimates, as it unveiled next year's draft budget for the embattled eurozone economy.

But the government said debt should fall back in 2015,.. Read more.

France24

September 24, 2013

Euthanasia rate hits record in the Netherlands

New figures show that the euthanasia rate in the Netherlands has climbed to 13 percent in 2012, marking the sixth consecutive year of increase.

In its annual report published on Tuesday,.. Read more.

PressTV

BRICS Countries Beset By Economic Problems



Patrick Bond: Slow growth and inflation are taking a toll in developing countries

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Fed’s Fisher: Tapering Delay Threatens Credibility

The Federal Reserve‘s failure to make the expected cut in its bond- buying programs calls the body’s credibility into question, Dallas Fed President Richard Fisher said in prepared remarks Monday.

The S&P 500 hit an all-time-high and 10-year Treasury note yields fell Wednesday.. Read more.

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Draghi: ECB could offer LTRO to keep rates low, if needed

(Reuters) - The European Central Bank is ready to offer banks more long-term loans to keep money-market interest rates from rising to levels which could push inflation too low, ECB President Mario Draghi said on Monday.

Speaking at the European Parliament, he also said that credit volumes are not yet showing the effect of the improvement in banks' funding conditions,.. Read more + video.

Reuters

September 23, 2013

Killah P - Σιγά μην κλάψω, σιγά μη φοβηθώ (I will not cry, I will not fear)


Click CC for ENG subs

On the night of September 17, 2013 approximately 25 neonazis stubbed to death 34 years old antifascist rapper Pavlos Fissas, known as "Killah P" in Keratsini, Athens.

This is one of his songs roughly translated as "I won't cry, I won't fear"

Police shakeup in wake of clampdown on Golden Dawn

Two senior officers of the Greek Police (ELAS) resigned, another four were suspended and eight were moved out of key posts yesterday as part of a crackdown on the ultra-right Golden Dawn and an investigation into possible links between the party and the force.

On the orders of Public Order Minister Nikos Dendias, ELAS launched an internal probe to.. Read more.

Ekathimerini

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Troika skeptical on primary surplus

The troika has doubts about Greek projections for a primary surplus this year and next and has begun the process of discussing with Athens the contents of the 2014 budget, which Greece’s lenders believe contains several areas that need closer inspection.

High-ranking Finance Ministry sources said that.. Read more.

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Unions launch new wave of strikes over public sector cuts

Public services are to be disrupted on Tuesday again as the country’s civil servants’ union (ADEDY) launches its second 48-hour strike in less than a week to protest an overhaul of the public sector.

Secondary school teachers, hundreds of whom have been.. Read more.

Ekathimerini

Turkish FM Davutoğlu discusses Cyprus issue with Greek counterpart

Representatives of Turkish and Greek Cypriot leaders will visit Greece and Turkey respectively in an attempt to find a political solution on the island, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu and his Greek counterpart Evangelos Venizelos agreed on Monday at a meeting in New York.

Davutoğlu and Venizelos met for more than.. Read more.

Hürriyet

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Turkey’s rich still earning eight times more than poor

Turkey’s richest 20 percent earned eight times more than the poorest 20 percent in 2012 -- an income gap that remains the same as the year before -- according to a report published by the Turkish Statistics Institute (TurkStat) on Monday.

The report suggests that the richest 20 percent of the population earned.. Read more.

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Warming Plateau? Climatologists Face Inconvenient Truth

Data shows global temperatures aren't rising the way climate scientists have predicted. 

Now the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change faces a problem: publicize these findings and encourage skeptics -- or hush up the figures. Read more.

Spiegel

Merkelism = Thatcherism 2.0? Critics accuse Merkel of pushing EU in wrong direction



Angela Merkel has won Germany's top job again - but the landslide victory is overshadowed by some tough coalition choices. The conservative bloc - Christian Democrats - took 41.5 per cent of the vote.

And that's not enough support for Merkel's party to rule on their own - as their main rivals; the Social Democrats, led by Peer Steinbrueck came in with 25.7 per cent. A coalition between the two will be hard to reach.

RT

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Four Horsemen



FOUR HORSEMEN is an independent feature documentary which lifts the lid on how the world really works.

As we will never return to 'business as usual' 23 international thinkers, government advisors and Wall Street money-men break their silence and explain how to establish a moral and just society.

FOUR HORSEMEN is free from mainstream media propaganda -- the film doesn't bash bankers, criticise politicians or get involved in conspiracy theories. It ignites the debate about how to usher a new economic paradigm into the world which would dramatically improve the quality of life for billions.

Renegade Economist

Kenya forces mount assault to end mall siege



Heavy gunfire heard from Nairobi shopping centre where al-Shabab fighters are holding an unknown people hostage.

Heavy and sustained gunfire has been heard from the Nairobi mall where Somali group al-Shabab are holed up, holding an unknown number of civilians hostage. Read more.

Al Jazeera

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MNLF commander escapes military dragnet in Zamboanga

ZAMBOANGA CITY – Top Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) commander Khabir Malik, who led rebel forces in the assault in Zamboanga City, may have escaped the military dragnet and rejoined his forces in Sulu, an intelligence source told The Manila Times Sunday.

Malik, a trusted aide of MNLF chieftain Nur Misuari, led about 200 rebels who stormed Zamboanga on September 9. Read more.

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September 22, 2013

Antibacterial Products Fuel Resistant Bacteria in Streams and Rivers

Sep. 19, 2013 — Triclosan -- a synthetic antibacterial widely used in personal care products -- is fueling the development of resistant bacteria in streams and rivers.

So reports a new paper in the journal Environmental Science and Technology, which is the first to document triclosan resistance in a natural environment. Read more.

Pakistan says six killed in US drone strike

MIRANSHAH, Pakistan — At least six people were killed in a US drone strike on a militant compound in a northwestern Pakistani tribal area on Sunday, officials said.

The attack took place in Shawal , about 55 kilometres (35 miles) west of Miranshah,.. Read more.

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Investigation to record victims of US drone attacks in Pakistan

'Naming the Dead' project will name and number people killed by drone airstrikes to challenge CIA claims of no civilian deaths

A project launched on Monday aims to record properly the names and numbers of people who are killed by US drone airstrikes in Pakistan. Read more.

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Divided Kingdom: Scots tout oil-rich future, march for independence



There's now less than a year to go before the Scottish independence vote - and supporters are marking the date with a mass march through the Northern Capital, Edinburgh. But even though time is ticking - it's far from clear which way the vote will swing.

Separatists say huge oil reserves will guarantee the country's fortunes, while London says the North and South, are better off together.

RT

Mas confident independent Catalonia would keep European status

Catalan premier Artur Mas on Thursday responded defiantly to comments by European Commission officials who reiterated this week that Catalonia would automatically be excluded from the European Union if it voted to secede from Spain.

“Catalonia will be in Europe whatever the Catalans decide,” Mas told reporters. “Our economy won’t feel it.” Read more.

El País

September 21, 2013

Dwindling Bulgarian Anti-Govt Protests Enter Day 100

Saturday is the 100th day of a string of daily anti-government rallies gathering in Bulgarian capital Sofia.

People are assembling at Nezavisimost (Independence) Sq in front of the Council of Ministers and.. Read more.

Novinite

Euro Bailout Fund: Germans Pay Less Than Their Neighbors

A new study shows that Germany contributes less per person to the permanent euro bailout fund than residents of several other countries in the European Union.

Luxembourg, Holland and Ireland are among the nations paying more per capita. Read more.

Spiegel

Romania's Powder Keg: Mine Project Launches Protest Movement

The Rosia Montana mine in Romania is currently one of Europe's most controversial projects.

Plans by Bucharest to push through approval for the large-scale mining that would eliminate an entire town have sparked mass protests. Read more.

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Welcome to US...not! 'Washington might wish to shut out Lat America voices in UN'



Venezuela has sent a letter to the UN chief asking him to take measures against the United States over the denial of visas for some members of its delegation who are scheduled to attend the UN General Assembly in New York. Read more.

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Philippine president issues ultimatum to rebels in Zamboanga City siege

MANILA, Sept. 21 (Xinhua) -- Philippine President Benigno Aquino III has issued a virtual ultimatum to the remnants of some 300 armed followers of Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) leader Nur Misuari to surrender or face the government's full military might. The rebels staged a pre-dawn attack on Zamboanga City on Sept.9.

On Friday, the 12th day of fighting between MNLF forces and the combined military and police forces,.. Read more.

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US drone strike claims seven lives in central Afghanistan

A US-led terror drone strike has claimed the lives of at least seven people and injured some others in Afghanistan's central-eastern province of Maidan Wardak. 

The US military confirmed the strike,.. Read more.

PressTV

Bolivian president to sue US govt for crimes against humanity

Bolivian President Evo Morales will file a lawsuit against the US government for crimes against humanity.

He has decried the US for its intimidation tactics and fear-mongering after the Venezuelan presidential jet was blocked from entering US airspace. RT

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Foreign Ministry sends letters to the UN on US–Western funding and arming of terrorists in Syria

Damascus, (SANA)- Foreign and Expatriates Ministry on Thursday addressed two identical letters to the UN Security Council Chairman and UN Secretary General on the continuation of the US and its Western allies and regional tools to provide funds and arms to al-Qaeda and its offshoots and the rest of the armed terrorist groups in Syria. 

Syria has inundated the UNSC and the UN Secretary-General with tens of letters including a.. Read more.

SANA

Syria hands chemical dossier to watchdog

OPCW says it has received the first details of Assad's chemical assets and expects more in the coming days.

Syria has submitted the first details of its chemical weapons to the international watchdog charged with overseeing their destruction, the organisation has said. Read more + video.

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Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory

Israeli forces killed a Palestinian civilian and wounded 4 others, including 3 children, in Jenin refugee camp, in the northern West Bank.

Israeli forces have continued to use excessive force against peaceful protesters in the West Bank. Dozens of civilians suffered tear gas inhalation. Read more.

PCHR

IDF stops Palestinians from rebuilding razed West Bank village, EU diplomats cry foul

EU diplomats say IDF manhandled them, violated humanitarian law. 

IDF soldiers clashed with Palestinians and foreign activists attempting to raise a makeshift tent encampment near Hamdat in the northern Jordan Valley in the West Bank on Friday. Read more.

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Netanyahu Scoffs at Iranian Overtures, Setting Stage for Showdown With U.S.

JERUSALEM — Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, moved quickly to block even tentative steps by Iran and the United States to ease tensions and move toward negotiations to end the nuclear crisis, signaling what is likely to be a sustained campaign by Israel to head off any deal.

Mr. Netanyahu’s office dismissed as “media spin” a flurry of statements by Iran’s new president,.. Read more.

NY Times

Rohani’s charm offensive poses difficult challenge for Netanyahu

The Iranian’s sophistication coupled with America’s disdain for confrontation begs the question: where is Ahmadinejad when we really need him?

Call it a charm offensive, seduction sortie, bewitchment blitz or wooing war,.. Read more.

Iran calls for firm int’l action against drug trade in Afghanistan

Iran’s deputy ambassador to the UN has called on relevant international bodies to firmly counter drugs production and smuggling in Afghanistan.

Speaking at a UN Security Council meeting on the situation in Afghanistan on Thursday,.. Read more + video.

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Argentine consumers’ inflation expectations for next twelve months above 30%

Argentines expect an inflation of 30% for the next twelve months despite a slight deceleration in prices which consumers admit in some periods of the current year according to the findings from the Di Tella University.

The 30% expectation is at national level and has been so for the last eleven months running to September. Read more.

MercoPress

Commission will travel to Havana to speed up negotiations with FARC: Congress

The President of Colombia’s Congress has confirmed that a commission will travel to Havana, Cuba, to express the Congress’ worries about the slow pace of the peace negotiations between the government and the country’s main rebel group FARC.

Juan Fernando Cristo told Caracol Radio.. Read more.

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Press Conference Minister Of Justice On Murder Case Helmin Wiels

WILLEMSTAD – During the press conference by the Minister of Justice, Nelson Navarro on the murder case of the late political leader, Helmin Magno Wiels, Prosecutor Guillano Schoop explained that there were actually 3 arrests made during the raids at various addresses in Curacao.

These addresses were:.. Read more.

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Sen. Allende: End ‘privileges’ of convicted human rights abusers

Piñera ‘evaluating’ closure of special prisons as daughter of ousted president calls for regular cells for those convicted of crimes against humanity.

The daughter of former President Salvador Allende has called for those convicted of human rights abuses following the coup which deposed her father to serve their time in regular prisons. Read more.

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September 20, 2013

On This Day in… 1930: Argentina’s First Military Coup

“The provisional government thanks the serious press for keeping alive, through patriotic and inspired propaganda, the nation’s civic spirit, and provoking this popular revolt against the government’s excesses” – Excerpt of manifest emitted by José Félix Uriburu, 6th September, 1930.

For the casual spectator, the events of 6th September, 1930, might have looked more like a military parade than a coup d’etat. Read more.

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‘Hitler Fled to Argentina’: Full interview with Gerrard Williamson



This part of history has been completely redacted from view, but we’ve managed to uncover some of its key elements so far…

Watch the full 21st Century Wire TV episode, “Fourth Reich in the Sun?” – where host Patrick Henningsen interviews special guest Gerrard Williams,.. Read more.

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Reinaldo Bolívar: First International Anti-Fascist Meeting



During the first International Anti-Fascist Meeting, held in Caracas, the internationalist and professor, Reinaldo Bolivar, explained the characteristics of fascism and called not to underestimate its consequences.

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Austerity to push 25mn more Europeans into poverty by 2025 - report



Inequality, unemployment, soaring debt - Europe's had its share of troubles in the five years since the financial crisis struck. The aggressive austerity programmes launched to cure the ailing economy appear to have made everyday life worse.

A new report suggests almost a third of Europeans will live in poverty by 2025.

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Europese slaven in een 'vrije' markt

Als politieke bevoegdheden op een ander niveau liggen dan de macht, worden burgers van democratie beroofd en hebben internationale bedrijven en banken het voor het zeggen

Het woord Europa komt slechts zes keer voor in de troonrede, en dan op een defensieve manier. Lees meer.

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Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro denied travel through US airspace



Venezuelan Foreign Minister, Elias Jaua, accused the United States on Thursday of denying President Nicolas Maduro's plane permission to enter U.S. airspace.

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US eatery serves food with a side of conflict

In the US city of Pittsburgh, a restaurant dishes up food for thought. The menu features cuisine from countries with which the United States is in conflict. The goal: better political and cultural understanding.

The post-industrial US city of Pittsburgh seems like an unlikely place for trying to improve diplomatic relations with countries that Americans may consider enemies. Read more.

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