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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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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 dating from the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, the volunteer-staffed social pharmacy of Hellinikon has handed out free medicine to hundreds of poverty-stricken patients, keeping some of them out of ...

Vans teases mysterious magical Harry Potter shoes - CNET

Accio Vans! Get ready to slither your feet into some Slytherin shoes... and there's spellbinding apparel to boot.

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Vans announces Harry Potter-themed shoes, apparel and accessories are coming soon

For Harry Potter fans, this is a dream come true not a magic trick. Vans is working on a "magical" collaboration with shoes, apparel and ...

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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 ...

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Ghanian Rapper Turned Director Taps Traditional Themes in First Film

A new film called "The Burial of Kojo" is a tale of family tensions with an overlay of magical realism. Set in Ghana, it is the first feature from Blitz Bazawule, a Ghana-born rapper and director. As Mike O'Sullivan reports from Los Angeles, the ...

Magical Italian village that 'witches' call home

Piedmont might be famous for its wine, white truffles and lavish castle, but there's far more to this idyllic region of Italy than meets the eyes.

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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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Fashion Capital New York Considers Banning Sale of Fur

A burgeoning movement to outlaw fur is seeking to make its biggest statement yet in the fashion mecca of New York City. Lawmakers are pushing a ...

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Opinion: Golf needed this magical time at Augusta National

Two weeks of unbridled joy, instant classics and spine-tingling moments that will be talked about for generations after special fortnight at ...

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Sources: Iran's Oil Exports Hit 2019 Low in April

Iran's crude oil exports have dropped in April to their lowest daily level this year, tanker data showed and industry sources said, suggesting buyers are curbing purchases before Washington clamps down further on Iranian shipments as expected next ...

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PM: Greece Gains Economic 'Freedom' by Repaying IMF Loans Earlier

Repaying earlier expensive International Monetary Fund loans is a significant step for Greece which will create favorable conditions for its economy, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Monday, promising more relief measures. "We are gaining points of [economic] freedom," Tsipras said during an interview with Greece's Antenna television. Greece ...

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It's Leviosaaa! The Magical Movie Career of Emma Watson: From Harry Potter to Beauty and the Beast

Honestly, what's not to love about Hermione Granger, err, we mean Emma Watson?! The British actress is celebrating her 29th birthday today and we can't believe she's already...

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Kenya's Cherono Wins Men's Boston Marathon in Sprint to Tape

Two-time Boston Marathon champion Lelisa Desisa turned onto Boylston Street with a sliver of a lead, leaning in front of two other runners with the finish line in sight. Unfortunately for him, one of them was the fastest man in the ...

Study: Aegean farmers replaced hunters of ancient Britain

Scientists say a wave of migrants from what is now Greece and Turkey arrived in Britain some 6,000 years ago and virtually replaced the existing ...

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Greece: Free our marbles from British Museum's 'murky prison'

Greece's president called on Monday for Britain to free the Parthenon marbles from the "murky prison" of its national museum, upping the rhetoric in ...

A peek inside Changi Airport's Jewel finds magical gardens, the world's tallest waterfall and a mall

"Not only will Jewel augment Singapore Changi Airport's offerings," said Jewel CEO Hung Jean during a preview of the space, "it will also strengthen Singapore as an attractive tourist destination."

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China Enlarges Its Circle in Europe, and Tries to Convince Europeans It Comes in Peace

On Friday, Greece joined the thickening ranks of China’s economic allies in Europe. But European officials remain wary of China’s intentions.

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Poetry: In ‘Magical Negro,’ Morgan Parker’s Poems Challenge White Ideas of Blackness

Parker’s third collection provides its audience a space to celebrate black excellence and black joy as well as to commiserate about injustice.

'Three-person' baby boy born in Greece

A team of Greek and Spanish doctors has produced a baby from three people using a controversial IVF technique.

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How Measles Is Making a Return in New York and Elsewhere

New York City declared a public health emergency Tuesday and ordered mandatory vaccinations for measles in a part of Brooklyn that is home to a large ...

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Ancient Shipwreck to Be Made Accessible to Divers in Greece

Near the northern Greek island of Alonissos lies a remarkable ancient shipwreck: the remains of a massive cargo ship that changed archaeologists' ...

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How much would it cost to visit every Disney park on Earth?

Follow this Mouscapade from Florida to California, through Asia and then Europe to find out how much a tour of the magical world of Disney would ...

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Pentagon eyes F-35 sales to Greece, Romania and Poland: U.S. official

The United States is considering expanding sales of Lockheed Martin Corp-made F-35 fighter jets to five new nations including Romania, Greece and Poland as European allies bulk up their defenses in the face of a strengthening Russia, a Pentagon official told Congress on Thursday.

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See Sonja Morgan's The Real Housewives of New York City Berkshires Breakdown Over...Letters?

Something magical happens when ladies of The Real Housewives of New York City go to Dorinda Medley's excessively decorated home (no matter the holiday) in the Berkshires. Inhibitions are...

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Migrants gather near Greece's northern border, seeking to cross

Dozens of refugees and migrants stuck in Greece gathered in a field near the country's northern border on Thursday, seeking to travel onward to northern Europe.

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