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http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/language/wordsinthenews/2011/11/111104_witn_wrecks.shtml

death toll

number of people who died.

condemned

criticised very strongly

desecrating

damaging and showing no respect for.

scrap metal

metal from old items which can be sold and then reused.

adopted

accepted

legitimate

reasonable and acceptable

vexed

complicated and controversial, causing a lot of disagreement.

meticulous

careful and extremely detailed.

to cover their cost

to make enough money to pay for their expenses.

laden with

with a big cargo of.

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