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Pro-bailout parties win majority in Greek elections

BERLIN — Eurozone countries extended Sunday a hand of compromise to Greece after the victory of parties supporting the country’s international bailout, signalling some flexibility on the painful reforms. “There can’t be substantial changes in the engagements” undertaken by Greece in the bailout deal. “But I can imagine we discuss…

World Bank chief calls Spanish bailout ‘wasted’

LOS CABOS, Mexico — The head of the World Bank said Sunday that Europe’s bail-out of the Spanish banking system had been handled very badly and amounted to a wasted opportunity to contain the debt crisis. Addressing business leaders on the eve of the G20 summit in Mexico, Robert Zoellick…

French far-right’s Marine Le Pen loses bid to be in parliament

HENIN-BEAUMONT, France — French far-right leader Marine Le Pen of the National Front lost her bid to win a seat in France’s parliamentary election by a handful of votes on Sunday, results showed. Socialist Philippe Kemel, who had already claimed victory in the vote, defeated Le Pen by only 118…

Colorado wildfire weeks away from containment as conditions worsen

Wildfires continued to rage through northern Colorado on Sunday, having already destroyed the most homes of any wildfire in the state’s history. Authorities brought in additional crews over the weekend to battle flames that have scorched about 85 square miles and destroyed at least 181 properties More than 1,630 personnel…

Romney vows to do ‘the opposite’ of Obama on Middle East policy

Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney has said he will do “the opposite” of Barack Obama when it comes to Israel, returning to a line of attack that seeks to portray the president as no friend to America’s traditional Middle East ally. Speaking via videolink to religious conservatives attending the Faith…

German neo-Nazi ‘helped Munich massacre mastermind’

BERLIN — The self-proclaimed Palestinian mastermind of the 1972 Munich Olympic massacre among Israeli athletes was aided by a German neo-Nazi, Spiegel online reported on Sunday. Documents made public after a request from weekly news magazine Der Spiegel show that in July 1972, police sent the domestic intelligence service information…

U.S. won’t send checks to Europe: Romney

WASHINGTON — The United States will not bail out European countries if the eurozone economy falls apart under a spiraling debt crisis, Republican White House hopeful Mitt Romney said Sunday. “We’re not going to send checks to Europe. We’re not going to bail out the European banks. We’re going to…

Syrian opposition calls for intervention to save Homs

ISTANBUL — The opposition Syrian National Council issued a cry for help Sunday to save Homs and other cities from attacks by President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, and repeated its call for UN intervention. “The country is under a violent attack, especially Homs,” said Abdel Basset Sayda, the leader of the…

Saudi women delay driving protest after prince’s death

RIYADH — Saudi female activists who had been expected to brave a driving ban have postponed a planned day of action for Sunday following the death of Crown Prince Nayef bin Abdul Aziz, a member of the group said. “The campaign has been postponed until Friday,” said Hind al-Zahid of…

China creates model for sustainable urban living

TIANJIN ECO-CITY, China — At first glance, Tianjin Eco-City looks much like any other upscale Chinese urban development, with its rows of identical apartment blocks, wide roads and manicured verges. In fact, it is being touted as a model for sustainable living in this rapidly urbanising and heavily polluted country,…

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