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  • Anti-UAW workers seek to form union at Volkswagen plant

    By Bernie Woodall DETROIT (Reuters) - Employees at the Volkswagen AG auto plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, are attempting to form a union that will include hourly and salaried workers as a counter to the United Auto Workers Local 42 established last month, a leading anti-UAW worker said on Tuesday. Mike Burton, who helped anti-UAW workers defeat the UAW's effort to represent VW Chattanooga hourly workers six months ago, told Reuters he hopes the new union will force VW to hold another vote to determine which one is favored by hourly employees. Burton said the proposed union local at Chattanooga will be the first chapter of what will be called the American Council of Employees.

  • What's in the Gaza peace deal?
    What's in the Gaza peace deal?

    By Nidal al-Mughrabi and Luke Baker GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel and the Palestinians agreed on Tuesday to an Egyptian-brokered plan to end the fighting in Gaza after 50 days of combat in which more than 2,100 Palestinians, most of them civilians, 64 Israeli soldiers and five civilians in Israel were killed. As part of the deal, both sides have agreed to address more complex issues dividing them - including the release of Palestinian prisoners and Gaza's demands for a sea port - via further indirect talks starting within a month. IMMEDIATE STEPS * Hamas and other militant groups in Gaza agree to halt all rocket and mortar fire into Israel. * Israel will stop all military action including air strikes and ground operations.

  • Sanctions-hit Russian economy nears recession
    Sanctions-hit Russian economy nears recession

    The Russian economy is nearing recession, officials said Tuesday, with punishing Western sanctions over the Ukraine conflict set to keep growth at ultra-low levels and drive up inflation. "The economy is close to recession," said Oleg Zasov, the head of forecasting at the economy ministry, according to Russian news agencies. Russia's statistics office reported earlier this month that the economy grew by 0.8 percent in the second quarter on an annual comparison. Seasonally-adjusted quarterly data has yet to be released, which could show that Russia entered a technical recession as the economy contracted by 0.5 percent in the first three months of the year.

  • Why are so many Britons fighting for ISIS?
    Why are so many Britons fighting for ISIS?

    Hundreds of young men have left the U.K. to join the extremist group and have committed brutal acts in Middle East

  • In Iran, love is rarely a many-splendoured thing
    In Iran, love is rarely a many-splendoured thing

    Like an increasing number of Iranians, Mahnaz divorced after marrying young because of the pressures of a conservative society that she feels often ignores a relationship's most important ingredient: love. From the first meeting with my husband's family I had a bad feeling about it," she says. Iran's average divorce rate peaked at 21 percent last year, with big cities showing far higher rates.

  • ISIS Demands $6.6M Ransom for 26-Year-Old American Woman
    ISIS Demands $6.6M Ransom for 26-Year-Old American Woman

    Family Says Iraqi Terror Group Threatened to Execute Aid Worker If Demands Aren’t Met

  • The computer in your cockpit: Computers set to replace pilots in future of flight?
    The computer in your cockpit: Computers set to replace pilots in future of flight?

    New technologies on display at Farnborough Airshow show computers outpacing human pilots

  • Islamic State executes soldiers, takes hostages at Syria base: social media

    By Sylvia Westall BEIRUT (Reuters) - Islamic State militants have executed Syrian army soldiers and are holding a group hostage after capturing an air base in northeast Syria at the weekend, pictures posted on social media by supporters showed on Wednesday. Islamic State, an offshoot of al Qaeda, stormed Tabqa air base near Raqqa city on Sunday after days of fighting with the army that cost more than 500 lives, according to monitoring group the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Tabqa was the army's last foothold in an area otherwise controlled by the militants, who have seized large areas of Syria and Iraq. The United States has carried out air strikes on the group in Iraq and is considering its options in Syria.

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