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The Week Junior

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
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Dennis Publishing UK
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dramatic result in irish general election

In a surprise result, a political party called Sinn Féin has claimed victory in the Irish general election, which was held on 8 February. It became the first political party in nearly 100 years to win more votes than the country’s two traditional main parties, Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil. Why was an election held? People in Ireland were voting to elect 159 Teachtaí Dála (TDs), who are the Irish equivalent of Members of Parliament (MPs) in the UK. TDs represent a local area known as a constituency. Ireland has 39 constituencies, each of which has between three and five TDs representing it. In the last election, held in 2016, Fine Gael won the most votes and its leader, Leo Varadkar, became the country’s taoiseach (prime minister, pronounced tee-shock). The second biggest…

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trump found not guilty

On 5 February, US president Donald Trump was found not guilty in his impeachment trial. If he had been found guilty, he may have had to resign. Impeachment is a process that happens in Congress (similar to Parliament in the UK) to see if a president has done something illegal. Congress has two parts: the Senate and the House of Representatives. On 18 December 2019, Trump was impeached by the House of Representatives, which is controlled by the Democratic Party. Trump belongs to the Democrats’ rivals, the Republican Party. He was accused of two crimes, which meant there had to be a trial in the Senate. Trump was accused of using his position as president to damage the reputation of a political rival by pushing the Ukraine government to investigate Democrat politician…

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korean film makes history

History was made at this year’s Oscars when Parasite became the first film not in the English language to be named the year’s best. The Oscars, also known as Academy Awards, honour achievements in filmmaking. They are given out every year by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (an organisation of people from the film industry). This year’s ceremony was held on 9 February in Los Angeles, US. The South Korean film Parasite won four awards, including the award for Best Picture. This was the 92nd Oscars, and until this year the Best Picture prize had always been won by a film where the actors spoke in English. There is a separate category for foreign-language films – Best International Feature Film – which Parasite also won. Parasite’s co-writer and…

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it’s an amazing week for…

A RECORD-BREAKING ASTRONAUT On 6 February, NASA astronaut Christina Koch returned to Earth from the International Space Station (ISS), where she had spent a record-breaking 328 days. It is the longest ever space flight for a woman. While on the ISS, Koch completed 5,248 orbits of the Earth. A PRO FOOTBALLER Ngangom Bala Devi has become India’s first professional female footballer after signing a contract with the Scottish club Rangers FC. She has represented India internationally since the age of 15 and became the top goal-scorer for the national women’s team. Bala Devi hopes her achievement will encourage more Indian girls to play football. AN INCREDIBLE FIND This tiny blue-and-white glass game piece has been found on the island of Lindisfarne, off the coast of Northumberland. It is thought the 1,200-year-old piece was part of…

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storm ciara batters the uk

Two people died and thousands of homes were left without power after Storm Ciara hit the UK on the weekend of 8–9 February. Weather experts say it could be the largest storm the UK has experienced this century. Where did Storm Ciara hit? The Met Office (the UK’s national weather service) issued weather warnings for the whole country. Affected areas ranged all the way from northern Scotland to the south of England and western Wales. The Met Office’s Helen Roberts says that in terms of the affected area, Storm Ciara could be the biggest UK storm this century. As The Week Junior went to press, another storm – Dennis – was on its way. It is thought Storm Dennis won’t be as powerful as Ciara but could trigger flooding and winds of…

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the week in history

18 February 1930 Pluto is discovered On 18 February 1930, Clyde William Tombaugh discovered the dwarf planet Pluto. Dwarf planets are smaller than planets and orbit the Sun, but their gravity isn’t strong enough to affect objects in their path. Tombaugh discovered Pluto while working at the Lowell Observatory in Arizona, US. It was named by 11-year-old Venetia Burney, from the UK, whose grandfather sent her suggestion to the observatory. Pluto is the name of the god of the underworld – or the dead – in Roman mythology.…