ISTANBUL -- Workers around the world united in anger during May Day rallies Wednesday -- from fury in Europe over austerity measures that have cut wages, reduced benefits and eliminated many jobs altogether, to rage in Asia over relentlessly low pay, the rising cost of living and hideous working conditions that have left hundreds dead in recent months.
In protests, strikes and other demonstrations held in cities across the planet, activists lashed out at political and business leaders they allege have ignored workers' voices or enriched themselves at the expense of laborers. In some places, the demonstrations turned violent, with activists clashing with police.
Unions in Greece, for example, held a May Day strike that brought ferry and train services to a halt, and organized peaceful protest marches through central Athens. The jobless rate in that country is over 27 percent.
Obama off to Mexico
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama is seeking to refocus economic relations between the U.S. and Mexico, even as fresh questions about security cooperation threaten to cast a shadow over the president's visit to the southern neighbor.
Mr. Obama also will use his three-day trip, which begins today and includes a stop in Costa Rica, to highlight the immigration overhaul moving through Capitol Hill, both for an audience in Latin America and for those back home in the U.S. The president is scheduled to arrive in Mexico City this afternoon.
Benghazi suspects sought
WASHINGTON -- The FBI announced Wednesday that it is seeking information on three people who were on the grounds of the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, when it was attacked last year.
The bureau posted photographs of the three people and said they may be able to provide information to help in the investigation of the attack.
The attack on the Benghazi compound on Sept. 11, 2012, killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans.
In a posting on the FBI's website, the law enforcement agency urged anyone with information to text or e-mail BenghaziTips@)ic.fbi.gov or to submit information confidentially at https://forms.fbi.gov/benghazi-en .
Peace negotiator killed
KABUL, Afghanistan -- A roadside bomb killed a provincial peace negotiator and two police officers in southern Afghanistan on Wednesday, dealing another setback to President Hamid Karzai's attempts to get talks started with Taliban militants after more than 11 years of conflict.
Malim Shah Wali Khan, 53, and his security detail were driving through the volatile southern province of Helmand when militants detonated the bomb, killing him and two of his bodyguards.
When the blast occurred, Mr. Khan and his security team were on their way to a meeting to discuss plans for the ongoing handover of security responsibilities in the province from U.S.-led troops to Afghan forces.
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