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By John R. Bolton
The president fiddles at his domestic altar while the world burns
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Topic - Hellenic Parliament
) is the Parliament of Greece, located in the Parliament House (Old Royal Palace), overlooking Syntagma Square in Athens, Greece. - Source: Wikipedia
Leftist parties say violent, racist thugs demonstrate the right's true values
Financial markets remained volatile Thursday, a day after concerns over the U.S. fiscal situation combined with renewed worries over the European economy to hammer stocks.
Police clashed with protesters hurling petrol bombs and bottles in central Athens on Wednesday, after an anti-government rally called as part of a general strike in Greece turned violent.
Triple jumper Voula Papachristou was expelled from Greece's Olympic team Wednesday for her comments on Twitter mocking African immigrants and expressing support for a far-right party.
Mounting political tensions and frustration at a lack of resolution over whether Greece will get a vital bailout rekindled fears Thursday that Europe's debt crisis could spread to other countries.
Greece faces further hurdles and delays before it can receive a second $171 billion bailout in spite of its lawmakers voting through more austerity measures in the face of violent protests.
Greece faces further hurdles and delays before it can receive a second, 130-billion-euro ($171 billion) bailout in spite of its lawmakers voting through more austerity measures in the face of violent protests.
Investors shook off their worries about Greece on Monday and got back to their routine of little-by-little gains.
The Greek government's victory in a confidence vote helped steady markets on Wednesday ahead of an interest rate decision from the Federal Reserve, though a shock profit warning from Dutch lighting and electronics firm Philips kept sentiment in check.
Government regulators sued an oil company Friday for 21 spills of crude oil and other harmful pollutants in Santa Barbara County waterways.