World News for Schools:Tue 1 Feb

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Hi there, I'm Sonali from the BBC World News for Schools. It's Tuesday the 1st of February.

Coming up:

  • Hundreds of thousands rally against Egypt's leader.
  • Chelsea smash British transfer record.
  • And the world's oldest woman has died.

First up - the pressure on Egypt's president, Hosni Mubarak to step down is increasing. Demonstrators are hoping that as many as one million people will march against the leader. Already thousands of demonstrators have gathered in the capital, Cairo and in Egypt's second city, Alexandria. The BBC's Wyre Davis is in Alexandria - he described the scene.....

CLIP: "There's a massive demonstration in the heart of Alexandria. It's impossible to say how many people are here. There are several, several thousand people here. They're on the rooftops, they're in the streets, they're on top of cars. All with one common demand - they're demanding that Mubarak is removed from power and that Hosni Mubarak resigns now!"

Protestors have been encouraged by the military's announcement that they won't shoot anyone who decides to demonstrate.

And if you're in Egypt and want to tell us what the situation is like where you are, you can e-mail us at

Next up, Chelsea have smashed the British transfer record after paying Liverpool 50 million pounds for Fernando Torres. The Spanish international signed a 5 and a half year deal last night, which means he becomes the fourth most expensive player in the world after Ronaldo, Ibrahimovic and Kaka. Torres said he can't wait to play alongside Didier Drogba and Nicholas Anelka.....

CLIP: "It's a big responsibility for me as well, to try and play alongside them - because the level they have is so high. So, hopefully I can play at that level as soon as possible and learn."

But even though Liverpool made a lot of money on Torres, they've have already spent it all - shelling out 35 million on getting Andy Carroll from Newcastle and 23 million on Luis Suarez from Ajax .

Now to Australia, where officials are warning people in the state of Queensland that a huge cyclone is set to hit.....

CLIP:"Please make no mistake. This storm is a deadly event. People need to take action between now and tomorrow morning. After which time, in the high impact areas, it will be unsafe to travel."

Thousands of people are being told to leave their homes, and helicopters are being used to move hospital patients to a safe place. It comes just weeks after the state suffered its worst ever floods.

And finally, the world's oldest known woman has died at the grand old age of 114! According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Eunice Sanborn, from Texas, was born in 1896 - meaning she lived to see three centuries! But Eunice said they had it wrong and she was actually born a year earlier, making her 115 when she died!

And for today's question we want to know what century Eunice Sanborn was born in? Yesterday, we asked you what you call a Scottish mountain that's more than 3000 feet in height? Well the answer is .....a Munro.

That's all from the World News for Schools team. We're back tomorrow.


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