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McDonald's Hires 62,000 in U.S. Event, 24% More Than Planned

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Job seekers reach for applications at a McDonald's Corp. restaurant in Chicago onApril 19, 2011.
McDonald's Corp. (MCD), the world's biggest restaurant chain, said it hired 24 percent more people than planned during an employment event this month.

McDonald's and its franchisees hired 62,000 people in the U.S. after receiving more than one million applications, the Oak Brook, Illinois-based company said today in an e-mailed statement. Previously, it said it planned to hire 50,000.

The April 19 national hiring day was the company's first, said Danya Proud, a McDonald's spokeswoman. She declined to disclose how many of the jobs were full- versus part-time. McDonald's employed 400,000 workers worldwide at company-owned stores at the end of 2010, according to a company filing.

The number of applications for unemployment benefits in the U.S. rose last week, a sign that progress in the labor market may be fading. Jobless claims increased by 25,000 to 429,000 in the week ended April 23, the most in three months, according to data from the Labor Department in Washington today.

Earlier this month, McDonald's said sales at stores open at least 13 months climbed 2.9 percent in the U.S. after it attracted more diners with items such as beverages and the Chipotle BBQ Bacon Angus burger. The fast-food chain has about 14,000 stores in the U.S. and more than 18,000 abroad. About 80 percent of all McDonald's stores are franchised.

McDonald's rose 16 cents to $78.03 at 4:15 p.m. in New York Stock Exchange composite trading. The shares gained 11 percent over the past 12 months.


US - Economy: 75,000 Applied for 2,000 Local McJobs

Restaurant managers say they plan to hire more in the future
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A McJob looked mighty appealing to tens of thousands of people in the Chicago area.

More than 75,000 job-seekers applied for 2,000 area positions with McDonald's during the fast food king's first-ever "National Hiring Day" on April 19.

Applicants packed franchises in Illinois, Southern Wisconsin and Northwest Indiana. McDonald's filled all 2,000 jobs, including more than 1,000 posts in the Chicago area alone, a McDonald's spokesperson said.

Oak Brook-based McDonald Corp. offered 50,000 positions nationwide as part of the April 19 job fair.

The openings were for full- and part-time restaurant crew and management positions, which translate to about three or four new hires per store. Applicants were asked to apply at franchises or online.

Che Guevara

Uganda rebellion gathers pace despite bloody government crackdown

Violent response to protests led by Kizza Besigye has fuelled rioters' determination to throw out President Yoweri Museveni
Ugandan protester
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A Ugandan protestor shouts near a burning barricade in Kampala after Ugandan opposition leader Kizze Besigye was arrested for the fourth time this month.
Riots have swept across the Ugandan capital, Kampala, in the biggest anti-government protest in sub-Saharan Africa so far this year.

Security forces have launched a brutal crackdown, opening fire on unarmed civilians with live rounds, rubber bullets and teargas. Two people have been killed, more than 120 wounded and around 360 arrested. Women and girls have been among those beaten, according to witnesses.

Two weeks of growing unrest - sparked by rising food and fuel prices - have gained fresh impetus after the violent arrest of the opposition leader Kizza Besigye on Thursday. Critics say President Yoweri Museveni, in power for 25 years, is losing his grip. They claim his wildly disproportionate crackdown on Besigye's "walk to work" protests smacks of panic and is sowing the seeds of popular revolt.

"I thought the police were going to kill me," said Andrew Kibwka, 18, after police with heavy sticks rained blows on him. "I was telling them I'm harmless but they just carried on. I did nothing to provoke them. They beat me because I was running away."

Che Guevara

Tens of Thousands of Syrians in New "Day of Rage"

Nicosia - Tens of thousands of people poured into Syria's streets after Friday Muslim prayers in a "day of rage" against an increasingly lethal crackdown by President Bashar al-Assad's regime, activists said.

Mass anti-regime gatherings were reported in the capital Damascus, the central city of Homs, Baniyas on the Mediterranean coast, Deir ez-Zor in the east and Kurdish-majority parts of the north.

Police were already reported to be responding with violence, as demonstrators shouted "down with the regime."

Eye 1

US: CBS Reporter Recounts a 'Merciless' Assault

Lara Logan
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Lara Logan, a CBS News reporter, was sexually assaulted while working in Cairo on Feb. 11.
Lara Logan thought she was going to die in Tahrir Square when she was sexually assaulted by a mob on the night that Hosni Mubarak's government fell in Cairo.

Ms. Logan, a CBS News correspondent, was in the square preparing a report for 60 Minutes on Feb. 11 when the celebratory mood suddenly turned threatening. She was ripped away from her producer and bodyguard by a group of men who tore at her clothes and groped and beat her body. "For an extended period of time, they raped me with their hands," Ms. Logan said in an interview with The New York Times. She estimated that the attack involved 200 to 300 men.

Ms. Logan, who returned to work this month, is expected to speak at length about the assault on the CBS News program 60 Minutes on Sunday night.

Her experience in Cairo underscored the fact that female journalists often face a different kind of violence. While other forms of physical violence affecting journalists are widely covered - the traumatic brain injury 'suffered by the ABC News anchor Bob Woodruff in Iraq in 2006 was a front-page story at that time - sexual threats against women are rarely talked about within journalistic circles or in the news media.

With sexual violence, "you only have your word," Ms. Logan said in the interview. "The physical wounds heal. You don't carry around the evidence the way you would if you had lost your leg or your arm in Afghanistan."

Heart - Black

India: Man Beheads Girlfriend in Front of Classmates at University

It was a college romance with a horrific ending. On Wednesday, a student of St Xavier's College, Ranchi, was beheaded by her boyfriend inside the campus in the heart of the city. Bijendra Kumar alias Golu, 23, an engineering diploma student of Jamshedpur, used a small dagger to severe the head of Khusbu, 18, an intermediate student. He was nabbed by students and security guards.

Khusbu belonged to Tatilsilwai on the outskirts of Ranchi, but she visited her uncle's house in Jamshedpur's Sonari locality. "The duo apparently met in Jamshedpur and had an affair, which might have turned sour," said city SP Sambhu Thakur.

Kumar's family in Jamshedpur had no information about the crime. When HT contacted the family, his mother Yamini Devi said, "He left the house around 8.30am for the institute and we haven't heard from him yet."


27 people injured in shooting in Turkey

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At least 27 people, including an opposition candidate, have been injured after an armed man opened fire on a group of people at an election meeting in Turkey's southern city of Samandag on April 28, 2011.
At least 27 people have been injured after an armed man opened fire on a group of people at an election meeting in Turkey's southern city of Samandag.

A parliamentary candidate from the main opposition Republican People's Party was injured during the shooting incident which took place on Thursday at an election meeting ahead of the parliamentary elections set for June, Anatolia news agency reported.

Reports say at least two of the victims are in critical conditions and Turkish security forces are searching for the gunman who managed to flee the scene.

The shooter, who has been identified as a convicted criminal, reportedly used a pump-action hunting rifle in the incident.

Meanwhile, Refik Eryilmaz, the parliamentary deputy from the opposition Republican People's Party, or CHP, who was injured in the incident condemned the attack, and said it was fortunate that there were no fatalities.


UK: More anti-monarchy protesters arrested

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London police have arrested three more anti-monarchy protesters, trying to perform a mock execution of Prince Andrew with a guillotine on the royal wedding's eve.

Three protesters demonstrating against the monarchy through a theatrical show have been arrested and jailed at Lewisham police station.

Professor Chris Knight, a principle member of the G20 Meltdown group, was arrested in south east London at 6.15pm. His partner Camilla Power and Patrick Macroidan playing the role of an executioner are also in prison now.

Metropolitan Police spokesman said: "This evening, 28 April, officers arrested three people - two males aged 68 and 45, and a 60-year-old woman - in Wickham Road, SE4 on suspicion of conspiracy to cause public nuisance and breach of the peace. They are currently in custody at Lewisham police station."


UK: Unfair Wedding Threatens Royals Future

Prince William and Kate Middleton
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Kate Middleton and Prince William
Analysts are questioning the 'fairness' of imposing the astronomical costs of the Royal Wedding on British taxpayers amid growing public weariness of the wide coverage given to the 'unpleasant' event.

While there are claims that the royal wedding will at the end of the day benefit the British public both economically by triggering retailers' sales as well as attracting interested tourists and socially by spreading happiness London-based writer and journalist Peter Carty believes the opposite is true.

Carty said in an interview with Press TV that as the widely hyped event is not going to "bring in more income in the country as a whole" one comes to believe "it's quite clearly unfair" on the populous.

"I don't think it is going to bring in more income in the country as a whole. Our overall income will probably go down by six billion pounds and the amount of extra revenue we're going to get back from tourism, sales of memorabilia etc, would be about one billion pounds best estimate - something like 1.5 billion US dollars, so overall the country is going to lose out very heavily," he said. "The question of whether that's fair on the populous as a whole - It's quite clearly unfair."

Carty also said, to add insult to injury the media are giving a pointlessly wide coverage to the event despite the solely symbolic and ceremonial position of the royal family in the British politics and the low opinion of the people about the monarchy.


US: Eugene probation officer pleads guilty to sex assault of woman he supervised

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Mark John Walker
A former federal probation officer pleaded guilty this morning to a felony count of aggravated sexual abuse, admitting that he forced a woman that he supervised to have sex with him.

Mark John Walker, 52, of Eugene also pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Ralph Beistline to four misdemeanor counts stemming from his fondling and kissing four other female offenders under his supervision. He admitted that he willfully deprived the women of their constitutional right to bodily integrity.

Assistant U.S. attorney Pamala Holsinger said that if a trial were to proceed the government was prepared to show evidence that Walker singled out women with mental health problems or histories of sexual abuse. He often arranged to visit the women he was supervising when they were home alone, would make sexual comments and in several instances, touched their buttocks and breasts and kissed them.