Syria deputy oil minister resigns to join opposition
Abdo Hussameddin said he was joining "the revolution of this dignified people"
Abdo Hussameddin, 58, announced his defection in a video posted on YouTube.
He is the highest level political figure to abandon the government of President Bashar al-Assad since the uprising erupted a year ago.
..... and thanks to the dumb Germans, all the Athenians will have the money to go.
Greece turns to growth, elections after debt deal
ATHENS (Reuters) - After the success of a debt cut plan which paves the way for a 130-billion euro ($170.55 billion) international bailout, attention in Athens is shifting to politics and on how to kick-start debt-laden Greece's stricken economy, officials said on Saturday.
Greece averted the immediate threat of an uncontrolled default on Thursday when it successfully concluded a bond swap deal under which private sector creditors agreed to accept deep cuts in the value of their holdings. The deal, which cuts about 105 billion euros of the country's privately-held debt, more than half of the total, was offering Greece a second chance to slowly regain investors' and markets' trust, its central banker George Provopoulos said.
"This is a new opportunity... to gradually restore confidence in the economy's prospects," he was qu