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Greece moves closer to a deal

The government in Athens has given way on key proposals, reviving hopes of a deal between Greece and its creditors. 

The Greek government has inched closer to a deal that could prevent Greece from a default and an exit from the single European currency after the ruling party, Syriza, put forward proposals to raise VAT and cut the country’s pensions bill.

In addition, the Greek Prime Minister, Alexis Tsipras, has pledged to achieve budget surpluses of one percent this year, two per cent next year and three per cent in 2017.

Corporation tax will also rise, to 29 per cent, while a “solidarity supplement” on the rate of income tax will also rise, bringing in an extra €220m a year.

Tsipras’ concessions increase the chance that Greece’s creditors and the European Union will agree to release further bailout funds, allowing the government in Athens to make the £1.6bn payout it needs to make to the IMF by the end of the month.

Eurozone finance ministers will meet today to discuss whether the Greek deal is acceptable and if the numbers add up.

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Donald Trump tweets he is “saddened” – but not about the earthquake in Mexico

Barack Obama and Jeremy Corbyn sent messages of sympathy to Mexico. 

A devastating earthquake in Mexico has killed at least 217 people, with rescue efforts still going on. School children are among the dead.

Around the world, politicians have been quick to offer their sympathy, not least Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, whose wife hails from Mexico. He tweeted: "My thoughts are with all those affected by today's earthquake in Mexico. Pensando en todos los afectados por el terremoto en México hoy" in the early hours of the morning, UK time.

Barack Obama may no longer be an elected politician, but he too offered a heartfelt message to those suffering, and like Corbyn, he wrote some of it in Spanish. "Thinking about our neighbors in Mexico and all our Mexican-American friends tonight. Cuidense mucho y un fuerte abrazo para todos," he tweeted. 

But what about the man now installed in the White House, Donald Trump? The Wall Builder-in-Chief was not idle on Tuesday night - in fact, he shared a message to the world via Twitter an hour after Obama. He too was "saddened" by what he had heard on Tuesday evening, news that he dubbed "the worst ever".

Yes, that's right. The Emmys viewing figures.

"I was saddened to see how bad the ratings were on the Emmys last night - the worst ever," he tweeted. "Smartest people of them all are the "DEPLORABLES."

No doubt Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto will get round to offering the United States his commiserations soon. 

I'm a mole, innit.