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Greece braces for austerity strike
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overnment officials in Greece are bracing for a big strike by protesters enraged by a new round of austerity measures being considered in the debt-addled country. The two biggest unions, representing nearly two million employees, have called for the nation-wide strike on Wednesday. Workers are contesting salary, pension, and welfare cuts worth nearly 12 billion euros over the next two years in return for aid from the European Union and International Monetary fund. In preparation for the strike, flights and trains were suspended, several shops closed, and hospitals called in emergency staff.

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