Greek finance minister to meet French counterpart on Sunday

PARIS/ATHENS (Reuters) - Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis will meet with his French counterpart Michel Sapin in Paris on Sunday, the French finance ministry said on Saturday. Late on Friday, a source close to the French president's office told Reuters that President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel "agreed that it is important to respect the choices of the Greek people and for Greece to respect its commitments" to the holders of its debt. "There is a need for dialogue and exchange to better understand the intentions of the Greek government," the source said after Hollande and Merkel met over dinner in the French city of Strasbourg. The new Greek government wants to renegotiate the country's debt and end the austerity measures that it says its EU partners have imposed on Greece.
Serena beats Sharapova in Open final for 19th Slam

Serena Williams of the US has beaten Russia's Maria Sharapova to win the Australian Open women's singles title, her 19th Grand Slam successAmerican top seed Serena Williams won her sixth Australian Open and 19th career Grand Slam title on Saturday with a 6-3, 7-6 (7/5) victory over Russia's Maria Sharapova. The triumph means the world number one overtakes 18-time major champions Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert to go a clear second on the all-time Open-era winners' list, three behind Steffi Graf on 22. It also extends her staggering decade-long dominance of arch rival Sharapova, with the world number one posting her 16th straight victory over the Russian. The first Australian final in a decade to feature the tournament's top two seeds was a one-sided affair in the first set although Sharapova rallied to make a contest of it in the second.



Greek finance minister says wants to attract new foreign investment

Greece will look after investors' interests and wants to bring in new foreign investment, Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis told a newspaper on Saturday after a turbulent week in which the new government halted a series of privatisations. "Our commitment to investors who have invested in the country's productive network will remain untouched and not only that, but we also aim to attract new, immediate investment from abroad through transparent procedures which will safeguard our mutual interests," he told the weekly Agora newspaper. Doubts about foreign investment in Greece were fuelled by the new leftwing government's decision to halt privatisation projects including the sale of the country's biggest port and to review its options on a Canadian-run goldmine, one of Greece's biggest foreign investments.
Australian Open Women's final: LIVE REPORT

Serena Williams celebrates victory against Maria Sharapova in the Australian Open finalMelbourne (AFP) - 10:56 GMT - Trophy - Williams is now making her way around the court with the silver cup, a broad smile across her face as the camera flashes light up the stadium.



Former German president Richard von Weizsaecker dies at 94

In this photo taken Sunday, July 20, 2014 in Berlin, former German President Richard von Weizsaecker attends a wreath laying ceremony to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the attempted assassination of Adolf Hitler . Former German President Richard von Weizsaecker, who urged his country to confront its dark past, promoted reconciliation and denounced far-right violence during a 10-year tenure spanning the reunification of west and east, has died. He was 94. The German president’s office announced the death of Weizsaecker, who was president from 1984 to 1994, on Saturday Jan. 31, 2015. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber,file)BERLIN (AP) — Former German President Richard von Weizsaecker, who urged his country to confront the Nazi past, promoted reconciliation and denounced far-right violence during a 10-year tenure that spanned the reunification of west and east, has died. He was 94.





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