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Five-storey building collapses in central Istanbul

February 12, 2016 1:55 pm

A five-storey building has collapsed in dramatic fashion in the centre of Istanbul, but Turkish authorities say that no one was believed to be trapped under the rubble. The building collapsed on Friday in a street near Istanbul’s pedestrian Istiklal Avenue, a main shopping district in the popular Taksim area....

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Damaging winds strike southern Poland

February 12, 2016 1:46 pm

Zakopane, in southern Poland, has once again suffered damage from a violent wind. Gusts of 105 kilometres per hour were recorded in the town after three days of increasingly strong, southerly winds. Zakopane, the biggest mountain resort in Europe north of the Alps, is no stranger to wind damage. It...

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Why India’s Jewelers Are on Strike

February 12, 2016 10:45 am

Thousands of jewelry shops in India pulled down their shutters Wednesday as they went on strike to protest against the government’s move to bring more jewelry sales under the tax net. A rule that came into effect Jan. 1 requires customers to share their tax identification number every time they...

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Toronto taxi drivers’ group calls off strike protesting Uber

February 12, 2016 10:43 am

A newly formed group of Toronto taxi drivers has now called off a strike planned for Friday’s afternoon rush hour. Paul Sekhon of the United Taxi Workers Association of the Greater Toronto Area had announced Wednesday morning that the group had obtained permits for the protest, which could stretch into...

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Dozens Detained, Life Paralyzed by Strike in Indian Kashmir

February 12, 2016 10:38 am

ndian authorities detained dozens of Kashmiri activists and placed separatist leaders under house arrest Thursday to prevent them from holding anti-India protests to mark the anniversary of a top separatist leader’s hanging more than three decades ago. Shops and businesses remained shut and a curfew was in effect in some...

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Ethnic Protesters in Nepal Withdraw Border Blockade, Strike

February 9, 2016 6:12 am

The main ethnic group that’s been protesting for months over Nepal’s new constitution is ending its border blockade and general strike, bringing relief to the Himalayan nation severely short of fuel, medicine and other supplies. The United Democratic Madhesi Front said in a statement Monday it would continue its protests...

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