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Ferry services to Greek islands suspended amid 24-hour strike

Ferry services to and from the Greek islands have been suspended amid a 24-hour strike by workers over pension cuts and other measures arising from the country's bailout commitments.

The walkout came as the country's largest civil servants union staged a 24-hour strike against austerity measures.

Hundreds of protesters marched through the centre of Athens in a peaceful demonstration.

Greece has been surviving on rescue loans from three international bailouts since 2010, when rising borrowing costs left it locked out of bond markets.

Talks between the left-led government and creditors are on hold, with Greece accusing bailout hardliners of proposing cuts that would be a "social disaster".

Greece wants to overcome differences with lenders and the International Monetary Fund by early December to unlock more funds and trigger debt relief talks.


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