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Greek unions strike as bailouts to end with austerity blitz

Greece's workers walked off the job for a 24-hour general strike Thursday, as the country prepares to stop relying on European rescue loans but continues to pile more austerity measures on hard-hit taxpayers.

The strike halted ferry services to the islands, closed state schools, and left public hospitals accepting only emergency cases.

Airlines rescheduled and cancelled flights as some airport staff joined the labor action with a four-hour work stoppage, and public transport was operating only for certain hours during the day.

Thousands of people gathered in Athens for anti-government protests, while demonstrations were planned in more than 50 cities and towns...

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