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1 Solo suc­cess

Andy Mur­ray’s brother-in-law, Scott Sears, has be­come the youngest per­son to trek solo to the South Pole. Lieu­tenant Sears, 27, com­pleted the 702-mile trek on Christ­mas Day and had to pull a sledge and sup­plies for 38 days through freez­ing tem­per­a­tures.

2 di­a­mond buy

Venezuela doesn’t have enough money to pay for med­i­cal sup­plies, so their gov­ern­ment is try­ing to buy them with gold and di­a­monds in­stead. The health min­is­ter is said to have put for­ward the di­a­mond ex­change for medicines.

3 Wad­dle on

An in­jured duck is able to walk again, after be­ing given a pros­thetic leg. Peg the duck lost her foot fol­low­ing a scrap with a tur­tle, but has a new spring in her step thanks to a group of Amer­i­can teenagers. Stu­dents from Ar­morel High School in Arkansas tested var­i­ous different feet and even­tu­ally cre­ated the per­fect one for Peg us­ing a 3D printer.

4 Pre­his­toric find

An “amaz­ingly pre­served” pre­his­toric site has been found near Tel Aviv in Is­rael. Hundreds of flint axes and other arte­facts were also un­cov­ered. Ex­perts say that 500,000 years ago the site would have been the per­fect place for peo­ple to live, as the area had a stream and an­i­mals.

5 cab­i­net reshuf­fle Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May reshuf­fled her Cab­i­net last week. Some MPs, such as Boris John­son, stayed in their roles, while oth­ers changed. Damian Hinds has been ap­pointed as the new Ed­u­ca­tion Sec­re­tary, after Justine Green­ing re­signed rather than take up a new role. 6 lu­miere lon­don

More than 40 UK and in­ter­na­tional artists are set to trans­form Lon­don as part of the Lu­miere Lon­don light fes­ti­val, which kicks off on 18 Jan­uary. Lots of Lon­don’s streets will be lit up.

7 new at­trac­tion

Al­ton Tow­ers Re­sort has an­nounced a mega new at­trac­tion for 2018. Wicker Man is the first wooden roller­coaster to be built in the UK for 21 years. It cost £16m to build and will take rid­ers on a thrilling ad­ven­ture fea­tur­ing wood and fire! The ride is due to open in the spring.

8 su­gar wor­ries

Last week’s First News Poll Of The Week asked readers: Do you worry about the amount of su­gar you’re eat­ing and drink­ing? 64% of you an­swered YES, while 36% voted NO. Here are the top com­ments:


“I love eat­ing sweet/ sug­ary snacks like choco­late and sweets but I am try­ing to get out of the habit of eat­ing it so much.” – gin­ger2007 via First News Live!


“I don’t want to go on a diet but I think that watch­ing how much su­gar you eat in a day is a good thing to know be­cause then you know that you need to level it down a lit­tle or not.” – an­jana via First News Live! Turn to page 4 for this week’s First News Poll Of The Week.

9 no trousers

Last week, lots of peo­ple took to the Lon­don Un­der­ground in just their pants! That’s be­cause they were cel­e­brat­ing the an­nual ‘No Trousers On The Tube’ day. Bizarre – and chilly!

10 Sign of the times

Walt Dis­ney World has got rid of ‘Do Not Dis­turb’ signs at four of its ho­tels. The rooms will in­stead have cards that read ‘Room Oc­cu­pied.’ The change is part of a safety and se­cu­rity over­haul, which means ho­tel staff will be able to check on rooms. They will still knock and an­nounce them­selves be­fore en­ter­ing, the com­pany says.

11 Aus­tralian open

The Aus­tralian Open be­gins on 15 Jan­uary. Ser­ena Wil­liams has pulled out of the ten­nis tour­na­ment, say­ing she’s not quite ready to com­pete at her best. The star gave birth to her daugh­ter last Septem­ber. Andy Mur­ray has had to pull out through in­jury, too.

12 laser maps

The En­vi­ron­ment Agency has an­nounced plans to map Eng­land’s en­tire land­scape by 2020. Air­craft car­ry­ing laser scan­ners will map Eng­land from the sky. It’s hoped the in­for­ma­tion will help to as­sess flood risks, but it could also be used by gamers and ar­chae­ol­o­gists.

13 En­gaged!

Strictly Come Danc­ing star Alexan­dra Burke is en­gaged! The singer shared the news via Instagram, writ­ing: “I said YES!”

14 farewell

US as­tro­naut John Young, who flew to the moon twice, walked on its sur­face and flew the first ever space shut­tle mis­sion, has died aged 87, says NASA.

15 So­cial skills

The Chil­dren’s Com­mis­sioner for Eng­land is call­ing for all young peo­ple to be given ad­vice about us­ing so­cial me­dia. Anne Long­field wants dig­i­tal lit­er­acy to be taught in all pri­mary schools, to help chil­dren cope with the pres­sures of us­ing so­cial me­dia in to­day’s world. A re­port called Life In Likes found that lots of chil­dren aged 8-12 are us­ing Instagram, Snapchat and What­sApp, even though these aren’t for un­der-13s.

16 pay protest

BBC China edi­tor Car­rie Gra­cie has stepped down from her job, in a row over equal pay. In an open let­ter, Gra­cie re­vealed that she was up­set that her male col­leagues were still be­ing paid more than fe­male ed­i­tors for do­ing the same job.

17 He­roes hon­oured

Po­lice and rail staff who helped vic­tims of the Manch­ester ter­ror at­tack last year have been hon­oured at a spe­cial cer­e­mony. In to­tal, 74 peo­ple were awarded for their “ex­tra­or­di­nary acts of brav­ery” fol­low­ing the at­tack at Manch­ester Arena.

18 trump book

A new book about Donald Trump has hit the head­lines. Fire And Fury: In­side

The Trump White House by Michael Wolff makes claims about Trump’s men­tal sta­bil­ity and fit­ness. Trump said the book was “full of lies and sources that don’t ex­ist.” He called him­self a “sta­ble ge­nius”.

19 teen stars

TeenS­tar are on the lookout to find the best singers and dancers from around the UK! Au­di­tions start in Fe­bru­ary 2018. You can find out more at www.teen­star­com­pe­ti­tion.co.uk.

20 royal baby

Zara (the Queen’s grand­daugh­ter) and Mike Tin­dall are ex­pect­ing their sec­ond child. Con­grats!

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