In today's news roundup, after struggling for decades, Anwar Ibrahim is named prime minister of Malaysia, Iran faces increased pressure over its harsh treatment of protesters, and the European Space Agency names its first astronaut with a disability.
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Wheelchair tennis champ Shingo Kunieda won the men's Australian Open once more on Thursday, beating Alfie Hewett of the United Kingdom. Diede de Groot won the women's wheelchair finals by defeating Aniek van Koot.
The Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games officially began last Tuesday. Many Paralympic records and world records have been broken in the last week. The excitement will continue until the Games end on September 5.
Last Saturday, Lai Chi-wai used a rope system to pull himself up over 820 feet (250 meters) along the side of a skyscraper in Hong Kong. Mr. Lai, who can't move his legs, was strapped into his wheelchair as he climbed.
Thirty years ago, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) became a law in the United States. The law has had a strong effect, forcing changes in almost every area of American life. But there's still room for improvement.
Mitsuhiro Iwamoto has been blind since he was 16. He wanted to prove that his blindness didn't limit what he can do. Last week Mr. Iwamoto became the first blind person to sail non-stop across the Pacific Ocean.
On March 11, Lee Spencer, who has just one leg, smashed the world record for a single person rowing from Europe to South America, beating the old record by over 36 days.
If you were born without a body part, could you build that part out of Lego? That's what a teenager from Andorra has done - several times, in fact.
Xia Boyu lost both feet after trying to climb Mount Everest. Later, he lost both legs. Last week he became the second person with two artificial legs to climb Mount Everest.
On Monday, Tammy Duckworth became the first person to give birth while working as a US senator. The senator reported that she'd had a baby girl, named Maile Pearl.