Europe has shown a willingness to give Athens more time to
pay its debts, but says it will not yield to a new Greek
government's demands for debt forgiveness, warning that the
country's economic problems had not disappeared.
A massive, wind-whipped blizzard has slammed into the US
northeast, creating havoc for more than 60 million people and
forcing New York City to shut down on a scale not seen since
Superstorm Sandy devastated the region in 2012.
Kurdish forces have taken full
control of the Syrian town of Kobani, driving out remaining
Islamic State fighters to end a four-month battle that became
a focal point of the international fight against the
ultra-hardline Islamist group.
US President Barack Obama ended
a landmark day in India with a pledge of $4 billion in
investments and loans, seeking to release what he called the
"untapped potential" of a business and strategic partnership
between the world's largest democracies.
British Prime Minister David
Cameron said security would be reviewed, but no harm had been
done, after an apparently drunk hoaxer claiming to be the
director of Britain's eavesdropping agency was put though to
his mobile phone.
Greek leftist leader Alexis Tsipras promised that five years
of austerity, "humiliation and suffering" imposed by
international creditors were over after his Syriza party
swept to victory in a snap election.