One dead as Ugandan police quell protest over mistreatment of lawmakers

By Elias Biryabarema KAMPALA, Aug 19 : One person died and five others were wounded in Uganda on Sunday, police said, as security forces used teargas and live bullets to disperse a demonstration against the beating of arrested lawmakers in response to the stoning of a presidential convoy. Police spokesman Emilian Kayima said a policeman […]

New Zealand teachers strike challenges Labour govt wages policy

By Charlotte Greenfield WELLINGTON, Aug 15 : New Zealand school teachers went on strike on Wednesday for the first time in more than 20 years, challenging the Labour government’s plans to balance promised fiscal responsibility against growing demands to increase public sector salaries. Almost 30,000 primary school teachers did not turn up to work and […]

Air France KLM shares slump on risk of further strikes

By Sudip Kar-Gupta PARIS, Aug 13 : Air France KLM shares slumped on Monday after the airline’s biggest pilots union said over the weekend that there were risks of further strikes if pay talks with management did not resume. Air France KLM shares were down 5.8 percent in early trading, the worst performers on Paris’ […]

Overworked, underpaid: Bangladesh bus drivers say accidents not entirely their fault

By Serajul Quadir and Ruma Paul DHAKA, Aug 10 : Khurshid Alam says he pulls 17-hour shifts three days a week driving a private bus in Dhaka, where tens of thousands of students held angry protests for over a week demanding an end to rash driving that killed two teenagers late last month. Prime Minister […]

Chinese Muslims protest against plan to demolish mosque

By Michael Martina BEIJING, Aug 10 : Hundreds of ethnic Hui Muslims are staging a sit-in protest in China’s western region of Ningxia against government plans to demolish a huge new mosque, amid tightening curbs on Islam to pull its practice in line with the Chinese mainstream. China officially guarantees freedom of religion, but in […]

Bangladesh demands U.S. embassy withdraw criticism over protests

By Serajul Quadir DHAKA, Aug 8 : Bangladesh’s government demanded on Wednesday that the U.S. embassy withdraw criticism over its handling of days-long student protests in the capital over a fatal traffic accident. Tens of thousands of students have blocked streets of Dhaka for more than a week, demanding safer roads, after two teenagers were […]