Athens, May 30 (AP) Greece’s largest labour unions are staging a general strike against plans to extend austerity measures, in a 24-hour protest that is disrupting flights, public transport and services, closing schools and leaving hospitals running on emergency staff. Also Read - Massive 6.2 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Central Greece, Tremors Felt in Albania, North Macedonia, Kosovo, Montenegro

Austerity measures will continue for at least two more years after the international bailout ends in August, starting with another major round of pension cuts next January. Also Read - 196 Aftershocks Felt Across Greece, Turkey as Powerful Earthquake Strikes in Aegean Sea; 19 Dead

Several protest marches are planned in Athens and other cities today. Also Read - As Turkey Urges Muslims to Boycott French Goods, Its Own Products Face Boycott in Saudi Arabia

Greece is currently negotiating the terms of its bailout exit with European creditors, including how its finances will be monitored and the conditions of a promised debt relief package. But the talks, due to be concluded in a few weeks, have been overshadowed by the political crisis in Italy and the resulting financial turmoil. (AP) HMB HMB

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