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News Roundup: Farmers Protest, Diego Maradona, & Darwin Notebooks

Indian Police Clash with Farmers Protesting New Law

Thousands of farmers in India marched on the country’s capital, Delhi on Friday, where they were stopped by police using tear gas and water cannons. The farmers are upset about new laws that will affect how they sell their crops.

In the past, Indian farmers sold their crops to the government for prices that were set ahead of time. In September, parliament approved laws which will allow farmers to sell to private companies.

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Thousands of farmers in India marched on the country’s capital, Delhi on Friday, where they were stopped by police using tear gas (above) and water cannons. The farmers are upset about new laws that will affect how they sell their crops.

The government says the changes will give farmers more freedom and let them earn more money. The farmers worry that without government support, private companies will pay them far less.

To keep farmers from entering Delhi, police blocked roads leading into the city. Many farmers arrived on tractors. Some tried to use their tractors to push the barriers out of the way, but the police held them off.

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To keep farmers from entering Delhi, police blocked roads leading into the city. Many farmers arrived on tractors and came with enough supplies to keep protesting for a long time.

Later, police said the farmers would be allowed to enter. Many farmers came with enough supplies to stay for a long time, and say they’ll keep protesting until the government changes the laws.

World Pays Respects to Soccer Great Diego Maradona

People around the world have been mourning Argentine soccer (football) player Diego Maradona. Maradona died of a heart attack on Wednesday, at the age of 60.

Many people believe Maradona was one of the greatest soccer players ever. He was famous for his ability to dribble the ball and for his clever and creative way of playing.

In 1986, Maradona led Argentina to win the World Cup. In one game, he made a play known as the "Goal of the Century", dribbling 66 yards (60 meters) past five opposing players to score.
In 1986, Maradona led Argentina to win the World Cup. In one game, he made a play known as the “Goal of the Century”, dribbling 66 yards (60 meters) past five opposing players to score (above).
(Source: Revista El Grafico [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.)

In 1986, he led Argentina to win the World Cup. In one game, he made a play known as the “Goal of the Century”, dribbling 66 yards (60 meters) past five opposing players to score.

Outside of his four World Cup appearances, Maradona was best known for his time playing for Barcelona and Napoli. In the late 1990s, Maradona developed problems off the field, many related to drug use. After he stopped playing, Maradona worked as a team manager and coach.

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News of Maradona’s death brought out crowds around the world. In Buenos Aires, Argentina tens of thousands of people came out to say a sad goodbye to the soccer great.

News of Maradona’s death brought out crowds around the world. In Buenos Aires, Argentina tens of thousands of people came out to say a sad goodbye to the soccer great.

Missing Darwin Notebooks May Have Been Stolen

Cambridge University (CU) Library says that two valuable historic notebooks which belonged to Charles Darwin may have been stolen.

Charles Darwin was a scientist who lived in the 1800s. His ideas about evolution – how different kinds of animals change slowly over long periods of time – completely changed the way scientists understand the natural world.

Photograph of Charles Darwin around 1854.
Cambridge University Library says two historic notebooks which belonged to Charles Darwin may have been stolen. Charles Darwin was a scientist whose ideas about evolution completely changed the way scientists understand the natural world. Above, Mr. Darwin around 1854.
(Source: Henry Maull/John Fox [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.)

The CU library had several of Mr. Darwin’s notebooks. The two that were missing were kept in a small box, and were last seen in 2000, when they were taken out to be photographed.

In 2001, someone noticed that the notebook box was missing. This year, workers searched through the 10 million books and other items in the library, but didn’t find the notebooks.

Picture of a page in one of the missing Darwin notebooks, showing Darwin's famous "Tree of Life" drawing.
Luckily, the library has pictures of the notebook pages, so even if the notebooks can’t be found, their history isn’t completely lost. Above, a picture of a page in one of the missing Darwin notebooks, showing Darwin’s famous “Tree of Life” drawing.
(Source: Cambridge University Library.)

Now the library believes the books were probably stolen. They’re asking the police and the public for help getting the notebooks back.

Luckily, the library has pictures of the notebook pages, so even if the notebooks can’t be found, their history isn’t completely lost.

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