Lawyers shout slogans during a rally organized by Greek Bar Associations in Athens, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
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Greece said Thursday it wanted to persuade its creditors to let it hire more health staff and teachers in the early stages of its overhaul of the public sector, part of a wider attempt to cushion the blow of harsh austerity.The country's European Union and International Monetary Fund creditors are due to begin their first review of the new bailout next week, which if concluded successfully, will pave the way for talks on much-needed debt relief.However, the chairman of eurozone finance ministers said Thursday that Greece now accepts that the IMF has to come on board, which could put even more demands on Athens.Athens must cut its 2016 pension bill by 1.8 billion euros ($1.95 billion).
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