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Three big questions about what happens next in Greece’s debt crisis

Monday, July 6, 2015

The Greek people have voted no to their bailout, no to austerity, and, quite possibly, no to the euro itself. That last part, though, depends on what the European Central Bank does in the coming days. Now, in the end, the “nos” won a landslide 61 percent in Greece’s referendum over whether to accept Europe’s bailout. But given the stakes, there was a little bit of farce about it. Greece …

Morning after: Greeks united, proud of their defiance

Monday, July 6, 2015

Nicky Zachary closed her family’s shoe store just a few hours after opening it Monday after the few customers who had strolled in hadn’t bought a thing. But she was not discouraged – she thinks a landmark “no” vote in a nationwide referendum has bonded Greeks together. “We can live with very little …

Seventh-Day Adventists consider gender roles

Monday, July 6, 2015

Tens of thousands of Seventh-day Adventists are meeting this week to face an issue as divisive as any in the Protestant group’s 152-year history: Does the Bible allow women to be ordained as clergy? The question has special complexity for Adventists, who to this day revere one of their founders who saw visions …

For sale in Concord: Spacious, peaceful and functional

Sunday, July 5, 2015

The lovely colonial at 20 Lake View Drive in Concord offers privacy and lots of versatile and attractive living space. Featuring three bedrooms, an additional bonus room that could serve as a fourth bedroom, and two-and-a-half bathrooms, the …

Ayotte facing a whole new political ballgame

Sunday, July 5, 2015

As far as Kathleen Veracco can recall, her daughter didn’t show much of an interest in running any kind of campaign growing up, until she was a student at Penn State seeking out a position as president of …

ISIS video shows troops’ deaths at archaeological site

Saturday, July 4, 2015

The Islamic State has released a video showing the killing of some 20 government soldiers in the historic town of Palmyra in central Syria. The video released Saturday showed the soldiers being taken in pickup trucks from the town’s notorious Tadmur prison to the amphitheater. At the theater, …

Tunisia imposes state of emergency after deadly beach attack

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Tunisia’s president declared a state of emergency Saturday in response to a second deadly attack on foreigners in three months, saying the country is “not safe” and risks collapse from further extremist attacks. With a nationwide televised address, …

IRAQ: Bombings kill 19 people around Baghdad

Saturday, July 4, 2015

A series of attacks, mainly car bombs, in Iraq killed at least 19 people and wounded dozens Saturday, authorities said. Police officials said the deadliest attack occurred Saturday night when a car bomb exploded on a commercial street in Baghdad’s western neighborhood of Amil, killing nine people and …

Draft accords of sanctions relief at Iran nuke talks in hand

Saturday, July 4, 2015

World powers and Iran have drawn up a draft document on the pace and timing of sanctions relief for the Islamic republic in exchange for curbs on Iran’s nuclear program, advancing on one of the most contentious issues …

Walker says open records restrictions will be dropped

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says he and GOP legislative leaders have agreed to completely remove a part of the proposed state budget that would severely roll back the state’s open records laws. Walker announced the decision in a joint statement Saturday with Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, Assembly …

Forgiveness of Charleston church shooter prompts discussion

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Under an outdoor tent a few blocks from Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Sharon Simmons paused while cleaning up from the previous night’s revival to ponder the idea of forgiving the white man accused of killing nine of …

News briefs for July 5, 2015

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Up-front losses would be large for Greece With aid negotiations off and ATMs running out of money, it’s not speculation any more. Greece could leave the euro. And soon. What would that mean for the Greek people and for the European Union’s 16-year-old shared currency – the crown …

McCain: U.S. must reassess Afghanistan troop withdrawal

Saturday, July 4, 2015

The ongoing Taliban offensive in Afghanistan demands a reassessment of the Obama administration’s current plan to drawdown U.S. forces, U.S. Sen. John McCain said Saturday during a visit to the country’s capital. The Republican told reporters that Afghan …