Worker Anger Fuels Protests

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Worker Anger Fuels Protests


ISTANBUL -- Workers around the world united in anger during May Day rallies Wednesday -- from fury in Europe over austerity measures that have cut wages, reduced benefits and eliminated many jobs altogether, to rage in Asia over relentlessly low pay, the rising cost of living and hideous working conditions that have left hundreds dead in recent months.

In protests, strikes and other demonstrations held in cities across the planet, activists lashed out at political and business leaders they allege have ignored workers' voices or enriched themselves at the expense of laborers. In some places, the demonstrations turned violent, with activists clashing with police.

Unions in Greece, for example, held a May Day strike that brought ferry and train services to a halt, and organized peaceful protest marches through central Athens. The jobless rate in that country is over 27 percent.

Obama off to Mexico

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama is seeking to refocus economic relations between the U.S. and Mexico, even as fresh questions about security cooperation threaten to cast a shadow over the president's visit to the southern neighbor.

Mr. Obama also will use his three-day trip, which begins today and includes a stop in Costa Rica, to highlight the immigration overhaul moving through Capitol Hill, both for an audience in Latin America and for those back home in the U.S. The president is scheduled to arrive in Mexico City this afternoon.

Benghazi suspects sought

WASHINGTON -- The FBI announced Wednesday that it is seeking information on three people who were on the grounds of the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, when it was attacked last year. …

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