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Starbucks launches job creation campaign

WASHINGTON — Coffee chain Starbucks on Monday told US customers their country needs them — to help create jobs. The chain, omnipresent in many US cities, announced the launch of a donation drive, with proceeds being used to back loans for small job-creating businesses. “Small businesses are the backbone of…

Thousands rally against Portugal’s austerity plans

LISBON — Tens of thousands of people rallied in Portugal Saturday against the government’s austerity measures, protest organisers said, amid projections that the economic situation was far worse than expected. Government and private sector workers demonstrated in Lisbon and Porto, following a call by the country’s largest trade union federation…