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World News for Schools: 9 December

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Hi there, I'm Ricky from the BBC World News for Children. It's Thursday the 9th of December.

Coming up:

  • Could starfish goo help asthma?
  • A tough draw ahead for Arsenal
  • And Matilda hits the stage!

First - thousands of British students are expected to protest today, over government plans to make going to university more expensive. Students could face paying more than $14,000 a year, under the new plans. That's about 3 times more than it costs at the moment. The crucial vote to decide whether the plans will go ahead, takes place later.

Now, you wouldn't expect to find medicine in the Scottish seas, but scientists reckon people with conditions like asthma and hay fever could be helped by starfish! It's all to do with the slimy goo that covers their bodies. Here's expert Dr David Hughes with more...

Could starfish be the answer to medical conditions like asthma?

CLIP: "This slime contains chemicals that prevents other animals and plants from sticking to it, and it's possible that if we can identify these chemicals, it might be possible to incorporate them in medicines - perhaps to fight inflammatory diseases."

Footy now and Arsenal have made it through the last 16 of the Champion's League, but they could now face one of Europe's best teams - Barcelona or Real Madrid, they're both in the draw. But, Manager Arsene Wenger says he doesn't mind who they end up facing...

CLIP: "Let's be realistic, Barcelona is the super favourite in this competition at the moment. But, we will take what we get. If it's Barcelona, it's Barcelona. We've played them already last year, we'll see!"

Meanwhile, Independiente of Argentina have won the Copa Sudamericana, after they beat Brazilian side, Goias 5-3 on penalties.

And speaking of Brazil, we want to say a big hello to all the kids in year 5 at St Nicholas School. They got in touch to say hi, and to let us know that Fluminense have just won the Brasileiräo 2010, which is the name of the football championship in Brazil. Thanks for the update guys! If you want to tell us some exiting news from where you are e-mail us -

More news now and one of the biggest children's books of all time is hitting the stage. 20 years after Matilda was written, Roald Dahl's story of a brilliant little girl, who's forced to play tricks on her horrid parents, has just been turned into a musical....

CLIP: Children rehearsing.

Comedian, Tim Minchin is one of the people behind the play. He want kids to walk away with a bit of a mischievous message....

CLIP: "Adults are the enemies, and the only way to vanquish the nasty grown-ups is to do tricks on them. If they're not walking out a little bit hyped by that then we haven't done our job."

And for today's question we want to know the name of the awful head-mistress in Matilda? Yesterday, we asked you where pelicans get their name from? And the answer comes from the Greek word pelekys, which means axe!

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


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