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Watchdog: Lebanon's vaccination of refugees, migrants lags

Apr. 06, 2021 11:19 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s vaccination campaign has been slow and risks leaving behind some of the country’s most vulnerable people, including Palestinian and Syrian refugees, as well as migrant workers, a leading rights group said Tuesday. Human Rights Watch said...

California targets critical farmworkers for vaccinations

Apr. 03, 2021 11:22 AM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The fight to end the coronavirus' devastation throughout California's heartland extends to the Mexico border, where migrant farmworkers heading north to pick lettuce, broccoli, carrots and other crops are offered a vaccination as soon as they enter the United States. ...

Groups rush to get Florida farmworkers vaccinated

Apr. 01, 2021 17:05 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — It's a race against time for nonprofits, organizations and officials who are trying to vaccinate thousands of farmworkers who were denied priority access in Florida but now have to travel north to harvest crops in other regions. Farmworker advocates are...

Maine tomato grower owes $337K in back wages, penalties

Mar. 31, 2021 15:14 PM EDT

MADISON, Maine (AP) — A Maine tomato grower must pay $337,465 in back wages and penalties after a U.S. Department of Labor investigation revealed that the employer failed to comply with federal laws for wages and working conditions. Investigators found that Backyard...

One Good Thing: A Singapore skyline view for migrant workers

Mar. 30, 2021 00:36 AM EDT

SINGAPORE (AP) — The capsules of the Ferris wheel in Singapore were peppered with rain. Not great for a bird’s eye view of the city. But the migrant workers riding the Singapore Flyer attraction did not mind. They were a fraction of at least...

As peaches bloom, Volunteers help vaccinate farm workers

Mar. 28, 2021 00:24 AM EDT

MONETTA, S.C. (AP) — Pink is a prominent part of the picture for a couple of weeks in March around portions of Edgefield, Saluda and Lexington counties, and that time arrived last week for thousands of acres. “We’ve had a perfect season for...

Spielberg donates Genesis Prize money to justice nonprofits

Mar. 25, 2021 15:30 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Steven Spielberg said Thursday that he will donate his $1 million Genesis Prize to 10 nonprofits that are working for racial and economic justice. The film director and his wife, actress Kate Capshaw, will match those donations with $1 million of their own. ...

Many lives were changed by India's lockdown a year ago

Mar. 24, 2021 03:54 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — The government order on the night of March 24, 2020, was abrupt but clear: In four hours, India and its 1.4 billion people would be locked down entirely because of the coronavirus. As the clock struck midnight, the world's second-most populous country...

EXPLAINER: Qatar prepares for World Cup amid rights concerns

Mar. 23, 2021 20:18 PM EDT

As European teams set out on their paths to the 2022 World Cup, scrutiny of Qatar is far from subsiding. Criticism is intensifying as teams come under pressure from activists and fans to register disapproval of discriminatory laws and conditions for the migrant workers...

13 Oregon counties can start broadening vaccine access

Mar. 23, 2021 13:42 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Health Authority says 13 counties can start giving COVID-19 vaccines to agricultural workers, people experiencing homelessness and other vulnerable populations. Oregon Public Broadcasting reports the move Monday follows the state’s...