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Session 44

A proposal for new powers for chemical weapons inspectors is being put forward - but not everybody is in favour.

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News Review

New powers for chemical weapons inspectors?

Britain wants chemical weapons inspectors to have new powers which would allow them to say who is responsible for chemical weapons attacks – particularly in relation to Syria.

But the proposal is being opposed by Russia.

Language challenge

Which body part completes this phrase, which means 'take responsibility for a problem or accident? '______ the blame'

a) nose
b) elbow
c) shoulder

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The story

Britain will risk a fresh confrontation with Russia today when it seeks new powers for chemical weapons inspectors to say who is responsible for nerve agent attacks in Syria.

The Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson will use a special meeting of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in the Hague to table the proposals, which are opposed by Moscow.

Key words and phrases

square off
prepare to confront someone

• The two drivers are expected to square off in the final race of the season.
• They squared off for a moment before one man punched the other in the nose.


• The political party is ineffective because it has been weakened by internal discord.
• The planned casino created strong discord within the community.

made political

• Plastic has become a highly politicised topic due to the ecological damage it causes.
• It was just a simple jumper, but the newspapers politicised it and turned it into an issue.

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Language challenge - answer

c) shoulder


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