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1 Royal what­sapp

The royal fam­ily has a What­sApp group! Mike Tin­dall, the hus­band of the Queen’s grand­daugh­ter Zara, has re­vealed that fam­ily mem­bers talk about wed­dings and ba­bies. Meghan Markle is also hop­ing to break with tra­di­tion and make a speech at her wedding to Prince Harry in May.

2 Squir­rel cull

An­i­mal rights groups have told the en­vi­ron­ment sec­re­tary, Michael Gove, that a squir­rell cull is ‘ab­so­lutely ab­surd.’ Gove is sup­port­ing a cull be­cause he be­lieves it will help to save trees and red squir­rels who can catch dis­eases from grey squir­rels. Op­posers ar­gue that grey squir­rels do not have a big enough im­pact on th­ese things.

3 Wicked news

The mu­si­cal Wicked has an­nounced a new year-long part­ner­ship with Great Or­mond Street Hos­pi­tal Chil­dren’s Char­ity (GOSH Char­ity). The mu­si­cal will be do­ing lots of fundrais­ing for the char­ity, and cast mem­bers will visit pa­tients at the hos­pi­tal to keep them en­ter­tained through­out the year.

4 Fast food

The num­ber of fast food shops only a five-minute walk away from school has in­creased by 67% in the last five years. Ex­perts say this is lead­ing to more child­hood obe­sity.

5 Shar­ing bags

‘Shar­ing bags’ of sweets and choco­lates should be banned, say health cam­paign­ers. Ac­tion on Sugar say peo­ple can’t re­sist the urge to eat the whole bag, and this in­creases the risk of obe­sity. The group wants to in­tro­duce a 20% sugar tax on sweets to tackle the prob­lem.

6 Gender pay gap

Male news pre­sen­ters at the BBC have taken a pay cut to make it fairer for their fe­male col­leagues. John Humphrys and Huw Ed­wards are among those who have agreed to re­duce their salaries.

7 bee prob­lem

Bee­keep­ers are be­ing blamed for con­tribut­ing to the de­cline of wild bees. The Univer­sity of Cam­bridge says more and more peo­ple are keep­ing Bri­tish hon­ey­bees, leav­ing wild bees struggling to find food. The ex­perts say there needs to be more con­trol on pri­vately-man­aged bees, to en­sure that the species don’t die out.

8 poll re­sults

Amer­i­can re­searchers have claimed that spend­ing too much time on your phone can make you un­happy. We asked: Do you think too much phone time can make you un­happy? 73% of you said YES.

9 Pres­i­dent power

Pres­i­dent Trump sure does travel in style! His jet, Air Force One, is to get two brand new fridges in­stalled at a whop­ping cost of $24m (£17m). We bet they’ll be car­ry­ing lots of nice food! Did you also know that Trump has some­one to look af­ter his wa­ter? This per­son checks his wa­ter to make sure it isn’t poi­soned!

10 Throat sweets

Lots of us take lozenges for sore throats, but new NHS ad­vice says they don’t ac­tu­ally help our symp­toms that much. Also, doc­tors are be­ing ad­vised to stop pre­scrib­ing an­tibi­otics for sore throats, as in most cases they won’t help.

11 Great Go­rilla

One of the world’s old­est go­ril­las has died aged 60. Vila lived at San Diego Zoo Sa­fari Park and was sur­rounded by her troop when she passed away. The old­est go­rilla in cap­tiv­ity is 61-year-old Trudy who lives in Arkansas.

12 bar­bie movie

The re­lease of the new live-ac­tion Bar­bie movie has been de­layed un­til 2020. Anne Hath­away is be­lieved to be tak­ing on the lead role.

13 help­ing pen­guins

For­eign sec­re­tary Boris John­son plans to ban fishing, drilling and con­tainer ships around the South Sand­wich Is­lands to help pro­tect pen­guins. Fishing is not ex­pected to be banned in the en­tire area, but John­son is set to in­tro­duce big­ger no-go zones.

14 It’ll be back!

En­joy­ing Danc­ing on Ice this year?! Fans will be happy to hear that the show will be back for 2019, too!

15 Girl power

Ed­u­ca­tion cam­paigner Malala Yousafzai has urged women to “change the world.” Talk­ing about equal­ity at this year’s Davos con­fer­ence, where lots of busi­ness peo­ple and world lead­ers meet, Malala said: “We won’t ask men to change the world, we’re go­ing to do it our­selves. We’re go­ing to stand up for our­selves, we’re go­ing to raise our voices and we’re go­ing to change the world.”

16 Sand­wich habit

The whop­ping amount of sand­wiches that the UK eats each year has the same im­pact on the en­vi­ron­ment as eight mil­lion cars, say scientists. It’s es­ti­mated that Brits eat around 11.5 bil­lion sand­wiches ev­ery year! Now, the Univer­sity of Manch­ester has worked out that the car­bon diox­ide equiv­a­lent of that is a huge 9.5 mil­lion tonnes! That’s the same amount as from 8.6 mil­lion cars in a year. An ‘all­day break­fast sand­wich’ with bacon, sausage and egg has ranked as the worst for the en­vi­ron­ment.

17 ikea founder

The man who in­vented IKEA has died aged 91. Ing­var Kam­prad founded the Swedish fur­ni­ture com­pany when he was just 17 years old!

18 Char­ity walk

A war veteran who cel­e­brated his 86th birth­day by do­ing an 86-mile walk for char­ity has been hon­oured by the Prime Min­is­ter. Jef­frey Long has been given the Points of Light award, which recog­nises amaz­ing vol­un­teers.

19 sunbed race

Do you ever have to race to get a sunbed on holiday be­fore ev­ery­one puts their tow­els down? Now, a new scheme from Thomas Cook is of­fer­ing hol­i­day­mak­ers the chance to pre-book their beds around the pool be­fore they even leave home!

20 LEGO birth­day

The LEGO brick is now 60 years old! The build­ing toy was first patented in 1958 in Den­mark. To cel­e­brate, Rus­sell Cas­se­vah broke a new world record – walk­ing bare­foot across a 36m path made of loose LEGO bricks. Ouch!

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