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Portuguese Strike Over Austerity Measures

Public sector workers in Portugal have begun a one-day national strike to protest austerity measures proposed by the Socialist government.

The strike is the first called jointly by the country's two main unions in 22 years.

It aims to stop trains and buses, ground planes, and halt services from healthcare to banking to protest wage cuts and rising unemployment.

Portugal is under strong pressure from its European Union partners to cut a high level of national debt amid fears it may become the next eurozone country after Greece and Ireland to need a financial rescue.

compiled from agency reports