BBC News - August 6th

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Published: 8.07.2020
Level 5   |   Time: 1:10
Accent: British
BBC Global News Podcast (8.06.2020)

News Headlines from the BBC Global News Podcast - Macron in Lebanon, Audi scandal in Germany, travel bubbles in Thailand, horse antibodies to treat COVID-19, beavers in England.

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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


  • reeling [adj] - struggle, suffer, lose balance
  • massive [adj] - very big
  • charged with [exp] - accused of an illegal activity
  • fraud [n] - lying to get money illegally
  • an executive [n] - a manager, boss
  • a scandal [n] - a morally or legally wrong action that attracts a lot of attention
  • a spike [n] - a sudden increase
  • quarantine-free [adj] - without a quarantine
  • a bubble [n] - an area cut off from other areas to protect it (from COVID-19)
  • vital [adj] - very important
  • internal [adj] - inside
  • border restrictions [n] - rules that prevent people from entering or leaving a place
  • curb [v] - reduce
  • a serum [n] - a liquid made from blood
  • antibodies [n] - part of the blood that fights disease
  • neutralize [v] - kill, stop
  • a beaver [n] - a large rodent with a flat large tail and large front teeth used to cut down trees
  • give the green light [exp] - allow to start or continue

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


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  1. President Macron is in Beirut, Lebanon.
    True
    False

  2. Macron wants to show support for Lebanon.
    True
    False

  3. Three former executives from Audi have accused Audi of fraud.
    True
    False

  4. Thailand was planning to create travel bubbles where travelers did not need to quarantine.
    True
    False

  5. Corona virus cases are decreasing in Thailand.
    True
    False

  6. Australia is making stricter rules to prevent international travelers from visiting Australia.
    True
    False

  7. Scientists in Costa Rica are attempting to treat COVID-19 with horse antibodies.
    True
    False

  8. Poison from snakes may be able to treat people with COVID-19.
    True
    False

  9. Beavers have been extinct in England for over 400 years.
    True
    False


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This is the Global News Podcast from the BBC World Service. I'm Andrew Peach, and at 13 hours GMT on Thursday the 6th of August, these are our main stories.

President Macron of France flies into Beirut in a demonstration of support for the Lebanese people reeling from a massive explosion.

Three former Audi executives are charged with fraud over the Diesel-gate scandal in Germany.

Corona coronavirus spikes in the region have forced Thailand to delay plans to form quarantine-free travel bubbles important to its vital tourist industry.

Also in this podcast, tougher internal border restrictions are being introduced in Australia to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Scientists in Costa Rica are poised to begin trials of a serum taken from horses as a possible treatment for the disease. These are horse antibodies to neutralize the venom from poisonous snakes.

The first beavers to live naturally in the wild in England for over 400 years have been given the green light to stay.

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