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Greek lawmakers approve 2018 budget featuring more austerity

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece’s parliament on Tuesday approved the 2018 state budget, which includes further austerity measures beyond the official end of the country’s third international bailout next summer. All 153 lawmakers from the left-led governing coalition backed the budget measures in a late vote, while the 144 opposition lawmakers present rejected them. Three were absent from the vote. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras promised that the country will smoothly exit the eight-year crisis that has seen its…