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Athens (AFP) - 15:42 GMT - New minister - Economist Euclid Tsakalotos, Greece's top negotiator in the stalled EU-IMF talks, has been named as the country's new finance minister, the president's office says. 15:41 GMT - Lifeline - The European Central Bank will hold a telephone conference call starting at 1600 GMT to discuss whether to keep an emergency liquidity lifeline open to Greek banks, several eurozone central bank sources say. According to three different sources, the ECB's decision-making governing council will discuss whether to continue to provide financing to Greek banks via the Emergency Liquidity Assistance facility.
NASA briefly lost touch this weekend with an unmanned spacecraft on its way to a historic encounter with Pluto, but the US space agency said Monday the glitch has been fixed. The communications blackout on Saturday lasted nearly an hour and half, and perplexed scientists as they tried to figure out what had gone wrong aboard the New Horizons spacecraft nearly three billion miles (4.9 billion kilometers) from Earth. The mission is being closely watched by millions of space enthusiasts because the spacecraft's flyby of Pluto on July 14 will offer the world's first close look at the distant dwarf planet.