Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Briefs

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Briefs

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NATION

NEW YORK

Garment Workers Protest Canadian Firm

Hundreds of whistling, chanting garment workers poured into Macy's flagship store in New York Monday to protest alleged harassment and discrimination by a Canadian company that supplies the famous department store.

The noisy but peaceful demonstration on behalf of workers at Peerless Clothing Inc. of Montreal was organized by the Union of Needle Trades, Industrial and Textile Employees, which brought public attention last month to a sweatshop producing Kathie Lee Gifford clothing for Wal-Mart.

"I think we're dealing with a whole new era now where corporations and retailers have to accept responsibility for protecting workers and their rights," union president Jay Mazur told reporters outside Macy's.

Macy's spokeswoman Ronnie Taffet said the dispute was between the union and Peerless and should not involve Macy's.

Reuters

WORLD

NORTHERN IRELAND

Bombing Keeps IRA Out Of Peace Talks

The parties in Northern Ireland's peace negotiations agreed Monday that a weekend bombing should keep Irish Republican Army supporters locked out of the talks in Belfast.

The IRA-allied Sinn Fein party has been barred from negotiations unless the IRA resumes a cease-fire it broke on Feb. 9 with a bomb that killed two men in London. Sinn Fein's position was further undercut Saturday when a truck bomb exploded in Manchester, England, injuring more than 200 people.

Although no one has claimed responsibility for that explosion, local police and British and Irish leaders said they had no doubt it was the IRA.

The negotiators are trying to find a way to govern Northern Ireland that is acceptable to the province's pro-British Protestant majority and its Irish Catholic minority, and end a conflict that has claimed nearly 3,200 lives since 1969.

AP

ALBANIA

Ruling Party Sweeps Districts In New Vote

Albania's governing party swept all 17 districts where voting irregularities last month required them to redo voting, an election official said Monday in Tirana.

The opposition boycotted the vote.

Opposition parties said Sunday's vote was too limited to make up for widespread reports of ballot fraud, intimidation at polling stations and clashes between police and opposition supporters in the May 26 elections.

The European Union and the United States had said new elections should be held in some places, and last week the International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights called for a completely new vote.

Central Election Commission chief Edmir Kapidani said official results showed President Sali Berisha's ruling Democratic Party won in all 17 districts where votes were cast Sunday. He said voter turnout was 68 percent, 18 percent lower than the previous election.

AP

NORTH KOREA

Officials Want Contact With U.S. Defectors

The U. …

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