World News for Schools:Wed 16 Feb

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Hi there, I'm Hayley from the BBC World News for Schools. It's Wednesday the 16th of February.

Coming up:

Japan's whale hunt is called off.

Champions League action.

And Rihanna wins big at the BRITS!

First, Japan's yearly whale hunt has been called off - well for the moment at least! It's after activists from the Sea Shepherd group chased the whaling ships. Peter Hammarstedt is a member of Sea Shepard, here's what he had to say...

CLIP: "I think there's a combination of things that have led to victory down here in the southern oceans. One is our efforts to blockade them here. And every day we prevent them from whaling we're costing them literally millions of dollars in lost profits."

Killing whales for food has been banned worldwide for more than 20 years, but Japan says it's whaling for scientific reasons. But, the BBC's reporter in Japan says it's widely known that the animals mostly end up on the dinner plate.

Next, even more protests are breaking out across North Africa and the Middle East - this time in Libya and Bahrain. In Libya, there are reports of thousands of demonstrators marching on the streets following the arrest of a human rights campaigner. Stones have been thrown at the police, who are said to have responded with water cannons, tear gas and rubber bullets.

Meanwhile in Bahrain, anti-government protestors are showing their anger after two people were killed in demonstrations earlier this week. They want their leader to quit after 40 years in power!

Next, another big tropical storm has hit Australia. Cyclone Carlos tore down trees and cut through power lines in Darwin, in Northern Australia last night. This family had a tree fall on their house.....

CLIP: "We just heard a loud crash and we thought 'Oh no, there goes a tree.' And we couldn't really see anything because it was dark and we lost power."

Footy news now and Tottenham have the upper hand in their Champions League 2nd round tie against AC Milan. They beat the Italians 1-0 at San Siro with Peter Crouch scoring the only goal just 10 minutes before time...

CLIP: "Lennon pulls it back, Crouch will score...It's an away goal for Tottenham Hotspur! A great counter attack. Well done Lennon, well done Crouch. AC Milan nil, Tottenham 1!"

And for today's question we want to know who holds the Champions League title? Yesterday we asked you what the most common species of tiger is, and the answer is... the Bengal Tiger!

Now to the story that's causing a stir in China - the case of the synchronised fish! Animal rights groups are upset with state TV for showing a performance featuring goldfish swimming in unison! They're worried that magnets are being used for the trick. The performance was first shown at the start of the Lunar New Year, and is due to be repeated on Thursday.

Finally, superstar Rihanna picked up the prize for best international female at last night's BRIT awards in London....

CLIP: "Britain I love you! Thank you so much, this means a lot. I'm the only girl in the world!"

The star studded ceremony also saw Justin Beiber take home the prize for best male.

OK, that's all we've got time for. We're back tomorrow. Bye!


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