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Government unveils reform summary after press leaks

Greece has unveiled an outline summary of reforms demanded by eurozone leaders in order to secure a bailout extension. The measures include plans to combat tax evasion and tackling fuel and tobacco smuggling. Government officials said they were releasing the summary before formally submitting it to guard against leaks to the press. The list must be approved by international creditors ... Read More »

Divers stumble across Israel’s biggest ever discovery of gold coins

The divers initially thought the gleaming object they noticed on the seafloor off the Israeli coast was a toy coin from a game. But they quickly realized they had stumbled across something a whole lot more valuable in the ancient Mediterranean harbor of Caesarea. Their chance discovery a few weeks ago led to a trove of nearly 2,000 gold coins ... Read More »

Italians rescue more than 2,000 Mediterranean migrants

The Italian coastguard has rescued more than 2,000 migrants in a major operation off the Libyan coast, officials say. During the rescue, search teams were threatened by Kalashnikov-wielding men who approached in a speedboat from Libya, Italian officials said. Last week, at least 300 migrants perished in the Mediterranean Sea. They were travelling in dinghies that ran into trouble during ... Read More »

ISIS Beheads 21 Christians

A video has emerged showing the beheadings purportedly of 21 Egyptian Christians who had been kidnapped by Islamic State (IS) militants in Libya. The footage shows a group wearing orange overalls, being forced to the ground and then decapitated. Egypt reserves the right to respond in any way it sees fit, its President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has said. IS militants ... Read More »

200 Migrants Drown In Deadly Boat Mishap

More than 200 migrants are dead after the motorboats they were travelling on sank in the Mediterranean Sea, the UN’s refugee agency says. “Nine were saved after four days at sea. The other 203 were swallowed by the waves,” UNHCR’s spokeswoman in Italy, Carlotta Sami, said on Twitter. She called the situation a “horrible and enormous tragedy”. On Monday, at ... Read More »

Gay Marriage Will Soon Be Fully Legalized-Obama

President Barack Obama is predicting that the Supreme Court will legalize same-sex marriage — now allowed in 37 states — once and for all this year. Obama’s comments come after the nation’s high court refused to grant temporary delays to states that have had their laws restricting marriage to one man and one woman invalidated, sending a signal that justices ... Read More »

U.S. officials warn of increase of ISIS foreign fighters

The number of foreign fighters traveling to join ISIS’s ranks is increasing at an alarming rate, a top U.S. counterterrorism official is warning. Nicholas Rasmussen, director of the National Counterterrorism Center, said more than 20,000 fighters, from more than 90 countries, have traveled to the ISIS battlefield, according to testimony CNN obtained in advance of a House Homeland Security Committee ... Read More »

China executes mining tycoon

China has executed a mining tycoon found guilty of murder and running a “mafia-style” organization, state media reported Monday. Liu Han, 48, the former chairman of Hanlong Group, was executed along with his brother, Liu Wei, and three associates, official news agency Xinhua reported. The men met with their families before they were executed, Xinhua said. Liu has been linked ... Read More »

Malaysia court upholds sodomy conviction against opposition leader

Malaysia’s top court on Tuesday upheld the conviction of opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim on the charge of sodomizing a former political aide, prompting criticism from human rights activists. The decision appeared likely to be the final chapter in a lengthy and politically contentious legal battle, taking Anwar out of contention for elections for the foreseeable future. Anwar, 67, was acquitted ... Read More »

Taiwan Holds Mourning Day For Crash Victims

Cabinet Spokesman Sun Lih-chyun on Monday said Taiwan will hold a day of mourning on Tuesday for victims of the TransAsia Airways crash last week. “We have notified all government agencies across the country to fly the national flag at half-mast on Tuesday to mourn for the victims,” Sun told reporters. Report says Tuesday marked the seventh day since the ... Read More »