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World News for Schools: 16 December

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Hi there, I'm Ricky from the BBC World News for Children. It's Thursday the 16th of December.

Coming up:

  • Hundreds of people are arrested in Moscow.
  • Text messages are used to fight malaria.
  • And Canada's pricey penny!

First - more than 800 people have been arrested in Russia's capital city Moscow. It comes after riots broke out over the killing of a football fan. The man supposedly died in a fight with people from a part of Russia called the north Caucus. Moscow's mayor says no violence will be tolerated...

CLIP: "The police are carrying out reinforced patrols on the city's street, the metro and public transport so as not to allow any disorder....The police will continue to toughly suppress any attempts at provocation and violence."

There is a lot of tension between the north Caucuses, and Russia. Many from north Caucus believe they are discriminated against because of where they are from - while some ethnic Russians say they are the ones that are badly treated.

Next up - texts messages could soon be used to help the fight against the tropical disease, Malaria. There's a big problem in Ghana and Nigeria with fake medicine being given to people who need treatment - stopping them from getting better. But experts are trying to combat the problem by putting special codes on genuine medicine bottles. The idea is that patients will text the code to a free phone number, and the return message will let them know if the medicine is the real thing!

Cricket now and England are still going strong in the Ashes - they wasted no time bowling out the Australians in the third Test in Perth.

CLIP: "Swann bowls and he's caught at short leg - they're appealing...and Australia are all out for 268! "

Now to footy and Manchester City Manager, Roberto Mancini reckons he can convince his star forward Carlos Tevez to stick with the club. On Monday the Argentinean player said he wanted to leave - but Mancini is hoping he can change his mind.

CLIP: "I'm disappointed because I think that we have a good position in the table. I want to speak to Carlos, I repeat Carlos has a three year contract. " And you want Carlos to stay and be an important part of Manchester City?" "Yes, absolutely!"

And yesterday's question was all about footy - we asked you who won the last World Club Cup? And the answer is......Barcelona.

Finally - what can you buy with a penny? Well in Canada it won't even buy you a penny! Confused? Well, it seems it costs more to make the coin than it's actually worth. Officials there reckon it's such a waste of money that they want the coins removed from circulation.

And for today's question we want to know which queen can be found on the Canadian penny coin!

OK, that's all from the World News for Children team. We're back tomorrow - but until then we want to say a big shout out to Charlie and Billy - who are travelling around Europe in a camper van with their parents - lucky you! Have a fantastic trip. And if you want to e-mail us and tell us where in the world you are, the address is


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