Mali has postponed local and regional elections scheduled for next month because insecurity in the country's north has held up the revision of voter rolls, a government official said. The deployment of a 10,000-strong U.N. peace keeping mission helped allow presidential elections to go ahead in 2013. The postponement of the local elections is the second time they have been pushed back. "The postponement of communal and regional elections is confirmed.
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has requested a meeting with European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker, a government source said Friday, after Athens got no help from the European Central Bank to address a cash squeeze. "The prime minister called Mr Juncker to arrange a meeting next week," a government source said.