World News for Schools: Mon 24 Jan

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Hi there, I'm Sonali from the BBC World News for Schools. It's Monday the 24th of January.

Coming up.

  • A farming study calls for change.
  • Footie commentators get told off.
  • And mobile phones in space!

First up. Documents from the middle east peace process suggest the Palestinians were prepared to make larger concessions to Israel in 2008 than they've admitted in the past. The papers, revealed by the Arab television station Al Jazeera, appear to be from the Palestinian side. A senior Palestinian official has dismissed the report as lies.

Next up. A study done in the UK is warning that millions more people around the world will go hungry unless urgent changes are made to the way food is produced. One estimate is that food production has to double over the next forty years to feed the growing population. Scientists who conducted this research for the British government want farming to change drastically, possibly through more use of genetic modification and reducing waste.

Two of the main football presenters on Sky Sports have had to say sorry for being rude about a female assistant referee. Richard Keys and Andy Gray didn't think their microphones were on when they suggested that Sian Massey couldn't do her job because she was a woman. Their bosses say the remarks are "not acceptable". Alan Leighton who represents referees says they were wrong to say what they did.

CLIP: "I think the comments are unacceptable; I think we need to move on from that and the point I would be clearly wanting to make is that women are in football at the level that they're at on the basis of merit, and they are assessed and evaluated in the same way as men. More and more women are coming into refereeing and being assistant referees and are there on merit."

Now how smart is a smart phone? A team of British scientists hopes to show that the mobile in your pocket is capable of doing things like taking control of a satellite and even snapping pictures of the earth from space. The project is called "strand-1" and the idea is to put a mobile phone into a small satellite and use it as a sort of back-up computer. One of the scientists Shaun Kenyon explained how the idea of sending a mobile into space had first come about

CLIP: "Well it's very cool for starters! But you know the mobile phones these days are incredibly powerful and they're incredibly capable and what we want to do is see if we can use any of the gadgetry that's in these mobile phones for real satellite work."

Which brings us to today's question. What was the name of the first man-made satellite which was launched in 1957? We'll give you the answer tomorrow.

Tennis next and Britain's Andy Murray is through to the quarter-finals of the Australian open after beating Austria's Jurgen Melzer in straight sets. He'll now face the Ukranian Alekdandr Dolgopolov who knocked out fourth seed Robin Soderling in five sets.

And last up. An online opinion poll in Russia suggests there's strong support for burying Lenin's body. The former leader's dead corpse has been on display in a mausoleum in Moscow's Red Square since he died in 1924. A quarter of a million people voted, and two thirds said he should now be buried.

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


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