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North Korea and Malaysia have got into an argument over the murder of Kim Jong-un's half-brother. Neil and Catherine look at the language the world's media is using to discuss this story - and show you how you can use it in your everyday English.

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News Review

North Korean murder mystery

An argument has developed between Malaysia and North Korea after Kim Jong-un's half-brother was murdered in Kuala Lumpur

Language challenge

Which of these expressions is connected to anger?

a) go off the boil
b) can't boil an egg
c) make someone's blood boil

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The story

North Korea and Malaysia have banned each other's citizens from leaving their countries in a growing row over the killing of the North Korean leader's half-brother Kim Jong-nam in Kuala Lumpur.

Pyongyang was the first to announce a ban, prompting the Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak to accuse Pyongyang of holding its citizens hostage.

Key words and phrases

tit-for-tat
describes actions taken as revenge

boils
gets very angry

blasts
criticises strongly

To do

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Language challenge - answer

c) make someone's blood boil

End of Session 2

Join us in Session 3 for Pronunciation in the News - our video which takes a word from the latest headlines and shows you how it's being said. 

Session Vocabulary

  • tit-for-tat
    describes actions taken as revenge

    boils
    gets very angry

    blasts
    criticises strongly