World News for Schools:Mon 21 Feb

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Hello there, I'm Ricky from the BBC World News for Schools. It's Monday the 21st of February.

Coming up:

  • Whales wash up on a New Zealand beach.
  • Bad news for Arsenal.
  • And America's Christmas tree blows down!

But first, the internet has been restricted, journalist are struggling to report on what's going on, and anti-government protestors are being warned to back off! Egypt's neighbour Libya is facing a major crisis. It's extremely difficult to get information out of the country, but one human rights organisation says more than 230 people have been killed in the last week. The leader's son has warned protestors that they will be violently put down if they don't stop....

CLIP: Gaddafi is leading the battle and the army is with him, and there are tens of thousands of people that back him. We will not let Libya go, we will fight until the last man, until the last bullet."

The leader, Colonel Gadaffi has been in power for forty years, but it seems protestors there have been inspired by events in neighbouring Egypt, and in Tunisia where huge protests have forced long standing leaders to quit.

Next, to New Zealand where more than one-hundred pilot whales have died after they were washed up on dry land. Officials say more than half the whales on the Stewart Island beach had died before help could reach them. The rest were put to sleep because there was no hope of returning them to the sea in time. As yet, scientists don't know what caused the 6 metre long animals to die, but this is the third time a group of whales have been stranded this year.

Now, have you heard of Leyton Orient? Me neither, well at least not until this weekend when they drew with Premier League giants, Arsenal. Yep, this League One club from Greater London took on their much bigger neighbours and held their own...

CLIP: "Can he finish? He can! What a goal! What a goal! Straight through the legs of Manuel Almunia. Aw, he burst through. He was just too strong for the defenders. It's one apiece.

So what did Arsenal's manager have to say?

CLIP: "It looks like the lower division teams have improved a lot, tactically, physically, it's very difficult against them."

Bad luck Arsenal!

And in the Cricket World Cup, Australia face Zimbabwe in their opening match, while the weekend saw Sri Lanka thrash Canada by 210 runs in their Group A opener.

And finally, fierce winds have blown down America's national Christmas tree. After thirty years of festive makeovers - the 42ft Colorado blue spruce has had as much as it can take. Officials are now on the hunt for a replacement.

And for today's question we want to know what part of a tree can tell us how old it is?

OK, that's all from the World News for Schools team. We're back tomorrow. Just before we go we want to give a big shout out to the grade six class who got in touch from British Columbia, in Canada, and to Florencia, who sent us a lovely e-mail from Rome. Glad your enjoying the bulletin guys, and if you want to e-mail us and let us know where you are listening. The address is


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