European leaders hold meeting on Greek bailout – live updates

European leaders are gathered a European Council meeting, but there’s little sign of progress over GreeceLatest: Meeting underway nowGreeks warn of humanitarian crisisLiquidity fearsBond yields spiked today 11.11pm GMT Tonight’s meeting will set the scene for Monday, when Greece’s prime minister visits Berlin. The Wall Street Journal reports tonight that Angela Merkel is poised to “intervene directly in a deepening rift between Greece and its international creditors”. The chancellor’s Read more [...]

Ferguson: Uneasy calm as Atty. Gen. Eric Holder to meet with leaders

After a night of uneasy calm in Ferguson, Mo., which has been rocked by unrest since the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, the county prosecutor was expected Wednesday to begin presenting evidence in the case to a grand jury, which would decide whether Darren Wilson, the white police officer who…
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Ukraine crisis: Donetsk rebel leaders still talking tough

In the "City of a Thousand Roses", five female gardeners are tending a flower bed in the centre of town. Across the street, a man is sweeping dust and leaves from the pavement. A trolleybus trundles by, stopping briefly to collect more passengers. On the surface, this is a picture of normality. Continue reading the main story “Start Quote We don't understand what's happening here, it's terrible ” End Quote Yuri Donetsk resident But, as I walk around Donetsk, the picture changes. Read more [...]

EU leaders ponder future with far right and hard left after elections

Long battle expected over post of new European commission chief as Strasbourg parliament faces deeper divisions Angela Merkel arrives for a meeting of EU leaders, in Brussels. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA The fallout from the tumultuous European elections has begun to hit politics across the continent, as a senior member of the German government labelled France's Front National fascist, a description echoed by a European commission leader. Speaking at a conference in Berlin, Wolfgang Schäuble, Read more [...]

Oregon leaders to vote on scrapping health insurance exchange

The state would switch to the federal system after its ambitious, troubled site failed to enroll anyone in a private health insurance plan.DURHAM, Ore. — Oregon officials will vote Friday on whether to become the first state to scrap its troubled insurance exchange and switch to the federal system, after spending an estimated $ 248 million on an ambitious exchange that failed in spectacular fashion. Nation - Read more [...]

Ukraine crisis: Biden to meet Kiev leaders in show of support

US Vice-President Joe Biden is to meet Ukraine's new leaders in a show of support for the pro-Western government. Mr Biden is due to discuss the upcoming elections with the country's interim prime minister and president during his visit to Kiev. A phone conversation between the US secretary of state and Russia's foreign minister earlier led to both sides blaming the other over the crisis. Meanwhile, funerals are due to take place for three men shot on Sunday. The men were killed during Read more [...]

Supreme Court ruling may be windfall for political party leaders

The Supreme Court ruling ending $ 123,200 limits in congressional races will allow party leaders to raise huge amounts of money, turning the tables on single-issue PACs, observers say. WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court's decision to lift the cap on the amount donors can contribute in a congressional election cycle promises to shift power to the political party's established leaders, who had lost ground to outside groups. Nation - Read more [...]