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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.

Dockworkers return to U.S. West Coast ports

Oakland - All but one of 29 ports on the U.S. West Coast reopened this week after months of wrangling over the terms of a new dockworkers contract.

Workers threaten to strike Sunday at huge Texas refinery

Port Arthur - Workers at the largest oil refinery in the United States joined a growing nationwide strike Saturday when they left their jobs at the Motiva Enterprises LLC facility in Port Arthur, Texas.

Egypt strikes Libya jihadists after beheadings video

Cairo - Egypt carried out air strikes against Islamic State group targets in Libya on Monday after the jihadists posted a video showing the decapitation of 21 Coptic Christians, the military said.

Israel Arabs declare nationwide strike after Bedouin deaths

Jerusalem - Leaders of Israel's 1.7 million Arabs declared a general strike throughout the country on Tuesday in protest at the recent deaths of two Bedouin men in confrontations with police.

Six Hezbollah fighters killed in Israeli strike

Birut - Six Hezbollah fighters were killed Sunday in an Israeli air strike on the Syrian side of the Golan, including the son of assassinated senior commander Imad Mughniyeh.

One killed as Bangladesh opposition calls strike

Dhaka - Bangladesh opposition activists clashed with police during a nationwide strike Monday, leaving one woman dead and several people injured, as tensions grew ahead of the first anniversary of controversial elections.

National strike paralyses Belgium

Brussels - Trade unions brought Belgium to a standstill Monday as the biggest general strike in years grounded flights, cut international rail links and shut sea ports in protest at the new government's austerity plans.

Thousands in Greek anti-austerity protests as reform talks stall

Athens - Thousands of Greeks demonstrated against a new bout of austerity on Thursday in a general strike as the government failed to break a deadlock with the country's international creditors.

Government employees march in D.C. for higher pay, a union

Washington - Hundreds of federally-contracted government workers staged a day-long protest strike Thursday in an effort to persuade President Barack Obama to issue executive orders that would increase pay and benefits for workers on government contract.

Air strikes 'killed' French bombmaker in Syria: US

Washington - US air raids in Syria overnight targeted and likely killed a French bombmaker who was a key figure in an Al-Qaeda offshoot accused of plotting attacks on the West, a defense official said Thursday.

Air strikes 'killed' French bombmaker in Syria: U.S.

Washington - U.S. air raids in Syria overnight targeted and likely killed a French bombmaker who was a leader of an Al-Qaeda offshoot accused of plotting attacks on the West, a defense official said Thursday.

Volleyball woman jailed in Iran declares hunger strike

London - A British-Iranian woman jailed in Iran after trying to watch a volleyball match is on a hunger strike, refusing food or liquids, her brother told AFP.

German pilots strike after weekend rail chaos

Berlin - Lufthansa pilots launched a strike Monday, deepening Germany's travel chaos after train drivers stopped work at the weekend just as school holidays began in much of the country.

Air France pilots end record strike

Paris - Air France's main pilots' union Sunday ended the longest strike in the carrier's history to allow "calmer" talks to go ahead over the contentious issue of the airline's low-cost subsidiary Transavia.
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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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Library workers and union members walk the picket lines outside of Toronto city hall.
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Line Service Representatives at Porter FBO at Billy Bishop Airport are on strike this morning for their personal safety.
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Line Service Representatives at Porter FBO at Billy Bishop Airport are on strike this morning for their personal safety.
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Verizon workers on strike.
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Scenes of protest in Lisbon.
Scenes of protest in Lisbon.
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Cibeles, Madrid, 29 March 2012
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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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Greece: General strike
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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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Smithsonian Workers Strike
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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Smithsonian Workers
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Smithsonian Workers Strike
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.
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.
Workers across Europe protest against government austerity policies
Workers across Europe protest against government austerity policies
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