50 years ago, Vietnam was the site of a deadly civil war between communists and capitalists. Today, its economy is booming, it has successfully contained the coronavirus, and many economists look to it as the next Asian Tiger.
This year scientists took a break from debating the necessary qualifications Pluto must need to be a planet and gave their attention to a mysterious interstellar object that recently visited our solar system. In fact, just last week Harvard astronomers theorized that this cigar-shaped object could be an alien spacecraft or probe of some kind.
The Chinese government has reversed a 25-year ban that will now allow for the use of tiger and rhino parts in medicine. The ban was established in 1993 as a way to protect the endangered tiger and rhino populations. In 2010, the World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies outlawed the use of any parts from endangered species claiming that there was no evidence of medical gains from tiger bones or rhino horns. With only 30,000 rhinos and 3,900 tigers left in the wild, experts are worried that the demands for these animals will rise; this will make it harder to protect these animals from extinction.
The Chinese government claims that the use of the tigers and rhinos will solely be used for medical purposes by qualified doctors. The usage of these parts are restricted to those individuals who are in critical condition and may not have any other medical alternatives.
This past week the public prosecutor of Saudi Arabia tweeted that “producing and distributing content that ridicules, mocks, provokes and disrupts public order, religious values and public morals through social media” will be punishable by up to five years in prison and an $800,000 fine.
US foreign policy on Syria just changed in an instant.
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