World News for Schools:Wed 19 Jan

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Hi there, I'm Ore from the BBC World News for Schools. It's Wednesday the 19th of January.

Coming up.

  • 100 days until the Royal Wedding.
  • The expensive gifts given to President Obama.
  • And a Colombian pigeon who fell from the sky.

First up, there's been a powerful earthquake in south-west Pakistan near the border with Afghanistan. People felt the tremor as far away as Dubai in the Middle East. Because it happened 50 miles underground, luckily, it doesn't seem to have caused too much damage.

Next. With one hundred days to go the planning for Britain's Royal Wedding is well underway. Prince William and Kate Middleton will be exchanging vows in April. It's expected that four billion people around the world will watch. And these Kenyan children from Ayany Primary school in Nairobi have their own suggestions about what the bride should wear and who should share their big day:

Prince William and Catherine Middleton
Prince William and fiancee Catherine Middleton


Girl: "Kate should wear a Masai dress, slippers, bangles and earrings."

Boy: "Shoes made of rabbit skin. I think they should invite my mother, my teacher, even our President Kibaki."

Which brings us to today's question. Where will the Royal Wedding take place? We'll give you the answer tomorrow.

Yesterday we asked you where the Academy Awards, also known as the Oscars are held. The answer is the USA.

The United Nations Security Council has been praising Southern Sudan for organising an orderly and peaceful referendum. They're voting on whether to become independent from the North. The country has been troubled by decades of war and millions have died.

Next. The United States government have published a list of all the lavish gifts they received by other world leaders in 2009. President Barack Obama and his family received presents worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. Ex-UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown gave him a pen and holder carved from an anti-slavery ship. And he also got a bike, with an extra seat, from the Netherlands. But he doesn't get to keep them all, they belong to the government.

Tennis next and in the second round of the Australian Open, world number one Caroline Wozniacki had no trouble going through to the next round against Vania King. Venus Williams also made it through but there has been a lot of attention on the dress she chose to wear. It had a bright yellow top that had diamond shapes cut out of it, with a purple patterned skirt. Venus calls it her "wonderland dress".

CLIP: "The outfit is inspired by Alice in Wonderland. You know when Alice goes down the rabbit hole she finds all these things that are so surprising."

The England cricketer Graeme Swann called it one of the worst outfits ever worn on a tennis court.

And last up. Colombian police say they have caught a pigeon that was being used to smuggle drugs into a prison. The bird was trying to fly into a jail but but he didn't make it because the load strapped to his back was just too heavy. It's not the first time Columbian gangs have used birds to smuggle things into prison - in past they've trained a parrot to be their lookout.

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


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