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Greeks march over reform plans of new government

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Source: Reuters- Greek private sector workers walked off the job on Wednesday and marched through the streets of Athens to protest against labor reforms planned by the new conservative government which they say will weaken unions and curb their right to strike.

Ships stayed docked in port, trains went out of service and bank services were disrupted as part of the 24-hour strike, the second such walkout nationwide within a week.

Public sector unions staged a strike against labor reforms last week and stopped work for a few hours on Wednesday.

Thousands of teachers, media and bank employees, port and municipal workers, pensioners and students marched peacefully to parliament around midday.

They chanted “Hands off strikes, hands off unions!” and “They won’t stop unless you stop them!”

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis’ government plans to change some ground rules on how strikes can be declared, allow some changes to collective wage pacts and set up a registry for unions, which in turn accuse the government of trying to control or weaken them.

Mitsotakis said the unionists who called the strike were removed from reality, and said government proposals were designed to make decision-making on industrial action more inclusive.

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Israel kills Gaza gunman, militants fire rockets

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An Israeli air-strike killed a Palestinian gunman on Wednesday and Gaza militants fired rockets into Israel as a spike in violence edged into a second day.

As dawn broke, air raid sirens sent Israelis rushing to shelters in towns near the Gaza border and deeper in the country.

The Israeli military said its forces targeted a Gaza crew preparing to launch rockets over the border. At least one man was killed. The Islamic Jihad militant faction identified him as a member of the group.

The worst fighting in months began on Tuesday, after Israel killed in Gaza a top commander of the Iran-backed Islamic Jihad, accusing him of masterminding recent attacks against Israel and planning more in the near future.

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In response, Islamic Jihad gunmen fired about 200 rockets into Israel throughout the day. Further Israeli air strikes on the group’s targets in Gaza killed eight Palestinians, seven of them militants, according to Palestinian sources.

However, it appeared that Hamas, the main militant group that rules Gaza, was staying out of the fighting for now. A diplomatic source told Reuters the U.N. Middle East envoy was on his way to Cairo to begin mediation to end the violence.

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Salah withdraws from Egypt Squad

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Egypt Football Federation has leave out Mohammed Salah on the upcoming AFCON qualifiers match with Kenya due to injury worries.

Egypt were grouped with kenya, Togo, Comoros in Group G, football fans has tipped Egypt to top the group due to their attacking threat.

The Egyptian talisman has now been ruled out of the upcoming AFCON qualifiers after due assessment by Egypt’s medical team.

The physios believe the Liverpool star’s injury, which was sustained from a challenge by Leicester City’s Hamza Choudhury earlier last month, has been aggravated during the clash against Manchester City and needed time to heal.

The Egyptian frontman will miss the two matches scheduled this week.

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