Turkey Deploys More Forces

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Turkey deployed additional tanks and missile defense systems to the Syrian border as artillery units responded to fire from President Bashar Assad's armed forces for a sixth day.

Turkish batteries fired into Syrian territory, Al Arabiya television said Monday. That followed a Syrian shell landing in a field as cotton harvesters worked near Hatay, Turkey's state-run Anatolia news agency reported, as the Turkish Cabinet met to discuss the issue.

Tensions between the two countries have risen during the 19- month rebellion against Mr. Assad's government.

Merkel faces protests

ATHENS, Greece -- Protesters are gearing up for German Chancellor Angela Merkel's first visit to Athens since the financial crisis began, with plans for strikes, rallies and a petition demanding reparations for the Nazi occupation.

Greece's need for bailouts and German-led conditions attached to emergency loans have made Ms. Merkel the face of austerity for Greeks. She has been depicted in the Greek media wearing jackboots and an SS uniform. While Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras called the chancellor's visit today a "very positive development," opposition leaders are planning a show of anger and frustration after five years of recession.

Greek authorities Monday announced a ban on public gatherings and marches in most of central Athens today.

Chavez faces challenges

CARACAS, Venezuela -- During his re-election campaign, President Hugo Chavez promised to deepen the "21st century socialism" that has meant an ever-greater state role in the economy. That message won him a surprising 11-percentage-point win in what many had thought would be a tight race.

Still, he's set to start a fourth presidential term under challenging economic circumstances. …