Castro's dream for Cuba's artists
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11 Mar 2010 12:34 GMT
About half of the nation's five million workers are represented by the unions for the 24-hour strike.
About 1,500 riot policemen are on duty in the centre of Athens, the capital, with Greek strikes often turning violent in the past.
French and German leaders in positive talks over scheme to help states in times of need.
Athens continues to seek international support to help bring down borrowing costs.
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