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2019 Best Performance by an Actor Winner, Haluk Bilginer

Haluk Bilginer won the Best Performance by an Actor award on Monday at the 47th International Emmy Awards in New York for his performance in the TV series Sahsiyet (Persona).

Haluk Bilginer was nominated for the 47th International Emmy Award for Best Performance by an Actor for his role in "Şahsiyet," a Turkish 12 episode-series directed by Onur Saylak. First, "Şahsiyet" was acclaimed by the audience through IMDb ratings. The series ranked among the best 40 TV series, with a 9.1 rating. After that, Bilginer was nominated for the Emmy.

On Nov. 25, 2019, Haluk Bilginer was announced to have won the International Emmy Award. After the Emmy ceremony, Bilginer told reporters he was very happy that the Emmy Award was going to Turkey rather than himself.The 12-episode series won acclaim from viewers in Turkey and abroad and is rated 9.1 out of 10 on the Internet Movie Database (IMDb).


2019 Best Performance by an Actor Winner, Haluk Bilginer presented by Tamara Tunie at the 47th International Emmy® Awards, November 25, 2019 in New York City.

Apple removes customer reviews from online stores

The computer giant Apple has removed all customer reviews from several of its online Apple stores. The reviews section was a useful way for customers to leave feedback for other people about Apple's products. The reviews section on the Apple Store began disappearing last week. Apple has removed the "Ratings and Reviews" section of its online stores across the world. The reviews pages have gone from the stores in the USA, UK and Australia. This means that anyone in those countries wanting to find reviews on Apple products will have to visit other websites. Apple has not yet commented on its decision to remove the ratings and reviews section, so nobody knows why they have taken this action.

The website pcmag.com speculated that the removal could have been a mistake, but then it said the removal was part of a new Apple policy. It said: "Clearly, Apple has decided its online store is better without customer feedback for some reason. Alternatively, the customer feedback system is being overhauled." PC Mag said Apple used to be very open and allow all kinds of comments, including very negative reviews. It said: "Apple wasn't shy about leaving extremely negative reviews and ratings up on its store in the past". It added: "We're also heading into the busiest shopping period of the year, and Apple online store customers have lost an important source of information when deciding what to buy."


Pope calls for global nuclear disarmament

Pope Francis wants the nuclear arms race to end. He spoke while visiting Japan. He went to the only two cities to experience a nuclear attack - Nagasaki and Hiroshima. In Nagasaki, he condemned the "unspeakable horror" of nuclear weapons. Francis laid a wreath and prayed at a memorial. Nuclear bombs killed 140,000 people in Hiroshima and 74,000 people in Nagasaki in August 1945. The cities saw widespread devastation.

World leaders seem to want bigger nuclear arsenals. Francis believes a world without nuclear weapons is possible and necessary. He said weapons could not protect us from threats to international security. He said: "In a world where millions of children and families live in inhumane conditions, the money that is [wasted] and the fortunes made through the manufacture, upgrading, maintenance and sale of ever more destructive weapons, are an affront."


China overtakes USA for most diplomatic posts

China is now the country with the most diplomatic posts around the world. Diplomatic posts are embassies, consulates, high commissions and other places to represent a country overseas. China overtook the USA as the country with the most diplomatic posts. China now has 276 diplomatic posts globally, while the USA has 273. The two countries have an equal number of embassies, but China has more consulates than the U.S. China overtook the USA as the most diplomatically represented country after it opened five new embassies in the past two years. The embassies are in Burkina Faso, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, the Gambia and Sao Tome and the Principe.

Information about how many diplomatic posts countries have was published by an organization called the Lowy Institute. Its report is called the Global Diplomacy Index. Bonnie Bley, a spokeswoman from the Lowy Institute, said the Index shows how China is having more influence around the world. She said the number of China's diplomatic posts shows it wants to be a key player in geopolitics and the global economy. Ms Bley said: "The results suggest that, on a practical level, China's network of overseas consulates can support the rollout of Beijing's economic ambitions." While China is expanding its diplomatic presence around the world, Ms Bley said: "U.S. diplomacy has entered a period of limbo".


Climate strikes

While some people spend today shopping (or doing some well-deserved kicking back), others will be taking part in climate strikes around the world. The protests are part of Fridays for Future, a youth-led movement inspired by Swedish activist Greta Thunberg. The groups hope to capitalize on the momentum of September protests, which drew about 7.5 million people worldwide. Some protesters aim to tie the whole Black Friday madness into their demonstrations: One group says it's planning to wheel empty shopping carts en masse in a New York City store to invite customers to pause their purchasing and consider the environmental impact of consumerism. After today's protests, the movement has its sights set on a December event to coincide with the COP25 environmental summit in Madrid.


Animal cruelty

Animal cruelty is now a federal felony. President Trump signed the bipartisan PACT Act into law, saying the measure would help us be "more responsible and humane stewards of our planet." PACT stands for Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture, and the act expands on a law passed in 2010. Animal cruelty previously was only a federal crime if the wrongdoers created and sold videos depicting it. Now, people can be punished for the act itself. All 50 states have active laws against animal cruelty, but making it a federal crime allows federal authorities to prosecute acts committed on federal property.


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