Argentina softens economic reforms

ARGENTINA - The Argentine government is to soften its belt-tightening economic reforms after two days of crippling strikes and protests.

The government said that austerity measures were necessary to balance the budget and avoid defaulting on the country's $128bn (£90bn) debt.

Transport and other public services were brought to a virtual standstill in Argentina on Thursday as trade unions staged a general strike in protest against government spending cuts.

But lawmakers within the ruling coalition

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