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Foreign volunteers replace workers who fled Israeli farms under fire

Hatsav, Israel Reuters Rather than stretch out under the Caribbean sun, Mark Landsman has been spending his vacation picking tomatoes in Israel, unpaid and in striking range of Palestinian rockets. The New Jersey man, among thousands of foreigners who have come to southern Israeli farms emptied of labourers by more than three months of war in the Gaza […]

Pope Francis thrills small Gulf Catholic community with big Mass

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Awali, Bahrain Reuters Pope Francis said Mass for thousands of Catholics in Bahrain on Saturday, thrilling members of the small foreign Catholic community from around the Gulf and urging them show kindness to their hosts, even if they are sometimes looked down on. The crowd of about 30,000 people that filled Bahrain’s National Stadium was […]

“Wage theft” in UAE robs African deportees of future

UAE Abu Dhabi

Beirut, LebanonThomson Reuters Foundation Arrested before payday, deported without papers and now stonewalled by their former bosses – hundreds of African migrants thrown out of Abu Dhabi are struggling to start over without key documents and crucial cash. “I lost everything,” said Emmanuela Nsobe, a 30-year-old Cameroonian who worked at a gift shop until her […]

Thousands of migrant workers in Kashmir moved to secure locations, hundreds flee

India Srinagar migrant workers

Srinagar, India Reuters Indian authorities have moved thousands of migrant workers in Kashmir to safer locations, while hundreds have fled the Himalayan valley after a wave of targeted killings, two security officials said on Monday. Suspected militants have killed 11 civilians, including five migrant workers, in Kashmir since early October despite a widespread security crackdown […]