World Briefs: Canadian government moves to forceend to rail workers’ strike

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TORONTO — Canada introduced legislation Monday to force striking Canadian Pacific Railway workers back to their jobs after talks stalled over the weekend, the country’s labor minister said Monday.

Labor Minister Lisa Raitt said the freight service shutdown at Canada’s second-largest railway is hurting the economy.

Locomotive engineers and conductors went on strike Wednesday, shutting down freight service along nearly 14,900 miles of track in Canada and the U.S. Ms. Raitt called Canadian Pacific Railway the backbone of the country’s economy, and she has said she would force strikers back to work if necessary after mediated talks broke off Sunday.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservative government has cited potential economic damage in the past for preventing or ending strikes at Air Canada and Canada Post.

Opposition parties said the government is undermining the right to collective bargaining.

CHINA

Facebook’s Zuckerberg makes surprise cameo on Chinese TV

BEIJING — Social media sites and blogs have lit up after eagle-eyed viewers spotted a surprise cameo in a Chinese TV documentary about the country’s police force: Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his now-wife, Priscilla Chan.

The documentary by CCTV was part of a series on Chinese police and high-tech crime-solving methods. A few seconds of footage showing the couple walking behind two police officers were shown in a brief clip posted online by the Hebei province satellite station.

The footage shows the couple wearing the same clothes they were photographed in during a March 27 visit to Shanghai.

It was not immediately known whether CCTV producers had knowingly inserted Mr. Zuckerberg into the documentary. Facebook is blocked in China, along with Twitter, YouTube and other foreign social media, a reflection of the leadership’s fear that its power could be threatened by allowing citizens to organize outside of Communist Party control.

Mr. Zuckerberg has visited China to vacation and to meet with high-tech entrepreneurs, including a 2010 lunch with Robin Li, CEO of leading Chinese search engine Baidu.

GREECE

Stocks soar on gains by pro-bailout party

ATHENS — Greek stock markets rebounded strongly on Monday from a 22-year low on hopes a pro-bailout party will win crucial national elections next month, which would avoid a catastrophic rift with international creditors and keep the struggling country within the euro currency union.

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