In 1547, the King of Spain sent a coded letter to his ambassador in France. Now, after nearly 500 years, researchers have finally cracked the code and can read the letter. It turns out that the king was worried someone might be trying to kill him.
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Last week, a wildfire tore through a large area of Rapa Nui National Park on Chile's Easter Island. The fire caused serious damage to several of the large, ancient stone statues that the island is famous for.
This weekend, England will celebrate the "Platinum Jubilee" of Queen Elizabeth II, an event marking the queen's 70 years on the throne. The country has planned a huge celebration that will run from Thursday to Sunday.
Several candidates are running in next Monday's election for president of the Philippines. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. is currently leading the race. That has some people worried, since Mr. Marcos's father was a brutal dictator in the Philippines for 20 years.
Two missing notebooks belonging to the scientist Charles Darwin were secretly returned to the Cambridge University Library recently. The stolen notebooks, which had been missing for over 20 years, were returned in good condition.
Over a hundred years after it sank near Antarctica, the ship of polar explorer Ernest Shackleton has been found. The ship, called 'Endurance', sank after it got trapped in the ice in the Weddell Sea in 1915. Now it has been found using underwater robots.
On Sunday, the French territory of New Caledonia voted to decide if it should become independent. Over 96% of the voters chose to remain with France. But many people protested by refusing to vote. The strong split between the two sides leaves the future uncertain.
In today's news roundup, Barbados elects its first president ever, a computer attack hits gas stations across Iran, and Japan's Princess Mako gives up being a princess to marry her college sweetheart.
In today's news roundup, remembering Colin Powell, the first Black US secretary of state, Poland and the European Union disagree about laws, the Chicago Sky beat the Phoenix Mercury to become WNBA champs, and a New Zealand city fires its wizard.
In 1991, a young computer science student named Linus Torvalds announced that he was working on a computer operating system as "a hobby". Thirty years later, the Linux operating system is used worldwide and affects the daily lives of nearly everyone.
In today's news roundup, last month's earthquake in Haiti delays the opening of school, the world remembers the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and 1970s pop supergroup ABBA records a new album.