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HK court rejects refugees' bid for right to work

Hong Kong's top court Tuesday dismissed an appeal by refugees petitioning for the right to work in a decision activists warn will tarnish the city's human rights record. The Court of Final Appeal unanimously rejected an appeal lodged by four refugees and torture claimants over their right to work, saying that there are no "constitutional rights" in local laws to grant them employment status.

Australia says Indonesia free to raise asylum policy with US

Australia said Jakarta was free to bring up Canberra's hardline asylum-seeker policy with the United States after the Indonesian foreign minister was reported as saying he would raise the issue with the visiting US Secretary of State. Australia's "Operation Sovereign Borders" -- which sees asylum-seeker boats turned back as a deterrent to people-smugglers -- has tested ties between Canberra and Indonesia, a major transit hub for would-be refugees from countries including Afghanistan and Myanmar.

Highlighting Calif. drought, Obama says US must figure out how to meet everyone's water needs

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. - President Barack Obama drew a link between climate change and California's drought, and said the U.S. must do a better job of figuring out how to make sure everyone's water needs are satisfied. On a tour of central California on Friday, Obama warned that weather-related disasters will only get worse.

Obama: Immigration reform will pass before I leave office

Washington, Feb 14 (EFE).- President Barack Obama said Friday that immigration reform will pass before he leaves office in January 2017. "I believe it will get done before my presidency is over," he said during an interview with Univision Radio. "I'd like to get it done this year." "The main thing people can do right now is put pressure on Republicans who have refused so far to act," the Democratic president said.

Obama: Immigration reform will pass before I leave office

Washington, Feb 14 (EFE).- President Barack Obama said Friday that immigration reform will pass before he leaves office in January 2017. "I believe it will get done before my presidency is over," he said during an interview with Univision Radio. "I'd like to get it done this year." "The main thing people can do right now is put pressure on Republicans who have refused so far to act," the Democratic president said.

Obama wines and dines solo Hollande

Barack Obama praised France's President Francois Hollande as a leader of "courage" Tuesday, and wined and dined his solo guest at a lavish state dinner. Hollande, caught in a scandal over his messy split with partner Valerie Trierweiler, has seen his approval ratings plummet to rock bottom at home over his failure to restore economic prosperity. But he relished center stage at the White House, as President Obama praised his resolve in tackling extremism in Africa and a nuclear challenge from Iran.

Obama wines and dines solo Hollande

Barack Obama praised France's President Francois Hollande as a leader of "courage" Tuesday, and wined and dined his solo guest at a lavish state dinner. Hollande, caught in a scandal over his messy split with partner Valerie Trierweiler, has seen his approval ratings plummet to rock bottom at home over his failure to restore economic prosperity. But he relished center stage at the White House, as President Obama praised his resolve in tackling extremism in Africa and a nuclear challenge from Iran.

Voters decide to keep rental rules designed to limit illegal immigration in Nebraska city

FREMONT, Neb. - Residents of a small Nebraska city voted Tuesday to keep regulations that require all renters to swear they have legal permission to live in the U.S., likely pushing the city back into the forefront of the immigration debate.

Football: Qatar issues worker welfare charter for World Cup

Qatar issued new guidelines Tuesday aimed at protecting thousands of expatriate workers employed on construction projects for the finals of the 2022 World Cup. The gas-rich Gulf state has faced mounting criticism from human rights groups over the safety and working conditions of migrants working in its booming construction industry.

French leader begins US trip with Monticello tour

French President Francois Hollande began a state visit to the United States Monday, flying with President Barack Obama to pay homage at the home of francophile US founding father Thomas Jefferson. The visit, designed to underscore historic ties and a burgeoning security relationship between America and its oldest ally, takes place as Hollande tries to shrug off speculation over his love life.
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