PARIS - The French oil refiners' union warned Friday that a dock workers' strike in Marseille threatens to shut six refineries in southern France beginning this weekend.

DETROIT - Musicians dressed in tuxedos and black performance attire hit the picket line Monday after refusing to accept pay cuts of more than 30 percent demanded by the financially struggling Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

MADRID - A general strike against Spain's austerity measures saw tens of thousands of people take to the streets on Wednesday in protests that canceled flights, halted produce shipments and caused clashes between police and the public.

LONDON - European markets fell Wednesday as protests against austerity measures raised worries about countries' ability to cut heavy debt loads, offsetting for now any hopes that the Federal Reserve might move to boost the U.S.
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