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Between Assad And ISIS, Syrian Christians Have Much To Fear


Worldcrunch.com / SYRIA DEEPLY Fighting between the government of Bashar al-Assad and various opposition forces continues to intensify in Daraa province, in southern Syria.

The Awkward State Of Being Greek In Germany Right Now


Worldcrunch.com / SUDDEUTSCHE ZEITUNG MUNICH — Three large cranes stand tall against the blue sky, but they’re standing still.

Miami Real Estate Market Is Hot Hot Hot. Is It Boom Or Bubble?


Worldcrunch.com / AMERICA ECONOMIA MIAMI — Luis Flores has been on a roll of late, handling real estate deal after real estate deal and helping close, in the past 18 months, on no less than $1 billion worth of property.

Tsipras Says Oxi, Egypt v ISIS, Guac Wars


Photo: Li Muzi/Zuma EUROZONE RULES OUT TALKS BEFORE GREEK VOTE Finance Ministers of the Eurozone have ruled out any negotiations over a third Greek bailout before Sunday’s referendum, but divisions are starting to show between Germany and France, Le Monde reports.

Extra! Cuban Daily Features Castro And Obama Letters

Granma, July 2, 2015 The front page of today's edition of Cuban state-owned daily Granma published in full the letters exchanged by Cuban President Raul Castro and US President Barack Obama announcing the formal re-establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries.

The Bureaucratic Nightmare Of Just Living In China


Worldcrunch.com / ECONOMIC OBSERVER BEIJING — How many certificates or other public documents does a Chinese citizen need through a typical lifetime?

July 2

Armenia’s Mini Maidan Gives Voice To New Generation


Worldcrunch.com / KOMMERSANT YEREVAN — There is little to differentiate downtown Yerevan from western European cities.

Israel Should Fear Domestic Corruption More Than Foreign Boycotts


Worldcrunch.com / CALCALIST -OpEd- JERUSALEM — The government regularly shares its fears about the politically motivated economic boycott of Israel, worried about the long-term damage to the country's economy and the specter of foreign investors running away.

Tsipras Blinks?, Sinai Attacks, US-Cuba


Photo: Haryono/Zuma TSPIRAS COULD MAKE CONCESSIONS Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has reportedly offered new concessions to the country’s financiers, even as Greece failed to meet the IMF payment deadline Tuesday night.

Extra! Spain Fears Of 'Contagion' From Greece


La Razón, July 1, 2015 Right-leaning Spanish daily La Razón declared Wednesday that "the Greek contagion is Podemos." According to the Madrid-based newspaper, allowing the Spanish left-wing populist party Podemos to come into power could undermine Spain's economy just as it has begun to recover from a deep recession.

Who Is The Real Alexis Tsipras?


Worldcrunch.com / LE MONDE ATHENS — It was about 1 a.m. on Saturday June 27 when Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras spoke into a television camera, using a tone that was neither threatening nor indignant.

Making Solar Panels That Are Eco But Not Ugly


Worldcrunch.com / LE TEMPS GENEVA — "You can have the Ford Model T in any color you want, as long as it's black," Henry Ford once said.

July 1

Greece, Iran And The Imperfect Art Of International Poker


Worldcrunch.com / LES ECHOS PARIS — Greece and the euro, Iran and nuclear power. In substance, these two negotiations have nothing to do with each other.

Greece and Iran Deadlines, Scope of Cruelty, Leap Second


Photo: Aristidis Vafeiadakis/Zuma A LAST-MINUTE DEAL FOR GREECE? With the Greek bailout due to expire tonight at midnight and Athens expected to make a $1.8 billion payment to the IMF, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is reportedly discussing with the European Commission a last-minute deal that would avoid the country defaulting on its debt.

Extra! People's Daily On China Launch of Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank


The People's Daily, June 30, 2015 The People's Daily, the official newspaper of the Chinese Communist Party, featured on its front page today a large photograph of the representatives of 50 countries that signed an agreement Monday for the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

Acid Attacks Unite Pakistani And Australians To Stop Violence Against Women


Worldcrunch.com / PortalKBR MELBOURNE — For nearly an hour the audience sits in silence as Feryal Ali Gauhar paces the stage, delivering a solo performance that spans three continents and tells the story of various women; mothers and daughters, the wealthy elite and domestic maids.

June 30

Africa’s Bruce Lee, Kung Fu Master Dominique Saatenang


Worldcrunch.com / LE MONDE DENGFENG — When Dominique Saatenang was a young boy back in his native village of Bafou, Cameroon, he was transfixed by Bruce Lee films.


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