U.S. Justice Department to Address Violence Against School Officials, Teachers

The United States Justice Department on Oct. 4 has begun addressing a “disturbing trend” of violent threats against public school officials and teachers across the country. U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland has directed the Federal Bureau of Investigation and U.S. …

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Indonesian Migrant Workers in Hong Kong Concerned about Local Vaccine Program Mistrust

Indonesian migrant workers in Hong Kong expressed growing concern about local vaccination program credibility.  Migrant workers said that the recent scandal in Indonesia over data security and fake vaccine certificates hampered their chance of getting placements abroad.  Eni Lestari, a …

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Fashion Retailers Agree to Extend Bangladeshi Garment Workers’ Safety Pact

Major global apparel brands on Wednesday have agreed to extend for two years a pre-existing agreement with garment workers and factory owners in Bangladesh to ensure workplace safety standards. The deal’s deputy director Joris Oldenziel and representatives for UNI Global …

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Amnesty International Accuses Qatar of Failing to Investigate Migrant Worker Deaths

International human rights group Amnesty International has accused Qatari authorities of failing to investigate the deaths of thousands of migrant workers over the past decade. Amnesty International documented in a 56-page report published on Thursday how Qatari authorities were “routinely …

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Facebook Delays Return to Office Until January 2022

Facebook Inc has postponed Thursday its office return date for all U.S. and some international employees until January 2022 due to concerns over the highly infectious Delta variant of Covid-19. “Data, not dates, is what drives our approach for returning …

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California, NYC to Mandate COVID-19 Vaccine for Government Employees

California and New York City (NYC) announced on July 26 that they will require all government employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19 or face weekly tests for the virus. California Governor Gavin Newsom said that the new policy will take …

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Malaysian Doctors Stage Walkout Against Contract System Amid Worsening Outbreak

Malaysian doctors under the contract system have staged a strike calling for job security and better pays, amidst the country’s surge in Covid-19 infections which has overwhelmed the healthcare system.  Contract doctors across the country have called on the government …

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US Orders Non-Essential Staff to Leave Myanmar

The U.S. Department of State has ordered all non-emergency government personnel and their families to leave Myanmar as the security situation continues to escalate after the military’s coup last February.  The State Department spokesperson said the decision was made out …

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