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Could a German 28-hour week make waves across Europe?

FRANKFURT AM MAIN, Germany: Germany’s powerful metalworking union IG Metall has agreed with bosses on a new right to switch temporarily to a 28-hour week. Could the example from Europe’s largest economy — often a trailblazer in labour relations — be echoed by other countries? What’s new about the February 6 deal? As well as a pay rise, metalworkers in prosperous southwestern state Baden-Wuerttemberg agreed with bosses that they can in future switch temporarily to shorter hours. Part-time working is not a new concept…

India clamps curfew across held Kashmir on first Ramadan

SRINAGAR, INDIAN-OCCUPIED KASHMIR: India clamped a curfew across Indian Occupied Kashmir for the first day of the Muslim Ramadan festival Sunday and partially cut telephone services to thwart protests over the killing of the successor to Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani. The lockdown in the mainly Muslim region crippled life on the first day of the Islamic holy month after widespread protests on Saturday over the killing of Sabzar Ahmad Bhat in a gunfight with government forces. India forces in riot gear erected…