World News for Schools:Wed 3 Mar

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Hi there, I'm Hayley from the BBC World News for Schools. It's Thursday the 3rd of March.

Coming up:

  • Kids take a stand against smoking parents.
  • Ireland thrash England in the cricket.
  • And world leaders talk UFOs.

First, to the Ivory Coast where armed men are said to have burst into a power company, and forced workers to cut electricity to the north of the country. Now millions of people face being left without enough water, because they need the electricity to power their wells. United Nations official Ndolamb Ngokwey says it's been cut for political reasons...

CLIP: "From what we understand, indeed, the statement of the electricity company, these energy shortages not due to technical issues. They clearly said it was cut for political reasons."

The President, Lauren Gbagbo doesn't have much support in the north of the country and those who do back him seem to be trying to take revenge. There's been a lot of trouble in the Ivory Coast since the presidential elections back in November. It's widely thought that Lauren Gbagbo lost that election, but he's refusing to step down. Ever since, there have been clashes between his supporters and those who want him out.

Now, If you hate your parents smoking when you're in the car, you're not alone. In the UK, 15 thousand people have signed a petition asking the government to make it illegal for parents to light up when kids are in the car. Well, we've been catching up with the children who brought that petition to the Prime Minister's house....

CLIP: "I'm here because I don't want to be in the car when people are smoking, because it's really bad for my lungs and it smells horrible." "If other people are in the cars it can affect them, by getting cancer and diseases."

Quick update now from the Cricket World Cup and Ireland's Kevin O'Brien has been giving his reaction to yesterday's historic win over England. O'Brien - who put in a stunning performance, hitting the tournaments fastest ever century - says their old rivals got nervous....

CLIP: "I think they panicked to be honest. We got sixty or something off the powerplay and from then they didn't really know what they were doing to be honest. I mean they panicked, and if you panic in cricket you're going to lose."

Next, when you think about the big issues that world leaders talk about, alien abductions and UFO sightings might not be the first things that spring to mind. But secret files, made public for the first time by the British government, show that over the years important meetings have been called to discuss all sorts of weird and wacky space sightings. Dr David Clarke wrote a book about UFO's. He says the number of spottings usually goes up after a big alien film comes out....

CLIP: "There are, yeah, because more people are thinking about it, more people are aware of the subject and people rather than look down at the ground when they come out of the cinema are looking up in the sky."

And for today's question we want to know what the letters UFO stand for? Yesterday, we asked you what country is widely thought to have invented the stamp? And the answer is...Britain!

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


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