World News for Schools:Thu 24Mar

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Hi there, I'm Leah from the BBC World News for Schools. It's Thursday the 24th of March.

  • Our School Reports correspondents report on what children think of changes in the Middle East.
  • And how do you find out if a giant poisonous fish is pregnant?

But first -- Japanese mums in Tokyo have been told they CAN give their babies tap water after all despite radiation from damaged nuclear reactors. Supermarkets ran out of bottled water yesterday when experts said the amount of radiation was too dangerous. But though they now say the water's safe -- some people don't know whether they can trust official advice:

CLIP: Up to now all the government's announcement they say everything is ok. Now they turn back and they say: Oops it's not ok -- so it's really hard for us to trust what's real and what's not, what's safe and what's not. When they make announcement it's not ok for kid under age one you start questioning what about two, what about three.

Meanwhile it's been revealed that three of the workers battling to keep the damaged nuclear plant safe, are in hospital because of radiation. And some countries, including Russia and Singapore, have banned food from the radiation area.

Now, the conflict in Libya -- where more explosions and anti-aircraft gunfire were heard in the capital Tripoli during a FIFTH night of air-strikes by international forces. The planes are trying to stop Colonel Gaddafi attacking his own people. The trouble started with big anti-government demonstrations -- and in other countries the protests have got rid of their leaders. One of them is Egypt -- and as part of School Reports' special news week we've had a team of young correspondents investigating how life is different there for kids now. Ten year olds Ahmed and Mohammed live together as part of a street gang in Tahrir Square in Cairo, where the uprising began. Life is very tough, says Ahmad:

CLIP: "After Mubarak left, things were getting worse. Thugs are everywhere in the streets; everything's getting robbed. The prices are getting higher. I want Hosni to come back because Hosni used to control it at least. And I want this control back again."

But Ahmad's friend, Mohamed disagrees:

CLIP: "No, they wanted Hosni to leave because he's the one who made the prices higher. And he did lots of other things as well that made the people unhappy. That's why people wanted him to leave. If somebody else like Mubarak comes to power now, we've got to make him go, too."

In the cricket World Cup: India are playing their crucial quarter final against Australia in Ahmedabad -- if they win they play Pakistan in the semis. And Britain's lost it's spin bowler Michael Yardy -- he's returning home sick and WON'T be joining the team in the last quarter final against Sri Lanka on Saturday.

And finally -- keepers at a marine wildlife part in England have had to work out how to find out if a giant poisonous stingray fish is expecting babies! Vets had to wear chain mail gloves and borrow an expensive ultrasound machine to try to check if Bonnie the mangrove whipray is pregnant. Bonnie's been putting on weight and the zoo vets have to check very VERY carefully -- to try not to be stung by its long stinging tail.

And for today's question we want to know ..How many species of stingray are there altogther? Yesterday we asked -- which is colder, the North Pole or the South Pole? And the answer is - the South Pole because it's higher above sea level.

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




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