By Andrew P. Napolitano
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Greece has avoided imminent bankruptcy after its international creditors finally agreed to give it the money it urgently needs, but the cash-strapped country's economic distress is likely to drag on for years to come.
Greece raised €4.06 billion ($5.15 billion) from the sale of short-term treasury bills Tuesday, money that will help it make a crucial debt repayment at the end of the week.
Official returns show that voters approved an amendment to insert stronger rights for children into Ireland's constitution, with a narrower-than-expected 57.4 percent "yes" vote.
Greece's coalition government faces a crucial test in Parliament as unions on Monday launched three days of escalating strikes against austerity proposals that must win lawmakers' support if the debt-crippled country is to get more aid and stave off bankruptcy.
Chinese patrol boats confronted Japanese vessels near a disputed East China Sea archipelago early Tuesday, the latest in a series of such encounters after Tokyo's nationalization of the islands last month.
In 490 B.C., the brand-new democracy at Athens faced its first existential challenge: a vast Persian army intent on crushing the Greek city-state for supporting the enemies of the Persian Emperor Darius the Great.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel got a hostile reception from many ordinary Greeks on Tuesday when she flew into Athens on her first visit to the country since its debt crisis erupted three years ago.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel got a hostile reception from many ordinary Greeks on Tuesday, when she flew into Athens on her first visit to the country since its debt crisis erupted three years ago.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel will travel to Greece next week for the first time since the debt crisis erupted to meet the country's prime minister — who warned Friday that Athens will run out of money at the end of November if it doesn't receive the next part of its bailout loans.
A fresh wave of anti-austerity strikes hit Greece Wednesday as the leaders of the governing coalition struggled to finalize further spending cuts for the coming two years — without which the country will lose its vital rescue loans.
Officials at Egypt's main international airport were reducing a backlog of delayed flights and trying to placate angry passengers on Sunday, after two days of strikes left planes grounded and some travelers stranded.
The three parties in Greece's young coalition government failed Monday to finalize a major new package of budget savings that rescue lenders are demanding as a condition for continued bailout funds the country needs to avoid getting forced out of the eurozone.
Greece's new three-party coalition government is ready to carry out long-delayed structural reforms, Prime Minister Antonis Samaras said Friday, as he acknowledged that the deficit reduction program has gone off target.
Greece is falling short of some commitments made in return for billions of euros of rescue money, the country's new finance minister admitted Thursday after meeting representatives of the country's financial rescuers for the first time.
A second Greek Cabinet member in two days has resigned, the latest casualty for the financially struggling country's new conservative-led government.
Referring to cuts made in the 2013 budget, Mr. Samaras said those "sacrifices will be the last."
Without Tuesday's sale, Athens would have found it impossible to repay the €5 billion ($6.4 billion) treasury bill maturing on Friday, the day on which Prime Minister Antonis Samaras has said Greece would run out of money.