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Issue No. 2348

US kills 11 children in Afghanistan

US airstrikes killed 11 children in a day long attack in the Kunar province of Afghanistan near the border of Pakistan last Saturday. 

The US struck after Afghan troops were overwhelmed in a battle with Taliban fighters. 

In two other incidents three US soldiers and an Afghan doctor died in a car bomb attack and a US intelligence advisor was killed in the south of the country.

Western forces are preparing for their final exit planned for next year, claiming the Afghan forces are in control. 

Cypriot bank workers on strike

Bank workers in Cyprus struck on Thursday of last week and protested outside parliament against threats to their jobs and pensions.

Large bank deposits—including trade union pension funds—are to be cut by 37.5 percent later this week.

They could be cut further in September.

European Central Bank bosses want laws passed across Europe by 2015 to make it easier to “bail-in” money from bank accounts in future.

Hunger strike in Greek camp

Around 2,000 migrants in Greek detention camps began a hunger strike for freedom on Saturday of last week.

It comes as the Greek government prepares to deny Greek nationality to the children of migrants. This would mean more than 250,000 children would become eligible for deportation as soon as they turn 18, unless they can pay a £4,000 visa fee.

Greece’s highest court has already approved the law, and there have been demonstrations against it across Greece.

Meanwhile there were anti?fascist protests in the northern city of Salonika, following an attack on students by a fascist gang on Thursday of last week.

Spanish exiles join protests

Spanish migrant workers protested in more than 33 cities on Saturday of last week, against their “forced exile” by Spain’s austerity government.

Around 100 rallied at London’s Millennium Bridge.

More than 50 percent of people under 24 are unemployed in Spain. Thousands have moved to Britain, Germany or elsewhere in Europe and the Americas.

Emigration has also increased from Portugal, Greece and Ireland since the economic crisis began. 



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Tue 9 Apr 2013, 19:00 BST
Issue No. 2348
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