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Dozens of supporters of Israeli conscientious objector Natan Blanc demonstrated outside military headquarters on Tuesday. The Israeli military has jailed Mr Blanc 10 consecutive times, amounting to six months continuous imprisonment so far, for refusing
Indian Social Action Forum said today that the government has frozen its bank account as part of a crackdown on rights groups that receive foreign funding and criticise government policies. The New Delhi-based forum said it had received a letter from the
Dozens of Indian guest workers are suing US marine and fabrication company Signal International, alleging that it financially exploited them and forced them to live in squalid conditions. Three federal lawsuits backed by the Southern Poverty Law Centre w
Egypt President Mohammed Morsi has signed a new tax law that cuts the amount paid by poorer Egyptians but did nothing to raise taxes for the rich elite. The law signed on Tuesday exempts anyone who earns under 5,000 Egyptian pounds (£475) a year from pay
Around 10,000 Chilean students and workers marched through Valparaiso on Tuesday to demand wide-ranging expansion of free education. The protest coincided with right-wing President Sebastian Pinera's final state of the nation speech to congress, in which
Italy's recession has left millions of people unable to afford to heat their homes adequately or eat properly, the country's national statistics institute warned today. Istat reported that the number of people considered seriously deprived had doubled in
Six Egyptian policemen and a border guard kidnapped in the Sinai Peninsula last week were freed by their captors today. The release followed a security build up and a massive show of force by the army in northern Sinai, which borders the Gaza Strip and I
Papuan miners pledged today to continue blockading the tragedy-hit Grasberg mine until the end of the month. Around 1,000 workers are still blocking the main road about two miles from the accident site in the Indonesian province. Union leader Virgo Salos
Nuclear reactor to stay shut JAPAN: The country's nuclear regulation authority has endorsed expert advice that a seismic fault running underneath the Tsuruga No 2 atomic plant is active, making the plant's restart virtually impossible. Japan prohibits r
The driver of a car which rammed anti-blacklist demonstrators in Manchester was laughing as he accelerated through them. George Tapp, a 64-year-old electrician whose legs were broken as the car struck him, told from his hospital bed of how he clung to th
Civil Service union PCS moved a step closer to a merger with Unite today. Delegates gave the union's national executive the authority to begin discussions if approached by Unite. PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka, who moved the motion, said that the tr
Anti-cuts activists packed a Manchester hall to capacity on Tuesday night as they staged a People's Assembly to build the fight against austerity. The event was part of a Britain-wide build-up to the People's Assembly in London on June 22. Manchester org
Welsh Labour First Minister Carwyn Jones won great applause from Wales TUC delegates meeting in Cardiff today by rejecting the idea of importing policies from Westminster. He told the Wales TUC annual conference in Cardiff: "There is no room for...
Welsh trade unionists threw out a motion opposing all NHS closures in Wales today after health unions combined to oppose it. Swansea Trade Council's Alec Thraves moved the motion at Wales TUC, pointing out that the nation's health service had seen £660 m
Trades council delegates expressed their disappointment at Wales TUC's failure today to call a national anti-cuts rally in Cardiff, but a general council statement on fighting austerity carried the day. Alec Thraves of Swansea TUC accused the general cou
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