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News Summary: First Singapore strike in years

The Associated Press

STRIKING OCCURENCE: Singapore responded to its first strike in nearly three decades, by bus drivers, with riot police and official criticism of disgruntled immigrant workers.

FOREIGN INFLUENCE: Singapore relies on hundreds of thousands of immigrants, from countries like Indonesia, Bangladesh and China, who work as maids, construction workers and in other jobs deemed unappealing by many locals.

COST OF PROSPERITY: The foreign influx sparked a backlash, particularly among low-income Singaporeans, by keeping wages down while growing numbers of expatriate professionals working for global companies in the city push up housing and other costs.