Russia: Missile that shot down flight MH17 was Ukrainian

The Russian military said on Monday (Sept 17) that the missile that shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, killing all 298 people on board, came from the arsenals of the Ukrainian army, More »

Riots in the Center of Kiev – Banderists Stormed the Prosecutor General’s Office

In Kiev outside the walls of the Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine the next “Maidan” [a metaphorical use of the word – ed] developed. Dissatisfied with the fact that a Chechen terrorist – More »

Yemen: mortar attack on UN food silo ‘could affect vital aid deliveries to millions’

Fighting in the Yemen port city of Hudaydah which has damaged a World Food Programme (WFP) storage facility, threatens to hamper efforts to feed millions of people in the war-torn country, it More »

One million demand independence in Barcelona

Support for jailed and exiled politicians key theme of this year’s self-determination demonstration on Catalonia’s National Day Sept. 11 More »

Grass Roots Organizations to hold a People’s Tribunal on US Colonial Crimes in Puerto Rico

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South Korea | South Korea cuts its work limit from 68 hours a week to 52

South Korea has lowered its maximum working hours from 68 hours a week to 52 hours. The legislation, which went into effect Sunday, received overwhelming support in the National Assembly in an effort to limit the time employees spend on the job..

South Korea has the third highest number of hours worked of 37 countries tracked by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, with the average person in South Korea working about 2,024 hours in 2017, or approximately 38.9 hours a week.
Mexico clocked the most time on the job with an average of 2,257 hours (about 43.4 hours a week) in 2017, and Costa Rica worked the second most with 2,179 hours (41.9 hours a week). On the other end of the spectrum, Germany and Denmark worked the least, with an average of 1,356 and 1,408 hours, respectively, in 2017, or 26 and 27 hours a week.
“Enforcement will be interesting,” Ellen Kossek, a professor of management at the Purdue University Krannert School of Management, said of South Korea. “I think it’s a good move in the right direction. I do know that they’re very worried about declining fertility rates as an economic problem. They’re also worried about health.”
The law first requires implementation by companies with more than 300 employees. Smaller companies must do so in 2020 and 2021.
Broader campaigns to improve work-life balance include turning off the power at Seoul City Hall on Friday evenings to encourage employees to go home.

South Korea | Trump pulls out….for now

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South Korea | US, China in talks over THAAD withdrawal

By Na Jeong-ju, Yi Whan-woo

The U.S. and China are discussing a possible withdrawal of a U.S. missile defense system from South Korea as part of a grand bargain over North Korea’s nuclear program, multiple sources familiar with the talks said.

The Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system, deployed in South Korea last year, has been a bone of contention with China. China has doubted U.S. claims that the system has the sole purpose of destroying missiles from North Korea, insisting its covert mission is to spy on Chinese airspace.

South Korea | Koreas agree to call for formal end to war this year

By Kim Rahn

South and North Korea will seek to hold tripartite talks with the United States, or talks including China, with the goal of declaring an end to the Korean War (1950-53) this year and establishing permanent peace on the Korean Peninsula, President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un announced Friday.

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