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Scotland Votes To Stay In UK

Scotland has voted to remain part of the United Kingdom (UK).

The United Kingdom is short for the “United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.” It is made up of four countries: England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

by · September 24, 2014 · News, Politics
Lost “Franklin Expedition” Ship Found

Lost “Franklin Expedition” Ship Found

A team of Canadian scientists and archaeologists has found the wreckage of a ship that was lost in Canada’s Arctic almost 170 years ago.

by · September 22, 2014 · News
Scotland lies to the north of the UK and is shown here in dark blue. Image: Peeperman

Scotland Votes On Independence Today

Should they stay or should they go?

That’s the question on the minds of the people in Scotland.

They’re voting on Thursday, Sept. 18. They will either vote to stay within the UK (United Kingdom) or to become independent.

by · September 17, 2014 · News, Politics
Ceremonies Mark 100th Anniversary Of World War I

Ceremonies Mark 100th Anniversary Of World War I

Special events were held around the world in August to mark the hundredth anniversary of the start of World War I.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper attended a ceremony at the National War Memorial in Ottawa on August 3. He placed a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier to honour all soldiers who have fought for Canada.

by · September 1, 2014 · News
Map of the United Kingdom. England is red and Scotland is blue. Image: Burmesedays

J K Rowling Against Scottish Independence

J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter books, announced last week that she is giving one million pounds to the Better Together campaign.

by · June 17, 2014 · News, Politics
Stonehenge. Image: Frédéric Vincent

Was Stonehenge Built for Prehistoric Rock Music?

For many years, archaeologists have wondered why the people who built Stonehenge – a prehistoric monument in the south of England – used huge rocks that came from more than 300 kilometres away.

Now, a team of researchers believes the rocks may have been chosen because they produce musical sounds.

by · March 16, 2014 · News
Take Our Fun Quiz: 2013 In Review (Part I)

Take Our Fun Quiz: 2013 In Review (Part I)

How much do you know about the news that happened in 2013?

Take our quiz and see how much you remember about these stories from the past year. The link beside each question will take you to the TKN article that will give you the answer.

1) First Nations, Inuit and Metis people came together to form a movement for peaceful protest. What did the group call itself?

2) Chris Hadfield is famous for _____________. (Note: There are many possible correct answers for this one — fill the blank with what you know about Hadfield.)

by · January 5, 2014 · News
A Magyar oil painting of Kate Middleton holding Prince George. Image: Zontal

Future King Of England, Baby Prince George, Christened

The tiny heir to Britain’s throne had a big milestone event this week.

Prince George had his christening.

In this case, a christening is a religious Christian ceremony during which a baby is baptized with holy water.

The water used in the ceremony was from the River Jordan. The river has significance to Christians because it is where Jesus was baptized, according to the Bible.

The three-month-old son of Prince William and Kate Middleton is third in line to the British throne. In other words, he could one day be the King of England.

The ceremony took place in St. James’s Palace in England.

There were only 22 people at the christening, but they included some pretty big names.

The Queen was there, as well as the three other people who are next in line to claim her throne.

by · October 24, 2013 · News
Malala Yousafzai's memoir, I Am Malala.

“I Am Malala” – A New Memoir By Malala Yousafzai

It was a year ago this week that the world came to know young Malala Yousafzai.

The girl, who is now 16, was riding a bus on her way home from school in Pakistan.

Two men, who were members of a terrorist organization in Pakistan, came on the bus and attacked Malala. The group known as the Taliban, doesn’t agree with girls getting an education.

Malala had been writing online about the importance of girls going to school and about her own love of learning.

The Taliban wanted to stop Malala—but their actions created a world-wide outpouring of affection for the brave girl, who has since nearly fully recovered from her ordeal.

Malala was taken to a hospital in England, where she had a life-saving operation. She now lives and goes to school in England.

by · October 9, 2013 · News, Politics
Prince Harry trained for his expedition in a "giant freezer." Photo: robertleverittphotography.com

Prince Harry Spends A Night In A Giant Freezer

Britain’s Prince Harry spent a night in a giant freezer, to prepare himself for a race to the South Pole in November.

He will be doing the 15-day trek with a team of wounded British soldiers.

His team will compete against teams from the United States and the Commonwealth.

This week, the 29-year-old prince spent a day and nearly a whole night in the cold chamber, with the occasional 10-minute break.

AP reported that when asked what the worst part of his chilling experience was, the prince said, “Going in.”

by · September 18, 2013 · News