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  •  - Head of the Institute of International Finance (IIF) Charles Dallara enters the Greek Prime Minister's office in a car, in Athens

    Head of the Institute of International Finance (IIF) Charles Dallara enters the Greek Prime Minister's office in a car, in Athens

    Posted: 1/19/2012 3:21:21 PM EST
    Head of the Institute of International Finance (IIF) Charles Dallara enters the Greek Prime Minister's office in a car, in Athens January 19, 2012. Greece and its bondholders have made little progress since resuming stalled talks on a debt swap, three sources close to the talks told Reuters on Thursday, with time to strike a deal and avoid a messy default running out rapidly. REUTERS/Yiorgos Karahalis (GREECE - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS)
  •  - Head of the Institute of International Finance (IIF) Charles Dallara enters the Greek Prime Minister's office in a car, in Athens

    Head of the Institute of International Finance (IIF) Charles Dallara enters the Greek Prime Minister's office in a car, in Athens

    Posted: 1/19/2012 3:20:42 PM EST
    Head of the Institute of International Finance (IIF) Charles Dallara enters the Greek Prime Minister's office in a car, in Athens January 19, 2012. Greece and its bondholders have made little progress since resuming stalled talks on a debt swap, three sources close to the talks told Reuters on Thursday, with time to strike a deal and avoid a messy default running out rapidly. REUTERS/Yiorgos Karahalis (GREECE - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS)
  •  - Greek political leaders meet at the Prime Minister's office in Athens

    Greek political leaders meet at the Prime Minister's office in Athens

    Posted: 1/19/2012 11:59:06 AM EST
    (From L to R): Far-right leader George Karatzaferis, conservative party leader Antonis Samaras, Prime Minister Lucas Papademos and Socialist leader George Papandreou meet at the Prime Minister's office in Athens January 19, 2012.Greece and its bondholders have made little progress since resuming stalled talks on a debt swap, three sources close to the talks told Reuters on Thursday, with time to strike a deal and avoid a messy default running out rapidly. REUTERS/Yiorgos Karahalis (GREECE - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS)
  •  - Greek Prime Minister Lucas Papademos arrives in his office in Athens

    Greek Prime Minister Lucas Papademos arrives in his office in Athens

    Posted: 1/19/2012 11:57:37 AM EST
    Greek Prime Minister Lucas Papademos arrives in his office for a meeting with Greek political leaders in Athens January 19, 2012.Greece and its bondholders have made little progress since resuming stalled talks on a debt swap, three sources close to the talks told Reuters on Thursday, with time to strike a deal and avoid a messy default running out rapidly. REUTERS/Yiorgos Karahalis (GREECE - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS)
  •  - Greek Prime Minister Lucas Papademos seen in his office in Athens

    Greek Prime Minister Lucas Papademos seen in his office in Athens

    Posted: 1/19/2012 11:56:56 AM EST
    Greek Prime Minister Lucas Papademos is seen in his office during a meeting with Greek political leaders in Athens January 19, 2012. Greece and its bondholders have made little progress since resuming stalled talks on a debt swap, three sources close to the talks told Reuters on Thursday, with time to strike a deal and avoid a messy default running out rapidly. REUTERS/Yiorgos Karahalis (GREECE - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS)
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    Posted: 1/18/2012 4:05:49 PM EST
    Charles Dallara, the head of the Institute of International Finance, which represents Greece's private bondholders, leaves after his meeting with Prime Minister Lucas Papademos and finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos, in Athens, on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012. The Greek government resumed talks with its private creditors in Athens on Wednesday in the hope of sealing a debt relief deal needed to avoid a disastrous default this spring. (AP Photo/Kostas Tsironis)
  •  - Greece's PM Papademos escorts Finance Minister Venizelos after a meeting in Athens

    Greece's PM Papademos escorts Finance Minister Venizelos after a meeting in Athens

    Posted: 1/18/2012 2:35:45 PM EST
    Greece's Prime Minister Lucas Papademos (L) escorts Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos after a meeting in Athens January 18, 2012. Greece kicked off a fresh round of talks on a bond swap deal with its creditors on Wednesday, with both sides under pressure to iron out differences that could trigger a messy default by Athens. REUTERS/John Kolesidis(GREECE - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS)
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    Posted: 1/14/2012 2:20:46 AM EST
    Greek Prime Minister Lucas Papademos delivers a speech during a Greek-German Chamber of Commerce meeting in Athens, Friday, Jan. 13, 2012. Crucial negotiations between the Greek government and its private creditors on a bond swap deal needed to avoid default appeared close to collapse Friday, with representatives of the bondholders saying they had been "paused for reflection." (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
  •  - Greece's Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos leaves the Prime Minister's office after a meeting in Athens

    Greece's Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos leaves the Prime Minister's office after a meeting in Athens

    Posted: 1/9/2012 10:27:11 AM EST
    Greece's Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos leaves the Prime Minister's office after a meeting in Athens January 9, 2012. Germany and France warned Greece on Monday it will get no more bailout funds until it agrees with creditor banks on a bond swap and pressed for an early deal to avert a potential default in the euro zone's most debt-stricken nation. REUTERS/Yiorgos Karahalis (GREECE - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS)
  •  - Greece's Finance Minister Venizelos leaves PM's office after a meeting in Athens

    Greece's Finance Minister Venizelos leaves PM's office after a meeting in Athens

    Posted: 1/9/2012 10:27:05 AM EST
    Greece's Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos leaves Prime Minister's office after a meeting in Athens January 9, 2012. Germany and France warned Greece on Monday it will get no more bailout funds until it agrees with creditor banks on a bond swap and pressed for an early deal to avert a potential default in the euro zone's most debt-stricken nation. REUTERS/Yiorgos Karahalis (GREECE - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS)
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    Posted: 1/1/2012 10:25:45 AM EST
    Musicians perform for money in downtown Rome, Friday, Dec. 30, 2011. Italy is at the focal point of the eurozone's struggle to deal with a crisis over heavy levels of government debt in a number of the 17 countries that use the single currency. Fears of default on those debts mean that bond investors demand ever higher interest. If a country can no longer borrow affordably to pay off bonds that are maturing, it winds up needing a bailout or defaulting. (AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito)
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    Posted: 12/14/2011 5:05:48 PM EST
    People stroll in Rome's Via Condotti shopping street, Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011. Fears of default have led to elevated yields on bonds issued by Italy, the latest focus of the crisis. Yields on Italian 10-year bonds traded at an elevated 6.66 percent on Tuesday, close to the 7 percent levels that led to the bailed-countries giving up on bond market borrowing. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
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    Posted: 11/15/2011 6:30:46 PM EST
    FILE - In this Sept. 6, 2011 file photo, Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. The U.S. Postal Service releases a financial update expected to show just under $10 billion in losses for the last year as a weak economy and increased use of the Internet drove down mail volume. Donahoe has warned that the postal service will default on payments owed to the federal government, including $5.5 billion due this Friday for retiree health benefits, and faces a shutdown next fall if Congress does not move swiftly and aggressively to fix the ailing agency?s long-term money problems. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
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    Posted: 11/9/2011 9:55:46 PM EST
    FILE - This Monday, Oct. 31, 2011 file photo shows an auction sign at the bankrupt Solyndra headquarters in Fremont, Calif. before an auction. Newly released emails show that, contrary to White House claims, a major donor to President Barack Obama pushed for a loan to a solar energy company that later went bankrupt. The donor, George Kaiser, pushed White House and Energy Department officials for a second loan for Solyndra Inc. in 2010, after the California company had already received a $528 million loan in 2009, the emails show. The second loan was not approved. Instead, an investment venture controlled by Kaiser made a private loan that resulted in the firm and other investors moving ahead of taxpayers in line for repayment in case of a default by Solyndra. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
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    Posted: 11/2/2011 7:25:47 AM EST
    A woman enters the Athens Stock Exchange, in Athens, on Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011. The Greek government shocked financial markets with news that it would put its cost-cutting plan to a popular vote, which could lead the country to default on its debt. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
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    Posted: 10/24/2011 8:20:46 AM EST
    In this Oct. 10, 2011 photo, trader Douglas Glander, center, works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. U.S. stock index futures are rising after a round of solid corporate earnings reports. Industrial giant General Electric Co. said Friday, Oct. 21, 2011, that its third-quarter net income rose 18 percent. Software maker Microsoft Corp. said its profit rose 6 percent. Traders are monitoring European leaders' efforts to solve the Greek debt crisis. Worries about a default by Greece have caused much of the market's volatility in recent months. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
  •  - Police officers stand guard by the parliament in Athens during riots

    Police officers stand guard by the parliament in Athens during riots

    Posted: 10/19/2011 6:19:13 PM EST
    Police officers stand guard outside the parliament during clashes in Athens October 19, 2011. Greek unions begin a 48-hour general strike on Wednesday, the biggest protest in years, as parliament prepares to vote on sweeping new austerity measures designed to stave off a default that could trigger a crisis in the wider euro zone. Pictured in the background is a statue of former Greek Prime Minister Eleftherios Venizelos. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis (GREECE - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
  •  - Police officers stand guard by the parliament in Athens during riots

    Police officers stand guard by the parliament in Athens during riots

    Posted: 10/19/2011 4:30:31 PM EST
    REFILE - ADDITIONAL CAPTION INFORMATION Police officers stand guard outside the parliament during clashes in Athens October 19, 2011. Greek unions begin a 48-hour general strike on Wednesday, the biggest protest in years, as parliament prepares to vote on sweeping new austerity measures designed to stave off a default that could trigger a crisis in the wider euro zone. Pictured in the background is a statue of former Greek Prime Minister Eleftherios Venizelos. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis (GREECE - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS)
  •  - Greek police officers, some covered in red paint thrown by anti-austerity protesters, stand next to the parliament during clashes in Athens

    Greek police officers, some covered in red paint thrown by anti-austerity protesters, stand next to the parliament during clashes in Athens

    Posted: 10/19/2011 3:27:51 PM EST
    Greek police officers, some covered in red paint thrown by anti-austerity protesters, stand next to the parliament during clashes in Athens October 19, 2011. Greek unions begin a 48-hour general strike on Wednesday, the biggest protest in years, as parliament prepares to vote on sweeping new austerity measures designed to stave off a default that could trigger a crisis in the wider euro zone. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis (GREECE - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS)
  •  - An anti-austerity protester throws a stone at police officers outside the parliament during clashes in Athens

    An anti-austerity protester throws a stone at police officers outside the parliament during clashes in Athens

    Posted: 10/19/2011 3:15:01 PM EST
    An anti-austerity protester throws a stone at police officers outside the parliament during clashes in Athens October 19, 2011. Greek unions begin a 48-hour general strike on Wednesday, the biggest protest in years, as parliament prepares to vote on sweeping new austerity measures designed to stave off a default that could trigger a crisis in the wider euro zone. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis (GREECE - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)