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Raeisi leaves for UN meeting

Iran’s President Ebrahim Raeisi has departed for New York to attend the 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly. Addressing reporters ahead of his departure, Raeisi underlined that his administration favors a world free from injustice and discrimination. He said he will use the opportunity to be the voice of all Iranians. Raeisi stressed that interaction with world countries, as well as regional, extra-regional and international organizations is a pillar of Iran’s policy. He said meeting with several heads of state in order to enhance bilateral relations is on the agenda of his trip to New York. The Iranian president is scheduled to address the UN General Assembly on Tuesday.

Israel protests
Thousands of Israelis have once again hit the streets of Tel Aviv to protest against the far-right cabinet’s contentious judicial overhaul. The demonstrators chanted slogans against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the 37th weekly protests. There were similar rallies in other cities. One of them took place outside an airport from where Netanyahu was departing for the US. The cabinet led by Netanyahu passed the judicial changes in an unprecedented showdown that pit the judiciary against the executive and legislature. Mass rallies have been ongoing since the cabinet presented the bill to the Knesset to strip the regime's Supreme Court of much of its powers. Critics say the legislation removes vital checks on the far-right cabinet’s powers. 

US carmakers strike  

In the US, the main auto workers union has warned that a historic strike at the top three car manufacturers will expand if the companies do not agree on pay hikes and other labor issues. President of the United Auto Workers (UAW) Shawn Fain said the UAW's members are fed up with falling behind at a time when car manufacturers have been making a fortune. Thousands of auto workers walked off their jobs after their union failed to reach deals with the companies over a new labor contract. The union announced the strike at three assembly plants owned by General Motors, Ford and Stellantis. They are known as the Detroit Three, and it’s the first time in their history that they are hit by a strike. Automakers have offered 20-percent pay rises over four and a half years, which are less than half of the amount the union has sought.

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