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Fatal accidents are a regular occurrence in shipbreaking industry in Bangladesh

In the past 10 days alone two workers were killed and 5 injured in two different accidents. Activists say lack of government regulation and negligence by employers are the major reasons

Lebanese rage against government’s economic policies for third day

The protests that began as an outburst against taxes, including on VOIP calls, have grown into an expression of anger against corruption and the government’s handling of the economy

RCEP RCEP: As deadline looms, trade unions call out dangerous clauses

Negotiators representing 16 countries have been tasked with arriving at an agreement on the controversial Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership by October 19 but trade unions say the deal has grave consequences

Aden Yemen Saudis retake Aden as reports of talks with the Houthis surface

The Saudis took over the city of Aden after its ally, the government of Abd-Raboo Mansour Hadi, and the UAE-backed separatist Southern Transitional Council reached an agreement

Turkey invades Syria Turkish advance continues amid US sanctions

The Turkish move on the border down of Manbij has raised the possibility of a direct confrontation with Syrian forces. Over 160,000 people have been displaced so far

Pakistan WAPDA Privatization of state water and power authority triggers protests in Pakistan

Unions are opposing the federal government’s decision to privatize the Water and Power Development Authority of Pakistan, claiming that it will result in an increase in power tariffs

Yemen war If fighting continues, Yemen to be world’s poorest country by 2022: UN

A UN report says that if the conflict continues, 79% of Yemen’s population will be below the poverty line by 2022, with 65% classified as extremely poor

Ramallah protests Israeli forces raid Samer Arbid’s home in Ramallah, attack protesters with teargas

The Palestinian prisoner, Samer Arbid, is reported to be in a critical condition in an Israeli hospital, after he was brutally tortured during interrogation by the Israeli intelligence agency Shin Bet

Turkish invasion Syrian Democratic Forces and Bashar al-Assad government join hands against Turkey

If the Turkish army continues its push southwards, there is a chance of conflict breaking out between them and the Syrian army, which has advanced into the region

US and China arrive at a truce in trade war but concerns remain US and China arrive at truce in trade war but concerns remain

US president Donald Trump and Chinese vice-premier Liu He reached an agreement on October 11 whereby the former agreed to not implement tariffs while the latter promised to increase agricultural imports

HAL workers Workers of Indian state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. go on indefinite strike

Several rounds of meetings called by the company’s management have failed to address the long pending workers’ demand of a wage hike and have been an eyewash, said the union coordination committee that is representing workers.

Hate crimes are soaring in India Hate crimes are soaring in India and oppressed castes are the prime targets

According to Amnesty International’s Halt the Hate website, 181 hate crimes were recorded in the first six months of the year. In 121 of these instances, Dalits (the formerly untouchable castes) were targets

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