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Round Up World in brief: January 24

UNITED STATES: California prosecutors charged a man on Monday with raping, assaulting and robbing four young women while working as an Uber driver.

In the latest case involving the controversial US ride-hailing app, Alfonso Alarcon-Nunez picked up and raped the women while they were drunk in December and January, San Luis Obispo County District Attorney Dan Dow said.

He had worked for Uber since September, collecting his fare payments through the smartphone app Venmo to disguise his identity and his Uber records.

MYANMAR: Authorities insisted that the country was ready for the return of 680,000 Rohingya refugees yesterday, after Bangladeshi authorities blocked the deal on Monday over fears of forced repatriation.

Union Minister Thaung Tun said his country was “ready to receive those who will be coming across the border.”

He added that Myanmar was prepared to receive 300 returnees a day and “the number could increase based on the progress of the first batch that will be coming across.”

POLAND: Authorities arrested and charged three people with propagating fascism yesterday after a TV exposé of neonazi group Pride and Modernity.

TVN24 broadcast the documentary on Saturday showing the group celebrating Adolf Hitler’s birthday last spring, dressed in nazi uniform and gathered around a flaming swastika in a forest.

Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said: “In Poland, we cannot have the slightest tolerance of nazi, fascist or communist symbols.”

FRANCE: Striking prison officers disrupted operations at almost a 100 jails across the country yesterday in the second week of protests over a string of attacks by inmates.

The Justice Ministry said protests were held at at least 98 prisons, with guards starting work late or blocking entrances.

Unions representing the protesters called for a “total blockage” ahead of fresh talks with the ministry yesterday evening.

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