New Delhi: Even after having an original visa, Raju Kamat was not able to visit Iraq in search of a job as he was arrested for having another fake visa in IGI airport on March 21. Police said that the accused told them that he never travelled with the fake documents to another country.According to police, Raju was intending to depart to Iraq from IGI airport. He had an original visa with him but when he went for checking, an official found that a fake visa was affixed on his passport page which was valid till 27 June 2018. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”The fake visa did not have any security features,” the complainant told the police. He was handed over to the police and during interrogation, it was revealed that one of his friends had provided him with the visa but also told Kamat that it was fake. “The accused told us that he had never travelled with the fake visa as it was a risk but after that, he prepared original visa with proper documents but the fake visa remained in his passport,” said an official. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsWhen asked about his friend who prepared a fake visa, Kamat further said that he did not know about his whereabouts but he is an Indian. Police said that Kamat further told him that he wanted to go foreign country in order to get job. The team under ACP (IGI) Abhishek is probing the case from all angles. Deputy Commissioner of Police (IGI) Sanjay Bhatia said that they are probing the angle whether any big racket is behind such illegal activity. The accused has been booked under section 474 and section 12 of the Passport Act. Recently, IGI Police busted a gang who induces people on the pretext of arranging VISA and sending them abroad. The law enforcement agency recovered 62 passports of different persons issued from various RPOs and 28 fake immigration stamps of different countries and banks.
NEW DELHI: BJP candidate Pragya Thakur will be charged for saying she was “proud to be part of the Babri mosque demolition”. An election officer has ordered an FIR against her. Pragya Thakur, the BJP candidate for Madhya Pradesh capital Bhopal in the national election, had said in an interview to television channel TV9 over the weekend that she was among the people who demolished the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya on December 6, 1992, and she was “proud” of it. “We had removed a blot from the country. We had gone to demolish the structure. I climbed atop the structure and broke it, and I feel extremely proud that God gave me this opportunity. We will make sure that a Ram Temple is built at that site,” Pragya Thakur said. She was served notice for “creating mutual hatred or cause tension between different communities”, but unfazed, she said she “stands by” what she said.
Mumbai: As ‘Aashiqui 2’ clocked six years of its release on Friday, actress Shraddha Kapoor sang one of the popular songs ‘Tum hi ho’ from the film for her fans. Shraddha took to Instagram to share a video in which she is seen singing soulful rendition of Arijit Singh’s song. Along with the video, she thanked fans by writing “I am what I am because of you all”. Directed by Mohit Suri, ‘Aashiqui 2’ also featured Aditya Roy Kapur. The film was based on the 1976 Hollywood film titled ‘A Star Is Born’. The film garnered positive responses from the audience especially for its songs, and even crossed Rs 100 crore mark. Celebrating six years of ‘Aashiqui 2’, Shradha, who played the role of Aarohi in the movie, even changed her Instagram username to Aarohi.
Beijing: China on Wednesday objected to the French government granting asylum to the wife of former Chinese Interpol chief Meng Hongwei, who is currently on trial here for alleged corruption, saying that there is no political persecution in the case. Grace Meng, who had declined to return to China after her husband was arrested last year while on a visit here, alleged his political persecution by the Chinese government. Reacting to her asylum, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said, I don’t have the specifics. I can say that Meng was suspected of taking bribes and is being prosecuted by the Supreme People’s Procuratorate.” Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportThe case is ongoing and it is a normal criminal case. No political factor in it. There is no political persecution. The wife of Meng applied for asylum in France, it is abuse of French procedures. Hope China and France will hold proper and sound cooperation and deal with this case properly, he added. Meng, 65, once a rising political star of the ruling Communist Party of China (CPC) held the powerful post of vice-minister of public security before being appointed as the the country’s first official to head the Interpol. He was expelled from the CPC and removed as the head of Interpol for serious disciplinary violations and suspected of graft. Grace told media in France on Tuesday that she and her children have been granted political asylum by the French government.
Gurugram: In order to further strengthen the public transportation system the Gurugram Metropolitan City Bus Limited (GMBCL) that operates Gurugraman is planning to extend the routes to areas South Delhi, Manesar and Faridabad. For this purpose, the public officials have already begun to draw plans of which routes can be more viable to operate on.According to sources if all goes according to plan they may begin the bus services in two to three months. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarLaunched last year there are already 85 buses that are at present plying in different parts of Gurugram. Some of the areas where the buses right now are plying include Palam Vihar, bus stand, MG road and Golf Course road. Not only in new Gurugram but the buses are also moving in older parts of the city. Grievances however have been shared by the citizens that even now Gurugram is not being able to completely meet the needs of last mile connectivity. Moreover, the choice of routes has also been questioned on a continuous basis by the aggrieved citizens. The officials in charge of running the Gurugram bus service however claim that new schemes are now being introduced to increase the awareness among the residents of using the newly launched bus service.
Casablanca – King Mohammed VI received on Friday at the Royal palace of Casablanca visiting US secretary of state, John Kerry, says a release of the Royal office.Kerry is currently on an official visit to Morocco, mainly to co-chair the 2nd session of the “US-Morocco strategic dialog” which is an important component of the exceptional strategic partnership binding the two countries, the release adds.Kerry’s visit also follows suit to the Royal visit to Washington and to the intensive and diversified actions agreed upon during this trip between HM the King and President Obama. During the audience, HM the King reiterated his deep attachment to the strategic partnership, fruit of a longstanding and multidimensional alliance with the USA. This partnership is based on confidence, solidarity, sharing values, interdependence and the defense of shared interests. It has adapted, evolved and been renewed to meet the two countries’ expectations and the mutations of the regional and international context.The Royal visit to Washington, on November 22, 2013, opened new perspectives for the prosperity of this strategic partnership, by considerably enriching its agenda and setting a more ambitious course.The joint release, adopted during this visit, has helped further intensify consultation on strategic issues, define new cooperation tracks, adapt the existing special instruments and develop other diversified mechanisms, while at the same time, consolidating gains and foundations of a historic alliance between Morocco and the USA.The Sovereign recalled that the present regional and international context is confirming the pertinence and the depth of this partnership, which, henceforth, needs to expand and contribute mainly to lasting security and stability, shared economic prosperity and human development in the African continent.On his part, the US secretary of state reiterated President Obama’s attachment to deepening the singular strategic partnership with Morocco.Kerry also reiterated the US will to endeavor with Morocco for the consolidation of peace and stability regionally and internationally.Regarding the African continent, the US secretary of state, who appreciated the Sovereign’s strong and constant engagement for the causes of the African continent’s stability and development, reiterated to the Sovereign invitation to participate in the USA-Africa summit scheduled for next August.Kerry further praised HM The King’s constructive role and active contribution, in his capacity as chairman of Al Quds Committee, in efforts to reach a fair, final and comprehensive settlement to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, on the basis of the formula of two states living side by side in peace and security, in accordance with the United Nations resolutions.The King, chairman of Al Quds Committee, handed to the US Secretary of state a register of all Israeli abuses in the holy city of Al Quds Asharif, seeking to alter its religious calling and its authentic architecture.The meeting took place in the presence of Dwight L. Bush, US ambassador in Morocco, Prem Kumar, director for the Middle East, North Africa and national security, Jonhathan Finer, deputy-chief of state, Fouad Ali El Himma, advisor of HM the King and Salaheddine Mezouar, minister of foreign affairs and cooperation.
Fez – According to the American website TripAvisor, Marrakech ranks the world’s sixth tourist destination.According to the reviews posted by millions of travelers, Istanbul is the world’s top destination followed by Rome, London, Beijing, Prague.The French capital ranks in 7th place after the Morocco’s top tourist destination. The Moroccan city comes ahead of other prestigious destinations, such as New York (12th), Barcelona (15th), Dubai (17th), Chicago (18th), Sydney (22nd), San Francisco (25th).The American website bases its sixth annual Traveler’s Choice Destination on users’ rankings for hotels, attractions, and restaurants at the destinations over a 12 month-period.Marrakech and Dubai are the only Arab cities include in the ranking.More stories about Marrakech:Marrakesh Ranks Fifth Worldwide for Best Price/Quality in Room Service for the year 2014.Marrakech Biennale attracts world’s best graffiti artists.Moroccan Palais Namaskar, Best Luxury Hotels in Africa for the year 2014.The Palais Namaskar in Marrakech was awarded the world’s Best New Luxury Hotel for the year 2013.Marrakech’s Djemma El-Fna, third most beautiful square in the world for the year 2013.Selman Marrakech awarded best hotel in Africa in 2013.Marrakech: Soon a World Capital Of Cinema.Marrakech Was Rated World’s Ninth Best Christmas Shopping Destination for the year 2012.Marrakech was selected Best African Destination for the year 2012.Marrakech was Ranked Fourth in the Top Ten Best Street Food Cities in the world for the year 2012.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed
Rabat – Moroccan comedian Zineb Smaiki died on Thursday morning.The news was announced by Moroccan actress Latifa Ahrar on her official Facebook page.Zineb Smaiki began her career when she was just 13 in the theater group “Chabiba Lhmrae” (Red Youth) in Marrakech. She also featured in several films since 1998. The deceased rose to the limelight following her participation in the television series “Yak Hna Jiran” aired on Moroccan second channel 2M during the holy month of Ramadan.
Rabat – Between 1,200 and 1,500 Moroccan fighters are currently in the ranks of the so-called Islamic State (ISIS) war zone, according to a new report by the New York based intelligence consultancy Soufan Group.In May 2015, the Moroccan Ministry of Interior estimated the number of Moroccans who joined the military ranks of ISIS at 1,200 Jihadist fighters.However, the American intelligence consultancy’s report suggests that the true number is likely to be 1,500. The report noted that the majority of foreign fighters in Iraq and Syria are from Arab countries, with both the Middle East and the Maghreb supplying over 16,240, out of a total of between 27,000 and 31,000 foreign fighters coming from 18 countries.The number of European jihadists who joined the ranks of ISIS has more than doubled in the last 18 months, while the number of those coming from Russia and central Asia increased by nearly 300 percent, according to the same source.In the Arab world, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia and Jordan are the main suppliers of Jihadists with 6,000, 2,400 and 2,000 respectively.As of October 2015, an estimated 6,000 fighters had traveled to Syria from Tunisia, and in January 2015, around 600 Libyans were believed to have traveled to Syria, according to the same source.The report estimated the number of Algerian Jihadists participating in the civil war in Syria and Iraq at 170, as of May 2015.“For some North African countries, such as Libya and Tunisia, the phenomenon of foreign fighter hubs is even more apparent,” said the report.Libya’s Benghazi and Derna cities are known as a hotbed for recruitment. In Tunisia, Ben Gardane city has provided the largest number of foreign fighters, despite being a city of less than 80,000, according to the same source.Overall, the Soufan Group said the number of foreign fighters in Iraq and Syria has more than doubled since last year to at least 27,000.
Marrakech – The Moroccan Presidency of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP22) will engage in an open and transparent dialogue with the support of various partners to address climate change, Morocco’s minister of Foreign Affairs and president of the COP22 Salaheddine Mezouar said.If the Paris Climate Conference led to a binding agreement, the COP22 will lay the foundation for a new global stage that would involve the signatories in a concerted action, he added at the opening ceremony of the conference, which kicked off Monday in Marrakech.In order to achieve this goal, the Moroccan Presidency proposes the setting-up of a platform to support the implementation of the Paris Agreement and take urgent measures to protect the environment, he pointed out. Mezouar, who hailed action taken by the French Presidency of COP21, which led to the Paris Agreement, said that Morocco has met all the necessary conditions to ensure the success of this conference.The COP22 is held in a promising situation marked by hope and legitimate expectations, he noted, adding that the convening of this event on African soil shows the involvement of the whole continent in global efforts to protect the environment.Mezouar also called for concrete actions in order to implement the Paris Agreement.The twenty-second session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22), the twelfth session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP 12) and the first session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Paris Agreement (CMA 1) kicked off Monday morning in Marrakech.These meetings, held in Marrakech until November 18, will focus on action items in order to achieve the priorities of The Paris Agreement, especially those related to adaptation, transparency, technology transfer, mitigation, capacity building and loss and damages.The Conference will also be an opportunity to debate and discuss several issues relating in particular to agriculture, food security, energy, industry, transport and water. The event is taking place in Bab Ighli village, which extends over an area of nearly 300,000 m2.Around 20,000 delegates from 196 countries are gathering at the COP 22 climate change conference
Rabat – With a recent diplomatic visit to Washington, Algeria has set its eyes on strengthening its relationship with the Donald Trump administration.Algeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ramtane Lamamra, visited the US last week, meeting with the US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, and various members of Congress to discuss Algerian-US relations, security issues in Libya and the Sahel, and the North African country’s interests in the Western Sahara.The Algerian official also advocated his country’s position vis-à-vis the question of Western Sahara, in an attempt to influence the US stance of the issue. Algeria is Polisario Front’s major, and has always been accused by Morocco as a party in the conflict. Lamamra, former Algerian ambassador to the US, will probably try to use his contacts in Washington to lobby for his country’s interests. Since these interests collide with those of Morocco, this means the competition between the Moroccans to influence US decision making is going to intensify. The Algerian minister sought to promote his country’s experience in fighting terrorism, which he said is based on “legitimate self-defense,” as well as the national reconciliation program launched by President Abdelaziz Bouteflika in 1999 with the aim to get armed opposition forces to give up arms in exchange of amnesty.During his meetings with US officials and congressmen, the Algerian minister presented an image of his country as a” stable and reliable” partner in North African and the Arab world, trying to convey a message that Morocco is not the only model for peace in the region.The Algerian minister presented his country as a valuable security partner for the US, especially as the Trump administration has expressed its concerns over the situation in the Sahel region. Fighting terrorism is an area in which Morocco has become a major ally for the US and European partners such as France, Spain and Belgium.Lamamra’s visit also focused also on economic cooperation, meeting with the congressional Algerian caucus members to talk about the “investment climate” in the country. Algerian officials are courting American businesses in hopes of attracting investment for their country’s struggling economy.Algeria’s economy has been largely dependent on oil revenues for decades, and the crash of oil prices since 2014 has led the government to look for ways to diversify the country’s revenue sources.The minister said that economic cooperation needs to be strengthened, pointing to sectors which have expanded, like agriculture and pharmaceutical industry.Algeria could be looking to strengthening relations with the White House to counter Morocco’s friendliness with Europe, as well as to capitalize on the defeat of Hillary Clinton, who was seen by some as “pro-Morocco.”How much Algeria is really attractive to the current US administration is yet to be seen.The country benefits from its strategic geographical position, where it shares borders with six African countries, as well as experience in dealing with terrorism. But recent attacks, including on a gas site in 2013, and the country’s opaque political system and the deep economic crisis threatening social peace all prove that Algeria is not as stable as it tries to present itself.It also one of Africa’s main oil exporting countries, but the policies of the national oil company, Sonatrach, have on many occasion driven investors out of the country.
OTTAWA — Newly released documents show a focus on small projects bogged down the first phase of the Liberal governments new infrastructure program.An internal analysis obtained by The Canadian Press under the access-to-information law, shows 32 departments handed out $14.4 billion in the first phase of the program.Almost one-third of the projects needed less than $100,000 in federal support but required the same detailed reviews as much bigger projects which delayed construction and the flow of federal cash.The government has been criticized for the slower-than-anticipated pace of infrastructure dollars leaving the federal treasury.The Liberals argue tracking federal spending can be misleading because funds only flow once receipts are filed, which causes a lag between when work occurs and money is paid out.A spokeswoman says Infrastructure Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne is able to approve projects worth up to $50 million, putting the vast majority of projects under the minister’s authority and reducing timelines for approvals.The Canadian Press
By Dil Bola Rabat – After posting her poetry on social media in 2015, Arab-Israeli poet Dareen Tatour was arrested on grounds of hate speech, initiating an Israeli court case that was finally settled in her conviction and sentencing on Tuesday. Dareen Tatour, a 36-year-old Palestinian poet and photographer who resides in Reinah, Israel, took to YouTube and Facebook in October of 2016 to release her poem “Qawem Ya Shaabi Qawemahum” or “Resist, My People, Resist.” In the recording of her reading, the poem was used as a soundtrack over footage of Palestinian youths flinging stones and firebombs at Israeli soldiers. In May 2018, Tatour was convicted guilty of incitement to violence online and of supporting the Palestinian militant group aimed at the uprising, ‘Islamic Jihad.’ The final sentencing took place on July 31. Official minutes released by the state’s Justice Ministry declared a five-month imprisonment for the poet coupled with a six-month suspended sentence to her jail time. Tatour’s reaction was nonchalant as she “…wasn’t expecting justice to be done.” She maintained in her statement to reporters, “The case was political from the start, because I am Palestinian and support freedom of speech.” ‘Resist, My People, Resist’The most significant lines in Tatour’s poem, as translated by Tariq al Haydar, are: “Resist, my people, resist them.Resist the settler’s robberyAnd follow the caravan of martyrs.Shred the disgraceful constitutionWhich imposed degradation and humiliationAnd deterred us from restoring justice.”After posting the poem, Tatour took to Facebook once again, this time sharing her views in the form of a news story. Coupled with what Israeli officials claim was a call for “a continuation of the Intifada,” she posted three photos exhibiting Israeli security forces and Jewish extremists killing an Israeli-Arab woman and two Palestinian children. Tatour had added a description in Arabic: “I am the next shahid” (referring to the Arabic word for martyr). The Israeli interpretationThe publishing of the poem coincided with an outbreak of frequent and fatal attacks by Palestinians on Israelis coined the “Stabbing Intifada.” The string of attacks led the Israeli government to believe online incitement fueled the violence; thus the government launched a legal crackdown.The number of indictments and prosecutions has tripled since 2014 primarily in charging young Palestinians. Due to the situational context, authorities claimed Tatour’s poem was a call for violence, and she was arrested a few days later. Tatour vehemently denied the charges, claiming the Israeli authorities were misinterpreting her work as she called for non-violence within the struggle rather than an exacerbation of the existing brutality regardless of which side exhibited it.The case quickly became notable in the debate of freedom of speech. Advocates both within Israel and abroad began to advocate for Tatour’s rights. Furthermore, the case drew attention, causing the world to question the Israeli government’s use of technology as they search social media for suspicious users inciting violence or attacks on Israel.
Rabat – Months after Moroccan seasonal workers accused Spanish nationals of sexual assaults, the minister of employment has said Moroccan-Spanish cooperation on seasonal employment has “positive results.”Minister of Employment Mohamed Yatim called on Morocco and Spain to reinforce cooperation on seasonal workers in a statement Tuesday.Yatim spoke about seasonal workers with Spanish secretary of state for migration, Maria del Consuelo Rumi Ibanez, who is on an official visit to Morocco. Yatim said, “Circular migration is now a reference model at the regional and even international level.”According to the minister, the countries should revise the employment agreement to allow for “candidate selection procedures to be adapted to new situations and to open up new social rights for seasonal workers, including retirement.”Read Also: Spain to Hire 10,400 Moroccan Seasonal WorkersIbanez shared Yatim’s point of view that Morocco and Spain should consolidate their partnership for better migration management, calling for more support from the EU.Ibanez also described Morocco as Spain’s strategic partner, reiterating her country’s determination to fight undocumented migration and human trafficking.Throughout the summer, several Moroccan seasonal farmers said they were subjected to sexual harassment and assault by Spanish managers in the strawberry producing region of Huelva.Following the allegations, Morocco and Spain promised to improve protections for female seasonal workers.On October 3, Maghreb Arab Press (MAP), published statements from Ibanez commending Morocco’s efforts in the fight against undocumented immigration.In an interview with MAP, the Spanish official said that Morocco’s role cannot be questioned.“Morocco honors its commitments and respects the agreements it has signed in the fight against illegal migratory flows,” she said.She also added that the North African country deserves “support and financial assistance from the European Union to address this situation.”According to the Spanish official, Spain will serve as “the voice of Morocco within Europe to ask for more support and financial aid.”Her statements follow rising tension over undocumented migration and the Moroccan Royal Navy’s firing on a boat of migrants on September 24, killing a 20-year-old woman.
Companies in this story: (TSX:AC)The Canadian Press TORONTO — Air Canada says its grounded Boeing 737 Max aircraft are equipped with two optional safety features reportedly lacking in the crashes in Ethiopia and Indonesia.The New York Times is reporting the Ethiopian Airlines and Lion Air jets involved in recent fatal crashes were not equipped with angle of attack indicators and disagree lights that are used by the aircraft’s software system during flight to avert stalls.According to the report, the safety features are not standard on the aircraft and are offered by Boeing as upgrades.Air Canada spokeswoman Isabelle Arthur says the airline purchased the features for its fleet of 24 Max 8 planes.The causes of the Ethiopian Airlines crash on March 10 and the Lion Air crash five months earlier, both on takeoff, are being investigated. Investigators are looking at whether a new software system added to avoid stalls may have been a contributing factor.Air Canada has removed its grounded Boeing 737 Max 8 jets from service until at least July 1 in order to provide more certainty for passengers that wish to book flights in the coming months.
RENO, Nev. — Forensic genealogists followed a trail built on decades-old DNA evidence to help determine the identity of a woman whose body was found near a Lake Tahoe hiking trail in 1982 and her killer, investigators said Tuesday.Washoe County Sheriff Darin Balaam announced he has closed the investigation into the shooting death of the victim identified for the first time publicly on Tuesday as Mary Silvani. She was born in Pontiac, Michigan, in 1948 and attended high school in Detroit before moving to California.Balaam said her killer was James Richard Curry, who was born in Texas in 1946 and served prison time for robbery there before he was arrested in California in January 1983. He says Curry confessed to a 1982 murder in Santa Clara and two killings in the San Jose area in January 1983 but killed himself in a Santa Clara jail before he went to trial. Curry also was a suspect in a fourth murder in the Santa Clara area but that victim’s remains were never found, authorities said.For decades, the victim was known only as “Sheep’s Flat Jane Doe,” named after the popular hiking trail where her body was found with gunshot wounds near Tahoe’s north shore just off the Mount Rose Highway above Incline Village.At a news conference in Reno on Tuesday, sheriff’s detectives, forensic scientists, and genealogists described a remarkable series of challenges they faced in piecing together evidence and tracing the extended family trees of hundreds of individuals based on DNA run through an online genealogy database called GEDMatch.Balaam said they involved the same techniques that were used to find a suspect in the “Golden State Killer” investigation last year. He said the 37-year-old cold case at Tahoe was solved through a combination of the DNA evidence, new advances in forensic genealogy research and old-fashioned detective work.“This is an incredible story,” he said. “This technology is absolutely fascinating.”Roadblocks along the way included the fact Curry was born out of wedlock and raised under a different name in the Dallas area. His DNA wasn’t in the FBI database because he was never convicted of the California murders, Balaam said.After identifying his biological mother in Texas, Balaam said Curry was eventually linked to the Tahoe killing through DNA obtained from the sexual assault kit kept in evidence since the body was found on July 17, 1982.Based on the GEDMatch results, the DNA Doe Project working with Indentifinders International was able to determine the victim was the biological daughter of a now-deceased couple in Detroit. They suspected it was Mary Silvani and were able to confirm her identity based on a set of fingerprints provided by Detroit police from a 1974 misdemeanour.“If everybody had not done their job as this went along, this case never would have been solved,” Washoe County sheriff’s Detective Kathleen Bishop said.Police said in January 1983 that Curry, who was the manager of a storage lot in Santa Clara, confessed to killing a couple who ran a rival storage facility in the San Jose area, Gerald Novoselatz and his wife, Sharon.Balaam said Curry shot the man at the Novoselatz residence, then kidnapped and sexually assaulted his wife before killing her elsewhere. While in custody, Curry confessed to fatally shooting Richard Lemmon Jr. of Bakersfield, California, and told detectives where to find his body stashed in the Santa Clara storage unit.Scott Sonner, The Associated Press
Rabat – Moroccan rapper French Montana has become the first ambassador for the “I stand with Immigrants” campaign. The campaign seeks to encourage US citizens to “celebrate the monumental contributions that immigrants have made and continue to make every day.”French Montana, whose real name is Karim Kharbouch, emigrated with his family to the US at the age of 13.Khabrouch has since become one of the biggest names in hip-hop music. In a new video, the rapper explained the struggle migrants can face in a foreign country.“It was more of a culture shock for me. Because you know, coming from Morocco, you know you’re not speaking English,” he said.Read Also: French Montana Says He Wants To Be The “Voice of Immigrants” at VMAs“You’re trying to fit into this world that you knew nothing about Your parents don’t speak English. Your little brothers don’t speak English. You have nobody translate nothing for you.”The rapper emphasized that immigrants in the music industry “play a big part because like I said we all come from different cultures and we all bring different sounds to the entertainment business.”In August, French Montana announced that he wants to be the “voice of migrants.” At the Video Music Awards (VMA) in New York, he said that he was “proud” to give an award “because as an immigrant, I feel like we are the people that make this country, and I feel like I want to be the voice.”“These nominees — and most of them are immigrants, too — are on top of the biggest movement in music,” he added.
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is pitching a $5 trillion-plus climate proposal that he says would lead the U.S. to net zero emission of carbon pollution by 2050.Biden’s plan calls for $1.7 trillion in federal spending over 10 years, with the rest of the investments coming from the private sector. Biden proposes covering the taxpayer costs by repealing the corporate tax cuts that President Donald Trump signed in 2017, while eliminating existing subsidies to the fossil fuel industry.“Science tells us that how we act or fail to act in the next 12 years will determine the very livability of our planet,” Biden said in a statement ahead of the plan’s unveiling Tuesday. “That’s why I’m calling for a clean energy revolution to confront this crisis and do what America does best — solve big problems with big ideas.”Biden, who announced his candidacy in April and is the clear leader in recent national and early-state primary polls, is offering his climate plan as some of his rivals suggest the 76-year-old former vice-president is not bold enough. Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren said last weekend at the California Democratic Convention that “some Democrats in Washington believe the only changes we can get are tweaks and nudges.” She added: “If they dream at all, they dream small.”The former vice-president’s outline tracks some ideas of the Green New Deal pushed by many Democrats in Washington, though Biden isn’t as aggressive in his timeline for curbing emissions.Biden’s outline is similar in size and scope to what former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke has proposed . Biden falls short of Washington Gov. Jay Inslee’s pitch for $3 trillion in federal spending over a decade, which Inslee says will spur $6 trillion more in private investment.Biden’s plan hinges on tax breaks, direct spending and federal regulatory power. He’d start with reversing many actions of the Trump administration, which itself sought to roll back a range of Obama administration efforts on energy and the environment. Biden would add an aggressive push on the world stage, using U.S. political and economic muscle to limit emissions from other nations, including China.He acknowledges how such an overhaul would affect existing U.S. energy market workers, coal miners and power plant operators especially. He calls first for pension and benefit protections for all such workers; and, though short on specifics, he promises an “unprecedented investment” in retraining and redevelopment programs for those communities.Biden also recognizes the “environmental justice” movement that highlights how pollution disproportionately affects poorer, mostly nonwhite communities. Biden pledges a more aggressive Environmental Protection Agency, vows to have clean drinking water for all Americans and pledges that minority communities will be targeted for initial investments in federal clean energy spending.He doesn’t offer specific spending amounts for those priorities.Still, Biden’s dual focus on coal towns and nonwhite communities reflects political lessons from Democrats’ 2016 loss. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton drew ire in coal country when she said as part of a more sweeping statement on energy development that “we’re going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business.” Meanwhile, Democratic turnout dropped in some cities with high nonwhite populations, places where aging infrastructure has become a defining issue.Biden envisions expanding the nation’s railways, with massive growth that theoretically would reduce car demand. He promises to complete the California High Speed Rail project; shrink by half the current travel time from Washington, D.C., to New York; and extend the existing Northeast Corridor into the South. That, along with new lines in the West and Midwest, would mean “an end-to-end … system that will connect the coasts, unlocking new, affordable access for every American.”Among his ideas for automobiles, he calls for fuel economy standards “beyond” the Obama administration’s goal of about 54 miles (87 kilometres) per gallon (3.8 litres). The Trump administration has rolled that back, saying the regulation would increase consumers’ purchase prices of cars.Biden also pitches expanded tax credits for purchases of electric vehicles, along with 500,000 more public charging stations nationwide by the end of 2030.He calls for reducing carbon output from the nation’s buildings by more than 50 per cent by 2035, through both new construction and tax breaks for retrofits for existing commercial and residential properties. The Energy Department would be tasked with tightening efficiency standards for household appliances and equipment.Like O’Rourke, Biden specifically mentions nuclear energy as a source the federal government should boost with tax incentives. That could put him at odds with some activists on the left who cast nuclear energy as too dangerous.O’Rourke has not ruled out nuclear energy, as well. Inslee’s policy proposals sidestep nuclear energy altogether, with aides suggesting he wouldn’t oppose market-backed nuclear power but wouldn’t subsidize it as part of a national mobilization.On the international front, Biden calls out China as the world’s biggest coal polluter and says he’d make all future bilateral deals with Beijing contingent on carbon reductions. Biden also urges an international alliance that would help other nations afford low-carbon development and pitches a global moratorium on offshore drilling in the Arctic.___Follow Barrow on Twitter at https://twitter.com/BillBarrowAPBill Barrow, The Associated Press
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — The New York Times says Iran has revoked the press accreditation of its Tehran-based correspondent.The Times said early Tuesday that Iran’s government offered no explanation for its decision regarding Thomas Erdbrink, a Dutch national who has lived for years in Iran.The newspaper said Erdbrink lost his accreditation four months ago and that “officials of Iran’s Foreign Ministry have repeatedly assured The Times that Mr. Erdbrink’s credential would soon be restored.”Iran’s mission to the United Nations did not immediately respond to a request for comment.The revocation of Erdbrink’s government-required accreditation comes amid heightened tensions between the U.S. and Iran, stemming from President Donald Trump’s decision to pull America from Tehran’s nuclear deal with world powers a year ago.The Associated Press
“This latest atrocity underscores once again the need to resolve the problem of armed Congolese and foreign militia operating in the territory of the DRC,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said in a statement.He urged “the Government of the DRC and the international community to work together in creating professional security forces capable of defending the security and human rights of the people of the DRC.” According to the UN mission in the country, known as MONUC, during the night of 26-27 May, 19 civilians – including women and children – were killed when the villages of Nyabuluze and Muhungu were subject to unprovoked attacks. The massacre was reportedly perpetrated by machete-wielding members of the Rasta and Forces democratiques de liberation du Rwanda (FDLR) militia.Notes were left on the bodies of their victims, in which the attackers claimed that these atrocities were in reprisals to the operations led against them by the Armed Forces of the DRC (FARDC), MONUC said.The mission also said that the perpetrators attempted to raid Chihamba, a third village in the same area, a patrol of UN Pakistani peacekeepers opened fire, forcing them to flee into the nearby forests and preventing further deaths.Media reports that a dozen abductees have been killed remain unconfirmed, and the UN said that almost 30 people who were injured in the attacks are hospitalized in the towns of Kaniola and Walungu, where families close to the targeted villages have sought refuge.The UN Humanitarian Coordinator in the country, Ross Mountain, also strongly condemned the brutal attacks, declaring that “the entire humanitarian community is appalled and outraged by these brutal murders and condemns all violence committed against civilians by armed groups.”On Monday, a rapid response team – comprising staff from the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the non-governmental organization the International Rescue Committee – went to the town of Kaniola.The team investigated the security situation and the magnitude of the population displacement caused by the recent violence, which the mission confirmed has sparked panic among the civilian population. Not just people from the vicinity of the attacks, but also those far from the immediate area have fled their homes, the team noted.“Since Sunday night, we are witnessing new population movements every day,” Mr. Mountain said. He added that ‘night commuting’ is on the rise. “Terrified civilians return to their villages or to their fields on the hills to check on their harvests. Before nightfall, they hurry back to urban centres and spend the night with host families or in community centres,” he said.Mr. Mountain underscored that it is the responsibility of the Government of the DRC to protect all of its citizens.Humanitarian agencies in the region expect long-term displacements of people due to the massacre, and stressed the urgent need for medical supplies to help the injured, according to OCHA. More evaluation missions are required to identify the needs of those displaced. 30 May 2007United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today condemned in the strongest possible terms the recent massacre of civilians in the war-ravaged east in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), calling on those responsible to be brought to justice.