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  • Debt relief for Greece? Rules first.

    After five years of temporary fixes to Greek debt, some debt relief for the country is now a live topic. As new talks begin for a bailout loan, both lenders and Greece must keep emotions at bay.

  • An Uber challenge in presidential race

    The election contest has already begun to grapple with the new economy of the ‘worker-entrepreneur.’ Each party may need to shed old notions about the source of wealth.

  • Why more countries woo foreign investors

    When Mexico sells oil plots to foreign investors or China creates special zones of freedom for foreign firms, they do so for more than material gain.

  • Deeper opportunities in Iran nuclear pact

    The nuclear deal with Iran must withstand many tests to achieve its aim. Yet also worth testing is whether it will lessen conflicts within the Muslim world, especially over the use of violence in the name of Islam.

  • Europe’s silver lining in the Greek deal

    The Greek crisis taught the European Union that a single currency needs greater political union. The reform plan for Greece includes a way to track its financial obligations to the eurozone.

  • Global drive on corruption should start at home

    Soon after Britain asked world leaders to expose corruption, it decided to tackle money laundering in London’s property market. The best leadership against graft is taking action against it.

  • How to rescue South Sudan

    President Obama helped create the new country of South Sudan, and now he’s trying to save it from a violent civil war. He and others must first focus on building national identity and social trust.

  • Turkey’s motives in its war on Islamic State

    First the Iran nuclear deal and now Turkey’s strategic decision to hit Islamic State in Syria has shaken the Middle East. Both events, however, should be seen as possible steps toward peace.

July 29, 2015

Photos of the day 07/29

Four white lion cubs, born two weeks ago, are seen during their media debut at Taigan Safari Park in Belogorsk, Crimea, Wednesday.

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