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American jailed in Cuba ends hunger strike

US contractor Alan Gross ended an eight-day hunger strike Friday to press for his release from prison in Cuba. Gross moved to end his protest after a telephone conversation with his mother, who will turn 92 year old on Tuesday, according to defense attorney Scott Gilbert. "My protest fast is suspended as of today," Gross said in a statement dictated from his Havana prison to Gilbert. But he warned that "there will be further protests to come," without specifying what those might be.

New York activist Al Sharpton blasts media portrayal as 'mob snitch'

By Curtis Skinner NEW YORK (Reuters) - Civil rights activist Reverend Al Sharpton said on Tuesday that he had cooperated with a 1980's federal probe into New York organized crime but lashed out at media reports labeling him a mob turncoat, saying he had never been a criminal. Sharpton told reporters that the city's main tabloids, the Daily News and New York Post, were mistaken when they published cover stories that labeled him a "mob snitch" and "Rev Rat."

Protests leave 3 cops injured, 98 people under arrest in Chile

Santiago, Mar 30 (EFE).- At least three police officers were injured and 98 people were arrested in the Young Combatants Day demonstrations in Chile, officials said Sunday. The arrests were made between early Saturday and early Sunday, with 92 people detained in Santiago alone, the Carabineros militarized police force said. Protesters took to the streets of Santiago and other cities across Chile this weekend, erecting barricades, firing shots and clashing with police mark Young Combatants Day.

Greenpeace holds more protests about Cincinnati-based Procter & Gamble's use of palm oil

CINCINNATI - Greenpeace activists who staged a daring demonstration at Procter The environmental group says Wednesday's protests drew attention to the company's use of palm oil from a supplier tied to tropical forest destruction. The protests included 20 activists displaying a giant banner from the top floor of P Company spokeswoman Lisa Popyk (POP'-ik) has declined to comment. Greenpeace stunned P Nine protesters have pleaded not guilty to felony burglary and vandalism charges stemming from the protest.

Greenpeace activists arrested in French nuclear break-in

By Patrick Genthon FESSENHEIM, France (Reuters) - French police arrested 57 Greenpeace activists who used a truck on Tuesday to ram their way into a nuclear power plant operated by EDF in eastern France, the organization said. The activists hung anti-nuclear banners from the Fessenheim plant, the oldest in operation in France. Greenpeace activists have a history of breaking into nuclear plants in France and about 30 were arrested last July after entering EDF's Tricastin plant in southern France.

Greenpeace sues Russia over Arctic Sunrise detention

Greenpeace is suing Russia before the European Court of Human Rights for detaining its members during a protest last year against Arctic drilling, the environmental lobby group said on Monday. Russian security forces in September detained 30 Greenpeace activists and journalists and seized their Arctic Sunrise ship over the protest at an offshore oil rig owned by state energy giant Gazprom. The 30, including four Russians, were detained for around two months before being bailed and then benefitting from a Kremlin-backed amnesty.

Ohio grand jury indicts 9 Greenpeace activists for Procter & Gamble banner stunt

CINCINNATI - A southwest Ohio prosecutor announced felony indictments Wednesday of nine Greenpeace activists linked to an eye-catching protest at the Procter The nine activists were arrested March 4 after protesting the consumer products company's use of palm oil from a supplier Greenpeace says is tied to tropical forest destruction in Indonesia. The activists slipped past company security and unfurled giant banners from P

Park renews pledge to deal sternly with doctors' strike

SEOUL, March 13 (Yonhap) -- President Park Geun-hye said Thursday the government will deal sternly with vested interests taking illegal collective action to hold on to their rights, an apparent reference to doctors threatening another walkout in protest of healthcare policies.

Immigrant hunger strikers in Washington state could be force-fed

By Jonathan Kaminsky OLYMPIA, Washington (Reuters) - Dozens of detainees on the fourth day of a hunger strike protesting U.S. deportations and detention center conditions at a Washington state immigration facility were being medically evaluated on Monday and could be force-fed, a federal agency said.

Cincinnati police call for summit after P&G security breached in Greenpeace protest

CINCINNATI - Cincinnati police on Thursday called for a "security summit" of the city's businesses in the aftermath of a breach at Procter Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell said it was "a wake-up call" when activists got into P A P "We take what happened the other day very seriously," the police chief said. "Greenpeace has very talented people that do what they do all over the world. We're just fortunate that it was Greenpeace, and they didn't have nefarious intentions that had any nexus to terrorism or any other harmful act for the citizens of Cincinnati."
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