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IMF trims global growth forecast, sees bumpy recovery

The International Monetary Fund on Tuesday shaved projections for global economic growth for this year and next to take into account sharp government spending cuts in the United States and the latest struggles of recession-stricken Europe.


Greece hit by general strike against austerity

Greek Austerity Protest

Tens of thousands of anti-austerity demonstrators took to the streets of Athens on Wednesday as unions staged a general strike to protest government spending cuts and tax hikes, which some predict will push unemployment to an alarming 30 percent. Police said up to 40,000 people were participating in two separate marches in central Athens that were so far peaceful.


Portugal plans big spending cuts

The Portuguese government is planning the country's biggest spending cuts in 50 years, a move it described as "unprecedented".


French economy stagnates in second quarter

French economic growth ground to a halt in the second quarter, raising pressure on the government to cut spending and abolish tax breaks to convince turbulent financial markets it will deliver on debt reduction targets.


London's biggest protest since Iraq war in 2003

More than 250,000 people took to London's streets to protest the toughest spending cuts since World War II - one of the largest demonstrations since the Iraq war - as riot police clashed with a small groups. More than 200 people were arrested.


British government outlines big spending cuts

British government outlines big spending cuts

Britain outlined the sharpest cuts to public spending since World War II on Wednesday.


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