This week's UK news: 17 May 2013
17 May 2013

England's most famous footballer retires

David Beckham, former captain of the England football team, has announced that he is retiring from the game at the age of 38.

Beckham left the UK to play for the Los Angeles Galaxy soccer team five years ago. He had played for Manchester United during his career as a midfielder.

Beckham, who played for Manchester United for much of his career, has become famous outside football. He is married to Victoria Adams, who was a singer with a pop group called The Spice Girls. She is now a fashion designer, and he sometimes works as a model. They are both photographed a lot for celebrity magazines. 

It's nearly summer - but we've had snow

People in the UK are hoping for some good weather. This is because the weather has been unusually bad for the last few months, very wet and very cold. Officially it is nearly summer, but this week several areas had up to two inches of snow.

The snow was very wet and melted quickly. Now we are all hoping that we will get more typical May weather soon, which would be warm and sunny.

Sir Alex Ferguson retires in style

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson had a big retirement ceremony at his club, only a few days after he announced he was leaving.

The club celebrated Sir Alex's career at the end of the last home game, which they won. Sir Alex gave a speech from the pitch, with his 11 grandchildren watching. He told the fans they had to support the new manager, David Moyes. The next night Manchester and Sir Alex went on a victory parade round the city.

New technique to help couples have children

Couples who could not have children naturally were first helped over 30 years ago when Louise Brown was born. She was created outside her mother by British doctors who then put the tiny group of cells inside her mother to grow,

Since then thousands of IVF babies have been born but it is expensive and success rates are low. Now another group of British doctors have created a new IVF method which could mean almost 80 per cent of treatments lead to a live baby. It involves a simple method of using a camera to film the cells developing in the first few days, to see which are growing best. The best will then be put back in the mother. Scientists say the technique is a "game changer".

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