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Working nine to nine: Chinese tech employees push back against very long hours

Staff at Alibaba, Huawei and other well-known companies have shared evidence of unpaid compulsory overtime WT24 Desk Chinese tech employees have pushed back against a wave of protest over the industry’s notoriously long hours, known as the “996” schedule of working from 9am to 9pm, six days a week, The Guardian reports. For months, former and current employees of some ...

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Shame, sadness in UK as Brexit reveals Parliament’s flaws

WT24 Desk London — As a symbol of the woes of Britain’s Brexit-era democracy, it could hardly be bettered. Lawmakers had to be sent home in mid-debate last week when water from a burst pipe began gushing into the House of Commons chamber, AP reports. The image perfectly illustrates Parliament’s problem as it tries to solve the puzzle that is ...

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Julian Assange should be extradited to Australia, father says

WikiLeaks founder’s father says Australian government should ‘do something’ after his arrest in London WT24 Desk The father of the WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, has called on the Australian government to help his son and suggested he could be brought back to his home country, The Guardian, PA report. John Shipton, who lives in Melbourne, urged Australia’s prime minister, Scott Morrison, ...

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Leader of Isis in Philippines killed, DNA tests confirm

Defence secretary says US confirmed death of Abu Dar, the charismatic leader of Isis-affiliated Maute Group WT24 Desk DNA tests have confirmed the death of Philippines Isis leader known as “Abu Dar”, the last surviving leader of Isis-affiliated Maute Group, after a months-long military operation, The Guardian reports. The defence secretary, Delfin Lorenzana, told the Guardian: “It means that the self-proclaimed ...

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Protesters jubilant as Sudan coup leader steps down after a day

Ahmed Awad Ibn Auf quits after helping remove ousted president Omar al-Bashir WT24 Desk The Sudanese military has moved swiftly to replace the country’s controversial transitional leader after a single day, following street rallies against him, AP reports. Thousands of jubilant protesters celebrated in the streets after the defence minister, Ahmed Awad Ibn Auf, who was named de facto leader after overthrowing ...

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Sudan’s army removes President Bashir after 30 years in power

President arrested after months of protests that escalated with mass sit-in on Saturday WT24 Desk Thousands of people continued to pack the streets of Khartoum on Thursday afternoon, as protest organisers in Sudan rejected the army’s announcement that the 30-year rule of President Omar al-Bashir would be replaced by a military-led transitional council, The Guardian reports. In a statement broadcast on ...

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MPs pass bill to force May to set out timetable for Brexit delay

Cooper-Letwin bill on article 50 passes parliament in just three working days WT24 Desk Backbench MPs have passed historic legislation to delay article 50, forcing the government to set out its timetable for the length of the Brexit delay in order to prevent the UK exiting the EU with no deal, The Guardian reports. In extraordinary circumstances, the bill devised by Labour’s ...

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Armed rebels kill lawmaker in India’s central state

WT24 Desk New Delhi – A lawmaker in India’s central state of Chhattisgarh was killed by armed rebels Naxals on Tuesday, according to sources in the state government, Xinhua reports. The deceased lawmaker, identified as Bheema Mandavi, belonged to the state’s main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Besides, five security personnel accompanying the lawmaker also reportedly died in the attack ...

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Kirstjen Nielsen resigns as Trump homeland security secretary

Departure comes amid claims of crisis at southern border WT24 Desk Kirstjen Nielsen, the homeland security secretary who has been the public face of some of the Trump administration’s most contentious policies, has resigned, The Guardian reports. In a tweet on Sunday, Donald Trump said: “Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen will be leaving her position, and I would like to ...

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