State Duma factions strike “package agreement” on committee heads’ posts
Sep27

State Duma factions strike “package agreement” on committee heads’ posts

Representatives of the four factions of the State Duma, the lower house of Russia’s parliament, on Monday struck an informal “package agreement”, which envisions parity distribution of committee heads’ posts in the 7th Duma. The number of committees fell from 30 to 26: the participants of talks agreed that the number of committees should be optimized. The Liberal Democratic Party (LDPR) finally achieved chairmanship of one...

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Four medics killed in strike on clinic near Syria’s Aleppo
Sep21

Four medics killed in strike on clinic near Syria’s Aleppo

Four medics were killed and a nurse critically wounded when an air strike hit a clinic in a village near Syria’s second city Aleppo late Tuesday, the aid group that runs it said. The four staff of the Union of Syrian Medical Relief Organisations were in two ambulances that had been called to the clinic to take some patients for more specialized treatment, the group said. The clinic in the village of Khan Tuman was completely...

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Millions Strike in India over Wages, Economic Reforms
Sep02

Millions Strike in India over Wages, Economic Reforms

Millions of public sector workers went on strike across India today protesting against Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s plans for greater privatization and a proposed minimum wage hike they say is inadequate. Up to 150 million workers from sectors including nursing, banking, manufacturing and coal mining as well as hawkers and daily wage laborers are expected to take part in the 24-hour nationwide strike, organizers said. Ten...

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Egypt says IS Sinai chief killed in strike
Aug05

Egypt says IS Sinai chief killed in strike

An Egyptian air strike killed the head of the Islamic State group branch behind scores of deadly attacks on security forces and suspected of downing a Russian airliner, the army said Thursday. The army’s announcement did not say when the operation took place but named the head of the Egyptian affiliate of the jihadist group based in the Sinai Peninsula as Abu Doaa al-Ansari. He was killed along with top aides and dozens of...

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Number Of Workers Striking Hits Record Low
Aug02

Number Of Workers Striking Hits Record Low

A total of 81,000 workers were involved in employment disputes in 2015 – the lowest since figures were first collected at the end of the 19th century – according to research by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The number of working days lost through strike action last year was the second lowest since records began in 1891. In total 170,000 working days were lost, considerably less than the figure for 2014, which...

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