World News for Schools:Thu 10 Mar

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Hi there, I'm Hayley from the BBC World News for Schools. It's Thursday the 10th of February.

Coming up:

  • Australian man is attacked by a crocodile.
  • Discovery touches down for the final time.
  • And is whistling dying out?

But first, three BBC journalists - who were trying to report from Libya - have been talking about how they were arrested, blindfolded and beaten by security forces belonging to Libya's leader, Colonel Gaddafi. The men have been released now, but while they were being held they saw other people being beaten extremely badly. Goktay Koraltan says they were really suffering...

CLIP: "I can't describe, it was horrible, the worst thing I've ever seen in my life and I've seen a lot of bad stuff."

The journalists were captured in a city called Zawiya, in the west of the country. It's just one of the areas that Gaddafi's forces are trying to take control of. His forces have been mounting a violent fightback against the opposition, who want to put and end to Gaddafi's 41 years in power.

More news now and a man is recovering in hospital in Australia after being attacked by a crocodile. Todd Bairstow was out fishing when the four-metre-long reptile lunged up at him from beneath the surface of a creek. A friend managed to beat off the animal but both of his legs were broken in the attack.

OK, onto footy and for the first time ever Tottenham have bagged themselves a place in the last 8 of the Champions League...

CLIP: "We've got ten seconds to go. The referee decides we won't even bother with a corner, and Spurs celebrate a place in the last 8 of the Champions League. They have eliminated the seven times champions of Europe."

Despite a goalless match against Milan, they managed to hang onto their first leg 1-0 lead over the Italians.

Next , space shuttle Discovery touched down at the Kennedy Space Centre for the very last time. Since its launch, Discovery has flown around the world six thousand times. The shuttle's pilot, Eric Boe said it was an emotional moment...

CLIP: "It's a pretty bitter sweet moment for all of us. As the minutes pass I'm actually getting sadder and sadder about this being the last flight. And I know all the folks involved in the shuttle programme feel the same way."

And for today's question we want to know when Discovery was first launched. Yesterday, we asked you where you would find the biggest polished diamond in the world? And the answer is...the Tower of London. That's where the Crown Jewels are.

Finally, when's the last time you were walking along the street, or school corridor and heard this sound...

CLIP: Whistling

Well, a world champion whistler is worried that the age-old tradition is dying out. David Morris reckons people are so busy listing to their I-Pods and MP3 players, that they don't bother whistling any more. This is what kids in London think?

CLIP: "I don't whistle because I've got the music in my head, on my headphones." "I think whistling is old fashioned. I prefer beat-boxing any day."

So are you a whistler or is a bit out dated? E-mail us and let us know at

OK, that's all from us. We're back tomorrow. Bye!


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