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IOC’s Bach asked to intervene in Tokyo Olympic labor dispute

Nov. 22, 2019 1:31 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — An international trade union wants IOC President Thomas Bach to intervene and investigate alleged labor and safety violations at venues being built for next year’s Tokyo Olympics. The Building and Wood Workers’ International has been critical for several years of workers’...

How GM ended up suing its crosstown rival

Nov. 21, 2019 11:40 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — Automakers sue each other on occasion, but no one in Detroit can remember one accusing another of bribing union officials to get an unfair labor cost advantage. Yet that’s what happened Wednesday when General Motors filed a federal racketeering lawsuit against Fiat Chrysler...

Colombians fill streets hoping to channel wave of discontent

Nov. 21, 2019 10:54 PM EST

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombians angry with conservative President Iván Duque and hoping to channel Latin America’s wave of discontent took the streets by the tens of thousands Thursday in one of the biggest protests in the nation’s recent history. Students, teachers and labor union...

Lawsuit alleges McDonald’s puts employees in physical danger

Nov. 21, 2019 6:10 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — A group of employees from 13 McDonald’s restaurants in Chicago filed a lawsuit Thursday alleging that the company’s drive for profits puts workers at “daily risk” of physical attack by dangerous customers. In the lawsuit filed in Cook County court, the 17 workers...

Fiat Chrysler chairman not worried by General Motors lawsuit

Nov. 21, 2019 1:46 PM EST

MILAN (AP) — The chairman of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles indicated Thursday that the merger with French carmaker PSA Peugeot will not be affected by a General Motors lawsuit. John Elkann told reporters in Turin that the Italian American company would fight the lawsuit in court, adding “we are not...

Pope in Thailand calls for action to protect women, children

Nov. 21, 2019 9:21 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Pope Francis urged more efforts to combat the “humiliation” of women and children forced into prostitution as he began a busy visit Thursday to Thailand, where human trafficking and poverty help fuel the sex tourism industry. During an open-air Mass at Bangkok’s national...

Cambodian leader willing to lose EU trade privileges

Nov. 21, 2019 8:37 AM EST

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said on Thursday that it is more important for his country to maintain its independence and sovereignty than to retain special trading privileges that the European Union has threatened to withdraw. Hun Sent told government officials that even...

The Latest: Buttigieg takes hits on issue of his experience

Nov. 21, 2019 8:12 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — The Latest on the Democratic presidential debate (all times local): 11:20 p.m. In Wednesday night’s Democratic debate, Pete Buttigieg became the focus of several of his Democratic opponents for what they characterized as a lack of experience. After the South Bend, Indiana, mayor...

Democrats spar at debate over health care, how to beat Trump

Nov. 21, 2019 5:51 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Democratic presidential candidates clashed in a debate over the future of health care in America, racial inequality and their ability to build a winning coalition to take on President Donald Trump next year. The Wednesday night faceoff came after hours of testimony in the impeachment inquiry...

UAW president steps down as GM sues rival over union bribery

Nov. 20, 2019 8:57 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — United Auto Workers President Gary Jones abruptly resigned Wednesday, capping a tumultuous day that saw union leaders move to oust him, and General Motors accusing rival Fiat Chrysler in a lawsuit of bribing union officials to get more favorable contract terms from the UAW. Jones has...