Greek strike over deadly train crash halts transport

STORY: The 24-hour strike called by Greece's largest private and public sector unions also shut some public services and state schools.

It is the latest in a series of protests since the head-on collision of a passenger train with more than 350 people on board, most of them university students, with a freight train in the central Greek region of Tempi, near Larissa. Rail workers have staged rolling strikes since the accident.

Protesters, accusing the conservative government and the country's political system of turning a blind eye to repeated calls by unions over deficient safety measures in the Greek railway, will stage rallies later in the day outside parliament.