World News for Schools:Tue 18 Jan

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Hi there, I'm Sonali from the BBC World News for Schools. It's Tuesday the 18th of January.

Coming up.

  • Tunisian politicians walk out.
  • And a dramatic mudslide rescue in Brazil

First up. The new government of Tunisia is only just beginning its first day of work but already 3 politicians have walked out. Some were angry that ministers from the old government kept their jobs. There have been weeks of protests on the streets about living conditions that led to the last president fleeing the country.

Chinese President Hu Jintao is on a four-day visit to the United States. This is seen by some as the most important visit to America by a Chinese leader in 30 years. And as China becomes more powerful, financial experts reckon it's now overtaken the World Bank as the biggest lender to poorer countries.

Next. There's been an amazing rescue in Brazil. A man who was buried under four metres of mud, for 16 hours after the floods there has been brought safely to the surface. Rescuers heard muffled sounds coming from the ground, and managed to pull Marcelo Fonseca out.

Next Tennis. World No 1 Rafael Nadal eased into the second round of the Australian Open. He beat Marcos Daniel, who was forced to retire after losing the first 11 games. But Nadal said he's still taking each game as it comes.

CLIP "I'm not ready to think if I am ready to win this tournament or not right now. So I'm going to try my best every day to play well and to be very competitive on court."

And Britain's Andy Murray is also through to the second round. He was on his way to winning in straight sets when Slovakian Karol Beck pulled out injured.

Now yesterday we asked you which city is hosting the Australian Open tennis tournament. Well the answer is Melbourne.

Golf next and Jose Maria Olazabal has been named as Europe's Ryder Cup captain for 2012. The contest will be held in Chicago and is between America and Europe every two years. It's special because the golfers play as part of a team rather than on their own.

Next. The British film, 'The King's Speech' has received fourteen BAFTA nominations including Best Film and Best Actor for Colin Firth. The UK movie awards will take place in London next month. The film critic Mark Kermode says the film has proved to be a huge success and could even win an Oscar.

CLIP "I think everybody expects Colin Firth to win both here and at the Oscars - it's no surprise The King's Speech is leading the way. Apparently in cinemas around the country people have been applauding at the end of performances."

Which brings us to today's question - in which country are the Academy Awards, also known as the Oscars held? We'll give you the answer tomorrow.

And last up. A Dutch scientist thinks we should be changing our eating habits. He's encouraging people to eat bugs as a green superfood! Insects are already eaten in some parts of the world such as Mexico and Thailand. Apparently insects have more protein than cattle per bite, cost less to raise and consume less water.

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


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