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In small groups, try to predict the following ideas about the news report before you listen:
A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.
Stan: This is Stan Fielding reporting live from the outskirts of the capital city.
Rebel forces launched the biggest offensive against the ruling government in the 18-month conflict here in this country.
Rebel forces are closing in, and it's feared that they will be able to take the capital building BEFORE SUNUP where it is believed, many government officials are holding out.
Stan: Uh, yes, Bob. As you can probably hear behind me, rebel forces are also using heavy artillery to pound government strongholds around the city center.
Stan: Well, since the beginning of the conflict, starvation, clean water, and adequate shelter have been the biggest daily obstacles facing the citizens of this torn country. It is believed that over 40,000 people, mostly children, have starved to death.