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UPDATE 1-Greek PM tells Germany making big efforts to reform

* Greek people making big sacrifices to overcome crisis, says PM * Germany's Merkel backs Samaras reforms * Merkel says EU must agree more reforms by June summit BERLIN, Jan 8 (Reuters) - Greece is making enormous efforts to get its economy back on track despite the pain this involves for its citizens, its prime minister Antonis Samaras said on Tuesday on a visit to Germany, chief champion of austerity in Europe.

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Following is a summary of current people news briefs. Actor Depardieu denies leaving France for tax reasons

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Following is a summary of current people news briefs. Actor Depardieu denies leaving France for tax reasons

INTERVIEW-UPDATE 1-Retired U.S. general cautions against overuse of 'hated' drones

* McChrystal says unmanned aircraft help liberate U.S. special forces * But drones fuel global perception of American arrogance, he says * Afghan debate fueled White House, Pentagon mistrust - book (Updates throughout with McChrystal interview) By David Alexander

REFILE-Israeli minister warms to choice of Hagel for Pentagon

* Former Republican senator's record on Iran worries Jewish state * Obama seen setting tone for relations with Netanyahu government By Dan Williams JERUSALEM, Jan 8 (Reuters) - A senior Israeli diplomat has given a positive view of Chuck Hagel's nomination as U.S. defense secretary, though some commentators in the Jewish state expressed worries that the choice could open a new fissure in bedrock ties with Washington.

Egypt says expects IMF committee in 2-3 weeks

CAIRO, Jan 8 (Reuters) - Egypt expects a visit from an International Monetary Fund technical committee in two to three weeks, the presidential spokesman said on Tuesday, after a visit to Cairo by a senior IMF official. "Negotiations with the IMF team will resume from where they stopped," Yasser Ali, spokesman for President Mohamed Mursi, said. Asked when the committee would visit, he said to expect it in "two to three weeks".

As Obama, Karzai meet, Afghan peace efforts show flickers of life

* Crucial meeting set for Friday * Hopes resurrected for negotiated end to decades of war * Peace matters most delicate item on a long agenda By Warren Strobel and Mehreen Zahra-Malik WASHINGTON/ISLAMABAD, Jan 8 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai will discuss matters of war, including future U.S. troop levels and Afghanistan's army, when they meet on Friday, but matters of peace may be the most delicate item on their long agenda.

UPDATE 2-IMF official in Egypt as currency crisis bites

* IMF official to discuss $4.8 bln loan * HSBC sees IMF visit as positive * Parliamentary vote looms in coming months * Qatari PM due in Cairo on Tuesday for talks By Tom Perry and Yasmine Saleh CAIRO, Jan 7 (Reuters) - A senior IMF official met Egypt's government on Monday to discuss a vital $4.8 billion loan as the Islamist-led state battles to contain a currency crisis set off by political turmoil that is depleting its foreign reserves.

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Following is a summary of current people news briefs. Schwarzenegger is back, and Hollywood hopes he's still a star LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - As he famously droned on-screen in his signature "Terminator" movies, Arnold Schwarzenegger is back. A year after leaving the California governor's office and becoming tabloid fodder for fathering a boy with his family's housekeeper and splitting with his wife, Maria Shriver, the 65-year old former bodybuilder will star in no less than three Hollywood movies over the next 12 months.

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Following is a summary of current odd news briefs. Cat caught sneaking saw, phone into Brazil prison RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - A cat carrying a saw and a mobile phone was "detained" as it entered a prison gate in northeast Brazil, Brazilian media reported on Saturday. Prison guards were surprised when they saw a white cat crossing the main gate of the prison, its body wrapped with tape. A closer look showed the feline also carried drills, an earphone, a memory card, batteries and a phone charger.
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