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Migrant workers in Malaysia win labor suit against Goodyear

Jun. 11, 2021 00:38 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — A Malaysian court on Thursday ruled in favor of 65 migrant workers who sued U.S. tiremaker Goodyear for underpaying them, their lawyer said, calling it a victory for foreign employees. Chandrasegaran Rajandran said the Industrial Court...

Bus with migrant workers collides with van in India; 17 dead

Jun. 09, 2021 00:48 AM EDT

LUCKNOW, India (AP) — A bus carrying migrant workers after the lifting of coronavirus restrictions hit a delivery van on a highway in northern India, killing at least 17 people and injuring 18, police said Wednesday. The bus overturned after colliding with the van...

Woman who grew up in poverty starts clothes-giving ministry

May. 23, 2021 13:48 PM EDT

HAMILTON, Miss. (AP) — The interior of Saving Grace Mission is filled with boxes, containers and plastic bags stuffed with clothing. The job of inspecting, sorting and putting the clothing on display racks proceeds slowly, carefully, deliberately. To understand why, you...

Thailand reports 1st cases of Indian coronavirus variant

May. 21, 2021 08:31 AM EDT

BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) — Thailand on Friday said it has detected its first locally transmitted cases of the coronavirus variant discovered in India, as it announced the formal rollout of its national vaccination plan next month. The Ministry of Public Health said 36...

Thais killed by rocket in Israel part of large workforce

May. 19, 2021 11:32 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — The deaths of two Thai migrant workers in Israel in a rocket attack from Gaza cast fresh light on the difficult lives thousands of Thais face far from home. Weerawat Karunborirak, 44, from the northern province of Petchabun, and Sikarin Sa-ngamrum, 24,...

Qatar detains Kenyan guard who wrote on laborers' struggles

May. 18, 2021 21:52 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A Kenyan who wrote compelling dispatches under a pseudonym about the challenges of living as a low-wage worker in Qatar and advocated for their rights has been detained under unclear circumstances in the energy-rich nation. The arrest...

Spain, Morocco square off after 8,000 migrants arrive by sea

May. 18, 2021 13:39 PM EDT

CEUTA, Spain (AP) — Spain deployed its military to the Moroccan border Tuesday and expelled nearly half of the thousands of migrants who jumped fences or swam onto European soil over two days after Rabat loosened border controls amid a deepening diplomatic spat. ...

Migrant crawfish workers allege 60-hour weeks, low wages

May. 14, 2021 17:20 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Two migrant workers from Mexico are suing a Louisiana crawfish processor over wages they say fell well below the minimum wage. The federal lawsuit filed this week in Alexandria says the two routinely worked 10 or more hours a day, six days a week,...

COVID-19 protections not offered to migrant seafood workers

May. 12, 2021 13:31 PM EDT

FISHING CREEK, Md. (AP) — For thousands of miles and over two days in April, 59 workers from Mexico traveled together on a bus — despite the pandemic — to their legal, seasonal jobs as crabmeat pickers and seafood processors in Maryland’s rural islands. Lindy’s...

First Latino justice on California's high court dies at 90

May. 08, 2021 18:41 PM EDT

OROVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Cruz Reynoso, a son of migrant workers who worked in the fields as a child and went on to become the first Latino state Supreme Court justice in California history, has died. He was 90. Reynoso died Friday at an elder care facility in Oroville,...