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  • It`s great to see you this Monday.

  • I`m Carl Azuz for CNN STUDENT NEWS.

  • Today`s current events coverage starts in the South Pacific.

  • Vanuatu is an island country there

  • with a population of about 267,000 people.

  • One natural threat to the nation are cyclones.

  • They can strike anywhere from December to April,

  • a devastating category five storm named Cyclone Pam

  • came ashore over the weekend.

  • It hit populated areas, destroying homes and crops,

  • causing a state of emergency and leaving thousands

  • with nothing and nowhere to go.

  • At least 90 percent of the homes in Vanuatu`s capital were badly damaged.

  • Help is coming in from Australia, about 1,000 miles away.

  • New Zealand and other countries are also sending supplies.

  • Because Vanuatu is a poor nation,

  • where many people live in thatched houses,

  • aide workers say they`re dealing with something worse

  • than a worst case scenario.

  • From the South Pacific, we`re moving to the Middle East now,

  • where a significant election is taking place.

  • Israel is going to the polls tomorrow.

  • It`s a very close race.

  • Two of the major issues being debated

  • include the nation`s economy and defense.

  • And the U.S. government has taken an interest.

  • With relations strained between President Obama

  • and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu,

  • some Democrats are working with a group

  • that`s trying to get Netanyahu voted out,

  • while some Republicans are trying to help him stay in.

  • Israelis aren`t voting directly for their prime minister, though.

  • Israeli politics is all about where you sit in this room.

  • This is the Knesset, the Israeli parliament,

  • the legislative branch of the government.

  • And of the 120 seats here below me,

  • the most important seat is right at the center of that U.

  • That`s the prime minister`s seat.

  • But it`s all the seats around that one that determine who gets to sit there.

  • Here in Israel, voters don`t pick a particular politician.

  • Instead, they vote for a political party.

  • But no one party will win an outright majority.

  • In fact, the most successful part in the upcoming elections

  • may win as few as 25 seats, less than a quarter.

  • So what happens here is that right after the elections,

  • all of the political parties meet with the president.

  • And they tell the president this is who we want for prime minister,

  • this is who we`d like to work with in the upcoming government.

  • That person then has a chance to put together a coalition government,

  • to put together a majority of the seats here through political wheeling

  • and dealing and trading political favors for support.

  • Because of the way this works,

  • winning the most seats doesn`t guarantee

  • that you`re the next prime minister if you can`t make the right deals.

  • Now, technically,

  • 61 seats is enough here in the Knesset.

  • But most prime ministers want more than that.

  • They want a coalition of 65 or 66 seats,

  • just so they have a more secure administration.

  • Oftentimes in Israeli politics,

  • it can come down to one or two of the smaller parties

  • in the upcoming election to decide which way the election goes.

  • Because they can sometimes have that influence,

  • these smaller parties are called the king makers.

  • And they determine who gets to sit

  • in the prime minister`s seat and who doesn`t.

  • Time for the Shoutout.

  • What is not a characteristic of a chameleon?

  • If you think you know it, shout it out.

  • Is it independent eye movement, zygodactylous feet,

  • projectile tongues or regenerative tails?

  • You`ve got three seconds.Go.

  • Chameleons are lizards that share all of these characteristics

  • except the ability to regenerate lost or injured limbs or tails.

  • That`s your answer and that`s your Shoutout.

  • Zygodactylous means their toes are grouped together.

  • There are more than 150 known species of chameleons.

  • They`re reptiles. They prefer to live in trees.

  • Their tongues are as long or longer than they are.

  • But the most famous characteristic, of course,

  • is that they`re able to change color, some of them.

  • How and why exactly might they do that?

  • Always looking for Roll Call requests at cnnstudentnews.com.

  • They`re chosen from each day`s transcript page.

  • Midlothian, Virginia is where we`re start today.

  • The Bears are watching. They`re at Bailey Bridge Middle School.

  • We`ll jump to the West Coast town of El Centro.

  • It`s in Southern California, not far from the Mexico border.

  • Hello to The Spartans of Central Union High School.

  • And out in the Pacific, on the Hawaiian island of Honolulu,

  • great to hear from The Mustangs.

  • They`re online at Moanalua Middle School.

  • Cars are not allowed in the Italian city of Venice.

  • You can take a boat through its 177 canals.

  • You can walk over its 409 bridges.

  • The water is getting higher,

  • and not just because of rising sea levels.

  • After centuries of building on the island city,

  • scientists say Venice is sinking

  • as much as two millimeters a year and tilting east. The effects?

  • You can`t do an episode about rising sea levels

  • in Venice and not have the flooding.

  • It`s all to do with not just the tides and moon,

  • it`s also wind affects everything.

  • So you needed the right conditions.

  • And in the `90s, we would get a gap.

  • It wasn`t going to be much.

  • I got a phone call from the producer

  • saying you need to go to Venice tomorrow.

  • So I went up there for the first night

  • and I got set up with the water`s edge.

  • And my idea was the water was going to come over the edge

  • and it`s going to flow into St. Mark`s Square

  • and I`m going to follow it, the trickle, until it fills up.

  • It didn`t get up high enough and -- let me see, I`m going back.

  • It was like 11:00 at the same time at night.

  • And as I walked back to Mark`s Square, there was the water.

  • It was coming up through the drains.

  • The next morning, we went and filmed it properly.

  • I`ll drop your end in and just put the shutter speed up slightly.

  • Got it. We`ll go through this and -- and just -- just start, just rip.

  • Boy. Look at this.

  • I don`t know why I bothered to put on the boots.

  • So we both got very, very wet.

  • That`ll wake you up.

  • But we got some really lovely stuff

  • on the mobi (ph) going through the water.

  • We`ve got a great shot of a couple carrying their baby in the tram.

  • It was probably the most productive single day

  • of filming we had had in the entire series.

  • November 4, 1966.

  • There was one particular shot which I really loved.

  • Could a place literally drown?

  • Built, walking past the shops.

  • And under the weight of just too many people.

  • I had a feeling -- welcome to Venice --

  • That flooded St. Mark`s Square, it was just perfect.

  • It was exactly what we needed for that episode.

  • Got it. Got it.

  • Georgina Harwood, a great-grandmother from South Africa,

  • recently turned 100 years old, so she suited up,

  • climbed on a plane and jumped out of it.

  • And she didn`t just do it for the thrill of the freefall.

  • Mrs. Harwood used her jump to raise money

  • for the National Sea Rescue Institute,

  • a group of volunteer rescuers in South Africa.

  • It was the third time she`d been skydiving

  • and the sprightly centenarian is planning another adventure

  • -- shark cage diving. It would be a sight to see from sky to sea.

  • In both cases, she`s making a plunge, she`s taking a dive,

  • she`s dropping down to raise awareness

  • where the sky is literally the limit.

  • I`m Carl Azuz with the ups and downs

  • of current events on CNN STUDENT NEWS.

It`s great to see you this Monday.

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