By Eric Xue, Co-Convergence Editor
WIRed is a week-in-review series, summarizing the biggest topics in the news each week. This week in the world…
China ends one-child policy
Ever since 1979, China had restricted the number of children each family could have to one, but as of Oct. 29, 2015, this restriction has been lifted; each family may now have two children. Predicted to have prevented the birth of 400 million lives, China’s one-child policy has recently received criticism about how it has shaped the population of the developing nation. Now facing a population crisis, China must increase the percentage of its youth as well as balance the number of males and females.
U.S. to deploy special forces in Syria
Despite Obama’s previous claim that he would not deploy U.S. special forces into Syria, the White House announced on Friday that about 50 of these troops will lay their feet on the grounds of the war-ravaged country to fight Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). However, they are not assigned a combat mission but instead, they are instructed to work with and train the local Kurdish and Arab forces. This mission has been described as a shift and not a change in strategy.
Adele releases much-anticipated album, 25
Since its release last Friday, Adele’s “Hello,” from her album 25, has garnered over 150 million views already on YouTube and has topped music charts worldwide. At the halfway mark of the week, the sales of the album’s lead single far surpasses that of its closest competitor, Justin Bieber’s “Sorry.” Gaining the excitement of fellow artists and celebrities, “Hello” is set to become the fastest selling single of 2015.
Chipotle Mexican Grill launches awareness campaign
In order to raise awareness for “unnecessary additives,” Chipotle is launching a campaign from 5 p.m. to closing time on Oct. 31, 2015. If you come in with a costume that has an unnecessary added component, the fast food restaurant will give you a burrito for only $3.
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