World News for Schools:Mon 23 May

Hi there, I'm Leah from the BBC World News for Schools. It's Monday the 23rd of May.

Coming up:

  • A tornado hits the U.S. State of Missouri.
  • Chelsea give Ancelotti the boot.
  • And a cuddly toy prompts a full police investigation!

First, a deadly storm has ripped through a city in the U.S state of Missouri, as many as 89 people are reported to have died after the tornado struck Joplin, in the American mid-west. This local man says the storm came out of nowhere...

CLIP: " It just makes you think just how quick something can happen. You know, one minute it was just barely sprinkling (rain) and the next minute, boy, just the whole world (was) just upside down."

The Missouri governor has declared a state of emergency and warned more storms are on the way.

Now to the Ivory Coast where after months of fighting the new President, Alassane Ouattara has finally been sworn in. It's taken a long time to get here - for weeks the former president, Laurent Gbagbo refused to step down, even though he was widely believed to have lost the presidential election. In the end he was forced from the presidential residence by the army.

Now, Chelsea are looking for a new manager after Carlo Ancelotti was sacked last night. The club acted barely an hour after the Premier League season ended with a 1-nil defeat at Everton - but not everyone's happy with chopping and changing managers, Graeme Le Saux is a former Chelsea defender..

CLIP: "I think when they did exit the Champions League, maybe that was probably the tipping point for the club to say 'OK we're going to have to look for somebody else.' But it's a dangerous game because you're chasing a trophy that is so hard to win anyway. You can't base, I don't think, your philosophy on winning the Champions League. It has to be a more strategic approach than that."

Next to Iceland, where yet again the country's volcanoes are causing havoc. The Grimsvotn volcano has thrown a cloud of smoke, steam and ash 12 miles into the air. Flights have been cancelled because of worries the ash could get caught up in plane engines. Scientist, Susan Stipp says the ash needs to be studied more closely to find out how dangerous it is for planes...

CLIP: "If there's one particle, it's not going to hurt the plane, if there's many many many, then of course it will...How's the wind blowing - how fast and how far and what turbulence? Also the density - that's a very important parameter.

Last year loads of flights were cancelled because of an ash cloud in Iceland, but forecasters don't think this eruption will cause as much trouble.

And for today's question we want to know the name of the volcano that caused all those problems last year?

Finally, when it comes to animals that are hard to track down, tigers are pretty high on the list. So, imagine the surprise of residents in one English town when they spotted a white tiger just lying in the middle of the road. The sighting led to a big police operation - a helicopter was launched, the local golf course was cleared, specialist staff from a local zoo were called in and plans were made to close the motorway - but when officers approached the "tiger", they realised it was ....just a stuffed toy - bet they felt a bit silly!

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


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