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1 TOUGH ENOUGH

De­fence Sec­re­tary Gavin Wil­liamson has an­nounced that women will now be able to join the spe­cial forces – mean­ing that there is now no part of the Bri­tish mil­i­tary that women can­not join. In his an­nounce­ment, the De­fence Sec­re­tary said: “For the first time in its his­tory, our armed forces will be de­ter­mined by abil­ity alone and not gen­der.”

2 EX-PRINCESS

Ja­pan’s Princess Ayako has mar­ried ‘com­moner’ Kei Moriya in a cer­e­mony in Tokyo – mean­ing that she’s no longer a princess. In Ja­pan, when women of royal sta­tus marry some­one who isn’t of the same sta­tus, they are forced to leave the royal fam­ily. She’ll be given £1 mil­lion as a wed­ding gift from the coun­try’s gov­ern­ment.

3 YOUNG IN­NO­VA­TOR

Spon­sored fea­ture: We’re look­ing for the Young Dig­i­tal In­no­va­tor 2018! All you have to do is come up with an idea that could change the world. There are some amaz­ing prizes up for grabs, too. Find out more and how to en­ter at first.news/in­no­va­tors.

4 MERKEL MOVES ON?

Ger­man Chan­cel­lor An­gela Merkel is step­ping down as leader of her party, the Chris­tian Demo­cratic Union (CDU). Un­til now, Merkel has been both leader of the CDU and the coun­try, but this week an­nounced that she’d be step­ping down as CDU leader. She also said she will be stay­ing on as Chan­cel­lor un­til 2021. Merkel has been leader of the CDU since 2000 and has been Chan­cel­lor since 2005.

5 EURO­PEAN PLAS­TIC BAN

Sin­gle-use plas­tics are set to be banned across the EU from 2021. The ban will in­clude plas­tic straws, drinks stir­rers, ear­buds, cutlery and bal­loon sticks. MEPs in the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment backed the ban, to help tackle pol­lu­tion in our oceans.

6 LIS­TEN­ING IN

A re­port from Amer­ica’s New York Times news­pa­per has found that China and Rus­sia are lis­ten­ing in to calls made from US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s per­sonal iPhone. Ac­cord­ing to the re­port, US spies in­side the Chi­nese and Rus­sian gov­ern­ments read tran­scripts of Trump’s calls to friends.

7 SNIFF­ING FOR MALARIA

Sci­en­tists in The Gam­bia say they have found ev­i­dence that dogs can sniff out the life-threat­en­ing dis­ease malaria. Trained dogs can recog­nise tell-tale aro­mas on clothes from peo­ple in­fected with the dis­ease. It was found that dogs could pick out seven in ten sam­ples from in­fected peo­ple, but also in­cor­rectly thought one in ten healthy chil­dren had malaria. It’s hoped that dogs will soon be able to di­ag­nose an en­tire vil­lage quickly.

8 POLL RE­SULTS

From 5 Novem­ber, pupils at Ninestiles school in Acocks Green must be silent at all times while mov­ing be­tween classes. We asked you what you thought of the silent cor­ri­dor rule. Is it a good idea? Lots of you voted, with a whop­ping 81% say­ing YES, and just 19% say­ing NO.

YES!

“I think it is good to have a silent cor­ri­dor be­cause it lets the chil­dren in lessons con­cen­trate more eas­ily,” said First News Live! user, sam­bro­phy.

NO!

“I don’t think the ‘Silent Cor­ri­dor’ rule is good be­cause al­though the head­mas­ters and staff say that it will make pupils ready for learn­ing, it may put them off, as they may talk about lessons and learn­ing any­way,” said First News Live! user, dcb10.

9 AI ART

A por­trait pro­duced by an al­go­rithm has sold for more than £330,000 at an auc­tion. It’s the first art­work gen­er­ated by AI to sell at Christie’s auc­tion house – and made as much as a Pi­casso also sold that day!

10 FES­TI­VAL RULES

Wireless Fes­ti­val will be al­lowed to stay in Lon­don’s Fins­bury Park, as long as it fol­lows cer­tain rules. Per­form­ers will be asked not to swear or wear in­ap­pro­pri­ate clothes, and new sound level lim­its will also be put in place. The news comes af­ter the fes­ti­val re­ceived com­plaints about bad be­hav­iour and noise.

11 LION CUB RES­CUED

A six-week-old lion cub was res­cued from a Paris apart­ment, af­ter be­ing put up for sale. Po­lice be­came alerted to the sale and tracked down the sus­pect, who was ar­rested. The fe­male cub is now be­ing looked af­ter by wildlife ex­perts.

12 SEA CROSS­ING

The world’s long­est sea cross­ing bridge has opened in China. The bridge is 34 miles long and con­nects Hong Kong to Ma­cau and Zhuhai. It cost a whop­ping $20bn (£15.3bn) to build. Peo­ple can now cross the sea in just 30 min­utes.

13 ES­CA­LA­TOR CRASH

More than 20 peo­ple were hurt when an es­ca­la­tor ran out of con­trol at a metro sta­tion in Rome. Most of those in­jured were Rus­sian foot­ball fans at­tend­ing a Cham­pi­ons League match.

14 TOP DES­TI­NA­TIONS

Lonely Planet has re­leased its list of ‘must-travel’ des­ti­na­tions for 2019. The top place is Sri Lanka, fol­lowed by Ger­many and then Zim­babwe.

15 HE­LI­COPTER CRASH

A he­li­copter be­long­ing to Le­ices­ter City Foot­ball Club owner Vichai Sri­vad­dhanaprabha crashed out­side the team’s sta­dium this week, killing the Thai busi­ness­man and four oth­ers. The he­li­copter took off from the pitch as usual, but af­ter clear­ing the sta­dium’s roof it span out of con­trol, crash­ing into the sta­dium’s empty car park.

16 UK FIRST

Two un­born ba­bies have had their spinal cords re­paired by sur­geons. It’s the first time the op­er­a­tions have ever been car­ried out in the UK. Both op­er­a­tions were per­formed at Lon­don’s Univer­sity Col­lege Hos­pi­tal while the ba­bies were still in their mums’ wombs.

17 COMP EX­TENDED

Our Chick­en­shed Christ­mas Tales com­pe­ti­tion has been ex­tended! Would you like to see your writ­ing per­formed on stage? Now’s your chance! We’re look­ing for a tal­ented

First News reader to write a sec­tion of this year’s Chick­en­shed Christ­mas show. Find out more by go­ing to first.news/win.

18 EPIC BIL­LIONS

The com­pany be­hind smash-hit game Fort­nite (PEGI 12) has been val­ued at $15bn (£11.7bn)! Six months ago, the com­pany was worth a third of that.

19 POT­TER CLASS

Stu­dents at an In­dian law school will de­bate laws of Harry Pot­ter, such as the rules around ‘un­for­giv­able curses’! The class will think crit­i­cally about crimes like slav­ery, which is found in both the wiza­rding world and In­dia to­day.

20 PAR­ENTS v KIDS

O2 and the NSPCC have launched the first ever ‘Par­ents v Kids’ voice­ac­ti­vated quiz on Ama­zon Alexa. The quiz aims to get par­ents and chil­dren talk­ing to each other about the on­line world and help bridge lan­guage gaps. Did you know that 48% of par­ents ad­mit to not un­der­stand­ing the phrases their chil­dren use?

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