World News for Schools: Tue 8 Feb

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Hi there, I'm Ricky from the BBC World News for Schools. It's Tuesday the 8th of February.

Coming up:

  • The secret to sleepwalking.
  • A fire destroys thousands of costumes in Brazil.
  • And Rafael Nadal is Sportsman of the Year!

First up, if you know someone who sleepwalks then help could soon be on the way. Scientists think they've found the bit of genetic code in our bodies which causes the problem. By studying a family where four generations had the problem, experts were able to figure out what bit of their DNA was responsible. It's good news for the one in ten kids who have the condition - Ann Dulaney's daughter is one of them.....

CLIP: "It was almost like clockwork, at an hour and a half to two hours into her sleep, we would find her just randomly wandering through the house, opening doors and flipping lights on."

By knowing more about what causes sleepwalking, experts reckon they're one step closer to helping people cope with it!

Next up, it's one of the world's biggest parties. Brazil's carnival is a kaleidoscope of colour, with locals working all year to create magnificent floats and spectacular outfits. But now, with just weeks to go until it all kicks off, a massive fire has destroyed thousands of the performers costumes. Dance teacher, Tania said it an enormous loss.........

CLIP: "We lost everything, it's a huge suffering. This was the work of an entire life that we had, that we loved, that we cared, and to see it like this -- turning into ashes in a minute."

To Egypt now where BBC reporters have been spending a lot of time over the last couple of weeks, covering the massive demonstrations against President Mubarak. On one of those trips one of our journalists bumped into a 14 year old boy called Ibrahim. He, like journalists from all over the world, was out and about in Cairo doing his own report on what's happening in his country. He told the BBC's Fergus Nicoll what he'd be writing about.....

CLIP: "The joy of the Egyptian people and the unity and the co-operation of the people - people passing around free food, and blankets, and tents and stuff." "Well without wanting to be your editor that sounds like a pretty strong beginning to me." "Thank you!"

Meanwhile, in Cairo demonstrators are calling on Egyptians not to give up their fight, even though the President is showing no signs of stepping down.

And finally, Rafael Nadal, has been named World Sportsman of the Year. The award was presented to to the tennis ace in Abu Dhabi, in the Middle East - in recognition of his triple Grand-slam win in 2010. But even after such a good run, the Spaniard isn't about to stop pushing himself...

CLIP: "It was fantastic and unforgettable for me, but the sport never stops and now we're going to think about this season and then try to be ready for this one."

And for today's question we want to know who was named Sportswoman of the Year? Yesterday, we asked you what the American national anthem is called? And the answer is....the Star Spangled Banner!

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


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