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UAW chief promises more direct action against ‘right-wing policies’

Just as in the sit-down strike of the 1930s, the United Auto Workers is preparing to join other unions and activists in more non-violent protests against what UAW president Bob King described on Friday as a framework of right-wing policies that have hurt the middle class. King told a crowd…

Thousands rally against nuclear power in Japan

Thousands demonstrated in Tokyo on Saturday against nuclear power generation, 11 months after a massive earthquake and tsunami sparked reactor meltdowns at the Fukushima nuclear power plant. Kenzaburo Oe, the 1994 Nobel prize winner for literature, told a central rally at Yoyogi Park, “Radioactive waste from nuclear power plants will…

Niger will not extradite Kadhafi son

Niger will not extradite Saadi Kadhafi even though the son of the slain Libyan leader violated his asylum conditions with “subversive” comments in a television interview, officials said on Saturday. “Our position remains the same — we will hand Saadi Kadhafi to a government that has an independent and impartial…

Obama centers budget on tax hikes for the rich

(Note: The original AFP headline for this story bizarrely read, “Obama anchors budget on tax cuts for the rich.” Raw Story has corrected this.) US President Barack Obama will Monday roll out a populist election-year budget challenging Republicans to support his job creation drive and to finally agree to hike…

U.S. Navy names warship after Gabby Giffords

The US Navy named a new warship after Gabrielle Giffords on Friday, honoring the former Arizona lawmaker who survived a gunman’s bullet to the head a year ago. The USS Gabrielle Giffords represented a fitting tribute to a congresswoman who embodies the navy’s “unwavering courage,” Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said…

Greek cabinet approves austerity deal amid resignations, general strike

Greece’s cabinet Saturday approved tough austerity measures demanded by EU and IMF creditors after the prime minister warned that a failed debt deal and default would spark “uncontrolled chaos”. The coalition government, hit by defections on Friday, approved the belt-tightening measures on a day that saw renewed street clashes between…

Russia alarmed over teen suicide rate

Top Russian psychiatrists on Friday called for urgent measures to battle the soaring teenage suicide rate, one of the world’s highest. The number of 15 to 19-year-olds taking their own lives is almost three times higher than the world average at 19 to 20 per 100,000, the health ministry’s chief…

Malaysian police detain Saudi tweeter

Malaysian authorities Friday said they had detained a young Saudi journalist who fled his country after Twitter comments he made about the Prophet Mohammed triggered calls for his execution. Hamza Kashgari was taken into custody after flying into Malaysia’s main international airport on Thursday, national police spokesman Ramli Yoosuf told…

Expat French get Internet vote for first time

French citizens will for the first time this year be able to vote in a parliamentary election over the Internet, an experiment that could be extended to other elections if successful. Edouard Courtial, the junior minister for French living abroad, told journalists on Friday that French expatriates would be able…

Greek unions unleash 48-hour anti-austerity strike

Greek unions Friday unleashed a 48-hour strike against new austerity measures to go before parliament and required by the European Union and the IMF in exchange for badly needed aid. The measures, dubbed “the grave of Greek society,” sparked a strike call by the CSEE and Adedy unions that together…

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