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May 5, 2015

Australia chided over migrant labor abuse

Australia faced growing calls Tuesday to crackdown on the exploitation of migrants laboring in farms and factories after a television investigation claimed foreigners toiled in conditions akin to “slave labor.” Using footage from secret cameras, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation found migrants were being paid ...

Indonesia imposes Middle East maids ban after Saudi executions

May 5, 2015

Indonesia imposes Middle East maids ban after Saudi executions

Indonesia will stop sending new domestic workers to 21 Middle Eastern countries, reports said Tuesday, after the recent execution of two Indonesian women in Saudi Arabia angered Jakarta. The ban affects countries including Saudi Arabia — a major destination for Indonesian maids — the ...

Climate change sparks tension in India's tea gardens

May 5, 2015

Climate change sparks tension in India's tea gardens

Usha Ghatowar smiles wryly when asked about the pay she earns picking leaves at a colonial-era tea garden in India’s Assam. “Do you think 3,000 rupees ($48) are enough when your monthly expenses can be double that?” she mumbles, as she puts on her ...

South Korea's casinos court China's 'low rollers'

May 5, 2015

South Korea's casinos court China's 'low rollers'

The dealing rooms of Seoul’s foreigners-only casinos are echoing to the sound of Mandarin as operators target a new breed of ‘low-roller’ gamblers — Chinese shoppers. The country’s casino operators are luring Chinese tourists, offering goods like free rice cookers and Apple iPads in ...

May 5, 2015

Philippine rebels kill chief for $1 million bounty: sources

Abdul Basit Usman, the Philippine terror suspect whom the military blames for bombings in the nation’s south, was killed in a shootout Sunday, the military said. Usman, who is on the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s most-wanted terrorists list with a $1 million bounty, died ...