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1. According to Russian President Vladimir Putin, the hostage crisis at a southern Russian school was____. A. kidnapping C. a war B. an abduction D. a terrorist act

2. What happened at a school in southern Russia this week was also a _____ of terrorism. A. danger B. threat C. warning D. storm

3. The news item is mainly about car bombs and clashes in ______ today. A. Iraq B. Baghdad C. Sadr city D. towns

4. The car bombs and clashes left a death toll of _______ people. A. 7 B. 36 C. 18 D. 10

5. When did the explosion occur? A. Sunday. C. At a funeral service. 6. Where exactly did it happen? A. Karachi. B. Lahore. C. Punjab. D. Pakistan. B. Saturday. D. At a service.

7. How many explosions are reported in this news item? A. 2. B. 3 C. 4 D. 5.

8. The explosions blasted in _____. A. India B. Assam C. Dhemaji D.Kashmir

9. The news item is mainly about______. A. the Egyptian Hotel C. Israeli medics 10. When did the event happen? A. Early September. C. Thursday. B. Yesterday. D. Late today. B. Jerusalem D. a large blast

News Item 1 Russian President Vladimir Putin says this week’s deadly hostage crisis at a school in Southern Russia was part of, in his words, a full-blown war against his country by international terrorists. In a televised address Mr. Putin said his country must respond by setting up more efficient security systems capable of dealing with larger and more complex threats. He also urged the nation to unify against the common danger of terrorism. Authorities say more than 320 people were killed when troops stormed a school in Beslan on Friday after explosions went off inside a gymnasium.

News Item 2 In Iraq, car bombs and clashes have shaken the capital today resulting in 18 deaths and dozens more are wounded. A suicide car bomber killed seven people and wounded more than 50 outside a photocopy shop in Western Baghdad where National Guard recruits were preparing their applications. Another car exploded in Baghdad’s upscale Al Muthanna district near a US military checkpoint. An American soldier was killed, four others

were wounded. Across town, US tanks and aircraft battled Shiite rebels in Sadr city. Local hospital officials say at least 10 people were killed and 70 wounded.

News Item 3 A suicide bomber has killed three people at a Shiite mosque in Pakistan’s Eastern Punjab province, the third attack this month against religious targets in the province. The attack occurred Sunday in the city of Lahore. Police say the bomber opened fire at guards before blowing himself up in the crowded mosque in the ancient walled part of the city. The blast killed the bomber, two guards and a worshiper. In Karachi, thousands of mourners gathered at funeral services for one of two prominent Sunni Muslim clerics killed on Saturday.Pakistani Police reported no major incidents, but did fire teargas to disperse Sunni stone throwers. Karachi’s police chief says security in the volatile southern port city was increased outside mosques and around an Islamic seminary ahead of the funeral.

News Item 4 Two separate explosions today in India have killed or wounded dozens as the nation marks its independence. Officials in India ’s

far eastern state of Assam says a bomb killed at least 15 people---many of them children---at an Independence Day parade in the town of Dhemaji. No one claimed responsibility. But officials said they suspect the outlawed, United Liberation Front of Assam, which has been fighting for a separate homeland since 1979. In the Baramulla district of Kashmir, police said rebels are suspected in another explosion that injured at least 15 people at a parade.

News Item 5 A massive explosion at an Egyptian Hotel on the Israeli border has left at least 23 people dead. VOA’s Larry James has latest in this report from Jerusalem. Reports from Israeli media say there has been a large explosion at the Hilton Hotel in Taba, Egypt just a few meters from the Israeli border. A witness told Israel’s Army Radio that a portion of the wall of the hotel has collapsed and the building was set on fire. Israeli medics say they have been informed that there are a large number of casualties from the blast.There have been conflicting reports about the cause of the blast. Channel 10 TV said it could have been an explosion from a gas leak or a bomb. Many of the casualties are believed to be Israelis. Taba is the

main crossing point to Egypt and is often crowded with Israelis traveling to the Egyptian Red Sea resorts. Thursday was the last day of the Jewish festival of Sukkot.And large numbers of Israeli tourists have been returning home at the end of the holiday. Israel issued a warning in early September against travel by Israelis to the area citing what the warning termed a concrete threat to Israelis. Larry James, VOA news, Jerusalem. Meanwhile blasts are also reported in two other Egyptian resort towns. But no details are available.



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