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The Week Junior No. 146

The Week Junior is a brilliant current affairs magazine for children aged between 8 and 14. It’s filled with fascinating stories and information, written to engage curious young minds and encourage them to explore and understand the world around them.

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deadly storms strike us and asia

Emergency helpers in North Carolina, US. A man and his cat head to safety in North Carolina. The typhoon hits China. Two deadly storms have struck the US and Asia, destroying buildings and forcing people to flee their homes. Hurricane Florence, which hit the east coast of the US, caused major flooding as it slowly moved across the country. Meanwhile, Typhoon Mangkhut, which struck the Philippines, Hong Kong and mainland China, is the strongest storm recorded this year. Typhoons and hurricanes are the same kind of storm but are named differently because of where they aree in the world. Typhoons only occur in the Northwest Pacific Ocean. What happened in Asia? Typhoon Mangkhut first hit the Philippines on 15 September, where it triggered landslides (a collapse of earth…

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the waffle house index

The US government’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which helps people before, during and after emergencies, has an unusual way of assessing storm damage. FEMA monitors the US restaurant chain Waffle House, which is usually open 24 hours a day and stays open in bad weather, often serving food to emergency helpers. FEMA checks if Waffle House is serving a full menu, just some items or nothing at all, to see how much damage has been done to an area and how quickly it will recover. It is known as the Waffle House Index. Most Waffle Houses stayed open during Hurricane Florence. ■…

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russian suspects say they are innocent

Petrov and Boshirov on TV. Two Russian men charged with the attempted murder of a Russian ex-spy and his daughter in Salisbury, Wiltshire, have given their first interview. They claim they were just sightseeing – something the UK Government has said is an “insult to the public’s intelligence”.On 2 March this year, ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter were discovered unconscious on a bench in Salisbury city centre. They were found to have been poisoned with a toxic substance called Novichok. They remained in hospital for a number of weeks but have since recovered.Earlier this month, Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov were named as the main suspects behind the attack. Traces of Novichok were discovered in the London hotel room where they stayed before their trip to Salisbury, providing…

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first human drawing found

Blombos Cave, where the rock was found. The drawing is like a hashtag. Scientists in South Africa say they have found the “oldest known drawing” on a rock. It was discovered in Blombos Cave, which is on the south coast of South Africa, and is thought to have been drawn 73,000 years ago. The image is of nine red lines that look a bit like a hashtag.While scientists have discovered older engravings before, this is thought to be the oldest-known drawing. The simple lines were made using a crayon made from ochre. Ochre is a pigment made from clay earth, which also gives it its red colour.Luca Pollarolo, from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, found the drawing on a small flake of stone about the…

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it’s an amazing week for…

The narwhal (right) with his pals. (GETTY IMAGES · REX SHUTTERSTOCK · PA · REUTERS · GREMM) THIS FRIENDLY NARWHAL Making friends can be hard, particularly when you’re about 620 miles from home. This orphaned narwhal managed it, joining a gang of beluga whales in Canada’s Saint Lawrence River, far from the rest of his species in the icy waters of the Arctic. TREASURE HUNTERS A hoard of 5th century gold coins has been found buried in a stone urn under a disused cinema in Como, northern Italy. They were discovered during excavation work on the site. Local archaeologist, Luca Rinaldi, said that this rare find was “an exceptional discovery” that has an “inestimable” value. The winning cabbage. A CABBAGE GROWER Ian Neale has…

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“my deal or no deal,” says pm

Theresa May and her husband watch TV at Chequers. In an interview with the BBC on 17 September, the UK Prime Minister Theresa May gave Members of Parliament (MPs) a warning about the UK’s future relationship with the European Union (EU) after Brexit. She says they must support the deal that she hopes to make with the EU, or there will be no deal. What is Brexit? Brexit is the word for the UK leaving the EU (an organisation of 28 European countries who trade together and follow the same rules). This will happen on 29 March 2019, although there will be a period of time, up until the end of 2020, to allow businesses to get used to the change. May is trying to reach a deal with…