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The Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster

Listen here By the end of April it will have been 31 years since the accident at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant occured. A night power-failure stress test, at the no. 4 reactor, resulted in uncontrolled reaction conditions and subsequent steam explosion followed by an open-air fire. This fire caused updrafts for 9 days. Large quantities of…
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The Youngest Country – Liberland

Listen here Vit Jedlicka, the self-proclaimed president of the newest country in the world, seized the opportunity and on April 13, 2015 formed a new state in the area which was terra nullius. Liberland lies on the Croatia-Serbia border along the west bank of the Danube river. It is the third smallest sovereign state, after the Vatican and Monaco.…
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Will The European Union Fall Apart?

Listen here ( Level 2 - Advanced) > Click on the play button (white triangle) on the left end of the audio bar below. Currently the EU appears to be in a state of flux, tension and constant crisis. Thousands of migrants from Syria, made homeless by civil war, and others from poor countries are illegally crossing the Schengen borders. Other EU…
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Muslims Saved Christians

Listen here A group of Muslims saved their fellow Christian passengers travelling on a bus in Kenya in December 2015. Islamist radicals tried to separate the travellers into Christians and Muslims. A number of Muslims refused to be separated, telling the gunmen ''kill us all or leave us alone''. Words to refuse: not want to do something. refuse in…
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Shooting on a High Speed Train

Listen here A young man, possibly Moroccan, rampaged firing indiscriminately a Kalashnikov and knifing passengers on a Amsterdam to Paris high speed train. Two train passengers, in the aisle of a carriage, were faced with an armed maniac on the Thalys train as it crossed the Belgium border into northern France. The commotion woke up three off duty…
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Which Country Has the Happiest People?

Listen here Research, which was carried out by the University of Michigan, has deduced that the citizens of Denmark have the highest level of happiness of all the countries in the world. The research studied the contentedness of people in 97 countries. Source: www.umich.edu Words to deduce: to form a conclusion or opinion about something. deduce in…
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