World News for Schools:Thu 17 Mar

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

Coming up:

  • Libya declares a ceasefire.
  • Japan continues the battle to control nuclear plant.
  • And a British DJ sets world record for longest radio show!

First, Libya's government is declaring an immediate ceasefire, hours after the UN decided on a no-fly zone over the north African country. Thousands of Libyans have been fighting in the streets trying to get rid of the country's leader Colonel Gaddafi. Earlier the UN - where countries go to solve their arguments - had decided to enforce a no-fly zone over Libya, meaning Britain and other countries in the UN can send planes to Libya to stop Colonel Gaddafi from bombing his own people. Here's Britain's Prime Minister talking about Gaddafi and today's events...

CLIP: "We will judge him by his actions, not his words. What is absolutely clear is the UN Security Council resolution says he must stop what he's doing, brutalising his people -- if not, all necessary measures can follow to make him stop. That is what we agreed last night, that is what we're preparing for, and we'll judge him by what he does."

Next over to Christchurch in New Zealand, where Prince William has been at a memorial service for the victims of last month's earthquake there. William said that the residents of Christchurch would understand more than anyone what the people of Japan are suffering, after the earthquake and tsunami that happened there one week ago...

CLIP: "We honour the lives and memories of all those who did not survive the earthquake. This community, more than any other in the world, can appreciate the full horror of what is unfolding in Japan. Our thoughts and prayers are with them too."

And in Japan workers continue to try and control the Fukishima nuclear plant to prevent a radiation crisis. There are about 300 workers doing this dangerous job - and they are being called heroes as they battle to try and control the plant, putting themselves in danger of radiation. They are hoping to restore power and cooling systems to the reactors at the nuclear plant as fast as they can.

Now our news bulletin is only a few minutes long, but imagine being on the radio for more than two days in one go! Well a famous British DJ has done just that. First of all he broke the record for the longest ever show on his radio station and then set a World Record by staying on air for more than 50 hours. The radio marathon was all for charity and he's managed to raise more than 3.5 million dollars so far...

CLIP: "Now we've done radios longest music show - do you like that? Brilliant. With a team, and that includes a whole host people, way too many to mention but thank you very much and thanks for tuning in."

Just before we go we have the answer to yesterday's question. We asked you how long a female elephant carries their baby before giving birth? And the answer is... an incredible 22 months!

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


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