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

Britain and EU clinch deal to move Brexit talks forward

Britain and the European Union struck a deal on Friday to move on to talk about trade and a transition period after they agreed the outline of their divorce, easing the pressure on prime minister Theresa May.

The European Commission said enough progress had been made after the two sides worked through the night to end an impasse over the status of the Irish border that had scuppered an earlier attempt to clinch a deal on Monday. The United Kingdom has voted to leave the EU in June 2016 in a referendum, a move came to be known as Brexit- Britain's exit.

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Two Indian-Americans in race for CNN Hero of the Year award

Two Indian Americans Samir Lakhani from Pittsburg and Mona Patel from Texas are among the 10 finalists for the prestigious CNN Heroes of the Year award to be given on December 17. Lakhani's non-profit recycles discarded bars of soap from hotels across Cambodia and distributes it to villages in need, CNN reported. Mona Patel's non-profit aims to help amputees rebuild their lives by offering peer support, resources and recreational activities.

People can vote for "CNN Hero of the Year" online and the winner will receive $100,000 for their cause.

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ICC likely to add air pollution in playing conditions

The International Cricket Council (ICC) might incorporate air pollution in its playing conditions clause, having taken a serious note of the plight of Sri Lankan cricketers during the recently-concluded Test match against India in the national capital.

The Sri Lankan players were seen wearing anti-pollution masks while fielding with most of their players complaining of breathlessness. Their pace bowlers Suranga Lakmal and Lahiru Gamage also threw up due to uneasiness.

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Tesla builds world's biggest battery in Australian Outback

The world's biggest lithium-ion battery has plugged into an Australian state grid, an official said on Wednesday, easily delivering on Tesla Inc. chief executive Elon Musk's 100-day guarantee. Musk promised to build the 100-megawatt battery within 100 days of the contracts being signed at the end of September or hand it over to the South Australia state government for free.

South Australia premier Jay Weatherill announced Friday the battery began dispatching power into the state grid on Thursday afternoon, providing 70 megawatts as temperatures rose above 30 degrees Celsius (86 degrees Fahrenheit).

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That’s it for today, kids. Thank you for listening. I hope you’ll watch out for me Monday at 5 pm. Remember it’s so important to know what’s going on in the world around you.

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