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German train drivers call three-hour warning strike FRANKFURT: A union for German train drivers called for a three-hour walkout on Monday to turn up the pressure on management of the national rail operator Deutsche Bahn in gridlocked wage talks.The GDL union called a warning strike from 6:00 pm (1600 GMT), saying it would primarily affect freight trains rather than passenger trains so as to spare commuters. Deutsche Bahn is demanding that GDL sign a cooperation agreement with the group's own in-house union EVG. The two unions are at loggerheads over which groups of personnel they should represent. German air passengers faced a half-day of delays and cancellations on Friday as pilots of the low-cost carrier Germanwings, a subsidiary of Lufthansa, walked out in a long-running dispute over early retirement provisions.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...

Putin accuses Europe of ignoring Ukraine army 'directly targeting' civilians MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin accused Europe on Monday of ignoring the Ukrainian army "directly targeting" civilians in the east of the country.The Ukrainian military "is directly targeting its fire on residential areas" and "unfortunately many countries, including in Europe, prefer not to notice that," he said from the eastern Siberian city of Yakutsk in comments broadcast on Russian television.Putin characterised the goal of rebel operations as protecting civilians."The goal of the rebel forces is ...
German rail union calls three-hour strike on Monday FRANKFURT: German rail workers' union GDL called a three-hour strike on Monday to put pressure on state-controlled rail operator Deutsche Bahn in a pay dispute. The union, which represents about 37,000 train drivers, conductors and shunters, said the strike would kick off from 1600 GMT, and primarily hit freight traffic. GDL demands a pay increase of 5 percent for workers, as well as a shortening of their work week to 37 hours from 39. News ...
Dozens of Turkish police detained over ‘anti-government plot’ ISTANBUL: Dozens of Turkish police officers, including a former chief of a police financial unit, were detained on Monday in a fresh wave of arrests over allegations that officers were involved in plotting against the government, local media said. Arrest warrants were issued for 33 police "seeking to overthrow the government", broadcaster NTV reported. The police force was not immediately available to comment. Dozens of police have been remanded in custody since July on charges ...
Six dead in Paris suburb building explosion BOBIGNY: Six people were killed on Sunday when an explosion ripped through an apartment building outside Paris, reducing half a residential block to rubble, emergency services said.Among the victims were a 10-year-old boy and a mother and two children aged 14-18.The bodies of a 45-year-old woman and another adult were also recovered from the remains of the four-storey building in the northeastern suburb of Rosny-sous-Bois.Firefighters were combing the wreckage for two other missing people, Mayor ...
German anti-euro party makes breakthrough in state vote BERLIN: German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives retained their grip on power in the eastern state of Saxony on Sunday but now face opposition from a fledgling anti-euro party, which won its first seats in a regional assembly.Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU) won more than 39 percent of the vote in the regional parliament, according to preliminary results, but the party needs a new coalition partner after its current allies crashed out.Marking its debut into a state ...
Swedish hospital investigating possible case of Ebola: media STOCKHOLM: A hospital in the Swedish capital is investigating a possible case of Ebola, Swedish media reported on Sunday. A man who recently travelled to a "risk area" for the virus was taken to Karolinska University Hospital in Stockholm suffering from a fever and is being treated in an isolation unit, the reports said.More than 1,500 people have died in an Ebola outbreak in West Africa since March. "The virus isn't airborne and can only ...


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