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Debt talks mired in theater


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Debt talks mired in theater
WASHINGTON — While the White House and Congress clash, a rapidly approaching debt ceiling deadline looms on the horizon: Aug. 2. Contrary to some opinions, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) really wants a deal. Yet, there are mixed signals emanating from the House GOP leadership helm.
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GLOBALMAXIM: 15 March 2011 — UNTV: United Nations, New York — Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders today held the first of two top-level meetings scheduled for this week, under United Nations sponsorship, as they intensified their efforts to reunify the Mediterranean island which has been split for almost 50 years; United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Special Advisor for Cyprus Alexander Downer briefed journalists today following the closed meeting in the Security Council. Downer said that he had a “good opportunity” to talk about the progress of the Cyprus issue although nothing “very dramatic” came out of the meeting. On Friday (18 Mar) the 100th meeting since the process began, will take place between former Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat, the present Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu and President Demetris Christofias. Downer said that the 100th meeting would be an opportunity for everybody to reflect on the progress made after reviewing the 99 previous meetings, adding that all meetings continue to build momentum towards an agreement, “difficult as that may be.” When asked whether the Secretary-General would meet with leaders in New York next month, Downer said he would discuss with the leaders toward the end of the month whether it would be “worth his while” having another meeting. Such a meeting he said, would depend on the progress made “between now and then.” Asked about the two Polish parliamentarians who were recently detained while visiting

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