Six In The Morning Friday 1 September 2023


Holidaymakers on jetskis reportedly shot after entering Algerian waters

At least one man dead after group on holiday in Morocco enter Algerian territory off beach resort of Saïdia

Algerian authorities are believed to have shot dead at least one Moroccan tourist after a group of holidaymakers accidentally strayed into Algerian waters on jetskis, one of the survivors told Moroccan media.

Mohamed Kissi said that the group of friends on jetskis had got lost off the coast and strayed in Algerian waters when his brother, Bilal Kissi, was shot dead; another man, Abdelali Merchouer, was missing, presumed dead. The men were reported to have French-Moroccan dual nationality.

The group came under fire after taking a wrong turn off the beach resort of Saïdia on Morocco’s north-east tip on Tuesday, the Moroccan news website Le360 reported. The men had crossed the maritime border between Morocco and Algeria.

Sweden’s Nobel reverses invitation policy. Russia, Belarus, Iran and far-right leader are welcome

The foundation that administers the prestigious Nobel prizes has reversed its policy and invited Russia, Belarus and Iran, as well as a far-right Swedish politician, who all were previously banned

Via AP news wire

The Nobel Foundation that administers the prestigious awards, has reversed its invitation policy and invited Russia, Belarus and Iran, as well as the leader of a far-right Swedish party, who had previously been banned.

Vidar Helgesen, the executive director of the private foundation said in a statement that there was a global trend in which “dialogue between those with differing views is being reduced.”

To counter that, he said, “we are now broadening our invitations to celebrate and understand the Nobel Prize and the importance of free science, free culture and free, peaceful societies.”

Japan records hottest summer, Australia gets warmest winter

Countries around the world continue to report extreme temperature records. In India, August was not only the hottest but also the driest on record.

Japan‘s summer this year was the hottest since records began 125 years ago, the Japanese Meteorological Agency (JMA) said on Friday.

Based on measurements at 15 locations around the country from June through August, the average temperature deviation was +1.76 degrees Celsius. According to JMA, that exceeded the previous record of +1.08 degrees in 2010.

Average temperatures were considerably higher in the northern, eastern, and western parts of the country, the agency added.

In China, artificial intelligence extends its hold on daily life

China’s artificial intelligence (AI) market is currently worth €20 billion, but that figure could more than double within two years. Beijing aspires to overtake the US to become the world leader in the sector by 2030. AI technology enables machines to imitate human intelligence to generate texts, images and videos or even create original art and designs. In China, AI is already profoundly transforming both personal and workplace life. FRANCE 24’s Lou Kisiela, Antoine Morel and Yan Chen report.

In wartime Ukraine, going back to school means preparing for air raids and huddling in shelters

Updated 11:27 AM EDT, Fri September 1, 2023

Kateryna Pylypenko prepared two backpacks for her youngest son’s first day of school on Friday. One with school supplies, and one for the bomb shelter.
“The bag (for the shelter) will be kept in the classroom. We were told it should contain water, a toy… and something to eat while they wait in the shelter for the air raid alarm to end,” Pylypenko told CNN.


Paris says au revoir to rental e-scooters

A ban on rental electric scooters has come into effect in Paris in response to a rising number of people being injured and killed in the French capital.

Almost 90% of those who took part in April’s vote over the issue were in favour of the ban – but fewer than 8% of those eligible turned out to vote.

Paris is now one of the first capitals to have outlawed the rented electric vehicles, just five years after being one of the first to adopt them.

But is the ban simply an example of democracy in action, or are more cynical forces at play?

It’s not that I’m taking sides. As a cyclist of the traditional variety, I am more than a little peeved by the way electric “personal vehicles” like e-scooters are crowding out our space.