What’s their beef? Striking fast food workers say low wages

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You may find yourself waiting longer for McNuggets or a Whopper this week as thousands of workers in seven cities around the country strike for $15 an hour and the right to unionize.

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Baton-wielding police threaten protesters as Egypt’s stability teeters

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Thousands turned out Monday in Port Said to attend funerals for the seven people killed in the previous day’s violence, which broke out as mourners paid their respects to 33 people who had died in riots the day before.

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Rage against austerity: Violent clashes erupt in Spain, Greece goes on strike

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Dozens of anti-austerity protesters were arrested after violent clashes in Spain on Tuesday and riot police were on standby in Greece as workers walked off their jobs on Wednesday over the European Union’s policy of imposing austerity on countries mired in debt.

Spanish police told The Associated Press that 38 people were arrested and 64 people injured when officers clashed with protesters demonstrating against cutbacks and tax hikes.

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Anger rages as Paterno fired: The winningest coach in major college football history was fired Wednesday night, sending angry students into the streets where they shouted support for Paterno and tipped over a news van.

Paterno was ousted along with Penn State president Graham Spanier by a board of trustees fed up with the damage being done to the university’s reputation by a child sex-abuse scandal involving Paterno’s one-time heir apparent.

As word of the firings spread, thousands of students flocked to the administration building, shouting, “We want Joe back!” and “One more game!” They then headed downtown to Beaver Avenue, where about 100 police wearing helmets and carrying pepper spray were on standby. Witnesses said some rocks and bottles were thrown, a lamppost was toppled and a news van was knocked over, its windows kicked out.

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Greek protesters hurl stones, fire bombs: Demonstrators on Wednesday threw stones and gasoline bombs at police outside parliament during a two-day general strike that unions described as the largest in years.

The protest, which has grounded flights, disrupted public transport and shut down shops to schools in Greece, comes ahead of a parliamentary vote on a fresh package of tax increases and spending cuts required by international creditors in return for crucial bailout cash. Without the money from its partners that use the euro and the International Monetary Fund, Greece has said it will run out of money within a month.

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Old guard back in the trenches at ‘Occupy’ protests- Older activists — some hobbling along on canes and leg braces — are quickly becoming a presence at “Occupy” protests across the country. And the veterans of the civil rights movement, anti-Vietnam war protests and anti-nuclear proliferation demonstrations appear to be relishing being back in the struggle, supporting the “kids” and mobilizing other seniors to join in.

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