June

In South Korea, strike leaders land in court

180 Vietnamese migrant workers building a wharf in Inchon, South Korea, launched one brief strike in July, 2010, and another last January.

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Progressive Mexican presidential candidate visits Los Angeles

Invoking Cesar Chavez, Andrés Manuel López Obrador said, "[F]or us, we should insist and assure that we are heard and that a new social order comes replacing the old."

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Kurds gain in Turkish elections

Turkey's ruling party sought a third term in elections Sunday, aiming to build on economic and diplomatic advances in recent years as well as introduce a new constitution it says will make the country more democratic.

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Chile seeks truth about deaths of Allende and Neruda

The body of former Chilean President Salvador Allende was exhumed in May in an attempt to determine whether the democratically elected socialist president was murdered.

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World Notes: Venezuela, South Africa, Romania and more

Thousands marched in Caracas on June 7 demanding protection for small farmers determined to take over unused land in accordance with the Lands and Agrarian Development Act of 2001.

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Iranians release bus drivers union leader

The leader of the independent bus drivers union in Tehran, Iran, was released on bond from Iranian prisons.

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In Cyprus, Communists gain, but so do rightists

In parliamentary elections May 22 in the island nation of Cyprus, the governing AKEL party - the island's Communist Party - gained seats and increased its voting percentage.

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Bang your own head, not a seal’s

Humane Society International and heavy metal musicians are calling upon the Canadian government to cancel the 2011 commercial seal killings.

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Court says Colombian victims may sue Chiquita

It was, lawyer Paul Wolf observed, "One of the most detailed judicial opinions ever written in any U.S. human rights case."

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Swazi king in desperate bid to bail out ailing dictatorship

Cash strapped and beset by political turmoil, the tiny kingdom of Swaziland, Africa's last absolute monarchy, is petitioning neighboring South Africa for a USD $1.4 billion bailout to stave off collapse.

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