World News for Schools:Thu 26 May

Hi there, I'm Sonali from the BBC World News for Schools. It's Thursday the 26th of May.

Coming up:

  • Europe's new cookie laws.
  • Players gear up for Champions League Final.
  • And rumours that Cheryl Cole's been dropped from the American X Factor

But first to Yemen, where violent clashes have led to around twenty people being killed since Wednesday. Bystanders say gunfire could be heard throughout the night...

Clip: Gunfire fx

Clashes between the President's forces and anti - government protestors have led to more than 70 people being killed this week. The demonstrators want President Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down, but he says he won't go. Earlier, the United States told Americans in Yemen that they should leave the country.

Next, we're talking about cookies, not the tasty kind but the ones ones that allow companies to track what you do online. These cookies help businesses collect information about you which can then be used to try and sell you stuff - and it's often done without people knowing. But soon it will be much harder to gather information about web users in Europe. New laws mean they will have to get people's permission before they store any info.

Footy now and it's only 2 days until the biggest footy match of the year. Yep, the Champion's League Final kicks off on Saturday, so are the players feeling the pressure? Barcelona's Lionel Messi says no...

CLIP: "Well I've been calm all year with this. People have enjoyed our game, the results, the title and I've enjoyed it too like all my team mates and not felt pressure at all."

And for today's question we want to know what team Barcelona are facing in the final? Yesterday we asked you what the tallest building in New York is? And the answer is....The Empire State building!

Next an exploding star might just be the single most far away object ever spied by a telescope. It's so far that it's taken a staggering 13.14 billion years for the light to reach planet earth - crazy!

It's being reported that one of Britain's biggest celebs has been dropped as a judge on the American version of The X Factor. Cheryl Cole is already massive in the UK, and with a move to America she just looked set to get bigger. But now the entertainment website TMZ says producers are worried that Americans won't be able to understands Cheryl's accent - Here's what some people in her home town Newcastle made of that:

CLIP: "They'll get used to her - won't they get used to her?" "It's just being patient. I mean, yes, Geordies do talk quickly and our language is our own, the same as the Americans."

OK, that's all from the World News for Schools team. We're back tomorrow. Before we head off we want to say a quick hello to Tom who's been in touch from Kennedy School in Hong Kong. We always love hearing from you. If you want to get in touch the e-mail is


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