What Indonesia's labor reforms mean for workers' rights, the environment

Thousands of Indonesians have taken to the streets this week to protest President Joko Widodo's so-called Omnibus Bill on Job Creation — a new piece of legislation that slashes regulations c...

Indonesia: Thousands protest against labor reforms

Thousands of people took part in protests and strikes across Indonesia for a third straight day on Thursday in a call for the government to repeal its controversial "Omnibus" reform, which w...

How will Qatar's labor reforms impact South Asian workers?

Ali Asghar returned to Pakistan from Qatar on September 11 after spending four years in the Gulf state. The 39-year-old, who was part of the 2 million-strong foreign workforce in Qatar, told DW he had...

US envoy calls for end to migrant worker service fees in Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — In a pre-recorded message released Tuesday (Sept. 1), a U.S. envoy called on Taiwan to put an end to recruitment fees, service fees, and deposits for migrant workers. I...

Suffrage anniversary commemorations highlight racial divide

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — As the U.S. marks the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage, many event organizers, mindful that the 19th Amendment originally benefited mostly white women, have been careful to...

French government hands in resignation

The Elysée Palace said in a statement that Philippe would handle government affairs until a new Cabinet was named. "A new prime minister will be announced in the coming hours," the French ...

What Trump's new North American trade deal actually does

WASHINGTON (AP) — When President Donald Trump signed a revamped trade agreement with Mexico and Canada into law Wednesday, he kept a campaign pledge to improve upon a deal that he had long condemned. ...

Even as Trump claims two victories on trade, doubts remain

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s trade deal with China last week opened up export opportunities for American farmers, manufacturers and energy producers. And his trade pact with Canada and M...

UN body welcomes 'milestone' in Qatar labor reforms

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The U.N. labor organization said Thursday that Qatar has abolished exit visa requirements for virtually all migrant workers, hailing the move as a “milestone” in ref...

Business Highlights

___ Boeing to halt production of 737 Max airliner in January CHICAGO (AP) — Boeing Co. will temporarily stop producing its grounded 737 Max jet starting in January ...

US, Mexico quickly mend rift over North American trade deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and Mexico moved quickly Monday to defuse a dispute over President Donald Trump’s revamped North American trade pact. At issue are five labor atta...

Human rights experts debate risks and gains for FIFA, IOC

GENEVA (AP) — The tricky balancing act for sports bodies to push progressive policies while supporting host nations with human rights issues was in the spotlight at the United Nations on Thursday. ...

Hilarious Han is taking Taiwan’s voters for fools once more

KAOHSIUNG (Taiwan News) - Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜) is on holiday. Lucky Han Kuo-yu. He has awarded himself three months’ holiday from his full-time job as mayor of Kaohsiung City despite having taken...

Han says he will end Taiwan labor reforms to allow 'bosses to ask for more overtime'

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The erstwhile acting mayor of Kaohsiung and Kuomintang (KMT) presidential candidate, Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜), doubled down on his proposal to abolish recent labor reforms at a ra...

KMT suggests employers and employees should negotiate workweek reform

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The length of the workweek should be decided in negotiations between employers and employees in each business sector, advisers to Kuomintang (KMT) presidential candidate H...