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Canadian Auto Workers threaten GM with strike

By wire services
Published September 25, 2005

TORONTO - The president of the Canadian Auto Workers union said Saturday that labor talks with General Motors Corp. have left him pessimistic and a strike could follow if things don't improve.

CAW President Buzz Hargrove has set a strike deadline for Tuesday at midnight.

"On the major issues that face us, we have made absolutely no progress at all," he said.

Under the CAW's pattern bargaining with the three largest U.S. automakers, the union presses the other two to accept the same deal after it reaches terms with one company.

A deal was reached first with the Canadian unit of Ford Motor Co. and matched by DaimlerChrysler AG's unit, but GM, which employs 22,000 in Canada, is resisting.

Detainee ends 79-day hunger strike in Canada

TORONTO - An Egyptian refugee with alleged links to Osama bin Laden and other terrorists has ended a 79-day hunger strike after the Ontario government agreed to meet his demands for medical treatment.

Mohammed Mahjoub ended his strike late Friday after the government issued a written statement promising medical specialists would be sent to assess Mahjoub's health problems, including a knee injury and Hepatitis C, which he says he contracted in jail.

Mahjoub, 44, was using the prolonged strike to protest jail conditions. Canadian authorities have tried to deport Mahjoub, who has been held without charge in a Toronto jail since 2000.

U.S. businessman to fight to be on Haitian ballot

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - A wealthy U.S. businessman whose bid to run for president of Haiti was rejected by electoral authorities defiantly pledged Saturday to fight for a spot on the ballot in his native country's first election since the February 2004 ouster of Jean-Bertrand Aristide.

Dumarsais Simeus, owner of one of the largest black-owned business in the United States, said he has appealed to the Provisional Electoral Council to reverse its decision to strike his name from the list of presidential candidates in the Nov. 20 election and will do "everything possible" to participate in the race.

"This election, without us being allowed to participate as a presidential candidate, will have no legitimacy whatsoever," said Simeus, the son of illiterate Haitian rice farmers.

The electoral council late Friday issued a list of 32 approved presidential candidates.

The council, which rejected 22 presidential candidates, accepted the candidacies of two presumed front-runners: former President Rene Preval, a one-time close ally of Aristide; and Marc Bazin, a former prime minister who is running as a candidate of a moderate faction of the ousted leader.

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