Greek financial crisis

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Protesters of the Greek Communist party affiliated unions march in front of the Greek Parliament in Athens Wednesday Sept. 26, 2012.  Greek workers walked off the job Wednesday for the first general strike since the country's coalition government was formed in June, as the prime minister and finance minister hammered out a package of euros 11.5 billion ($14.87 billion) in spending cuts. Athens has struggled to come up with more punishing austerity measures that would be acceptable to its rescue creditors, with disagreements arising between the three parties that make up the coalition government. Greece’s creditors have demanded more fiscal reforms if they are to continue handing out rescue loans preventing the country from a messy default that could roil the euro. (AP Photo/Nikolas Giakoumidis)

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Greek rights groups warn of an explosion in racist violence over the past year, with a notable surge since national elections in May and June 2012 that saw dramatic gains by the far-right Golden Dawn party.

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