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Democrats, White House forge new North American trade deal

Dec. 10, 2019 6:08 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats and the White House announced a deal Tuesday on a modified North American trade pact, handing President Donald Trump a major Capitol Hill win on the same day that impeachment charges were announced against him. Both sides hailed the deal as a win for American workers. They...

Pension strikes cripple Paris, more travel woes ahead

Dec. 9, 2019 2:31 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — Paris commuters inched to work Monday through massive traffic jams as strikes against retirement plan changes halted trains and subways for a fifth straight day — with the prospect of a tougher day ahead. French President Emmanuel Macron girded for one of the toughest weeks of his...

French protest retirement changes, travel disruptions abound

Dec. 7, 2019 4:01 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — Paris police skirmished Saturday with yellow vest activists who joined a wave of protests against the government's overhaul of France's retirement system, as highway blockades and train stoppages by other protesters disrupted weekend travel around the country. A few thousand yellow vest...

Impact of WTO protests in Seattle still felt 2 decades later

Nov. 29, 2019 1:10 AM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Nancy Haque worried about the conditions in sweatshops around the world. For Lynne Dodson, it was the possibility of attacks on public education. The plight of imperiled sea turtles got Lisa Wathne. An array of issues brought tens of thousands of protesters to Seattle 20 years ago Saturday,...

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’...

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...

Union says it will try to organize Delta flight attendants

Nov. 1, 2019 5:06 PM EDT

A major union is trying again to win the right to represent flight attendants at mostly non-union Delta Air Lines. The Association of Flight Attendants announced Friday it will try to organize 25,000 workers at Delta. The union narrowly lost a 2010 election at Delta after failed organizing bids in 2002 and 2008....

Thailand to seek talks with US on trade privileges loss

Oct. 28, 2019 7:35 AM EDT

NONTHABURI, Thailand (AP) — Thailand plans to seek talks with the United States on a decision to end preferential trade privileges on a range of Thai exports including seafood, officials said Monday. Keerati Rushchano, acting director-general of the Commerce Ministry's Foreign Trade Department, said his...

Johnson's NIreland allies vow to keep rejecting Brexit deal

Oct. 26, 2019 1:18 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Boris Johnson's allies in Northern Ireland vowed Saturday to keep rejecting the British prime minister's divorce deal with the European Union until his government wins more concessions from the bloc. Arlene Foster, the leader of Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party, said she demanded...

Greek police clash with students protesting business reforms

Oct. 24, 2019 3:23 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Police clashed with students in Greece's two largest cities Thursday amid strikes and street protests against a planned overhaul of business rules by the new conservative government. In Athens, one protester and one policeman were hurt when a confrontation between students and police...