Discussion Points. Jun 6-9

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OBAMA TO VISIT HIROSHIMA
President Barack Obama will become the first U.S. president to visit Japan's city of Hiroshima. It is a huge event for the USA and Japan. Hiroshima is the first city to suffer from atomic weapons. The bomb that U.S. forces dropped on the city in 1945 killed around 140,000 in that year. Some historians say it helped end World War II. Others say it should never have happened. President Obama said his visit is to focus on the future. Mr Obama will not apologise for the bombing. An advisor said Obama, "will offer a forward-looking vision" that focuses on the shared future of the USA and Japan.

ANGER OVER RACIST CHINESE ADVERT
There is anger on social media because of an advertisement for a Chinese detergent. Newspapers are saying it may be the most racist advert ever. The commercial was for the washing detergent company Qiaobi. In the ad, a young woman puts a detergent tablet into the mouth of a black man. She pushes him into a washing machine, closes the lid and then turns it on. The next scene shows that the black man has turned white. The woman looks happy when she sees the light-skinned man. The ad is a month old but went viral 24 hours ago. It was shared on social media.

A BILLION PEOPLE ON FACEBOOK IN ONE DAY
Over one billion people used Facebook in just one day for the very first time. The CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, said it was an important achievement. He posted on his own Facebook profile that: "We just passed an important milestone. For the first time ever, one billion people used Facebook in a single day." He said that on Monday, "one in seven people on Earth used Facebook to connect with their friends and family". He added that: "It's just the beginning of connecting the whole world." He also said a connected world, "brings stronger relationships with those you love".

EARTH HAS LOST HALF ITS TREES BECAUSE OF HUMANS
There is good and bad news about the number of trees on our planet. The good news is that there are seven times more trees than we thought. Until a few years ago, scientists estimated that the world had 400 billion trees. However, a new study estimates that there are around three trillion trees. That's a three followed by 12 zeroes. There are over 420 trees for every person alive today. Dr Thomas Crowther told the BBC that this new number changes nothing. He said: "It's not good news for the world or bad news that we've produced this new number."

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