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The U.S. urged the EU to speed up the enlargement process

Gabriel Escobar, the newly appointed acting U.S. Undersecretary of State for South Central Europe, called on the EU to speed up the enlargement process for the Western Balkans.

EUobserver reports that.

“To go back 20 years and see that there hasn’t been much progress on that front was a little disappointing,” he told RFE/RL, referring to the positions he held at the time in the context of the Balkan region.

“We would have liked to see more rapid integration,” he said.

Escobar said both the European Union and Western Balkan countries, which include North Macedonia, Albania, Serbia, Kosovo, Montenegro and Bosnia, and Herzegovina, face challenges that must be overcome to make integration a reality but said he hoped American involvement “will help both sides get back on track.”

Earlier this year, Bulgaria blocked the start of EU accession talks with Northern Macedonia through a language dispute and historical grievances. EU rules require the consensus of all 27 members on many important issues, including enlargement.

Because Albania’s EU accession bid will be considered jointly with Northern Macedonia, Tirana was also affected by the veto.

Escobar noted that Bulgaria should not use the bilateral dispute to stop North Macedonia’s EU accession aspirations.

In China, children are limited to 40 minutes a day to use TikTok

The owners of the Chinese version of the TikTok app (Douyin) have limited the time for viewing content for children under 14 years old. This is reported by CNN.

Now users of this age category will be able to use the popular application for only 40 minutes a day at any time from 6 to 22 hours. The rest of the time, the platform will be unavailable. This “teen model” will apply to all children who have registered in the application using their real names.

This decision was made in order to protect minors from harmful influence. According to the TV channel, the main competitor of the platform, the mobile application Kuaishou, took similar measures in 2019.

Earlier, the Chinese authorities reduced the time that minors can spend playing video games. No children under the age of 18 can spend any more than three hours a week playing games. For underage users, up to an hour of game time is available on Fridays, weekends, and holidays.

The EU demanded an explanation from the U.S. because of the loss of France’s contract for submarines

The President of the European Council, Charles Michel, said that the EU demanded an explanation from the United States because of the loss of France’s contract for the supply of submarines after the creation of the defense partnership of the United States, Australia and the United Kingdom (AUKUS). He told reporters about this.

According to him, these actions show “a lack of loyalty on the part of the United States” towards the European Union.

Earlier it became known that the United Kingdom, the United States, and Australia signed an agreement on cooperation in the field of defense and security (AUKUS), which involves the creation of nuclear submarines for the Australian Navy in 18 months. Their construction is planned in Adelaide, Australia.

Thus, Australia has terminated the contract concluded in 2017 with the French company Naval Group for the supply of Barracuda submarines. Paris was supposed to supply Canberra with 12 attack submarines, the contract was estimated at $50 billion.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian called Australia’s decision to terminate the contract for the construction of submarines “a stab in the back.”

Kabul International Airport officially reopened — media

The airport is open and fully ready for both domestic and international flights. It was restored by Qatari and Turkish specialists.

In Afghanistan, the capital’s international airport was officially declared open for domestic and international flights on Monday, September 20. This is reported by the Khaama Press agency with reference to the civil aviation department of the country.

The runway and terminals of the airport in Kabul were damaged after a series of bombings on August 26 and the chaos created after the Taliban seized power in the country and tens of thousands of people tried to evacuate. It is noted that the airport was damaged in the amount of 20 million dollars.

Technical specialists from Qatar and Turkey helped to restore the Kabul airport.

Afghan National Aviation Authority reported that the airport operates 12 hours a day, mostly from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. The administration asked the UAE, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and other countries to resume flights to Kabul, but so far only Pakistan and Iran have agreed to the flights.

Recall that counterfeit visas are being sold en masse in Afghanistan. People buy visas to Pakistan for $350, to Tajikistan for $400, to Uzbekistan for $1,350, and to Turkey for almost $5,000.

Coronavirus helped India fight a long-standing problem

The coronavirus pandemic has hurt India’s economy, but it has also helped it address a long-standing problem of gender inequality in the labor market. According to CNN, there has been a significant increase in the number of women in leadership positions in the country.

JobsForHe, an online job search service, surveyed more than 300 Indian companies and found that in 2020, 43 percent of middle- and senior-level executives were women — up 20 percentage points from 2019. Also in 2021, the number of women actively seeking employment opportunities increased 89 percent from 2020. “Despite the slowdown in labor, we found that companies across all sectors hired 20 percent more women than a year earlier,” confirmed Aditya Mishra, founder of recruiting agency Ciel HR Services.

The trend is attributed to a massive shift to telecommuting amid the spread of COVID-19. However, according to some experts, this situation may not last long: more and more companies around the world began to return employees to offices, at least part-time. Even though India is one of the fastest-growing economies in the world, women in the country make up just over 20 percent of the total workforce. By comparison, in the U.S. the figure is closer to 50 percent.

The shortage of women in the labor market is due to many factors, from limiting cultural traditions to the prevalence of workplace harassment. Over the past decade, however, the government and corporations have made efforts to change this situation. According to the Harvard Business School Review, India was one of the first developing countries to impose gender quotas, requiring all public companies to appoint at least one woman to their boards. The country also introduced a 26-week paid maternity leave. Before the pandemic, however, women’s unemployment rates continued to be extremely high, and it wasn’t until 2020 that the labor market began to change.

Nevertheless, the WHO reported that it was women who were most affected by the coronavirus pandemic and its aftermath. “In relative terms, employment losses were higher among women than among men,” said Tedros Adanom Gebreyesus, head of the organization.