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Activists call on Swiss parliament to outlaw pet consumption

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Dog’s dinner: Although human consumption of dog meat is mostly associated with Asian countries such as China, pictured, Swiss farmers confessed to breeding dogs for their meat. Animal rights activists have drawn up a petition to ban the ‘barbaric’ practice of eating pets in Switzerland, where cat meat often appears on traditional Christmas menus in rural areas. The animal protection group,... 

British NHS staff stage mass protest

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Britain’s National Health Service workers have staged a mass walkout over a pay dispute with the government. Over 400,000 NHS workers, including midwives, nurses, radiographers and psychiatric staff, have taken action as part of an ongoing battle with the government over pay. The strikes follow a government decision to reject a proposed 1 percent pay rise. Four hours of industrial action began at... 

Teachers protest against education cuts in Hungary

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Demonstrators gather on the Kossuth Square in front of the Hungarian Parliament building during an anti-government demonstration, called Day of Public Outcry in Budapest, Hungary, November. 17, 2014. Thousands of Hungarian teachers have staged an anti-government protest in the capital Budapest to call for dialogue on education reforms and a halt to funding cuts. Some 2,000 teachers said on Saturday... 

Spaniards hold anti-abortion protest in Madrid

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Anti-abortion supporters try to display a banner with air balloons reading “Every life matters” during a march in Madrid. Tens of thousands of people have held a rally in the Spanish capital city of Madrid, calling on the government to revive a plan to limit women’s access to abortion. The protesters from across the country marched through the city on Saturday and waved white flags... 

Police pepper sprays protest in Germany as activists storm new EU central bank HQ

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German police used pepper spray and clashed with anti-EU protesters, who stormed and vandalized the new European Central Bank building, which is under construction now in central Frankfurt. Calling themselves Blockupy, thousands of activists gathered in the city center on Saturday and marched to the goal of their protest, the new ECB office, which is to be inaugurated next March. The cost of the new... 

Students detained in Thailand for ‘Hunger Games’ salute at PM

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“Who else wants to protest?” PM Prayuth said after 5 students were arrested for showing Hunger Games salute. Five Thai students were held by the police after using a three-finger salute from the Hollywood blockbuster ‘The Hunger Games’, widespread among protesters, in front of Thailand’s new army-backed prime minister. Prime Minister General Prayuth Chan-ocha was making a speech at... 

London student protests turn violent, arrests made

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Police and protesters have clashed during the UK’s largest student demonstration for four years. It is not yet clear how many arrests have been made. The protest, initially a campaign for free university education after the coalition government raised tuition fees, was joined by anarchists who clashed with police after they attempted to stop them entering Parliament Square. Prior to the scuffle... 

Massive anti-corruption rally held in Budapest

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Demonstrators gather on the Kossuth Square in front of the Hungarian Parliament building during an anti-government demonstration, called Day of Public Outcry in Budapest, Hungary, November. 17, 2014. Over 10,000 Hungarians staged a protest in the country’s capital Budapest, calling for the ouster of the head of the tax authority and greater accountability from the government. Monday’s demonstration,... 

Greeks march to commemorate 1973 uprising

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A man holds a burnt US flag in front of the US embassy on November 17, 2014 in the center of Athens at a march commemorating the 1973 students uprising against the military junta. Thousands of Greeks have taken to the streets of the capital, Athens, to commemorate the 1973 student uprising against the country’s US-backed military dictatorship. Over 20,000 demonstrators took part in the peaceful... 

Romania elects 2014 president of German descent

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Newly elected president of Romania 2014, Klaus Werner Iohannis of German descent. Romania has finally come to its senses and elected Klaus Werner Iohannis as its next president, the current mayor of former cultural capital of Europe, Sibiu, which is of German descent. Romania is one of the most poorest and corrupted nations in Europe alongside with the likes of Bulgaria, Albania and Moldova, competing... 

Anti-austerity rally held in France

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Demonstrators hold a banner that reads “No to the austerity, yes to the social Europe” during a rally in Paris on September 30, 2012. Angry people have taken to the streets of French capital Paris in protest to the government’s economic policies, Press TV reports. “Economic policies across Europe are clearly meant to serve high finance and to create tax breaks for businesses. But... 

New SNP Leader Vows to Make Scotland Independent

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The new leader of Scotland’s National Party, spearheading the country’s independence from the UK, repeats ambition to make Scotland an independent country under her watch, suggesting she may call another independence referendum. Speaking on Saturday on the second day of the SNP national conference in the city of Perth, Nicola Sturgeon, who’s taken over from Alex Salmond as the party’ chief... 

Police, anti-austerity protesters clash across Italy

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Demonstrators protest in central Rome, Italy, on November 14, 2014. Several Italian cities, including the capital city of Rome and northern city of Milan, have witnessed confrontations between police forces and anti-austerity protesters. On Friday, trade unions and students staged strikes and rallies in more than 20 cities against labor market and other reforms. Officers were pelted with eggs and red... 

Catalan self-determination impossible

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Spain’s Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Saenz de Santamaria. Spain’s Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Saenz de Santamaria says the Catalan region cannot be granted the right to self-determination. The Spanish official made the remarks in parliament on Tuesday, a day after more than two million people took part in an independence vote in Catalonia. “The right to self-determination that you demand... 

Obama urges FCC to reclassify internet amid net neutrality protests

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​United States President Barack Obama said Monday that the Federal Communications Commission should heed calls from the public concerning the future of the internet and “implement the strongest possible rules to protect net neutrality.” The president’s remarks, posted to the White House website early Monday by way of both a video message and a written statement are among the most straightforward... 
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