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China authorities evacuate, investigate shaking skyscraper

BEIJING — Authorities in the southern Chinese tech center of Shenzhen have evacuated a 70-story skyscraper after it began swaying and are investigating the cause. Thousands of people in the SEG Plaza and surrounding areas fled after it wobbled on Tuesday. The Shenzhen government said no additional swaying had been

Spain adopts landmark law to protect 'gig' delivery workers

MADRID — Spain approved a pioneering law Tuesday that gives delivery platforms a mid-August deadline to hire the workers currently freelancing for them and that requires transparency of artificial intelligence used to manage workforces. The new law approved by the center-left ruling coalition comes in the wake of a ruling

Black neighborhoods in Kansas hard hit by property tax sales

Rozetta Dotson worked two jobs to scrape together the money to pay down a delinquent tax debt on the Kansas City, Kansas, home she owns with her husband, Ricky. Then the pandemic hit, she lost her second job and Ricky got COVID-19. The Black homeowners kept paying what they could

Watchdog: Media freedom has deteriorated during pandemic

PARIS — There’s been a “dramatic deterioration” of press freedom since the pandemic tore across the world, Reporters Without Borders said in its annual report published Tuesday. The group’s new World Press Freedom Index, which evaluated the press situations in 180 countries, painted a stark picture and concluded that 73%

Europeans get 'right to repair' for some electrical goods

BERLIN — Companies that sell refrigerators, washers, hairdryers or TVs in the European Union will need to ensure those appliances can be repaired for up to 10 years, to help reduce the vast mountain of electrical waste that piles up each year on the continent. The “right to repair,” as

‘Doesn’t define my business’: The battle to rebuild after being tied to a COVID-19 cluster

Business owners who unwittingly found themselves at the centre of a coronavirus cluster copped abuse, financial pain and brand damage and are now working extra hard to reassure customers they are COVID-safe. The past year has been devastating for many small businesses, but the Smile Buffalo Thai restaurant, the Chadstone

Small business groups want HECS-style loans after JobKeeper ends

Small Business Ombudsman Kate Carnell wants the federal government to start handing out HECS-style loans for small businesses helping them to avoid financial ruin after JobKeeper ends. The proposal will be presented to the government in a pre-budget submission to Treasury, Ms Carnell said, and will ask for ultra-low or

I set up my first business when I was 18 – now Mrs Hinch has turned my furniture company into a £5m empire

IN August 2019, Molly Robson was sitting in the car park of her local supermarket when she felt her phone buzz. Not thinking much of it, the 24-year-old – who is the co-owner of furniture company Shabby Store – opened her Instagram DMs to find a message from Mrs Hinch.

Hungarian Government Calls Children’s Book ‘Homosexual Propaganda’

BUDAPEST, Oct 8 (Reuters) – Hungary’s nationalist government on Thursday condemned a book of modern fairy tales for children published by a lesbian group as “homosexual propaganda” and said it should be banned. The book “Wonderland Is For Everyone,” was published last month by the Labrisz Lesbian Association, and has