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Government pensions and social security

Greece advances in loan talks, under fire for euro exit plan

Greece pushes on with bailout talks as government takes heat over top-secret euro exit plan
The Associated Press

ATHENS, Greece - Greece pushed ahead with talks on a new rescue loan Tuesday, but its government came under increasing pressure over claims it had a top-secret plan to prepare for a euro exit that involved accessing citizens' personal tax data.

Emissaries from Greece's international creditors held a second day of preparatory talks with Greek officials, ahead of higher-level negotiations later this week on the country's new multi-billion euro lifeline.

Feds: 'Wicked Tuna' TV fisherman claimed to be disabled

Fisherman on TV's 'Wicked Tuna' indicted on fraud charges, feds say he claimed to be disabled
Wilson Ring, The Associated Press

MONTPELIER, Vt. - A Massachusetts man seen manning big fishing rods and harpooning huge fish on the reality show "Wicked Tuna" collected government benefits while claiming to be disabled and unable to work, federal prosecutors said.

Paul Hebert, 50, of Gloucester, Massachusetts, accepted more than $44,000 in Social Security and Medicaid benefits between 2010 and 2013, according to a four-count indictment filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Burlington.

Bailout talks back in Athens, as tough conditions approved

Bailout talks move back to Athens, as tough new conditions approved
Nicholas Paphitis And Derek Gatopoulos, The Associated Press

ATHENS, Greece - Discussions over Greece's third bailout in five years are set to begin in Athens imminently after Greece's parliament approved Thursday tough new conditions set by European creditors.

Officials in Athens and at the European Union said negotiators are expected to start arriving on Friday, marking the first time high-level talks will be held in the Greek capital since Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras' left-wing government assumed power in late January.

Japan's PM reshuffles Cabinet to win tax support

Japan's leader reshuffles Cabinet to win opposition support for tax hike proposal
Malcolm Foster, The Associated Press

TOKYO - Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda replaced five members of his Cabinet on Friday in a bid to win more co-operation from the opposition to raise the sales tax and rein in the country's bulging fiscal deficit.

Two of the removed ministers had been censured by the opposition for making comments that were deemed inappropriate. Twelve posts were unchanged, including finance and foreign minister.

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