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Striking Chilean miners blockade themselves underground

Santiago - More than 70 Chilean miners striking over unpaid wages have blocked themselves inside a shaft deep underground and are refusing food and water in protest, their union says."They blocked off all the entrances.

Permanent data loss at Google as lightning strikes four times

Energy-charged atmospheric clouds destroyed a tiny slice of Google's energy-charged digital cloud last Thursday as a data centre in Belgium was struck by lightning four times, wiping disks of data into a state that makes them non-recoverable.

Ecuador protests left 67 police injured, 47 arrested

Quito - A total of 67 police officers were injured and 47 people arrested during protests in Ecuador against President Rafael Correa's moves to seek a fourth term, an official said Friday.

Protests in Ecuador over Correa's looming 'dictatorship'

Quito - Demonstrators took to the streets around Ecuador on Thursday to protest President Rafael Correa's moves to seek a fourth term, but the leftist leader declared that plans for a paralyzing general strike had failed.

Workers stage general strike in Uruguay

Montevideo - Workers in Uruguay staged a general strike Thursday to demand wage hikes and more government spending.As heavy rains drenched the capital city Montevideo, cars clogged the streets because there was virtually no public transport.

French farmers block routes from Spain, Germany

Strasbourg - French farmers blocked roads from Spain and Germany to stop foreign products entering the country, the latest protest against a fall in food prices that has brought them to the brink of bankruptcy.

Farmers block France's second city as Hollande bids to ease crisis

Paris - Hundreds of furious farmers on Thursday blocked access roads to France's second city Lyon with their tractors, unimpressed with a 600-million-euro government plan to ease a dire financial plight sparked by falling prices.

French president condemns violent Uber protests

Paris - French President Francois Hollande on Friday condemned violent protests against ride-booking app Uber after taxi drivers set fire to vehicles and blocked highways but he said the service should be taken off the road.

French anti-Uber protests turn violent

Paris - Protests against ride-booking app Uber turned violent in France on Thursday as taxi drivers set fire to vehicles and blocked major roads.

French cabbies angry at Uber block Paris airports, train stations

Paris - French cab drivers angry at competition from taxi app Uber on Thursday blocked access to Paris airports and train stations as they protested losing customers to the popular service.

Dutch police to disrupt Tour de France in pay row

Den Haag - Dutch police are planning protests to disrupt the first two stages of the Tour de France in the Netherlands on July 4 and 5, their union, which is demanding better pay, said on Wednesday.

Striking French sailors block Calais port, Channel Tunnel

Calais - Protesting French sailors on Tuesday forced the suspension of Eurotunnel services between France and Britain in both directions after torching tyres on the tracks, causing traffic and travel chaos.

Striking French sailors block Calais port, Channel Tunnel

Calais - Protesting French sailors on Tuesday blocked access roads to the Channel Tunnel and the northern port of Calais, sparking traffic chaos, travel delays and diverted ferries.Police broke up a sit-in on the A16 motorway leading up to the Channel Tunnel.

Israel launches air strikes in Gaza after rocket attack

Gaza - The Israeli air force carried out four strikes on militant targets in the Gaza Strip early Wednesday, eyewitnesses said, hours after a cross-border rocket attack on the Jewish state.

Eiffel Tower reopens after staff walk out over pickpockets

Paris - Paris's iconic Eiffel Tower was shut to tourists for several hours on Friday as staff walked off the job to protest a surge in gangs of pickpockets roaming around the monument.

German rail strike called off, but new dispute looms

Frankfurt - German railways operator Deutsche Bahn on Thursday announced an end to a drivers strike that had paralysed train travel in Europe's biggest economy, after the feuding sides agreed to mediation.

German rail passengers face more chaos as drivers strike

Frankfurt - German rail operator Deutsche Bahn cancelled two thirds of long-distance passenger services Wednesday as train drivers began an open-ended walkout that will last at least one week.

Teachers strike in France to protest school reforms

Paris - Teachers in France went on strike Tuesday to protest against a proposed reform of secondary education that has become a bitter battleground for one of the country's rising political stars.

Iraq says top IS leaders targeted in coalition strike

Baghdad - The Iraqi government said Wednesday that several top jihadist leaders were targeted in a coalition air strike in the northwestern area of Tal Afar.

TAP Portugal privatisation hits turbulence with pilot strike

Lisbon - A 10-day strike by pilots at TAP Portugal, a plunge into losses and sky-high debt have steered the airline, and the government's plans to sell it to private investors, into turbulence.

S.Africa strike season looms after attacks on migrant workers

Johanesburg - South Africa's annual season of labour strikes often turns violent, but a recent wave of deadly xenophobic attacks has heightened fears that this year's protests could fuel further aggression towards migrant workers.

Hunger strike Ukraine pilot 'being transferred' to Russian hospital

Moscow - Jailed Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko has resumed her hunger strike and is withering away, her lawyer said on Monday, adding that authorities planned to transfer her to a Russian civilian hospital.

Wal-Mart suddenly closes 5 stores, lays off thousands of workers

Wal-Mart suddenly closed five stores in four states on Monday for alleged plumbing problems. The closures could last up to six months and affect roughly 2,200 workers in Texas, California, Oklahoma, and Florida, CNN Money reports.

Queen's staff vote for industrial action

London - Staff at one of Queen Elizabeth II's homes, Windsor Castle, have voted in favour of industrial action over pay, the first ever by royal staff, a trade union said Wednesday.

Mediator named as French public radio strike enters fourth week

Paris - The French government said it had appointed a mediator to ease bitter relations between management and unions at Radio France, as the longest strike in the public broadcaster's history entered its fourth week.

Anti-austerity strike closes Eiffel Tower

Paris - The Eiffel Tower was forced to close to visitors on Thursday due to a strike by unions opposed to what they see as the "austerity" policies of the French government.

French air traffic controllers strike grounds hundreds of flights

Paris - Hundreds of flights to and from France were cancelled Wednesday as air traffic controllers launched a two-day strike over working conditions and the situation was due to worsen on Thursday.

Travel chaos in Argentina as transit unions strike

Buenos Aires - Argentina's largest cities ground to a halt Tuesday as transport unions went on strike, demanding tax cuts for low-income workers and putting the government on the defensive seven months out from general elections.

Lufthansa pilots extend strike as hundreds of flights grounded

Frankfurt - Pilots for German airline Lufthansa announced they would extend until Friday a strike that has already hit tens of thousands of passengers and seen hundreds of flights cancelled in a dispute over a retirement scheme.

Brazil beefs up police to quell trucker protest

Bras - Brazil dispatched extra police to quell a strike by truckers opposing rising fuel and freight costs, after demonstrations turned violent.Nearing its second week, the strike has hit 11 of Brazil's 26 states.
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Library workers and union members walk the picket lines outside of Toronto city hall.
Library workers and union members walk the picket lines outside of Toronto city hall.
Ontario Federation of Labour President Sid Ryan addressed the crowd of library workers  union member...
Ontario Federation of Labour President Sid Ryan addressed the crowd of library workers, union members and supporters outside of Toronto city hall.
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Smithsonian Workers Strike
Toronto & York Region Labour President John Cartwright speaking to the large crowd.
Toronto & York Region Labour President John Cartwright speaking to the large crowd.
Scenes of protest in Lisbon - European general strike on November 14.
Scenes of protest in Lisbon - European general strike on November 14.
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Smithsonian Workers Strike
Smithsonian Workers Strike
Trade unions in Belgium believe the Eurobonds can bring relief to the troubled Euro.
Trade unions in Belgium believe the Eurobonds can bring relief to the troubled Euro.
Smithsonian Workers Strike
Smithsonian Workers Strike
Protesters in Madrid  Spain on 29 March 2012
Protesters in Madrid, Spain on 29 March 2012
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Canadian New Democratic Party Member of Parliament and NDP leadership candidate Peggy Nash speaks wi...
Canadian New Democratic Party Member of Parliament and NDP leadership candidate Peggy Nash speaks with Local 4948 President Maureen O'Reilly outside of Toronto city hall.
Workers across Europe protest against government austerity policies
Workers across Europe protest against government austerity policies
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Ontario Federation of Labour President Sid Ryan shows up in support of Monday s strike outside of To...
Ontario Federation of Labour President Sid Ryan shows up in support of Monday's strike outside of Toronto city hall.
Scenes of protest in Lisbon - European general strike on November 14.
Scenes of protest in Lisbon - European general strike on November 14.
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Our Walmart demonstration Wednesday  Oct. 12  2011  at the Walmart Home Office in Bentonville  Ark.
Our Walmart demonstration Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2011, at the Walmart Home Office in Bentonville, Ark.
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People deposited their garbage at the doors of the banks during the recent strike by garbage workers...
People deposited their garbage at the doors of the banks during the recent strike by garbage workers in Spain.
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Scenes of protest in Lisbon.
Scenes of protest in Lisbon.
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Detroit Tigers player strikes out
Detroit Tigers player strikes out
Mary Bistol  Toronto Public Library librarian  speaks to the crowd talking about how important libra...
Mary Bistol, Toronto Public Library librarian, speaks to the crowd talking about how important libraries are to the community.
Many library and union members walking the picket line outside of Toronto City Hall.
Many library and union members walking the picket line outside of Toronto City Hall.
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Greece: General strike
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