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October 19th, 2012

EDF Energy London Eye, pink for the International Day of the Girl 2012. Photo credit: Gretel Ensignia/PA Wire via Flickr user mafleen/Creative Commons

Here in the U.S., there’s less than three weeks left until the presidential election. And it’s pretty much all people are talking about these days. But as our international friends at remind us, there’s a lot going on elsewhere in the world too.

The first ever International Day of the Girl was recently celebrated on October 11 — a day set aside by the United Nations to raise awareness that girls should have the same rights as boys, including access to education. It’s hard to imagine but this isn’t the case for millions of girls around the world. Major landmarks such as the Great Pyramid in Egypt , the Empire State Building in New York, and Niagara Falls on the Canada/U.S. border were lit up in pink to show support.

The importance of this cause was recently highlighted, sadly, when a 14-year old school girl in Pakistan was shot for publicly advocating that girls be allowed to go to school. She’s fighting for her life in a hospital in the United Kingdom where she was flown for special treatment. She was already an international symbol for girls’ rights before … and is even more so now.

In other news, there was a big election in Venezuela where its famous and controversial leader, Hugo Chavez, has been re-elected.

Image via Big Stock

And the ancient rock grouping that makes up Stonehenge was viewed through hi-tech 3-D equipment for the first time ever … in the hopes of solving some of its mysteries.

Stonehenge. Photo via Flickr user rupjones via CC

These stories and more are explained in the current issue of You can click here to read about them and try a free subscription . Just please make sure to do it with an adult caregiver. It’s world news … for kids! We like it.

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