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Skirmishes in Athens as general strike sweeps Greece

Atenas - Thousands marched in Greece on Thursday as a crippling general strike against pension reforms swept the country, with hooded youths lobbing firebombs at riot police in scattered skirmishes in Athens.

U.S. drone strike kills top Qaeda chief in south Yemen

Aden - A senior Al-Qaeda operative in Yemen with a $5 million US bounty on his head was killed Thursday in one of two suspected American drone strikes in the war-torn country.

Brazil airports strike grounds Carnival travelers

S - A two-hour strike Wednesday by airline staff across Brazil grounded hundreds of flights, paralyzing travel in Latin America's biggest country ahead of Carnival season's biggest parties.

Israeli court to rule on fasting Palestinian journalist

Dura - Israel's top court will this week rule on whether to release a hunger-striking Palestinian journalist who is described as being close to death, his lawyer said Tuesday.

Cabbies block roads as France hit by multiple strikes

Paris - Angry French taxi drivers blocked key roads with burning tyres and hundreds of flights were cancelled as air traffic controllers joined civil servants, hospital staff and teachers for a "Black Tuesday" of strikes.

Doctors' strike causes major disruption at UK hospitals

London - Tens of thousands of junior doctors in England went on strike Tuesday, causing major disruption to hospitals across the country in the first walkout of its kind for 40 years.

12 children dead after Russia strike hits Syria school: monitor

Birut - At least 12 children and three adults were killed in a Russian air strike that hit a school in Syria's Aleppo province on Monday, a monitor said.

Iraq drone strike mistake kills 9 militiamen: Spokesman

Baghdad - An Iraqi drone strike killed nine members of the pro-government Popular Mobilisation paramilitary force near Tikrit in an apparent case of so-called "friendly fire", a spokesman said Sunday.

Hezbollah vows to respond to killing of top militant

Birut - Lebanon's Shiite movement Hezbollah on Monday vowed to respond to the killing in a suspected Israeli air strike near Damascus of one of its top militants, Samir Kantar.

Hezbollah gives Beirut funeral for 'martyr' from Damascus raid

Birut - Lebanon's Shiite movement Hezbollah on Monday gave a "martyr's" funeral in Beirut for controversial militant Samir Kantar who was killed in a suspected Israeli air strike in Damascus.

Notorious Hezbollah militant 'killed in Israeli raid'

Birut - A Lebanese militant notorious for the murder of three Israelis, including a four-year-old girl, has been killed in an Israeli air raid near the Syrian capital, his Hezbollah movement said.

US air strike 'mistake' led to Iraq military deaths: Carter

Washington - US-led coalition forces appear to have been responsible for air strikes that mistakenly killed several Iraqi soldiers, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said Saturday.

Iraq says coalition air strike kills or wounds 10 soldiers

Baghdad - Iraq's joint operations command said 10 Iraqi soldiers were killed or wounded Friday by so-called friendly fire from US-led coalition aircraft west of Baghdad.

Thousands demonstrate, strike in Greece against pension reform

Atenas - Some 15,000 people demonstrated in Athens on Thursday as unions held a general strike against a planned social security overhaul -- the second walkout in less than a month.

Junior doctors in UK vote to strike

London - Junior doctors in Britain voted Thursday to stage their first "all-out" strikes in the history of the National Health Service (NHS) in a fierce pay row with the government.

Greece's leftist govt hit by first general strike

Atenas - Over 20,000 people demonstrated in Athens against fresh spending cuts Thursday, with sporadic outbreaks of violence, in the first general strike against the leftist government which swept to power on an anti-austerity ticket.

Creditors begin Greek reforms review ahead of strike

Atenas - Greece's international creditors on Wednesday begin a review of reforms pledged under the country's bailout, a day ahead of a general strike to protest the measures.

Lufthansa strike grounds another 100,000 passengers

Berlin - Lufthansa scrapped 930 more flights on Wednesday, grounding 100,000 passengers after a court allowed cabin staff to press on with a strike that is shaping up to be the worst in the German airline's history.

German court backs Lufthansa crew strike

Berlin - A German court gave the green light for Lufthansa's cabin staff to continue their strike, in what is set to be the worst industrial action in the history of the country's biggest airline.

Strike at Chilean airports grounds tens of thousands

Santiago - Airport workers have staged a 24-hour strike in Chile, grounding flights across the country and disrupting travel plans for some 50,000 passengers.

Lufthansa cancels 1,000 flights Wednesday over pilots' strike

Frankfurt - German airline Lufthansa has announced it will cancel 1,000 short- and medium-term flights in and out of Germany Wednesday on the second day of a two-day walkout by its pilots.

Millions strike in India over 'anti-labour' reforms

New Delhi - Millions of workers across India went on strike Wednesday in protest at planned labour law reforms, the biggest show of strength by trade unions since Prime Minister Narendra Modi took office.

Millions of India's workers threaten 24-hour strike

New Delhi - Millions of India's workers have vowed to go on strike on Wednesday against right-wing Prime Minister Narendra Modi's "anti-labour" economic policies.

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.
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Protesters in Madrid  Spain on 29 March 2012
Protesters in Madrid, Spain on 29 March 2012
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File photo: Nationwide protests in Greece.
File photo: Nationwide protests in Greece.
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Scenes of protest in Lisbon.
Scenes of protest in Lisbon.
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Transit employees on strike Day 4, Dartmouth NS
Elementary Teachers  Federation of Ontario held a one-day strike across the Toronto Area on what is ...
Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario held a one-day strike across the Toronto Area on what is called "Super Tuesday." It also included a protest in front of Kathleen Wynne's constituency office in Leaside.
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.
Protesters in Madrid  Spain on 29 March 2012
Protesters in Madrid, Spain on 29 March 2012
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Our Walmart demonstration Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2011, at the Walmart Home Office in Bentonville, Ark.
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Elementary Teachers  Federation of Ontario held a one-day strike across the Toronto Area on what is ...
Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario held a one-day strike across the Toronto Area on what is called "Super Tuesday." It also included a protest in front of Kathleen Wynne's constituency office in Leaside.
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Mary Bistol, Toronto Public Library librarian, speaks to the crowd talking about how important libraries are to the community.
Protesters in Madrid  Spain - 29 March 2012
Protesters in Madrid, Spain - 29 March 2012
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Walmart workers on strike walk a picket line during a protest over unsafe working conditions and poor wages outside a Walmart store in Pico Rivera, California, October 4
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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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Elementary Teachers  Federation of Ontario held a one-day strike across the Toronto Area on what is ...
Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario held a one-day strike across the Toronto Area on what is called "Super Tuesday." It also included a protest in front of Kathleen Wynne's constituency office in Leaside.
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.
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.
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The large crowd huddles in for speeches 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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