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Lights Up

August 5, 2022

The Kanto Matsuri, August 3–6, is a Japanese lantern festival. It has returned to the city of Akita for the first time since the pandemic began. Performers hang as many as 46 paper lanterns on each bamboo pole. The lanterns…

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Sports

Striking Gold

July 18, 2022

On July 17, the United States track and field team won nine medals at the World Athletic Championships, in Eugene, Oregon. The team set a record for most medals won at the competition in a single day. The streak started…

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Places

Welcoming Summer

June 22, 2022

Crowds gather to watch the sunrise at Stonehenge, on England’s Salisbury Plain, on June 21. They came to celebrate the summer solstice. That’s the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere. Stonehenge is a circle of giant stones.…

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Sports

Wire Walker

June 3, 2022

Nathan Paulin walked nearly a mile and a half on a tightrope in France on May 24. He set a new world record for the farthest tightrope walk. The cable was suspended from a crane to the island to Mont-Saint-Michel,…

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World

New Egyptian Discoveries

June 1, 2022

Archaeologists in Egypt announced on May 30 that they recently discovered 250 sarcophagi. A sarcophagus is a coffin, often made of stone. These are about 2,500 years old, and contain well-preserved mummies. The painted sarcophagi will be displayed at the…

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Science

Moonglow

May 18, 2022

A total lunar eclipse occurred on May 16. A lunar eclipse happens when the moon passes into Earth’s shadow. It takes on a red and orange glow. Here, the eclipse…

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Transportation

Going Electric

May 16, 2022

New Zealand’s government has a new plan. It was announced on May 16. The goal is to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions. The government will pay New Zealanders to switch from gas-powered cars to hybrid or electric cars. This is part of…

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Movies and Television

Down to Earth

May 11, 2022

Attendees of the Barcelona International Comics Fair, in Spain, dress up as characters from the Star Wars movies, on May 7.

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People

A Surprise Visit

May 9, 2022

On Mother’s Day, First Lady Jill Biden made a surprise visit to Ukraine. She met with that country’s First Lady, Olena Zelenska. The visit was meant to show United States support for Ukraine during the Russian invasion. The First Ladies…

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History

A Symbol of Peace

April 22, 2022

The Russian invasion of Ukraine continues. Displaying sunflowers is one of the many ways the world has shown solidarity with the Ukrainian people. At President Joe Biden’s State of the Union speech, in March, First Lady Jill Biden wore a…

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