Editor’s Note: This listicle is part of a weekly series by The Ball State Daily News summarizing five stories from around the world. All summaries are based on stories published by The Associated Press.
Thirty years since the fall of the Berlin Wall, 40 since the takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Iran, a national-security review of TikTok, French climate activists stealing presidential portraits and the invitation to ASEAN leaders for a U.S. summit make up this week’s five international stories.
Messages of peace mark 30 years since the fall of Berlin Wall
Workers have hoisted a rainbow-colored net of 100,000 streamers — many with messages of love and peace — in front of Berlin’s iconic Brandenburg Gate as part of next week’s commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. The installation called “Visions in Motion” — created by stringing 20,000 square feet of ripstop nylon sailcloth that moves with the wind — is the work of Los Angeles artist Patrick Shearn.
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Iran marks 1979 takeover of U.S. Embassy, hostage crisis
Reviving decades-old cries of “Death to America,” Iran on Monday marked the 40th anniversary of the 1979 student takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran and the 444-day hostage crisis that followed as tensions remain high over the country’s collapsing nuclear deal with world powers. Demonstrators gathered in front of the former U.S. Embassy in downtown Tehran as state television aired footage from other cities across the country.
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Reports: U.S. launches review of China-owned video app TikTok
Multiple published reports say the U.S. government has launched a national-security review of the China-owned video app TikTok, popular with millions of U.S. teens and young adults. The reports Friday from Reuters, The New York Times and others said the interagency Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States has opened an inquiry into TikTok owner ByteDance’s 2017 acquisition of a predecessor app, Musical.ly.
Climate activists nab Macron portraits, divide French judges
Courts around France are grappling with the question — whether stealing a presidential portrait is a prison-worthy crime or a laudable act of civil disobedience — in response to an unusual new environmental movement that’s aiming to push French President Emmanuel Macron to do more to fight climate change. Environmental activists around France have removed Macron’s official portraits from more than 130 town halls this year.
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Trump invites ASEAN leaders to U.S. meet after skipping summit
President Donald Trump has invited Southeast Asian leaders to a “special summit” in the United States early next year after skipping their ongoing annual summit in Thailand. Robert O’Brien, the national security adviser Trump sent in his stead, included the invitation in a letter from Trump he read at a U.S.-ASEAN meeting Monday on the sidelines of the summit of the 10-nation Association of Southeast Asian Nations.