Japanese pledge eases tension in European markets (AP)

Cristina Povoa, a Portuguese broker,  talks on the phone while working Monday, Jan. 10, 2011 in Lisbon.  Europe's debt crisis looked increasingly likely to claim another victim on Monday, as Portugal's borrowing rates spiked to euro-era highs amid reports Germany and France are pushing it to accept outside help and prevent contagion to other countries. (AP Photo/ Francisco Seco)AP – Japan’s pledge to support Europe’s bailout efforts helped ease the pressure on markets Tuesday ahead of a Portuguese bond auction that may show whether the highly indebted nation needs a bailout soon.

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