World News for Schools:Wed 29 June

Hi there, I'm Ore from BBC World News for Schools. It's Wednesday the 29th of June.

Coming up:

  • Greek protests get violent
  • Astronauts have a near miss with space debris
  • And could an American city ban the sale of pets...?

But first to Kabul in Afghanistan, where a hotel, popular with westerners, was stormed by gunmen last night. A five-hour gun battle ended when a helicopter from international organisation NATO shot some of the attackers who were firing from the hotel roof. At least twenty-one people died, including the gunmen. The Taliban have said they carried out the attack. Despite NATO being called in, their spokesman said Afghan security forces had dealt well with the situation:

CLIP:"Clearly the insurgents have been able to get through the security cordon and attack the hotel but, you know, this will not have an impact on security in Kabul overall."

Security of Afghanistan is to be slowly handed over from international NATO forces to Afghanistan's own forces and the country's president, Hamid Karzai, hoped this week's attack wouldn't hinder that process.

To Greece now, where protests against the government's funding cut plans have got violent. Lots of people are striking for 48 hours and Greek police have been firing teargas against stone-throwing protesters. They're outside the parliament building where today politicians will be voting on the cuts, which aim to help solve the big money problems that Greece has.

Next a piece of flying space junk heading straight for the International Space Station forced six astronauts to prepare for an emergency evacuation back to Earth. The debris came within 350 metres and normally the Space Station would use thrusters to move out of the way, but it just didn't have enough time:

CLIP:"Probably our closest object to space station that has actually come by space station. And we didn't have any information that it was coming, until it was very, very close - and we didn't have an option to do a manoeuvre."

Experts say even a small object could cause loads of damage to the floating science lab because debris can travel at thousands of kilometres per hour. All the astronauts were OK this time and able to return to their normal Space Station duties after the debris had passed.

Now for today's question, who was the first human in space?

Yesterday we asked you what currency do Greece, Germany and lots of other countries in Europe share?

And the answer is...

The Euro

And finally, the American city of San Francisco is thinking about whether or not to ban the sale of pets. It would cover the sale of any household animals, within the city - from puppies to goldfish. But animals that are for eating such as fish and poultry would not be included. Supporters say it would stop the suffering of animals which parents buy for their kids who soon get bored of them. They also say those breeding animals for money don't treat the animals well. But the city's pet stores say they'll go out of business and people would just buy pets from another city instead!

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




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