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El Salvador urges Qatar to employ nationals facing US deportation

Doha - El Salvador wants some of its 200,000 nationals facing potential deportation from the United States to be recruited by Qatar, the central American country's foreign minister said on Tuesday.

Jordan to increase fuel, bread prices: reports

Amman - Jordan is to increase the price of fuel and bread as it seeks tax revenues to redress a debt-riddled economy rattled by the war in neighbouring Syria, press reports said on Tuesday.

Time over money? German union champions 28-hour week

Frankfurt Am Main - Tens of thousands of German workers downed tools this week as the country's largest union ramped up its battle for the right to a 28-hour week.

German metalworkers start strikes for 28-hour week

Berlin - Germany's powerful metalworkers' union launched mass strikes Monday over pay and working hours that could impact a key industry and the shape of labour nationwide.

Iran 'tested by its own citizens': Haley

New York - Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the United Nations, said Sunday Iran's government is "being tested by its own citizens" after three days of protests against the clerical regime.

Liberia to vote in delayed run-off for new president

Monrovia - Liberians choose a new leader Tuesday in a run-off between Vice President Joseph Boakai and footballing icon George Weah, a vote that will mark the country's first democratic transition since 1944.

Liberia to vote in delayed run-off for new president

Monrovia - Liberians choose a new leader Tuesday in a run-off between Vice President Joseph Boakai and footballing icon George Weah, a vote that will mark the country's first democratic transition since 1944.

Hong Kong woman ordered to pay abused maid $100,000

Hong Kong - A Hong Kong woman jailed for six years for starving and beating her Indonesian domestic helper was ordered by a court on Thursday to pay more than $100,000 in damages for the "inhumane" abuse.

Sri Lanka unions call off rail strike after backlash

Colombo - Sri Lanka's railway workers called off an island-wide strike Wednesday that disrupted travel for hundreds of thousands of students ahead of crucial school exams, prompting a public backlash.

French trucks block borders over east Europe competition

Paris - Hundreds of truckers blocked France's borders with Italy and Belgium on Tuesday, angry at EU rule changes that they say fail to protect them from low-cost eastern European competition.

Pope denounces 'indifference' on first 'World Day for the Poor'

Rome - Pope Francis called on Sunday to fight indifference to poverty on what has been dubbed the first "World Day for the Poor" by the Catholic Church.Celebrating the event in Rome at a mass attended by about 7,000 poor people at St.

French union protests fizzle against Macron

Paris - People protested across France on Thursday against President Emmanuel Macron's economic reforms but low turnout suggested that resistance to an agenda seen as too pro-business was losing steam.

UN labour body under fire over tobacco ties

Geneva - The UN's labour organisation was accused Thursday of capitulating to pressure from tobacco companies after it withdrew an announcement that it had cut financial ties with the industry.

UN clears Qatar in migrant worker abuse probe

Geneva - The UN's labour agency on Wednesday closed a probe into the alleged mistreatment of foreign workers in World Cup 2022 host Qatar, praising a reform plan agreed by the emirate.

Polish health sector needs treatment: striking doctors

Varsovia - A month into a hunger strike by young Polish doctors, whose call for more public health spending the public backs, and the results are in: the medical sector needs treatment.

US adds sanctions on North Korea for rights abuses

Washington - The United States layered a new round of sanctions on North Korea Thursday, blacklisting individuals and organizations involved in security and forced labor policies for "ongoing and serious human rights abuses.

Dutch violin maestro Rieu fights child labour fine

Den Haag - The celebrated violinist Andre Rieu has appealed in court against an "absurdly high" 116,000-euro fine -- issued for allowing children to perform in his show past the legal time limit set by Dutch law, his lawyer said Tuesday.

Macron cements first stage of EU reform agenda

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron pushed through the first part of his ambitious reform agenda for the European Union late Monday, but the part-victory fractured the bloc and was dismissed as "cosmetic" by critics at home.

EU reaches compromise on low-cost eastern labour

Luxembourg - EU ministers on Monday struck a compromise after marathon talks about low-cost labour from eastern and central Europe, a decision affecting workers posted temporarily to more affluent bloc members.

Olympic stadium worker's suicide was 'death from overwork'

Toukyo - A 23-year-old construction worker on Tokyo's Olympic Stadium killed himself due to overwork, his family's lawyer said on Wednesday, the latest in a series of cases that have sparked alarm in the workaholic nation.

French public workers in the street over Macron reforms

Paris - More than 200,000 French public sector workers angered by President Emmanuel Macron's plans to freeze their pay and slash jobs went on strike Tuesday, amplifying opposition to his cost-cutting, pro-business agenda.Nine unions representing 5.

Thousands join French public sector strike against Macron

Paris - Thousands of French public sector workers angered by Emmanuel Macron's plans to freeze their pay and eliminate 120,000 jobs went on strike Tuesday, amplifying opposition to the president's cost-cutting, pro-business agenda.Nine unions representing 5.

Divided French unions meet ahead of major public strike

Paris - France's divided trade unions met Monday, but failed to find a common position on President Emmanuel Macron's labour reforms, hours ahead of a major public sector strike.

Japanese reporter died after 159 hours of overtime

Toukyo - Japan's public broadcaster apologised Friday to the parents of a young reporter who died of heart failure after logging 159 hours of overtime in a month.

Dutch primary school teachers go on mass strike for better wages

Den Haag - Tens of thousands of Dutch primary teachers went on a day's strike Thursday to demand better wages and a reduced workload, closing schools across one of the world's most literate countries.Carrying placards saying "Teachers are furious" and "Pay up!

Macron comment fuels 'out of touch' image

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron came under fire Thursday after a remark directed against union activists fuelled accusations from opponents that he shows contempt for disgruntled workers.

UK Labour mobilises to push Corbyn into power

Brighton - In a former church, 40-odd activists are learning how to become effective frontline troops in the battle to sweep Labour opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn into power.

Labour papers over Brexit splits with fighting talk

Brighton - Britain's main opposition Labour party is performing a delicate balancing act on Brexit even as it takes on Prime Minister Theresa May's negotiating strategy.

UK's triumphant Corbyn eyes path to power at Labour conference

London - Britain's revitalised Labour opposition kicked off its annual conference on Sunday with leader Jeremy Corbyn set to lay out his party's agenda, free from the leadership challenges of previous years.

French left stages street showdown with Macron

Paris - Firebrand French leftist Jean-Luc Melenchon on Saturday vowed a lengthy battle against the labour law changes pushed through by President Emmanuel Macron as a tens of thousands of people took to the streets to demonstrate.
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