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Strikes and demonstrations over government cuts hit Athens today as international debt inspectors returned to continue examining the reforms.

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Fears of another acute crisis in the eurozone eased somewhat yesterday despite the area's official bailout fund seeing its own credit rating downgraded, following the marking down of nine EU nations debt last week.

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The group representing private-sector holders of Greek bonds has warned that obstacles to a deal on a voluntary debt exchange remain unresolved and time is "running short".

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Greeks locked in search for coalition leader

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'He's either mad – or a genius'

As fast as the headlines exploded yesterday, they were swept away by developments in a country that thought it had exhausted its capacity for "chaos" and "crisis".

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The former SAS soldier who was seen on television leading the raid that ended the 1980 Iranian embassy siege in London has died. John McAleese, 62, was said by his family to have died of a broken heart, two years after his son, Serjeant Paul McAleese, 29, was killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan.

92 Acharnon Street, By John Lucas

You know you're in safe hands when the author details the defects of his Athenian flat for a lecturing stint in 1984: no light, no hot water, stench from the butcher's shop next door, frantic sexual activity in the flat above and traffic. Intriguingly given recent events, Lucas notes, "Nobody ever declared their full earnings.

Greece bans short sales for third time

Short-selling will be banned on the Athens stock exchange for two months from today, Greece's financial regulator said in an effort to stem a stockmarket slump last night.

My Edinburgh: Dave Gorman, comedian

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