Each week, we bring you a roundup of some of the biggest stories making headlines around the world.
Here are eight things that happened last week that you should know about (in no particular order):
1. 23 pandas make adorable debut in China
These 23 cute panda cubs made their public debut at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in China’s Sichuan province. One little panda even took an unfortunate (but very cute) tumble off stage as he tried to wander off. The giant panda has been upgraded from endangered to vulnerable on the Red List of Threatened Species because of dedicated conservation efforts.
2. Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton face off in first presidential debate
Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton faced off in the first US presidential debate on Monday. Clinton took aim at Trump’s economic ideas, while Trump focused on how he will create more jobs in America and place a large tax on imported goods. Throughout the 90 minute debate, Trump spoke about immigration, Mexico, and China. Clinton touched on middle-income families. The next debate is scheduled for October 9.
3. Syrian ‘White Helmets’ rescue baby from rubble
Shocking of footage of a one-month-old baby girl being pulled alive from the rubble of a collapsed building in Idlib, Syria, was uploaded online on Friday. The footage shows a member of the Syrian Civil Defence team (known as the White Helmets) crying as he holds the infant in his arms after the rescue. According to a member of the White Helmets, it took nearly two hours to rescue the baby from the wreckage. The Syrian Observatory for Human rights reports that at least 11 civilians including seven children, died in the Idlib attacks on Thursday.
4. Police release footage of unarmed shooting in San Diego
Video footage of police shooting an unarmed black man in the San Diego, California, suburb of El Cajon was released on Friday. The footage shows an officer firing four shots after the man, named Alfred Olango, who raised his hand to his chest and took what police called a “shooting stance” with a vape pen. The footage came after three nights of riots and protests by family and friends of Olango, who demanded El Cajon authorities to release the police tapes.
5. Philippines President Duterte ‘happy to slaughter’ drug addicts
Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte continued his mission to rid the country of crime by likening himself to Hitler and saying he was “happy to slaughter” 3 million drug addicts. Duterte made the comments on Friday while visiting Davao city. “Hitler massacred 3 million Jews … there’s 3 million drug addicts. There are. I’d be happy to slaughter them,” he said.
6. Reykjavik, Iceland, turns off lights so residents can view northern lights
Iceland’s capital city of Reykjavik turned off all the lights so residents could view the northern lights. On Wednesday, the city council announced that it would turn off street lights for an hour so people could watch the amazing light show in the sky.
7. One side of China’s ‘dead sea’ lake turns red
Dead sea!Red sea! Half of salt lake Xiechi in China’s Shanxi turns red thanks to the thriving salt-loving blood-color algae pic.twitter.com/eVsNAD6ykG
— China Xinhua News (@XHNews) September 26, 2016
A salt lake in northern China’s Shanxi province has mysteriously turned red, but only on one side. Footage released by China’s CCTV shows one side of the lake greenish-blue and the other side red. According to CCTV, the reddish hue is caused by an abundance of naturally occurring algae.
- Read more on Reuters
8. Bees added to US endangered list for first time
Seven kinds of bees were added the US federal list of endangered and threatened species. The bees were once commonly found in Hawaii, but habitat loss, fires, and invasion of other plant life and insects have driven several varieties of yellow-faced or masked bees to the endangered list.