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The Guardian weekly and monthly news lessons


2009 News Lessons

·         New this week: Weekly news lesson 129: 19th March 2009: Chinese bidder refuses to pay for artefacts

A Chinese bidder who bought two sculptures owned by Yves Saint Laurent at a controversial auction has said he will not pay for the treasures, which were stolen from a Beijing palace during the opium wars.

·         Weekly news lesson 119: 8th January 2009: Rugby league to kick off anti-homophobia campaign

The Rugby Football League (RFL) has just become the first major sports organization to join a campaign against homophobia. This may encourage other major sporting bodies like the English Football Association to do the same. Do you think sports associations should support campaigns like these?

·         Weekly news lesson 120: 15th January 2009: Galactic collision: Get out of the way!

Astronomers have said that the Milky Way will crash into a nearby galaxy sooner than they thought. But don't panic yet, as this galactic collision still lies billions of years in the future. Do you think money should be spent on researching space and the universe?

·         Weekly news lesson 121: 22nd January 2009: Brits have the Midas touch at Golden Globe awards

This year's Golden Globes ceremony was a remarkable event for British talent. At the glamorous prize-giving, British director Danny Boyle picked up the best film drama award for Slumdog Millionaire and Kate Winslet won best supporting actress for The Reader, as well as best actress for Revolutionary Road.

·         Weekly news lesson 122: 29th January 2009: Miracle on the Hudson

A pilot managed to avoid disaster and save the lives of all 155 people on board his damaged plane when he landed in the Hudson river moments after take-off in New York.

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