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Virus projects renew questions about UAE's mass surveillance

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Efforts by the United Arab Emirates to fight the coronavirus have renewed questions about mass surveillance in this U.S.-allied federation of seven sheikhdoms. ...

Lockdown and racism go hand in hand in Catalonia

Lleida, the capital city of the Segria region — 180 kilometers (111 miles) east of Barcelona — finds itself in a "wartime mode" again as a new lockdown takes hold. Last Saturday...

Taiwan to ease restrictions on farms hiring migrant workers

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan's Ministry of Labor (MOL) recently amended legislation to allow farms that grow fruits, vegetables, grains, orchids, livestock, or seafood to hire migrant worke...

Lebanon's migrant workers' plight worsens as crises multiply

BEIRUT (AP) — Long before the pandemic struck, they lived and worked in conditions that rights groups called exploitative — low wages, long hours, no labor law protections. Now, som...

Dubai airport CEO: Global travel still up in air over virus

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The CEO of the world's busiest airport for international travel wants to get the globe flying again, but even he acknowledges everything remains up in the air during...

Virus traps, sickens foreign laborers in Gulf Arab states

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Long a lifeline for families back home, migrant workers in oil-rich Gulf Arab states now find themselves trapped by the coronavirus pandemic, losing jobs, running ou...

Qatar says it's working to protect laborers from coronavirus

BERLIN (AP) — The Qatari government said Tuesday it has implemented widespread measures to protect immigrant workers from the coronavirus, after a German documentary highlighted that ongoing construct...

Travel hub UAE to halt flights as virus reaches Gaza, Syria

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates, home to the world's busiest international airport, announced early on Monday that it was suspending all passenger and transit flights for t...

UAE to suspend transit flights, Saudi Arabia imposes curfew

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates, home to the world's busiest international airport in Dubai, announced early Monday it was suspending all passenger flights and the transit ...

First 'new immigrant' legislator looks back on achievements

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — After almost four years in the legislature, Cambodian-born Lin Li-chan (林麗蟬) shared her life experience at a forum held by the Fair Winds Foundation on Jan. 4. Lin made...

Migrant workers in Taiwan to demand abolition of brokerage system

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Migrant workers will demand the end of the private labor brokerage system at their biennial protest in Taipei on Sunday (Dec. 8). In order to do away with excessive bro...

Dubai bets billions that Expo 2020 won't be a desert mirage

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — It rises out of what were once rolling sand dunes stretching toward the horizon, a feverish construction site by tempo and temperature that has tens of thousands of ...

Dubai bets billions that Expo 2020 won't be a desert mirage

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — It rises out of what were once rolling sand dunes stretching toward the horizon, a feverish construction site by tempo and temperature that has tens of thousands of ...

Japanese, Americans make up most of Taiwan’s foreign white-collar workforce

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Japanese account for the lion’s share of Taiwan’s foreign workforce when it comes to specialized or technical work, followed by Americans, according to the lat...

Japan to increase foreign workers over next five years, Taiwan labor force may be affected

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – In Tokyo on Dec. 25, the government of Shinzo Abe approved legislation amending laws on immigration and foreign labor with 126 new policy measures, which will increase the...