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Russia is expecting to see a plummet in the number of foreign workers from Central Asian countries. When Russia's economy recovered after the 1997 financial crisis (booming on the back of high oil prices), millions of foreign workers moved there in search of employment. The migrants are largely from the former Asian republics of the Soviet Union. Over half are estimated to be there illegally. People waiting to receive their exit visas in front of the Embassy of Tajikistan said that the new…

More than four years have passed since the Ajka alumina sludge spill - one of the biggest industrial accidents in the history of Hungary. The two tiny settlements that were affected were Kolontar and Devecser. The red tidal wave came and went, and the environment and those affected began the slow healing process. However, the government is making it difficult. The environmental disaster caused by the Ajka alumina plant was not on the same level as the Exxon Valdez oil spill. Ten people died…

A Facebook post ridiculing an official accused of corruption has gone viral and has triggered a campaign in which people send him small sums of money. The accused is KM Mani, the minister of finance and law in the state of Kerala. The campaign was launched by a post from film director Ashiq Abu. Abu mocked Mani for his corruption by asking people to make small donations to help him because he was struggling to make ends. Abu donated 500 rupees ($8) to the cause. The post went viral and ...

South Africa’s tough new liquor law makes it difficult for garagistes (people who make less than 9,000 liters (2,377 gallons) of wine per year) to practice their hobby. However, for many, it is not just a hobby... it is a full-time business. The new law stipulates that any person who makes wine must have a liquor license and their premises must be zoned for agriculture. People cannot legally make wine in their garages, but that is how most garagistes have been doing it for years. The ...

Schools and universities in Brazil will differentiate bathrooms based on students' sexual identity. Moreover, girls and boys will be able to choose whether to wear female or male uniforms. The new law also rules that the registration and evaluation forms should include a "social name" for the students, where they can identify as "transvestite" or "transsexual." The recognition of sexual orientation is likely to be extended to adolescents without requiring parental permission. President Dilma…

Puerto Rican lawmakers have presented a bill that would fine parents with obese children. Under the draft law, the families of obese children should be reported to the authorities by friends, teachers, or anyone who deems it necessary. The proposal is currently being debated by the Senate. After receiving the report, the Department of Health would meet with the parents in question to determine whether the weight problem is the result of a poor diet, or if it is a medical condition. Health…

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