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    (CNN)When, as journalists, we prepare for a job, we think carefully about our questions, locations and equipment. But for one of us, documentary photographer Roshan Abbas, there is an added consideration -- how much of his true identity to reveal. Abbas, co-author of this article, is a Muslim man in India. A country where, under Prime Minister Narendra Modi's watch, Muslims are being vilified and evicted from their homes, their freedom of religious expression stifled. It's oppression Abbas has experienced firsthand, choosing not to wear a kurta -- a loose, collarless shirt -- that might point to his identity as a Muslim, when traveling the country for work.The decision is cautionary. In public spaces, there looms a sense of uneasiness. Mob lynchings of Muslims who look visibly Muslim have arisen in the past. In todays India, clothing choices signal a deepening religious divideLikewise, Muslim women wearing hijab can face backlash and discrimination, even though there's no national ban on religious garments in public spaces.Read MoreAbbas also takes care not to disclose that he attends Jamia Millia Islamia -- a...
    Hungarian officials estimate it will cost more than $810 million to curb the country's reliance on Russian oil, prompting Western powers to propose workarounds to hit Russia's bottom line amid its invasion of Ukraine. Representatives from the Hungarian government told the European Union that it would cost 550 million euros, or $579 million, to overhaul the country's refineries to comply with the EU's ban on Russian oil, according to Bloomberg. It would also cost an additional 220 million euros, or $231 million, to establish a pipeline with Croatia. 'NOT CONSIDERED NECESSARY': TALIBAN DISBAND AFGHAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION This markup would represent only a small portion of the expected cost to update Hungary's energy practices. The country's foreign minister said in a Facebook address that modernizing the country's energy infrastructure would cost between 15 and 18 billion euros. Hungary has also requested that any restrictions on oil focus on seaborne oil and exempt pipelines, according to people familiar with the conversation. EU leadership has given no sign that it is interested in making such a distinction...
    ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria’s airlines say they are struggling to keep flying because the price of aviation fuel in the West African country has increased by 260%. The country’s six airlines said they will continue domestic and regional flights thanks to a pledge by federal government officials to engage institutions that will “provide succor” to the airlines to help offset their skyrocketing fuel prices which now constitute 95% of their operating costs, the airlines said in a statement Sunday. The Airline Operators of Nigeria had planned to protest the fuel increases by suspending local and regional flights but some of the airlines objected to the planned shutdown. International crude oil prices have increased 40% since the beginning of the year, due to a combination of factors including Russia’s war in Ukraine. Nigeria, a country of more than 200 million people, has been badly affected. Despite being Africa’s largest producer of crude oil, it still imports most of its fuel because it has very few functional refineries. Its jet fuel prices have risen so high because it...
    The Biden administration is launching a new outreach effort on Monday to urge eligible households to opt in to the affordable internet program launched by the bipartisan infrastructure law. As of Monday, 11.5 million households had joined the Affordable Connectivity Program, but that number only marked a roughly 10% increase in sign-ups since early February. Senior administration officials estimate 48 million households are eligible for the program, covering nearly 40% of households across the country. "Inflation and high prices remain a challenge for families across the country," one senior administration official said of Monday's announcement. "The president is laser-focused on doing everything we can to reduce inflation and lower costs for families as part of our administration's efforts to bring down costs." "This has been a key priority for the president, vice president, and the entire administration," a second official added. "High-speed internet at home is no longer a luxury. It's a necessity for children to learn, workers to do their job, seniors and others to access healthcare today through telemedicine, and for all of us to stay connected in...
    AbujaNigerian airlines have suspended plans to ground all local flights due to the soaring cost of jet fuel just hours before the move was due to take effect, the airline operators association said on Sunday.The Airline Operators of Nigeria has been under pressure from the government, consumer protection bodies and customers to shelve the planned shut down since it was announced on Friday.Airlines are complaining about paying for jet fuel upfront in cash at 700 naira ($1.69) per liter, a price that has more than doubled this year, partly as a result of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, increasing their operating costs by around 95%.Dollar shortages in Nigeria and a weaker local currency have worsened the woes for the sector, which also faces the country-wide challenges stemming from double-digit inflation, slow growth and mounting unemployment and insecurity. How Russias invasion of Ukraine could hurt travels recoveryThe aviation ministry said earlier on Sunday that local airlines have faced unfavorable global oil market dynamics but efforts are ongoing to find a "lasting solution to the perplexing issue of aviation fuel availability and affordability".Read...
    In this article MCD Two months after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, McDonald's — the very symbol of Western capitalism — opened its first store in the Soviet Union. It was a big moment, and the restaurant drew large crowds. More than 30 years later, amid pressure from U.S. consumers to protest Russia's invasion of Ukraine, McDonald's last month announced it would be temporarily closing all 850 of its locations in Russia. Starbucks, PepsiCo and Coca-Cola likewise announced their plans to pause business activity in Russia, and Yum Brands, which franchises about 1,000 KFC restaurants and 50 Pizza Hut locations in Russia, suspended all investment and restaurant development in the country.  More than 750 companies have since curtailed operations in Russia. McDonald's has also temporarily shuttered its 108 locations in Ukraine for safety reasons. Russia and Ukraine together account for roughly 2% of McDonald's global sales and less than 3% of its operating income. There's no telling when or if McDonald's will resume its operations in Russia and Ukraine, but the company is taking a hit to...
    The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) released an analysis using U.S. Census Bureau data that shows the illegal alien population has ballooned since Joe Biden took office by one million, bringing the national overall total to 15.5 million at a taxpayer cost of $143.1 billion a year. Just over the course of Biden’s first year as president the cost to taxpayers for the new one million illegals is $9.4 billion. The summary of the FAIR report stated: These staggering increases in both the size of the illegal alien population and the cost to the American public are a direct result of policies put in place since President Biden took office, concludes the report. The report, “2021 Update: How Many Illegal Aliens Live in the United States?,” reveals how a slew of policy changes both at the border and in the interior of the country propelled rapid surges in both the magnitude and the costs of illegal immigration. Specifically, upon taking office, the Biden administration canceled agreements with Mexico and governments in Central America, and terminated border wall construction. These...
    If you are one of those who are very budget-conscious when it comes to planning your vacation, take a look at the 12 budget travel destinations. Which one are you going to start with? Whether it’s because flying to these destinations is outrageously cheap or because the cost of a menu is no more than 2 US dollars, these are the cheapest countries in the world you’ll want to check out before the inflation monster visits them. In these places, your minuscule salary will be multiplied by two or three. That depends on how generous your bosses are… Cambodia In Cambodia, you can find accommodation for 7 US dollars a night. And if you want the luxury of air conditioning, about 10 US dollars. A good fish dish in Khmer Amok will cost you around 4 US dollars. But if good and cheap food are what you are looking for, head for the street markets in the capital, Nom Pen. A bowl of noodle soup with meat will cost you less than 2 US dollars. Get off the expensive and...
    New York (CNN Business)Having children is expensive, no matter where in the world you live. But, while America finds itself in the middle of the cost scale, China has become one of the priciest places to raise kids.South Korea tops the list of most expensive places to raise a child from birth to age 18, measured as a percentage of per capita gross domestic product, according to research from Jefferies (JEF) which used data from Yuwa Population Research. GDP is the broadest measure of a nation's economic activity.Expecting a baby? Heres how to get your finances readyChina comes in second, followed by Italy. The United States is wedged in the middle of the top 14 most expensive places, between Germany and Japan.However, in terms of the absolute amount of money spent, China is one of the cheapest places to have kids. But it's all relative: "If we then adjust that data to percentage of average disposable income, China becomes the most expensive place to raise kids," said the Jefferies researchers. So what makes it so costly to raise kids in...
    D.C. is outpacing most other cities when it comes to healthy living. A new WalletHub survey released Monday reviewed four key categories that promote wellness, including the quality of health care, food, fitness and the amount of green spaces. And D.C. ranked No. 10 overall in WalletHub’s rankings. Researchers discovered the District ranks high in three of those four categories. D.C. scored highest in the food category, meaning the District has many places — such as farmers markets — to buy a variety of fruits and vegetables. More DC News More Local News Where the District needs to see improvement is the fitness category. The study discovered fewer adults work out in D.C. compared with other places. One reason might be the cost: It was among the cities with the highest average monthly cost for a fitness club membership. San Francisco, Seattle and San Diego were the top ranked cities overall. Laredo, Texas; Gulfport, Mississippi; and Brownsville, Texas, were at the bottom, ranked Nos. 180 through 182, respectively.
    Fed-up Kiwis have labelled Jacinda Ardern 'out of touch' as they struggle to make ends meet, claiming New Zealand is in crisis.  The prime minister has continued to reject the description despite the cost of living rising by 5.2 per cent for the average household within a year. When asked if the country was experiencing a crisis Ms Ardern told AM Breakfast host Ryan Bridge: 'I wouldn't describe it that way'.   Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (pictured) has continued to reject claims New Zealand is in crisis despite rising cost of living and inflation But fed up Kiwis have hit back as households are forced to fork out an extra $5,000 in the past 12 months on basics like food, rent and fuel.   Speaking with AM On Tuesday, mum of five Krystine Nation, who is unemployed, claimed her family's expenses have exploded to $7,000 a year. 'To say there isn't a crisis… she needs to get on the ground floor,' Ms Nation said.  Speaking with AM On Tuesday, mum of five Krystine Nation (pictured), who is unemployed, claimed her family's expenses...
    While life during the novel coronavirus pandemic has been easy for no one, it’s been especially challenging for people who are caretakers, whether that includes children, older folks in the home, disabled family members, or so on. Caretaking is chronically undervalued, underpaid, and frankly, is rarely even recognized on a social level as it should be. During COVID-19, many folks have had to make incredibly difficult and ever-shifting decisions about whether or not to send children to day care services in terms of safety. But that’s far from the only factor. What else? As new data from the Economic Policy Institute affirms, day care is very, very expensive. How expensive? In more than 30 states, day care services for a 1-year-old cost more than in-state college tuition. Yes, you read that correctly. Yearly costs, for example, can look like more than $9,000 per year in Texas, more than $13,000 per year in Illinois, and more than $12,000 per year in Wisconsin. Now, think about paying for that on minimum wage, or if you have student or medical debt, or if...
    ROADS to nowhere, abandoned railways and half-built bridges - China has been accused of using "debt trap" projects to ensnare poorer countries and expand its power worldwide. The Communist Party's creeping influence and international ambitions are being seen through its Belt and Road Initiative - which sees nations in Asia and Africa wooed by Beijing's ambitious promises. 9Chinese workers labor at the construction site of Kazakhstan's railway projectCredit: Alamy 9The highway in Montenegro - which effectively goes nowhereCredit: AFP 9The bridge section of the unfinished highway in MontenegroCredit: AFP With promises of loans and expansive infrastructure projects like roads, railways and bridges, many countries end up getting more than the bargained for with China. Wooed by the glitzy sales pitch, many cannot afford to keep up with the return payments when China comes knocking like an international loan shark. And then the building projects end up being abandoned or unfinished until the debt is settled - with the Communist Party more than happy to take their pound of flesh. The initiative has seen China get its hands on resource rich...
    With President Joe Biden expected to sign the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill into law next week, the nation is about to embark on a long-discussed series of major projects aimed at bringing the built environment up to date — and creating the new jobs he promised on the campaign trail. The bill funds everything from new and repaved bridges and roads to water systems, expanded broadband access, and investments in renewable energy that could fundamentally transform the American landscape. PELOSI PULLS OFF $1.2 TRILLION INFRASTRUCTURE WIN FOR BIDEN But the question now is how such a massive spending bill radiates out from Capitol Hill over the 50 states and thousands of individual cities and counties that make up the country. Any major government spending project brings with it concerns over bureaucratic red tape, extensive reviews and planning sessions, overhead costs, delays, and, in the worst cases, outright corruption. "So much of the cost-effectiveness of this, and its ultimate reach and impact, will depend on federal, state, and local coordination," said Joseph Kane, a fellow...
    White House chief of staff Ron Klain has defended Joe Biden and his administration as the presidents approval ratings continues to fall amid rapidly rising inflation and a 'cost of living' crisis. Polling from Monmouth University suggests confidence in the president is in short supply and dwindling with 42 per cent saying they are unsure of the president's ability to rescue the economy in the aftermath of COVID-19.  The figures are 12 per cent lower than when Biden took office in January when his approval rating sat at 54 percent.  White House chief of staff Ron Klain, pictured, has defended several crises afflicting the Biden administration including rising inflation, high unemployment and supply chain issues 'Things are a lot better in this country than they were a year ago with regard to covid, with regard to the economy but we have a lot of work left to do and I think voters are in a "show me, don't tell me" mode,' Klain told Jake Tapper, seen left, on CNN WH Chief of Staff Ron Klain: "Things are a lot better in...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Supply chain issues and labor shortages are driving prices up across the country, making the cost of much of the holiday season much higher."I had my potato salesman tell me today, he says costs for potatoes and onions from Idaho next week will be up because transportation is three times what it normally is, going up, but that's all over the country," said Russ Lodarek of Big Apple Finer Foods in Lincoln Park.Lodarek said the cost of doing business is simply more expensive right now, and he's had to do a lot of explaining about why some things are hard to find."A customer yesterday wanted small bottles of Diet Coke in a glass. They are not making it these last few weeks, so I think the variety is what's affected the most," he said.The labor shortage and supply chain disruptions triggered by the pandemic are forcing manufacturers still in business to trim where they can."They want to get the product through that's the biggest seller, so they aren't necessarily going to send out 15 different varieties of...
    Russia was not invited to attend a 30-country virtual meeting to discuss ransomware on Wednesday, according to a senior Biden administration official. The country hosts many of the hacker syndicates believed to be behind an epidemic of global attacks that cost $400 million in payments last year but will not be part of a White House-led effort to find new strategies to counter the threat. 'We are having active discussions with the Russians, but in this particular forum they were not invited to participate,' said a senior administration official.  Also absent from the list of participants was the world's second biggest economy, China, which was accused of hacking Microsoft servers earlier this year.  Nations were meeting to discuss ransomware attacks, which use a type of malware that criminals use to encrypt files on a victim's computer network before demanding a ransom to restore the data. President Biden's White House is hosting a virtual ransomware summit on Wednesday but Vladimir Putin's Russia was not invited to take part. U.S. officials say Russia hosts many of the cybercriminal gangs responsible for an...
    In this article WUBen Hider | Getty Images Entertainment | Getty ImagesJaime García really hates using Western Union to send money home to El Salvador.  "In this day and age, it is wild that I had to go to a physical Western Union office, give them actual cash, and then hand them another $25 on top of that, before they would send my money over," García said. "And then, of course, it takes three days for it to actually arrive in El Salvador." García, who lives in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan, fled El Salvador when he was 11 after rebels bombed his house. His biggest issue with wiring cash abroad is less the inconvenience on his end and more about what happens to his loved ones receiving the money. "They have to take a bus to go to a physical location to pick it up, and there are gangs that hang out around those offices. They know what people are going there for, and they basically rob them," said García, who leads a team of researchers at SGI Canada...
    A federal agency has named Phoenix the ideal location for Afghan refugees to resettle. The U.S. government is assisting thousands of Afghans in finding new homes after they fled what’s now a Taliban-controlled country. Governors and mayors from New York to California expressed their desire to help these refugees. Gov. Doug Ducey and House Speaker Rusty Bowers released a joint statement Aug. 19, saying the refugees had a home in Arizona. “Despite the President’s poor response to growing tensions in the Middle East, Arizona recognizes the service of thousands of Afghans over the last 20 years,” the statement said. “As refugees come and find homes in states across the nation, we welcome them to our state full of opportunity and choice, and we’re working closely with federal and state officials to offer them safety in Arizona.” Ducey and Bowers said the Arizona Office of Refugee Resettlement would “work with refugees to secure housing and employment, enroll in English classes if needed, connect them with health care resources, and their children – including their daughters who would be denied an education...
                      by Cole Lauterbach  A federal agency has named Phoenix the ideal location for Afghan refugees to resettle. The U.S. government is assisting thousands of Afghans in finding new homes after they fled what’s now a Taliban-controlled country. Governors and mayors from New York to California expressed their desire to help these refugees. Gov. Doug Ducey and House Speaker Rusty Bowers released a joint statement Aug. 19, saying the refugees had a home in Arizona. “Despite the President’s poor response to growing tensions in the Middle East, Arizona recognizes the service of thousands of Afghans over the last 20 years,” the statement said. “As refugees come and find homes in states across the nation, we welcome them to our state full of opportunity and choice, and we’re working closely with federal and state officials to offer them safety in Arizona.” Ducey and Bowers said the Arizona Office of Refugee Resettlement would “work with refugees to secure housing and employment, enroll in English classes if needed, connect them with health care resources,...