OBAMA TO MEET CONGRESS LEADERS THURSDAY ON DEBT
July 5, 2011 (Reuters)--
President Barack Obama rejected proposals on Tuesday for a short-term deal
to raise the U.S. debt limit and pressured congressional leaders to reach a broad agreement within two weeks to avoid a government default by August 2
SYRIANS STAGE MASS PROTEST IN HAMA
July 1, 2011 (Christian Science Monitor)--The site of a notorious 1982 massacre that quelled an uprising saw protesters come out in force, demanding the regime of Bashar al-Assad be brought down.
MEXICAN GANGS THREATEN TO BEHEAD DEA AGENTS
July 1, 2011 (CBS NEWS/AP) Ciudad Juarez, Mexico — A spray-painted sign threatening death for U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents was found Friday next to a school in a northern Mexico state capital, officials said.
SOUTHERN SUDAN SET TO BECOME NEWEST NATION
July 4, 2011 (NPR)--On July 9, southern Sudan becomes the world's newest nation. It comes six years after a peace deal ended a two-decade civil war between Sudan's north and south.
GREECE OFFICIALLY BANS FLOTILLA SHIPS FROM DEPARTING
July 1, 2011 (Jerusalem Post)--'Audacity of Hope' organizers say Greek authorities approach ship shortly after leaving port; unclear how moves will affect overall flotilla plans.
CUBA PLANS LIMITED HOUSING AND AUTO MARKET
July 1, 2011 (Reuters) Havana, Cuba - Cuba will authorize limited housing and car markets by 2012, the Communist party newspaper Granma said on Friday, a move awaited by local residents since the early 1960s when home and most auto sales were banned.
POLAND TAKES OVER EU PRESIDENCY AT TIME OF CRISIS
July 1, 2011 (Reuters) Warsaw, Poland -- Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk promised "energetic engagement" as he took over the rotating presidency of the European Union on Friday and said the 27-country bloc was facing one of its most difficult moments.
AFTER 90 YEARS, GRAFT THREATENS CHINA’S COMMUNISTS
July 1, 2011 (NPR)--The Communist Party in China is celebrating its 90th anniversary. Inside the Great Hall was the official celebration. But in another section of Beijing, one party member used the occasion to protest what he says are corrupt party officials.