Several thousand Indonesian workers held a rally on Monday outside parliament to protest against planned changes to labor laws as part of government reforms aimed at creating jobs and boosting investment in Southeast Asia’s biggest economy.
French unions blockaded several oil refineries on Tuesday, aiming to cause shortages at petrol stations after a month-long public transport strike failed to force the government to withdraw its pension reform plans.
The French government said it would see through planned pension reforms but said the new system that has sparked nationwide strikes would be introduced gradually and public concerns would be addressed.
Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi said on Saturday that political parties had "made mistakes" in their running of the country, promising electoral reform and other measures as he sought to bring an end to protests.
Brazil’s economy minister and lower house speaker exchanged harsh words on Friday over progress on pension reform, creating another drag on Brazilian financial assets already feeling the heat from global market weakness.
French President Emmanuel Macron ordered that further cuts to income tax must be matched euro-for-euro by cuts in public spending to keep the budget deficit from spiraling out of control, his finance minister said on Friday.
The United States is demanding regular reviews of China’s progress on pledged trade reforms as a condition for a trade agreement but could again resort to tariffs if it deems Beijing has violated the agreement, according to sources.
Three former Polish presidents, including anti-communist icon Lech Walesa, on Wednesday urged the EU to defend the rule of law in their country, which they say is under threat from the current right-wing government.
Ethiopia's new premier Abiy Ahmed named a new defense minister on Thursday as part of a reshuffle to help implement reforms demanded by the public during unrest in which hundreds were killed by security forces.