Reform

Italian Police prepare to face up to demonstrators in Rome, Italy on Wednesday during a  a demonstration in Rome against the government's Jobs Act labour reform bill. Three protesters were injured in a police charge at the demonstration. The protest organized by the self-styled National Social Strike Laboratory said high school students occupying their schools this week also participated in the march through central Rome, which turned into a melee when protesters tried to break through a police cordon around the Senate building, setting off flares and throwing eggs at law enforcement. The government's Jobs Act labour reform bill now on the floor of the Senate, where the administration of Premier Matteo Renzi looks set to call a confidence vote.

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Italian Police prepare to face up to demonstrators in Rome, Italy on Wednesday during a a demonstration in Rome against the government’s Jobs Act labour reform bill

Thailand's Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra gestures to her supporters as she travels by train from Surin province to Sisaket province...Thailand's Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra gestures to her supporters as she travels by train from Surin province to Sisaket province, north east of Bangkok, December 18, 2013. Anti-government demonstrators in Thailand said they will step up their protests in an attempt to force Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra from office and push through electoral reforms before a general election is held.  REUTERS/Stringer

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Yingluck Shinawatra, prime minister of Thailand, gestures to her supporters as she travels by train from Surin province to Sisaket province, northeast of Bangkok. Anti-government demonstrators in Thailand said they would step up their protests in an attempt to force Ms Yingluck from office and push through electoral reforms before a general election is held. 

Demonstrators hold fireworks as part of a nationwide day of protest against the government's plans to reform France's debt-ridden pension system.,

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Demonstrators hold fireworks as part of a nationwide day of protest against the government’s plans to reform France’s debt-ridden pension system in Marseille.