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Tiny Bytes: Australian Open, White House vs Pakistan, US 'Bombogenesis' and more

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Welcome to Tiny Bytes, a look at some of  the top news for little minds.

2017 is the second hottest year on record, after sizzling 2016

Does the rising temperature bothered you last summer? It is not just you. Last year was the second hottest worldwide on record, just behind a sweltering 2016, with signs of climate change ranging from wildfires to a thaw of Arctic ice, a European Union monitoring center said last week.

The Copernicus Climate Change Service, the first major international weather agency to report on conditions in 2017, said temperatures averaged 14.7 degrees Celsius at the Earth's surface - 1.2C above pre-industrial times. Click here to know more

Serena Williams pulls out of Australian Open

Serena Williams reluctantly pulled out of this year's Australian Open on Friday, the American saying that while she was close to regaining full fitness after giving birth to her first child in September, she was not fully ready to defend her title.

The 36-year-old was eight weeks pregnant last year when she triumphed for a seventh time at Melbourne Park to claim an Open-era record 23rd Grand Slam title and then took the rest of the year off before giving birth to a daughter. Click here for the full story

All options on the table to deal with Pakistan: White House

The US is keeping "all options" on the table apart from suspending about $2 billion in security aid to Pakistan to put pressure on it to take decisive action against the Taliban and the Haqqani network and eliminate their safe havens, the White House warned on Saturday. The US on Friday suspended about $2 billion in security aid to Pakistan over it failure to crack down on militants.

The freezing of all security assistance to Pakistan comes after president Donald Trump in a New Year's Day tweet accused the country of giving nothing to the US but "lies and deceit" and providing "safe haven" to terrorists in return for $33 billion aid over the last 15 years. Click here for the full story

'Bombogenesis' pounds eastern US, 4 reported dead

A giant winter 'bomb cyclone' has walloped the US East Coast with heavy snow and freezing cold that made for treacherous travel conditions and bone-chilling misery. Four people were reported killed in the southeastern states of North and South Carolina, where icy roads sent vehicles skittering.

The National Weather Service said early on Friday that very cold temperatures and wind chills will follow for much of the eastern third of the US through the weekend. Thousands of flights were canceled and schools closed in many localities as snow piled up and blizzard conditions began taking hold in the northeast. For full story, click here

Budget 2018: Finance ministry plans to boost tourism, travel

India is planning to cut taxes on travel and tourism in next month's federal budget and give more incentives to the $210 billion sector, government sources said, hoping to boost economic growth and create more jobs.

The ove could add to a domestic tourism boom in the world's second most populous nation, where low inflation and rising incomes are changing lifestyles and consumption patterns of an estimated 250 million middle-class Indians. With scores of destinations introduced on airline routes last year, air travel is also surging. Click here for the full story

That’s it for today, kids. Thank you for listening. I hope you’ll watch out for me next Friday again. Remember it’s so important to know what’s going on in the world around you.

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