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Greek farmers clashed with police who fired teargas Friday ahead of a mass demonstration in Athens to protest pension reforms demanded by the EU and the International Monetary Fund. "The first floor of the building sustained damage, it is fortunate that no staff were hurt," Agriculture Minister Evangelos Apostolou later told reporters. The junior interior minister for police, Nikos Toskas, said 10 police officers had been hurt, two of them requiring hospitalisation.
At least six Environmental Protection Agency officials discussed late last March the Legionnaires' disease outbreak in Genesee County and a suspected link to Flint, Michigan's change in drinking water sources and were told the state would alert the public, the Detroit News reported on Friday. The city of some 100,000 people was under control of a state-appointed emergency manager in 2014 when it switched its source of water from Detroit's municipal system to the Flint River to save money. Flint switched back to Detroit water in October after tests found high levels of lead in samples of children's blood.
Syria's President Bashar al-Assad has vowed to retake the entire country but warned it could take a "long time," in an exclusive interview with AFP that comes as international pressure grows for a ceasefire. Speaking at his office in Damascus on Thursday, Assad said he supported peace talks, but that negotiations do "not mean that we stop fighting terrorism". Assad said he saw a risk that Turkey and Saudi Arabia, key backers of the opposition, would intervene militarily in Syria.