A digital makeover for China’s political propaganda

China has been trying and failing for years to get its people, especially its young people, to care about its political system. Could it now be close to working out how to do just this  – by embracing new platforms for its propaganda?

Every March, the National People Congress (NPC), China’s biggest annual political event, goes virtually unnoticed by the vast majority of the Chinese people. Continue reading “A digital makeover for China’s political propaganda”

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Valtteri Bottas takes pole in 2017 Bahrain Grand Prix ahead of Lewis Hamilton

Qualifying for the 2017 Bahrain Grand Prix is over and there’s a new man leading the pack.

Finland’s Valtteri Bottas secured his first ever Formula One pole position on Saturday, 15th April, beating Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton to top spot on the grid for the Bahrain Grand Prix. [The Grand Prix is the third race of the 2017 season.] Continue reading “Valtteri Bottas takes pole in 2017 Bahrain Grand Prix ahead of Lewis Hamilton”

Back from the brink: most humpback whale populations removed from US endangered species list

In a triumph for the global movement to save whales from oblivion, the U.S. government on Tuesday removed most of the world’s humpback populations from the federal list of endangered species, with some glaring exceptions on the West Coast.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced that nine of 14 groups of whales around the globe have recovered to the point that they no longer qualify as endangered, though the giant mammals will still be protected from human hunting and other threats. Continue reading “Back from the brink: most humpback whale populations removed from US endangered species list”

North Korea missile launch fails day after military parade

A North Korean missile has detonated soon after launch, South Korean and US military officials have said, a day after Pyongyang warned the US amid rising tension in the region.

The US said a ballistic missile exploded within seconds of launch. Hours earlier, North Korea paraded what appeared to be long-range ballistic missiles at a major military display. It has already conducted five nuclear tests and a series of missile launches in contravention of UN resolutions. Continue reading “North Korea missile launch fails day after military parade”

Facebook targets 30 000 fake France accounts before presidential election

Facebook says it has targeted 30 000 fake accounts linked to France ahead of the country’s presidential election, as part of a worldwide effort against misinformation.

The company said on Thursday it’s trying to “reduce the spread of material generated through inauthentic activity, including spam, misinformation, or other deceptive content that is often shared by creators of fake accounts”. Continue reading “Facebook targets 30 000 fake France accounts before presidential election”

How Diana broke the rules

From mousy ‘Shy Di’ in puff-sleeved pastels to chic, sleek, internationally renowned fashion star, the life of the late Diana, Princess of Wales was an epic journey – sartorially, and in every sense.

And the fact that Diana retains her style-muse status – two decades on from her shocking death – speaks volumes about the powerful impact she made. Her early unsophisticated look, previously dismissed in fashion circles as ‘Sloaney’ and uncool, has become the epitome of fashion in 2017.  Continue reading “How Diana broke the rules”

First trailer released of The Last Jedi, the new Star Wars movie

Excited audiences are getting their first look at The Last Jedi, as a trailer for the Star Wars film is released online.
The movie follows on from The Force Awakens and will feature the late Carrie Fisher as General Leia Organa.
Many fans pointed out that it looks like, for a brief moment, Fisher makes an appearance in this new footage. Continue reading “First trailer released of The Last Jedi, the new Star Wars movie”