Fight for the Safety of Children and Women

Each and every one of us tends to have an innate desire to preserve the innocence of children, regardless of our differences in terms of personal identity. However, there has been a longstanding debate over the exact age at which children should be able to make their own decisions. Although this remains indefinite across the world, nations have had to come to their own conclusions in the process of setting a legal age of sexual consent. The consequence of a lack thereof is apparent in recent cases. Four months ago,…

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Global Seed Vault to Save the World One Crop at a Time

While watching the world’s issues, some are planning for humanity’s long-term future. Crops are central to society, and seed vaults around the world ensure the survival of crop diversity. At the end of February, the Global Seed Vault in Svalbard took in its millionth crop as 70,000 were added to the world’s arctic storage cube. Monday, Feb. 26 also marked the vault’s tenth anniversary. “Hitting the millionth mark is really significant,” Hannes Dempewolf, senior scientist of the Crop Trust, said. “Only a few years back I don’t think we would…

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Volkswagen Apologizes for Testing Exhaust Fumes on Monkeys

On the heels of Volkswagen AG’s diesel-emissions cheating scandal, the carmaker apologized for using a test that exposed monkeys as test subjects to engine fumes to study the effects of the exhaust. “We apologize for the misconduct and the lack of judgement of individuals,” Wolfsburg, Germany-based VW said in a statement. “We’re convinced the scientific methods chosen then were wrong. It would have been better to do without such a study in the first place.” Hindsight is 20/20. “The organization that commissioned the study, the European Research Group on Environment…

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Millions Worth of Goods Recovered After Unsuccessful Raid on Ritz Hotel

Five thieves attempted to rob the Ritz Wednesday night. They were entirely unsuccessful and botched the operation. They “entered by the service entrance, smashed the jewelry stands, grabbed jewels that were clearly expensive with the help of axes,” said Jean-Michel Huguet of police union Alliance Police Nationale. The robbers also wore gloves and balaclavas, and several of them carried handguns, The Local France reported. As expected, the robbery caused panic at the hotel’s Hemingway Bar. Balaclavas typically signal a reason to panic in such a luxurious environment as the Ritz,…

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New Blue British Passport Makes Waves

The UK will be issuing a new, blue passport for people renewing or applying starting Oct. 2019 after Brexit. Previously burgundy, the new color symbolizes the country’s divorce from the European Union. The UK will restore the color to blue (as it was before they joined). According to BBC, Tonia Antoniazzi, Labour MP, called the change a “huge waste” of money; Simon Thomas, Plaid Cymru AM, called it “nostalgic dross.” Why Change? “The UK passport is an expression of our independence and sovereignty, symbolising our citizenship of a proud, great…

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