some of today's news ...
Posted by johnny2000 8 years ago
A Pablo Picasso painting has set a new record for the most expensive art work sold at auction, fetching $106m (¬£70m).  
 
The Spanish artist's 1932 picture Nude, Green Leaves and Bust was sold at Christie's auction house in New York.  
 
It had belonged to the late Los Angeles collectors Frances and Sidney Brody since the 1950s.  
 
The winning bid was made by an unnamed telephone bidder. It breaks the record held by Giacometti's Walking Man I, which sold in February for $104.3m.  
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At least three people have been killed in the Greek capital as protesters set fire to a bank during a general strike over planned austerity measures.  
 
The fire brigade said three bodies were found inside the bank in Athens. Another building is also on fire.  
 
Petrol bombs were thrown at police who responded with pepper spray, tear gas and stun grenades.  
 
Protesters are angered by spending cuts and tax rises planned in return for a 110bn euro (¬£95bn) bail-out for Greece.  
 
Parliament is to vote on the measures by the end of the week.  
 
Measures include wage freezes, pension cuts and tax rises. They aim to achieve fresh budget cuts of 30bn euros over three years, with the goal of cutting Greece's public deficit to less than 3% of GDP by 2014. It currently stands at 13.6%.