Sentences Selected from the News
1. Smokers who believe a few cigarettes a day do not harm will need to think again.
2. Norwegian scientists who studied the health records of 43,000 men and women have shown that even light smoking—less than five cigarettes daily—triples the risk of dying of heart disease or lung cancer.
3. A 10-year-old girl, rescued from the jaws of a crocodile in Western Australia by her father and brother, was lucky to be alive, her mother said Tuesday.
5. Thailand, the first Asian nation to name a candidate to succeed Kofi Annan as U.N. chief(名詞片語，作Thailand 的同位語), urged other countries in the region on Tuesday to unite behind a single Asian nominee after South Korea said it might join the race.
6. Japan has ＊proposed to China that working-level talks on undersea gas and oil deposits(油氣田) in a disputed area of the East China Sea be resumed on Oct. 19, Japan’s trade minister said Tuesday.
7. Japan said Tuesday it would eliminate(裁減) 33,230 civil service(公務人員) jobs over the next five years as part of reforms aimed at cutting spending and creating a smaller government.
8. A pregnant woman on her way to a hospital to give birth in northeastern Malaysia got stuck in traffic next to a van full of nurses, who helped to deliver her baby in the car.
9. With influenza season approaching, microbiologists(微生物家) warn that it is easy to catch a cold or the flu by shaking hands with someone who just used that hand to cover a sneeze.
10. A Romanian town council has banned residents from eating pumpkin or sunflower seeds outside their homes. The local council of Barlad, in Vaslui county, took the measure after road cleaners complained of "carpets of seed shells"(整地的瓜子殼) on streets and alleyways(巷弄).