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A local resident gestures to a military helicopter dropping water over a burning forest in Varibobi, a northwestern suburb of Athens

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A local resident shows his support as a military helicopter drops water over a burning forest in Varibobi, a northwestern suburb of Athens, Greece on Tuesday.

Municipal public school guard Yiorgos Avramidis (C), 43, married with two children of three and six, from the northern Greek town of Edessa, is comforted by colleagues in front of a police line guarding the Greek parliament in Athens. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

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Municipal public school guard Yiorgos Avramidis, centre, from the town of Edessa in northern Greece, is comforted by colleagues in front of a police line guarding parliament in Athens.

TOPSHOTS A protestor shouts a slogan in ...TOPSHOTS A protestor shouts a slogan in front of the Greek Parliament in Athens on July 16, 2013 during a demonstration as a general strike gripped Greece today for the fourth time this year and unions railed at fresh austerity measures the government is imposing in order to keep receiving EU-IMF loans. Unions called the latest one-day national mobilisation in protest at a new bill, due to be voted tomorrow, that implements fresh reforms, including the re-deployment of thousands of civil servants.     AFP PHOTO / ANGELOS TZORTZINISANGELOS TZORTZINIS/AFP/Getty Images

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A protester shouts a slogan in front of the Greek parliament in Athens on Tuesday during a demonstration as a general strike gripped the country for the fourth time this year and unions railed at fresh austerity measures the government is imposing in order to keep receiving EU-IMF loans. Unions called the latest one-day national mobilisation in protest at a new bill, due to be voted on Wednesday, that implements fresh reforms, including the re-deployment of thousands of civil servants Read more

Municipal policemen march on their motorcycles during a rally by local government workers, against the public sector reforms and layoffs Greece has promised its international lenders, in Athens...Municipal policemen march on their motorcycles during a rally by local government workers, against the public sector reforms and layoffs Greece has promised its international lenders, in Athens July 8, 2013. The euro zone must decide on Monday how to keep Greece on a lifeline but is divided over whether to delay aid payments to Athens to force through unpopular reforms ranging from sacking public workers to selling state assets. REUTERS/John Kolesidis (GREECE - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS BUSINESS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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Municipal policemen on their motorcycles join a protest by local government workers in Athens against the public sector reforms and layoffs the Greek government has promised its international lenders. The eurozone must decide on Monday how to keep Greece on a lifeline but is divided over whether to delay aid payments to the country to force through unpopular measures ranging from sacking public workers to selling state assets. Read more

Marialena, a homeless AIDS sufferer and former drug addict who is on a methadone rehabilitation program, sleeps under a bridge in central Athens...Marialena, a 42-year-old homeless AIDS sufferer and former drug addict who is on a methadone rehabilitation program, sleeps under a bridge in central Athens May 13, 2013. Since the debt crisis erupted in 2009, hundreds of thousands of Greeks have lost their jobs and the unemployment rate in the country reached 26.8 percent in March, new figures show. According to Praxis, a non-governmental organisation, the number of homeless in Greece has nearly doubled to over 20,000 from 11,000 in 2009. Picture taken May 13, 2013. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis (GREECE - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)    ATTENTION EDITORS: PICTURE 13 OF 41 FOR PACKAGE 'DOWN AND OUT IN ATHENS'. TO FIND ALL IMAGES SEARCH 'UNEMPLOYMENT YANNIS'

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Marialena, a 42 year-old homeless AIDS sufferer and former drug addict who is on a methadone rehabilitation programme, sleeps under a bridge in central AthensRead more

China military officers

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Chinese military officers use a piece of rope to line up honour guards as they prepare for a welcome ceremony for Greece’s Prime Minister Antonis Samaras at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Thursday

Police clash with protesters at the annual rally to protest the mass killings of Armenians in Ottoman Turkey nearly a century ago in Thessaloniki, Greece on Wednesday April 24, 2013. About 250 protesters, mostly from Greek-Armenian groups, gathered outside the Turkish consulate. About 20 countries worldwide, including Greece, as well as the European parliament recognize the mass killings as an act of genocide, despite strong objections from Turkey.

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Police clash with protesters at the annual rally against the mass killings of Armenians in Ottoman Turkey nearly a century ago, in Thessaloniki, Greece on Wednesday. About 250 protesters, mostly from Greek-Armenian groups, gathered outside the Turkish consulate. About 20 countries worldwide, including Greece, as well as the European parliament recognise the mass killings as an act of genocide, despite strong objections from Turkey.

Pensioners shout slogans and hold a flag depicting Che Guevara during an anti-austerity demonstration in central Athens on April 19, 2013.

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Pensioners shout slogans and hold a flag depicting Che Guevara during an anti-austerity demonstration in central Athens on Friday.