European Union officials gathered in Luxembourg on Monday to discuss the sinking of a crowded boat in the Mediterranean Sea. The boat was carrying hundreds of people hoping to immigrate to Europe. It sank over the weekend off the coast of Libya. About 700 people may have drowned. Late Sunday, officials said just 28 people had been found alive. Rescue workers say most of the missing appeared to have been trapped in the wreckage at the bottom of the sea.
On Monday, crews rescued Syrian migrants from another boat off the coast of Sicily. Thirteen children were among the 98 migrants. Their boat had set sail from Turkey.
Al-Shabab Bomb Attack in Northern Somalia
The militant group al-Shabab is claiming responsibility for bombing a United Nations bus in northern Somalia. At least nine people were killed in the attack. The United Nations said four of those killed were working for the U.N. Children's Fund.
Police said the bomb exploded Monday in Garowe, a town in the Puntland area of Somalia. It was al-Shabab's third deadly attack against foreigners in three days.
Al-Shabab is seeking to oust the Somali government and create an Islamic state.
Chinese President in Pakistan
Chinese President Xi Jinping has arrived in Pakistan's capital, Islamabad, for a two-day visit. He and Pakistani leaders were expected to talk about energy projects and plans for building roads and railroads. The two sides also may sign an agreement for Pakistan to buy eight submarines from China.
Mr. Xi is to speak to Pakistan's parliament. The Chinese leader was to have visited Pakistan last year. But an anti-government protest forced him to wait until now.
US, Philippines Launch Major Military Training
The United States and the Philippines have launched their biggest joint military exercise in 15 years.
About 11,000 troops from both countries are taking part in the training. The exercise is two times as large as the one last year.
The program is part of an effort by the United States to increase its presence in Asia in answer to China's increased activities in the South China Sea.
1.drown vt. 淹没；把…淹死 vi. 淹死；溺死
A child can drown in only a few inches of water.
2.oust vt. 驱逐；剥夺；取代
The group has called for the ouster of the trust's board.
3.submarine n. 潜水艇；海底生物 adj. 海底的；水下的 vt. 用潜水艇攻击 vi. 在下疾行；在下滑动
The submarine is driven by nuclear power.
1.The militant group al-Shabab is claiming responsibility for bombing a United Nations bus in northern Somalia.
claim responsibility for 宣称对某事负责
No one has claimed responsibility for the Peshawar attack.
An underground organisation has claimed responsibility for the bomb explosion.
2.The program is part of an effort by the United States to increase its presence in Asia in answer to China's increased activities in the South China Sea.
in answer to 作为对…的答复(或应答、回答、响应、反击等)；听(或接)到…后就…
The doctor came at once in answer to our telephone call.
Mary laughed in answer to the teacher's question.
欧盟领导人周一在卢森堡会谈，商讨拥挤船只在地中海沉船事件。这艘船载有数百名希望移民欧洲的恩，船是周末在利比亚海域沉没的，大约700人可能已经溺亡 。周日晚些时候，官方称只有28人幸存，援救人员称大多数下落不明者显然被困在落入海底的残骸中 。