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News Wrap: Greek government vows not to drop anti-austerity stance

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  • GWEN IFILL:

    The new leftist government in Greece vowed today it will not be blackmailed into giving up its anti-austerity stance. That came after the European Central Bank imposed new restrictions on lending to Greek banks.

    Meanwhile, the new Greek finance minister met with his German counterpart in Berlin. They discussed Athens' demands to renegotiate terms of its bailout, but they made little headway.

  • WOLFGANG SCHAEUBLE, Finance Minister, Germany (through interpreter):

    Greece belongs to the euro, but we don't really agree on what we have to do now, despite a very intense, open discussion. I should say now, we agree to disagree.

  • YANIS VAROUFAKIS, Finance Minister, Greece:

    We didn't reach an agreement. It was never on the cards that we would. We didn't even agree to disagree, from where I'm standing.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    The Greek prime minister, Alexis Tsipras, is set to set out his program for the country's financial future this weekend.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    The European Union's latest economic forecast showed a little improvement today, despite uncertainty over the Greek situation. Across the 19-country Eurozone, the new outlook called for 1.3 percent growth in 2015. That's up from a 1.1 percent estimate in November.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    On Wall Street, oil prices bounced back above $50 dollars a barrel, and that boosted stocks. The Dow Jones industrial average gained nearly 212 points, to close near 17900; the Nasdaq rose 48 on the day. And the S&P 500 added 21.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Jordanian warplanes blasted Islamic State targets today in a show of force after a captured Jordanian pilot was burned alive. The jets streaked across the home village of Muath al-Kaseasbeh as they returned. At the time, King Abdullah was visiting the pilot's family. He has pledged to step up Jordan's military efforts against the militants.

    Meanwhile, in Washington, President Obama condemned Islamic State atrocities. He told the National Prayer Breakfast, no God condones terror.

  • PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA:

    No grievance justifies the taking of innocent lives or the oppression of those who are weaker or fewer in number. And so, as people of faith, we are summoned to push back against those who have tried to distort our religion, any religion for their own nihilistic ends.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    In another development, a United Nations agency reported Islamic State militants in Iraq are systematically torturing and killing the children of minority groups.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    Hundreds of Boko Haram fighters from Nigeria carried out a rampage in neighboring Cameroon today. Officials say the Islamists murdered scores of civilians in a border town, torching churches, mosques and schools and leaving hundreds of people wounded. It appeared to be revenge for an offensive by Nigeria, Cameroon and Chad that's killed hundreds of militants this week.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    In Taiwan, officials praised the pilot of a TransAsia plane as a hero for steering his stricken plane past buildings yesterday, and into a river. At least 32 people died in the crash, after the airliner lost an engine. Divers searched for victims again today as salvage crews loaded pieces of the wreckage onto truck beds. The plane had 58 people on board.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    The co-chair of Sony Pictures Entertainment has announced she's leaving, three months after embarrassing e-mails she wrote sparked an uproar. Amy Pascal's messages came to light when the company was hacked in what officials said was a North Korean cyber-attack. They included denigrating remarks about President Obama. Pascal will stay with Sony, heading up a new production venture.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Pope Francis will address a joint meeting of Congress this fall, the first pontiff to do so. House Speaker John Boehner announced today that the speech is set for September 24. While he's in the U.S., Francis is also expected to visit the White House and speak at the United Nations.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    And the head of the Food and Drug Administration, Margaret Hamburg, is stepping down after nearly six years on the job. She confirmed today that she will resign next month. Under Hamburg, the FDA imposed new food safety rules and tobacco regulations.

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