World News for Schools:Wed 16 Mar

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Hi there, I'm Ricky from the BBC World News for Schools. It's Wednesday the 16th of March.

Coming up:

  • Japan's Emperor goes on TV.
  • Champions League action.
  • And the London Olympics clock stops!

But first, Japan's Emperor has gone on TV and said how sorry he is about the devastation after last Friday's quake and tsunami. It's very unusual for the Emperor to appear on TV - it's said to be the first time he has used a video message to convey his feelings to the Japanese people. He also said he is very worried about the damaged Fukushima nuclear plant.

CLIP:"I am deeply sorry for the devastation in the disaster stricken area. The number of victims has increased every day and nobody knows how many people will die. I really hope we can save as many survivors as possible. I am also deeply concerned about the dangerous situation at the nuclear power plant. It is my deepest hope that the concerned people can prevent the situation from worsening further. I sincerely hope that everybody in the country unites, cares about each other and overcomes this hardship."

So far, it's feared that at least 10,000 people may have been killed, and more than half a million people have been made homeless. 11-year-old Maron just arrived in the US after a trip to Japan with her family - she described what it was like when the earthquake struck...

CLIP:"...Everything fell and the tsunami came, it was so scary. I got out with my friends because I was at school, so my parents came to pick me up."

Now to Bahrain, in the Middle East, where police have been cracking down on anti-government protestors. Security forces in Bahrain have used tanks, tear gas and helicopters to drive hundreds of anti-government demonstrators from where they have been camped out in Pearl Square in the capital Manama. At least three protesters are reported to have died and state TV said two policemen also died.

OK - some footie news now and there was victory for Manchester United in the Champions League. The reds are through to the quarter-finals after beating Marseille 2-1. And it was Javier Hernandez who was the hero of the hour. Here's Wayne Rooney praising his team-mate...

CLIP:"He's a fantastic player and you know two goals again tonight - he's in good form - and it's nice to see him score and it's nice to play with him."

Inter Milan have cause to celebrate too - the reigning champions are through to the quarter-finals after securing a dramatic away-goals victory over Bayern Munich.

And finally, the countdown to the London 2012 Olympics hasn't got off to a great start - after the clock doing the counting stopped! The huge timer was unveiled in a ceremony in Trafalgar Square on Monday to mark the 500 days to the Games. But less than 24 hours after it started, it got stuck!

And for today's question we want to know where the Olympics began? Yesterday we asked you what beaked whales are the best in the world at? And the answer is...extreme diving!

That's all from the World News for Schools team. We're back tomorrow.


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