BtN reports on magpie season with special guest Mark the magpie man. The star of The Batman movie has been diagnosed with COVD-19. A Melbourne girl has started a 'Local lockdown letter' program to allow children in her area to send letters to each other. NASA has tested a rocket booster in the desert in Utah.
Pilots in Los Angeles report a person flying in a jet pack near the airport. A fireball like meteor was spotted above NSW. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have signed a deal with Netflix to produce nature series, documentaries and kids shows.
For the first time in its history the AFL Grand Final will be held not at the MCG but at the GABBA in Queensland. Millions of students in Europe have headed back to school for the first time in months and the winner of Australia's best pie has been announced.
Experts advise that even if you're experiencing symptoms that appear to be hay fever we need to still be aware that it could be COVID-19. Facebook is not happy about a proposed new law that would mean the social media site and Google would have to pay news sources for sharing their reports. Ariana Grande becomes the first woman to have 200 million followers on Instagram. Aussie cyclist Caleb Ewan wins Stage 3 of this year's Tour de France. In more sports news there's two incredible golf putts and the US Open begins with many top players choosing not to participate. A 4.4 metre long crocodile has been captured in the NT.
Star of Black Panther, Chadwick Boseman has died after a battle with colon cancer. The MTV VMA awards have gone ahead with some off site and pre recorded performances as well as smaller crowds. Sydney FC has taken home their fifth A League title. Plus, see some footage of the world's smallest flying car, a girl caught up in a kite at a kite festival and a record breaking sheep auction.
Melbourne has been hit by a deadly storm causing contamination to the water supply and power cuts. The NBA playoffs are going ahead after players voted for it to continue. Apple Fortnite users have restrictions on the features they can access within the game and families in Queensland vie to grow the biggest vegetable in some friendly extreme gardening competition.
Professional sporting teams across America have refused to play in reaction to a young African American being shot in the back seven times by a police officer. The first statue in Central Park featuring women has been unveiled, celebrating 100 years since women were given the right to vote. A young girl in Melbourne has started her own newspaper 'The COVID Catch Up'. Plus, Santas begin their COVID safe training in the lead up to Christmas, Tom Cruise goes to the movies and dogs learn to be lifesavers in Italy.
With the park closed due to COVID-19, Phillip Island Nature Park has begun live streaming the island's penguins as they make their nightly return to shore. After spending a year campaigning around the world for climate change action, Greta Thunberg has returned to school. Kids in central NSW celebrate rain arriving after a long drought. In sports news, Lionel Messi has announced that he wants to leave Barcelona FC, a thrilling end to a netball match and a skydiver leaps from a solar powered plane.
Learn about the 'Thank You project Australia' kindness project initiated by some kids in Victoria. The labor party in the Northern Territory has claimed victory following the election on the weekend. Videos of an eleven year old boy in Gaza filmed rapping have gone viral, sending his message of peace around the world. In Croatia dog owners compete in a sporting event that's known as a 'dogathlon'.
Hundreds of wildfires have been burning across California with the President declaring a Major Disaster for the state and the Governor has called upon Aussie firefighters to help out. K-Pop sensations BTS break more records with their latest music video achieving 98.3 million views on YouTube in 24 hours. In sports news there's the UEFA Champions League final and NBA playoffs.
South Australia has closed the border with Victoria causing problems for people living, studying and working on the border. The AFL's 2020 Indigenous round is set to kick off with the AFL choosing not to display the iconic red, black and yellow flag on the fields due to a licensing disagreement with the company who owns it. BtN speaks to the grandson of ocean explorer Jacques-Yves Cousteau, Fabien Cousteau, about his plans to invent a new underwater research station.
This episode of BtN Newsbreak is dedicated to all things science during National Science Week 2020. Learn how you can help scientists and museums by becoming a citizen scientist. Watch some fun DIY chemistry experiments that you might want to try at home or in the classroom (with an adult supervising of course).
The Federal Government has announced a deal with a pharmaceutical company which will allow all Australians to access the COVID-19 vaccine if and when it becomes available. The stars of Pitch Perfect have recorded a new song to raise money for UNICEF.
After a record air temperature has been recorded at Death Valley in the United States of 54.4 degrees celsius, BtN explains how we measure the air temperature. The major political parties in the US launch their national conventions in the lead up to the Presidential election. The NBA playoff season kicks off at the Disney World bubble. More big names have pulled out of the US Tennis Open due to COVID-19.
BtN highlights National Scams Week and explains why it is important to make people aware of online and phone scammers. New Zealand announces a new date for their elections and in sports news there's Moto GP, Winter Games Obsidian and an Aussie swims the English Channel for the 35th time.
Apple pulls Fortnite from their app store after Epic Games allowed in-app purchases. An 11 year old from Nigeria has gone viral after his dance teacher shared a video of him dancing in the rain. In zoo animal news there's indonesian babirusa pigs, a southern white rhino and orangutans keeping cool.
Dinosaur bones discovered by fossil hunters on the Isle of Wight in 2019 have been found to be a new species of dinosaur called the Vectaerovenator Inopinatus. Mauritius continues to deal with the oil spill from a ship that ran aground in a pristine coastal area of the island. BtN celebrates international left handers day celebrating all things left handed.
Russia announces that they have developed a COVID-19 vaccine but the World Health Organisation and other scientific experts are concerned about the speed of the vaccine's development and the potential for side effects. New Zealand records four new COVID-19 cases after over 100 days with no cases, leading to the Prime Minister putting all of Auckland into lockdown. Learn about the Arctic World Archive, a hidden vault and former coal mine holding important historical digital data for future generations.
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