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Kosovo War Crimes, Catalonia's Call, Minion Mayhem

GREEK STOCKS KEEP SINKING

Greek stocks have continued their descent on Tuesday, on the second day of heavy losses after a five-week shutdown of Greece's stock exchange amidst the debt crisis. All four major Greek banking stocks were down around 30% in early trading.

  • The current crash is part of a longer-term descent, as Greek stocks have lost 85% of their value since 2007, according to Greek daily Kathimerini.
  • Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos and Economy Minister Giorgos Stathakis are scheduled to meet representatives of the country's international creditors today, to discuss bank recapitalization and privatization ahead of the first round of new negotiations on Wednesday.

KOSOVO WAR CRIMES COURT

Kosovo's parliament voted late Monday night to change the constitution and create a new war crimes court. According to Balkan Insight, the court is expected is prosecute members of the now-disbanded Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) — many of whom are now part of Kosovo's political elite — over alleged war crimes that include kidnapping, torture and harvesting organs from Serb civilians.


CATALONIA CALLS FOR EARLY ELECTIONS

Catalonia is set to go to the polls next month, as regional President Artur Mas called early elections for Sept. 27, intending to use the vote as a fresh bid for independence. He announced the election as "an exceptional measure," says Tuesday's front page of La Vanguardia. Learn more about it in our Extra! feature here.


VERBATIM

"It's easy to be cynical, and to say climate change is a kind of challenge just too big for humanity to solve. I'm absolutely convinced that's wrong," U.S. President Barack Obama said Monday in Washington as he unveiled his revised Clean Power Plan, which aims at reducing CO2 emissions more than 30% by 2030.


SNAPSHOT

Photo: Erin Van Londen via Facebook

Until now, they'd only been up to mischief on the big screen, but yesterday in the Santry area of Dublin, a giant inflatable Minion got loose and flew onto a road, causing traffic mayhem before being deflated by police officers.


PAKISTAN HANGS MAN DESPITE OUTCRY

Shafqat Hussain was hanged Tuesday at a jail in Karachi for allegedly killing a seven-year-old boy in 2004, Al Jazeera reports. Hussain's case triggered international outcry after his lawyers said he was arrested as a juvenile and tortured into confessing to the murder. Pakistan has hanged nearly 200 people since December.


ON THIS DAY


On this day the man known as "the father of jazz" was born! Time for your 57-second shot of history.


ASEAN TO DISCUSS S. CHINA SEA DISPUTES

The 48th ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting has opened in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations are expected to discuss territorial disputes in the South China Sea. China's foreign minister Wang Yi told the Xinhua news agency that his country was committed to resolving disputes through negotiations and creating a Code of Conduct to maintain peace and stability in the area.


WORLDCRUNCH-TO-GO

After remaining shut out from the high-stakes economic calculus for years, Africa has now become a key component of global trade, Jean-Philippe Dorent and Pascal Lorot write for Les Echos: "Africa is also characterized by an undeniable demographic dynamism, which has directly spurred growth and is a determinant criteria for investment. No fewer than one human out of four will live in Africa by 2050. This demographic explosion comes along with the development of a middle class of 300 million people with soaring overall purchasing power. Africa attracted a record 50 billion euros in foreign direct investment in 2013, and nearly 80 billion in 2014, proving that investor perception has been changing these last few years."

Read the full article, Africa As Investor Goldmine - Why This Time It's For Real.


1.5 MILLION

Nearly 1.5 million cigarettes were seized in southern Poland, after police and customs officers raided an elaborate production and counterfeit packaging line in the mining town of Myslowice.


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Jehovah's Witnesses Translate The Bible In Indigenous Language — Is This Colonialism?

The Jehovah's Witnesses in Chile have launched a Bible version translated into the native Mapudungun language, evidently indifferent to the concerns of a nation striving to save its identity from the Western cultural juggernaut.

A Mapuche family awaits for Chilean President Gabriel Boric to arrive at the traditional Te Deum in the Cathedral of Santiago, on Chile's Independence Day.

Claudia Andrade

NEUQUÉN — The Bible can now be read in Mapuzugun, the language of the Mapuche, an ancestral nation living across Chile and Argentina. It took the Chilean branch of the Jehovah's Witnesses, a latter-day Protestant church often associated with door-to-door proselytizing and cold calling, three years to translate it into "21st-century Mapuzugun".

The church's Mapuche members in Chile welcomed the book when it was launched in Santiago last June, but some of their brethren see it rather as a cultural imposition. The Mapuche were historically a fighting nation, and fiercely resisted both the Spanish conquerors and subsequent waves of European settlers. They are still fighting for land rights in Chile.

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