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Wa Lone, 33, and Kywan Soe Oo, 29, both award-winning journalists, have been released from a jail on the outskirts of Yangon, Myanmar in May after a sentence from the Official Secrets Agency in September 2017. The pair were released early, due to the amount of public protests and accusations about the country's reason for the supposedly "unjust" sentence. They spent over 500 days in prison. The pair was originally accused of "violating the country's Official Secrets Act" and were sentenced to nine years in jail. However, their imprisonment was seen as an "assault on press freedom" and many started questioning Myanmar's democracy. As the pair departed from the prison, Wa Lone vowed to continue his reporting and said that he was excited to return to work at the international news agency. "I am really happy and excited to see my family and colleagues again. I can't wait to go to my newsroom," he told reporters. Both journalists have families with young children. Wa Lone's wife only discovered that she was pregnant days after her husband's arrest. Wa Lone has only seen his daughter a few times on her visits to prison. Reuters' editor-in-chief said the reporters - who last month won the Pulitzer Prize for their work - had become "symbols" of press freedom. "We are enormously pleased Myanmar has released our courageous reporters," Stephen J Adler said. The journalist's case has been widely seen as a test of press freedom in Myanmar and the former political prisoner,  Aung San Su Kyi, has been ridiculed for defending the jailing of both journalists. Both men's families are over - joyed to have them home and despite some of their fears about the pair continuing reporting, they told the BBC that they are never going to stop supporting their newly - returned family members. More than 250 journalists are behind bars across the world, because of restrictions on freedom of expression and freedom of press. Turkey, for the second year running,  has been named the worst jailer with 68 journalists imprisoned. China came second with 47 while Egypt came third with 25. It is the journalist's role to tell the truth of what is happening to the world - and by exposing that truth, to hold power to account. But what if the risks of imprisonment (or worse) become too high?  
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After a difficult year for Britain, with so much news coverage devoted to Brexit, it was a nice relief to see some positive news in the form of the birth of Baby Sussex (who's now known as Archie). He is the son of Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, and was born at 5:26 on the 6th May in London's Portland Hospital. His full name is Archie Harrison Mountbatten - Windsor. The couple shared the news on Instagram with an image of Queen Elizabeth and Megan's mother Doria Ragland, meeting their newest great - grandson. BBC royal correspondent Jonny Dymond said there was a "strong indication" that Archie won't be brought up as a formal 'royal'. Harry and Meghan Markle have made it very clear  that they plan to break tradition and raise their son away from the spotlight, so as to give him the most ‘normal’ upbringing possible, possibly even in South Africa, where Harry's uncle, the Earl of Spencer, lives.  
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Whilst most of us have been busy taking closeup selfies, scientists have been busy taking images of something 500 million trillion miles away; a black hole. This incredible phenomenon has been described by scientists as "a monster" because of its massive diameter of about 40 billion km (three times that of the Earth) and was photographed by a network of eight telescopes across the world. Profesor Heino Falcke, from Radboud University in the Netherlands, told BBC News that the black hole was found in a galaxy called M87. "What we see is larger than the size of our entire Solar System," he said. "It has a mass 6.5 billion times that of the Sun and it is one of the heaviest black holes that we think exists. It is an absolute monster, the heavyweight champion of black holes in the Universe." Surrounding the perfectly circular black hole is, in the words of Professor Falcke, "a ring of fire." The mesmerising halo was formed by superheated gas, falling into the hole. The white - hot flames are one million times brighter than all the stars in our galaxy combined, scientists told BBC News. A team of 200 scientists is now imaging another enormous black hole at the centre of our own galaxy, the Milky Way. Despite how it sounds, this is harder than getting an image from a distant galaxy 55 million light-years away. This is because, for some unknown reason, the "ring of fire" around the black hole at the heart of the Milky Way is smaller and dimmer; therefore harder to picture and harder to reach. I think I'll stick to taking selfies!
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On Monday 18 March, Barnes Primary had the privilege of having our local MP Zac Goldsmith coming to visit. Zac gave us a little speech on climate change and how it will effect the whole wide world. He also told us that a few years ago all the politicians in the world met in Paris to discuss climate change and to stop the world from reaching 2 degrees hotter but now they want to make sure the world doesn't reach 1.5 degrees. The only problem is that all the politicians don't care about reaching 1.5 degrees, any more only 2 degrees. When he was done we were allowed to ask questions and this is what Jack Fernie asked Zac: "Zac, which do you think is more important Brexit or climate change?". Zac replied: "There is no doubt in my mind that climate change is more important than Brexit".
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On the 23rd of March 2019, an estimated one million people went on a march from Park Lane to Parliament Square. The march was in protest against Brexit and many were calling for a second referendum.  Many people, whether they voted leave or remain, were disappointed with Theresa May's deal and are seeking an alternative. People were chanting: "What do we want?  People's vote"!  "When do we want it?  Now"!  There were many signs and slogans expressing people's views. People were standing on lampposts with massive posters. There was music and even a marching band playing a range of songs including Dancing Queen by Abba. The march lasted over six hours and some people had to wait four hours just to start moving.  Meanwhile, a record breaking online petition on Parliament's website called for article 50 to be revoked with 5.7 million signatures. Many people hope that the march  and petition will help persuade the government to hold a second referendum.
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What do Selena Gomez and the Queen have in common? They now both post on Instagram! Queen Elizabeth II posted her first ever Instagram photo of the royal family on the official "Royal Family Instagram Account" for which she used an iPad as she examined "Top Secret exhibits" in the Science Museum. Members of Newsnuggets along with Barnes Primary, were fortunate enough to experience the arrival of Her Majesty in a black Range Rover at the main entrance of the Science Museum. Some were even able to learn about computer coding tequniqhes while interacting with the Queen. After this, Her Majesty said: "Today, I had the pleasure of learning about children's computer coding initiatives and it seems fitting to me that I publish this Instagram post at the Science Museum, which has long championed technology, innovation and inspired the next generation of inventors." During this, other members of Newsnuggets were interviewed by Sky News and First News. The Queen's post was inspired after reading a letter written in 1843 to Queen Elizabeth's great - great grandfather, Prince Albert, from computer pioneer: Charles Babbage. Over 170 years later, the invention that Babbage developed enabled Her Majesty to communicate with all her subjects "Instantly." Image Credit : Getty Images. Author Thalia is in the background looking on.
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After fourteen days of trying to find the new Prime Minister,we are now down to the last two candidates. With seventy-five points is Michael Gove. With seventy-seven points is Jeremy Hunt and with a whopping one hundred and sixty points is Boris Johnson. Sadly for Mr.Gove,he is now eliminated from the contest between the politicians. Although Mr.Johnson is in the lead, he is in a bad position because of the following: -His neighbor called the police because of the shouting coming from his house -It was evident that he forgot the name of the Muslim person during his argument All in all,the situation we are in as a country looks very unpredictable.
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Since 2016, two Prime Ministers have resigned due to pressure from Brexit. Both Theresa May and David Cameron, after three years of debates and votes, stepped down from this role. Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt are currently in the race to become the next Prime Minister. The United Kingdom is scheduled to leave the European Union on the 31st of October (Halloween). Until then, there will most likely be many votes in Parliament over issues such as the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland and international trade agreements. In one month, we will find out who will win the race to become the next Prime Minister and who will lead the United Kingdom through Brexit - if they have not resigned by then?! Who do you think the next Prime Minister will be: Johnson or Hunt?
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Britain's Got Talent auditions. Britain’s Got Talent viewers were left “sobbing”after the story of PC Dave Wardell and his everlasting friend(a retired police dog) who was stabbed saving his loving owner's life when a criminal attacked him. Audience members were left to weep as the officer explained how the service animal was stabbed with a 10-inch blade after he jumped between Mr Wardell and the offender swiping a knife. Finn suffered stab wounds to the chest and head but did not surrender until reinforcements arrived. People wonder why the policeman brought up the heart-sinking story. Was it to gain sympathy from the judges?Was it to acquire extra points from the audience? In the end, the crime fighting duo battled their way through to the final but sadly did not win. In conclusion, people still remember them as winners.We should all be grateful for all the police force do to protect us  
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We have moved into a new era of direct action by children. Recently a Swedish girl named Greta Thunberg started a new campain about climate change because she wanted politicians to realise what we are all doing to our world and how we can stop what we our doing to our world. Hopefully we will stop this because if  we do not our world is in grave danger! So far we have had three children's strikes but I think there will be more. I hope people will make the world a better place! Personally I think people should act quickly or we won't have time to stop it!
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Richard Slocock is legally blind and only has peripheral vision after losing his sight two years ago due to macular dystrophy. But this has not stopped him from becoming the number one paraclimber in the UK after winning many international and national competitions. Richard needs someone to guide him and advise were to place his feet and hands. But I think we can all agree that this climber is very talented to be able to climb even though he is visually impaired. The climber's achievements don't end there though; he has recently been rated  as one of the best climbers in the world. "I love climbing more than anything, if I could just give up work and climb every day and train every day I really would," said Richard. He is part of Team GB and came fourth in the world cup in France last year, in June. "It really comes down to not letting your disability define you, just push your way through it  and do what you love," he said.      
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Down in the sewers of Denmark a medieval sword has been dug out from the sewer's mud. The sword was from the 1300s and still seems to be awfully sharp and in super condition. The sword was covered in human waste and no one is really sure how it got there. Archaeologists think that the sword belonged to a magnificent warrior, from the 1300s. At the time, the swords were really expensive so only people from a royal family could afford to have one. It is going to be displayed in the Nordjyllands history museum in Aalborg, Denmark. The sword weighed about 2 pounds, and the sword was pushed and shoved so deeply in the sewers' mud that it was not noticed till now.  
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After the inspirational Marvel writer, Stan Lee, died, Marvel fans were in tears but they would have had to shed more tears when the smartest of the avengers -Iron Man- passed away in probably the most successful Marvel film - End Game. Before it had even been shown, pre-booking meant profit was already six hundred million dollars. I think you get how much money the film's makers will profited in the end. It is a shame that Stan Lee couldn't watch his 4th Avengers film but after watching the film, I am pretty sure he will go down in history. If you have not watched End Game please do not read on! Theories have spread and the world of youtube is loaded with thoughts on the films. Iron man is dead, Spider man Far from Home is coming and  Black Widow risked her life for Hawkeye and sadly, died. Although the film sounds like the end of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it really isn't. There's so much news I haven't  told you about and there's so much for marvel fans in the world to find out.
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Judith Kerr, the author and illustrator whose original story The Tiger Who Came to Tea introduced generations of pre-school children to reading and  enjoying books, has died at home at the age of 95. Her publisher said she'd had a short illness. Kerr, who dreamed up the tiger to amuse her two children, only started publishing in her 40s, and lived to see the book reach its millionth sale as she turned 94. Over a 50-year career she published more than 30 further books, immortalising a succession of family cats through the naughty but lovable Mog, and bringing to life her family’s flight across Europe as the Nazis came to power in the novel When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit. 
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On the 7th of February, this year, a rover that will land on Mars, was named after historic scientist Rosalind Franklin. The rover is an a unmanned ship that will look deeper into life on Mars. The European Space Agency (ESA) has named it after her for the fascinating research that she did on the human body. Rosalind Franklin was born on the 25th of July, 1920, in Notting Hill, in London. From a young age, she knew she wanted to be a scientist. Her father discouraged the idea as in that time, it wasn't acceptable for a woman to have that type of career. She was extremely intelligent and went to study at St Paul's Girls school and the University of Cambridge (where she earned a Ph.D in physical chemistry). Her research and the work of James Watson and Francis Crick, led to the discovery of the DNA double helix. Because of this, she has become extremely famous, therefore having a rover named after her in her honour. The Exomars will be an incredible rover which will be searching for any signs, or hope, of life on Mars. The Rosalind Franklin will be different to any other rover before as it will be able to combine the capability to roam around the red planet as well as study beneath the surface. Hopefully it will find a droplet of water or some bacteria that will show that we are able to survive on Mars. British engineers are hoping to have the finished rover ready by July. This is an amazing breakthrough with both engineering and science.        
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On the twenty fourth of April, Some Voices performed at the Clapham Grand. Some Voices were called 'London's coolest choir' when they performed BBC Radio Two's Friday Night is Music Night. The theme of the concert was Hollywood classics so they sung songs from numerous films including The Greatest Showman and Trainspotting. There are over 400 singers, amateur and professional, in the group.  They have sung loads of songs from Queen to Tina Turner and have always had brilliant costumes to match. Oh and my dad is one of the singers!
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On the 3rd of May, it was Word Press Freedom Day. Around the world, hundreds of journalists are imprisoned for writing stories. The highest number is in Turkey. Zehra Doğan, a Kurdish journalist and painter, was taken to court and sentenced to be in prison for nearly three years for doing artwork of the Turkish military forces destroying Nusaybin,Turkey. Luckily, her story gained worldwide attention in 2018 after others drew a mural calling for her release. In jail, Zehra secretly published a newspaper and created materials to paint. Now released, she is determined to continue sharing stories and drawing pictures. Doğan is an artist and journalist from Diyarbakir, Turkey. She is the founder and editor of Jinha, a unique Kurdish news site with a female-only staff. In a now deleted tweet, Doğan wrote, “I was given two years and 10 months in prison only because I painted Turkish flags on destroyed buildings. However, the Turkish government caused this. I only painted it.” She also wrote,“This painting was worth my time in prison because I managed to show the reality of  Nusaybin.” Since her release, lots of twitter users have shown their friendship accompanied by hashtags like #TurkeyCrackdown, #TerroristTurkey, and #FreeTurkeyMedia.
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The list of the richest people in the world has been published.  At the bottom of the list is Lee Shau Kee who is the co-founder of Sun Hung Kai, a successful property development company. He grew up in a very poor family, but today he is worth over $30 billion.  Next is Li Ka-Shing, who is one of the most influential businessmen in Asia and is the current chairman of CK Hutchison Holdings and CK Asset Holdings. However, he plans to step down from the position this year. As of March 2019, Li Ka-Shing’s net worth is roughly $32.7 billion. The American businessman, Sheldon Adelson, is the CEO of Las Vegas Sands Corporation and he is worth $35.4 billion. Although these people may sound rich, they are at the bottom of the list of the richest people. The richest person used to be Jeff Bezos - founder of Amazon - but now it is the famous Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook.
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The lake in Melbourne's Westgate Park (which is a man made lake) has naturally turned incredibly bright pink in the recent weeks.The lake has become a tourist attraction for all and has apparently become a hit on Instagram (great for getting likes).  Since 2013, the lake's environmental conditions have produced a red pigment called beto carotene which give the water a pink hue. The vivid color  is being produced by sunlight which causes warm temperatures and low rainfall. Tourists flock to the area and some visitors bizarrely dress up to help their photos to look better against the pink background.  
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A startling discovery of yet another dead grey whale on San Francisco Bay’s Ocean Beach was made May 6th, 2019. This is the ninth grey whale to wash up dead on these shores since March 2019. This particular whale is thought to have been killed by an impact with a ship, however, also showed signs of malnutrition. Examinations carried out by the The Marine Mammal Center show that four of the other whales were killed by an impact with ships, three by malnutrition and one by causes yet determined. It was also noted that it is usual for 1-3 whales to be found dead in this area during the entire migration season which puts the current count at three times the normal rate. Grey whales normally migrate through the San Francisco area twice yearly in Decembers/January and again in April/May. The whales are travelling from their feeding ground in Alaska to their breeding ground in Baja, California which is 11 000 miles away. Scientists are speculating that the grey whales  are having trouble finding food in Alaska and as a result do not have enough nourishment to make the long journey to Baja. Scientists have also observed the whales feeding in San Francisco waters,  giving birth in the open ocean prior to arriving at their breeding ground and as a result arriving later in Baja, all of which are highly unusual activity for these mammals. It appears that the death of the whales were caused by human activity either by direct impact with ships  or indirectly by climate change. Although grey whale populations are currently stable, marine scientists are fearful that this might not be the case for long.  
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Sadly a girl has died very recently after already having a problem with her lungs. Ella Kissi-Debrah was nine when she died on 4th July 2018. She died because of an asthma attack which her family and scientists believe had something to do with pollution. Videos show she already had problems with her breathing. Ella was shown in a video after getting out of a swimming pool. She was really struggling and was breathing very heavily. She was also breathing in pollution when ever she went out. An inquest is going to be held to decide if the pollution was to blame. I feel sorry for Ella because her tragic death wasn't even her fault. Pollution isn't a new problem. A long time ago, in the Victorian times, the streets of London were filled with air pollution known as smog.
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Now we're just waiting for the final. The semi finals saw Netherland's win 1-0 against Sweden. The goal was in the 99 minute{in extra time} by Groenen! England went out 1-2 against the favourites USA. Carly Press made it one nil to USA. Nine minutes later Ellen White made it one all. Then Alex Morgan made it 2-1.England had a goal disallowed and missed a penalty in the eighty second minute but had their heads held high. Sadly they couldn't win the third place play off against Sweden. Earlier,the USA's group was decided with the table set like this.1.USA 2.Sweden 3.Chile 4.Thailand and the fixtures go like this.  USA 13-0 Thailand and Sweden 2-0 Chile.Match Day 2. Sweden 5-1 Thailand and USA 3-0 Chile.Match day 3.USA 2-0 Sweden and Chile 2-o Thailand. Round of 16.Sweden 1-o Canada and USA 2-1 Spain.Thailand and Chile are out. My school did a World Cup draw and my class got Australia and Netherlands. With the Netherlands in the final we still have hope.  
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Arsenal  have confirmed  a signing from Barcelona of the 25 year old midfielder Dennis Suarez. Suarez is on loan at Arsenal until June 2021. He played for Barca 71 times since joining  in 2013. He has has already played under Unai Emery at Sevilla when he was  at the club on loan. Dennis played for Man City as a teenager but he only made two first-club appearances before being sold to Barcelona at the age of 19.
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