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1 ad­vent cal­en­dar

Have you been check­ing out our on­line First News ad­vent cal­en­dar? Ev­ery day through­out De­cem­ber we’ve got an ex­cit­ing Christ­massy sur­prise wait­ing for you on our web­site! So far, we’ve had an exclusive video mes­sage from Tom Fletcher, a gi­ant Santa run and a fes­tive gallery from Hog­warts! And there’s plenty more com­ing up, so make sure you don’t miss out! Visit live.first­news.co.uk.

2 Royal news

More de­tails have been re­vealed about the wed­ding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. The cou­ple will marry in St Ge­orge’s Chapel at Wind­sor Cas­tle in May 2018. Ms Markle, who is Amer­i­can, will also be­come a Bri­tish cit­i­zen. The wed­ding is ex­pected to be shown live on TV.

3 Satur­day jobs

The num­ber of chil­dren with Satur­day jobs has gone down in the past five years. It’s be­lieved that pres­sure to do well at school and achieve good exam re­sults might be the cause.

4 wicked awards

The Wicked Young Writer Awards are back! The com­pe­ti­tion is a chance for young peo­ple aged be­tween 5-25 to write about ab­so­lutely any­thing! Write on any theme that in­ter­ests you, as there are cat­e­gories for fic­tion and non-fic­tion. On the judg­ing panel this year are au­thor Cres­sida Cowell, former Labour MP Ed Balls and First News Ed­i­tor Nicky Cox. Find out more: www.wickedy­oung­writ­er­awards.com.

5 Trump’s tweets

Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May has said it was “wrong” for Don­ald Trump to share a se­ries of anti-Mus­lim videos on his Twit­ter ac­count. Mr Trump shared videos posted by Bri­tain First, a small ex­treme group. The pres­i­dent has been ac­cused of spread­ing hate with the tweets.

6 Sock do­na­tion

A char­ity shop in Som­er­set found £5,000 rolled up in­side a sock! Vol­un­teers at the shop called the po­lice to see if they could find the owner, but in the end noone’s de­scrip­tion matched up, so the char­ity got to keep the cash.

7 xmas Ex­cess

The Bri­tish pub­lic is be­lieved to over­spend on food at Christ­mas by more than £1 bil­lion! Peo­ple in the West Mid­lands seem to bin the most sprouts, while the North­east throws away the most mince pies. The info was re­leased as part of a poll by Chris­tian Aid. The char­ity has since made a video to high­light food waste.

8 poll re­sults

A re­view of bike safety may mean that ev­ery­one who rides a bike on a UK road must legally wear a hel­met and a high­vis­i­bil­ity jacket. We asked: Should you have to wear a hel­met when rid­ing a bike? 77% of you voted YES.


“Of course ev­ery­one should wear hel­mets. With­out them you could have a se­ri­ous ac­ci­dent and the only rea­son peo­ple don’t want to wear them is be­cause they think it doesn’t look cool,” says First News Live! user, Ted­dy­owner.


“There should not be a law stat­ing that you must wear a hel­met. It should be up to per­sonal choice. There should be a law in­stead about car driv­ers,” says First News Live! user, htc.

9 baby panda

A four-month-old panda cub has made his de­but at Beau­val Zoo, France. Brigitte Macron, wife of the French Pres­i­dent Em­manuel Macron, an­nounced the panda cub’s name was Yuan Meng, which means ‘ful­fil a dream’.

10 fight­ing Fake

The BBC is launch­ing a new ini­tia­tive to tackle fake news. The project aims to help young peo­ple iden­tify real news and fil­ter out fake or false in­for­ma­tion. It’s tar­geted at sec­ondary schools and sixth forms across the UK, and will in­clude ac­tiv­i­ties, a game and tu­to­ri­als.

11 Sunny smiles

A new study has sug­gested that peo­ple who grow up in sun­nier places are more likely to have warmer per­son­al­i­ties. That’s be­cause they are en­cour­aged to go out­side more when they are young and are more used to in­ter­act­ing with oth­ers. Ac­cord­ing to the study, the perfect tem­per­a­ture to be­come a so­cia­ble person is 22°C.

12 Xmas list

Prince Ge­orge has asked for a po­lice car for Christ­mas! Prince Wil­liam re­vealed his son’s wish list on a re­cent trip to Fin­land, where he met a jolly Fa­ther Christ­mas.

13 No tick­ets

Could ticket-free train travel soon be a thing? Chiltern Rail­ways is in­tro­duc­ing tech­nol­ogy to let peo­ple upload their pay­ment de­tails to a smart­phone app, which will charge them au­to­mat­i­cally when they get on a train. 14 Clothes re­port Wash­ing fleeces is more dam­ag­ing to the en­vi­ron­ment than mi­crobeads, says a new re­port. That’s be­cause tiny fi­bres come off in each wash.

15 men­tal health

The Gov­ern­ment is to in­vest £300 mil­lion in chil­dren’s men­tal health. Un­der new plans, young peo­ple in Eng­land will be able to ac­cess men­tal health sup­port at school or col­lege. Schools will be en­cour­aged to ap­point a se­nior person to look af­ter men­tal health and help chil­dren gain ac­cess to spe­cial­ist ther­a­pies and other NHS treat­ments if they need them. The Gov­ern­ment also hopes to re­duce wait­ing times for young peo­ple who need spe­cific ser­vices.

16 Book boost

Chris Rid­dell’s Mr Un­derbed book is be­ing reprinted, af­ter all copies sold out! Last month, Rid­dell ac­cused John Lewis of copy­ing his mon­ster char­ac­ter from Mr Un­derbed in their Christ­mas ad­vert, which John Lewis de­nied. It doesn’t seem to have done any­one any harm, though, as sales of the book have now had a big boost!

17 ice chal­lenge

The man who co-founded the ice bucket chal­lenge has sadly passed away. An­thony Sen­er­chia, who suf­fered from motor neu­rone dis­ease, helped to launch the chal­lenge on so­cial me­dia. Peo­ple across the world took part, with mil­lions of pounds be­ing raised for the ALS As­so­ci­a­tion.

18 Poi­son plot

A con­victed war crim­i­nal stunned a court in the Nether­lands last week, when he drank a bot­tle of poi­son in the dock. Slo­bo­dan Pral­jak was ap­peal­ing against a 20-year jail sen­tence, but lost. He then drank from the small bot­tle and told the court he’d poi­soned him­self. Pral­jak later died in hos­pi­tal. It’s not known how he got hold of the poi­son. As First News went to press, Bali’s Mount Agung vol­cano seemed to have calmed down, with dark ash be­ing re­placed by a plume of steam. The is­land is still on max­i­mum alert.

20 New of­fice

Face­book has opened a brand-new of­fice in Lon­don, cre­at­ing 800 jobs.


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