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Google has added 1000 new images to Earth View – a collection of the most beautiful landscapes from Google Earth.

These top-down snaps reveal the very best scenery our planet has to offer from a bird’s eye view.  The Earth View collection now features 2500 images from around the world in total – all taken from space.

“As a species, we’ve only had access to views from space for the last 50 years,” said Google Earth product manager Gopal Shah..

“Yet something encoded* in us long ago seems to wake up when we see the world at this unprecedented* scale.”

Here are some of the best images. Which do you like best?

NBA legend Kobe Bryant killed in helicopter crash

Jan 2020

One of the world’s greatest basketballers Kobe Bryant has been killed in a helicopter crash in the United States.

Bryant, 41, died with his daughter Gianna, 13, and seven others aboard his private helicopter in Calabasas, near Los Angeles, yesterday (Monday).

Officials confirmed there were nine people travelling in the helicopter which came down in extremely foggy conditions.

Bryant and his second daughter, a promising player, were flying from their Newport beach home with another coach to one of Gianna’s games at the Mamba Sport Academy that her father founded*.

Bryant played for 20 years with the Los Angeles Lakers in America’s National Basketball Association (NBA) before retiring in 2016. He is regarded as an all-time legend of the game.

Giant panda gives birth to 'rare' twin cubs

August 2019

A giant panda has given birth to a pair of twin cubs at a zoo in Belgium.

Pairi Daiza zoo announced the arrival of the "extremely rare" cubs, a male and a female, on Friday. The cubs were born on Thursday. The male cub weighed 160 grams, while the female arrived two hours later weighing 150 grams.

Eric Domb, president and founder of Pairi Daiza, said in a statement: "The double birth is wonderful news for this extraordinary species that is still threatened today.

According to the World Wildlife Fund, there are fewer than 2,000 pandas left in the wild.In 2016, the status of giant pandas was changed from endangered to vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

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July 2019

Boris Johnson becomes the UK's new prime minister.

Boris Johnson beat Jeremy Hunt in the race to become leader of the Conservative Party and Prime Minister of the UK.

Around 160,000 Conservative Party members could vote for who they wanted to win in the race to replace Theresa May. Boris Johnson won 92,153 votes, while Jeremy Hunt collected 46,656.

In his victory speech, he promised he would "deliver Brexit, unite the country and defeat Jeremy Corbyn" (the leader of the Labour Party, who are the Conservatives' rivals).

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July 2019

Teens Win Millions in Fortnite’s “World Cup

Several teenagers are going home with millions of dollars in prize money after winning the first “World Cup” of the video game Fortnite. The contest shows how popular e-sports (playing video games for an audience) have become.

Fortnite is a video game played over the internet which has become very popular worldwide. Though it only came out in 2017, it’s now played by over 200 million people. Fortnite is believed to have earned billions of dollars for the company that created it, Epic Games.

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Raptors Win the NBA Championship

June 2019

The Toronto Raptors delivered Canada its first NBA title with a 114-110 victory over the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors on Thursday that set off a country-wide celebration.

With a nation hanging on their every shot, Canada’s only NBA team put the finishing touches to a remarkable 4-2 series upset that denied the Warriors a fourth championship in five years.

“I can’t really think right now, this is crazy. This is awesome man,” said Toronto guard Kyle Lowry. “Toronto! Canada! We brought it home baby! We brought it home!”

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Outstanding schools downgrounded

June 2019

England's Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills re-inspected 305 schools rated outstanding, after concerns were raised about falling standards.

Last year, Ofsted highlighted the issue, saying that as some schools had not been inspected for a decade or more, there was a chance their ratings no longer truly reflected standards at the school.  Following this, from the 305 schools inspected only 49 retained their outstanding grade.  166 were judged to be good, 76 were found to require improvement and 14 were rated inadequate.

Ofsted chief inspector Amanda Spielman defended Ofsted position saying: "We believe most schools judged outstanding are still doing outstanding work.

 

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Liverpool win the 2019 Champions League

June 2019

Liverpool has defeated Tottenham to become the 2019 Champions League winner. Liverpool took the lead early in the all-English final with a penalty scored by Mohammed Salah, and then added a second goal near the end from Divock Origi to walk away the winner 2-0.

There was brilliance from their goalkeeper Alisson, the determination of the great, tired Virgil van Dijk, carrying his team on in the defence of a lead gifted to them by a dubious first-minute penalty.

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Russia wants to control the internet

June 2019

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a law allowing Russia to separate its internet from the rest of the world. Russia says this is for protection. Others worry Russia is trying to control information.

Mr. Putin is serving his fourth term as president. As leader, he has worked to make sure that he has tight control over newspapers, TV, radio, and other sources of information inside of Russia. The internet is a system that doesn’t stop at the edge of the country, but such changes could make this very different.

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UK protecting blue belt marine areas

May 2019

Seas and coastlines around the UK will now be protected by the government.

There have been 41 new conservation zones listed, bringing the total of protected areas up to 91. These areas will form a 'Blue Belt' which covers 220,000 square kilometres of the UK. The government hopes this will help protect animals such as ducks, sharks, jellyfish and mussels.

Certain fishing techniques such as seabed trawling or dredging can destroy the animal's habitats, but this new order will protect certain areas from damaging techniques

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5 G is now present in the here

May 2019

Superfast 5G internet has arrived in the UK and promises speeds much faster than we have now. London, Cardiff, Belfast, Edinburgh, Birmingham and Manchester are the first areas to benefit from the next-generation technology

EE is the first to launch the service, but Vodafone will start its own 5G service in about five weeks, although both providers are only launching it in certain areas.

You've probably seen the 4G or 3G icon on your phone - that's what connects you to the internet when you're out and about. Well, 5G is the new and faster version of this.  It is short for 'fifth generation' mobile networks.