World News for Schools: Fri 28 Jan

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Hi there, I'm Ricky from the BBC World News for Schools. It's Friday the 28th of January.

Coming up.

  • More people protest on the streets of Egypt
  • Nelson Mandela goes home from hospital
  • And free homes for Brazil flood victims

First up. Protestors in Egypt have been clashing with the army and police. Internet connections and phone lines across the country appear to have been disrupted, because the government believes that technology is being used to organise some of the demonstrations. Tens of thousands have been on the streets, saying they're unhappy with the man that's been in charge for 30 years - Hosni Mubarak.

Get well wishes have been pouring in for Nelson Mandela in South Africa. The former President is 92, spent 2 nights having tests in hospital, but has been allowed to go home. He is a hero to many around the world because he fought to get rid of laws that treated black people unfairly. He was put in jail for 27 years because of his beliefs, but after the first fair election in 1994 he became President of South Africa. These children from Johannesburg sent him their get well messages:


"Dear Mandela may you get well"

"President Mandela may you please be safe this weekend."

"Dear Mr Mandela we love you for everything that you did for us, and we love the examples you gave us such as caring for each other."

"Nelson Mandela I wish you get well soon. Thank you for being our president."

Next up. A volcano in Japan has started erupting, spewing out dangerous hot ash and rocks. It's the first time this volcano has gone off in more than 50 years - with ash reaching almost 2 miles into the sky! And Ash is also spewing from another volcano in Indonesia. Lots of flights had to be cancelled to and from the island of Bali. Mount Bromo, which is in eastern Java, began erupting late last year.

Brazil says it is going to build 8,000 new houses to give to flood victims. The people who lost their homes in the landslides in the state of Rio de Janeiro will be given these free. Most will be paid for by the government, and some will be donated by building companies.

Tennis. And in the Australian Open Britain's Andy Murray won his match against the Spaniard David Ferrer. Murray will now face Novak Djokovic in Sunday's final in Melbourne.

Yesterday we asked you what baby sharks are called. And the answer is... Pups! And they're born with a full set of teeth! We'll have more quiz questions for you next week.

And last up. A mystery has been solved in Miami. An old grand piano had appeared from nowhere on a sandbank in the middle of the sea. But a 16-year-old boy has finally admitted that he did it. Nicholas Harrington used a boat to haul the old instrument there with the help of his dad. They filmed the whole thing for an art project. Nicholas is hoping that the stunt got him noticed and that it will lead to him getting a place in university. And he's also promised he'll now move the piano back onto dry land.

OK, that's all from the World News for Schools team. Have a great weekend - we're back on Monday.


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