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Thousands protest Putin on 65th birthday

Thousands protest Putin on 65th birthday

World
Oct. 7 (UPI) -- Protests organized by a jailed political opponent of Vladimir Putin jeered the Russian president on the occasion of his 65th birthday.Putin's primary political foe, Aleksei Navalny, who was jailed earlier this week for 20 days after allegedly organizing unsanctioned protests, called on followers to gather in towns and cities across the country to protest Putin, who is widely expected to win another six-year term with tacit opposition in elections scheduled for later this year.Protesters shouted the refrain "happy birthday Putin, and goodbye," a reference to the fact the former KGB agent will be 70 when his next term ends.Police across Russia arrested protesters, though official numbers were not available. A watchdog group estimated the number at 271 arrests in 12 different ...
Thousands on way home after Monarch collapse

Thousands on way home after Monarch collapse

Business
The repatriation of tens of thousands of Monarch customers has "started well", the chair of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has said.Dame Deirdre Hutton told Sky News that 12,000 passengers had been brought home on Monday on the first day of the operation as the airline collapsed into administration.A further 12,000 were expected to come back to the UK on Tuesday, which will leave 86,000 still to return.The collapse of the airline on Monday morning left 110,000 holidaymakers who had planned to return on Monarch flights potentially stranded abroad.:: Why Monarch went under - and why more airlines could followBut the CAA has launched an operation to bring all of them home, including some who were not covered by the industry's ATOL guarantee scheme - reportedly at a cost of up to £60m to t...
Now hiring at Amazon: Thousands of people in 1 day

Now hiring at Amazon: Thousands of people in 1 day

Technology
Amazon plans to make thousands of job offers in just one day as it holds a giant job fair next week at nearly a dozen warehouses across the U.S. Those offered jobs on the spot will pack or sort boxes and help ship them to customers. Nearly 40,000 of the 50,000 jobs will be full time. Most of these jobs will count toward Amazon's previously announced goal of adding 100,000 full-time workers by the middle of next year. The hiring spree is yet another sign of Amazon's massive growth at a time when traditional retailers are closing stores and cutting jobs. PREPARING FOR THE HOLIDAYS It's also a way for Amazon to lock in employees before the start of the busy holiday shopping season, when other retailers look to hire seasonal workers. Retailers are facing a tighter job market; the nation's unem...
Putin critic Alexei Navalny held as thousands attend Russia protests

Putin critic Alexei Navalny held as thousands attend Russia protests

World
Media playback is unsupported on your deviceRussian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been detained at home ahead of a planned unauthorised protest in Moscow, his wife says."Alexei has been arrested in the entrance to our block of flats," Yuliya Navalnaya wrote on Twitter, adding "our plans haven't changed".Thousands of his supporters have heeded his call to protest against corruption.OVD-Info, an NGO, says 121 people have been detained in Moscow and 137 in St Petersburg.Riot police are pushing protesters back along Moscow's main street, Tverskaya, which runs up to the Kremlin.The crowd is shouting "Russia without Putin", and "Down with the tsar," says the BBC's Steve Rosenberg, who is reporting from the demonstration.Mr Navalny, who intends to stand for the Russian presidency next year...