Portugal may not meet the EU’s mandated deficit-reduction target for 2011, and faces a projected 2.8% contraction of its economy in 2012. Meanwhile, Portuguese union leaders are calling for a general strike in protest against the government’s austerity budget.
In other news, a young woman in Austria was almost strangled to death when the veil of her hijab got caught in a dough-mixing machine. A passerby happened to see her plight, and cut her free of the veil with a knife. The victim remains in the hospital with severe neck injuries, but is expected to recover.
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