>Black pageant winners reign
For the first time, top beauty pageants - Miss USA, Miss Teen USA, Miss America, Miss Universe, and now, Miss World - have crowned black women as their winners at the same time.
When Toni-Ann Singh of Jamaica was named Miss World 2019 on Sunday, she joined a historic group of black women, along with 2019 Miss USA Cheslie Kryst, 2019 Miss Teen USA Kaliegh Garris, 2019 Miss America Nia Franklin and 2019 Miss Universe Zozibini Tunzi.
Beauty pageants early in their histories, some dating back to the 1920s, barred women of color from participating.
Even after organizations began changing their rules to accept women of all races, there was still a lingering frustration and opposition to join.
Only in the last 50 years have black women become more prevalent in these competitions.
>Reducing teachers' burden
China has issued a guideline to reduce the burden on teachers at primary and secondary schools, and create a good environment for education.
The guideline, jointly issued by the General Office of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and the General Office of the State Council, stresses streamlining the existing rules of supervision, inspection, appraisal and assessment at primary and secondary schools.
Authorities at all levels should not assign irrelevant missions, such as attracting investment, to primary and secondary schools and teachers, according to the guideline.
The guideline asks relevant authorities to simplify the data reporting from primary and secondary schools, prevent repeated reports, and improve the management of databases with advanced technologies, including artificial intelligence.
Education authorities should improve the quality of training for teachers to improve their professional skills, according to the guideline, adding that irrelevant training for teachers should not be allowed.
>Beijing population falls
A blue book released on Saturday showed that Beijing's permanent population has continuously dropped in the last two years. In 2018, the capital's permanent resident population was 21.5 million, 165,000 fewer than in 2017, according to the blue book, issued by the Beijing Population and Social Development Research Center and the Social Sciences Academic Press.
In addition, the report finds that the city's migrant population has been declining since 2015.
In 2018, it had fallen to 7.65 million, down 3.74% year-on-year.
The report also showed that the aging of the Beijing population accelerated significantly in 2018, compared with the juvenile population of newborns to 14-year-olds.
The juvenile population made up 10.52% of the total last year, while people aged 65 and older accounted for 11.21%.
>PM: UK to exit EU by Jan 31
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will "get Brexit done" by Jan 31 and then agree on a new trade deal with the European Union by the end of 2020, cabinet office minister Michael Gove said on Sunday, vowing to deliver on the government's top priority.
Johnson and his team were triumphant last week at an early election.
Johnson will set out his program on Thursday in a Queen's Speech.
Rishi Sunak, a deputy finance minister, said the government aimed to resubmit the Withdrawal Agreement Bill to parliament for ratification before Christmas to allow ministers to start work on other priorities.
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