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World News for Schools: 10 December

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Hi there, I'm Ore from the BBC World News for Children. It's Friday the 10th of December.

Coming up:

  • Royal car comes under attack.
  • Missing sniffer dog returns home.
  • And the factory owner that shredded money!

But first, the Nobel peace prize has been awarded to a Chinese man called Liu Xiaobo, but he wasn't there to accept it because he's in prison in China for criticising the Chinese government. Here's the Chairman of the Nobel Committee - Thorborn Jagland ...

CLIP: "We regret that the laureate is not present. He is in isolation in a prison in north-east China....This fact alone shows that the award was necessary and appropriate. We congratulate Liu Xiaobo with this year's peace prize."

The Chinese government say Liu is a criminal and are angry that he's been given this award. A number of other countries, including Pakistan, Russia and Saudi Arabia are also staying away.

The Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Charles had an uncomfortable time on their way to an engagement
The Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Charles had an uncomfortable time

Now to the UK, where a car carrying Prince Charles and his wife, Camila got caught up in a big student protest against higher university fees. The vehicle they were travelling in had its window smashed and paint was thrown at it too. Thousands of students took to the streets over the government's decision to make going to university up to three times more expensive. There were clashes between demonstrators and police. 43 protestors, and 12 police officers are known to have been injured. Protestors have criticised the way the police dealt with the demonstrators, containing them in small spaces, so they couldn't move freely.....

CLIP: "They've turned it completely against what it is. It's a protest about fees, and they've made it a battle between students and police."

But the head of the London police force, defended their response...

CLIP: "I think anybody who's been watching the pictures of the violence today will just want to condemn it. Any right minded individual, including peaceful protestors, who want to make a point, will condemn what has happened today."

More news now and when a sniffer dog called Sarbi went missing in Afghanistan after a battle, a big search effort followed, but Sabi was nowhere to be seen. So imagine the surprise when 14 months later the dog was found alive and well and living with a local Afghan man. Well after all that time Sarbi is finally returning home to Australia. She'll have to spend time in a special centre, where they'll make sure she's ok, before starting her new, calmer life in retirement!

And finally, what's the most expensive thing you've ever broken? Bet it doesn't come close to one factory owner in Taiwan. He accidentally shredded a bag full of money! It seems he was dumping a bunch of factory waste, when he accidentally included the valuable bag. Since then, a Taiwanese forensic expert has been working day and night piecing together hundreds of banknotes - and luckily for the factory owner, the country's central Bank say they will accept the money!

OK, just before we go, we have the answer to yesterday's question. We asked you for the name of the mean headmistress in Roald Dahl's Matilda, and the answer is....Miss Trunchbull!

That's all from the World News for Children team. We're back on Monday.




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