The World News Crossword - February 2, 2020
An 8-page PDF that begins with a one-page crossword based on the events of last week's news. This is an excellent activity for students in Grades 8-12 who want to learn about their world. There is a detailed lesson plan to guide teachers (or substitutes) through the activity and there are 3 more crosswords each targeting countries or events that featured in the week's news. This week the bonus puzzles are another puzzle on China (different to last week's puzzle on China), Kenya, and Mexico.
What happened in the world?
China's coronavirus spread to more countries. To stop the spread of the virus, Russia's health authority advised people not to greet each other with handshakes, kisses, and hugs. Britain finally left the European Union. The Kenyan high court approved a new identification scheme as long as it doesn't collect citizen's DNA and geo-locations, while in the UK, police rolled out facial recognition software to be used on all CCTV cameras in the country. The US President proposed a Middle East Peace Plan; it was rejected by the Palestinian Authority and by the Arab League. Oil companies in Mozambique asked the government for more troops to protect against militant attacks. In Mexico, a tour guide at a Monarch butterfly sanctuary was killed and in Brazil a man protesting against illegal deforestation was killed. Japan's government sent a naval destroyer to the Gulf of Oman to protect its shipping. India imposed import taxes to protect local business and spent more on farms and roads to increase economic growth. And in Australia an Italian restaurant produced a 103-metre-long pizza to raise money for the people battling the bush fires.
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