News In Focus:
A Look At This Week’s Most Interesting Stories


Health: Eating bacon and sausages? Well, they’re hazardous to health, warns the World Health Organization (WHO).

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a research arm of the United Nations’ health agency, published a study on Monday, concluding that consuming processed meats increase the risk of colon cancer.

The North American Meat Institute accused the body of “dramatic and alarmist over-reach,” according to the Financial Times.

Perhaps WHO’s warning may not be as alarming as it sounds.  According to the Washington Post, the IARC’s report suggests that one must eat 50 grams of processed meat every day to increase their risk of colon cancer by 18 percent.

For more, we go to PBS NewsHour:


Modern Art: When one sees a floor littered with cigarette butts, empty champagne bottles, and confetti in their home or workplace, one probably doesn’t think they’re looking at a creative endeavor.

So the conscientious janitor of the the Museion Bozen-Bolzano in Italy seems perfectly forgiven for clearing away a contemporary art piece.

The installation was Dove Andiamo a Ballare Questa Sera? (“Where Shall We Go Dancing Tonight?”) which, according to the International Business Times, represented “consumerism, hedonism and the blending of revelry and politics of 1980s Italy.”

Fortunately, the items were not disposed of, and curators spent the next couple of days reassembling the art installation using photographs as guide.

The exhibition reopened on Tuesday and will last until 22 November.

Sara Goldschmied and Eleonora Chiari, who created the piece, reacted to the museum blunder in good humor, saying that “it takes more than a broom to wipe out a decade of Italian history and declare an artwork rubbish!” according to the International Business Times.

For before and after photos, we go to a video report from TheLip TV:


China: China announced on Thursday that its infamous one-child policy will officially end.

Families are now allowed to have two children.

The decision was reached after a four-day Communist Party Central Committee meeting held in Beijing this week.

The one-child policy started in 1978 to tackle the country’s perceived overpopulation. Family planning control was fully implemented in 1980.  Now it is to be scrapped in response to an aging population.

Chinese citizens appear supportive, but many have gotten used to having one child, according to the BBC and CNN.

Meanwhile, human right activists still criticize that the Chinese government has not gone far enough to abolish the birth control policy altogether.

PBS NewsHour produced the following report:


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