World News for Schools:Thur 20 Jan

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Hi there, I'm Ricky from the BBC World News for Schools. It's Thursday the 20th of January.

Coming up.

  • Tunisian cabinet problems
  • UK bans American cleric
  • and a film about the historic rescue of over 650 children.

First up. The TV channel in Tunisia has reported that 8 ministers in the government have resigned from the former President's party. Former leader Ben Ali had to flee because of weeks of protests on the streets about living conditions there. But members of the opposition party have refused to join the cabinet, insisting that a complete break with the old regime is essential.

Next. A controversial American pastor, Terry Jones, has been banned from entering Britain. Mr Jones caused outrage last year when he proposed burning a copy of the Koran on the anniversary of the September the eleventh attacks. Some people think the ban is wrong and he should be free to say what he likes, but Sheikh Ibrahim Mogra from the Muslim Council of Britain says it's a good thing to keep him out of the UK.

CLIP: "I think we would have been very, very disappointed that a hate-monger would be allowed into our country but also very worried about the fringe group within the Muslims of Britain - a handful - who would bandy about placards with very nasty things written on them"

A new film will be premiered in Prague today about the British man who saved hundreds of Jewish children from the Nazis just before World War II. Nicholas Winton organised a series of trains in 1939 to take 669 children to safety. The survivors are known as "Nicky's Family", which is also the title of the new film. Sir Nicholas, now one-hundred-and-one years old, travelled back to Prague for the premiere. One of the children he rescued was a nine year old called Milena. She's now Lady Milena Grenfell-Baines:

CLIP: My little sister was sitting on my knee and she was clutching me around my neck and she was saying "I'm not going to cry, I'm not going to cry." And my little cousin, who was two and a half, Helen, evidently I turned round to her and I said to her " don't cry and go to sleep."

And today's question is about Prague - it's a capital city but of which country? We'll give you the answer tomorrow.

Yesterday we asked you where the British Royal Wedding will take place in April? The Answer is, in Westminster Abbey in London.

Next. There's been another setback for NASA's final mission with the space shuttle, Discovery. It looks like lead spacewalker Tim Kopra will have to miss the trip after falling off his bike. He was one of six astronauts due to take part in Discovery's last planned mission.

Tennis, and on Day 4 of the Australian Open - Kim Clijsters and Rafael Nadal are through to the 3rd round. As is Andy Murray who won against Ukranian IIlya Marchenko. But seventh seed Jelena Jankovic has gone out.

And last up. A new hotel has opened in the Spanish capital, Madrid, made entirely of rubbish. The five-room hotel has been built by the German artist, Ha Schult, using material found washed up by the tide or in landfills. He said he wants to highlight how oceans had become the world's biggest rubbish dump.

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


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