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Workers in Brazil strike against pension reform

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Protesters were seen erecting and burning barricades, and public transport was affected in the main cities.

The Sao Paulo underground and bus services were only operating partially, while public transport was partially paralysed also in Salvador, Belo Horizonte and the capital Brasilia, local media reported.

Employees of banks, educational institutions, post offices and the state oil company, Petrobras, also joined the strike.

Protesters blocked roads, including a highway leading to Sao Paulo airport, according to a newspaper, Folha de Sao Paulo.

“Police launched tear gas to disperse protesters in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.

A car hit a crowd of protesters blocking a road, causing injuries to five people in Niteroi in Rio de Janeiro state, news portal,’’ Jovem Pan, reported.

A woman was hospitalised after breathing smoke from burning tyres in Belo Horizonte.

Several people were reported to have been arrested in Espirito Santo state in the south-east.

The strike was called by trade unions to protest the Bolsonaro government’s spending cuts in areas such as education and a pension reform, which still needs to be approved by Congress.

The government argued that the reform would create savings of over 260 billion dollars in 10 years.

The reform would set the retirement age at 62 years for women and at 65 years for men.

Many Brazilians currently retire already in their 50s.

Brazil’s pension system has been a major contributor to the country’s large budget deficits.

Edited by Abigael Joshua and Olisa Ifeajika

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Trump notes progress on opening day of G7 Summit

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“France and President @EmmanuelMacron have done a really great job thus far with a very important G-7.

Lunch with Emmanuel was the best meeting we have yet had.

Likewise, evening meeting with World Leaders went very well. Progress being made!” Trump wrote on Twitter.

Before the summit, the French leader invited Trump to an impromptu lunch, during which the parties discussed a number of issues, including trade, tensions in the Persian Gulf, the situation in Libya and Iran.

The Group of Seven (G7) Summit officially opened in the city of Biarritz in southwestern France.

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Police hose G7 protesters in south France as summit begins

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A few hundred people, many of whom have covered their faces with masks and scarves, have been marching though the city, screaming anti-police slogans.

The march is occurring in the part of the city surrounded by rivers from both sides, with bridges blocked by the police.

At one of the bridges protesters began provoking the police, who hosed them four times in response and then fired teargas at the crowd.

The procession is currently repeating its previous route.

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Star chef serves G7 leaders endangered bluefin tuna for dinner 

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Star chef Cedric Bechade’s first course was a piperade, a typical dish of peppers, onions and tomatoes, and then a “marmitako,” a traditional fish stew made with fresh bluefin tuna that was caught by fishermen in the town of Saint-Jean-de-Luz, south of Biarritz.

The Atlantic bluefin tuna is an increasingly endangered species due to overfishing and is on the IUCN Red List of Endangered Species.

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35,000 join rally against racism in eastern German city rally

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The demonstration is organised by the group Unteilbar (Indivisible), which staged a similar protest in the capital, Berlin, last year, drawing 250,000 people.

”Tens of thousands of people from Dresden … as well as from many parts of Germany have shown their unmistakeable support for solidarity instead of exclusion,” said Ana-Cara Methmann, a spokeswoman for the organisers.

Among the attendees were Finance Minister Olaf Scholz and the leaders of the far-left Die Linke party, Bernd Riexinger and Katja Kipping.

“Racism and discrimination have no place in our society, and neither do cuts to social services or the restriction of fundamental rights,” organiser Ario Mirzaie said.

The Unteilbar demonstration was taking place one week before state elections in Saxony and Brandenburg, in which the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party is expected to make significant gains.

The AfD is campaigning on an anti-immigration platform.

“Unteilbar … stands against any form of group-based misanthropy and anti-feminism, against limiting basic free rights, against social decline and poverty – for a society in which all people can live free from fear,” the organizers said a day before the rally.

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20,000 join rally against racism in eastern German city of Dresden

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The demonstration is organised by the group Unteilbar (Indivisible), which staged a similar protest in the capital Berlin last year, drawing 250,000 people.

The group was due to give a more exact estimate of turnout later in the afternoon.

Among the attendees were Finance Minister, Olaf Scholz, and the leaders of the far-left Die Linke party, Bernd Riexinger and Katja Kipping.

The Unteilbar demonstration was taking place, one week before state elections in Saxony and Brandenburg, in which the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party is expected to make significant gains.

The AfD is campaigning on an anti-immigration platform.

“Unteilbar stands for an open and free society.

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