08/08/2017 Newsround


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Good morning.

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I'm Ricky, bringing you Tuesday's top stories coming up.

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Incredible photos of a lunar eclipse.

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And the hunt is on to find the next Olympic mascot.

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First to the World Athletics Championships in London

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where there was heartbreak for Great Britain's Laura Muir

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in the women's 1500m final.

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It looked like she would take the bronze medal

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but she was overtaken right at the end, missing out

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by just seven hundredths of a second at the finish line.

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Gutted.

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And there was more bad news for athletes taking part.

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The organisers of the competition say a number of competitors,

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staying at the same hotel in London, are thought to have

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got a stomach bug.

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It affected Irish hurdler Thomas Barr and the

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Botswanan Isaac Makwala - both were forced to pull out

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of their races on Monday.

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Now the Olympic and Paralympic Games is nothing

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without one of the these.

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A mascot.

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Well, the hunt is on to find the next face of the Tokyo 2020

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Games, as Ricky's been finding out.

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Yet there is just over 1000 days to go until the Tokyo Olympic and

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Paralympic Games.

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That gives this lot just enough time to find a mascot

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for the greatest show on Earth.

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In 2012, at the London Games, Wenlock

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and Mandeville kept the crowds entertained.

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During the Games in Rio, Brazil, last year, these

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fellas stole the show.

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So, how do you go about finding a mascot to represent Tokyo 2020?

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Well, a competition in Japan has kicked off, where ordinary

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people can design and send in their own creations.

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I want mascots with cute smiles.

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Mascots are big business in Japan.

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Becoming one takes a lot of training, as Newsround's Leah

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found out a few years back when we sent her

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to a mascot training school.

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Guys, it's me.

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This is Leah and this is my mascot.

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Don't give up your day job, Leah.

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The winning designs will be selected by children

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across Japan in a big vote.

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The winner announced in March next year.

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Now take a look at these beautiful shots of the moon.

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Last night a stunning lunar eclipse was visible

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in many parts of the world.

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Eclipses happen when the Earth passes between the sun

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and the moon, casting a shadow.

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This one could be viewed on several continents,

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although many countries could only see part of it.

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A second full eclipse will occur on the 21st of August

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over North America.

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Animal news now.

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And the fight against illegal hunting, called poaching.

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The British Army are helping park rangers in Gabon, in Africa,

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to protect elephants there from poachers,

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who are hunting them for their ivory tusks.

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Here's Ricky.

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These forest elephants are under threat, all because of their tusks.

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They live in Gabon, a country on the coast of Africa.

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Most of Gabon is covered in rainforest -

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stretching for thousands of miles - and most of Africa's forest

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elephants live here.

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But poachers want their tusks, which are made of

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ivory, so they can sell them for lots of money.

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It's thought 30,000 elephants have been poached in the

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last ten years, that's more than half the elephants in Gabon.

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Even though there's a worldwide ban on the sale of ivory,

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there's still an illegal trade, and poachers can make

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a lot of money from their tusks.

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But the British Army hopes it can help

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to tackle the problem.

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Gabon has a real high density of forest elephants.

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That's why it's gotapproaching problem.

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Out here, training the Gabonese National Parks

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Agency to combat that means the British Army can make

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a difference in the fight against the illegal

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wildlife trade.

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They are training park rangers on how to find

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poachers hiding in the forest and help get the evidence they need to

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get them sent to prison.

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Poaching is a huge problem here but it is hoped

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that the training the British Army are giving can

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make a big difference.

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OK.

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Listen up...

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Lots of you are still on your summer holidays,

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and even though some of you go back to school pretty soon.

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We want to know what you've been up to.

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The big question is, have you spent too much time

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on your smartphones?

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Be honest!

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Well, the children's commissioner says you guys should limit

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the ammount of time you spend on social media.

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So head to Newsround online, and let us know what you've been up

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to.

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