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Britain's Labour hit by internal strife at campaign start

London - A resignation and a defection are forcing Jeremy Corbyn to confront two scourges hounding his Labour Party as it tries to unseat UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson: anti-Semitism and Brexit.

Qatar to end controversial migrant worker restrictions

Doha - Qatar announced plans Wednesday to scrap key aspects of its controversial "kafala" labour rules, including the requirement for some workers to obtain employers' permission to change jobs and exit permits to leave the country.

UN calls for greater heat protection for workers in Qatar

Doha - Improved safeguards and working hours are needed to protect labourers in Qatar from the effects of heat and humidity, the United Nations said Friday, as it published new research.

Bangladesh arrest warrant for Nobel laureate Yunus

Dhaka - Bangladeshi economist and Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus has been issued with an arrest warrant after failing to appear at a hearing over the sacking of workers at a company he heads, officials said Thursday.

Harry and Meghan wrap up African tour

Johanesburg - The Duke and Duchess of Sussex on Wednesday wrapped up a marathon tour of southern Africa by visiting South African President Cyril Ramaphosa after pledging millions for skills training for jobless youngsters.

Torn by Brexit, Labour votes on way out of EU crisis

Brighton - Britain's main opposition Labour Party was set Monday to decide on a new Brexit strategy at a fractious conference that has piled pressure on leader Jeremy Corbyn to come out and openly campaign to remain in the European Union.

Bridging the gap: Yangon's boom falls short across river

Yangon - On her scruffy, downtrodden bank of the river, teashop-owner Khin works just a few hundred metres across the muddy water from Yangon and dreams of the riches promised by a new bridge linking to Myanmar's commercial heart.

UK Labour seeks Brexit plan to reverse poll slump

Brighton - Britain's main opposition Labour Party was torn by infighting Sunday as it tried to forge a coherent Brexit strategy that could reverse polls indicating a likely election drubbing.

Hong Kong race meeting cancelled over protest fears

Fpo - Gambling-mad Hong Kong has cancelled a horse racing event just hours before its start over fears anti-government protesters might disrupt a race featuring a mount part-owned by a controversial pro-Beijing lawmaker.

Hard Brexit threat looms over French fishing fleet

Granville - The waters for French fishermen are being stirred up by uncertainty of what will happen if Britain leaves the EU without a deal on October 31 and their boats barred from British waters.

On Hanoi's Red River, fruitsellers forgo comfort for cash

Hanoi - Card games and karaoke help migrant workers pass the time on the cramped houseboats of Hanoi's Red River, swapping their privacy to eke out a living selling fruit for a few dollars a day.

French industry hits the beach to woo future recruits

Deauville - A few steps from the sea in the Normandy resort of Deauville, a group of curious holidaymakers in flip-flops and beach garb pepper a technician with questions as he extols the capabilities of a cutting-edge 3D modelling machine.

Palestinians protest Lebanon crackdown on unlicensed foreign workers

Beirut - A couple of hundred Palestinian refugees protested Tuesday in the streets of Beirut against Lebanon's labour ministry cracking down on businesses employing foreign workers without a permit.

UK Labour under pressure over anti-Semitism after BBC doc

London - Britain's Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn came under renewed pressure over anti-Semitism on Thursday after a string of former officials spoke out about the party's failure to tackle discrimination in a BBC documentary.

In France, a woman is killed by partner or ex-partner every three days

Paris - A total of 121 women were killed by their partner or former partner in France last year, equating to one death every three days, government figures showed on Wednesday.

UK's Labour backs staying in EU in call for second referendum

London - Britain's main opposition Labour party on Tuesday for the first time conditionally backed holding another Brexit referendum, in which it would support remaining in the European Union.

Collapsed dreams: Cambodia construction workers risk lives for 'riches'

Sihanoukville - When Sam Sok took a $6-a-day job as a construction labourer in Sihanoukville she knew it could be dangerous, but the deaths of 28 workers in a building collapse -- with her nephew among the missing -- has laid bare the risks many like her face to earn ...

Greek labour icon fears for worker rights after July vote

Athens - Constantina Kuneva was a little-known cleaner and union activist from Bulgaria struggling to get by in Greece when she suffered a horrific acid attack near her home just before Christmas 2008.

Macron warns on 'capitalism gone mad' in ILO speech

Geneva - French President Emmanuel Macron denounced "capitalism gone mad" in an address Tuesday to the UN's International Labour Organization, while urging enhanced social protections in a global economy plagued by inequality.

Head of UN labour agency backs anti-harassment measures

Geneva - The head of the International Labour Organization on Monday urged the agency to approve new rules to stop violence and harassment in the workplace, despite some concerns from employer representatives.

UN labour body, survivor from League of Nations, turns 100

Geneva - Of all the institutions set up in Geneva under the League of Nations after World War I, only one, the International Labour Organization, survived the rise of fascism and World War II.

Prison unemployment payments leave Dutch red-faced

Den Haag - Dutch authorities have been left red-faced after revelations that hundreds of prisoners collect unemployment benefits behind bars despite the law specifically prohibiting the practice.

Timmermans calls on all EU members to adopt minimum wage

Warsaw - European Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans on Monday called for each EU member to have a minimum wage equivalent to 60 percent of its median salary to reduce the bloc's growing wealth gap.

Mayday, festival of workers' rights, protest — and flowers

Paris - Celebrating May Day was once to participate in the ancient ritual of revelling in the return of spring.In more modern times the date has become an international holiday to honour the labour movement and, hopefully, enjoy a little early sunshine.

Istanbul police detains dozens as Turkey marks May 1

Istanbul - Istanbul police detained dozens of people who were trying to hold a May day rally at city centre square on Wednesday in defiance of a protest ban.

Clashes in Paris as tens of thousands mark May Day

Paris - Paris riot police fired teargas as they squared off against hardline demonstrators among tens of thousands of May Day protesters, who flooded parts of the city Wednesday in a test for France's zero-tolerance policy on street violence.

Working stiffs: China's tech minions burn out in '996' rat race

Shanghai - Shanghai software engineer Wu Linfeng watched the silent comedy "Modern Times" recently and soon found himself crying -- watching Charlie Chaplin’s classic stressed-out assembly-line worker was like watching himself.

Paris police brace for May 1 rallies

Paris - France's zero-tolerance approach to protest violence will be tested Wednesday when a heady mix of labour unionists, "yellow vest" demonstrators and hardline hooligans are expected to hit the streets on Labour Day.

Massive police deployment planned for Paris May Day marches

Paris - French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner on Tuesday said more than 7,400 police and security forces would be deployed in Paris for Wednesday's May Day marches in case of violence by protesters.

Qatar to abolish exit visa system by year's end: UN

Doha - Qatar is set to abolish its controversial exit visa system for all foreign workers by the end of the year, the UN's International Labour Organization said Friday.
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