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Alexis Tsipras, from Communist youth activist to would-be Greek PM ATHENS: Alexis Tsipras, the 40-year-old leader of anti-austerity party Syriza poised to win Sunday's Greek election, has come a long way from his early days as a Communist youth activist.But he still has a youthful dislike for ties and a passion for Che Guevara. Tipped to be his country's youngest prime minister since 1865, the Greek public first learned his name in 1990, when as a 17-year-old representing a school sit-in he told a TV interviewer: "We want the right to judge for ourselves whether to skip class."An engineer by training, Tsipras was born in July 1974, a fateful year for Greece. It marked the collapse of a seven-year army dictatorship that mercilessly persecuted leftists and Communists, and culminated in a bloody crackdown against a student uprising.Once a brash Communist youth activist who enjoyed riding motorbikes and abhorred ties, the boyish father-of-two has recently sought to modify his image as ...

Antonis Samaras: embattled Greek PM seeing red over leftist peril ATHENS: Antonis Samaras, prime minister during one of the toughest periods in modern Greek history, is a late convert to austerity whose penchant for risky politics could now cost him his job.The Harvard-educated 63-year-old says salvation is in sight for Greece after six painful years of recession.But to reap the rewards, Samaras warns Greeks must shut their ears to the "gibberish" and "third-world fantasies" of the far-left Syriza party, which is leading the race with ...
Church of England's first woman bishop is witty football fan LONDON: The Church of England's Manchester United-supporting, saxophone-playing first female bishop is an ordinary woman facing an extraordinary job.Libby Lane, 48, will have to work within an organisation still deeply divided on whether she, or anyone of her gender, should be a bishop at all.Lane formally becomes a bishop on Monday during a ceremony in the Gothic splendour of York Minster in northern England.Friends say her humour and common sense will stand her in good ...
Spain ex-ruling party bigwig bailed in graft probe MADRID: An ex-treasurer of Spain's ruling party was released from prison late Thursday after posting bail pending his corruption trial, throwing the spotlight back on a scandal that has embarrassed the government months before a general election."I feel very well", Luis Barcenas told reporters as he left Soto del Real prison, north of Madrid, accompanied by his two sons.The 57-year-old has spent 19 months in custody as one of the highest profile suspects in a ...
North Korea asks top UN rights body to probe CIA torture GENEVA: North Korea on Thursday urged the UN Human Rights Council to discuss CIA torture revelations and set up an independent investigation."This morning ... I sent a letter to the president of the Human Rights Council ... requesting that the council take up the issue of CIA torture crimes committed by the United States," said So Se Pyong, North Korea's ambassador to the UN in Geneva.He told reporters that Pyongyang wants the UN's top rights ...
Cameron's Conservatives made favourites for UK election LONDON: Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservative party became favourites to win the most seats at a national election in May for the first time in three years on Thursday, according to bookmaker Ladbrokes, overtaking its nearest rival Labour. The election is set to be the closest in a generation, with opinion polls showing Labour and the Conservatives almost level pegging, and both having lost support to nationalist and single-issue parties. Ladbrokes said that while neither ...
Greek leftists Syriza extends poll lead as election looms ATHENS: Greece's anti-bailout Syriza party has widened its lead over the ruling conservatives, two surveys showed on Thursday, days before a snap national election. A poll by Metron Analysis to be published on Friday showed Syriza would win 36 percent of the vote, ahead of Prime Minister Antonis Samaras' New Democracy party which would take 30.7 percent of the vote. The 5.3 point gap is up from 4.6 points in a previous survey. A second ...


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