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Jobless Greek youth find innovative ways to make a living

Greece has the highest percentage of unemployed young people in Europe, but many are finding innovative ways to make a living Angelos Koulis doesn’t like the term “lost generation” but he accepts that, in theory, he is part of it. Like many young Greeks, the 19-year-old is the first to…

Immigration source: Snowden applied for asylum in Russia

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden has applied for political asylum in Russia, a Russian immigration source close to the matter said on Monday. The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said a Wikileaks activist who is traveling with Snowden handed his application to a…

Putin and Obama order security agencies to find way out of Snowden impasse

Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Barack Obama have ordered the chiefs of their respective security agencies to find a way out of the impasse caused by fugitive leaker Edward Snowden’s stay in a Moscow airport, a senior official said on Monday. “Of course (Putin and Obama) don’t have…

3-year-old Japanese boy receives partial lung transplant from mother

Part of a Japanese woman’s lung was transplanted to her three-year-old son Monday in what was described as the world’s first successful graft of a middle lobe from a living donor, a hospital said. Lung transplants from living donors usually involve transferring the inferior lobe which has greater breathing capacity.…

Robbers posing as French police steal $261,000 from Saudi man

Robbers posing as policemen made off with 200,000 euros ($261,000) belonging to a senior official from the Saudi youth and sports ministry just after he landed in Paris, police said Monday. The audacious robbery was staged on the busy A1 highway near Le Bourget airport. The robbers were armed and…

Appeals court throws out digital books lawsuit against Google over class action status

(Reuters) – A federal appeals court on Monday said a lawsuit against Google Inc’s effort to create the world’s largest digital books library should not have been allowed to proceed as a class action. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York said Circuit Judge Denny Chin erred…

Jurors to hear Zimmerman’s account of Trayvon Martin’s death

By Barbara Liston SANFORD, Florida (Reuters) – Jurors are expected to hear neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman’s description of how he shot unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin in a Florida murder trial that moved into the second week of testimony on Monday. Zimmerman gave several statements to police, including one just…

Pakistan minister suggests Afghanistan should share power with the Taliban

By Dylan Welch and Hamid Shalizi KABUL (Reuters) – Pakistan has floated the concept of an Afghan power-sharing arrangement between Kabul and the Taliban as part of a peace talks “end game”, Afghan Deputy Foreign Minister Ershad Ahmadi said on Monday, a suggestion met with outrage in Kabul. The idea…

Texas abortion fight to reignite in second special session

By Corrie MacLaggan AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – When the Texas Legislature convenes on Monday for a second special session, the Republican majority will seek to do what it couldn’t pull off in the first, when Democrat Wendy Davis stalled the measure for hours: Pass sweeping abortion restrictions. Opponents who crowded…

San Francisco BART system shuts down as workers go on strike

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Union workers at the San Francisco Bay Area’s BART commuter rail system went on strike early Monday morning, setting the stage for transport chaos across much of the region. The strike by 2,400 BART workers came after acrimonious negotiations centered on wage and benefit issues broke…

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