Daily News: Russia and the US Face Off at the UN

(16Apr2018) Russia's spats with Britain and the U.S., and violence in the Gaza Strip are in today's news.

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  • Russia and the United States faced off in the United Nations...
  • ...over the recent alleged chemical weapons attack...
  • ...blamed on the forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad,...
  • ...as the secretary-general of the whole body...
  • ...appealed for "all members to act responsibly."
  • In Russia, the Russian military says it has proof the alleged...
  • ...chemicals attack in Syria's Eastern Ghouta...
  • ...was staged on orders from London,...
  • ...which the British UN ambassador calls a "blatant lie."
  • In the Gaza Strip, the Gaza health ministry says more than 360 Palestinians...
  • ...were injured by Israeli troops who used gunfire and tear gas...
  • ...to repel numerous attempts by Palestinians to cross the border fence.
  • In Switzerland, donor countries at the UN pledging conference...
  • ...regret the absence of representatives...
  • ...of the Democratic Republic of Congo government.
  • And finally from the U.S., President Donald Trump blasted...
  • ...former FBI director James Comey as an "untruthful slimeball,"...
  • ...and said it was his "great honor" to fire Comey.

特色词汇 难度级别

  • BLAST (Verb) 7
  • MINISTRY (Noun) 6
  • PLEDGE (Verb) 5
  • TEAR GAS (Noun) 5
  • AMBASSADOR (Noun) 5


Comprehension Questions

  1. Who hurt hundreds of Palestinians?
    1. Palestinian troops
    2. the Syrian forces
    3. Israeli soldiers
    4. Gaza ministers

  2. What is Trump's "great honor"?
    1. removing someone from his job
    2. being an untruthful slimeball
    3. lacking the ability to lead
    4. criticizing the Russians

  3. Who was called a "liar"?
    1. the Russian armed forces
    2. President Donald Trump
    3. the British ambassador
    4. Eastern Ghouta

Discussion Questions

  1. Would you like your country to be a bigger "donor" to the UN? Why or why not?

  2. Give another example of a "blatant lie."

  3. Give two reasons why "acting responsibly" is important.