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What to watch for as China's major political meeting of the year gets underway

Mar. 03, 2024 00:33 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — One burning issue dominates as the 2024 session of China's legislature gets underway this week: the economy. The National People's Congress annual meeting, which opens Tuesday, is being closely watched for any signals on what the ruling Communist Party might do to...

Many in Myanmar consider fleeing to Thailand to escape conscription into an army they despise

Feb. 24, 2024 03:43 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Thwel, a 25-year-old schoolteacher, saw very few options left to her after Myanmar’s military announced it is implementing conscription to fill its ranks. “As a person living in this country, I only have two options: to go abroad illegally or die here,” Thwel...

Post-World Cup, Qatar is pressing ahead with labor reforms but concerns for migrant workers remain

Feb. 10, 2024 08:10 AM EST

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — When Qatar hosted the World Cup a little over a year ago, the wealthy emirate faced intense scrutiny over its human rights record, especially the treatment of migrant workers who helped build the glitzy stadiums. The issue has faded to the background as Qatar...

AP PHOTOS: A decade ago, the Sochi Olympics saw Russia's soft power collide with hard realities

Feb. 07, 2024 10:36 AM EST

The 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics were President Vladimir Putin's pet project as he sought to expand Russia's global clout, boost its prestige and impress the world. But the Kremlin's attempt at soft power soon collided with hard realities. It became the most expensive...

UN migration agency seeks $7.9 billion to help people on the move and the communities that host them

Jan. 22, 2024 06:55 AM EST

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N.'s migration agency is launching its first “global appeal,” seeking $7.9 billion to help people on the move and ensure smoother pathways to migration, at a time when the fallout from climate change, conflict and both economic distress and opportunities has caused...

Maine has a workforce shortage problem that it hopes to resolve with recently arrived immigrants

Jan. 19, 2024 13:53 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine Gov. Janet Mills and a state lawmaker who immigrated from Somalia unveiled a proposal on Friday to try to resolve the state's serious worker shortage by tapping swiftly growing immigrant communities. Maine traditionally has had among the smallest...

France's Macron defends divisive immigration bill and denies it marks tilt by government to right

Dec. 20, 2023 17:17 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron said Wednesday that a contentious immigration bill negotiated with conservatives is imperfect and needs some fixes but is “what the French wanted," and is not a victory for the far-right. The president on a much-listened-to talk show...

France's government and conservative lawmakers find a compromise on immigration bill

Dec. 19, 2023 12:27 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — Parliament members from French President Emmanuel Macron’s centrist majority and a conservative party have found agreement on a divisive immigration bill that is intended to strengthen France's ability to deport foreigners considered undesirable, the country's interior minister...