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French Senator: France’s Visa Restrictions Are ‘Humiliating’ for Moroccans
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Rabat - French senator Christian Cambon criticized France’s visa restrictions on Moroccan citizens, emphasizing that this could “jeopardize” diplomatic ties between Rabat and Paris.   Quoted by BFMTV, the French senator described France’s visa policy as “absurd” and with “no sense.” “Morocco, a friendly country with which we have very strong ties, both military, economically, intellectually, and culturally, takes this matter very seriously,” he said. In September 2021, France announced its decision to arbitrarily cut the number of visas granted to Moroccans and Algerians in half. The decision angered Moroccan citizens and their government, who argued that France’s act was “unjustified.” Man
Girls-Only School Uniform Policy Sparks Debate Among Young Moroccans
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Rabat - As the new school year has started, young Moroccan internet users reopened the heated debate regarding the country’s school uniforms and dress code policy, with many saying that they are biased and only target female students. In most Moroccan schools, girls are required to wear white lab coats whereas boys are not, a policy that was deemed by many to be sexist and discriminatory. “Tabliya [the white lab coat in Arabic] looks ridiculous and is sexist. So to be fair I think every school should have a uniform for both genders,” said a Moroccan Reddit user. Many, notably girls, expressed their objection to the policy and argued that it should apply to both genders. “I never wore mine an
770,000 excluded from Biden’s student loan relief
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The administration of US President Joe Biden has tweaked its much-hyped student loan relief program to exclude about 770,000 borrowers with private loans guaranteed by the federal government, it announced on Thursday.  The move, revealed via email, appears to be designed to defuse legal challenges from multiple states and a libertarian law firm calling into question whether the Biden administration can use public money to wipe out private student loan debt or do so without congressional approval. Students who obtained their loans through the Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFEL), which ended in 2010, and the Federal Perkins Loan Program, which ended in 2017, will no longer be eligible
Germany approves new arms exports – media
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Germany’s coalition government approved $35 million in new arms sales to Saudi Arabia before Chancellor Olaf Scholz visited Riyadh last week, Der Spiegel reported on Thursday. Sales were halted in 2018 over the war in Yemen, but Berlin has relaxed its stance on sending weapons to warzones since the outbreak of the conflict in Ukraine. Economy Minister Robert Habeck confirmed in a letter to the German Bundestag (Parliament) that several deals had been approved by Scholz shortly before he traveled to the Gulf region last week, the newspaper reported.  These deals include the sale of aircraft parts worth €1.3 million ($1.26 million) to the United Arab Emirates, and the sale of €36.1 million ($3
This winter will be hard but next one will be even worse – EU
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EU energy officials are concerned about the effects the ongoing energy crisis in Europe will have on the continent once cold weather sets in, Commissioner Kadri Simson told journalists on Friday. “Ministers were concerned, as am I, that this will not be an easy winter for us, and the next winter will be even more difficult,” said Simson during a press conference after an extraordinary meeting of EU energy ministers. The meeting was meant to address the skyrocketing gas prices in Europe and to develop a package of emergency measures aimed at assisting European households and businesses amid the crisis The agreed-upon steps include placing a cap on energy company revenues and distributing exce
UK consumer confidence hits record low – study
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UK consumer confidence has fallen to its lowest since records began in 1974 amid deep concerns about personal finances and the economy over the next 12 months, a study by research group GfK found. According to the report, issued on Friday, the confidence index decreased by five points to -49 this month, worse than earlier projections by the economists. The reading marked the fourth new low in the last five months, with all measures once again severely depressed. The largest falls were in personal finances over the next year, which was down nine points, and confidence in the economy over the next year, which was down eight points. The savings index also slumped, coming in at 11 points lower t
Morocco Defeats Chile in Friendly Match Ahead of World Cup
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Rabat - The Moroccan national football team today won its friendly game against Chile with a 2-0 victory at the RCDE stadium in the Spanish city of Barcelona. The Atlas Lions produced a remarkable display in the run-up of the Qatar World Cup, showing their level of preparation for the global tournament, which will take place between November 20 and December 18. The game kicked off with mixed feelings for both teams, especially the Atlas Lions who aspired to produce a positive result under the management of newly appointed head coach Walid Regargagui. The match marked the national team’s first game under Regragui’s leadership. The first half of the match ended with a 0-0 draw. But Soufiane Bo
China won’t run out of coal for 50 years – data
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China has enough coal in the ground to last for the next five decades, while its crude oil reserves are sufficient for at least 18 years at current rates of production, the latest data released by the Ministry of Natural Resources shows. The deposits of fossil fuels are expected to stretch well beyond China’s 2030 deadline to achieve peak carbon emissions, while its reserves of coal are enough to take the nation past its goal of carbon neutrality by 2060.  While China’s consumption of coal is mostly met by domestic production that amounts to four billion tons of coal per year, its purchases of crude oil greatly exceed output in the country. China is the world’s leading oil importer. Accordin
US oil reserves drop to lowest level in decades – media
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US strategic petroleum reserves (SPRs) have shrunk to their lowest level in nearly 40 years, the Wall Street Journal has reported, citing weekly data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA). Crude oil inventories declined by nearly 7 million barrels in the week to September 16, falling to 427.2 million barrels – the lowest since 1984, the WSJ said. According to the report, this is the first time the SPR has held less oil than commercial storage since 1983. As of September 16, there were 430.8 million barrels of oil in commercial storage facilities. President Joe Biden announced that a record 180 million barrels of crude oil would be released from the SPR in late March, in an attempt
Pesticides Sprayed on California-Grown Produce Pose Grave Risk to Farmworkers, Children
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Carmen Obeso was pulling weeds at a strawberry field in Ventura County, California when she smelled something strange. Nearby she spotted a machine spraying pesticides. Soon, her eyes were watering and she felt sick to her stomach. Obeso, a Latina farmworker, reported the incident to her crew leader and was evaluated at an on-site health care clinic. A doctor there reassured her that she had not been exposed to anything harmful, and the company expected her back at work the following Monday. But Obeso didn’t feel better by the next week, nor in the weeks that followed. Her eyes continued to water and felt gritty, and her vision was changing. She knew something was wrong, but the on-site phys
China issues Cold War warning to US
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A Cold War between China and the US would be a “disaster” for both countries and for the whole world, Foreign Minister Wang Yi warned on Monday, after meeting with former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. During their meeting in New York, Wang Yi described Kissinger, who played a vital role in normalizing relations between Washington and Beijing in the 1970s, as a “good friend of the Chinese people.” However, Beijing’s most senior diplomat cautioned that “an outbreak of a new Cold War will be a disaster for China and the US, as well as other parts of the world,” urging Washington to adopt a rational and pragmatic policy towards China. According to the minister, Washington could do that
Germany responds to Turkey’s plan to join SCO
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Turkey’s plans to join the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) have sparked an angry reaction in Berlin, with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz slamming Ankara’s decision to seek membership in the Russia and China-led economic and security bloc. “I'm very irritated about this development,”Scholz told journalists in New York following his meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. The chancellor said he believed the SCO was “not an organization delivering an important contribution to a good global coexistence.”  Scholz said, however, that the most important thing was to be in agreement with his counterpart over the Ukraine conflict, partic