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The News in 2012

January 5th, 2012

Photo Courtesy London 2012

Happy New Year! We hope you had a great holiday.

News by its very nature is somewhat unpredictable because you rarely know what’s going to happen next. But every four years it’s inevitably a big news year. And 2012 will be one of those years. The Summer Olympics will be taking place in London, England in July. And we’ll be electing our president in the U.S. in November! Just yesterday, the first major step was taken in selecting a Republican party candidate to challenge our current president, Barack Obama.

Some of the things we can look forward to are continuations from last year … such as the rover Curiosity landing on Mars in August, fingers crossed. Sir Richard Branson will be taking his dive to the bottom of the world’s deepest points starting in the spring and by Christmas he hopes to take the first commercial flight to outer space!  He has answered your questions and we will be posting those soon!

It’s also the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic in April.

The Titanic. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Over the break you likely heard that North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-Il died and his son Kim Jong-un has replaced him. North Korea is one of the most repressive and secretive nations on earth and its intentions toward other countries, as well as its own people, is often in question.

North Korea. Photo courtesy of Sam Gellman www.samgellman.com

Last September, an American tourist named Sam Gellman had the opportunity to visit North Korea and took some incredible photos that you can see here . Mr. Gellman has also generously agreed to take questions from kids about his visit. HTE’s World and Politics Editor Lukas Haynes also spent time in North Korea’s Demilitarized Zone and is willing to take questions as well. You can submit them in the comment box below.

Whether it’s a medical breakthrough, unpredictable weather, a discovery, a development, or in some cases a tragedy, HTE looks forward to starting some of these conversations with you about what happens in our world in 2012.

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