Pensioners struggling to survive join Chile protests

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Seventy-seven-year-old María Gonzalez is tired of waking up, Monday to Friday, to sell toilet paper in the Chilean capital. Her meager $146 monthly pension puts her below the po...

Taiwan's KMT slammed for naming pro-unification ex-lawmaker on legislator-at-large list

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The opposition Kuomintang (KMT) has decided its list of at-large legislative candidates but has drawn the ire of its fellow members for nominating the pro-unification form...

Germany's governing parties agree on a pension reform

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's governing parties have agreed to reform the country's pension system, setting aside an ideological dispute that had threatened to unravel the coalition government. ...

2020 Taiwan Elections: Party heavyweights battle for bellwether New Taipei City seats

New Taipei City, which has 12 legislative seats up for grabs and is known as a bellwether municipality, has emerged as a battleground ahead of the January 2020 elections, drawing the attention of the ...

German govt at odds over pensions as deeper troubles lurk

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's governing coalition has delayed a decision on a pension reform that has become a central ideological battleground, adding to questions over how long the government will last. ...

Kentucky gov's race stirs clash over casino suicide claims

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Entering the final days of Kentucky's bitter race for governor, Republican incumbent Matt Bevin exposed himself to a new attack by flatly denying his recorded claim that suicide...

Wife of Taiwan legislative speaker announces exit from DPP

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Hong Heng-chu (洪恆珠), the wife of Legislative Speaker Su Jia-chyuan (蘇嘉全), announced that she is leaving the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) on Sunday (Oct. 27) during a spee...

Brazil Congress passes landmark pension reform

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil's Congress has approved an overhaul to its pension system, capping years of stalled efforts to rein in unsustainable government spending on retirement. The Se...

Italy's government to avoid widely criticized sales tax rise

MILAN (AP) — Italy's new government has reached agreement on a set of budget measures to avoid a sales tax increase that critics warned would hurt the economy by weighing on spending. ...

French trains tangled by strike over Macron pension overhaul

PARIS (AP) — Commuters are packing overcrowded French train platforms as rail workers stage a strike over President Emmanuel Macron's proposed overhaul of the retirement system. Work...

A humbled Macron tries the common touch to win back France

BONNEUIL-SUR-MARNE, France (AP) — The warehouse that French President Emmanuel Macron visited was hundreds of miles and a world away from the prestige of the G-7 summit he hosted a few weeks earlier. ...

Massive transport strike paralyzes Paris over pension reform

PARIS (AP) — A massive strike is paralyzing Paris public transports on Friday as unions protest a sweeping pension reform by French President Emmanuel Macron's government. Paris publ...

Paris metro warns over major strike, transport chaos Friday

PARIS (AP) — Sympathy can only take you so far. That's what the French government spokeswoman is finding out after she said she would sympathize with Paris commuters facing a metro s...

Parts of Taiwan pension reform law violate Constitution: court

Taipei (CNA) Taiwan's Constitutional Court has ruled that some of the changes made to pension reform laws involving public employees in 2018 are in violation of the Constitution. The Constituti...

Taiwan's Han, Gou compete against each other on economic issues in TV presentation

The top two contenders of the opposition Kuomintang's (KMT's) presidential primary both pledged Tuesday to focus on improving the strained cross-Taiwan Strait relations and to boost the econom...