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Egypt's train drivers, conductors go on strike

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A union of Egypt's train drivers and conductors announced they have gone on strike, the latest in a seemingly endless series of work stoppages to hit the country in the past two years.

The strike began Sunday, hours after authorities approved a 10 percent hike in the allowance routinely given to train drivers and conductors. The raise was rejected as too little.

Trains in stations nationwide were not running. The labor unrest that followed the 2011 toppling of autocratic leader Hosni Mubarak has deepened Egypt's economic woes as well as the political schism pitting President Mohammed Morsi and his Islamist allies against the mostly secular and liberal opposition.

The strike followed a night of clashes on Saturday in downtown Cairo between police and opposition supporters.

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