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Cops cleared of deaths in France

A French court cleared two police officers on Monday of this week over the deaths of two adolescents in October 2005.

Bouna Traore, 15 years old, and Zyed Benna aged 17, were on their way home from a football match when cops Sebastien Gaillemin and Stephanie Klein chased them.

They fled into an electricity substation in the Paris suburb of Clichy-sous-Bois and were electrocuted and killed. 

Three weeks of rioting across France followed their deaths.

The officers’ trial for failing to assist someone in danger lasted for five days in March. Its decision cannot be appealed. 

Egypt to execute former president

An Egyptian court is seeking the death penalty for deposed former president Mohamed Mursi and 106 others.

Mursi was elected in the first election after the uprising against dictator Hosni Mubarak in 2011. Army leaders launched a counter-revolution in June 2013. Tens of thousands have now been killed, many of them supporters of Mursi’s organisation the Muslim Brotherhood.

The supreme court ruled to criminalise strikes last month.

Mursi’s sentence relates to a jail break during the uprising. It is to be confirmed on 2 June.

Turkish walkout stops car plants

More than 6,000 workers at French car manufacturer Renault’s plant in Bursa, north western Turkey, began striking for a wage increase on Thursday of last week.

The strike has halted production at the factory. It usually makes 400 cars an hour.

Workers left their union, Turkish Metal, after it signed a three-year wage deal last December. The union has called for the “illegal” strike to end.

By Monday of this week the action had spread to a nearby factory of Tofas, a firm making cars for Fiat.

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Tue 19 May 2015, 16:20 BST
Issue No. 2454
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