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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.”
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
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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.
“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.
“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?