World News for Schools:Thu 16 Feb

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Hi there, I'm Ricky from the BBC World News for Schools. It's Friday the 18th of February

Coming up:

  • Japanese whalers abandon this year's hunt.
  • And the mind controlled wheelchair!

First, Japan's yearly whale hunt has been called off and the boats have been told to return to shore! The decision comes days after the whalers were told to stop work temporarily, because of safety fears. Environmental activists have been chasing the whalers to try and stop them killing the animals.

Next, thousands of people in Bahrain have turned out for the funerals of three anti government demonstrators. They were killed during yesterday's clashes with security forces in the capital, Manama. The deaths have made protestors even angrier and more and more people are calling for their leaders to quit! BBC reporter Caroline Hawley is in Bahrain...

CLIP: "People are very upset. I saw men with tears in their eyes. There were people also chanting for the downfall of the regime. Calling for the rulers of this country to be punished. I think there really is a sense that the blood that has been spilled has fueled the anger."

Next, Chelsea's Frank Lampard has admitted it would be a "disaster" if the Blues failed to qualify for next season's Champions League. They're currently 5th in the Premier League, 12 points behind Manchester United...

CLIP: "Whether we can win it or not, we'll need to finish in the top four of the Champions League next year. So, you can never take your eye off the ball in that case because that would be a disaster."

Lampard also says his former West Ham manager Harry Redknapp would be a strong candidate to succeed Fabio Capello as captain of the England team!

Next, imagine a wheelchair that can be controlled by the mind! It sounds like something out of a sci-fi movie, but that's exactly what scientists have been showing off at a big technology event in the US. And it doesn't stop there - there's also a fake arm, which its makers say gives patients almost as much control as a normal hand. Dr Michael McLoughlin is one of the researchers behind the invention....

CLIP: "The ultimate goal of this programme is that, you know, we think about using the arm, we do that in a very natural way. So if I reach out to pick up a cup of coffee, I don't think about how I have to move my elbow and my shoulder and open and close my hand, I just reach out and pick up a cup of coffee."

The arm is controlled by nerve signals from the users chest, the next step is getting the signals to travel directly from the brain.

Finally we have the answer to yesterday's question. We asked you when the International Space Station was launched? And the answer is...way back in 1998!

Ok, that's all we've got time for. We'll be back with you on Monday - but in the mean time we want to hear from you. Send us an e-mail and tell us where you are in the world, and we'll do our best to give you a mention . The address is! Have a great weekend!


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