Verbatim: Dec. 6, 2004

"Unrest and terrorist acts as well as insufficient preparations at the administrative, technical and political levels necessitate the date be reconsidered."

PETITION, signed by a dozen of Iraq's leading political groups demanding a six-month postponement of the election scheduled for Jan. 30; the government announced it would proceed as planned

"Imagine what American workers ... are going to say: 'Chinese workers living under communism are allowed to have unions in Wal-Mart stores, but we in America aren't?'"

ROBIN MUNRO, research director at the China Labour Bulletin, a rights-monitoring group, after Wal-Mart announced it would consider allowing unions in its 41 stores...

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