Jobless families occupy Spain's tourist homes

Jul 28, 2014

Jobless families occupy Spain's tourist homes

Unable to pay her mortgage, Manoli Herrera turned over her apartment to the bank and moved into one of six abandoned buildings occupied by other jobless families in Sanlucar de Barrameda, a seaside town on Spain’s southern coast. “I did not want my two ...

Vietnam dads take on caregiver role

Jul 21, 2014

Vietnam dads take on caregiver role

When his wife moved to Taiwan nine years ago to work as a maid — earning far more than she could in the rice paddies of this northern Vietnamese hamlet — Pham Duc Viet took over the household chores and raised their two children ...

Starbucks makes long-awaited debut on Colombia coffee scene

Jul 17, 2014

Starbucks makes long-awaited debut on Colombia coffee scene

Make room, Juan Valdez, it is time to meet the green-aproned barista. On Wednesday, Starbucks made its much-anticipated debut in the country that is synonymous with coffee, after decades of roasting Colombia’s Arabica beans for billions of java lovers the world over. The three-floor ...

U.S., Europe expand economic sanctions on Russia to hit key energy firms, banks

Jul 17, 2014

U.S., Europe expand economic sanctions on Russia to hit key energy firms, banks

Both the U.S. and European Union imposed new economic sanctions on Russia Wednesday, with President Barack Obama declaring that Russian leaders must see that their actions supporting Ukraine’s rebels “have consequences.” Though the American and European sanctions were coordinated, they nonetheless exposed fissures in ...

Time Warner win would make Murdoch U.S. media king

Jul 17, 2014

Time Warner win would make Murdoch U.S. media king

Rupert Murdoch’s Twenty-First Century Fox Inc. made an audacious offer for Time Warner Inc. that, if it succeeds, would transform the American media landscape and cement the 83-year-old’s status as the most powerful magnate in U.S. media and entertainment. While Time Warner, whose assets ...

Jul 15, 2014

South Korea to fund humanitarian projects in North

South Korea has announced state funding for humanitarian projects in North Korea for the first time since Seoul imposed tough economic sanctions on Pyongyang four years ago. The South’s Unification Ministry stressed the move did not impact the ban on direct state aid to ...

Jul 10, 2014

Europe tightens curbs on organ trafficking

The Council of Europe adopted a new international convention on Wednesday making organ trafficking a criminal offense, giving the police greater scope to hunt mafia groups involved in cross-border trade. The new convention calls on governments to make it illegal for donors to be ...

Crimea euphoria fading for Russians

Jul 8, 2014

Crimea euphoria fading for Russians

When she was asked to give up a day’s pay to help Crimea, Russian hospital therapist Tatyana could not hide her anger. Why should she subsidize others when struggling to make ends meet herself? Living in southern Russia close to the border with Ukraine, ...