Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

World Briefs: Mexican Journalist Releases Probe of Missing Students

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

World Briefs: Mexican Journalist Releases Probe of Missing Students

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UK braces for wave of holiday strikes

The United Kingdom faces a Christmas of discontent as labor unions threaten to disrupt airports, rail service and mail deliveries.

The Unite union and aviation services company Swissport announced plans Saturday intended to avert a walkout Friday by 1,500 baggage handlers, check-in staff and other workers at 18 regional airports from Belfast to Bournemouth.

At British Airways, a fourth of the airline's cabin crew members are planning a strike for two days later, Dec. 25. British Airways condemned Unite's timing and vowed to get customers to destinations.

Rolling strikes by two unions at Southern Railway have disrupted much of England's train services.

To top things off, the U.K. Communication Workers Union plans a Post Office strike starting Monday through Christmas Eve.

Suicide bomber kills at least 13 in Turkey * A suicide car bomber set off an explosion Saturday that demolished a public bus transporting off-duty soldiers in Turkey's province of Kayseri, killing 13 troops and wounding 56 other people, authorities said.

Saturday's blast comes a week after a car bomb attack claimed by Kurdish militants killed 44 people, and wounded over 150 others in Istanbul.

Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said the identity of the Kayseri attacker was known and that seven people had been taken into custody. Police were searching for others.

Zimbabwe's leader backed for new run * Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, who turns 93 in February, was endorsed on Saturday as the ruling party's candidate in an election scheduled for 2018.

The ruling ZANU-PF party announced its support in Masvingo, where the party's youth wing proposed that Mugabe should rule for life with broad powers.

Opposition groups have described such adulation as a sign that Mugabe and his loyalists are out of touch with the desperation of a nation that is suffering massive unemployment, cash shortages and company closures.

Protests continue in Poland * Opponents of Poland's populist government protested outside the presidential palace Saturday, demanding that their leader protect the young democracy's constitution from government steps they deem anti-democratic. …

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