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DALLAS — The gunman who took four people hostage at a Texas synagogue in a 10-hour standoff that ended in his death was checked against law enforcement databases before entering the US but raised no red flags, the White House said.

WASHINGTON — One year into a presidency defined by lofty ambitions and at-times frustrating shortfalls, President Joe Biden will try to talk anxious Americans through the challenges of delivering on his lengthy to-do list as he holds a rare news conference and asks for patience with the pace of progress.

SYDNEY — Three of Tonga's smaller islands suffered serious damage from tsunami waves, officials and the Red Cross said Wednesday, as a wider picture begins to emerge of the destruction caused by the eruption of an undersea volcano near the Pacific archipelago nation.

WASHINGTON — Voting legislation that Democrats and civil rights leaders say is vital for protecting democracy appeared headed for defeat as the Senate churned into debate, a devastating setback enabled by President Joe Biden's own party as two holdout senators refuse to support rule changes to overcome a Republican filibuster.

ATHENS - Although the COVID-19 pandemic has been slowly easing overall - deaths are up - the numbers of admissions to hospitals and the unrelenting Omicron Variant will likely mean that health restrictions in Greece will stay in place at least through January.

ATHENS - "The government fiestas over the Rafale [aircraft] cannot hide the fact that, in the tragic conditions of the pandemic and soaring prices, the people are being called upon to assume - with the responsibility of the government and the other parties that voted for them - the excessive cost of these warplanes, which mainly serve the country's involvement in the aggressive plans of the Euro-Atlantic imperialist alliances of the ruling class," the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) said in a statement on Wednesday.

ATHENS - Greece on Wednesday opened the book-building process for a new 10-year bond issue, tapping the capital markets for the first time in 2022 and seeking to raise about 3 billion euros.

BRUSSELS - Movement for Change (KINAL) MEP Eva Kaili was on Tuesday elected Vice-President of the European Parliament as a candidate of the Socialists & Democrats (S&D) party.

The desperate attempt of yet another minister in the Greek government to take credit for and benefit from expatriates being able to access the electronic services of the registries of the Greek state at Greek consulates has provoked concern but mainly laughter.

Elias Mosialo is the Greek representative to the World Health Organization.

STATEN ISLAND, NY – For yet another year, the community of Holy Trinity-St Nicholas in Staten Island honored couples celebrating 50+ years of marriage with a modest ceremony held at the church immediately following the Divine Liturgy on January 16.

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Politics

ANKARA - Turkey's swiveling between offering diplomacy or gunboats and demands that Greece take troops off its islands near Turkey's coast is roiling the waters between the countries and plans to hunt for energy.

United States

NEW YORK – Grammy-nominated artist Eric Alexandrakis announced his latest release due out on February 1, titled Good Girls Never Waltz With Me, another new genre-bending addition to his critically acclaimed TERRA series of releases.

General News

ATHENS – Five members of the World Hellenic Interparliamentary Association (WHIA), with Rhode Island State Senator Leonidas Raptakis as head of the group, visited Evros on January 12-13.

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Big Voting Bill Faces Defeat as 2 Dems Won’t Stop Filibuster

WASHINGTON — Voting legislation that Democrats and civil rights leaders say is vital for protecting democracy appeared headed for defeat as the Senate churned into debate, a devastating setback enabled by President Joe Biden's own party as two holdout senators refuse to support rule changes to overcome a Republican filibuster.

Despite Huge Volcano Blast, Tonga Avoids Widespread Disaster

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — The blast from the volcano could be heard in Alaska, and the waves crossed the ocean to cause an oil spill and two drownings in Peru.