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World News for Schools: 7 December 2010

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Hi there, I'm Ore from the BBC World News for Children. It's Tuesday the 7th of December.

Coming up:

  • Columbian rescue workers search for land slide survivors.
  • Shark experts investigate Egypt attacks.
  • And Michael Jackson's glove gets top dollar at auction.

First up, rescuers in Colombia have pulled seven people alive from a mudslide that engulfed their neighbourhood after heavy rains. Several hundred people are digging through the deep mud in an effort to find more survivors....

CLIP: "It is delicate. We are still looking for victims. So far, we have recovered 20 bodies, and the region's entire Civil Defence Team is here, and will be for as long as it takes."

Locals fear that far more than 20 people have been killed by these landslides - a disaster caused by the worst rains the country has seen in forty years.

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One woman was killed in a shark attack in Egypt

Next up - Egypt is bringing in shark experts from abroad to help them figure out a series of shark attacks off the coast of Sharm el-Sheikh. It comes after a German woman was killed while snorkelling, the attack occurred just days after four other tourists were injured by the animals. Erich Ritter is the lead expert, he says that a combination of particularly warm water, and a food source, are the most likely reasons for this unusual shark behaviour......

CLIP: "When you have very warm water, or a different type of current, some animal populations really shift. Or, someone really dumped a large amount of food. Whatever it is, the source likely is still around."

Now, the Nobel Peace Prize is one of the world's most important awards. It's given to the person who's thought to have done the most for world peace over the past 12 months, but this year's ceremony is causing a real stir. The person who's won it - Liu Xiaobo from China - is in prison. He was sentenced to 11 years behind bars for his opposition to the way China is governed. Neither Liu Xiaboa, or any of his family, will be allowed to attend the award ceremony and the Chinese government say lots of other countries, that would usually attend, will stay away too.

Cricket now and England have won the second Ashes test in Australia. It means England go one-nil up with three more tests to go. Captain Andrew Strauss was really happy with how his team played.....

CLIP: "It was a pretty comprehensive victory. We're very happy with what we've done. I think we're still pretty conscious that there's a lot of hard work to do. But, it's a nice position to be in at the moment."

And finally, a glove worn by Michael Jackson has sold for nearly 3 hundred thousand dollars at an auction in New York. The popstar wore the studded glove the first time he performed the Moonwalk. It was the most expensive item sold, but there was plenty of other memorabilia up for grabs, including a suit worn by his pet chimp Bubbles.

And for today's question we want to know which Michael Jackson album is the best selling album of all time?

Yesterday, we asked you what pandas mainly eat? And the answer is...bamboo!

OK, that's all from the World News for Children team. We're back tomorrow. But until then we want to hear from you - send us an e-mail and tell us where you are listening from. The address is


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