BBC News - July 22

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Published: 07.23.2020
Level 5   |   Time: 1:48
Accent: British
BBC Global News Podcast (07.22.2020)

News Headlines from the BBC Global News Podcast - Trump craziness, an oil truck in Nigeria, the bat immune system.

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  1. REVIEW the vocabulary.
  2. LISTEN to the audio.
  3. ANSWER the questions.
  4. CHECK your answers (Show Answers)

triangle Vocabulary


  • federal [adj] - related to the central national government (not state or local)
  • law enforcement officers [n] - police
  • spiral out of control [exp] - become chaotic, no order
  • a demonstration [n] - a protest on the street
  • plagued [adj] - have continual trouble
  • DNA [n] - genetic material
  • the immune system [n] - the system in the body that fight disease
  • severe [adj] - harsh, strong
  • go into overdrive [exp] - work to much or too hard
  • fierce [adj] - strong
  • tolerate [v] - endure, withstand

[n] - noun,  [v] - verb, [phv] - phrasal verb,  [adj] - adjective,  [exp] - expression


triangle Questions


  1. President Trump is sending federal law enforcement officers to various US cities.
    True
    False

  2. Trump says he wants to protect US cities from violent crime.
    True
    False

  3. Trump wants to protect people who are protesting against racism.
    True
    False

  4. Trump wants to shut down policing.
    True
    False

  5. Trump wants the federal law officers to replace the local police.
    True
    False

  6. An exploding oil truck has killed 12 people in southern Nigeria.
    True
    False

  7. Bat DNA may help scientist create a cure to COVID-19.
    True
    False

  8. Humans have a much stronger immune system than bats.
    True
    False

  9. The reaction of the human immune system fighting a virus can often cause more health problems than the actual virus.
    True
    False


triangle Script




This is the Global News Podcast from the BBC World Service. I'm Alex Ritson in the early hours of Thursday, the twenty third of July. These are our main stories.

President Trump is sending hundreds of federal law enforcement officers to fight what he calls rising violent crime in American cities. President Trump says he's sending federal law enforcement officers to Chicago and other U.S. cities to fight what he says is violent crime that is spiraling out of control.

Mr. Trump said recent anti-racism demonstrations on the streets of American cities represented what he described as an effort to shut down policing. He said the federal agents would help police in communities plagued by violence.

In southern Nigeria's Delta region, at least 20 people have been killed by an exploding oil truck.

And later, could bat DNA hold the secret to a potential cure for COVID-19. What scientists are really interested in is their immune system. It seems that they have this very fierce immune system that enables them to tolerate viruses that make us sick.

And at the same time, their immune systems don't go into overdrive when viruses are present. And that is actually one of the problems for humans when we're fighting viruses. Some of the most severe effects are not the viruses themselves but the way that our bodies react to them. So our bodies sort of go into overdrive and that can cause lots of problems.

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