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ATHENS: Greek police clashed with black-clad demonstrators outside parliament on Wednesday during a mass rally called to protest against a bitterly resented new round of belt-tightening needed to avert default.

The view of the ancient Acropolis was obscured by smoke from burning piles of rubbish and a bank building was evacuated after being set on fire by petrol bombs as a strike called by Greece‘s two main unions degenerated into violence.

Much of the country was shut down by the 48-hour general strike, the largest since the outbreak of the crisis two years ago with government departments, offices and shops closed and at least 100,000 people taking to the streets of Athens.

“It’s one of the biggest demonstrations in recent years. People showed they were determined to protest against these policies,” said Mary Bossis, international security professor at the University of Piraeus.

“We are not done with these protests. We’ve reached a point where people don’t feel the government represents them any more, they want a complete change,” she said.

Prime Minister George Papandreou, trailing badly in opinion polls, has appealed for support from Greeks before parliament votes on the latest measures which include tax rises, wage cuts and public sector layoffs. (Reuters)

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TOKYO: A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.6 jolted northeastern Japan on Monday, public broadcaster NHK said. The quake, at 11:46 a.m. (0246 GMT), was also felt in Tokyo.

There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage and no tsunami warning was issued. (Reuters)