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  • UNIDENTIFIED CHILDREN: Welcome to CNN STUDENT NEWS from Churchill High School.

  • CARL AZUZ, CNN ANCHOR: From that I-Report in Sartell, Minnesota,

  • we`re heading to the Middle East as we kick off today`s show.

  • President Obama is on the four day trip to the region.

  • And it started yesterday in Israel.

  • That`s where he met with Israelis president Shimon Peres.

  • Now, one interesting point here, in Israel`s government the president is mostly a ceremonial position.

  • The person who runs the country`s government is the prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.

  • President Obama also met with him yesterday.

  • Leaders talked about some of the issues they both face: like how to address Iran`s controversial nuclear program.

  • Another issue on the agenda for this trip: the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians.

  • Today, President Obama is scheduled to visit the West Bank, a Palestinian territory.

  • He`s set to meet Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the Palestinian Authority.

  • So, he is talking to leaders on both sides of this conflict.

  • Tomorrow, after a few other stops in Israel, the president will head to Jordan.

  • There, he`s scheduled to do a news conference with Jordan`s King Abdullah.

  • Then he heads back to the U.S from Jordan on Saturday.

  • So, why is the president making this trip?

  • Part of his job is diplomacy to represent the United States to the world,

  • that`s why he meets other world leaders.

  • Plus, the U.S. And Israel are close allies,

  • so visiting that country reinforces the strength of that relationship.

  • Quick side note to this trip.

  • Yesterday, we told you about the Beast, the U.S. President`s personal limousine.

  • It went to Israel ahead of President Obama, so it could be there when he landed.

  • Unfortunately, the Best went bust.

  • It wouldn`t start, had to be towed away.

  • An official said the driver accidentally filled it up with regular gas instead of what it needs diesel fuel.

  • Oops. Nothing to worry about, though, and the president travels overseas,

  • multiple vehicles are usually along for the ride,

  • so when President Obama landed, the backup Beast was ready to go.

  • It`s hard to forget someone like Malala Yousafzai.

  • In her home country of Pakistan where fewer than half the women can read and write,

  • Malala worked toward women`s education`s rights,

  • even after she got death threats to stop.

  • She survived a shooting by Afghan terrorists,

  • the 15-year old has been recovering in the United Kingdom where on Tuesday

  • she was once again able to continue her education in school.

  • ITV News` Rupert Evelyn was there.

  • RUPERT EVELYN, ITV CORRESPONDENT: The education campaigner is herself learning again.

  • UNIDENTIFIED MALE: So you will go to school by yourself, OK, you will be independent.

  • EVELYN: Anxious and escorted by her father,

  • Malala Yousafzai heads towards her first day at a new school,

  • swapping the classroom of Pakistan`s Swat Valley

  • for the private halls of Birmingham`s Edgbaston High School.

  • MALALA YOUSAFZAI: I think it is the happiest moment that I`m going back to my school

  • and today I, I held (ph) my books, my bag and I would learn, I would talk to my friends, I would talk to my teacher.

  • EVELYN: It is five month since the Taliban attempted to assassinate Malala.

  • Her life saved in Pakistan, her skull rebuilt in Birmingham.

  • She has defied the odds,

  • and with these images released by her and her family,

  • she defies he enemy`s attempts to silence her.

  • Her return to school is a symbol of the simple yet powerful message Malala conveys:

  • her campaign for women`s education will not be stopped

  • either by a change of country, or by a bullet.

  • RUTH WEEKS, HEADMISTRESS, EDGBASTON HIGH SCHOOL: We aim that when she`s in school,

  • she`ll be a normal girl, she`ll follow the normal rules, she`ll be taught along with everyone else.

  • And we will support her.

  • EVELYN: Her new school motto translates as faithfully, bravely and successfully.

  • Her new classmates will not have to look far to find someone who encapsulates those characteristics.

  • Rupert Evelyn, ITV News, Birmingham.

  • AZUZ: It might seem strange to think of someone risking her life for an education.

  • Especially if you`ve heard news reports about other people dropping out of school.

  • What does your education mean to you?

  • Is it a priority, or are you just going through the motions?

  • Talk to us at cnnstudentnews.com, it`s the same site where your teachers can comment on today`s show.

  • UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Today`s Shoutout goes out to Mr. Winer`s classes

  • at Okeeheelee Middle School in West Palm Beach Florida.

  • Who`s the author of Frankenstein?

  • You know what to do?

  • Is it Stephen King, Mary Shelley, Bram Stoker or R.L. Stine.

  • You`ve got three seconds, go!

  • Mary Shelley wrote "Frankenstein" in 1818,

  • nearly a century before the first Frankenstein movie was made.

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

  • AZUZ: Mary Shelley`s book about a scientist who created a monster influenced pop culture to this day.

  • This is part of our women`s history month coverage.

  • We are looking at women in the arts an their impact on world culture.

  • See if you can guess whom we are talking about:

  • First up, she is a famous actress who`s been nominated for 17 Academy Awards.

  • She recently won an Oscar for her role of British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

  • So who played the Iron Lady?

  • Meryl Streep has won three Oscars in her decades long career.

  • Next up, she was a French fashion designer.

  • She`s been called the Grand Dame of modern women`s fashion.

  • And she`s world famous for her number five fragrance.

  • She is Coco Chanel.

  • And Chanel number five was the first perfume that had a fashion designer`s name on it.

  • We`re bookending this segment with another author,

  • you probably read a series of her books,

  • and she`s still writing, just not about Harry, Hermione and Ron any more.

  • You know this one. J.K. Rowling, seven books about Harry Potter were turned into eight movies.

  • You can find all these artists and more in the resources section of cnnstudentnews.com.

  • UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Is this legit?

  • The words "orchestra" and "philharmonic" are synonyms?

  • It`s true. They both mean a group of musicians who perform together.

  • AZUZ: Our next story from Rafael Romo is about a youth orchestra in the South American country of Paraguay.

  • The instruments that these musicians use may sound the same as any other orchestra,

  • but when you see what they are playing, it`s very different story.

  • You know the saying, one man`s trash is another man`s treasure.

  • Get ready to meet the landfill harmonic.

  • RAFAEL ROMO, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Cateura, Paraguay,

  • a town built on top of a landfill were 1500 tons of waste are dumped everyday.

  • The town`s 2500 families are employed by the landfill recyclers,

  • and their children live along the trash.

  • Favio Chavez is a musician and ecological engineer with an inspired idea.

  • He started teaching the children to play music,

  • but he only had five instruments to lend out.

  • Soon, the orchestra of recycled instruments was born, fashioning instruments was trash.

  • 18-year old Andres Riveros (ph) is a saxophonist with the group.

  • ANDRES RIVEROS, SAXOPHONIST: The instrument is made of galvanized pipe used in the gutters for houses.

  • Then this is made with caps, coins and these are keys from doors.

  • ROMO: Playing in this orchestra ha provided a way out of the landfill for children and a way to help their families.

  • FAVIOS CHAVEZ, DIRECTOR, ORCHESTRA OF RECYCLED INSTRUMENTS (through translator): We see that they are not changing their own lives,

  • but those of their families, too.

  • We`ve seen cases where the parents with addiction problems have quit taking drugs to go to their kids concert,

  • and in a lot of cases the parents have gone back to finish school because their kids are being seen all over and they think,

  • they are going forward. I want to, too.

  • They are not only changing their lives, but the lives of their families and their community.

  • ROMO: Myriam Cardozo once dreamed of becoming a musician.

  • When she heard about the program, she signed up her granddaughter right away.

  • MYRIAM CARDOZO, GRANDMOTHER OF VIOLINIST (through translator): I signed her up and it happened.

  • And now my granddaughter is fulfilling my dream.

  • It makes me so happy, that is why I can die happy.

  • ROMO: Her granddaughter Ada is now a violinist in the orchestra.

  • ADA RIOS, VIOLINIST (through translator): The people cannot believe it, they have to see it to believe it.

  • Because they don`t believe it is trash.

  • I`ve been to three countries, Brazil, Panama and Colombia.

  • And I never thought I`d leave the country.

  • AZUZ: All right. Stick with us for a last story today, because it`s better than it seems.

  • Driver hits a deer, assumes it`s dead, puts it in his trunk to take home.

  • But when police officers come across the vehicle, and the guy pops the trunk to show them -

  • Wow. Deer looks very much alive.

  • You know what happens when you assume something?

  • You get a live deer popping out of your trunk.

  • Officers say the animated animal was unscathed, and that it took off for the woods.

  • The guy originally planned to make the deer into a meal.

  • Let`s just hope the creature doesn`t come back for retribution against the driver`s family.

  • He`ll go after the guy first and ven his son (ph).

  • If he really wants to be jerky, maybe an antler or uncle, too, Oh, dear.

  • We hoof to go for now, we`ll be back tomorrow with more CNN STUDENT NEWS.

  • See you then.

  • END

UNIDENTIFIED CHILDREN: Welcome to CNN STUDENT NEWS from Churchill High School.

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