Greece's government registered a $3.5 billion primary budget surplus for the first half of this year. It's a rare bit of good economic news for the country. The figure does not include interest payments, social security payments or local government debt. But the figure suggests that public financing is getting back on track.
In April, Secretary of State John Kerry turned an effort into recognizing the importance of South America into a gaffe when he referred to the region as the United States' "backyard." He's now in that backyard trying to build warmer relations with Colombia and Brazil.
Some aid workers are describing Syria as "the humanitarian crisis of this generation." United Nation's agencies are still struggling to get aid to rebel-held areas, and are seeking support in a divided U.N. Security Council.
When Detroit filed for bankruptcy protection last month, the people in Windsor, which is located directly across the Detroit River, took note. And while Detroit's economic troubles are far deeper than Windsor's, the two cities' economic fortunes are linked.
Robert Siegel speaks with former Egyptian parliamentarian Abdul Mawgoud Rageh Dardery. He is a member of Egypt's "Freedom and Justice Party," which is the Muslim Brotherhood's political arm. He talks about the parties terms for ending street protests and the anti-U.S. sentiment of Egyptians.
More than 100 years after the eradication of cholera in the island nation of Haiti, the disease has reemerged with a vengeance. A new study out of Yale University traces the outbreak back to an infected Nepalese disaster response team, dispatched by the UN in the aftermath of Haiti's massive 2010 earthquake. Robert Siegel speaks with the study supervisor, Muneer Ahmad.
Egypt's interior minister announced he is resurrecting much-hated security agencies that stifled dissent and helped Hosni Mubarak stay in power for three decades. They were a key target of protestors who forced his ouster in early 2011 and seemed to disappear from the scene for much of what's transpired in Egypt since. But as it turns out, they never went away and this time, have a popular mandate that many Egyptians fear is making them more dangerous than ever.
A promotional stunt went awry in Seoul, where LG Electronics promised to give away 100 advance models of its upcoming G2 phone to people who caught a balloon holding a coupon for the $850 device. Some members of the crowd reportedly brought BB guns and other weapons; about 20 people were reportedly injured.
When you put a librarian and a historian in the kitchen with a centuries' old cookbook, you get a lot more than recipes. You also get a sense of how much the way we eat has changed — from how we define dessert to the size of our eggs.
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