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The Government has said some of the UK’s top firms and charities need to improve their cybersecurity urgently. Businesses have been encouraged to work with the National Cyber Security Centre to find ways to protect themselves against a cyber attack.
2 Filming stopped
Tom Cruise has broken his ankle while performing a stunt on the set of the upcoming Mission: Impossible film. The actor was seen trying to jump between the roofs of two high-rise buildings, landing hard against a wall.
3 Marathon challenge
An athlete from Bristol has set himself the challenge of running a marathon in all 196 countries! Nick Butter, who is aiming to raise money for charity and break some world records, will take 550 days to complete the challenge. It has never been attempted before.
4 New theme park
The Hunger Games and Twilight movies are getting their own theme park! Lionsgate announced the news last week, revealing its first branded outdoor park will open at Jeju Shinhwa World in South Korea. The park will be called Lionsgate Movie World and is expected to open in 2019.
5 Sir Brucie PASSES AWAY
Sir Bruce Forsyth has died, aged 89. The presenter is best remembered for hosting Strictly Come Dancing and The Generation Game. Lots of stars tweeted their respects, with Tess Daly saying: “He was a gentleman and a true legend. I will miss him deeply.”
6 new statue?
More than 10,000 people have signed a petition to replace a Confederate monument in Virginia, USA, with a statue of rapper Missy Elliott instead!
7 Birthday celebrations
It’s been a week of celebrations for Lantana, a publishing company that aims to create books that children from all cultures can enjoy. Lantana turned three on Monday (21 August) and their book The Tigon and the Liger celebrated its first birthday, too! First News Managing Editor Keilly Swift wrote the book, and her daughter also turned one on 18 August, so what better way to celebrate than with a Tigon and Ligerthemed party? Find out more about Lantana at lantanapublishing.com.
8 Poll results
Last week we told you about a bank called UBS saying that pilotless planes could save airlines more than £25bn a year. So we asked: Would you be happy to get on a plane with no pilot on board? The results are now in. 90% of you voted NO!
9 Emoji suite
A cool emoji personalisation suite has opened at London’s Selfridges store, letting students personalise a collection of products with their favourite emojis. You’ll have to be quick, though, as it’s only open for another few weeks!
10 More emojis
In other emoji news, a ginger-haired emoji could be set to hit phones in 2018. It’s part of a list of 67 emojis under consideration for next year!
11 Rocket design
A four-year-old aspiring astronaut sent a letter to NASA, with an idea he had for a rocket. Little did he think he’d get a reply! Idris Hylton also asked the company to give him an “astronaut licence.” Kevin DeBruin, a systems engineer from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, replied. “Creating work like this is the start to a great future astronaut who can pilot a rocket,” he said. “Keep it up!”
12 Baby four
Coleen and Wayne Rooney have announced they are expecting their fourth baby. Congratulations, guys!
13 New exhibition
A host of black British stars will be celebrated at a new exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery next year. The exhibition will feature images of Tinie Tempah, Sir Lenny Henry and Malorie Blackman, among others.
14 Harry’s show
Harry Styles is set to star in a special one-off TV show on the BBC in November. The star will perform tracks from his new album and chat about his career so far.
15 off to oxford
Malala Yousafzai is off to Oxford University next year! The human rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner shared her news following A Level results day. She tweeted: “So excited to go to Oxford!! Well done to all A-level students – the hardest year. Best wishes for life ahead!” Malala will study philosophy, politics and economics. This year, boys got higher grades than girls in A Level exams for the first time in 17 years!
16 zoo theft
Two collared peccaries (animals similar to pigs) were stolen from the Zulia Metropolitan Zoological Park in Venezuela. Police believe the animals might have been taken to be eaten, as the country has a severe food shortage.
17 carrot find
A carrot helped a woman in Canada find the engagement ring she lost almost 13 years ago! Mary Grams’ daughter was collecting vegetables from the family’s farm when she spotted the ring. She only noticed it because a carrot had grown through the centre of it!
18 Super nanny
A family is on the search for a super nanny, who they will pay a whopping £100,000 a year! The successful candidate will look after four children and travel with them across the world between their four (four!) homes.
19 Bye bye boxes
BT is set to get rid of 20,000 telephone boxes in the UK over the next five years. The company says lots of the boxes don’t get used any more and are expensive to look after. It is estimated that 93% of all people in the UK now own a mobile phone.
20 lost and found
A lost WW2 warship called the USS Indianapolis has been found after 72 years. The wreck was found at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean.