A Senate vote to confirm John Brennan as CIA director was delayed by a filibuster, as Republican Senator Rand Paul demanded that the Obama administration pledge it won’t use drones to attack Americans on U.S. soil without an “imminent threat.”
Greece has held talks with Qatar over the sale of the Astir Palace in a deal that would mark the first outright sale of a property in the country through the government’s 50 billion-euro ($67 billion) asset disposal program, according to three people with knowledge of the matter.
National Bank of Greece SA is preparing to sell an Athenian Riviera resort, visited by world leaders and movie stars for more than half a century, in a test of the country’s ability to sell assets amid concern that it will leave the euro.
Dino De Laurentiis , the son of Italian pasta makers who became a prolific movie producer of blockbuster hits such as “Serpico,” expensive duds such as “Dune” and sweeping epics including “War and Peace,” has died. He was 91.