Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former head of the International Monetary Fund, and his wife, Anne Sinclair, leave a Manhattan court on June 6.
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June 30, 2011 Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who is charged with assaulting a hotel maid in Manhattan, is due in court Friday for what's being described as a proceeding that could ease his bail conditions. Sources say government officials have uncovered inconsistencies by his accuser.
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June 30, 2011 In Greece Thursday, lawmakers passed a bill clearing the way for international financial aid that is crucial to solving the country's debt crisis. As the country's Parliament debated austerity measures this week, thousands of Greek protesters took to the streets — sometimes clashing with police. In Chicago, Greek Americans and immigrants watch the turmoil in their home country with dismay.
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Public sector workers marched through the center of Manchester in northwest England on Thursday during a one-day strike to protest pension cuts.
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June 30, 2011 Thousands of British teachers and civil servants walked off the job for a day to protest pension cuts as Greece passed a final austerity bill and debt-saddled Italy and Portugal announced austerity measures of their own. The financial problems have sparked debate over whether the European Union has a long-term future.
June 30, 2011 Strikes in Britain are the latest in a series of protests sweeping Europe over the imposition of tough austerity measures aimed at controlling debt and spending. The result: a crisis of confidence. The airwaves are awash with gloomy debates over whether the European Union even has a long-term future.
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June 29, 2011 Greece's Parliament approved tough austerity measures Wednesday, prompting more protests and clashes in the streets. For some members of Parliament, the move is politically risky. Robert Siegel speaks with Spyros Kouvelis, a member of Greece's Parliament who voted for the austerity measures, about the decision — and what it means to those Parliament members whose "yes" vote may have put their political careers on the line.
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June 29, 2011 Lawmakers in Greece approved a key austerity bill Wednesday that clears the way for billions of dollars in aid and will prevent the country from defaulting on its debts. Mass demonstrations against austerity measures have been going on in Greece for weeks.
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June 29, 2011 Christine Lagarde, France's finance minister, is the new managing director of the International Monetary Fund. Lagarde will take the place of Dominique Strauss-Kahn who resigned after being arrested on rape charges in New York City.
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June 28, 2011 Google has invited former extremists — gang members, religious radicals and neo-Nazis — to meet with activists, survivors, academics and public sector officials in Dublin to discuss ways of "de-radicalizing" violent extremists using modern technology. Melissa Block speaks with Allen McDuffee, a Washington Post reporter and blogger who has been covering the Google Ideas Conference this week.
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June 28, 2011 The concept of multiculturalism is now being called into question in much of Europe. Some think it has failed.
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June 28, 2011 What happens when a country with a big foreign debt defaults? That's the question hanging over Greece. On a much bigger scale, it's a question some people fear is hanging over the U.S. Argentina may have the answers. In the 1990s and early 2000s, Argentina had hyperinflation, high unemployment, economic contraction, a run on the banks and a mounting national debt. Robert Siegel talks to former Argentine Bank president Martin Redrado about what lessons Argentina can offer Greece regarding its financial crisis.
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A demonstrator uses a slingshot during a protest against a planned high-speed rail line running through the Susa valley in Chiomonte, northern Italy.
June 27, 2011 Upset that a planned high-speed railroad line might disrupt a mountainous environment, around 2,000 demonstrators gathered late Sunday for a protest that erupted into violence early Monday. More than two dozen police officers were hurt, along with four protesters, according to reports.
The "Buranovo Babushkas" watch video, for the first time, of two of their members appearing on Russia's Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? program.
June 27, 2011 A group of babushkas, or elderly women, who live in Buranovo, Russia, have become a musical sensation. They sing Beatles tunes and songs by iconic Russian rocker Viktor Tsoi. They fly around the country for concerts. And it all started because they turned to music during tough times.
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June 26, 2011 Countries such as Greece are hanging on to the European Union by a thread. Economist Simon Johnson says if EU politicians want to reel the country back from the edge of default, they'll need to create a United States of Europe.
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Greek police unions, coast guards and firemen protest outside the finance ministry in Athens against the new austerity package.
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June 25, 2011 Next week, the Greek government will reveal a five-year austerity plan drafted by the EU, IMF and European Central Bank. The new measures include even deeper spending cuts and tax hikes. Many economists believe Greece's international lenders are prescribing a harmful and inefficient medicine.
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June 24, 2011 The Greek parliament will vote on more austerity measures next week. European leaders are demanding sacrifice as a condition of giving aid to Greece. In theory, all the debate involves avoiding default. Zanny Minton Beddoes, of The Economist, talks Steve Inskeep about the options for Greece to default on its debt.
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