02 Jan

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West Bank clashes

Clashes erupted as Palestinians took to the streets to to mark the 49th anniversary of the formation of the Fatah movement. Photograph: Alaa Badarneh/EPA

Palestinian, 85, dies ‘after inhaling Israeli teargas’

Villagers say Israeli soldiers fired teargas canisters at them, one of which entered home of Saeed Jaser Alim.

An 85-year old Palestinian has died after inhaling teargas fired by the Israeli army to disperse protesters in the occupied West Bank, witnesses said.

The first Palestinian casualty of the conflict with Israel in 2014 died following the clash with soldiers on the outskirts of Kufr Qaddoum village near Nablus.

An Israeli military spokeswoman confirmed that a clash had broken out.

Extreme weather: polar bear died of starvation

July, Svalbard, Greenland: A 16-year-old male polar bear that died of starvation resulting from a lack of ice. May 2013 broke temperature records around Finland’s Lapland, with 30.5°C recorded in Utsjoki

2013 in review: extreme weather – in pictures

2013 was the seventh warmest year on record and saw one of the strongest cyclones, some of the longest heatwaves and the most topsy-turvy weather experienced in decades

Iraq violence

Iraq suffers its deadliest year since 2008

1 Jan 2014: UN says 8,868 Iraqis killed in 2013, with one NGO predicting 2014 could be bloodier as militants exploit sectarian tensions
Sochi flame

Anti-abortion pregnancy centers thrive in Texas as real clinics close

Unlicensed and unregulated clinics have white coats and ultrasound machines, but provide no medical care

Texas abortion ban forces sick woman out of state
Planned Parenthood sues Texas over restrictive abortion law
Women’s Rights
Health care.


Fast food strikes
Protesters demonstrate at a McDonald’s in midtown Manhattan on Dec. 5, 2013, in New York. Protesters staged events in cities nationwide, demanding a pay raise to $15 per hour for fast food workers. John Moore/Getty Images

How restaurant lobby blocks living wage for fast food workers

by January 2, 2014

The other NRA, with its campaign to keep wages down, defies both democracy and common decency.

If you ask most Americans about the NRA, they will think of the National Rifle Association. But another powerful industry trade group bearing those initials, the National Restaurant Association, conducts its own campaign of duplicitous lobbying and outright deception at the expense of the public interest.Restaurants employ more than 13 million workers, so it is no surprise that industry lobbyists are paid a lot of money to ensure this workforce remains disempowered. The NRA, which has a staff of 750 people, spent more than $4 million in 2012 alone currying favor in Washington, D.C. But with recent fast-food strikes and restaurant workers increasingly speaking out against low wages and other forms of labor exploitation, the mask of the other NRA is slowly peeling away……………..
Fast-food industry


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