News Wrap: Workers on strike in France demand pay hike to keep up with inflation

Amna Nawaz:

Strikes have also swept other parts of Europe, as the continent teeters toward recession.

The ongoing protests led by women and girls in Iran spread today to a rock climber, Elnaz Rekabi, who did not wear a mandatory hijab while competing for her country. That was Sunday in South Korea. She left abruptly today. A statement on her Instagram page said not wearing the hijab was unintentional. Activists and independent reports said Rekabi was forced back to Iran and could be jailed. The protests were sparked by the death of Mahsa Amini after her arrest for dress code violations.

A new report says Afghanistan’s ruling Taliban tied up and executed 27 men last month in a hunt for resistance fighters. The open-source Afghan Witness Project verified a video showing Taliban fighters firing into one group of men for 20 seconds. The group calls the killings a — quote — “orchestrated purge.”

The Taliban has claimed the men were killed in battle.

Back in this country, the French cement company Lafarge pleaded guilty in New York to paying millions of dollars to the Islamic State terrorist group. The payments ensured that ISIS would let a Lafarge plant in Syria remain open. The company now faces nearly $780 million in U.S. penalties.

President Biden vowed today that his top priority will be legalizing abortion nationwide if Democrats keep control of Congress. The president spoke in Washington three weeks before the midterm elections. He said everything depends on sending more Democrats to Washington.

Joe Biden, President of the United States: If we do that, here’s the promise I make to you and the American people. The first bill that I will send to the Congress will be to codify Roe v. Wade.

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