World News for Schools:Tue 22 Feb

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Hi there, I'm Hayley from the BBC World News for Schools. It's Tuesday the 22nd of February.

Coming up:

  • Earthquake devastates New Zealand city.
  • England cricketers face the Netherlands.
  • And the superstar who surprised London teenagers.

First to New Zealand, where for the second time in six months a big earthquake has stuck the Christchurch area, but this time at least 65 people have been killed and large parts of the city centre have been destroyed. Tanya was at a school when it happened...

CLIP: Just before one pm the whole building began to shake and it just wouldn't stop. The teacher yelled at us to get under our desks at which point several of my classmates began to cry, which also I felt like doing because it was so terrifying."

The disaster was made worse by the fact it happened in the middle of the day when the city centre was at its busiest. It's thought many people are still trapped under the rubble. Rescue workers are doing everything they can to save them.

The other massive story today is in Libya. There's been another evening of heavy fighting and there are reports of security forces using machine guns against anti-government demonstrators. Few journalists have been able to report on what's going on there because it's not safe, but the BBC's correspondent - who we can't name - had this to say....

CLIP: "It was a quiet night, but the quiet time started after heavy gunfire in the late evening. We can't identify numbers of people who were killed yesterday but there are reports saying that tens, or probably hundreds of people were killed."

There were rumours that the leader, Colonel Gadaffi had left the country, but last night he went on TV to tell the people that he is still in Libya and in control! The protestors want him to go after more than 40 years in power but Gadaffi's son has warned that they will do everything in their power to put down the demonstrations.

Quick cricket update now and England's cricketers are playing the Netherlands in their opening match of the World Cup. Yesterday saw Australia begin their defence of the title with a 91-run victory over Zimbabwe.

Finally, imagine this. You're at an after school club, just chatting with your friends when you look up and who's standing in front of you? Only an international pop star! Teenagers at one youth club in London got the surprise of their lives when the American singer, Usher popped by...

CLIP: Screaming teenagers..."So how you guys doing"

The star's trying to raise awareness about issues like knife crime and like a true star he arrived wearing shades, which he didn't take off until this girl asked him to...

CLIP: "I couldn't believe he was here, so just to make sure it was really him I had to ask him to take his sunglasses off and he looked...good!"

And to top it all off Usher gave them all free tickets to his concert!

Finally, we have the answer to yesterday's question. We asked you what part of a tree can tell us how old it is? And the answer..... is the rings in its trunk. And today we want to know what tree's leaf is the national emblem of Canada?

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


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