September 23rd, 2010
05:38 AM ET

World update: French unions strike over pension reforms

An update from the CNN newsdesk in London on the stories we're watching on Thursday:

France strikes - French trade unionists will bring the country to a standstill today as they hold a one-day strike to protest against Sarkozy’s plans to raise the retirement age from 60 to 62.

Greece strikes - On the tenth day of action, protesting truck drivers blocked traffic for hours on Greece's two busiest highways and clashed with police in front of parliament Wednesday, as lawmakers approved a shake-up of labor market rules as part of an agreement for international rescue loans.

Arctic conference - Russian President Vladimir Putin is due to speak on the second day of the international conference which is being held in Moscow to discuss the future of the Arctic. Russia, along with several other countries, is laying claim to Arctic territory which is thought to hold up to 25 percent of the world’s oil and gas reserves.

Bishop’s conference - The Catholic German Bishop’s Conference takes place and top of the agenda is the plan for compensation for victims of church abuse. Victims are demanding $100,000 - a sum which the church says it cannot afford to pay.

Iran defector - As Iran’s President Ahmadinejad speaks at the UNGA, Farzad Farhangian, a former Iranian diplomat who has defected and sought asylum in Norway will speak to Connect the World.

Wind farm - The world's largest off-shore wind farm opens today off the UK.  The Thanet Offshore Wind Farm run by Vattenfall has 100 wind turbines that can supply enough electricity to supply around 200,000 homes per year. It is located approx 12 km off Foreness Point, the most eastern part of Kent.  Jim Boulden visits the farm.

Shoe heaven - London store Selfridges is set to unveil the biggest shoe department in the world.

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  1. Igor

    Arctic conference – Russian President Vladimir Putin is due to speak on the second day of the international conference which is being held in Moscow to discuss the future of the Arctic. Russia, along with several other countries, is laying claim to Arctic territory which is thought to hold up to 25 percent of the world’s oil and gas reserves.

    Our president is called Dmitry a surname Medvedev fulish idiots!

    September 24, 2010 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Igor

    think then write

    September 24, 2010 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |