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The Week Junior


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.

United Kingdom
Dennis Publishing UK
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51 Issues


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the un’s awareness days

Each year, more than 150 awareness days are organised by the UN. These cover lots of different topics, including types of food (pulses, such as lentils or beans, on World Pulses Day, 10 February); types of music (International Jazz Day on 30 April) and even toilets (World Toilet Day on 19 November). The events also raise awareness of languages, historical events, environmental issues and diseases. Ideas for new awareness days are approved at the UN’s General Assembly, which is a meeting of all the member states.…

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drones attack oilfield

On 14 September, the world’s largest oil-processing plant and an oilfield were left in flames after they were attacked by 10 drones. The attacks happened in Saudi Arabia, and have halved the country’s oil production. Houthi rebels from a neighbouring country, Yemen, said they were responsible for the attack. However, the US thinks it could have been carried out by Iran. Since 2015, there has been a war in Yemen. Saudi Arabia is supporting the Yemeni government and Iran is supporting the Houthi, who want to remove the Yemeni government from power. The US claims that the drones and missiles were launched from southern Iran, but Iran has said it was not responsible for the attack. Saudi Arabia is the world’s biggest supplier of crude oil. Crude oil is found deep underground,…

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charity boat docks in italy

For the first time this year, Italy has allowed a charity-run boat carrying refugees and migrants to dock. The boat, called Ocean Viking, landed on the Italian island of Lampedusa on 14 September, and the 82 people it was carrying were allowed to get off. A refugee is someone who has been forced to leave their home because of war or violence, or because it is unsafe for them to stay there. A migrant is someone who has left their home country in search of a better life. Ocean Viking is jointly run by two French organisations: Médecins Sans Frontières, which means Doctors Without Borders, and SOS Méditerranée. The boat rescued the 82 people in two separate incidents. The migrants and refugees had been trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea to get…

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it’s an amazing week for…

THIS DAREDEVIL GRANNY To mark her 90th birthday, Betty Bromage abseiled down the 52-metre Eagle Tower in Cheltenham to raise money for the Abbeyfield House care home, where she lives. It is her third fundraising event – she has also done a wing walk and a zip-wire challenge. ONE MAN AND HIS DOG Volunteers from Keswick Mountain Rescue Team in the Lake District saved an unnamed man and his weary terrier on 12 September. The dog’s owner had tried to carry it but became too tired, so the two took shelter in a hut and dialled 999 to get help. The rescuers took the pair back to where they were staying. SWIMMING THE ENGLISH CHANNEL On 17 September, Sarah Thomas completed an epic 54-hour swim, during which she crossed the English Channel four times in…

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meet the man who began brexit

More than three years since the UK decided to leave the European Union (EU), the man who started the process has broken his silence. David Cameron, a former UK Prime Minister, has written a book in which he explains why he decided to hold a referendum (public vote) on whether or not the UK should remain a member of the EU. (The EU is an organisation of 28 European countries that trade together and follow the same rules.) The Times newspaper has published parts of the book. Who is David Cameron? David Cameron was the Prime Minister from 2010 to 2016 and was the leader of the Conservative Party. Cameron organised a referendum in 2016 on whether or not the UK should stay in the EU. The vote was held on 23…

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the week in history

24 September 1975 First Britons climb Everest On 24 September 1975, Dougal Haston and Doug Scott became the first Britons to reach the summit (top) of Mount Everest, the world’s tallest mountain. They were also the first people to successfully climb the south-west face of the mountain, which is an especially difficult route to the top. Two other climbers from the same expedition reached the summit two days later. The first people ever to climb Mount Everest were New Zealander Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay, from Nepal, in 1953.…