Swedish Princess Celebrates 40th Birthday

(17Jul17) An ambush, a protest turned violent, disturbing acid attacks, and a crown princess are in today's news.

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  • In Egypt, gunmen ambush a security checkpoint,...
  • ...opening fire on a car and killing five policemen in an area south of Cairo.
  • In India, a protest against rape turns violent in the eastern state of West Bengal,...
  • ...as protesters torch shops and buildings.
  • In the UK, five acid attacks in quick succession...
  • ...linked to men on mopeds in London leave several people injured,...
  • ...the latest in a spate of such crimes that have alarmed residents and politicians.
  • In Syria, in eastern Aleppo, residents return to damaged and destroyed properties,...
  • ...without electricity and facing a shortage of drinking water,...
  • ...sanitation services and public transport.
  • And finally from Sweden, Crown Princess Victoria is celebrated with pomp...
  • ...on her 40th birthday.

特色词汇 难度级别

  • AMBUSH (Verb) 7
  • POMP (Noun) 7
  • ALARM (Verb) 6
  • ACID (Noun) 6
  • VIOLENT (Adj) 5


Comprehension Questions

  1. How did the protest on rape in India turn out?
    1. It was a peaceful protest.
    2. It was a very violent protest.
    3. It was a very loud protest.
    4. It was a very unorganized protest.

  2. Why were the residents and politicians of London alarmed?
    1. because of the increasing number of migrants
    2. because of the increasing number of protests
    3. because of the increasing number of acid attacks
    4. because of the increasing number of people on mopeds

  3. What was being celebrated in Sweden?
    1. the acceptance of migrants
    2. the birthday of a crown princess
    3. a national holiday
    4. the election of a new president

Discussion Questions

  1. What causes people to protest?

  2. Would you be alarmed if acid attacks took place in your country? Why?

  3. What birthday of a popular figure is celebrated in your country?