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The Week Junior

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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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United Kingdom
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English
Publisher:
Dennis Publishing UK
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turkey launches attack against kurds in syria

On 9 October, Turkey launched an attack on Kurdish forces in northern Syria. Around 200,000 people have fled from towns along the Turkish-Syrian border to escape the fighting. Who are the Kurds? The Kurds are a group of people who live in the Middle East but do not have their own country. There are between 25 and 35 million Kurds, who live in a mountainous region that includes parts of Turkey, Syria, Iran, Iraq and Armenia. For many decades there has been conflict between the Turkish state and some Kurds who live in Turkey. Why is there tension between the Turkish government and the Kurds? Turkey doesn’t want the Kurds to form their own state on its border. Many Kurds belong to the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which was formed in 2015. The SDF…

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fortnite fans stunned as game disappears for two days

On 13 October, hundreds of millions of players around the world were left shocked when the video game Fortnite was replaced by an image of a black hole. Nobody could play the game for two days until it returned on 15 October. Fortnite is a video game in which 100 players at a time fight against each other on an island. They have to find weapons and build bases, competing with other players to see who can be the last one standing. There are around 250 million players worldwide. The game is split into three-month long seasons, and there have been 10 so far. Epic Games, the company that makes Fortnite, warned that Season 10 would conclude with an event called “The End”. A countdown clock appeared in the game, so that players…

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athletes smash marathon records

Kenyan athlete Brigid Kosgei has set a world record for the women’s marathon, running 26.2 miles in two hours, 14 minutes and four seconds. Kosgei’s efforts at the Chicago Marathon beat the existing record, which was set 16 years ago by British athlete Paula Radcliffe, by one minute and 21 seconds. Kosgei said she had been surprised by breaking the women’s record. She added, “I was not expecting this, but I felt my body was moving, so I went for it.” Her achievement came just a day after another Kenyan runner, Eliud Kipchoge, set a remarkable record when he became the first person ever to run a marathon in under two hours. Unlike normal races, the route of Kipchoge’s marathon was specifically designed to be as flat and quick to run as…

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it’s an amazing week for…

AN INCREDIBLE FIND When Jo Carter realised she’d accidentally thrown away her engagement ring, she was very upset. But after a quick call to a recycling centre in Caldicot, Wales, two council workers spent four hours trawling through bags of rubbish, and they eventually found it. A HAPPY REUNION In 2007, a fox terrier called Dutchess went missing from her home in Orlando, in the US. Her owner, Katheryn Strang, kept the dog’s microchip active, and 12 years later Dutchess turned up at an animal shelter in Pittsburgh – almost 1,000 miles from Orlando. Katheryn and her dog have now been happily reunited. A BRILLIANT BIRTHDAY A Second World War veteran’s wish has come true after he was sent thousands of cards on his 100th birthday. James South lives in a care home in Texas,…

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queen’s speech lays out johnson’s plans

Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s plans for future laws have been revealed at an official ceremony called the Queen’s Speech at Parliament. What is the Queen’s Speech? The Queen’s Speech is an event held at the start of every parliamentary session. The Queen reads out a speech written by the Government in front of Members of Parliament (MPs) which explains what the Government wants to do while it is in power. There is usually a Queen’s Speech every year, but the last one was held in 2017. What was in this year’s Queen’s Speech? There were 26 ideas for new laws in the Queen’s Speech on 14 October, seven of which related to crime and justice. Johnson says he wants the Government to do more to tackle crime. Other plans include a new bill (law)…

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the week in history

23 October 1956 Hungarians rise up against Soviet rule On 23 October 1956, tens of thousands of people took to the streets of Hungary to protest against the Soviet Union. The Soviet Union, a country made up of Russia and other nearby nations, had occupied Hungary since 1944. After the protests, the Soviets allowed the former Hungarian prime minister, Imre Nagy, to return to power. However, on 4 November, they sent thousands of tanks into Hungary. In the fighting that followed, around 30,000 people died. Hungary remained under Soviet control until 1989.…

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