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Veterinarians of Four Paws International, examine and take blood samples from Kavaan, the elephant slated to be moved to a sanctuary in Cambodia after it became the subject of a high-profile rights campaign backed by music star Cher, at the Marghazar Zoo, in Islamabad on September 4, 2020. (Photo by Aamir QURESHI / AFP)

World’s loneliest elephant free to find friends

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An elephant famous for being called the ‘world’s loneliest’ has been cleared by vets to leave the Pakistani zoo where he has lived in terrible conditions for more than 35 years

Cyber bullying. iStock image. For Kids News and Hibernation

Bullied by a friend? It’s still bullying

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Young people are less likely to recognise behaviour as bullying if it is coming from someone they consider a friend, according to a new study from online mental health organisation ReachOut

Kingswood College students Will, Kai and Ava  in the school's new active wear.

School drops old uniform in favour of activewear

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A Victorian school has decided to ditch its traditional school uniform, hoping new activewear will helps students be happier and healthier and take part in more physical activity

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Hope for gold at the end of the tunnel

preliminary work a kilometre underground in a Stawell gold mine in the search for the universe's elusive 'dark matter'. The yellow container is an emergency oxygen supply.Need to be credited "image courtesy Swinburne University".
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Victoria is on the verge of a second gold rush fuelled by gold’s high world price and modern mining methods, with hopes the precious metal will help the state recover after COVID-19

How to protect yourself from scams

Online shopping. For Kids News story on protecting yourself against online scams.
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More of us are buying and banking online, especially during the coronavirus pandemic, and scammers are taking advantage of this. But there are ways to protect yourself from becoming a victim of a scam

How to find your voice and talk to a crowd

Kailash Sarma, 17, is teaching young people how to master public speaking and improve their confidence and self-esteem. His Captivate the Future program is open to secondary students around the country. For Kids News and Hibernation
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A teenage public-speaking whiz is on a mission to help kids reeling from coronavirus disruptions master the art of talking to a crowd, finding their voice and their confidence

Kids urged to get real on fake news

Red Computer Keyboard with balloons showing Fake News or Facts.
civics

You might have heard US President Donald Trump use these words, but what exactly is fake news and how do you spot it?

Do you recognise this face?

LIBRARY: Image of early convict Mary Reibey, who came to Australia with the First Fleet.
money

Most Australians will have seen her face but few would know the remarkable story of Mary Reibey and how she came to be on our $20 banknote

Kids helping kids with One=One campaign

Caloundra State High School Year 9 school council representatives Jack Webster and Claire Thomme believe ensuring students eat well is vital to their chances of a good education.
For Hibernation and Kids News. FareShare and News Corp support a campaign called One=One: Feed a Friend as part of The Feed Appeal.
Students at Caloundra State High School, Queensland, are planning to raise money to help the campaign and have applied for a Rural Schools Grant as part of The Feed Appeal to help provide breakfast and lunch to students in need. Picture: supplied
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In rural and remote Australia, one in four kids comes to school without breakfast or lunch. To help, Kids News is supporting One=One, which means $1 raised provides one meal

NASA to drop harmful space nicknames

In 1787, astronomer William Herschel discovered the Eskimo Nebula. From the ground, NGC 2392 resembles a person's head surrounded by a parka hood. In 2000, the Hubble Space Telescope imaged the Eskimo Nebula (about 5000 light-years away). From space, the nebula displays gas clouds so complex they are not fully understood. The inner filaments visible above are being ejected by strong wind of particles from the central star. The outer disk contains unusual light-year long orange filaments - space
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The US space agency will stop using the nicknames of some cosmic objects — such as NGC 2392, the “Eskimo Nebula” — in an effort to address discrimination and inequality

Tough battle ahead for state of disaster

Mark Knight cartoon for Monday 3rd of August 2020 Herald Sun Newspaper
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In a cartoon, using a visual metaphor can help describe another issue we may not have much understanding about. But just like with bushfires, if Australians band together, we can beat this

‘Karen’s’ mask fight not just about her rights

Knight cartoon for 27/7/20  the Karen plague
civics

Like a school essay, a cartoon is a way to compare and contrast two sides to an issue. In this case it’s about someone demanding their rights but forgetting their responsibilities to the vulnerable

Awesome iPhone photo award winners

Category winners in iphone photography contest
arts

It’s hard to believe the winners from the annual iPhone Photo Awards — described as the ‘Oscars of mobile photography’ — were taken with an iPhone or iPad. Which is your favourite?

Uncomfortable uniforms could force girls out of sport

Abbey Tyrrell, 12, Lily Murrihy, 13, and  Bronte Mosley, 13 in their footy and basketball uniforms for a story on whether the cut/design/sizing of uniforms for use at school and comps affects the desire of girls to continue playing sport.  Picture: Alex Coppel.
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Girls are dropping out of sport at high rates as they move from tweens to teens and a new study is looking to see if uniforms are part of the problem

Dog becomes essential worker during pandemic

Eros carries a basket of bread from the El Porvenir mini-market as he makes a delivery on his own in Medellin, Colombia, Tuesday, July 7, 2020. The eight-year-old chocolate Labrador remembers the names of customers who have previously rewarded him with treats, and with some practice, he has learned to go to their houses on his own. “He helps us to maintain social distancing,” said Eros’ owner Maria Natividad Botero, amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (AP Photo/Luis Benavides)
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A chocolate Labrador has been doing an important job to help people stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, delivering food in a straw basket around his neighbourhood

Making ISO bears for friends to cuddle

Grace Holiday, 11 and Chloe Moore, 12 have made ISO cuddle bears to give to people with disability and illness who are still in isolating because they are at increased risk of COVID-19.Picture: RICHARD JUPE
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Grace and Chloe knew how much comfort a cuddly toy could be during the stressful times of social isolation, so they decided to spread the joy and make ISO bears for people to adopt

How you can help stop a bully

Are you a bystander to bullying? For Kids News and Hibernation. iStock image
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You might not have been bullied but chances are you’ve seen it happen to one of your classmates. Experts say bystanders make a choice to be part of the problem or part of the solution

Getting used to our strange ‘new normal’

Part of Mark Knight's cartoon.
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A WWII Lancaster bomber aeroplane in the COVID-test queue? Our lives have changed so much in recent months not much surprises us any more, writes cartoonist Mark Knight

New names for Redskin and Chicos lollies

Allen's Chicos
civics

Nestle will rename its Red Skins and Chicos lollies as the names are now “out of step” with the company’s values and it wants to “keep creating smiles” rather than cause offence

Teens making music about COVID-19

A singer shares COVID-19 messages
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June 20 is World Refugee Day. Kids News shares a film by a teenager at Bidi Bidi refugee camp in Uganda about young people making music to help stop the spread of COVID-19

Around an Aussie campfire of statues

Mark Knight's campfire cartoon for Kids news
civics

Mark Knight explains the issues behind the cartoon of two Aussies sitting by this particular campfire and wonders how Australia will react to this period of self-examination

Dream job of Lego master builder

KIDS NEWS LEGO Master Builder Kieran Jiwa with 'Joey'. Picture: supplied.
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Lego master builder Kieran Jiwa — whose job it is to play and create with Lego for most of every day — has known he wanted this career since he was six years old

These kids rock their kitchen

Elliot, 9, Lucinda, 11, and Lincoln Gabb, 9, posing at their home in Alexandra Hill, Brisbane 10th of June 2020.  They run Kids Rock the Kitchen, a cooking business.  (AAP Image/Josh Woning)
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Three young Brisbane siblings are turning a passion for baking into a sellout success, barely keeping up with demand for their scrumptious creations.

Cartoons are not always meant to make you laugh

Mark Knight's cartoon of Donald Trump
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Sometimes cartoonists have to cover serious issues, such as war, famine, injustice and even death, about which it’s not appropriate or possible to make people laugh. This was one of those times

Why are there big protests around the world?

TOPSHOT - Protestors gather near the makeshift memorial in honour of George Floyd marking one week anniversary of his death, on June 1, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. - Major US cities -- convulsed by protests, clashes with police and looting since the death in Minneapolis police custody of George Floyd a week ago -- braced Monday for another night of unrest. More than 40 cities have imposed curfews after consecutive nights of tension that included looting and the trashing of parked cars. (Photo by CHANDAN KHANNA / AFP)
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Protests — some peaceful and some violent — continue across the US and elsewhere around the world over police treatment of black people. Kids News explains why people are protesting

Young minds rise to the challenge

smart kid, thinker. iStock image. For Kids News Hibernation story on Westpac Youth Impact Challenge
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They might be young but they’re thinking big. Find out how the Westpac Youth Impact Challenge is inspiring kid entrepreneurs who want to make the world a better place

Who’s most excited about going back to school?

Mark Knight's cartoon back to school
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Kids are returning to school as COVID-19 restrictions ease. After working from home with his kids, Mark Knight wonders who in each household is most looking forward to getting back to normal

Dear Australia: memories of the nation in isolation

Australia Post is launching Dear Australia, an initiative encouraging Australians to share hand-written letters of hope and inspiration with the nation about their COVID-19 experience with all letters to be sent to a national letterbox.  At the end of the campaign, eligible letters will be archived for posterity at The National Archives of Australia in Canberra.   Abbey Winiarski, 9 has written a letter and doing a drawing for the Campaign. Picture: Sarah Matray
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Australians are being invited to record their coronavirus experiences for future generations in a new campaign by the country’s postal service

No joke! Experts agree laughter is good for us

KIDS NEWS: NIDA's school holiday programs include  comedy. Picture: supplied.
arts

Humour is as ancient as human life itself, but the joys of laughter never grow old and amusement experts believe we’re on the cusp of a COVID-19 comedy revolution

Unleash the little scribes to make mischief!

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Beloved Australian children’s author Andrew Daddo says storytelling platform Littlescribe invites kids to imagine breaking all the rules

Billie’s kindness lives on

Billie Kinder, 12. B Kinder Day on  June 22 honours Billie by encouraging children to spread kindness, empathy and compassion. For Kids News Hibernation
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Australian schoolgirl Billie Kinder always believed she could make the world a better place. Now her family hopes the third annual B Kinder Day on June 22 will take her message worldwide

Cave find rewrites history of early humans

Primeval Caveman Wearing Animal Skin Holds Stone Tipped Spear Looks Around, Explores Prehistoric Forest in a Hunt for Animal Prey. Neanderthal Going Hunting in the Jungle
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Scientists have found human bones and a tooth up to 46,000 years old that rewrite the history of early humans’ arrival in Europe and time spent living alongside Neanderthals

Record history in your COVID-19 time capsule

Oscar has put a lot of effort in gathering informaiton, photos and items for his coronavirus time capsule.
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Kids News has produced a ‘time capsule’ activity book so children can document their time in isolation and how it’s made them feel so they can always remember this unique period in their life

Tassie mayor orders residents to take silly walks

John Cleese in Monty Python skit, 'Ministry of Silly Walks'
just for fun

Silly walking is encouraged along the Tasmanian town of Latrobe’s main street after the mayor declared it a jurisdiction of the Ministry of Silly Walks during the COVID-19 disruption

How the tradition of Mother’s Day was born

Happy mothers day
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Celebrating mothers on a special day of the year isn’t a modern idea. Kids News researched the history of honouring and thanking mothers across Australia and around the world

Aussies spreading joy with sidewalk chalk talk

EXCLUSIVE NEWS360 PREMIUM LOCKED CONTENT, NO NEWS.COM, NO SKY, NO WEST AUS, NO AUS - Chalk Art: "T H A N K Y O U to our healthcare heroes and all essential workers helping us through this pandemic! Sending so much love and light your way." Picture: @karabellaa/Instagram

Source: https://www.instagram.com/p/B-967TrHCAT/
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People everywhere are covering footpaths with beautiful chalk art to spread joy during COVID-19, providing meaning to their lives, connecting communities and keeping children entertained

Exploring the 250th anniversary of Cook’s arrival

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 Sailing ship HM Bark Endeavour replica of the HMS Endeavour which carried Captain James Cook on his South Pacific expedition at anchor in Kealakekua Bay, Hawaii, USA 30 Oct 1999. 
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Wednesday, April 29, 2020 marks the 250th anniversary of James Cook’s arrival at Botany Bay. We explore why Cook came to Australia and why some celebrate and some lament this day

Toy Story star surprises bullied Aussie boy

Tom Hanks arrives at the world premiere of Toy Story 3 on Sunday June 13, 2010 at The El Capitan Theater in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Katy Winn)
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A Gold Coast boy named Corona has received a heartfelt letter and special gift from Hollywood actor Tom Hanks after revealing he had been bullied at school

Making music in times of trouble

Jamie Hanford, store manager at Mannys music store in Brisbane has said the shop is busier than they are at Christmas because go the Covid19 crisis. Pics Adam Head
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A Queensland music shop expected tough times during COVID-19 restrictions but it’s been “busier than Christmas” as people turn to playing musical instruments for pleasure and comfort

Anzac Day explainer: the dawn of the legend

WW11 Airforce Digger 94yo Vince O'Sullivan d pictured at home Friday 17th April 2020.Vince will commemorate Anzac Day from his driveway due to covid-19 restrictions. (AAP Image/Sue Graham)
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Each year on April 25 we commemorate Anzac Day. Kids News explains how the day began, what it means, how it is observed and how this year’s Anzac Day will be different

Big find about origins of human language

A three-dimensional model of the 3.2 million-year-old hominid known as Lucy is unveiled at the Houston Museum of Natural Science Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2007. The sculpture, showing a scientific estimation of what Lucy may have looked like in life, is part of an exhibition featuring the original fossilized remains of the oldest and most complete adult human ancestor from Africa. Houston is the first stop on an American tour for the famous fossil. The exhibition will open Aug. 31. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)
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By comparing brains of humans and apes, scientists have discovered the origins of human language could be 25 million years old — 20 million years older than previously thought

How flamingoes hang out with their friends

ESCAPE: COVER OPTION - WING IT  ..  Flamingo near Bogoria Lake, Kenya. Picture: iStock
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Despite being part of a large flock, flamingoes mostly spend time with a small group of close friends and others avoid certain individuals, suggesting some just don’t get along

Mystery WWI Aussie soldiers finally identified

Robert Deegan face recognition AWM
technology

Face-recognition technology has identified unknown Australian WWI soldiers in photos from a precious collection uncovered in a wooden chest in an attic in France in 2011

Rice ATM helps feed jobless during pandemic

A resident wearing a face mask fills a paperbag with free rice, amid Vietnam's nationwide social isolation effort as a preventive measure against the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, in Hanoi on April 11, 2020. (Photo by Manan VATSYAYANA / AFP)
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A businessman in Vietnam has invented a rice ATM to help people who can’t afford to buy food because of the shutdowns to prevent the spread of coronavirus

Astronauts recall flawed Apollo 13 mission

In this April 10, 1970 photo made available by NASA, Apollo 13 astronauts, from left, Fred Haise, Jack Swigert and Jim Lovell gather for a photo on the day before launch. (NASA via AP)
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It is 50 years since the near-disastrous Apollo 13 mission and though younger generations may think of it as a failure, its astronauts and others regard it as NASA’s finest achievement

Easter eggs, bunnies and traditions around the world

Isla Smith 5 of Hobart is ready for the Royal Hobart Hospital Research Foundation Easter egg hunt at the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens.  Picture: NIKKI DAVIS-JONES
explainers

For many, Easter means chocolate eggs, bunnies, hot cross buns and church services. Kids News researched why we celebrate Easter, when it will be and how common traditions began

Oldest fossil of early human species is discovered

EMBARGOED: Fossil discoveries rewrite our family history-DNH 134 Homo erectus cranium outline
history

Australian and international scientists have unearthed a two-million-year old skull bone — the oldest known fossil of the earliest human species named Homo erectus

Breaking the rules is no laughing matter

mark knight toon for sunday herald sun march 29
arts

In his weekly series, award-winning cartoonist Mark Knight explains why it’s impossible to laugh off the foolish behaviour of beachgoers who break social distancing rules

Keeping tigers happy without visitors

HOLD COURIER MAIL EMBARGO MONDAY 30TH MARCH Dreamworlds Tiger Island manager Patrick Martin-Vegue and other handlers with the tigers who are now some of the only ones left at the park since it has shut. 
Picture: NIGEL HALLETT
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A small team of wildlife carers in Queensland is spending the COVID-19 disruption playing and swimming with tigers to keep the animals happy and prevent them from becoming lonely

Outside gatherings cut to two to slow Covid-19

Sign Home, Door Key, Judges Or Auctioneer Gavel And Old Law Book On The Wood Table. Concept For Trial, Bankruptcy, Tax, Mortgage,  Auction Bidding, Foreclosure Or Inherit Real Estate
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Sunday update: Prime Minister Scott Morrison has limited outside gatherings to just two people and  encouraged the elderly to not leave home  as the nation continues to try and slow the spread of the coronavirus

We’re going on a bear hunt, we’re not scared!

Teddy Bear hunt. People are putting bears in windows and creating teddy bear hunts to entertain kids. Teddy meet Teddy! Three year old Teddy looks into a house window at the Teddy sitting inside.      Picture: David Caird
humanities

Australian children are joining a global bear hunt inspired by the popular storybook, making walks around the neighbourhood lots of fun during the COVID-19 disruption

Leaders have different schools of thought

Mark Knight cartoon about covid-19 school closure confusion.
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In his weekly series, award-winning cartoonist Mark Knight explains why he drew the Prime Minister and two state leaders as musicians playing to a different beat on schools closures

Shutdowns across Australia to slow Covid-19

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 22: People ignoring the closed beach directive from local authorities at Manly Beach on March 22, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Friday introduced further measures to help stop the spread of COVID-19, implementing news rules limiting the number of people inside a venue to one every 4 square metres. Non-essential gatherings of 100 or more people indoors are banned, along with outdoor gatherings of more than 500 people in a bid to contain the spread of COVID-19. A travel ban on all visitors who are not Australian citizens or residents or their direct relations arriving into the country is now in place. There are now 1,286 confirmed cases of COVID-19 In Australia and the death toll now stands at 7. (Photo by James D. Morgan/Getty Images)
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PM Scott Morrison has urged Australians to take social distancing seriously as he announced tough restrictions on how we live and closed non-essential businesses to slow the spread of coronavirus

Aussies want mass light salute on Anzac Day

TOPSHOT - Army officers observe a minute of silence during a Dawn Service ceremony at Anzac Cove Beach, at Canakkale on the Gallipoli Peninsula early April 25, 2019, marking the 104th anniversary of the World War I landing of the ANZACs (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) on April 25, 1915. - The April 25, 1915, landing of the Australian and New Zealand Army corps (ANZAC) at Gallipoli in modern-day Turkey has become a defining symbol of courage and comradeship for both nations. Each year thousands attend ANZAC day services marking the anniversary of the World War I campaign which took the lives of more than 10,000 New Zealand and Australian servicemen. (Photo by Yasin AKGUL / AFP)
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A proposal to replace cancelled Anzac Day services with a massive nationwide “light salute” from the safety of Australians’ driveways is attracting huge support

Protect yourselves, we’re living in strange times

Mark Knight cartoon on the craziness at supermarkets during the coronavirus crisis
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In his weekly series, award-winning cartoonist Mark Knight explains why he drew a cricketer protected by pads and a helmet heading off to buy toilet paper at the supermarket

It’s not all bad news; there is good news too

Two cheerful little girls running in their mother's hug.
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Australian Childhood Foundation’s Dr Joe Tucci has a positive message for children about worry and bad news, and a reminder that there is still a lot of good news around if we look for it

Ban on indoor gatherings to limit spread of Covid-19

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 13: Giant head cut-outs are seen placed in the empty seats behind the basket during the warmup period before game two of the NBL Grand Final series between the Perth Wildcats and the Sydney Kings at RAC Arena on March 13, 2020 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)
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For the first time in history, Australians are being told not to travel overseas and indoor gatherings of more than 100 people are banned in an effort to keep people safe from COVID-19

Miracle change after double hand transplant

Shreya Siddanagowder gestures during an interview with AFP at her home in Pune, more than two years after she had both hands transplanted
health

A woman who received two hands from a male donor has found her new hands have transformed to be slimmer and like her own skin tone, in an incredible development that has pleased doctors

Big dig begins at Port Arthur convict site

Gentlemen convicts at work and the convict 'centiped' [i.e. centipede] Port Arthur, Tasmania in 1836 / J.W. Beattie. PLEASE CREDIT National Library of Australia
history

Archaeologists are digging up the site of former convict-period workshops at the Port Arthur Historic Site in Tasmania so we can better understand what everyday convict life was like

WHO officially declares COVID-19 coronavirus a pandemic

A masked reveller walks on San Marco square in Venice on February 25, 2020, during the usual period of the Carnival festivities which have been cancelled following an outbreak of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus in northern Italy. - Italy's new coronavirus spread south on February 25 to Tuscany and Sicily, as the civil protection agency reported a surge in the number of infected people and Rome convened emergency talks. (Photo by ANDREA PATTARO / AFP)
health

As WHO officially declares the global coronavirus crisis a pandemic, PM Scott Morrison announces a $2.4 billion package for Australia’s health system to help it respond to the crisis

Footy legend learns of his grandfather’s great escape

The Australians trapped behind enemy lines
history

AFL legend Tom Harley grew up hearing bits of the story of his grandfather’s WWII escape. Now, for the first time, he’s learning the full details of an extraordinary adventure that is barely known

Daredevil walks tightrope over active volcano

Handout picture released on March 5, 2020 by American Broadcasting Companies (ABC) showing US acrobat Nik Wallenda as he crosses the 1,800 foot high wire walk over the Masaya Volcano in Nicaragua, on March 4, 2020. - Wallenda became the first person to complete the full crossing. (Photo by Jeff Daly / American Broadcasting Companies / AFP) / TABLOIDS OUT; NO BOOK PUBLISHING WITHOUT PRIOR APPROVAL. NO ARCHIVE. NO RESALE. RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO /ABC-JEFF DALY" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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An American daredevil has successfully walked a tightrope thousands of metres in the air above the crater of an active volcano

Toilet paper now worth its weight in gold

Mark Knight cartoon on the coronavirus and the "fishing line" jewellery robbery
arts

In his weekly series, award-winning cartoonist Mark Knight explains how coronavirus fears across Australia have sparked panic buying and turned toilet paper into a rare gem

Generation Equality for International Women’s Day

SUNDAY TELEGRAPH - Pictured is Georgia Whittemore and Gemma Murchie-Young at the International Women's Day, March to Mourn All Women Murdered rally in Hyde Park Sydney today. Picture: Tim Hunter.
humanities

Half a billion women around the world can’t read and write — that’s just one of the important topics people are talking about this week to mark International Women’s Day

Life on remote Goudier Island, Antarctica

British Base and Post Office, Port Lockroy, Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica, Polar Regions
geography

As a post office worker at Port Lockroy, one of the main tasks is cleaning up penguin poo, the toilet is a bucket with a lid and though you get one day off every 14, there’s nowhere to go

Australia’s biggest dog helping kids read

Australia's biggest dog Baron with his owner Mark York. pose for photographs in Parramatta riverside. Parramatta, Thursday, September 28th 2017. Baron, owned by Hills local Mark York, is Australia's biggest dog and is also a therapy dog and now the face of a home vet business. (AAP Image / Angelo Velardo)
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At 130kg and 2m tall, Baron is a very big dog. But he’s also a very big softie, patiently helping kids learn to read and visiting elderly people in his therapy-dog job

We’re flipping out over Pancake Tuesday

L-R Siblings Tristan Shaw 6, Imogen Shaw 4 and William Shaw 8 the children of Rev. Victor Shaw are ready with some pancakes to celebrate Shrove Tuesday.  St George's church in Battery Point is holding a pancake and soup night on Shrove Tuesday.  Picture: NIKKI DAVIS-JONES
explainers

Australians are becoming world leaders at cooking and eating pancakes on Pancake Tuesday, a fun food day that has its origins as a religious festival

Aussie spirit front and centre at rock concert

Mark Knight's cartoon about the Fire Fight Concert.
arts

In his weekly series, award-winning cartoonist Mark Knight looks at the Fire Fight Australia concert which raised $9 million to help bushfire victims and he imagined two new faces in the crowd

Boy’s traditional hairstyle banned by school

Wendy Taniela with her 5 year old son Cyrus Taniela in a play ground in Upper Caboolture.

The mother of a five-year-old boy with long hair says his Caboolture school, Australian Christian College Moreton, told them it had to be cut despite his hair cutting ceremony, which is part of his father’s Cook Islands and Niuean heritage, being still a year away

Monday February 10,2020. (AAP image, John Gass)
humanities

A Queensland boy could be being discriminated against on the basis of race because he has been told to cut his long hair for school, even though he wears it tied in a bun

Sad love story behind Valentine’s Day

Sweet Photo
history

There are several stories about who Valentine was, but the most popular one is that he was a doctor and priest from Rome in the third century who lived and died in the pursuit of love

Hero nippers save tourists from dangerous rip

Glenelg SLSC nippers Angus Ganley, 11, Astin Rouvray, 11, Charlie Crowe, 11 and Lachlan Larven, 12, helped save two tourists from drowning off Glenelg beach. Picture: AAP/ Keryn Stevens
humanities

Young nippers have been hailed as heroes after spotting two tourists caught in a dangerous rip and immediately jumping into the ocean to save them

Children race llamas to save World Heritage park

A child sits on a llama before racing it in Los Llanganates, National Park, Ecuador, Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020. Wooly llamas, an animal emblematic of the Andean mountains in South America, become the star for a day each year when Ecuadoreans dress up their prized animals for children to ride them in 500-meter races. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)
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Risking injury and braving the cold, children as young as four race llamas across a high-altitude region of Ecuador each year to help save one of the most important wetlands on Earth

Being kind online for Safer Internet Day

A mother looks on from the kitchen as two pre-teen boys use a smartphone in the living room.  She is out of focus but it is clear to see her sense of discomfort with what they are doing on the internet.
safe kids

How can kids be safe and kind online? Treat others and look after yourself online just as you would in real life, says KidsHelpline counsellor Hannah

Impeachment: Trump not guilty on both charges

TOPSHOT - US President Donald Trump arrives for a "Keep America Great" campaign rally in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, January 14, 2020. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP)
civics

US President Donald Trump has been acquitted of the charges of abusing his power and obstructing Congress, paving the way for his campaign for re-election

Pigs are here to help

SUNDAY TELEGRAPH SPECIAL.  LiLou the therapy pig stands in front of a departures board at San Francisco International Airport in San Francisco, California, U.S. October 4, 2019. Picture taken October 4, 2019. REUTERS/Jane Ross - RC239D9WOPOQ
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Therapy dogs have been helping calm people’s nerves for several years. Now pigs are lining up to be loved by people all over the world who need some extra emotional support

Tribute for Holocaust 75th anniversary

OSWIECIM, POLAND - JANUARY 27:  A guard tower stands illuminated at the former Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp near the Auschwitz Memorial during the official ceremony to mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp on January 27, 2020 near Oswiecim, Poland. International leaders as well as approximately 200 survivors and their families are gathering today at Auschwitz today to attend the commemoration. The Nazis killed an estimated one million people at the camp during the World War II occupation of Poland by Nazi Germany. The Soviet Army liberated the camp on January 27, 1945.   (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
humanities

The Duchess of Cambridge has taken photographs of Holocaust survivors in a moving tribute to mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of World War II concentration camp Auschwitz

Making magic for sick kids at Christmas

The Heart Project by Archie Cronk
humanities

In hospitals all around the world each Christmas, The Heart Project creates incredible photo artworks for kids too sick to go home, making memories that families treasure forever

What we searched for on Google 2010-2020

TOPSHOT - A firefighter conducts back-burning measures to secure residential areas from encroaching bushfires in the Central Coast, some 90-110 kilometres north of Sydney on December 10, 2019. - Toxic haze blanketed Sydney on December 10 triggering a chorus of smoke alarms to ring across the city, as Australians braced for "severe" weather conditions expected to fuel deadly bush blazes. (Photo by Saeed KHAN / AFP)
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This year’s bushfires prompted a bigger spike in Australian Google search queries than any other news event this decade, with floods and Cyclone Yasi also making the top-topics list

Greta named Person of the Year for 2019

This handout image released on December 11, 2019 courtesy of Time shows the Time person of the Year December 23/December 30, 2019 cover with Greta Thunberg. - Greta Thunberg, the Swedish teenager who became the voice of conscience for a generation facing the climate change emergency, was announced December 11, 2019 as Time magazine's 2019 Person of the Year. The 16-year-old first hit the headlines for her solo strike against global warming outside Sweden's parliament last year."We can't just continue living as if there was no tomorrow, because there is a tomorrow. That is all we are saying," Thunberg told Time. (Photo by Evgenia ARBUGAEVA / TIME / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO /EVGENIA ARBUGAEVA FOR TIME " - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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Swedish schoolgirl activist Greta Thunberg who became a household name after encouraging 4 million people to strike over climate change is named Time Magazine’s Person of the Year

Banksy’s touching Christmas reindeer mural

Banksy's mural, including a man named Ryan asleep. Picture: Instagram
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World-famous artist Banksy has painted reindeer pulling a street-bench sleigh, aiming to highlight the plight of people sleeping rough. The public’s reaction was heartwarming

Sesame Street farewells its kindest, grouchiest star

Big Bird reads to Connor Scott and Tiffany Jiao during a taping of Sesame Street on Thursday, April 10, 2008 in New York. Being Big Bird is sweaty, physical work. But puppeteer Caroll Spinney, who has worked on Sesame Street for nearly four decades playing both Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch, has no wish to be anywhere else. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
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Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch’s puppeteer — the “most unknown famous person” – has died after 50 years creating joy on Sesame Street

Piece of Jesus’ manger home for Christmas

A wooden relic believed to be from Jesus' manger is seen at the Notre Dame church in Jerusalem, Friday, Nov. 29, 2019. Christians are celebrating the return to the Holy Land of a tiny wooden relic believed to be from Jesus' manger nearly 1,400 years after it was sent to Rome as a gift to the pope. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)
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A tiny piece of wood that some Christians believe to be part of the baby Jesus’ manger has returned to Bethlehem just in time for Christmas after 1400 years in Rome

First Aussie reaches heart of Antarctica

** SPEAK TO COURIER MAIL PIC DESK *** ICEMAN: Gold Coast vet and adventurer Geoff Wilson who is going into a deep freezer to test his gear in preparation for a solo crossing of Antarctica to raise funds for the McGrath Foundation.
Picture: NIGEL HALLETT
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An adventurer from Queensland has become the first Australian to reach Antarctica’s Pole of Inaccessibility, just one leg of an epic journey to help men and women experiencing breast cancer

World map of most common last names

The world map of names
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A fascinating new map has plotted out the most common surnames in every country in the world. Can you guess the most common last name in Australia?

Student uses art in fight for peace on Earth

Elijah Lewis with his Peace on Earth mural. Picture: World Vision
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After reading about the experiences of child soldiers in Africa, student Elijah Lewis created a unique art piece to highlight that war is wrong and all children should be able to grow up in peace

Farewell good boy, Sergeant Ridgleigh Blue III

6 RAR farewell its much loved canine mascot Sergeant Ridgleigh Blue III, as he retires after nine years of loyal service and welcome his replacement Private Ridgleigh Blue IV, Gallipolli Barracks, Enoggera. Photographer: Liam Kidston.
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The Australian Army has said goodbye to their much-loved retiring blue heeler mascot, who makes way for two-month-old pup Private Ridgley Blue IV

Treasure trove of Ancient Egyptian animal mummies

Mummified cats found in Egypt.
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Mummified crocodiles, a mongoose, birds, cats and lion cubs are among an incredible discovery uncovered by archaeologists at Egypt’s “City of the Dead”

15 amazing sculptures around the world

Mother Nature, Canada. Picure: Alamy
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Earth is so big and so filled with things to see it’s hard to know where to start looking. To help you out, we’ve compiled this collection of incredible sculptures to look at and learn about

Aussie boys dancing onto global stage

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Two Australian teenagers have danced their way into the finals of the world’s largest ballet competition, the famous Youth America Grand Prix in New York

Posties using whistles to keep dogs away

ITÕS an age-old problem that wonÕt go away Ñ VictoriaÕs posties are under attack from out of control dogs - including Michelle Hemingway who recently hit a dog. Picture: Jake Nowakowski
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As posties get busy delivering millions of presents for Christmas, Australia Post is considering giving out hi-tech whistles to help keep staff safe from overly enthusiastic and unsafe dogs

Hindenburg Zeppelin, end of the airship era

In this May 6, 1937 file photo, the German dirigible Hindenburg crashes to earth in flames after exploding at the U.S. Naval Station in Lakehurst, N.J. Werner Gustav Doehner, the last survivor of the disaster, died Nov. 8, 2019 at age 90 in Laconia, N.H. Doehner was 8-years old when he boarded the zeppelin in Germany with his parents and older siblings to return from a vacation. (AP Photo/Murray Becker, File)
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The last remaining survivor of the famous 1937 Hindenburg airship disaster has died, aged 90. We look back at the invention of Zeppelins and the era of luxury international airship travel

Narwhal the Little Magical Furry Unicorn

Narwhal has not yet been put up for adoption
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UPDATE An abandoned puppy with a tail on his head is being called a “magical unicorn”. He will continue to live with the rescue group and he’s not having the tail removed any time soon as being different is okay

Blood donors lifeblood of Australia

Sports teacher and father of three Joel Mason was lucky to be alive after being attacked by a shark at Nambucca Heads in NSW last December. With deep lacerations to his right leg, Joel managed to climb back on his board and get himself to land.  He lost so much blood, he had to receive several blood transfusions at the scene on the beach to save his life, before being airlifted to John Hunter Hospital. 
He is now back surfing again and a champion for blood donation. Photo by Frank Redward
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Lifesaving blood transfusions helped Joel Mason survive a shark attack. Now he’s telling his story to help us all understand how donating blood saves lives

Hell on earth as weather giants collide

Mark Knight cartoon on the bushfires in Queensland and NSW
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In our weekly series, award-winning cartoonist Mark Knight captures the helplessness of drought-affected Australian communities now caught in the path of catastrophic bushfires

Weary firefighters hailed as heroes

Firefighters work to contain a bushfire along Old Bar road in Old Bar, NSW, Saturday, November 9, 2019. Two people have been killed and seven others are missing in bushfires in NSW which have also destroyed at least 100 homes. (AAP Image/Darren Pateman) NO ARCHIVING
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As several states prepare for increasing fire danger in coming days, we look at the incredible efforts of firefighters on the ground day and night 

Koala Anwen’s lucky-unlucky day

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 Medical staff and Volunteers from the Port Macquarie Koala hospital treat a burnt koala who was rescued from the fire ground. Bushfire ripped through prime koala breeding grounds south of Port Macquarie, NSW,  killing an estimated 400 koalas. Anwen a female koala has her wounds treated and bandages changed.   Picture Nathan Edwards.
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With bandaged paws, singed ears and scorched fur, Anwen is one very lucky koala, receiving good care and on the mend after her home was burned in bushfires

Epic flight Australia almost forgot

The Vickers Vimy crew, from left, Keith Smith, Ross Smith, James Bennett and Walter Shiers, with their plane at the start, in England, in 1919, for the race from England to Australia. Source: State Library of SA PRG18-9-1-3a
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One hundreds years ago, two Adelaide brothers made history with their world-first flight from England to Australia in a cloth-covered, open cockpit, two-engine biplane

Veterans go ‘back to Hell’ through VR films

An incident on the Sandakan Death March. From a painting at Borneo's Kundasang War Memorial, courtesy of Lynette Silver.
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As we mark Remembrance Day today, stunning new virtual reality films are allowing all Australians to learn about some of the forgotten and darkest chapters of our World War II history

‘Missing link’ between apes and humans

Undated : Illustration by artist Paul Newman of 19th Century scientist Charles Darwin's theory of Evolution of Man from the ape.
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The bones of an ape-like species that walked on two legs and lived 12 million years ago have been discovered in Germany and experts think it could be the ‘missing link’ between apes and humans

World’s scientists unite on climate

Climate protesters gather across the street from the New York County Courthouse, where the Exxon Mobil trial is taking place, November 1, 2019 in New York. (Photo by Don Emmert / AFP)
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More than 11,000 scientists have signed a declaration warning of a climate emergency and offered six clear measures they believe could avoid “untold human suffering”