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by Maria Spiliopoulou

ATHENS, Nov. 24 (Xinhua) -- Greece's public sector was hit on Thursday by a 24-hour strike and ferries remained docked at ports across the country, as labor unions staged peaceful demonstrations against labor reform and the new round of austerity measures.

Before marchers leave Syntagma square in the centre of Athens, another general strike was called for on December 8, when members of parliament are scheduled to vote on the 2017 draft state budget.

Approximately 5,000 people, according to police estimates, participated in the rallies organized by the umbrella union of civil servants ADEDY and the Communist party affiliated union PAME.

Teachers, doctors, municipal employees and seamen walked off the job to protest the new planned wave of tax hikes, cuts on salaries and pensions and job insecurity.

Protesters rejected as "suicidal" the draft bill on the assessment and mobility of civil servants which is due to be put to vote on Friday and the 2017 draft budget.

Addressing the crowd, unionists said that the further streamlining of the public sector under the third Greek bailout program reached last year will only make harder the everyday life of citizens.

"We say no to old and new memoranda," read banners. "Enough is enough," demonstrators chanted, denouncing also the plan to change labor laws to ease mass layoffs and the extra taxation foreseen in the draft budget.

Elpida was among the demonstrators on Thursday. She has lost hope of ever getting a decent pension, after many years of unemployment during the debt crisis which started in late 2009, she told Xinhua.

She said she will not stop protesting against the Left-led government's painful policies and against creditors' harsh requests in exchange of further rescue loans.

Despina Archonti shares Elpida's frustration.

"They are about to vote on a new set of measures which are supplementary to the policies implemented so far. They are a nightmare, in particular this new draft bill tabled yesterday which is put to vote under fast track procedure on mobility, which will do anything than help covering the needs of civil services," she told Xinhua.

Although the turnout in recent protests is far smaller than the mass demonstrations held in the early years of the Greek bailouts, the latest opinion polls reflect voters' anger also at the Left-led administration which took office in January 2015.

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and his first government had pledged to tear up the memoranda and put an end to austerity, but eventually were forced to agree to a new bailout and also implement painful measures to address the crisis.

Although some of the latest financial indexes are rosy, indicating Greece is returning to growth, people on the streets on Thursday expressed pessimism as creditors push for more measures in order to close the second review of the program soon and start negotiations on debt relief.

WASHINGTON , Jan. 18 (Xinhua) -- The Golden State Warriors sent the New Orleans Pelicans the eighth straight loss with a 97-87 win on Saturday.

Stephen Curry led the Warriors with 28 points on 2-9 shooting beyond the arc. David Lee added 22.

Andrew Bogut got 10 points, 15 rebounds and five blocks.

Anthony Davis had a game-high 31 points for the Pelicans. Tyreke Evans made 14.

BEIJING, Sept. 20 (Xinhua) -- The State Council on Wednesday issued a guideline to better protect cultural relics in China.

As spiritual and cultural symbols of Chinese civilization , cultural relics serve as an embodiment of national memory, thus protecting cultural relics is protecting the county's history, according to the guideline.

However , the illegal dealing, storing and auctioning of cultural relics has been frequent in recent years, which shows a lack of supervision and loopholes in protection work , according to the guideline.

The guideline said that governments at all levels should fulfill their duties in the local management and security of cultural relics, and strengthen law enforcement protection.

It said the accountability system for the security of relics needed to improve, and areas related to protection , including customs, tourism and religious authorities, should work together to crack down on related crime.

Modern science and technology should also play a bigger part in improving the protection of cultural relics , while relevant laws and regulations should be further publicized, the guideline suggested.

The guideline also underlined the need to strengthen supervision of protection work, and to take stronger action against those accountable for the damage , loss or theft of relics.

by Chrispinus Omar and David Musyoka

NAIROBI, Sept. 20 (Xinhua) -- Kenya's highest court on Wednesday returned a damning finding against the poll body for failing to conduct the Aug. 8 presidential elections in accordance with the constitution and vowed it would nullify any future elections which do not conform to the dictates of the law.

Supreme Court President and Chief Justice David Maraga said irregularities, including the failure to conduct the presidential election in accordance with the national laws , rendered it null and void.

In a majority ruling, Maraga criticized the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission's (IEBC) for failing to give the court full access to its computer servers.

"If anomalies remain, the same court will annul the elections regardless of the aspirants ," he said. "As it is important to respect the will of the people, it is also important to maintain the purity of an election."

The chief justice said irregularities by the commission were of a substantial nature so they cannot be ignored.

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