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Leading Cuban dissident begins hunger strike

Havana - Renowned Cuban dissident Guillermo Farinas said Thursday he has begun a hunger strike demanding the Raul Castro government end torture and other human rights abuses against opponents.

Zimbabwe government workers strike over pay delay

Harare - Government workers in Zimbabwe went on strike Tuesday to protest against delayed salary payments amid growing tensions over the country's struggling economy.

Zimbabwe police fire teargas as protests turn violent

Harare - Zimbabwe police on Monday fired teargas and water cannons and beat up protesting public transport drivers, amid rising unrest against economic woes as well as President Robert Mugabe's long rule.

Syria air strikes 'kill 17 civilians' at start of Ramadan

Birut - Seventeen civilians including eight children were killed in air strikes on a market in eastern Syria on Monday, the first day of the holy Muslim month of Ramadan, a monitor said.

Is France unreformable?

Paris - A seemingly endless parade of violent protests, transport strikes and paralysed infrastructure in recent months has once again given the impression of France as a country that cannot be governed.But how much does the cliche reflect reality?

Belgium faces worsening strikes and rail chaos

Brussels - Belgium faced growing disruption on Tuesday after public sector staff halted work in protest at the centre-right government's austerity plans, adding to ongoing strikes on the rail system and in prisons.

Brussels police fire water cannon at anti-austerity protest

Brussels - Belgian police Tuesday fired water cannon during clashes with protesters at a huge demonstration in Brussels against the centre-right government's labour reform plans, leaving 10 people injured.

Dirty and dangerous: Strike exposes Haiti's crumbling hospitals

Port-au-prince - When a pregnant woman died outside one of Haiti's major public hospitals in Port-au-Prince last week, her family and neighbors lashed out in despair and anger.

Air strike 'kills 11 at rebel-held Yemen base'

Aden - Warplanes from the Saudi-led coalition on Monday hit a military base captured by Yemeni rebels north of Sanaa, killing at least 11, a military official said.

Greece paralysed by strike over pension, tax reforms

Atenas - Greece's public transport networks ground to a halt Friday after trade unions called for a 48-hour strike to protest controversial government plans to overhaul pensions and increase taxes, as demanded by international creditors.

German govt, public workers settle wage dispute

Berlin - Germany's federal and local governments reached agreement on Friday with public sector workers on a pay rise, settling a dispute that grounded hundreds of flights during a warning strike two days earlier, sources said.

Kuwait says some oil output restored as strike enters day three

Kuwait City - A strike by oil workers that has slashed Kuwait's output entered its third day on Tuesday but the state oil firm said it had managed to restore some affected production. Kuwait Petroleum Corp.

Kuwait oil workers' strike sees output plunge

Kuwait City - Thousands of Kuwait's oil workers began an open-ended strike on Sunday to protest plans to cut their wages, action which saw the emirate's crude production plunge.A spokesman for the Kuwait Oil Co.

Labour dispute hits bomb-struck Brussels airport

Brussels - A labour dispute caused the cancellation of flights to and from Brussels international airport for a second day on Wednesday just after it reopened in the wake of deadly jihadist bombings.

Kuwait sends national guard to oil units after strike call: Report

Kuwait City - Kuwait is deploying national guard units to run and protect some oil facilities after workers announced a major strike for this weekend, a newspaper reported on Wednesday.

Labour row suspends flights at Brussels airport

Brussels - A labour dispute triggered Tuesday the temporary halt of flights to and from Brussels international airport only days after it reopened in the wake of deadly jihadist bombings, officials said.

Bay Area man convicted of assault over reclining airline seat

Los Angeles - A San Francisco Bay Area man was convicted Wednesday of assaulting an airline passenger aboard a delayed flight from Los Angeles after he became enraged when the victim reclined the back of her seat.

French protesters clash with police over labour reforms

Paris - Students and workers clashed with police in several French cities on Thursday during angry protests over labour reforms that drew nearly 400,000 people.

Congo capital partly shut to protest veteran leader's re-election

Brazzaville - Opposition strongholds in Brazzaville were closed Tuesday following a strike call over the re-election of Congo's veteran ruler Denis Sassou Nguesso in polls his rivals say were marred by "massive fraud".

IS group commander Shishani 'clinically dead:' Monitor

Birut - Top Islamic State group commander Omar al-Shishani has been "clinically dead" for several days after a US air strike in northern Syria, a monitoring group said Sunday. "Shishani is not able to breathe on his own and is using machines.

Hundreds of thousands protest over French jobs reform

Paris - Hundreds of thousands of French students and workers took to the streets in protest at labour reforms, heaping pressure on President Francois Hollande's already unpopular and fractured Socialist government.

IS commander 'Omar the Chechen' survived US strike: monitor

Birut - Top Islamic State commander leader Omar al-Shishani, known as Omar the Chechen, was "seriously injured" in a recent strike in northeastern Syria but not killed despite US suggestions to the contrary, a monitoring group said.

Junior doctors stage third strike in English hospitals

London - Junior doctors at English hospitals staged a third strike on Wednesday in protest at proposed new conditions and pay rates for working unsociable hours.

IS commander 'likely killed' in Syria air strike: U.S. official

Washington - The Islamic State group's battle-tested equivalent of a defense minister is believed to have been killed in a US air strike in Syria, a US official said Tuesday.

Air strike on Yemen market kills 30 rebels, civilians: Witnesses

Sanaa - A Saudi-led air coalition air strike on a market northeast of the rebel-held Yemeni capital Sanaa killed at least 30 rebels and civilians, witnesses said.

Doctors stage second strike in English hospitals

London - Thousands of junior doctors at English hospitals staged a second strike into Thursday against proposed new conditions and pay rates for working unsociable hours.

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.
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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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Lufthansa crew cabin members go on strike.
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Protesters in Madrid  Spain - 29 March 2012
Protesters in Madrid, Spain - 29 March 2012
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Local 4948 President Maureen O Reilly talks to reporters during a scrum about Monday s strike and th...
Local 4948 President Maureen O'Reilly talks to reporters during a scrum about Monday's strike and the current negotiations with the City.
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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Workers across Europe protest against government austerity policies
Workers across Europe protest against government austerity policies
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File photo: Nationwide protests in Greece.
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Strike by teachers and students in Spain  May 22  2012
Strike by teachers and students in Spain, May 22, 2012
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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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People deposited their garbage at the doors of the banks during the recent strike by garbage workers in Spain.
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Rev. Michael Livingston
Rev. Michael Livingston
Toronto & York Region Labour President John Cartwright speaking to the large crowd.
Toronto & York Region Labour President John Cartwright speaking to the large crowd.
Protesters in Madrid  Spain on 29 March 2012
Protesters in Madrid, Spain on 29 March 2012
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Scenes of protest in Lisbon.
Scenes of protest in Lisbon.
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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.