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Published:Friday | November 7, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Min Ko Naing (right on vehicle), a leader of Myanmar Prominent 88 Generation Students Group, speaks as activists hold placards during a protest against the killing of a freelance journalist, outside the city hall in Yangon, Myanmar. AP

Thousands of workers protest labour reform

BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP): Tens of thousands of demonstrators are converging on the Belgian capital to protest government policies that will extend the pension age, contain wages, and cut into public services. Yesterday's march through Brussels opens a monthlong campaign against the free-market liberal coalition, and will be capped with a nationwide strike on December 15. The government says it is forced to push through stringent austerity measures to keep the budget deficit within European Union constraints, and insists businesses need more lenient tax policies to become more competitive in the global market.

Signs of torture on body of Myanmar reporter - wife

YANGON, Myanmar (AP): The body of a freelance journalist shot by Myanmar's army showed signs that he was tortured before he died, his wife said yesterday.

Ma Thandar said the body, which was exhumed on Wednesday, had a broken skull, broken jaw and two penetration marks on the chest.

Myanmar started moving from a half-century of dictatorship to democracy three years ago, but the investigation into Aung Kyaw Naing's death adds to questions about how much the military has changed.

The reporter, also known as Ko Par Gyi, was detained by the military while covering clashes between the army and ethnic Karen rebels in Mon state in September. After his wife raised questions, the military said last week they shot him dead October 4 as he tried to reach for a soldier's gun during an attempted escape.