Greeks Riot as Samaras Wins Austerity Bill

- 2012-11-08T09:45:38Z

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Aid Package

Approval of austerity bill, which raises the retirement age by two years to 67 and cuts wages and pensions a second time this year, is the first of the votes required by Nov. 12 to get a 31 billion-euro ($40 billion) aid tranche and avert a financial collapse that may drive the country from the euro. Parliament will convene again on Nov. 11 to vote on the 2013 budget, a day before euro-area finance ministers meet to discuss whether to unlock the funds.

Left, a protester throws a missile during clashes with riot police near parliament in Athens.