World News for Schools: Wed 9 Feb

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Hi there, I'm Ricky from the BBC World News for Schools. It's Wednesday the 9th of February.

Coming up:

  • Russia gets rid of winter.
  • There's a big increase in shark attacks.
  • And the super-granny who beat off robbers with her handbag.

But first, the anti-President demonstrations in Egypt might have been going on for two weeks now, but they aren't showing any signs of slowing down. In fact, they're getting even bigger! Yesterday saw hundreds of thousands of people gather for the biggest demonstrations against the President so far. Actor, Khalid Abdalla was among them.......

CLIP: "People who were undecided are coming out for the first time...There is is a gradually growing consensus, in my opinion, around the country about what this regime is and what needs to happen and the fact that it needs to go."

Well, after weeks of unrest the USA has asked the Egyptian leader to get a move on and change the way the country's run. Meanwhile, the British foreign secretary, William Hague has also waded in. He says that all this attention on Egypt could distract people from working for peace between the Israelis and Palestinians.

Next up, Russia is getting rid of winter! Well, kind of. The President has announced that when Russia puts its clocks forward in a couple of weeks - to mark the start of summer - they won't ever be put back again . President Dmitry Medvedev says all the chopping and changing upsets people's natural rhythm, and on top of that he reckons it's really confusing for cows!

CLIP: "All of this business irritates people, and everyone either oversleeps or wakes up early and doesn't know what to do with themselves for the next hour. I'm not talking about those unfortunate cows and other animals who don't understand the idea of changing the clocks and don't understand why the milkmaids are coming to them at a different time."

And for today's question we want to know how many different time zones Russia has? Yesterday we asked you who won the Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year Award. And the answer is..... the American skiing sensation, Lindsey Vonn!

More news now and 2010 has seen a big increase in shark attacks! Researchers say there were 79 unprovoked attacks on humans - that's the highest number in ten years. You might think that places like Australia would have the most, but in fact it's North America with 32 attacks. Australia had the second most with 14, followed by South Africa where there were 8. The experts recommend that if a person is attacked by a shark they should strike the shark on the nose, distracting the creature, then try and get out of the water as quickly as possible!

And finally, to the super-granny who beat off a gang of robbers with her handbag. Ann Timson, who is in her seventies, was caught on camera tackling the men as they smashed into a jewellers in Northampton, England. The surprise caused the robbers to flee the scene, without taking anything. Like all good superheroes Ann is shunning the limelight - she says she's not a hero and just wants to be left in peace!

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




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