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  • UN report attacks austerity budgets for growing inequality

    WORLD, 2017/09/16 Study says spending cuts have encouraged rise of robots and AI and heightened job insecurity, particularly for women Austerity budgets adopted by governments across the world since the 2008 financial crash are to blame for undermining the job security of millions of workers and threatening the evolution made by women in the workplace, according to a UN statement. The threat to jobs from the growing use of robots and artificial intelligence has been exacerbated by a lack of government investment and lack of national support for skills training, the statement as well said.
  • Israelis leave tech jobs behind for healthy life offline

    ISRAEL, 2017/09/03 Former technology executive Dotan Goshen carefully arranges some melons at the bottom of a crate, followed by courgettes, tomatoes and lettuce. With a smile of satisfaction, he contemplates his "organic basket" ready to be delivered to a customer. Goshen, a graduate of Israel's prestigious Technion technological institute, made a dramatic change of course next his boss called him at home one evening and berated him for not devoting himself sufficiently to his work -- even though he was putting in at least 50 hours a week. Growing number of Israelis following trend in other technologically advanced countries of abandoning high-flying tech jobs for ‘search for self’.
  • Netanyahu slams EU policy on Israel as "absolutely crazy"

    ISRAEL, 2017/07/20 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday slammed the EU policy on Israel as "absolutely crazy," local media reported.
  • Russia Says Its Citizens Are Subject To Discrimination in Azerbaijan

    AZERBAIJAN, 2017/07/08 In response to numerous media questions about a ban on the entry to Azerbaijan for Russian citizens, Russia’s Foreign Ministry said Thursday that its citizens going to that country are subject to ethnic discrimination. Since the start of this year, 25 Russian citizens have been denied entry into Azerbaijan, the Russian Foreign Ministry said, adding that they were, on average, detained for a lot of hours at the Baku airport (in a number of cases, without food, water or medical assistance, and in one case the detained person was a woman with a four-year-old child) and again forced to leave at their own expense.
  • ‘I was sold seven times': the Yazidi women welcomed back into the faith

    IRAQ, 2017/07/02 No one wears shoes in Lalish. The village is so sacred that all visitors must walk its paths barefoot. Perched at the top of a narrow valley, in the parched, scrubby hills of northern Iraq, close to the Kurdish border, its cluster of shrines are a revered site for followers of the Yazidi faith. At the heart of Lalish is a pool of water sheltered by a small cave, its entrance shaded by mulberry trees and watched by a guardian in a red turban. This is the “holy white spring”, where newborns must be brought for baptism, the waters mixed with the Lalish soil for the rites of marriage, birth and death. For generations, the rituals carried out at the spring had been unchanged. But two years ago, groups of women, usually silent, often with young children, began joining the families filtering in and out of the cave.
  • Lebanese ministry bans Wonder Woman film because of Israeli actress

    ISRAEL, 2017/06/02 Lebanon's interior ministry banned the new Wonder Woman film from cinemas on Wednesday because an Israeli actress plays the lead role, a ministry source and a security official said. Lebanon considers Israel an enemy country and the Ministry of Economy and Trade oversees a boycott of any business transaction concerning Israel.
  • First robotic cop joins Dubai police

    UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, 2017/06/02 Next bringing in Lamborghinis and Ferraris to patrol roads, Dubai police have enrolled a robotic officer, the initial in a unit that aims to make up a quarter of the force by 2030. The robotic cop stood to attention Wednesday night at the foot of Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest tower, as tourists and passersby snapped selfie souvenir photos by its side.
  • Retirement Age Should Be Raised To 70, Says World Economic Forum

    JAPAN, 2017/05/29 The retirement age should rise to at least 70 in rich nations by 2050 as life expectancy rises above 100, according to a new statement, BBC News reveals. The World Economic Forum said that employees should continue working until 70 in nations such as the UK, US, Japan and Canada. The increase will be needed, as the number of people over 65 will additional than triple to 2.1 billion by 2050. By again, the number of workers per retiree will have halved to just four.
  • President Trump’s Sojourn Across Middle East Offers Little Concrete Politics

    ISRAEL, 2017/05/29 President Donald Trump this completed week initiated his debut foreign trip as the majority powerful man in the world, making Saudi Arabia, Israel and Palestine the initial stops of his travels, before continuing to Brussels for a NATO summit, Sicily, Italy for the G7 conclave and a stopover in The Vatican for an audience with the pope. Despite Washington DC and the Trump government engulfed in a lot of political fires, the presidential visit to the Middle East displayed the continuing criticality of the region in American foreign policy. With Russia presently playing a much heavier hand in the region, the US under Trump continues approaching off as aloof as far as long-term policy thinking is concerned.
  • Hezbollah Associate Pleads Guilty To Money Laundering In US

    LEBANON, 2017/05/29 A Lebanese man, accused of trying to use his ties to Hezbollah as part of a scheme to launder drug money, pleaded guilty on Friday in a Brooklyn, New York, federal court to a US money laundering and conspiracy charge. US prosecutors said Joseph Asmar, 43, of Beirut, entered his plea at a hearing before US District Judge Eric Vitaliano. Asmar was arrested in Paris in October 2015, and was extradited to the US 14 months later. He as well faced a money laundering charge. Aaron Altman, a lawyer for Asmar, said in an e-mail: “Joseph Asmar has taken responsibility for his actions and is anxious to move forward with his life. Additional than anything, he misses his family and prays that they will be reunited in the near next.”