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A video of weekend protests via ABC News Radio’s danpatterson:

A few quick video shots from the #OccupyWallStreet protest in Lower Manhattan, September 25th, 2011.

Greek Parliament Approves Austerity Measures

(ATHENS, Greece) — Amid protests, the Greek Parliament voted Wednesday in favor of budget cuts that will grant the country the bailout loans it needs to help get itself out of massive debt.

The vote — imposing $40 billion worth of austerity measures, primarily in wage cuts and tax hikes — passed 155 to 138, paving the way for Europe and the International Monetary Fund to release $17 billion worth of bailout money that Greece needs to avoid defaulting on its debt.

Leading up to the approval, protesters gathered in the streets of Athens, clashing with riot police for hours.  Demonstrators were seen throwing large chunks of marble — broken off of pavement and stairs — at police, who fired back with rounds of  tear gas and stun grenades.

A day earlier, workers began a 48-hour general strike opposing the austerity measures.

Lawmakers are scheduled to hold another vote Thursday regarding the implementation of the measures.

Anti-Government Protests Continue in Egypt's Tahrir Square

(CAIRO) — Cairo’s central square on Wednesday is once again the scene of violent anti-government protests.

Egyptian riot police are using tear gas and firing rubber bullets, but a few thousand protestors are refusing to leave the area around Tahrir Square. Some of them are throwing rocks and firebombs at the police. Dozens have been injured.

Many of the protestors are reportedly relatives of the 850 people killed during the revolution that took place earlier this year, which prompted Hosni Mubarak to step down as Egypt’s president.

Demonstrators say they’re angry that the new military government hasn’t begun prosecuting the police who protestors believe are responsible for those deaths.  Others say they’re frustrated by the slow pace of political reform.

Navy Scraps Rules on Gay Marriages After GOP Protest

(WASHINGTON) — The Navy has abruptly reversed course on new guidelines that would have eventually allowed same-sex couples to wed on its bases — with Navy chaplains performing the ceremony — after “don’t ask, don’t tell” is officially repealed. 

In a memo released late Tuesday, chief Navy chaplain Mark Tidd said his previous instructions, part of the military’s ongoing effort to revise its policies before lifting the ban on openly gay service members, were “suspended until further notice pending additional legal and policy review and interdepartmental coordination.” 

A Navy spokesman declined to elaborate on reasons for the move. But it follows mounting pressure from a group of 63 congressional Republicans who objected to the policy change in a letter to Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus late last week. 

Rep. Todd Akin, R-Calif., who is leading the opposition, plans to introduce an amendment to a House armed services bill that would bar Pentagon employees — or facilities — from being used for marriage ceremonies not recognized under the Defense of Marriage Act. 

The Navy had said allowing gay service members to exchange vows in base chapels and other places used to celebrate marriage was consistent with federal law so long as the ceremonies occurred in states where same-sex marriage is legal. 

"Legal counsel has concluded that, generally speaking, base facility use is sexual orientation neutral," Tidd wrote in a memo April 13. 

Navy chaplains could also officiate in marriage ceremonies if they’re consistent with their religious beliefs and comply with state and local laws in which they are performed, he said. 

How to handle same-sex marriages by service members is one of several issues the Pentagon is weighing as it prepares to put in place a repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell,” which President Obama signed into law in December. The policy is still in effect until 60 days after Obama and the Pentagon certify the armed forces are ready for the change. 

Officials expect certification could happen as soon as this summer.

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Tea Party Protests: Fourteen-Year-Old Wisconsin Activist Reacts to Hecklers

(MADISON, Wis.) — Fourteen-year-old Tricia Willoughby gave a speech at a podium on the steps of the capital building in Madison, Wisconsin to a Tea Party rally on Sunday, and videos of her speech — and opposition protesters yelling and cursing at her — took the Internet by storm.

ABC News spoke with Willoughby, who said she respects the right of others to protest and air their views, but thinks the tactics used on Sunday were beneath American dignity.

A video taken from the crowd of several hundred people during Willoughby’s speech shows an anti-Tea Party protester yelling obscenities, making obscene gestures and screaming “Go home, you little brat!” at the Willoughby. The protester’s identity is not known. 

Willoughby’s speech, although arguably partisan, did not include any personal attacks. Instead, she called on Americans to come together to lower the federal deficit, which she believes can be done by cutting spending and lowering taxes.

Willoughby said she believes that everyone has the right to protest, but she does not think that what happened on Sunday was the way to do it. “They do have every right to come and protest our rally, I just think they could have done it in a more polite way,” she said. 

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Gadhafi Makes Bizarre Speech as Turmoil Grows Feverish

(BENGHAZI, Libya) — Colonel Gadhafi’s grip of power seemed to slip further Thursday as opposition forces called for greater turn-out and the army reacted in violent desperation.

The embattled Libyan dictator gave a bizarre speech by phone Thursday, claiming the revolt was the work of Osama bin Laden and that the rebellious youth had been given hallucinogens. He rambled that the Queen of England has ruled longer than him and yet no one has ever asked her to step down. The speech was often incomprehensible.

Gadhafi’s defense of his government came amid reports that his army of African mercenaries has begun to strike back at protesters, using an anti-aircraft gun to blast the minaret off a mosque where opposition demonstrators had sheltered and attacking the protesters with automatic weapons.

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Wisconsin Protesters Undeterred by Gov. Walker, Seek Bigger Rallies

(MADISON, Wis.) — Wisconsin protesters are attempting to reinvigorate demonstrations Thursday against Gov. Scott Walker’s austere budget cuts and sweeping collective bargaining reforms.

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Wisconsin’s Scott Walker: With Him and Against Him

(MADISON, Wis.) — As the dispute between Wisconsin’s Republican Gov. Scott Walker, labor unions and their allies continues to expand beyond the state’s borders, so too are the cheers of support for and against him. In fact, a trio of Walker’s GOP counterparts expressed reservations this week about pursuing a similar strategy in their states.

In Indiana, Gov. Mitch Daniels called on Republican state legislators to stand down on their push for a so-called right-to-work bill that seeks to ban agreements between unions and employers that would make union membership a condition of employment. Daniels argued Wednesday that it would interfere with other legislative priorities, including education reform.

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Will Moammar Gadhafi Step Aside? Libya's Leader Appears Defiant

Protests Continue, Gadhafi Defiant

(TRIPOLI, Libya) — A defiant Col. Moammar Gadhafi declared Tuesday that he won’t quit until he dies and blamed the Libyan uprising on foreigners and “rats” of international governments.

"I will not leave the country. I will die as a martyr in the end," Gadhafi, who has ruled Libya for 42 years, said in a speech televised on state television.

An angry and rambling Gadhafi said he was broadcasting from houses bombed by the United States and the United Kingdom. As for the protesters, he blamed the uprising on “rats” and agents of foreign governments and blamed Tunisia for manipulating the youth.

The embattled dictator, swaddled in brown clothes and speaking often in a passionate but erratic style, took to the television for the second time since the uprising began in the eastern part of the country this past weekend.

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