World News for Schools:Mon 7 Mar

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Hi there, I'm Leah from the BBC World News for Schools. It's Monday the 7th of March.

Coming up:

  • Footy players are banned from wearing snoods.
  • The world's most famous street party kicks off.
  • And a fishy theft!

First, the battle for control of Libya is raging on. Forces who support the leader, Colonel Gaddafi have been on the attack and they seem to be stopping the opposition from getting stronger in important areas. Meanwhile, the United Nations is very worried about the effect fighting is having on normal Libyans. They're sending teams into the country to try and figure out what kind of help people need.

OK, moving on to the weekend's big footy story - we're talking about that Dirk Kuyt hat trick which propelled Liverpool to a 3-1 win over Manchester United. Here's a little reminder.....

CLIP: "Oh superb and it's into the net for Liverpool. Kuyt touched it in...and it's two, it's two for Liverpool! And Kuyt got them both...Liverpool free kick then, Suarez around the wall, Van der Sar save didn't hold it - Kuyt's there! He's got his hat trick!"

And in other footy news, IFA bosses have banned players from wearing snoods! The trendy scarf is worn by the likes of Man City's Carlos Tevez, but as of the 1st of July they'll just have to put up with the cold. The rule makers say it puts players in danger of being strangled during a tackle.

Cricket now and following England's stunning six-run victory against South Africa, there's been some bad news for the team. Batsmen, Kevin Pietersen is out of the World Cup. The player has a hernia injury and is on his way home for an operation. Team coach, Andy Flower says the pain had become too much...

CLIP: "Unfortunately he says that the pain is too debilitating and, and he can't go on like that. So, it's a pretty simple decision in replacing him."

Team bosses are now asking if they can call up Eoin Morgan to replace him.

And the world's most famous street party is in full swing in Brazil, where the country is celebrating the annual carnival...

Clip: Samba drums.

Tens of thousands of revellers have been watching the parade of the city's top samba schools, with their spectacular floats and extravagantly dressed dancers. The parade even features three schools whose costumes were destroyed in a massive fire just weeks before carnival kicked off. It seems even a disaster like that couldn't dampen their party spirit!

And for today's question we want to know where in Brazil carnival first started?

And finally to France's biggest ever theft of....shellfish! Yep, a man has been arrested for stealing 240,000 oysters! It seems the little molluscs are getting more and more valuable, leading to a spate of fishy robberies!

OK, that's all from the World News for Schools team. We're back tomorrow. But before we go we want to say a big hello to Lowri who got in touch from Jakarta in Indonesia - we always love hearing from you, so if you want to get in touch, tell us where you're listening from, drop us a line at


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