Banksy boat rescues hundreds of migrants
Are rescue boats a good idea? British artist Banksy has paid for a boat to help migrants in the Mediterranean. It is saving lives – but some people say it could make things worse.
Excitement as Mulan returns to screens
Is Mulan the greatest Disney princess? After over 20 years, the film has returned as a live-action remake. For many, Mulan’s bravery, independence and intelligence make her a key role model.
Stars fight for the future of live music
Do we need live music? Concerts and festivals were cancelled during the lockdown and fans fear gigs could stop forever. Now, 1,500 artists have signed a letter calling to save the industry.
Footballer fights for free school meals
Do we need more people like Marcus Rashford? The Manchester United striker is one of the most popular players in the country. Now, he is using his fame to stop children going hungry.
Campaigners call for new climate plan
Are we on the brink of a green revolution? The lockdown has meant the UK has avoided coal power for two months. Activists are urging the government to use it as a chance to change for good.
How your phone could end up fighting Covid-19
Should the government have access to your phone to keep you safe? The UK is trialling an app that will track who we come close to. People are worried this takes away our privacy.
Meet Moxie the robot: your new best friend
Could a robot be a friend? A new machine designed to build social skills can listen to your stories, play games with you, and even understands when you are upset and need cheering up.
‘Don’t forget the climate crisis,’ says Greta
Have we forgotten the climate crisis? During the lockdown, many say we have a chance to alter the way we live for the good of the planet. But others fear we are wasting the opportunity.
Veteran raises millions for the NHS
99-year-old World War Two veteran, Captain Tom Moore, has raised over £20 million for the NHS by walking 100 times around his back garden. Should we all be following his example?
Pandemic puts Olympics on hold
Organisers have postponed the Olympic Games due to the threat of the coronavirus. Now, they face the enormous challenge of rescheduling one of the largest sporting events in the world.
Protest marches really work, argues Greta
She accused politicians and the media of ignoring the climate emergency and “sweeping their mess under the rug”. She added, “Activism works, so I’m telling you to act. We are being betrayed.”
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Calls to give six-year-olds the vote
Should children get the vote? The United Kingdom is getting ready for a general election. You must be 18 or over to vote, but one professor thinks the age limit should be lowered to six.
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Judges tell Prime Minister he is wrong
Was the Supreme Court verdict right? Yesterday, all 11 judges agreed on the big decision that the prime minister has broken the law. What is the Supreme Court and how does it work?
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Nations get together to help save Earth
But will they make a real difference? This week, nations were all summoned to a great gathering in New York to present solid plans to speed up progress on reducing greenhouse gases.
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Teen heroes amaze, delight and spark hope
Do teenagers deserve more respect? From Coco to Greta, the news is suddenly full of amazing young people. Yet, grown ups often think teenagers are lazy and selfish.
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