Time Magazine named on Monday an eight-year-old Syrian girl who drew global attention by posting updates on Twitter from besieged Aleppo one of the 25 most influential people on the Internet. Her tweets went viral with more than 360,000 people following her.
Mao Kobayashi, a former newscaster who chronicled her battle with breast cancer on her blog, died at the age of 34 on Thursday. British broadcaster BBC had picked her as one of the 100 most inspirational and influential women in November 2016. BBC reported that her blog was “groundbreaking”.
Hundreds of protesters gathered at a local town hall in London on Friday after a high-rise fire killed at least 30 people two days earlier. Chanting “We want justice,” they urged authorities to adopt stricter safety measures and provide new accommodations for the residents.
A giant panda gave birth to a cub at Ueno Zoo on Monday for the first time in five years, raising hopes of a tourism boost in the Tokyo metropolitan area. The economic impact of the baby panda is estimated at a staggering 26.7 billion yen.