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24 WORLD SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 4 2021 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 R1 FURY OVER POWER BILLS MADRID: Spains Socialist-led government faces a growing crisis after months of rising electricity bills that have led to popular discontent. The cost of electricity has reached historic peaks, beating all records in the past four days. The government said the high prices are driven by high demand and increases in the cost of carbon certificates, which give companies the right to emit carbon dioxide. However, as anger rises people are demanding action from the government. Disquiet has been evident in many towns as energy company offices have had windows smashed and the poorest families have simply switched off their power as they cannot pay for it. Last month Spain called on the EU to back measures to limit the surges in power prices thanks to the rising costs of gas and permits to burn carbon. The Times CRIMS DESTROY AMAZON BOGOTA: Criminal networks in Colombia are accelerating destruction of the Amazon rainforest through illegal mining, cocaine production, trafficking in wild animals and logging, a report claims. Ten per cent of the Amazon rainforest is in Colombia and the region has never been controlled by the central government. For decades it was the hiding place for the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Farc). During that period the rate of deforestation was relatively slow. Forest cover gave Farc a strategic advantage against the army, and its destruction was discouraged by the guerillas. Since Farc demobilised in 2016, gangs have moved into the area and deforestation has accelerated to record levels. In 2017, 219,973 hectares of trees were felled, an increase of 23 per cent on the previous year. The Times ONE DEAD IN GAZA RIOTS GAZA CITY: A Palestinian man died and at least 15 more were wounded in night clashes with the Israeli army near the Gaza Strip border, the local health ministry said. The 26-year-old man died of bullet injuries in the abdomen in the northern Jabaliya area, it said. There were protests in several areas along the border with projectiles being used against Israeli troops who retaliated at times. Several factions in Gaza had called for demonstrations to protest in particular against Israels almost 15-year-long blockade of the enclave. Earlier this week, Barel Hadaria Shmueli, an Israeli sniper shot during clashes with Palestinians on August 21, died of his injuries. The August 21 violence left about 40 people wounded, according to Hamas, including a 12-year-old Palestinian boy and a 32-year-old man. KABUL: The Taliban was expected to announce its cabinet overnight, sources said, with a sceptical world watching for clues on whether the new regime will keep its promises to Afghanistan particularly for women while facing enormous economic hurdles. The announcement was set to come after Friday afternoon prayers in Kabul early Saturday in Australia amid deep mistrust of the Islamists as they shift gears from insurgent group to governing power, days after the US withdrew and ended their 20-year war. The West has adopted a wait-and-see approach to engagement with the Taliban, but there were some signs of unfreezing as Western Union announced it was restarting money transfers, and Qatar said it was working to reopen the airport in Kabul a key lifeline for aid. China, however, may be taking a more p r o a c t i v e stance. A Taliban spokesman tweeted the foreign ministry in Beijing had promised to keep its embassy in Afghanistan open and to beef up relations and humanitarian assistance. The Taliban has pledged a softer rule than their harsh 1996-2001 regime, which also came after years of conflict first the 1979 Soviet invasion, and then a bloody civil war. That first regime was notorious for its brutal and violent interpretation of Islamic law, and its treatment of Afghan women, who were forced behind closed doors, banned from school and work and denied freedom of movement. Now, all eyes are on whether the Taliban can deliver a cabinet capable of managing a war-wracked economy and honour the movements vow of a more inclusive society. It comes as a number of Afghan women held a rare protest in the city of Herat (pictured), offering to submit to the restrictive full-body burka if their daughters are still allowed to go to school. It is our right to have education, work and security, the demonstrators chanted. We are not afraid, we are united, they added. Taliban shows its hand to the world 41 die as Ida floods ravage New York NEW YORK: The Big Apple was beginning a massive clean-up and search for bodies on Friday after flash flooding caused by the remnants of Hurricane Ida killed at least 41 people, including several who perished in their basements during the historic weather event. Record rainfall, which prompted an unprecedented flash flood emergency warning for New York City, turned streets into rivers and shut subway services as water cascaded down platforms onto tracks. Im 50 years old and Ive never seen that much rain ever, said Metodija Mihajlov whose basement of his Manhattan restaurant was flood ed. It was like living in the jungle, like tropical rain. Hundreds of flights were cancelled at LaGuardia and JFK airports, as well as at Newark, where video showed a terminal inundated by rain. Were all in this together. The nation is ready to help, President Joe Biden said ahead of a trip to the southern state of Louisiana, where Ida earlier destroyed buildings and left more than a million homes without power. Flooding closed major roads across New Jersey and New York boroughs including Manhattan, The Bronx and Queens, submerging cars and forcing the fire department to rescue hundreds of people. At least 23 people died in New Jersey, Governor Phil Murphy said, mostly after being caught in vehicles. Twelve died in New York City, including 11 who could not escape their basements. The victims ranged from the ages of 2 to 86. Three people died in the New York suburb of Westchester, while another three died in Montgomery County outside Philadelphia in Pennsylvania. Ida blazed a trail of destruction north after slamming into Louisiana, bringing severe floods and tornadoes. Were enduring a historic weather event tonight with record-breaking rain across the city, brutal flooding and dangerous conditions on our roads, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said. State emergencies were declared in New York and New Jersey while the National Weather Service issued its first-ever emergency flash flood warning for New York City, urging residents to move to higher ground. There was 80mm of rain in Central Park in just an hour beating a record set just last month during Storm Henri. The US Open was also halted as wind and rain blew under the corners of the Louis Armstrong Stadium roof. New Yorkers woke to clear blue skies as the city edged back to life but signs of the previous nights carnage werent far away: residents moved fallen tree branches from roads as subway services slowly resumed. About 98,000 homes in Pennsylvania, 60,000 in New Jersey and 40,000 in New York were without power, according to the website poweroutage.us. It is rare for such storms to strike Americas northeastern seaboard and comes as the surface layer of oceans warm. Global warming is upon us and its going to get worse and worse and worse unless we do something about it, said Democratic senator Chuck Schumer. The NWS warned the threat of tornadoes would linger. A New York City parks security service officer on horseback explore the Greyshot Arch, which is flooded in Central Park. Picture: Getty/AFP