Following are last week's most shared stories online.
The 2016 MTV Video Music Awards were held on Aug. 28 at Madison Square Garden in Manhattan. Adele's Hello music video was the most nominated video with seven categories. But it was Beyoncé who stole the show with a widely praised performance and eight wins, breaking Madonna's record of the most awarded artist in VMA's history. Beyoncé, who has now a total of 24 Moonmen, the ceremony's award statue, performed during the night three songs from her latest album Lemonade to a standing ovation. Rihanna and Britney Spears performed as well.
At least 290 people died in a 6.2-magnitude earthquake that shook central Italy last Wednesday, Aug. 24. People around the world took to social media to show solidarity with Italy and mourn the victims with the hashtags #ItalyEarthquake and #PrayForItaly. The earthquake, which was felt in the capital, Rome, left survivors homeless after their houses turned to rubble. Those who had nowhere else to go spent the night in their cars and in tents set up by relief missions. Four towns, Amatrice, Accumoli, Pescara del Tronto and Arquata del Tronto, were the most affected.
The burkini ban controversy is far from over, and the internet has served up its own answer to the matter. The debate started after a picture of a French policeman confronting a Muslim woman on a French Riviera beach surfaced the web. The officer was giving the woman a ticket for wearing a burkini in Cannes. According to over 30 French Riviera mayors who decided to ban the burkini, this dress code does not respect good customs and secularism.
Liam Payne is a British singer, who became famous with the boy band One Direction but is going solo now. He turned 23 on Aug. 29, and fans are congratulating him using the hashtag. Payne and his band mates have become super popular in the past few years and are now considered one of the most successful millennials in the world. Payne has a solo album coming up, with reports saying it will be released late this year, or in the beginning of the next.