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After India's Amazon snub, Modi's party slams Bezos-owned Washington Post

After India's Amazon snub, Modi's party slams Bezos-owned Washington PostIndian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling party on Friday slammed editorial policies of billionaire Jeff Bezos-owned Washington Post, even as his e-commerce firm Amazon announced plans to create a million jobs in the country by 2025. Vijay Chauthaiwale, chief of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) foreign affairs department, said there was “a lot of problem” with the newspaper’s coverage of India, but gave no examples. The swipe at the Post came a day after a cabinet minister gave short shrift to Amazon’s investment plans for India.



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5 best Amazon deals on gifts that will arrive on Christmas Eve

5 best Amazon deals on gifts that will arrive on Christmas EveIf you still need Christmas gifts, don't worry. There are products on Amazon on sale like robot vacuums, AncestryDNA, and more that will ship in time.



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FBI breaks up 2 illegal streaming sites – including iStreamItAll, with more subscribers than Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu

FBI breaks up 2 illegal streaming sites – including iStreamItAll, with more subscribers than Netflix, Amazon Prime and HuluDarryl Polo and Luis Villarino, both of Las Vegas, have pleaded guilty to copyright infringement charges for operating iStreamItAll and Jetflix.



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AOC calls out Trump after news that Amazon plans to hire 1,500 employees in New York City

AOC calls out Trump after news that Amazon plans to hire 1,500 employees in New York CityFollowing reports that Amazon plans to open a new office in New York City, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted that the Trump administration "should focus more on cutting public assistance to billionaires instead of poor families."



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Corbyn Rounds on Amazon, Uber, Asda for ‘Exploiting Workers’

Corbyn Rounds on Amazon, Uber, Asda for ‘Exploiting Workers’(Bloomberg) — The U.K. Labour Party ratcheted up its attack on big business, singling out five companies it said are some of the country’s worst employers, as it pledged to extend employee rights.Amazon.com Inc. and Uber Technologies Inc. “exploited, ripped off and dehumanized” their workers, Labour said in a statement late Monday. The party leveled the same criticism at billionaire Mike Ashley’s Sports Direct International Plc, Walmart Inc.’s Asda supermarket chain, and outsourcing giant ISS A/S.The critique of individual businesses, less than two weeks before the general election, marks an escalation in Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn’s campaign against a “corrupt system” that he says favors billionaires. The latest polls suggest he’s chipping away at Conservative Party Leader Boris Johnson’s lead.“We’ll call time on insecure and unsafe work that leaves people without the rights and dignity they deserve,” Corbyn said. “We’ll call time on discrimination in the workplace that leaves women vulnerable to harassment and unequal pay. And we’ll call time on the running down of workers’ rights.”Labour also vowed to:End “bogus” self-employment, so employers can’t evade laws protecting workersBan zero-hours contractsImmediately introduce a living wage of 10 pounds ($ 13) an hour for all workersRequire paid breaks during shiftsCreate a Workers Protection Agency with powers to inspect and prosecute employersGive all workers full and equal rights from their first day, regardless of whether full- or part-time, or temporaryThe proposals are part of the party’s most radical manifesto since 1983. Labour has also pledged to nationalize industries, hand shares in publicly traded companies to workers, and install employees on boards.Labour criticized Amazon for union-busting and its health and safety record. Sports Direct was attacked for its “exploitative employment practices” and ISS for failing to “respect basic rights or pay its workers properly.”Amazon denied the claims and said Labour had ignored its attempts to set the record straight. “The truth is that Amazon already offers industry-leading pay, starting at 9.50 pounds and 10.50 pounds per hour depending on location, comprehensive benefits, as well as a safe, modern work environment,” the company said in a statement.Sports Direct declined to comment directly on the Labour attack, but said most of Labour’s information about the company was “hopelessly out of date.”ISS, which employs almost 40,000 people in the U.K., said it “has always operated with integrity and in line with all appropriate local legal requirements to ensure all its employees are paid fairly and competitively.”Asda, the party said, “forced employees to sign a more ‘flexible’ contract that will mean they will no longer be paid for any breaks and be forced to work bank holidays and weekends.”The supermarket chain denied the claims against it and said it doesn’t use zero-hours contracts.“Despite the huge pressures facing our sector, we have worked to give a pay increase to almost 120,000 of our retail colleagues in return for a degree of flexibility that is standard in our industry and ensures fairness for all,” it said in a statement.Uber failed to ensure the safety of customers or to pay its drivers the legal minimum wage once the costs of doing the job were accounted for, Labour said. In a statement, the company said that it will “continue working to improve the experience for and with drivers.”\–With assistance from Nate Lanxon, Christian Wienberg and Deirdre Hipwell.To contact the reporter on this story: Alex Morales in London at amorales2@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Tim Ross at tross54@bloomberg.net, Edward Evans, Thomas PennyFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



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Illegal loggers kill Amazon indigenous warrior who guarded forest, wound another

Illegal loggers kill Amazon indigenous warrior who guarded forest, wound anotherIllegal loggers in the Amazon ambushed an indigenous group that was formed to protect the forest and shot dead a young warrior and wounded another, leaders of the Guajajara tribe in northern Brazil said on Saturday. Paulo Paulino Guajajara, or Lobo (which means ‘wolf’ in Portuguese), was hunting on Friday inside the Arariboia reservation in Maranhao state when he was attacked and shot in the head. The clash comes amid an increase in invasions of reservations by illegal loggers and miners since right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro took office this year and vowed to open up protected indigenous lands to economic development.



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UPDATE 1-Vatican synod proposes ordaining married men as priests in the Amazon

UPDATE 1-Vatican synod proposes ordaining married men as priests in the AmazonAn assembly of Roman Catholic bishops from the Amazon on Saturday proposed that married men in the remote area be allowed to be ordained priests, which could lead to a landmark change in the Church’s centuries-old discipline of celibacy. Pope Francis will consider it, along with many other proposals on issues including the environment and the role of women, in a future document of his own, known as an Apostolic Exhortation.



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Pope asks forgiveness for theft of controversial Amazon statues

Pope asks forgiveness for theft of controversial Amazon statuesPope Francis asked for forgiveness from Amazon bishops and others at a Church assembly on Friday after conservative Catholic militants stole statues they considered pagan idols from a church and dumped them in the Tiber river. “First of all, this happened in Rome, so as bishop of the diocese, I ask forgiveness from the persons who were offended by this gesture,” he said at the start of the last session of the three-week assembly, known as a synod. The synod is discussing the future of the Church in the Amazon and threats to its environment.



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Pope apologises after Amazon statues thrown in river

Pope apologises after Amazon statues thrown in riverPope Francis on Friday apologised for the theft of indigenous Amazonian statues from a Rome church, saying they had been found after thieves dumped them in the Tiber River. Anonymous individuals filmed themselves taking the five statues of a naked, pregnant woman from a church near the Vatican and throwing them from a bridge. The vandalism came during a meeting of bishops at the Vatican focused on the Amazon region, during which some ultra-conservatives criticised the display of what they call “pagan” indigenous objects during church ceremonies.



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Bolsonaro ambassador threatens to choke Macron and insults wife Brigitte amid Amazon fires row: 'He sleeps with a dragon'

Bolsonaro ambassador threatens to choke Macron and insults wife Brigitte amid Amazon fires row: 'He sleeps with a dragon'Brazil's tourism ambassador has threatened to choke Emmanuel Macron and called his wife Brigitte “ugly” amid a continuing war of words between the French president and the Brazilian government over the fires in the Amazon rainforest.In a video posted on social media, Renzo Gracie accused Mr Macron, who has criticised Brazil’s response to the devastating blazes, of “talking rubbish” about his country.



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