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Aliyah Siddiqui


The European Union’s Copernicus Climate Change Service announced that this October was the warmest in global recorded history (Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons/“20210822 Global warming - warming stripes bar chart.svg” by RCraig09. August 22, 2021). 
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2023 expected to be the hottest year on record

The European Union’s Copernicus Climate Change Service announced that this October was the warmest in global recorded history, with the average surface air temperature being 0.85ºC higher than that from the past 30 years. While the change may not seem significant, global average temperatures have risen by 1.43ºC above pre-industrial temperatures, an increase dangerously close to the Paris Agreement goal of limiting global temperatures to 1.5ºC. If this benchmark is surpassed, the United Nations predicts increasingly severe climate impacts. 

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On Oct. 4, President Joe Biden announced that 125,000 Americans will be approved for $9 billion in debt relief (Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons/“P20221021AS-1327 (52650424407)” by The White House. October 21, 2022). 
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Biden announces new plans to aid in student debt relief

The Biden administration is once again trying to provide debt relief to the millions of U.S. citizens who have student loans. On Oct. 4, President Joe Biden announced that 125,000 Americans will be approved for $9 billion in debt relief. This announcement comes after the Supreme Court struck down Biden’s former loan forgiveness program and as student debt repayments restart. 

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The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program has been declared illegal again by a U.S. judge (Photo courtesy of Flickr/“DACA-16” by Susan Ruggles. November 12, 2019).  
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DACA ruled illegal (again) by Texas judge

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program has been declared illegal again by a U.S. judge. According to KFF, 580,000 people in the U.S. are DACA recipients as of 2022. While the program remains intact for now, the case over DACA may end up in the Supreme Court. Despite the wide use of DACA, the program has faced scrutiny for years.

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France recently declared a ban on long robes in state schools (Photo courtesy of Flickr /“Abaya fashions” by Lars Plougmann. November 23, 2014). 
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OPINION: France continues to restrict women’s rights with abaya ban

France recently declared a ban on long robes in state schools. While this announcement may seem inconspicuous, the ban is a continuation of France curtailing Muslim women’s rights while secularizing the country. Gabriel Attal, France’s education minister, specifically stated that abayas, long, loose dresses often worn by Muslim women, and kameez, the male equivalent, were no longer allowed in schools, according to AP. According to Attal, these pieces of clothing are in violation of France’s 2004 ban against religious symbols in public schools. 

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