The Greek prime minister has called on the US to help crack down on the financial speculators he blames for exacerbating his country's debt woes.

George Papandreou said he wanted to see the US impose stricter regulations on hedge funds and currency traders.

The comments of the Greek prime minister came before he is due to meet US President Obama later on Tuesday.

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