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, Accuse Firm Of Harassment

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

The 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 said.

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

Reuters

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WORLD

NORTHERN IRELAND

IRA Blocked From Talks Over Weekend Bombing

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.

AP

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NORTH KOREA

U.S. Seeking Contact With American Defectors

The U.S. government has asked North Korea for access to four American soldiers who defected in the 1960s, at least one of whom may want to return home, a Pentagon official said Monday.

Alan Liotta, deputy director of the Pentagon's POW-MIA office, said the State Department will try to establish contact with the soldiers, who slipped across the Demilitarized Zone between South and North Korea in the early and mid-1960s.

The Pentagon earlier this year disclosed that the U.S. Army defectors are still alive.

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