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Kid News: Tension Between Russia and Ukraine

The huge country of Russia, located partly in Europe and partly in Asia, has moved hundreds of thousands of soldiers to the border of its smaller neighbor, Ukraine. The Ukrainian people, and many others around the world, fear the troops will attack and try to overtake their country. Why would Russia make such a move? One key to the conflict may lie with NATO, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, a group of countries that signed an agreement over 70 years ago. Listen to learn more about NATO, and hear a Ukrainian woman describe how it feels to be on the brink of a possible war.


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Listening Comprehension Questions

  • What was one of Malala Yousafzai’s first experiences with the dangers of religious extremism?
  • After miraculously surviving her attack, what has Malala focused her work on?
  • What is the message that Malala is trying to send to those in power?
  • What does Malala want to do in the future?
  • What are the goals of Malala’s mission to support girls?

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  • What is your opinion on Malala’s message about the power of education?
  • Why do you think that ISIS might want to silence people like Malala?

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