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Welcome to LNGenZ’s roundup of the trending topics in the news this week.

What’s the Deal With Ukraine?

The country of Ukraine has been in the news quite a bit lately. The Eastern European country has become the subject of conversation due to a scandal involving President Donald Trump. Democrats in the House of Representatives have begun an impeachment investigation to determine whether or not they should attempt to remove the president from office over this story.

The talk of impeachment centers on a phone call between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky that took place in July. Last month, a government official anonymously filed a complaint against Trump for his behavior during the phone call.

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Japan Leaves the IWC – And Whaling Is Legal Again

The age-old tradition of whaling has just been reinstated in Japan after being banned for more than 30 years. Japanese fishermen completed their first commercial whaling trip earlier this month, and while they didn’t quite meet their quota of 227, they did manage to get close with 223 whales by the end of the three-month hunting period. However, not everyone is happy about the country’s decision to restore whaling.

Whaling has been a tradition of some countries as well as a main source of protein. Whales were nearly hunted to extinction in the 19th and 20th century, but in the 1960s the old practice of spearing whales was replaced with more efficient methods, which made whales much easier to catch. After WWII, when food was scarce, whale became the biggest source of meat in Japan.

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A Newly Discovered Planet Drives Change in Scientific Theory

Astronomers keep discovering alien planets they don’t understand. Recently, they found a massive planet around a small star named GJ 3512. According to their theories, it shouldn’t exist. It is too large.

A few years ago, astronomers thought that they knew how planets form. A solar system starts with a giant cloud of gas and dust in space that is pulled together by gravity. As the cloud is compressed, the temperature increases. Finally, it is hot and compressed enough to ignite a nuclear reaction, and a star is born.

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The New Rule in Scotland: No More Spanking

In a landmark decision of international interest, the Scottish parliament voted 84 to 29 to ban all physical punishment in the country – including the spanking of children by parents. Scotland is now the first country in the United Kingdom to do so, though Sweden was the first nation in the world to outlaw spanking in the private home in 1979. Member of Scottish Parliament John Finnie, a former police officer, introduced the legislation with support from liberal counterparts and several children’s charities.

The ban was opposed by Scottish conservatives, who believe the move criminalizes good parents for reasonable chastisement of reckless or harmful behavior.  But Finnie stuck to his message, explaining that spanking or slapping gives children the mistaken idea that “might is right” and that this ban sends a positive enforcement message that “violence is never acceptable in any setting.”

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