French President Emmanuel Macron has said that he is proud of supporting the American ride-calling company Uber. Macron has been accused of having secret meetings with Uber which class as ‘lobbying’. Lobbying is when companies or organizations use influence on politicians in ways that are legal. The French newspaper Le Monde and the British newspaper The Guardian have released over 100,000 files from the company Uber in the last two days, given to them by former senior executive Mark MacGann. MacGann released the files, including emails, whatsapp messages, presentations and other documents, in order to show that Uber has used lobbying to influence powerful politicians around the world. During protests by taxi drivers in the French city of Marseille, Uber founder Travis Kalanich encouraged Uber drivers to counter-protest, and appears to have encouraged violence. Talking to The Guardian, MacGann said that Uber knew that it was breaking rules, and said it was easy for Uber to talk to top politicians...
“It was, I think, unprecedented, in my career, to have such easy access to senior members of government, heads of government, heads of state. It was intoxicating.”
In the United Kingdom, the next Prime Minister will be announced on the 5th September, according to Sir Graham Brady, a representative of the Conservative party. In the UK, the Prime Minister is the leader of the party with the most seats in parliament, therefore the decision of who is chosen is only made by Conservative party members. Rishi Sunak, the former Chancellor, is currently the most likely candidate to win, according to opinion polls. Yesterday he said that Boris Johnson was remarkable, but his time was finished...
“Boris Johnson is one of the most remarkable people I’ve ever met and whatever some commentators may say, he has a good heart. Did I disagree with him? Frequently. Is he flawed? Yes. And so are the rest of us. Was it no longer working? Yes. And that’s why I resigned...”
In Ukraine, the United Nations has documented more than 5000 civilian deaths since Russia invaded on the 24th February, and has said that the true number is probably much higher. The Ukrainian government says that over 28,000 civilians have been killed. Yesterday Ukraine announced that it would receive $1.7 billion dollars from the United States and the World Bank to be able to pay the salaries of health workers. Yesterday Ukraine said that it used its new HIMARS weapons to hit an ammunition store in the Russian-occupied Kherson region. The Russian-installed administration of Kherson said that 7 civilians were killed, however this cannot be verified. In the city of Chasiv Yar, in the Donetsk region, people are still being removed from an apartment block which was destroyed by a Russian missile strike. 31 civilians are known to have died.
The Euro is now at its weakest since 2002. Yesterday a Euro was worth exactly one US dollar. Some experts say that this has been influenced by high energy prices across Europe.
In Syria, the United States says that it has killed the leader of the Syrian branch of Daesh the Islamic State Group. The US military aid that only Maher al-Agal was killed in the air strike near Aleppo.
In Japan thousands of people showed their respects to former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, whose body was driven through the streets of Tokyo yesterday. Abe was assassinated last week in the city of Nara. A private funeral was held at a Buddhist temple. Tibetan leader the Dalai Lama has praised Abe for helping to preserve Buddhist culture and identity.
In Nigeria, Islamist jihadist group Boko Haram has attacked a prison. 900 prisoners are believed to have been freed, including 64 members of Boko Haram.
In Nigeria solar energy companies are reporting a rise in demand for equipment. Many Nigerians use diesel-powered generators for electricity, however the price of diesel has risen so much recently, that some companies are choosing to buy small solar generators.
In Cameroon there have been heavy rains and floods in the last few days with over 2 million people needing food aid, according to the government.
Panama’s President Laurentino Cortizo has announced that the price of petrol will be reduced by 24% at the end of this month. There have been large protests in Panama over the last week, against inflation.
And in the United States NASA, has released the first ever images from the James Webb Telescope, the most powerful telescope that has ever been launched into space. Some of the images released include a sphere of gas around a dying star, the clearest pictures ever released of distant galaxies and light from 13 billion years ago.
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