World News for Schools: Monday 17 January

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Hi there, I'm Sonali from the BBC World News for Schools . It's Monday the 17th of January.

Coming up.

  • Tunisia tries to set up a new temporary government.
  • The Golden Globe winners
  • And a journey deep down under the sea.

First up. There's been more fighting on the streets of Tunisia. Troops have fired into the air and used water cannon against hundreds of demonstrators who have gathered in the centre of Tunis to protest about the make up of a new government . The North African country's president quit last week after weeks of protests about the lack of jobs, corruption in the government and food prices. The leaders in charge at the moment say they're hoping to form a new government, made up of different political parties, today. The government closed all schools in the country last week, and they won't open until things get calmer there.

Next up. This year's Golden Globes winners have been announced in Hollywood. The TV show Glee won three awards, including Best TV Comedy or Musical. A film about Facebook called The Social Network also did very well - taking 4 awards - including Best Film and Toy Story 3 won a Golden Globe for the best animation. The actress Natalie Portman won Best Actress for the film Black Swan, and in her thank you speech, had a message for her grandmother.

CLIP: "I want to thank you for the opportunity to say hi to my grandma Bernice in Cincinnati, who's watching at home. I hope you're having a drink, Grandma!"

Next, and floods are still causing problems around the world. Brazilian soldiers have arrived in one of the towns worst affected by deadly mudslides in the state of Rio de Janeiro. They're there to help with the rescue efforts. Officials say at least 600 people died in the floods. And in Australia heavy rain has moved further south to the state of Victoria where at least 14-hundred homes are already under water. Tennis stars including Roger Federer have been helping to raise money to help those affected.

And staying with tennis on the first day of the Australian Open there were wins for Roger Federer, Caroline Wozniacki and Maria Sharapova. Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray will play their first matches on day two.

Which brings us to today's question. In which city is the Australian Open being held? We'll give you the answer tomorrow.

Footie next. And Manchester United are back at the very top of the Premier League after a 0-0 draw at Tottenham. There were plenty of goals though in the big match at Anfield where Liverpool and Everton went head to head - the game finished 2 - 2.

And last up. An international team of scientists has been exploring one of the most difficult places to reach on Earth. It's the Marianas trench - very deep underwater - nearly 7 miles below the surface of the Pacific Ocean.

Professor Ronnie Glud who was part of the team that carried out the research says it took a long time to develop an instrument that could go down to those kind of pressures.

"We have developed a number of instruments over the years that's capable of doing various experiments and investigations directly on the sea bed, but the trench was almost sort of the ultimate challenge. And during 3 years of preparation almost we've prepared a special instrument that's capable of withstanding this extreme pressure."

OK, that's all from the World News for Schools team. We're back tomorrow.


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