State TV: Greek Socialists in power-sharing talks

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ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- State television in Greece is reporting that the country's beleaguered Socialist government has launched power-sharing talks with the main opposition conservatives, amid anti-austerity riots across central Athens.

State-run NET television said Prime Minister George Papandreou is in talks with opposition leader Antonis Samaras to form a possible grand coalition government to deal with the country's crippling debt crisis.

Government officials were not immediately available for comment.

The riots broke out and have lasted several hours after more than 25,000 people had gathered to protest a new package of tax hikes and spending cuts through 2015.