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Heathrow rail strikes loom

Workers on the Heathrow Express in London are to stage a fresh wave of strikes in a continuing dispute over disciplinary action against two rail workers.

Members of the Rail Maritime and Transport union will walk out for nine hours from 3am next Saturday and for 12 hours from 11am the following day, disrupting services between the airport and central London all weekend.

The union has already held two strikes in protest at the sacking of a driver and disciplinary action against another worker.

Cuban church

protest halted

Cuban police have evicted 13 dissidents from a Havana church they had been occupying for two days demanding that Pope Benedict air a list of grievances during his forthcoming coming trip to the island.

The protesters were removed from the Church of Charity in central Havana at the request of the city's cardinal. The dissidents were removed without resistance, a church spokesman said.

Move to stop

WikiLeaks trial

An attorney for a US army private accused of leaking classified information has asked a military judge to dismiss the charges, arguing the US government bungled the handover of documents to the defence.

The request came during a hearing for Bradley Manning at Fort Meade, Maryland, near Baltimore.

Military prosecutors say Manning, a 24-year-old Oklahoma native, downloaded and sent to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks a vast store of sensitive documents and diplomatic cables.

Food firms say sorry to China

Chinese state television has accused McDonald's and French retailer Carrefour of selling expired chicken products in separate incidents amid public anxiety over food safety.

McDonald's Corp and Carrefour Inc issued public apologies. The report said a McDonald's restaurant in Beijing sold chicken wings 90 minutes after they were cooked and a Carrefour store changed expiration dates on some chicken.