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Greek 2018 Primary Budget Surplus Exceeds Forecasts

Greece's budget performance in 2018 was better than expected following some revenue-boosting measures by the government. According to the country's statistical agency, Greece recorded a primary budget surplus, which excludes the cost of servicing the country's vast public debt, of 4.4 percent of its annual output. That's ahead of government ...

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Zimbabwe Wildlife Orphanage Rescues, Educates Against Poaching

An animal orphanage in Zimbabwe is one of the organizations leading efforts to ensure poaching and development do not wipe out the wildlife of the southern African nation.  About half an hour drive southeast of Bulawayo is a special orphanage caring for abandoned and injured animals. The Chipangali Wildlife Orphanage is home to 25 animal ...

NYC adds 5-cent fee for paper bags after state bans plastic bags

Stores in the Big Apple will start charging a nickel per paper bag next year to help reduce the city's solid waste

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Crisis-hit Greeks Foot Steep Bills for Health and Education

Every month, when his respiratory medicine runs out, Dionysis Assimakopoulos heads to the most unlikely pharmacy in Athens. Amid derelict stadiums ...

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Study: Many Teens Don't Know E-Cigarettes Contain Nicotine

A new study shows that many teenagers who use e-cigarettes do not understand the amount of addictive nicotine they are inhaling.  The study, ...

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Sri Lanka needs exemplary leadership during this national catastrophe | Dilrukshi Handunnetti

Bickering and passing the buck for government failures will not help either the country or families of bombing victimsThe bombings in Sri Lanka, targeting Christians as they prayed on Easter Sunday and tourists in hotels, have struck the country ...

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Sri Lanka's bomb carnage casts pall over tourism revival

With its capital under curfew following devastating Easter Sunday bomb attacks on churches and upmarket hotels, Sri Lanka is filled with fear, horror and grief and tourists who have been flocking to the Indian Ocean island could cancel in droves.

Supreme Court to decide if U.S. law covers LGBT job discrimination

The U.S. Supreme Court said Monday it will decide whether existing civil rights law bans discrimination in the workplace based on sexual orientation.

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A farm paints sheep plaid to fool tourists!

A funny farmer spray paints her sheep tartan to make tourists think the sheep are naturally plaid. Buzz60’s Mercer Morrison has the ...

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Macedonian pro-Western, nationalist candidates tied in presidential vote

Macedonia's pro-Western candidate, Stevo Pendarovski, and his main rival Gordana Siljanovska-Davkova emerged tied in the first round of presidential ...

Notre Dame Cathedral: An appreciation

It had withstood a war, a revolution and neglect, as well as the impact of 30,000-40,000 tourists a day. But there was so much more than stone to Notre Dame Cathedral. David Turecamo reports on the heritage of the Paris landmark that was damaged by ...

Notre Dame, the world's church

It had withstood a war, a revolution, neglect, and the impact of up to 40,000 tourists a day. But there is so much more than stone to the Parisian cathedral damaged by fire this week

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Earth Day 2019 Looks at Human Effect on Planet

On April 22, more than 1 billion people in 192 countries are expected to take part in a global day of political and civic action for the Earth. People will march, plant trees, clean up their cities, parks, beaches and waterways, politicians will announce policies, and corporations will pledge to work toward sustainability — all to mark Earth Day ...

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Sri Lanka temporarily bans social media after terrorist bombings

Extremist violence has once again prompted Sri Lanka to put a halt to social media in the country. The government has instituted a "temporary" ban on social networks, including Facebook, WhatsApp and Viber, after a string of ...

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Macedonians vote in election dominated by splits over name change

Macedonians vote on Sunday in a presidential election dominated by deep divisions over the change of the country's name to North Macedonia under a ...

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We watched Notre Dame burn. Can we recapture her spirit?

Paris residents looked on in horror as their beloved ‘lady’ went up in flames. Now a new battle begins: how best to rebuild her for the centuries ...

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Plane carrying Madeira bus crash survivors lands in Germany

An air force medical plane carrying the injured survivors of a bus crash that killed 29 German tourists in Madeira landed in Germany on Saturday as authorities on the Portuguese island investigate what caused this week's accident.

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Salt Lake Temple Closing for Four-Year Renovation

An iconic temple central to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints faith will close for four years for a major renovation to help it withstand earthquakes and be more welcoming to visitors, leaders said Friday.  Authorities are also keeping a careful eye on construction plans after a devastating fire this week at Notre Dame cathedral in ...

Bunny bans seek to stop Easter holiday purchases of live rabbits

Americans looking to buy real live Easter bunnies won't find them for sale at pet stores in California and dozens of cities

US judge blocks part of Ohio ban on abortion procedure

A federal judge has blocked part of a new Ohio law that bans the abortion method of dilation and evacuation in most cases.

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Dutch tulip forecast: brilliant, with a chance of tourists

As spring flower fields around the Netherlands burst into bloom, painting the countryside with dazzling swathes of red, white, and blue, a modern day ...

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After Social Media Bans, Militant Groups Found Ways to Remain

Hezbollah and other groups classified as terrorist organizations by the United States have changed their social media strategies to stay on Facebook, ...

Facebook bans several UK far-right groups and individuals

Facebook says it has banned several British far-right groups and their leaders for spreading hatred

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What travelers need to know about sunscreen bans

Here are some of the most popular destinations that have banned nonbiodegradable sunscreens, and how you can switch to a responsible alternative.        

Iraq bans violent video games, citing 'negative effects' of years of violence

Iraq's parliament votes to ban popular online video games, including PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds and Fortnite, citing their "negative" influence especially on the young in a country long plagued by real-life bloodshed.

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Greek parliament debates war reparations claim against Germany

The Greek parliament will vote Wednesday on whether Greece should pursue billions of euros in reparations from Germany for the Nazi occupation during World War Two, an issue Germany says was settled long ago.

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