Sochi Workers Faced Rampant Abuses Building Olympic Sites

Thursday, January 30, 2014
Abuses included non-payment of wages or significant delays in payments of wages.
Athens (AFP) - Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said Wednesday his country would still hold a referendum on the terms of its bailout, urging people to vote 'No' in order to win a better deal.
Bologna (Italy) (AFP) - Rare moving - and moving - images of survivors of the 1915 Armenian genocide will be shown in Bologna on Thursday as part of the 29th edition of the Cinema Ritrovato" (Rediscovered Cinema) festival.
Rio de Janeiro (AFP) - Brazilian police assumed control over one of Rio's most dangerous neighborhoods Tuesday, replacing the army in a key test for how to suppress crime ahead of next year's Olympic Games.
Noli (Italy) (AFP) - In the homeland of pesto, a group of diving enthusiasts have come up with a way of growing basil beneath the sea that could revolutionise crop production in arid coastal areas around the world.
New York (AFP) - Replica 18th century warship the Hermione arrived in New York harbor on Wednesday. The original carried French General Lafayette to North America in 1780 on his mission to help the Americans in their War of Independence.
Aden (AFP) - In the southern port of Aden, Yemen's second city, fighting raged Tuesday between the Huthi rebels and their opponents. Oil tanks at the city's refinery were still ablaze after being hit by rebel fire Saturday.
MAHACHAI (THAILAND) (AFP) - A belated Thai clampdown on illegal fishing is forcing unlicensed vessels ashore, threatening to paralyse the key industry as the kingdom desperately tries to avoid a European Union ban on exports worth $1 billion a year.
La Asunta (BOLIVIA) (AFP) - Residents of a small mountain town in Bolivia have decided to take the law into their own hands to enforce a month-long dry law and curfew they hope will curb sexual violence against minors.
Medan (Indonesia) (AFP) - The death toll from the crash of an Indonesian air force plane packed with military personnel and their families rises to over 140, as witnesses described the terrifying moment when the plane crashed into a residential area of the city of Medan on Tuesday.
Months after an Associated Press investigation revealed the fishing industry in Southeast Asia was rife with slavery and hundreds of men from Myanmar were freed, one of those former slaves has a tearful reunion with his family. (June 30)
Kabul (AFP) - Suicide attackers Tuesday targeted NATO troops in Kabul and a police headquarters in restive southern Afghanistan, killing three people and wounding at least 60 as the Taliban's bloody summer offensive showed no signs of letting up.
Athens (AFP) - Pro-Europe demonstrators took to the streets of Athens on Tuesday as Eurozone finance ministers declined to extend Greece's bailout.