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General strike in Greece snarls transportation

ATHENS, Greece (AP) - A general strike in Greece is snarling transportation.
Hundreds of flights are being canceled or rescheduled after air traffic controllers walked off the job for four hours this morning. Another walkout is planned for the evening.
Strikes by public transport workers are making it difficult to get around Athens. The strikes have left tourists stranded around Piraeus.
Doctors, ambulance drivers and casino workers are among those joining the strike or holding work stoppages for several hours. The sometimes violent protests are over new cost-cutting measures being debated by parliament.
The latest austerity measures must pass in two parliamentary votes tomorrow and Thursday for Greece to get bailout funds from the EU and the IMF. If they fail, Greece could become the first eurozone nation to default on its debts next month. That would send shock waves through the global economy.


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