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The Week Junior

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


3 min.
prince harry and meghan markle are to step away from royal roles

On 13 January, the Queen announced she would allow Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle (the Duke and Duchess of Sussex) to reduce their royal responsibilities. The couple had released a statement on 8 January saying they wanted to “step back as senior members of the royal family”. What do the Sussexes want? Harry and Meghan aim to reduce the amount of work they do as senior members of the royal family and focus on new projects, including their own charity. The other senior royals are the Queen and her husband Prince Philip, Prince Charles (Harry’s father) and his wife Camilla, and Prince William (Harry’s elder brother) and his wife Kate. The Sussexes want to split their time between the UK and North America. It is thought that they will move…

1 min.
giving it all up for love

Edward VIII is the only British monarch to abdicate (give up the throne) through his own choice. He was King from 20 January until 10 December 1936, when he stepped down to marry Wallis Simpson, who was from the US. Edward VIII and Simpson fell in love, but his family and the Church of England did not approve of their marrying because Simpson had been married before. Edward VIII abdicated so they could marry and live together. Edward VIII’s brother became King George VI. He was the current Queen’s father.…

1 min.
“frozen” village attracts too many tourists

A pretty Austrian village, rumoured to have been the inspiration for the town of Arendelle in the Frozen films, is struggling to cope with a sudden increase in tourism. Fewer than 800 people live in Hallstatt, but up to 10,000 visitors per day came in 2019, up from around 100 a day in 2009. The number of people travelling to Hallstatt has been increasing since 2006, when it featured in a South Korean TV programme. The beautiful village, which overlooks a lake and is surrounded by snow-capped mountains, attracted further attention in 2011 when a replica of it was built in China. Hallstatt has also been named as the “most Instagrammable town in the world”. Mayor Alexander Scheutz has said that too much tourism is causing major problems for the village,…

1 min.
ceremonies honour iran plane-crash victims

Memorials have been held for the 176 people who died after a passenger plane crashed shortly after take-off from Tehran, Iran, on 8 January. At first, the Iranian government said that the disaster was caused by a technical fault on the plane. On 9 January, the Canadian prime minister, Justin Trudeau, said there was evidence it had been hit by an Iranian missile. The Iranian government denied this, but on 11 January it confirmed it had accidentally shot down the plane. There were 57 Canadian citizens on board, as well as people from six other countries, including the UK. Iranian president Hassan Rouhani called it “an unforgivable mistake”. The country has opened an investigation into the incident and says that people have been arrested. The plane was hit shortly after Iran fired…

1 min.
it’s an amazing week for…

GETTING A NEW FLIPPER A turtle that lost one of its flippers after becoming tangled in a fishing net in Thailand has been given a prosthetic (artificial) flipper. The endangered olive ridley sea turtle can’t be released back into the wild but is said to be “swimming much better”. FINDING A 14TH CENTURY DRAWING The oldest known drawing of Venice in Italy has been discovered by historian Sandra Toffolo, from the University of St Andrews, in Scotland. The picture dates back to the 14th century and shows buildings, canals and boats. It was drawn by Niccolò da Poggibonsi, a monk who liked to describe the places he visited. A YOUNG BIRDWATCHER Mya-Rose Craig, 17, has become the youngest birdwatcher in the world to spot 5,000 species of bird. To mark her achievement, the teenager from…

2 min.
northern ireland assembly returns to work

On 10 January, Northern Ireland’s two biggest political parties agreed to form a government. Northern Ireland’s parliament had been suspended for almost three years because the main political parties disagreed on how they would work together. The Northern Ireland Assembly Northern Ireland’s parliament is officially called the Northern Ireland Assembly, but it is often referred to as Stormont. This is because the parliament buildings where the assembly meets are on the Stormont estate in Belfast. Voters elect Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs) to work at Stormont. The current Northern Ireland Assembly was set up in 1998 as part of the Good Friday Agreement. This agreement was aimed at bringing peace to Northern Ireland. The country had faced years of conflict between nationalists (who want Northern Ireland to be part of the…