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Published:Tuesday | December 2, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Small and medium-sized enterprise owners demonstrate in Paris, France, yesterday.

Polish, Dominican authorities discuss priest trial

WARSAW (AP):

Chief prosecutor of the Dominican Republic has called for tough punishment for a Polish priest if he is convicted of abusing minors on the Caribbean island.

Francisco Dominquez Brito met yesterday with his Polish counterpart Andrzej Seremet to discuss the upcoming trial of the priest, identified as Wojciech G. The priest has denied charges of abusing six minors in the Dominican Republic and two in Poland.

Brito says stern sentences are needed to prevent abuse.

The date for the trial in Wolomin, near Warsaw, has not been set. Polish lawyers will represent the Dominican victims.

Today, Brito will fly to the Vatican to discuss the case of former papal nuncio in the Dominican Republic, suspended Polish archbishop, Jozef Wesolowski, who is also accused of sexually abusing minors there.


French bosses protest, plead for simpler regulations

PARIS (AP):

In France, workers aren't the only ones who take to the streets to protest, their bosses do, too.

Several thousand French business owners, particularly from small companies, demonstrated yesterday in Paris to plead with the government to simplify regulations and make it easier and cheaper to hire.

Protester Jean-Pierre Hutin, a hotel owner, urged more flexibility for part-time work, while others complained that layers of taxes and labour rules have made it impossible for France to compete globally.

They argued that the government needs business owners to hire. Socialist President Fran├žois Hollande has sought to loosen labour laws, but critics say it doesn't go nearly far enough.

French unemployment is around 10 per cent and economic growth has stagnated, threatening to push the whole eurozone back into recession.


Lufthansa cancels 1,350 flights in pilot strike

BERLIN (AP):

German airline Lufthansa said it has cancelled about half of its flights after pilots went on strike in an ongoing dispute over retirement benefits.

The airline, Germany's largest, said yesterday that 1,350 of its 2,800 flights scheduled through the strike's end tonight at midnight have been cancelled, affecting 150,000 passengers. The strike was primarily focused on Lufthansa's inner-Europe flights yesterday but was to be extended to long-haul flights tonight.

Lufthansa said the other airlines in its group, Germanwings, Swiss, Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines and Air Dolomiti, are not affected.

The strike follows failed talks with the Vereinigung Cockpit union, which is demanding that Lufthansa keep paying a transition payment for those wanting to retire early. The airline wants to cut those payments, citing increasingly tough competition.