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WORLD IN BRIEF: EU leaders pressure Greeks

BRUSSELS -- European Union leaders stepped forcefully into Greece's national politics on Thursday, urging its prime minister and the opposition leader to work together to find a way out of the country's financial meltdown and protect the euro.

Several EU heads of government directly targeted opposition leader Antonis Samaras to support unpopular austerity measures that Greece's international lenders have set as a precondition for more aid.

Without the next $17 billion installment of its existing $115 billion bailout, Greece will default on its massive debt my mid-July.

Cries of support at pro-Gadhafi rally in Tripoli

Supporters of Moammar Gadhafi rallied Thursday in Tripoli after the Libyan leader lashed out at NATO over civilian casualties, calling the alliance ''murderers'' following an airstrike on the family home of a close associate.

A few hundred supporters, most of them women, gathered in the capital's Green Square hours after the late-night speech, vowing to defend the Libyan leader against rebels seeking to oust him and NATO forces giving them air support.

Gadhafi also warned the alliance that its more than three-month mission in Libya is a ''crusader's campaign'' that could come back to haunt the West.

Syrian troops make push to Turkey border

GUVECCI, Turkey -- Syrian troops pushed to the Turkish border Thursday in their sweep against a 3-month-old pro-democracy movement, sending panicked refugees, including children, rushing across the frontier to safe havens in Turkey.

The European Union, meanwhile, announced it was slapping new sanctions on the Syrian regime because of the ''gravity of the situation,'' in which the Syrian opposition says 1,400 people have been killed in a relentless government crackdown. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton warned Syria to pull its troops back from the border.

Syrian soldiers patrolled in military vehicles and on foot around the border village of Khirbet al-Jouz, according to Associated Press journalists who watched their movements from the Turkish side. The Local Coordinating Committees, which track the Syrian protest movement, said residents reported tanks had entered the village and snipers were spotted on rooftops.