Teachers, nurses, and railway employees, among others, have also staged or planned industrial action to demand higher pay in light of the soaring cost of living.
Nationwide strikes over soaring inflation and wages disrupt services in both European countries, with France and Britain girding for walkouts and protests.
Tens of thousands of train workers in Britain stage a new round of strikes, paralysing rail service across the country in an escalating dispute over pay and working conditions.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy claimed that Saturday's strikes on Odessa – one of three designated export hubs under the recent deal – showed Moscow could not keep its promises.
Sri Lanka's President Gotabaya Rajapaksa invokes the tough laws to "ensure public order" after a nationwide strike brought the South Asian island nation of 22 million people to a standstill amid weeks of unrest.
Myanmar military expresses sadness for protest death toll, which it puts at 164, and airs video testimony of a former top Yangon official alleging corruption by ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi, including receiving cash, gold bars and silk.
Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said, "we are also prepared to take additional action should Burma's military not change course," as anti-coup rallies continued in the country following the ouster of the government of Aung San Suu Kyi.
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that Russian and regime strikes hit two hospitals in two different towns in northeastern Syria and they were both closed due to the heavy damage.
In his New Year's speech, French President Emmanuel Macron pledged to push through an overhaul of the pension system, after weeks of nationwide strikes by trade unions.
The Eiffel Tower shut down, France’s vaunted high-speed trains stood still and teachers on the job walked off as unions launched nationwide strikes and protests over the government’s plan to overhaul the retirement system.
Air strikes carried out by the Syrian regime and Russia targeted multiple towns in Idlib and Hama provinces.
A complex political configuration and the scars of civil war helped Algeria avoid the 2011 Arab Spring uprisings. But eight years later, the country faces political turmoil as the President Abdel Aziz Bouteflika seeks a fifth term in office.
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