World News for Schools:Mon 31 Jan

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Hi there, I'm Hayley from the BBC World News for Schools. It's Monday the 31st of January.

Coming up:

  • Thousands call for Egypt's leader to go.
  • There's speculation over Fernando Torres' future.
  • And the climber who survived a 300 metre fall!

First - to Egypt, in the Middle East, where last week's protests are continuing, with tens of thousands of people on the streets, ignoring orders from the government to stay at home....

CLIP: Protestors chanting.

Demonstrators want the President, Hosni Mubarak to resign. Mubarak's been in power for 30 years and many Egyptians have had enough. This protestor say military helicopters and police won't stop him from calling for change...

CLIP: "Military, machines against his own people. This is not a president any more. Today Egypt will be free - or we will die here!"

Demonstrators are trying to put even more pressure on the government, by asking Egyptians to stop working and take part in a massive march tomorrow in Cairo. Meanwhile, countries including Australia, the US and Japan are sending planes to get their citizens out of Egypt.

Next up - it looks like there's going to be a new African country. Nearly everybody who voted in the Sudanese elections say they want South Sudan to be independent from the North. The vote comes after twenty one years of war-between the North and South of the country - a conflict which ended in 2005 and left as many as two million people dead. During the war, many people fled the violence and some, like 8 year old Annet, came to live in the UK. She was with her mum when she cast her vote - here in London....

CLIP: "It was very exiting and people were dancing. I would like to see how it is in the new country, and how they are doing and things."

Even though it looks certain there will be a new country, it will be a bit longer before the official results of the vote are known.

Footy now - and it's transfer deadline day in the English Premier League, with Liverpool making a massive 30 million pound offer to buy the Newcastle striker Andy Carroll. There's speculation that the bid is a replacement for Fernando Torres. But Liverpool manager, Kenny Dalglish insists the club won't sell Torres, despite Chelsea offering 35 million pounds for the striker.

And finally, to the incredible story of the man who fell more than 300 metres off the top of a mountain and survived! Adam Potter tumbled down a slope close to Ben Nevis in Scotland, but escaped with just a few cuts and a couple of broken bones. It hasn't even put him off climbing!

CLIP: "I was hoping to go out again next weekend, but I think that weekend will be cancelled. But maybe in a few weeks, I'll see how the injuries go."

And for today's question we want to know what name is given to a Scottish mountain that's over 3000 feet in height?

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


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