Monthly Archives: June 2015

U.S. urging parties to press forward on Greek negotiations

The United States is closely monitoring the situation in Greece and will keep urging all parties to help put Athens on a path to growth within the euro zone, the Treasury Department said on Tuesday. “The United States will continue to encourage all parties involved to press forward with negotiations that put Greece on a path toward economic growth within the Eurozone on the basis of needed economic reforms and requisite financing that achieves debt sustainability,” the statement added.

Asia steadies, euro bears Greek burden

A man gestures as he looks at boards displaying stock prices at the Australian Securities Exchange in central Sydney, AustraliaCalming after two days of wild swings, MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan inched up 0.1 percent. Japan's Nikkei firmed 0.2 percent, a second day of small gains as it stabilizes after Monday's steep fall. There was unexpectedly upbeat news from the Bank of Japan's latest survey of manufacturers which improved in the three months to June, supporting the bank's view that growth is gathering momentum.

U.S.-Cuba deal to restore ties to be unveiled on Wednesday

Chairs are prepared before a news conference in WashingtonBy Matt Spetalnick, Lesley Wroughton and Daniel Trotta WASHINGTON/HAVANA (Reuters) – The United States and Cuba have reached an agreement to reopen embassies and restore diplomatic ties severed more than five decades ago, and the historic deal will be unveiled on Wednesday, U.S. officials said on Tuesday. Nearly 6-1/2 months after U.S. President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro sealed a diplomatic breakthrough, Obama will announce the new steps toward rapprochement in the White House Rose Garden at 11 a.m. EDT (1500 GMT) Wednesday. Signaling it is likely to act in sync with the United States, Cuba's Communist government said the chief of the U.S. mission, Jeffrey DeLaurentis, would meet the interim foreign minister in Havana on Wednesday to deliver a note from Obama to Castro on the re-establishment of ties between the two former Cold War rivals.

Mark Zuckerberg says we’ll be able to send emotions to each other soon

Mark Zuckerberg says we'll be able to send emotions to each other soonMark Zuckerberg believes that one day we'll be able to directly share emotions, thoughts, and sensory feedback with each other, just as we currently share text, photos, and videos through social networks. "You'll be able to think of something and your friends will immediately be able to experience it too," the Facebook CEO said, his comments coming as part of a lengthy question-and-answer session hosted on the wall of his own Facebook profile. In addition to telepathy, Zuckerberg addressed a wide range of topics during the session, including Facebook's AI research efforts, the social network's real name policy, and the inspiration for poking.