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Michelle Obama revealed all about her life in the White House at a special talk at London’s Royal Festival Hall. The former First Lady said one of her biggest fears was falling over and becoming a meme! She also spoke about the time she met the Queen and broke royal rules by touching her.
France has seen violent protests across the country, over plans to increase fuel prices and living costs. In response, the French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe has said the tax rises due in January will be suspended.
A vintage Christmas tree from the 1930s is being put up for auction. The tree was bought in a popular supermarket chain known as Woolworths and has been owned by the same family for 80 years. It’s expected to fetch between £200 and £300, along with some decorations.
Paddington Bear has teamed up with UNICEF to spread Christmas cheer this year! The Paddington Parcels campaign is hoping to deliver presents to children all over the world, by creating online shoeboxes! Find out more at market.unicef.org.uk/ paddington-bear-parcels.
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Children in Scotland are drinking almost 4.4 million soft drinks a week, show new figures from Cancer Research UK. That’s roughly 600,000 a day! The charity is urging the Scottish Government to change the laws on multi-buy deals in supermarkets to help tackle the problem.
A family’s Christmas decorations caused panic for one passer-by in Austin, Texas. The Heerlein family decided to recreate a scene from one of their favourite festive films, with a man dangling down from the roof. They put a mannequin up, but someone walking past thought a real man had got stuck putting his Christmas lights up!
Magnus Carlsen (left) has won the World Chess Championship. He’s now held the title since 2013! The 28-yearold from Norway won €1m (£880,000).
Lots of people are talking about whether police officers should be allowed to knock suspects off their mopeds deliberately while tackling crime. We asked you: Should police ram suspects off their mopeds? 60% of you voted YES, while 40% of you voted NO.
Top children’s book illustrators have helped to celebrate the 40th anniversary of The Snowman, by creating their own drawings of the iconic character. Here’s one by Helen Oxenbury.
A free interactive light festival opens in Manchester’s Salford Quays tonight (Friday). Lightwaves 2018 will showcase light art until 16 December.
A man’s toothbrush holder has turned out to be a 4,000-year-old ancient relic! Karl Martin bought the pot at a car boot sale for just £4, but decided to get it checked out by his colleagues at Hansons Auctioneers after seeing some similar ones arrive at the auction house. One of the experts confirmed that the pot was actually an antique from Afghanistan, dating back to 1900 BC!
The winner of the 2018 Jacqueline Wilson Creative Writing Prize has been revealed! Congratulations to ten-yearold Harry Mayou from Ulverston in Cumbria. Harry won with his story, A Fantastic Tail, about the stranded football team in Thailand.
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has had to deny that he died and was replaced by a lookalike! The unusual rumour spread on social media, causing lots of confusion.
A seven-year-old boy has been named the highest earning YouTube star, after making £17.2m by reviewing toys! Ryan ToysReview has 17m followers.
In a typical classroom of 30 children, nine are now living in poverty, says a new report. Figures from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation show that the number of children living in poverty in the UK has risen by more than half a million in the last five years. The statistics show that more families are struggling to pay the bills and provide food.
A little boy gatecrashed the stage during Pope Francis’ family day address at the Vatican. Luckily the Pope saw the funny side and let the youngster carry on playing.
A competition is encouraging girls aged 12-13 across the UK to consider a career in cybersecurity. The CyberFirst Girls Competition will ask teams to complete a series of challenges split into four categories: cryptography, cybersecurity, logic and coding, and networking. Schools can find out more at www.cyberfirst.ncsc.gov.uk/girlscompetition.
The funeral of former American president George HW Bush took place last week. Lots of leaders paid their respects. Bush was the 41st president of the United States and led the country into the 1991 Gulf War. His son later followed in his footsteps and became president, too.
A British man has died after falling 24m while abseiling down Monte Ponoig in Spain. The rocky mountain on the Costa Blanca is very popular with climbers. An investigation has been launched to find out what
It’s Christmas all day long at Magic Radio! The station has replaced its usual playlist with festive tunes to get everyone in the mood for the holidays.