Robbers Raid Greek Museum

    A Greek flag is reflected on smashed windows of a bank in Athens on Thursday Feb. 16, 2012.  Mounting confusion over whether Greece will get vital bailout cash to avoid defaulting next month is rekindling fears that Europe's debt crisis will spread to bigger countries like Italy.(AP Photo/Dimitri Messinis)

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    First the fear of default and deep austerity cuts, then the riots and now this. Armed robbers overpowered a female guard Friday and broke into the Archaeological Museum of Olympia, stealing artifacts, police said. They tied and gagged the guard and took up to 68 small clay and brass statues and a gold ring, then left. The museum is built on the birthplace of the ancient Olympic games, and is considered one of the most important cultural institutions in Greece. But recent cuts to the museum staff show security is being affected, and Culture Minister Pavlos Geroulanos has submitted his resignation. The gods at Mount Olympus must not be pleased.

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