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Acropolis is lit by fireworks as Athens welcomes 2014

ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION). STORY: Dazzling fireworks lit the sky above Acropolis signalling the the beginning of 2014, as Athens residents celebrated New Year's Eve. Hundreds of city residents defied the cold to watch the Athens Philharmonic and other popular musicians perform holiday carols and pop songs against the backdrop of a brightly lit Parthenon in one of Athens's most beloved pedestrian streets. Amid the festive atmosphere and spectacular fireworks, Greeks said they were longing for a better 2014 after the hardships of 2013. Greece has been kept financially afloat by the euro zone and the International Monetary Fund since 2010 in exchange for severe spending cuts and reforms, including increased taxes, state job layoffs, reduced wages and pensions, and cuts to social, health, and pay benefits. Thousands of businesses closed or posted losses due to a dive in consumption, forcing layoffs in the private sector as well. Unemployment remains st

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