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Nigerian Oil Workers Set to Go on Strike

Nigerian oil workers are threatening to strike indefinitely starting Monday after mediated talks reached a stalemate with Neconde Energy Limited over allegations of wrongful terminations. The union, known as PENGASSAN (Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria), says the walkout will begin at midnight local time Monday after it concludes a meeting of its central committee. It says workers across the country are on standby for the strike to begin. The union has clashed… Read Full Article

Far-right Party Officially Part of Austrian Government

Austria’s Conservative People’s Party (OVP) reached a coalition deal Saturday with the far-right Freedom Party (FPO), which takes a hard line on immigration. The deal makes Austria the only western European country with a far-right group in government. Austrian conservatives led by Sebastian Kurz and FPO leader Heinz-Christian Strache said in a joint statement this was a "turquoise-blue agreement," referring to each group's political colors. “We want to reduce the burden on taxpayers… Read Full Article

Woolly mammoth skeleton sold for 548,000 euros in France

The ancient skeleton is thought to be the largest of its kind in private hands.

ANC: Zuma pleads for unity as party picks new leader

South Africa's governing party is picking a new head after a bitter leadership battle.

ARA San Juan: Argentina navy chief sacked after loss of submarine

Adm Marcelo Srur is sent into retirement following criticism of the operation to rescue the submarine.

‘Transgender,’ ‘Science-based’ Now Reportedly Among Taboo Words at US Health Agency

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control is reportedly banning a list of seven words or phrases in official documents, sparking a flood of reaction on social media platforms. Policy analysts at the CDC, based in Atlanta, Georgia, were told about the list of prohibited words at a meeting Thursday with senior CDC officials, according to an unnamed analyst who attended the meeting as reported by The Washington Post newspaper. The banned words are "diversity," "entitlement," "evidence-based," "… Read Full Article

Argentina Sacks Navy Chief Over Sub Disappearance

Argentina has dismissed the head of its navy following last month's disappearance of a submarine with 44 crew members. Argentine newspaper La Nacion reported Saturday that Defense Minister Oscar Aguad has asked Admiral Marcelo Eduardo Hipolito Srur for his resignation. The move comes one month after the last contact with the submarine ARA San Juan. A replacement for the admiral has not been announced. The sub disappeared in the South Atlantic November 15 with 44 crew members aboard and… Read Full Article

5 Years After Fatal Gang Rape in India, Sexual Violence Continues

Five years after the fatal gang rape of a 23-year-old physical therapy student in the Indian capital turned the focus to violence against women, small groups turned out in New Delhi and several other cities on Saturday to highlight the need for safety for women in public spaces.   The “Meet to Sleep” movement, under which women took a short nap at a park, is one of several campaigns that have emerged in the wake of massive protests that rocked India after the gang rape. The symbolic nap… Read Full Article

Swati Maliwal: Call to speed up child rape executions in India

A leading women's rights advocate says the government should take tougher action on rapists.

UN: Salvadoran Women Unjustly Imprisoned for Suspected Abortions

The U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights is urging the government of El Salvador to commute the 30 year prison sentence of a woman convicted of “aggravated homicide” after her baby was stillborn in her ninth month of pregnancy. Teodora Vasquez has been in prison since 2008 for “aggravated homicide,” a term used to prosecute women suspected of deliberately terminating their pregnancies.  This week, an appeals court in San Salvador rejected her appeal to commute her 30-year sentence.… Read Full Article