World News for Schools:Fri 25 Feb

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Hi there, I'm Leah from the BBC World News for Schools. It's Friday the 25th of February.

Coming up:

  • Space shuttle Discovery makes its final voyage.
  • The Irish cast their vote.
  • And a fox is found on top of Western Europe's tallest building!


CLIP: "Two, one, booster ignition and the final lift off of Discovery. A tribute to the dedication, hard work and pride of America's space shuttle team. The shuttle has cleared the tower."

The spacecraft left Cape Canaveral in Florida yesterday and is set to deliver a bunch of supplies to the station, including a robot which they think is capable of going on space-walks! But when Discovery returns to earth it will be retired. It's the first of the three surviving space shuttles to be taken out of service. The U.S. government have decided their money is better spent on discovering lesser known areas of outer-space. So how does it feel for the NASA team?

CLIP: "Discovery is a great ship. This is her 39th mission. She would have quite a few left in her if the programme had been extended, but it wasn't. So, it's kind of bitter sweet."

To Ireland now where millions of people will be voting today. The government was forced to hold an election earlier than usual because of huge money problems. Ireland's in so much trouble that they had to borrow ninety billion dollars from a global organisation called the International Monetary Fund. Not only that, more than 1 in ten people don't have jobs and many young people are leaving the country to find work.

At the cricket World Cup, the defending champions Australia have beat their neighbours New Zealand by seven wickets. But captain, Ricky Ponting isn't taking anything for granted...

CLIP: "Things are going along nicely. I think we've still got a little bit of room for improvement. I'm sure that will come as the tournament goes on."

Next, a fox has been found living on the top of Western Europe's tallest building - The Shard! The building's still in the middle of being constructed, but somehow the animal made a home for himself at the top - where he's been living off scraps from the builders sandwiches. The creature has now been rescued and released back into the wild!

Finally we have the answer to yesterday's question. We asked you for the name of the famous bleeping robot in Star Wars? And the answer is......R2-D2!

OK, that's all from the World News for Schools team. We're back on Monday, but just before we go we want to say a massive shout out to all the pupils at Suzhou High School in China's Jiangsu Province, who took the time to e-mail us. So great to hear from you! And to Mr. Robinson's class in Great Valley, Pennsylvania. We love getting your e-mails, so keep them coming! The address is!


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