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Trump says to stop visa abuses that undermine U.S. workers | Reuters

Updated : Dec 10, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Trump says to stop visa abuses that undermine U.S. workers | Reuters

BATON ROUGE, La U.S. President-elect Donald Trump on Friday pledged to stop companies from abusing the visa process for foreign workers in a way that undermines the labour market for Americans.Speaking at a rally in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Trump said he had spent time during the presidential campaign with workers who were laid off but forced to train foreign hires brought in to replace them."That's actually demeaning," Trump said. "We're not going to let that happen any more." Without naming companies, he said firms would withhold severance pay from the workers unless they trained their foreign replacements. #Business #science #Argentina #United Kingdom #Entertainment #lifestyle #article
Trump's threats chill corporate investment plans in Mexico | Reuters

Updated : Dec 10, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Trump's threats chill corporate investment plans in Mexico | Reuters

By Dave Graham | MEXICO CITY MEXICO CITY Donald Trump's threats to battle Mexico over trade, investment and jobs have pushed a growing number of companies operating in the country to put expansion plans on hold until the president-elect fleshes out his policies, business leaders have told Reuters since the Nov. 8 election.Pledging to recast a joint trade deal and protect U.S #United States #India #China #Australia #United Kingdom #Entertainment
Lebanese government must be formed as soon as possible - Hezbollah | Reuters

Updated : Dec 10, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Lebanese government must be formed as soon as possible - Hezbollah | Reuters

BEIRUT Hezbollah called on Friday for a Lebanese government to be formed as quickly as possible, weeks after the country elected a president and named a prime minister.Prime minister-designate Saad al-Hariri said last month his efforts to form the government faced "stumbling blocks", testing hopes he could quickly steer the country out of political crisis."Everyone is responsible for looking for ways out, for solutions, and to cooperate for us to reach the necessary conclusion on the government," Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said, referring to Lebanon's political factions. The "government ... #United States #Middle East #Government #President #Entertainment #lifestyle #article
Earthquake measuring 6.9 strikes off Solomon Islands - USGS | Reuters

Updated : Dec 10, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Earthquake measuring 6.9 strikes off Solomon Islands - USGS | Reuters

LONDON An earthquake of magnitude 6.9 struck early on Saturday off the Solomon Islands, the U.S. Geological Survey said.The quake had a depth of 10 km (6 miles) and its epicentre was 89 km west of Kira Kira. #France #Australia #Africa #Entertainment #lifestyle
U.N. General Assembly demands truce in Syria, end to Aleppo siege | Reuters

Updated : Dec 10, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

U.N. General Assembly demands truce in Syria, end to Aleppo siege | Reuters

By Michelle Nichols | UNITED NATIONS UNITED NATIONS The United Nations General Assembly voted 122 to 13 on Friday to demand an immediate cessation of hostilities in Syria, humanitarian aid access throughout the country and an end to all sieges, including in Aleppo.Thirty-six countries abstained in the vote on the Canadian-drafted resolution on the nearly six-year-old Syrian conflict. General Assembly resolutions are non-binding but can carry political weight.The Syrian army pressed an offensive in Aleppo on Friday with ground fighting and air strikes in an operation to retake all of the city's besieged rebel-held east that would bring victory in the civil war closer for President Bashar al-Assad."This is a vote to stand up and tell Russia and Assad to stop the carnage," U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power told the General Assembly before the vote. #Business #Syria #United Kingdom #Iraq #crisis #Entertainment
Islamic State looks to regroup in Libya after losing Sirte | Reuters

Updated : Dec 09, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Islamic State looks to regroup in Libya after losing Sirte | Reuters

By Aidan Lewis | TUNIS TUNIS Islamic State has lost senior figures in an unsuccessful seven-month battle to defend its coastal stronghold in Libya, but there are already signs it will try to fight back through sleeper cells and desert brigades.Libyan officials say hundreds of Islamic State militants may have escaped before the start of the battle for Sirte in May or during its early stages. #United States #India #Middle East #United Kingdom #Entertainment
African governments urged to help 3.5 million people uprooted from their homes in 2015 | Reuters

Updated : Dec 09, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

African governments urged to help 3.5 million people uprooted from their homes in 2015 | Reuters

By Tom Gardner ADDIS ABABA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - As many as 3.5 million people in Africa were uprooted from their homes in 2015 due to conflict and natural disasters and left stranded in their own country, with many governments overlooking this growing problem, according to a report released on Friday. Figures from the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) showed an average of about 9,500 people fled their homes daily last year, bringing the total number of Africans displaced internally to 12.4 million, with the number set to rise in 2016.The worst affected country was Nigeria, with as many as 736,000 fleeing their homes in 2015 as a result of violence associated with the Boko Haram militant Islamist insurgency.The report calculates the number of internally displaced people (IDPs) is double the number of the continent's refugees, estimated by the United Nations to have reached 5.4 million in 2015, highlighting the scale of Africa's comparatively overlooked "internal displacement crisis".While refugees are the responsibility of the international community, people displaced within their own country are the responsibility of national governments."Many of these governments are not even aware of the scale of the problem within their own borders," said Alexandra Bilak, IDMC director told the Thomson Reuters Foundation in an interview."They need to take up their responsibilities and actually keep track of these people." ONGOING CRISES The figures for the first half of 2016 are likely to be at least as high with ongoing conflicts in countries like South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Nigeria, Bilak said.The report's publication marks the anniversary of the Kampala Convention, Africa's landmark commitment to preventing displacement and protecting the rights of IDPs, signed in 2009 and now ratified by 25 countries. It argues better data is needed, especially on people driven from their homes by slow-onset crises such as a drought, and this is crucial if governments are to meet their commitments."Reliable data on population movements is vital to ensure a timely and well targeted operational and policy response," the report said.The IDMC hoped the report would be a reminder that while the continent's refugee crisis has attracted international attention in recent years, the problem of huge numbers of Africans uprooted from their homes but temporarily settled in their own countries is not new."The same people remain on our books, year in, year out #India #Environment #science #markets #South Africa #Africa #Entertainment
Climate refugees in South Asia need protection, advocates say | Reuters

Updated : Dec 09, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Climate refugees in South Asia need protection, advocates say | Reuters

By Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - People forced to leave their homes because of climate change in South Asia should get the same protections given to political refugees, advocates said on Thursday.Governments in South Asia have failed to address the climate migration of millions of people, uprooted by cyclones, flash floods and other disasters, said a report by the non-profit groups Climate Action Network - South Asia, Bread for the World and ActionAid.The region's eight nations - Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka - should adopt a treaty and policies to help protect climate refugees, said Harjeet Singh, a spokesman in India for the South African-based ActionAid.The eight nations comprise the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), whose most recent diplomatic summit was postponed indefinitely this year amid tension between India and Pakistan."We share a common ecosystem, and we share common mountains, rivers, history and culture," Singh said. "When these solutions need to be devised, we have to have common solutions." SAARC should have policies under which people crossing borders due to environmental crises are recognised as refugees, he told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.Refugees have an array of rights and protections under international law overseen by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, created following World War Two. #India #Bangladesh #Afghanistan #science #Climate #Entertainment #homes
U.N. Syria envoy says he plans to meet Trump team members | Reuters

Updated : Dec 09, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

U.N. Syria envoy says he plans to meet Trump team members | Reuters

By Michelle Nichols | UNITED NATIONS UNITED NATIONS United Nations Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura said on Thursday he planned to meet "people around the team" of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump to discuss the nearly six-year conflict. "The plan is to meet some people around the team of President (elect) Trump," de Mistura told reporters, adding that meetings would take place in New York and Washington.He said no such meetings were planned for Thursday. #India #Europe #Turkey #Iraq #Entertainment #lifestyle
Trump's Labor Department pick sends early warning sign to worker advocates | Reuters

Updated : Dec 09, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Trump's Labor Department pick sends early warning sign to worker advocates | Reuters

By Amanda Becker and Robert Iafolla | WASHINGTON WASHINGTON President-elect Donald Trump will name fast-food executive Andy Puzder to head the U.S. #Business #Middle East #United Kingdom #Mitt Romney #Entertainment #Mexico #graphics