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LONDON -- Two-thirds of workers in the UK suffering long COVID symptoms claimed they were treated unfairly at their workplace, and one in seven had lost their job, said a report released on Monday.

The report, released by the Trades Union Congress (TUC) and the charity Long COVID Support, shows the results of the responses of a total of 3,097 long COVID sufferers who shared their experiences of work. (UK-Covid-Effect)

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UNITED NATIONS -- Two separate rebel attacks in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) over the weekend killed 17 civilians, a UN spokesman said on Tuesday.

The armed group Cooperative for Development of the Congo (CODECO) also opened fire on UN peacekeepers and Congolese defense forces on joint patrols to protect civilians around Ituri province's Djugu territory, where the CODECO rebel attacks occurred, said Stephane Dujarric, the chief spokesman for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. The peacekeepers and the military returned fire, and the CODECO members fled. (UN-DRC-Rebel)

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WASHINGTON -- Police said on Tuesday that they have yet to determine a motive in the Nashville, Tennessee, elementary school shooting.

"This school, this church building, was a target of the shooter," Nashville police spokesman Don Aaron told reporters a day after the shooting at the Covenant School that left six people dead, including three young students. (US-Tennessee-Nashville-School shooting)

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PARIS -- Some 740,000 people took to the streets in France on Tuesday in renewed protests against the government's pension reform bill, the French interior ministry said.

However, France's largest union, the General Confederation of Labor (CGT), estimates the number of protesters was much higher than the official figure. According to the CGT, more than 2 million people nationwide took part in Tuesday's demonstrations. (France-Pension reform) Enditem

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