NEWARK, N.J. - Longshoremen were on strike Wednesday at ports in New Jersey and New York in defiance of a judge's order, leaving at least a dozen ships waiting to off-load cargo containers for a second day and forcing truckers to cool their heels or return shipments to their senders.

JOHANNESBURG - A warning shot fired by South African police ricocheted and killed a 17-year-old girl who was among a group protesting that a teachers strike had given students insufficient time to prepare for exams, an investigator said Tuesday.

HARARE, Zimbabwe - Zimbabwe's state airline says it has fired striking pilots for failing to meet a deadline to return to their posts.

CENTURION, South Africa - South African civil servants unions are suspending a nationwide strike for higher wages to give members time to consider the government's latest offer, labor leaders said Monday.

JOHANNESBURG - South Africa's president on Monday called on negotiators to resume talks aimed at ending a nationwide civil servants' strike for higher wages.
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