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LONDON (AP) — A British judge opened an inquiry Tuesday into the death of Alexander Litvinenko, declaring the issues raised in the poisoning death of the former Russian intelligence agent to be of the "utmost gravity."
By Lefteris Papadimas ATHENS (Reuters) - Economics professor Yanis Varoufakis confirmed he would become Greece's next finance minister on Tuesday, promising to defy advice to "put up or shut up" and find solutions that favour all Europeans rather than just Greeks. After two years of waiting in the wings, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and his Syriza party stormed to power in Sunday's snap election on a wave of anger against German-backed austerity that has driven up poverty and pushed unemployment over 25 percent. "To continue blogging here even though it is normally considered irresponsible for a Finance Minister to indulge in such crass forms of communication." A longtime critic of Europe's handling of the euro zone crisis, Varoufakis has railed against the bailouts of struggling euro zone states as "fiscal waterboarding" that risked converting Europe into a "Victorian workhouse".