Greece avoided another potential brush with bankruptcy after striking a deal Thursday with European creditors to tide it over for the rest of the year, The Associated Press reports. The financially strapped nation also gained assurances that its repayment burden will be eased when it finally can stand on its own after nearly a decade on financial life support. After months of haggling that raised fears of another escalation in Greece’s near 8-year debt crisis, the 19-country eurozone cleared the release of a further 8.5 billion euros ($9.5 billion) after the Greek government delivered on an array of reforms. Getting the money was becoming increasingly urgent as Greece has a big repayment…