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Police fired tear gas at dozens of youths hurling stones in Athens yesterday and a strike against austerity brought much of Greece to a halt during talks on the next slice of a bailout package.

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Most public services in Greece ground to a halt and transport was disrupted today as unions staged a new general strike in protest at the government's introduction of harsh austerity measures intended to keep the debt-ridden country solvent.

Greece denies talks on fresh bailout

Greece denied that it was discussing a new €60bn (£53bn) bailout with international lenders yesterday after German politicians questioned whether the country had failed to meet conditions to release the next tranche of its €111bn aid package.

London trader's email 'damaged Greek economy'

A London trader is expected to be questioned by police after being accused by the Greek authorities of sending an email designed to stir up rumours of a plan to restructure debt in the embattled country.

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Anarchy erupts in Greece as austerity bites

As Thessalonika riots, a town near Athens spins out of control with angry residents setting up massive roadblocks and hurling Molotov cocktails

Violence spikes in Greek rebel town

As explosions boom, the town's loudspeakers blare: "Attention! Attention! We are under attack!" Air raid sirens wail through the streets, mingling with the frantic clanging of church bells. Clouds of tear gas waft between houses as helmeted riot police move in to push back the rebels.

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Cuts take Greece to the edge of anarchy as people cry for change

Anti-austerity protests that began a year ago still rage in the Greek capital, amid pleas to modernise the economy and tackle tax evasion. Roxane McMeeken reports from Athens

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