Qatar increases minimum wage, scraps restrictions on change of jobs

Qatar announced changes to its labour laws on Sunday, raising the minimum wage by 25 percent to 1,000 riyals (an equivalent of $275) a month and scrapping a requirement for workers to get permission from their employers to change jobs. They are the latest in a series of labour reforms by the 2022 FIFA World… Read More Qatar increases minimum wage, scraps restrictions on change of jobs

Thai royalists hold rally to support monarchy amid reform demands

About 1,200 Thai royalists gathered on Sunday to support the monarchy after almost daily student-led, anti-government protests calling for change, with some seeking reforms of the powerful institution. Waving national flags and holding pictures of King Maha Vajiralongkorn, the group of mostly older people, called “Thai Pakdee” (Loyal Thai) many in yellow and some in… Read More Thai royalists hold rally to support monarchy amid reform demands

Thousands of women in Belarus march demanding resignation of President Alexander Lukashenko

Several thousand women marched in the capital of Belarus on Saturday waving flags, flowers and balloons in the latest in a series of anti-government protests that have gripped the country since a disputed presidential election this month. President Alexander Lukashenko denies opposition accusations that he rigged the August 9 election to prolong his 26-year rule.… Read More Thousands of women in Belarus march demanding resignation of President Alexander Lukashenko

Death toll from Lebanon explosion rises to 190

The death toll from this month’s Beirut port blast has risen to 190 with more than 6,500 injured and three people missing, Lebanon’s caretaker government said in a report dated Sunday. Lebanese authorities are probing what caused highly explosive material stored unsafely for years to detonate in a mushroom cloud, wrecking swathes of the city… Read More Death toll from Lebanon explosion rises to 190

Twenty-nine dead following restaurant collapse in northern China

Twenty-nine people were killed and seven seriously injured when a restaurant collapsed in northern China’s Shanxi province, the country’s emergencies ministry media said on Sunday. The building collapsed at 9:40 a.m. (0140 GMT) on Saturday in Xiangfen county in the southwest of Shanxi, the Ministry of Emergency Management said in a statement. The accident in… Read More Twenty-nine dead following restaurant collapse in northern China

Azerbaijan accuses Russia of supplying arms to Armenia since July clashes

An Azeri presidential aide said on Saturday that Russia has been supplying Armenia with weapons since a clash between the two former Soviet republics in July. More than a dozen Armenian and Azeri soldiers were killed in July at the border between the two, which have long been at odds over Azerbaijan’s breakaway, mainly ethnic… Read More Azerbaijan accuses Russia of supplying arms to Armenia since July clashes

Thousands protest in Mauritius over death of dolphins

Thousands of protesters demonstrated in the Mauritius capital Port Louis on Saturday to demand an investigation into an oil spill from a Japanese ship and the mysterious death of at least 40 dolphins that have been found near the site of the spill. Environmentalists have called for an investigation into whether the dolphins died as… Read More Thousands protest in Mauritius over death of dolphins

Death toll from Afghanistan flash floods rise to 160

Rescuers in Afghanistan continued to search amidst mud and rubble for missing people on Saturday after flash flooding this week killed around 160 people and washed away homes across the country, officials said. Thirteen provinces, mostly in the country’s north, had been affected by floods, according to the Ministry for Disaster Management. In Parwan, just… Read More Death toll from Afghanistan flash floods rise to 160