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CA prisoners reject state offer as inmate hunger strike enters 3rd week

Relatives and supporters of the thousands of reported hunger striking California prisoners warn that some inmates are “getting sicker and weaker, with some nearing severe dehydration”, according to Southern California Public Radio. The inmates began refusing food on July 1 to protest overcrowding and harsh conditions inside the state’s prisons.…

In a first for Starbucks, Chile workers strike

SANTIAGO/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Starbucks Corp has been hit with its first strike at a company-operated cafe in Chile, where some workers are seeking pay and benefit increases, union and company representatives told Reuters on Friday. Starbucks was quick to say that its 31 cafes in Chile would remain open…

Multiple blasts rock Mumbai in ‘terror strike’

Multiple blasts rocked India’s financial hub Mumbai on Wednesday evening, police said, in what the Home Ministry described as a “terror strike”. Police gave no details of any casualties, but news channels cited eyewitnesses as saying as many as 10 people might have been killed, in the first major incident…

U.S. drone strike kills 10 militants in Pakistan

A US drone strike targeting a compound in Pakistan’s northwestern tribal belt on the Afghan border on Monday killed at least 10 militants, local security officials said. Two unmanned aircraft fired four missiles, hitting the compound and a vehicle parked in the Gorwaik area of Datta Khel town, 45 kilometres…

South African oil refinery workers launch strike

Some 70,000 workers at oil refineries and related industries on Monday joined a week-old strike in South Africa, their union said, raising fears of potential fuel shortages. The Chemical, Energy, Paper, Printing, Wood and Allied Workers Union (CEPPWAWU) said refineries had ground to a halt as workers downed tools to…

Thousands of U.S.-run mine workers strike for better wages in Papua

More than 7,000 workers from US company Freeport McMoRan’s massive gold and copper mine in Indonesia’s western Papua region started a week-long strike on Monday to demand better wages. “We want a bigger salary so that we can afford to have a better life,” Frans Kaweai, a protester, told AFP…

Thousands of US-run mine workers strike in Papua

More than 7,000 workers from US company Freeport McMoRan’s massive gold and copper mine in Indonesia’s western Papua region started a week-long strike on Monday to demand better wages. “We want a bigger salary so that we can afford to have a better life,” Frans Kaweai, a protester, told AFP…

Sting cancels Kazakh concert over oil worker dispute

LONDON (Reuters) – British singer Sting has canceled a concert in the Kazakh capital Astana scheduled for Monday after human rights group Amnesty International informed the former Police frontman about what it described as a “crackdown” on oil workers there. Several thousand workers at UzenMunaiGas, a unit of London-listed oil…

Lightning strike kills 19 children in Uganda

A lightning strike at a primary school in western Uganda killed 19 students and injured 50, Ugandan police said on Wednesday. Lightning on Tuesday hit Runyanya primary school in Kiryandongo district, about 225 kilometres (135 miles) northwest of Kampala, killing 18 children outright with a further child dying from burns…

D-Day for Greece as lawmakers vote on austerity

Greece faces a financial D-Day Wednesday as lawmakers vote on a tough austerity plan to secure new money from creditors to avoid sovereign default despite a last-ditch general strike by protestors. The parliament, where Prime Minister George Papandreou’s Socialists have a five-seat majority, will stage the first of two votes on a 28.4-billion-euro…

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