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Lions play with old Christmas trees

Vocabulary: to donate (v), to burn (v), roots (n), snowy owl (n), enclosure (n) Many people have donated their old Christmas trees to Linton Zoo in Cambridgeshire, England. The zoo gives the lions the trees to play with. Some of the trees are given to the lions as toys. Others are burnt to heat some of the buildings. Trees that still have roots are being replanted in the snowy owl enclosure. The zoo says that recycling the Christmas trees provide the lions with “hours of fun”. Photos: Linton...

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Royal Family Sex Scandal

Vocabulary: scandal (n), to be accused of + ING (phrasal verb), to be forced to do something (phrasal verb), allegation (n). Prince Andrew, the third child of Queen Elizabeth II, has been accused of having sex with an under-aged girl. The woman says that she had sex with Prince Andrew three times; once in London, once in New York and once in the Caribbean. This was between the years of 1999 and 2002. She was under the age of 16 at the time. She says that she was forced to do this; she did not want to have sex with Prince Andrew. UK law says that it is a crime to have sex with a person under the age of 16. Prince Andrew says that this is not true. Buckingham Palace has released a statement defending Prince Andrew which says that the allegations are 100% false. Image Source:...

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Ebola in the UK

Vocabulary: charity (n), to be diagnosed with (phrasal verb), symptom (n), to recover (v), to break out (phrasal verb) A British nurse has Ebola and is in the London Hospital. Ms Cafferkey was working in Sierra Leone with the charity Save the Children. She flew home from Sierra Leone in December and she was not ill when she arrived in the UK. She was checked in Sierra Leone and at Heathrow Airport for signs of Ebola. She was fine until she returned home to Glasgow, Scotland. It can take up to 21 days for a person to show symptoms that they have Ebola. Ms Cafferkey is the second person to have Ebola in the UK. In September another nurse, William Pooley, was diagnosed with Ebola. He recovered completely within a few days. Professor Hugh Pennington, an expert in Ebola, says that people respond to Ebola in different ways. Ebola has killed 7,800 people, mainly in West Africa since it broke out one year ago. Read more about Ebola...

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Anglo-Saxon money found

Vocabulary: Anglo-Saxon (adj+n), coin (n), lead (n), bucket (n), metal detecting (n), spokesman (n). More than 5000 Anglo-Saxon coins have been discovered in a field in Aylesbury. Aylesbury is a small town in the south of England. The coins are from the 11th century and show the heads of King Ethelred the Unready and Canute.  The money was found in a lead bucket two foot (about 60cm) below the ground. The coins were found by a Metal Detecting Club called the “Weekend Wanderers Detecting Club”. A spokesman for the club said that this was “without a doubt the best” thing they have ever found. The coins have been taken to the British Museum for examination. Background Information: The Anglo-Saxons lived in Great Britain from the year 450 AD to 1066. They came from Germany and Denmark. King Ethelred the Unready, whose head is on the coins, was king between 1014-1016. King Canute, who is also on the coins, was king between 1016-1035. Read more about the Anglo-Saxons...

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36 People Dead in New Year Celebration

Vocabulary: crush (v+n), stampede (n), fireworks show (n), fake (adj), to collect (v), to push (v). Last night the world celebrated the end of 2014 and the coming of a new year. While most people partied and celebrated with friends and family, in Shanghai, China, there was a huge crush and stampede which killed 36 people. Every year there is a fireworks show in Shangai but this year it was cancelled. Even though the show was cancelled many people still went to the city centre to celebrate. No one is sure what exactly caused the crush, but many people said that problems started when fake money was thrown from a building and people stopped to collect it. Other people say that there were simply too many people in a small area, and that many people were pushing. There will be an investigation into the cause of the stampede. A sad start to 2015.   Read More:...

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