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From: St Osmunds
180 children are currently held in the prisons of Madagascar accused of stealing vanilla. They are often held in appalling conditions for years without a proper trial. Many children around the world suffer a similar fate. In Madagascar, selling vanilla is a trading policy, it sells for at least $150 in exporting markets . Stealing vanilla is a highly common crime there. It is a big business for the African island, an expensive commodity and people will try to get hold of it and sell it to make some more money for their often very poor families. Children are suffering a great deal in Madagascar just for stealing something as small as vanilla. The prison conditions there are abysmal. All these children have are concrete beds without mattresses and all are confined to tiny cells, cramped together. They are prisoners alongside 2000 other adults, many of whom have committed really big crimes and the prisons are only meant to hold 280 prisoners. Some haven't seen their mums in years because their families are very poor and can't travel to the prison. A BBC investigation dated 1st October 2019, found out that many of these children can spend more than 3 years in prison for that theft without even a trial. And when they go to trial, most of them don't even get a lawyer to defend them. In prison, they are miserable, dirty and only get one meal a day and no-one to care for them when they fall ill. Those are only some of the many children being held in prisons across the globe, children in Iraq are being punished because of things their parents did , Palestinian children have been captured and are being put into Iran's prisons for doing nothing more than protesting against grown up politics.  Innocent children everywhere are suffering in terrible conditions, they only have each other to rely on. According to the latest figures from Human Rights Watch and the UN's Child Fund, UNICEF, an estimated 1 million children are behind bars around the world today. In my eyes, it's  wrong to send children to jail at such young ages, in such poor living spaces. Human wrights groups are protesting against this but people in power just won't listen ! By Zandile Photo Cred : Getty Images
From: Barnes
Is it not awesome that the 22 year old, Simone Biles has won another gold medal at the World Gymnastics Championship? She is now creating history for herself! The 22-year-old says it means the world to her knowing that she has officially become famous, winning the 5th womens all around title in Stuttgart in Germany. This means she has become the first women to win the finals on the beam and floor; Is that not really amazing? Not only has the amazing gymnast won her 5th womens title, she also broke the world medal record. This means she has got the most medals ever, winning over 25 of them! Although Simone got off to a bad start at the Rio Olympics loosing her balance and falling off the beam, she still won Bronze medals and did not come down from having the worlds medal record. Never mind! Simone still won with the best bar routine ever, scoring a massive 15.066 on the beam. You may think that is not much but actually it is a great success! As well as all of this, Simone - to show off her talent even more - has just performed an incredible move on a tennis pitch before starting the game... she performed a triple back flip!    
From: Barnes
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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