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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’...

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...

Spokane judge strikes down rule involving abortion services

Nov. 7, 2019 3:16 PM EST

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A federal judge in Spokane has struck down a Trump administration rule that would have given medical workers the right to refuse care to patients on religious or moral grounds. Thursday's decision mirrors a similar decision in New York on Wednesday that also would prevent medical...

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...

UN expert: Iran executes children in violation of rights law

Oct. 23, 2019 8:43 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Iran executed seven child offenders last year and two so far this year even though human rights law prohibits the death penalty for anyone under age 18, a U.N. independent human rights expert said Wednesday. Javaid Rehman also told the U.N. General Assembly's human rights committee...

Connecticut state managers signing up for union-like group

Oct. 17, 2019 4:25 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Frustrated about being "an easy target" in Connecticut's budget battles, close to 200 state employee managers have so far agreed to join forces with a major state employee union in hopes of gaining more clout at the state Capitol. Pamphlets have been distributed in recent weeks to a...

With China rift ongoing, NBA says free speech remains vital

Oct. 8, 2019 5:57 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said the league is not apologizing for Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey's since-deleted tweet showing support for anti-government protesters in Hong Kong, even after China's state broadcaster canceled plans to show a pair of preseason games in that...