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Rising Sea Levels Destroy Countries; Congress And Obama Administration Look Into Changing Visa Policies

Facebook.com founder Mark Zuckerberg smiles at Facebook headquarters in Palo Alto, Calif., in this Feb. 5, 2007, file photo. Facebook, the social network, is tweaking the home pages of its 750 million users, much to the chagrin of some very vocal folks. The world's largest online social network is expected to announce even more changes on Thursday, when it holds its annual f8 conference in San Francisco for developers who create games and other applications for its site.

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Chan Zuckerberg Couple Vows To Give Away 99 Percent Of Facebook Shares. Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg announced yesterday that they will donate most of their fortune to their charity the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. The power couple announced their decision, currently valued at $45 billion, in a letter addressed to their new daughter Max. According to the letter, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative will focus on creating a better life for future generations, with focuses in learning, building strong communities, and curing common disease. Zuckerberg will remain the chief executive at Facebook. [BBC]

The Marshall Islands Are Disappearing. Low-level nations like the Marshall Islands are increasingly threatened by the rising water levels, to the point where parts of the island are underwater. Tony A. deBrum, the foreign minister of the Marshall Islands, has been meeting with international stakeholders all over the world, including at the Paris Climate Change Talks, to raise this issue to a national stage. While Marshall Island residents are free to immigrate to the United States because of a 1986 compact, countries facing problems are accepting funds from a newly created “Green Climate Fund” as reparations from larger international superpowers. [The New York Times]

Visa Changes Coming From Congress. Congress is looking into the rules surrounding United States travel from residents of visa waiver nations. The Obama administration has also announced changes to this program, which currently allows many Western European citizens to travel to the United States without a visa for up to 90 days. These suggestions were introduced in the wake of recent terrorist attacks, and potential changes include requiring participating countries to start issuing smart passports with biometric chips, comparing travelers to systems which would better track lost and stolen passports, and fingerprinting travelers who have recently visited Syria. [Reuters]

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