World News for Schools:Mon 28 Feb

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Hi there, I'm Hayley from the BBC World News for Schools. It's Tuesday the 1st of March.

Coming up:

  • Japanese school pupils are investigated for cheating.
  • The 200th person to walk in space.
  • And a pizza owner is charged with mice sabotage!

First, school pupils in Japan are being investigated by the police over allegations that they cheated in exams. The police are looking at whether students used their mobiles to log onto the internet during a test to get into Kyoto University. The exam questions turned up on an internet forum while the test was taking place, along with suggested answers supplied by other users. The Japanese government wants universities to ban mobile phones during exams.

Now to New Zealand, where people have held a two minute silence to remember those who died in the Christchurch earthquake. At this school, bells marked the beginning of the silence..

CLIP: Bells

It came exactly a week after the quake destroyed the country's second largest city, killing at least 154 people.

Now for days we've been telling you about the massive anti-government protests that are rocking Libya. Well, yesterday the BBC spoke to the person at the centre of it all, the leader Colonel Gaddafi. He says the Libyan people support him and don't want him to go anywhere - ....

CLIP: "No demonstrations at all in the streets....They love me all. They will die to protect me, my people."

Meanwhile, around 2000 people are escaping into neighbouring Tunisia every hour. Most of them are foreigners working in Libya, but with nowhere to go there are big worries about the lack of food, clean water and shelter.

More news now and an American astronaut has become the 200th person to walk in space, during Discovery's final mission to the International Space Station...

CLIP: "Space walk has begun now. You see there Steve Bowen with the red stripes on the legs of his suit. Al Drew will be following along. He's got the suit that is all white."

And for today's question we want to know what planet's closest to the sun? Yesterday, we asked you when the first ever Oscars ceremony was held? And the answer is.....in 1929!

It's the big Premier League showdown between Manchester United and Chelsea later. Chelsea are trailing United by 15 points and manager Carlo Ancelotti understands how tough the competition will be....

CLIP: "They lost just one game this season. They play every time in focus, every time concentrated. This is the reason why they're at the top of the table."

Ancelotti also said Ashley Cole will be playing, despite accidentally shooting a work placement student with an air rifle.

Finally, a pizzeria owner in the U.S. has been charged with infesting rival restaurants with mice. Police say the man tried to put customers off by placing mice in another restaurant's bathroom. The restaurateur - who's from Pennsylvania - has been charged with animal cruelty and other offences. Don't know about you but that story gives me the shivers!

OK, that's all from the World News for Schools team.




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