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World in brief: 19.6.17

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ITF: It’s time for Uber to change

TRANSPORT: Taxi firm Uber was told to change its exploitative ways on Saturday by ITF global transport union.

After Uber’s CEO took on “indefinite leave of absence,” ITF boss Steve Cotton said: “This is a timely opportunity to redress what we and countless others worldwide see as a shameless corporate culture.”

The ITF said Uber’s business model “undermines or ignores workers’ rights and existing well-trained and regulated transport operators.”

 

Macron expected to win big majority

FRANCE: Voters went to the polls yesterday in the second round of parliamentary elections with President Emmanuel Macron tipped for a huge majority.

Pollsters claimed after last weekend’s 30 per cent showing by Mr Macron’s new Republic on the March party that he could win up to 450 seats in the 577-member National Assembly.

But record low voter turnout in the first round suggests many people in France dissaprove of Mr Macron’s neoliberal and anti-worker policies.

 

Saudi coalition raid kills 25

YEMEN: At least 25 civilians were killed on Saturday by a Saudi-led coalition airstrike on a market in northern Saada province.

The director of the Houthi-run health department office in Saada said that the aircraft conducted two raids on the al-Mashnak market in Shada district near the Saudi border.

The coalition led by Saudi Arabia has carried out many air raid attacks on Yemen in its war against Houthi rebels, killing thousands of civilians.

 

Four soldiers dead in Karabakh fighting

AZERBAIJAN: Four soldiers were killed in the disputed Armenian Nagorno-Karabakh region over the weekend in renewed fighting between the two countries.

Nagorno-Karabakh is officially in Azerbaijan but has been under the control of Armenian forces since a seperatist war in 1994.

Three Karabakh army soldiers were killed and one Azerbaijan soldier in the latest clash.

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