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Peugeot could slash 5,000 jobs to cut costs in 2012

French auto giant PSA Peugeot Citroen on Wednesday announced an 800-million-euro cost-cutting plan for next year, including up to 5,000 lay-offs amid a stagnating European car market. “It’s quite possible there will be an impact on the workforce,” the company’s chief financial officer Frederic Saint-Geours warned during a teleconference announcing the plan. Management is…

Heineken profits up despite bad beer season for Europe

Dutch brewer Heineken published a one percent climb in net profitfor the third quarter Wednesday, saying strong sales in Africa and elsewhere offset the impact of poor summer weather in Europe. Net profit reached 525 million euros (U$731 million) in the July-September period, while sales grew slightly by 0.6 percent from last year to 4.65 billion…

The unstable future of a world full of men

As the global population hits seven billion, experts are warning that skewed gender ratios could fuel the emergence of volatile “bachelor nations” driven by an aggressive competition for brides. The precise consequences of what French population expertChristophe Guilmoto calls the “alarming demographic masculinisation” of countries such as India and China as the result of sex-selective…

NATO choppers violated air space: Pakistan officials

Pakistani officials on Wednesday accused NATO helicopters of violating Pakistan’s air space over the Taliban and Haqqanistronghold of North Waziristan, along the Afghan border. “Two helicopters intruded several kilometres inside Pakistan territory in Datta Khel town around 2:00 am (2100 GMT Tuesday),” a military official told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity. The helicopters flew in from…

Turkey’s ethnic tension boils over in quake city

Crowds of Kurds pelted journalists and police with stones in the quake-hit city of Van as their anger at the Turkish media’s coverage of the disaster boiled over. The quake came only days after one of the deadliest attacks on the army in the three-decade-long Kurdish conflict and some journalists…

Brazil has thousands working in forced labor: ILO

BRASILIA — Thousands of people still toil in forced labor in Brazil, despite government attempts to curtail the practice, the International Labour Organization said in a new report. Since 1995, more than 40,000 people have been rescued from forced labor, citing field reports from the poor, rural areas in the…

U.S. senators: Charge Assad before ICC

WASHINGTON — The UN Security Council should refer credible charges of crimes against humanity by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to the International Criminal Court (ICC), US senators urged Tuesday. In a letter to Washington’s UN envoy, Susan Rice, the lawmakers said it was time for the ICC to look into…

BBC staff to be balloted over major strike

LONDON — BBC’s flagship programmes could be severely disrupted by strike action as unions announced Tuesday they are to ballot thousands of staff over concerns at job cuts, pay and working conditions. Journalists, technicians and other staff at the British broadcaster will decide on November 4 whether they are to…

Internet role in human rights gets spotlight

SAN FRANCISCO — Technology titans and political activists gathered here on Tuesday to map ways to ensure the Internet is used as a tool for human rights instead of as a weapon of oppression. The overarching goal of the Silicon Valley Human Rights Conference was to collaborate on principles for…

British PM suffers parliamentary rebellion over Europe

David Cameron was on Monday licking his wounds after the largest parliamentary rebellion of his premiership as 79 Tory MPs voted in favour of a referendum on Britain’s relationship with Europe. The government won the House of Commons vote late Monday by 483 votes to 111 due to support from…

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