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  • Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy attends Jan. 11, 2012, a plenary session at the Spanish Parliament in Madrid to approve the new conservative government's first batch of austerity measures. (Associated Press)

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  • A young protester runs as others are hit by riot police during clashes Wednesday in Athens. Riot police made heavy use of tear gas and stun grenades to disperse youths throwing stones and petrol bombs during a march attended by 20,000 people to protest the Greek government's harsh austerity measures. (Associated Press)

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    Switzerland endorsed Sunday a far-right push to automatically expel foreign residents convicted of certain crimes, to the dismay of critics who described it as a "dark day for human rights."

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