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Egyptian Airlines flight MS804
This news is about the Egyptian Airlines flight MS804. It crashes into the Mediterranean Sea last Thursday. There are 66 people on the plane. All of them die.
People look for the remains. The search area is in the north of Egypt. People find clothing, seat belts, bags, and even body parts. People are still looking for the black box system. This system holds information about the flight. It can tell us a lot.
No terror group takes responsibility. Some Egyptians believe that the crash is an act of God.
Difficult words: remains (the pieces of something broken or body parts), seat belt (a belt at your seat where you sit for protection), take responsibility (to say that you did something).
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Big Wave Tour in Mexico
Catching a wave and catching a break. Twelve surfers advance to the semi-finals after successfully taking on the giant waves of the Big Wave Tour Puerto Escondido Challenge in Mexico.
Competing against each other and nature, the surfers grappled with the huge waves and it was Americans Will Skudin, Makuakai Rothman, Greg Long, and Australian Jamie Mitchell who topped the score sheets of the six-man heats. Mitchell recorded the highest single wave score of the day with a perfect 10 after surviving a barrel ride through one of the mighty waves.
The Puerto Escondido Challenge is the first event of the World's Surf League Big Wave Tour, which consists of 6 events that will take place through February of next year. And riding those surfs is no mean feat – waves must reach at least 20 feet (6 metres) in height for an event to take place. That's got to take some guts.
Difficult words: grapple (struggle, “fight”, deal with), huge (very big), heat (preliminary/preparatory round in a race or contest), barrel (when the wave makes a tube), mighty (very powerful), to be no mean feat (to be a great achievement), guts (courage).
Tower and is part of the OUE Skyspace LA observation deck. Thrill seekers will be able to sit down and slide for 45 feet (14 metres) to an outdoor platform on the 69th floor.
"I thought it was nerve-wracking and exciting and daring, and it just seemed like just so much over the top, like, why are they doing this? And I just had to do it because I am so afraid of heights and I just wanted to break that fear.”
"I went a lot faster than I thought I would. And you kind of hit the side as you're coming around the curve, so you're really pressed up against the glass, so you see the whole world below you, but it's not really that scary.”
According to the building's owner, Singapore-based OUE Ltd., the glass on the fully enclosed slide is only 1 1/4 inches thick (3 centimetres), but can withstand hurricane-force winds and even a powerful earthquake.
Hm, we're still not sure, but it is definitely one quick exit from the office!
Difficult words: cling (be close to), quick exit (get out of somewhere fast).