Pepsi pulls Kendall Jenner advert amid widespread condemnation

Pepsi has pulled an advert that sparked an outcry and accusations that the drinks maker was trivialising recent street protests across the US.

The advert featured reality TV star Kendall Jenner leaving a photo shoot to join a heavily policed demonstration. She defuses the tension by walking to the police line and handing an officer a can of Pepsi, prompting cheers. Continue reading “Pepsi pulls Kendall Jenner advert amid widespread condemnation”


Does Trump want to be world’s policeman after all?

President Donald Trump’s launch of two major military strikes in the last two weeks raises a question about his 2016 declaration that the US can no longer be the world’s policeman: Has Trump changed his mind?

Eighty-six days into the new administration, the President seems to pivoting away from the “America First” doctrine that drove his campaign and foreshadowed a withdrawal from the world stage. Some of Trump’s foreign policy decisions still seem to reflect that protectionist view — in particular his decision to slash the budget for US diplomacy.

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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”

Student overcomes language barrier to receive offers from all 8 Ivy League colleges

“In our house, there is beauty in the way we speak to each other … language is not broken but rather, bursting with emotion. It is a little messy. But this is where we have made our home.”

Those were words from 17-year-old Cassandra Hsiao, whose moving college essay caught the attention of multiple US universities and the world.
The Malaysian-born teenager, who now lives in California, had written about her humbling experiences learning English while growing up in an immigrant household.
She has received offer letters from all eight Ivy League colleges, including Harvard, Princeton and Yale. She hasn’t made her decision yet but said that she would be visiting colleges in the coming weeks. Continue reading “Student overcomes language barrier to receive offers from all 8 Ivy League colleges”