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Tsipras, Greece's hardened pragmatist

ImageHe's called a left-wing extremist and unpredictable. Looking at Alexis Tsipras' way to the top, the thing that stands out most is his ability to change and to adapt.


Creditor and judge over Greece: when countries go bankrupt

Insolvency protocols for sovereign states are lacking. The failed negotiations with Greece have shown that without such plans, or some form of debt relief, there will be no end to the Greek drama. Andreas Becker reports.


Syria government forces and allies enter rebel stronghold of Zabadani

The Syrian army, backed by Lebanese Hezbollah fighters, has entered the rebel-held town of Zabadani on the border to Lebanon. Capturing the town would be a boost to the government after several setbacks.


Chinese IPOs suspended to stop stock market slide

Efforts have been stepped up in China to stabilize the country's free-falling stock markets. Among other things, initial public offerings have been delayed and a stabilization fund has been set up.


Hamburg's 'Speicherstadt' warehouse district made World Heritage Site

The warehouse district, or "Speicherstadt," in the German port city of Hamburg has been put on UNESCO's World Heritage list. The city's "Kontorhausviertel" was also listed.


Heckler & Koch given negative "Closed Oyster" award for lack of transparency

A German association promoting investigative journalism has awarded arms maker Heckler & Koch with its "Closed Oyster" award. Netzwerk Recherche said the firm had attempted to have spies follow critical journalists.


'Food savers' brunch' in Berlin to protest against wastage

Two German charities have held a brunch in Berlin to protest against the high amount of perfectly good food that is thrown away each day. All of the food served at the event had been bound for the dumpster.


German business calls new right-to-stay law 'insufficient'

The head of a German employers' group has criticized a reform of the law regarding the right of asylum seekers to stay in the country. He says refugees in Germany needed still more legal security.

Latin America

Pope Francis faces highly charged issues in Latin America

The itinerary appears innocuous - on his trip to Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay, Pope Francis will meet three heads of state and millions of faithful. But politically, the trip to his home continent is highly charged.


Russian cargo rocket docks with ISS

A Russian space craft has successfully docked with the International Space Station, after a series of failures. The rocket is carrying oxygen, food and scientific equipment for the three astronauts on board the station.


England beat Germany in bronze medal play off at Women's World Cup

England's women beat Germany for the first time in 21 attempts in the third place playoff at the women's soccer World Cup. The match went to extra time before England secured the win with a penalty.

South America

Chile win first Copa America in stunning victory over Argentina

Chile defeated Argentina on penalties to win their first Copa America. Argentina's defeat marked star footballer Lionel Messi's second loss in a major international final, following last year's World Cup.


Dozens killed and injured in China shoe factory collapse

A shoe factory has collapsed in eastern China, killing and injuring a number of people, according to state media. The cause of the accident is unclear.


In Ukraine, a political power struggle comes to a head

Kyiv originally invited Alexander Kvitashvili of Georgia to come fix Ukraine's corrupt healthcare system. Now the government has unceremoniously thrown him out of office. The ecology minister has been forced out as well.

Eurozone crisis

Opinion: A watershed moment for Greece

The Greek government wants to retrospectively put responsibility for its failed negotiations with international creditors on voters' shoulders. Spiros Moscovou says this is a direct threat to the country's democracy.


In France, a rabbi, an imam and an interfaith friendship bus

Michel Serfaty is used to being called names. The rabbi has spent the past decade targeting Muslims and Jews and doing what he says the state has failed to do: promoting dialogue. Elizabeth Bryant reports from France.


Norway: Where wealth brings worries

Norway may appear to be a rich country, but are oil rich Norwegians living far beyond their means? The OECD says they are, and the problem is particularly rife among young Norwegians, as Lars Bevanger reports from Oslo.


Wimbledon Saturday: Federer cruises past hard-serving Groth

Australia's Sam Groth owns the record for the world's hardest serve. But he had no answer for the overall game of former world number-one Roger Federer, whose quest for an eighth Wimbledon title continues.


Tour de France: Dennis defies heat to set record in opener

The 2015 Tour de France is underway after an unusually heated start with an individual time trial in Utrecht. Australia's Rohan Dennis claimed the first yellow jersey after achieving a new best time for the event.