Pakistan enter three days of mourning after Taliban kill 141

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Pakistan enter three days of mourning after Taliban kill 141

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Pakistani Taliban kill at least 141 at Peshawar school

The Pakistani Taliban killed 141 people at the Army Public School in Peshawar. 132 of the dead were children. 

A total of 114 others were injured in what has been the deadlistest Taliban attack in Pakistan. Witnesses say gunmen entered classrooms and opened fire at random. 

Officials say the attack is now over. Pakistan has officially entered three days of mourning.

The Pakistani Taliban announced they wanted to kill the children of soldiers in retaliation to Pakistani military operations which have attacked Taliban strongholds in North Waziristan. 

The army have said seven militants took part in the attack and all are now dead. 

Prime Minister David Cameron wrote on Twitter: “The news from Pakistan is deeply shocking. It's horrifying that children are being killed simply for going to school.”

£3.5m to be spent teaching “grit” and “resilience” to school pupils

Education secretary Nicky Morgan has said lessons to build character are “equally important” as academic learning. 

A £3.5 million scheme is being launched to promote extra-curricular activities which build “grit” and “resilience”. Programmes will teach lessons in self-control and humour. 

The move comes after business leaders said too many children left school academically qualified but without appropriate “soft skills”. 

The Department for Education said the money would go towards placing “character education on a part with academic learning for pupils across the country.” 

Real Christmas trees may help reduce stress

Dr Birgitta Gatersleben, an environmental psychologist at the University of Surrey, says having a real Christmas trees is better for a person’s health. 

Dr Gatersleben said there was “plenty of evidence” that households with a real tree benefitted from “exposure to natural environments.”

She said: “There is a lot of evidence to suggest that people recover more quickly from stress and mental fatigue when exposed to natural, as opposed to built-up and ‘fake’ environments.”

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