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NORFOLK, Va. — When negotiations failed to produce a new contract at a Volvo plant in Virginia this spring, its 2,900 workers went on strike.

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If desperation had a face, it might resemble that of Nooria, a widowed mother of seven from the northern Afghani city of Kunduz. The Taliban last week overran Kunduz, one of a succession of provincial capitals to fall to the Islamist militant group as it swiftly encircles the nation's capital, Kabul. For Nooria, who did not want her family name used, the fighting announced itself when a rocket ...

FORT LEE - Haircuts at Fort Lee are on hold after the base's barbers decided to go on strike earlier this week. Their allegations include claims that they are being underpaid by the contractor in charge of the base's three barbershops, plus one at Fort Pickett. Around 20 barbers at the base are organized under a union. Those barbers initiated an Unfair Labor Practices strike earlier this week. ...

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