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Experience the Culture at the Second Annual Pan African Festival of Oregon

Event will take place from 12 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. August 11 ...

Oregon Humane Society Photo Contest Now Open

Submissions for annual pet photo contest open until August 15 ...

Mark Christopher Lawrence to Perform at Harvey’s Comedy Club July 13-15

Former Big Mike of “Chuck” will perform at 7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 7:30 Sunday ...

Dragon Fest 2018

Lions, dragons and breakdancers descend on Seattle’s Chinatown-International District for the Pacific Northwest’s largest...

Editorials from around Oregon

Selected editorials from Oregon newspapers:_____Albany Democrat-Herald, July 18, on election reform:On Tuesday, President Donald Trump said he misspoke the previous day about whether he believed the assessment of his intelligence agencies, that Russia meddled with the 2016 elections.During a press...

Advancing wildfire prompts evacuations in Oregon

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has invoked an emergency order in response to a wildfire burning in two north-central counties and mandatory evacuations for dozens of households.The Emergency Conflagration Act announced early Wednesday allows the Oregon fire marshal to mobilize...

Advancing wildfire prompts evacuations in Oregon

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has invoked an emergency order in response to a wildfire burning in two north-central counties and mandatory evacuations for dozens of households.The Emergency Conflagration Act announced early Wednesday allows the Oregon fire marshal to mobilize...

Detectives investigate death of Spokane County Jail inmate

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The Spokane County Sheriff's Office says detectives are investigating the death of an inmate at the county jail.The prisoner was found dead in a cell a little after 1 p.m. Tuesday. The death was discovered while inmates on that floor were being released from their cells...

OPINION

A Letter from America’s Children

American children struggling with poverty, violence and homelessness, deserve media coverage, too ...

Rep. Maxine Waters Takes Strong Stand for Fair Housing

Congresswoman Maxine Waters recently stepped up to file legislation designed to cure many of regressive ills pushed by Secretary Carson ...

10 Indoor Plants Every Pet Lover Must Have

Dr. Jasmine Streeter shares her tips on stress-busting plants ...

NAACP Statement on Nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court

NAACP opposes Kavanaugh's confirmation to the D.C. Circuit ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

South Africa, Obama mark Mandela centennial with charity

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africans along with former U.S. President Barack Obama were marking the centennial of anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela's birth on Wednesday with acts of charity in a country still struggling with deep economic inequality 24 years after the end of white minority...

Texas executes man for 2004 slaying of store owner

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A Texas prisoner was executed Tuesday evening for the fatal shooting of a San Antonio convenience store owner after courts turned down appeals that the state parole board improperly rejected the inmate's clemency request because he's black.Christopher Young, 34,...

The Latest: Texas executes man for 2004 store owner slaying

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — The Latest on the Texas execution (all times local):6:45 p.m.A 34-year-old Texas prisoner has been executed for the fatal shooting of a San Antonio convenience store owner during an attempted robbery nearly 14 years ago.Christopher Young received a lethal injection...

ENTERTAINMENT

Film Review: Denzel Washington kills in 'The Equalizer 2'

You won't usually find Denzel Washington in a movie sequel. He just doesn't do them. Something about not wanting to repeat himself. So there must be something special indeed for him to break his own rule for "The Equalizer 2."Fans of the first film will instantly know why Washington is drawn to the...

A Comic-Con without Marvel, HBO gives others a chance to pop

Over 130,000 pop culture devotees are descending on San Diego's Gaslamp District on Wednesday for the annual four-day comic book convention Comic-Con, the big, bright and very heavily branded confab of costumed superfans and the corporate sponsors vying for their attention — and...

Chris Christie to 'set record straight' in 'Let Me Finish'

NEW YORK (AP) — Chris Christie has a book coming out next year and he doesn't plan on holding back.Hachette Books confirmed to The Associated Press on Wednesday that the former New Jersey governor's "Let Me Finish: Trump, the Kushners, Bannon, New Jersey, and the Power of In-Your-Face...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

A Comic-Con without Marvel, HBO gives others a chance to pop

Over 130,000 pop culture devotees are descending on San Diego's Gaslamp District on Wednesday for the annual...

Done deal: Leonard goes to Raptors, DeRozan goes to Spurs

The Kawhi Leonard saga in San Antonio is finally over. So is DeMar DeRozan's time in Toronto.An NBA summer...

Trump: New Air Force One to get red, white and blue makeover

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says Air Force One is getting a patriotic makeover.Trump says the...

Nazi hunter slams right-wing singer at Croatia celebration

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — The Nazi-hunting Simon Wiesenthal Center has strongly criticized a far-right...

Australia succeeds in stopping migrants but many in limbo

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — When Abdul Aziz reached Australia's Christmas Island aboard a smuggler's boat in...

1st commercial flight from Ethiopia to ex-rival Eritrea

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Hailed as "the bird of peace," the first commercial flight from Ethiopia to former...

Mark Thompson CNN Money

LONDON (CNNMoney) -- Signs of economic recovery are popping up in Europe. But not in Greece.

Stuck in recession for a sixth consecutive year, Greece reported a jobless rate of 27.6% in May, a new record high. The unemployment rate stood at 27% in April.

Most worrying is the rate of youth unemployment. Almost 65% of Greeks aged 15-24 are unable to find work.

The figures are adjusted to take account of seasonal fluctuations caused, for example, by an upturn in employment in tourism during the summer months.

The number of Greeks out of work has increased by nearly 200,000 to 1.38 million over the past 12 months, and by one million over five years.

Greece has been kept afloat since 2010 by funds drawn from a €240 billion bailout program financed by the European Union and International Monetary Fund.

But the emergency loans have come with tough conditions attached, including savage austerity measures that have contributed to a massive contraction of the economy. Greek GDP has shrunk by about 30% since 2008.

Alarmed by the longest recession since the euro was launched and record unemployment, EU leaders have slowed up the pace of their austerity drive in recent months. And there are signs that activity is picking up.

An easing of recession in Spain and Italy, combined with stronger data in Germany, suggests the eurozone as a whole may have managed to eke out growth in the three months to June after six consecutive quarters of contraction. The eurozone rate of unemployment may also have peaked.

After years of tax increases and spending cuts, Greece has been given the green light to cut sales tax on food and drink in restaurants to 13% from 23%.

The tax break -- which will last until the end of 2013 -- is a bid to boost spending and tourism across the country but will cost the government €100 million in lost tax revenue in the short term.

The lack of scope for further stimulus measures was reflected in a recent report by the IMF which identified an €11 billion euro funding shortfall over the next two years. That could mean Greece's eurozone partners will be called on to provide more "debt relief," a move that would be deeply unpopular, particularly in Germany.

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