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BRIDGETOWN, BARBADOS - NOVEMBER 30: President of Barbados, Dame Sandra Mason, stands after being sworn in at the Presidential Inauguration Ceremony at Heroes Square on November 30, 2021 in Bridgetown, Barbados. The Prince of Wales arrived in the country ahead of its transition to a republic within the Commonwealth. This week, it formally removes Queen Elizabeth as its head of state and the current governor-general, Dame Sandra Mason, will be sworn in as president. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell - Pool/Getty Images)

Barbados breaks from Britain and becomes republic

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Prince Charles won’t be head of state in Barbados when he succeeds Queen Elizabeth II – but he was on hand at the historic inauguration of the first president to wish the nation well

James Harvey 15 who has the Guinness World Record for the most consecutive cat twists on a trampoline at the Eastside Activity Centre at Rokeby.  Picture: Chris Kidd

Aussie teen’s world record twist

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A Tassie teen has set a new trampoline world record for the most ‘cat twists’ in a row. Can you guess how many he landed?

Healthy Harold gives his tips on how to manage screen time.

How to swap screen time for green time

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It’s easy to lose track of time when you’re on a screen. It even happens to Healthy Harold! See Harold’s tips for swapping screen time for green time – and send him your questions

Kids News Cartoon Contest artwork by Mark Knight.

Last week to enter Kids News Cartoon Contest

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Prime Minister Scott Morrison hosts the winners of the Prime Minister's Spelling Bee competition Arielle Wong, 10 (year 3,4 winner), Theekshitha Karthik, 12 (year 5,6 winner), Evan Luc-Tran, 13 (year 7,8 winner) and presents them with their trophies at Parliament House on November 29, 2021. Picture: Adam Taylor

Spelling Bee champs blitz PM

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Third time proved a charm for winners of the inaugural Prime Minister’s Spelling Bee, who finally met the man himself after several Covid cancellations – and Kids News was there

A penguin walks past Mawson's Hut at Commonwealth Bay, Antarctica, Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012. Mawson's Hut hadn't been entered for more than 12 months and was opened for the 100th anniversary celebrations of Douglas Mawson's landing. (AAP Image/Dean Lewins) NO ARCHIVING .    THE most significant monument from Australia’s Heroic age (that is what it is called...) of Antarctic exploration will be brought to Australia and be sent around NSW under a new program funded by the Turnbull government. Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg will today announce the first funding for the contents of Mawson’s Hut to be preserved and brought to Australia. Mawson’s Huts at Cape Denison was the base for the Australasian Antarctic Expedition of 1911-14 led by Australia’s greatest polar explorer Sir Douglas Mawson.

Saving Mawson’s remote Antarctic huts

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Extreme isolation on ice awaits a team tasked with preserving Sir Douglas Mawson’s 110 year old Antarctic timber huts

Brumbies in the Kosciuszko National Park in Kiandra, NSW. Picture by Sean Davey.

Wild horses to be reined in

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Brumby numbers will be slashed in Kosciuszko National Park in NSW under a plan to reduce environmental harms caused by wild horses

Australian cricketer Marnus Labuschagne as a young cricket player. Picture: Cricket Australia

Who is this cricket star?

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Do you recognise this young cricketer? He’s all grown up now and a key member of the Australian cricket team. Find out who he is and how he turned his love of the game as a little kid into an impressive career

Research from Deakin Uni about the things kids, young people and oldies want from Victorian and Melbourne parks.
Kids - flying foxes and trees to climb
Teens - basketball courts and places to hang out
Oldies - places to walk and birdwatching places.
Yumi and Coco playing up a tree. Picture: Tim Carrafa

Risk plus adventure equals fun at the park

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Flying foxes, trees for climbing, swings and obstacle courses are on the park wishlist for Aussie kids, new research reveals

Cheetah lure at Werribee Open Range Zoo.

Cheetah Kulinda is just wild for zoo life

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Life is never boring for cheetah Kulinda thanks to special enrichment programs designed to keep animals healthy and happy at our zoos

Flynn Reef, Point Break. Acropora releasing. Great Barrier Reef. Pic Gareth Phillips, Reef Teach.

Hybrid coral could withstand heat

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Coral that survived multiple mass bleaching events added to Great Barrier Reef’s mass spawning mix so heat-resilient hybrid could be born

ONE TIME WEB USE ONLY - FEES APPLY - CONTACT info@seadragonfilms.com.au FOR ANY OTHER USE***, Underwater cinematographer Dean Spraakman captured footage of a battered looking shark off the coast of the Neptune Islands in South Australia. Picture: Sea Dragon Films

Great white an underwater warhorse

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Stunning images of a heavily scarred great white shark suggest a battlefield lies beneath the surface of the ocean

Mark Knight cartoon for tuesday 23rd of November 2021 Herald Sun Newspaper

Should have called in an expert

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Cartoonist Mark Knight reckons a teenage fangirl would have been the perfect option to pull off Channel 7’s botched interview with singing megastar Adele

Herald Sun cartoonist Mark Knight at his home studio following a the viral and negative reaction to his cartoon which depicted Serena Williams' loss to Naomi Osaka during the U.S. Open. Picture: Jake Nowakowski

Enter the Kids News Cartoon Contest

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Sharpen your pencils, we want budding cartoonists to create a cartoon about a news event that matters to them. Get tips from some of Australia’s best cartoonists and find the Kids News Cartoon Contest entry form here

DAILY TELEGRAPH NOVEMBER 17, 2021. From left Cheyse Hoy, 6, brother Jaxon Hoy, 4, and friend Mack Acheson, 4, playing in the flood waters of the Lachlan River at the Forbes Iron Bridge Picture: Jonathan Ng

Cold, wet summer Down Under

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Dreams of the perfect Aussie summer have been dashed as La Niña starts to lash eastern states with rain, wind and cold

MELBOURNE, NOVEMBER 11, 2021: Rowers at Melbourne Girls Grammar School, L to R Alexandra Williams, Georgie Gough, Amelia Kogler. Picture: Mark Stewart

Girls more active in PE without boys

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Girls get a bigger workout in single-sex school sports than they do playing on mixed teams with boys

Pinocchio holding sheet of paper. ISTOCK

Fibs all over your face

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A new device for catching liars in the act has picked up facial signals that might prove to be more accurate than polygraphs

Kangaroo Island fire. The view back towards Kingscote along the Playford Hwy. Picture: Brad Fleet

Assassin spiders dodge death

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Kangaroo Island assassin spiders have been found alive almost two years after bushfires were feared to have wiped them out

12/01/2009 NEWS: Artist's impression of 150 mm shell damage to the port side of HMAS Sydney. On 19 November 1941, the Royal Australian Navy Modified Leander Class light cruiser HMAS SYDNEY II, en route to Fremantle, intercepted the German raider the HSK KORMORAN about 100 nautical miles west of Steep Point off the coast of Western Australia. In the ensuing battle, HMAS SYDNEY was sunk with the loss of her entire crew of 645 men. The HSK KORMORAN was subsequently scuttled with the loss of 81 lives. Following the discovery of the wrecks of HMAS SYDNEY and HSK KORMORAN by The Finding Sydney Foundation in March 2008, the Chief of the Defence Force, Air Chief Marshal A.G. Houston AC, AFC, established a Commission of Inquiry, charged with the followi

Mystery of maritime disaster solved

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Australia’s worst maritime tragedy created an 80-year mystery – but after 15 years of DNA testing, the Unknown Sailor has been identified at last

SUNDAY TELEGRAPH 16th NOVEMBER 2021 - EMBARGOED - MUST TALK TO JEFF DARMANIN BEFORE USE.
Pictured is Dr Stephen Fearnside (centre) at SASH Animal Hospital at North Ryde in Sydney operating on an injured Wedge Tailed Eagle named Tuross. The Eagle was handed in to Wildlife Rescue South Coast after a property owner found the bird floundering on her property.
The diagnosis is a broken leg which the surgeons will fix with a rod and a plate. Tuross will then undertake rehabilitation until being released into the wild again.
Picture: Richard Dobson

Eagle recovering after dramatic surgery

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A wedge-tailed eagle is on the mend after surgeons successfully operated on his broken leg – but not before he managed to give rescuers a real run for their money

Life Education's Healthy Harold has some advice on staying healthy and happy during the Covid-19 pandemic.

How to stay healthy and happy during Covid

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The Covid-19 pandemic has meant big changes for people around the world – kids included. It’s been tough at times but Healthy Harold has some great advice for getting through the pandemic

(FILES) In this file photo taken on March 07, 2011 this NASA handout image shows a close-up view of the International Space Station is featured in this image photographed by an STS-133 crew member on space shuttle Discovery after the station and shuttle began their post-undocking relative separation. - The United States said Monday it was investigating a "debris-generating event in outer space" after astronauts on the International Space Station were forced to prepare for a possible evacuation. (Photo by NASA / AFP)

Russia admits space missile strike

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Russia’s missile strike on one of its ageing satellites provokes outcry as debris causes concern for International Space Station

KIDS NEWS World Children's Day UNICEF

What is World Children’s Day all about?

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Celebrated November 20 each year, World Children’s Day is the ideal time to think about other children, their lives and challenges. Find out about World Children’s Day and its history

(FILES) In this file photo taken on November 5, 2021, commuters make their way along a street amid smoggy conditions in New Delhi. - Even as its capital was blanketed by toxic smog, India led the charge to weaken anti-coal pledges at the COP26 summit, with experts saying it is prioritising its economic growth over the planet's future. (Photo by Prakash SINGH / AFP) / TO GO WITH India-Environment-climate-coal,FOCUS by Abhaya SRIVASTAVA

Schools shut as smog smothers Indian capital

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Authorities in the Indian capital of New Delhi have ordered the closure of schools and coal-burning power plants after air pollution reached more than 30 times the World Health Organisation’s recommended maximum

KIDS NEWS: clicking fingers/snapping fingers. Picture: iStock

Snap! Fingertips set speed record

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A simple click of the fingers has been shown to be the fastest human body movement by snap-happy physicists inspired by Avengers villain Thanos 

Mark Knight cartoon on electric cars. For Kids News

It’s out with the old, in with the new

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He had his doubts a few years back, but PM Scott Morrison is now charging into the electric vehicle era in Mark Knight’s latest cartoon for Kids News

RAMPANT racism at elite and junior sports events has been uncovered in ÒstartlingÓ new research. Western Bulldogs VFL footballer Reuben William is leading the push against racism in sport. Reuben is joined by Jay Knol, 7, Jackson Ramantanis, 8, Hugo Wallert, 7 and Imani, 10. Picture: Jake Nowakowski

Aussie codes unite against racism

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Australia’s biggest sporting codes have called time on racist conduct with new guidelines to hold offenders to account

Taronga Zoo keeper Liz McConnell is hand raising Weja the 75-day-old echidna puggle that was found orphaned in the far western NSW town of Weja. Liz and her team will raise the puggle to be released back into the wild when it gets to around 10 months old. Picture: Toby Zerna

Tiny puggle recovers at Taronga

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A perfect little puggle abandoned on a NSW property is loving life with its ‘surrogate mum’ at Taronga Wildlife Hospital

Healthy Harold and a family enjoy a picnic of healthy food.

Power up with healthy foods

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The right foods not only help to keep you healthy and strong, they also power your body through the day. Read Healthy Harold’s advice on the foods you need for energy

The Black Sky Aerospace rocket launched from a site on the NSW-Queensland border on Monday which reached 30,000ft before parachuting successfully back to Earth. Picture: Supplied via NCA NewsWire

Aussie rocket blasts off

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Australia’s emerging space program has had an exciting win with the successful launch of Black Sky Aerospace’s first rocket

KIDS NEWS  Pingu the intrepid Adelie penguin showed up south of Christchurch, about 3000km from his Antarctic home. Picture: Allanah Purdie, NZ Department of Conservation

Antarctic penguin swims to New Zealand

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After his epic adventure from Antarctica to New Zealand’s South Island, Pingu the penguin is released for the return leg

A multi-ethnic group of elementary age children are playing a soccer game outside on a sunny day at the park.

Call for more inclusive sports terms

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Whether terms like ‘sportsmanship’ and ‘man on’ are discriminatory has sparked gender debate in physical education

This handout photo provided by John Moran Auctioneers, Inc. on November 9, 2021 shows the Chaffey College Apple-1 computer. - An original Apple computer, hand-built by company founders Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak 45 years ago, sold for $400,000 at auction in the United States on Tuesday. The functioning Apple-1, the great-great-grandfather of today's sleek chrome-and-glass Macbooks, had been expected to fetch up to $600,000 when it went under the hammer in California. (Photo by Handout / various sources / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO /  Keith Berson / John Moran Auctioneers, Inc. " - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Original Apple-1 computer sells for $545,000

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An original Apple-1 computer hand-built by the company founders has sold for over half a million Aussie dollars – but that's not even close to the record for these 45 year old tech relics

Australia's Glenn Maxwell (L) and Mitchell Marsh celebrate their win in the ICC men’s Twenty20 World Cup final match between Australia and New Zealand at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Dubai on November 14, 2021. (Photo by Aamir QURESHI / AFP)

Aussie’s make cricket T20 World Cup history

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Few rated the Aussies a chance, but batsmen Mitch Marsh and David Warner had other ideas, leading Australia to its first T20 World Cup title

Teen girl lying on bed making a video call with laptop

Teen friendships move online

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Half of Australian teens spend at least as much time online with their friends as seeing them face-to-face, a new study has found

This selfie picture taken on November 10, 2021, shows French balloonist Remi Ouvrard attempting to set a world record by standing on the top of a hot air balloon for the Telethon at an altitude of over 3637 meters, in Chatellerault, western France. (Photo by REMI OUVRARD / AFP)

Record ride on top of hot-air balloon

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A French daredevil has set a world record for standing on top of a hot-air balloon higher above the ground than ever before – and has this breathtaking selfie to prove it