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17/04/2016


ZERO

What is Zero? Getting Something from Nothing - with Hannah Fry
"Is zero really a number? How did it come about? Hannah Fry tells the story of how zero went from nothing to something..."

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CINEMA

10 Funny Character Deaths in Movies - with photos and videos
(tvovermind.com)

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BIG BROTHER

Microsoft Sues US Government - Text + Audio - 17 April 2016
"The large computer technology company says government agencies are abusing a law that lets them demand to read emails or online files without their owners knowing they are doing so. Microsoft says the agencies are violating the Constitution’s ban on unreasonable searches and seizures."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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COVER-LETTER

How to write a cover-letter (pdf)
(my-teacher.fr)
Thanks to Véronique Schied (Ac. Strasbourg)

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PUB

The Greyhound, Warwickshire, pub review - 17 April 2016
(telegraph.co.uk)

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US NATIONAL PARK

Mesa Verde National Park: Protecting an Ancient Culture - Text + Audio + Photos - 17 April 2016
"Mesa Verde offer visitors a look into the lives of the Ancestral Pueblo people, who lived in the area between 700 and 1,400 years ago.
The national park protects almost 5,000 archaeological sites. They are some of the best preserved archeological areas in the country."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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BRITAIN'S NATIONAL PARK

19 photos that prove the Peak District is Britain's best national park - 17 April 2016
(telegraph.co.uk)

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SHAKESPEARE

Ten ways in which Shakespeare changed the world
"This week marks 400 years since the death of our national poet. And yet his characters, the worlds he created, the thoughts he expressed
– some raw, fashioned in fire, some exquisite and turned in silk – are for all people and all time."

(theguardian.com)

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THE QUEEN

The Queen's birthday: 90 years in 90 seconds - VIDEO - 16 April 2016
(telegraph.co.uk)

 

 

The Queen's favourite food: Chocolate, sole, and Dubonnet - but no carbs - 16 April 2016
(telegraph.co.uk)

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PANAMA PAPERS

Panama Papers: inside the Guardian's investigation into offshore secrets - 16 April 2016
"For six months, a team of Guardian journalists worked in tight secrecy on the biggest leak in history.
This is the inside story of how the Panama Papers unfolded."

(theguardian.com)

World Bank Official: Panama Papers Hurting Public Trust - Text + Audio - 15 April 2016
"The documents show how rich people and world leaders have tried to hide their money and avoid paying taxes.
World Bank Managing Director Sri Mulyani Indrawati says information in the papers may make everyday citizens less willing to pay taxes."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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US ELECTIONS

US Election 2016: Top UN official condemns Trump - 15 April 2016
"The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has condemned the policies of US Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump,
equating them to bigotry...
He singled out the businessman's support of torture and his policies towards Muslims...
The commissioner also criticised a plan by rival candidate Ted Cruz to conduct surveillance on Muslim neighbourhoods...
During the campaign, Mr Trump has said that "torture works" and promised to bring back "a lot worse than waterboarding"."

(BBC)

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MIGRANTS

Life on Lesbos: residents tell us what it's really like - 16 April 2016
"For many, the Greek island brings to mind the refugee crisis, but another everyday life exists behind the headlines."

(theguardian.com)

Migrant crisis: Pope returns from Greece with 12 migrants - 16 April 2016
"Pope Francis has taken 12 Syrian migrants back with him to the Vatican after visiting a camp on the Greek island of Lesbos."

(BBC)

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AL CAPONE

Al Capone - listening activity
"Click on the picture and play the first game, it will help you for the quiz..."

Created by Renée Maufroid. (Ac. Lille)


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SAYINGS / IDIOMS

The Origins of 12 Neigh Sayings
(neatorama.com)

Does This Story Have Legs? - Text + Audio + Video
"Legs are useful – for moving around and for expressing yourself!
Read on to learn useful English expressions using the word “legs” and in which situations you can use them."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

English in a Minute: Bucket List - VIDEO
"What is on your "bucket list?" Find out what this term means in this week's English in a Minute!"

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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BANNED

From Kinder Eggs to Claire Danes: the strangest things banned around the world - with 14 PHOTOS - 15 April 2016
(telegraph.co.uk)

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15/04/2016



DECHEN
"Dechen is a Ladhaki, Tibetan Buddhist monk-in-training with a passion for gardening.
One stormy night, he rescues an exquisite flower by bringing it indoors.
However, despite his care and concerns, the flower inexplicably starts to fall apart and the boy struggles to accept the situation.
Finally, Angmo, the head monk is forced to intervene and rescue Dechen from himself.
Dechen finds peace at last when he understands how to truly save his dying flower - by eliminating the need to possess and control."

(vimeo.com)

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JOBS

The world's worst jobs in 2016 - with PHOTOS
"Jobs website CareerCast has ranked 200 careers on factors - including work conditions, pay, prospects and the degree of competition 
- to come up with the worst jobs of 2016. Are you employed in one of these? We reveal the top 12."

(telegraph.co.uk)

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CINEMA

100 Greatest One-Liners: Before The Kill
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100 Greatest One-Liners: After The Kill
(YouTube)

 

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FOOD

A Smorgasbord of Food Terms Meaning “Mixture”
"A number of words referring to an assortment of food in one dish or display of dishes also allude to a mixture (often a confused one);
here are those terms and their meanings and origins."

(dailywritingtips.com)

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LESSON

Death Becomes Her: WILL x Simple Present to Talk about Future Events
"This film is a classic that talks about beauty, being young forever, and what people can do to look perfect.
I used this interesting scene to show students that we may use WILL or the SIMPLE PRESENT to talk about the future."

(moviesegmentstoassessgrammargoals.blogspot.fr)

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TAX HAVENS

UK and European allies plan to deal ‘hammer blow’ to tax evasion - 14 April 2016
"George Osborne agrees to cooperate with France, Germany, Spain and Italy on exposing shell firms and overseas trusts."

(theguardian.com)

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ART

Controversial Illustrations By Polish Artist (Igor Morski) Reveal The Darker Side Of Modern Society
(boredpanda.com)

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DOPING

News Words: Doping - VIDEO - 14 April 2016
"This news word tells you about a hidden practice. Watch as your hosts explain what it means."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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HUMAN RIGHTS

US Reports on Human Rights Around the World - Text + Audio - 14 April 2016
"The State Department released its yearly human rights report this week noting rights violations in areas including Syria and Iraq and Southeast Asia.
The report, which is required by Congress, provides detailed reports on countries worldwide."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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BOOKS

The Bookmobile
"At eight years old, Storm Reyes was already working full time with other migrant farm workers in the fields outside Tacoma, Washington.
One day, a bookmobile arrived and brought her new worlds — and hope."

(YouTube)
Thanks to Larry Ferlazzo.

 

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MIGRANTS

Nowhere to run: Burundi violence follows escapees across borders - 15 April 2016
"Attackers are entering refugee camps in Tanzania and other neighbouring countries to hunt down opponents and their relatives."

(theguardian.com)

Thousands of refugees flee for Turkish border after surprise Isis attack - 14 April 2016
"Syrian refugees flee after camps are overrun by Isis but find themselves being shot at by Turkish border troops."

(theguardian.com)

Living at Idomeni migrant camp - VIDEO - 14 April 2016
(BBC)

 

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14/04/2016


TOWER / DUBAI

The Tower at Dubai Creek Harbour | Emaar
"In the heart of Dubai, surrounded by the ecosystem that is Dubai Creek Harbour, a vision is born.
Built to exceed all limits, the new icon of the 21st century will become a part of your lifestyle, a friendly face that guides you home."

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SPORT

Mattia Gavazzi positive for cocaine for the third time - 12 April 2016
"Mattia Gavazzi (Amore & Vita-Selle SMP) has been provisionally suspended by the UCI for a cocaine positive taken at the Tour of Qinghai Lake in 2015.
If confirmed by the B-sample, it will be the 32-year-old's second positive for the substance as a professional.
He served a 14-month suspension for cocaine in 2004 while racing as an amateur and was ordered to undergo rehabilitation."

(cyclingnews.com)

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BOMBS

New device could tetect bombs (in a crowded place) - VIDEO - 13 April 2016
(BBC)

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EU

EU jargon: A-Z guide to Brussels-speak - 12 April 2016
"Confused by all the Brussels-speak in the news? Here's a glossary to demystify commonly-used EU jargon words and acronyms."

For example:
"Brexit: Short for Britain and exit - used to describe the scenario if the UK votes to leave the EU. Apparently derived from "Grexit" - the popular term for a possible Greek exit from the euro."

(BBC)

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FIGHT GAME

The fight game reloaded: how MMA and UFC conquered the world - Article + Photos + Videos - 4 March 2016
"On the eve of UFC 196, goes inside the world of mixed martial arts to report on how a journey from reviled ‘human cockfighting’ to mainstream acceptance has transformed it into a hugely profitable industry, and whether concerns over safety and the legitimacy of its visceral violence are justified."
(theguardian.com)

 

Mixed martial arts (MMA) "is a full-contact combat sport that allows the use of both striking and grappling techniques,
both standing and on the ground, from a variety of other combat sports and martial arts."

(Wikipedia)

The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) "is an American mixed martial arts promotion company.
It is the premier MMA promotion as well as the largest in the world, featuring most of the top-ranked fighters in the sport.[3]
Based in the United States, the UFC produces events worldwide [4] that showcase ten weight divisions
and abide by the Unified Rules of Mixed Martial Arts.[5]"

(Wikipedia)

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ANIMALS

The latest form of animal cruelty – death by camera phone - with a video - 13 April 2016
"Who wants a selfie with a giant python? People’s eagerness to snap themselves with wild creatures is thoughtless, and often proves deadly for the animal."
(theguardian.com)

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FOOD

Major hotel chain to grow vegetables at 1000 properties to cut food waste - 13 April 2016
"Accorhotels, which includes Sofitel, Novotel, Mercure and Ibis, will reduce number of main courses on offer and record all food thrown away."

(theguardian.com)

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PHOTOS

Steel mills, severed heads: the wired world of Thomas Struth – in pictures
"From cutting edge laboratories to state-of-the-art theme parks, the German photographer has circled the world to document the awesome power
and banal detail of human ambition and the onward march of science and technology."

(theguardian.com)


Ride, Anaheim (2013)

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2015

Mapped: 2015 was Europe's most dangerous year in a decade for terrorism - interactive map - 12 April 2016
(telegraph.co.uk)

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SORRY

Sorry seems to be hardest word? Not anymore. Scientists reveal the perfect way to apologise
(telegraph.co.uk)

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BREAKFAST

Traditional breakfasts from around the world - with PHOTOS
(telegraph.co.uk)

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NEW YORK

James Rizzi - Living inside the Big Apple
(artbrokerage.com)
More paintings
(google.fr)
Thanks to Ghislaine Bourrachot (Ac. Clermont-Ferrand)

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WEDDING

21 Weird Wedding Traditions - mental_floss List Show Ep. 415
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ART

Family Finds Long-Lost Caravaggio Painting in Their Attic - 13 April 2016
(neatorama.com)

 

The 10 most-wanted missing or stolen paintings - 13 April 2016
(telegraph.co.uk)

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RESCUE

Men rescued after writing 'HELP' in the sand (March 13, 2016) - a lesson plan with AUDIO.
"Three men were rescued from a remote desert island in adventure-book style on Thursday."

(breakingnewsenglish.com)

Stranded men rescued after writing 'Help' in sand on uninhabited Pacific island - with a VIDEO
"Three sailors found on the island of Fanadik after three days."

(travel.aol.co.uk)

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DEBATE

Successful Debate for Expressing Opinions - Text + Audio
"Many students of English engage in debate as part of their training.
In Part Two of our Successful Debate series, we learn the kinds of debate topics that work well for English learners.
An expert shares tips for organizing a debate in a large class and for answering arguments."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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PRONUNCIATION

Twelve Mispronounced U.S. Place Names - Text + Audio
"American English is influenced by many different cultures. This can makes pronunciation difficult. This is especially true of place names.
Read on to learn how to correctly pronounce names many people mispronounce. Also, learn some useful adjectives that describe places!"

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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REFUGEES

What the refugee crisis looks like across Europe over four weeks in six charts - 14 April 2016
(telegraph.co.uk)

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TAX HAVENS

US corporations have $1.4tn hidden in tax havens, claims Oxfam report
"Charity analysis of the 50 biggest US businesses claims Apple have $181bn held offshore, while General Electric has $119bn and Microsoft $108bn...
The charity called on the US government to pass the Stop Tax Haven Abuse Act, including a requirement
for firms to report their tax contribution on a country-by-country basis. "

(theguardian.com)

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SHAKESPEARE

Tu-be or not Tu-be: a new map of the London Underground celebrates Shakespeare - 14 April 2016
(telegraph.co.uk)

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POLICE

Chicago police plagued by racism, says official report - 14 April 2016
(BBC)

SPECIAL REPORT: Dozens of killings by US police ruled justified without public being notified - 13 April 2016
(theguardian.com)

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13/04/2016


CYBERBULLYING

Cyberbullying - Documents from Nathalie Baudouin (Ac. Versailles):

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LIMOS

10 surprising stretched limos - 11 PHOTOS
(telegraph.co.uk)

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METRO

The world's most beautiful metro just got better - 11 PHOTOS
"A themed train has been unveiled on the Moscow Metro to mark the 55th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin becoming the first man in space."

(telegraph.co.uk)

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ROBOTS

Chinese Restaurants Fire Robot Servers, Forestalling Robot Apocalypse - 12 April 2016
(now.howstuffworks.com)


"Not all the robots got fired.
This one is serving dishes in a restaurant in Shenyang, China, on March 15, 2016.
Integrated with sensors, navigation hardware and user interface technology,
this 140-centimeter (4.6 foot) tall robot is able to hold and serve
up to 7 kilograms (15.4 pounds) of food or beverage at once."

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GENDER EQUALITY

#EqualPayDay Brings Attention to Wage Differences - Text + Audio + Videos - 12 April 2016
"Tuesday was National Equal Pay Day in the United States. The day is designed to bring attention to wage differences between American men and women. The U.S. Census Bureau reported that in 2014, women were paid 79 cents for every one dollar that men earned."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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NORTH KOREA

North Koreans Defect to South Korea - Text + Audio - 12 April 2016
"South Korea announced the defection of a North Korean military officer soon after the group defection of 13 restaurant workers.
The South says the North Korean colonel was in the North’s General Reconnaissance Bureau."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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WATERBOARDING

CIA Director Says No More Waterboarding - Text + Audio - 11 April 2016
"The head of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) said his agency will not use waterboarding as a technique
for getting information from detainees, or prisoners. He made the comments in an interview with NBC News."
(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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US ELECTIONS

How did Donald Trump make his fortune? - 13 April 2016
"Republican presidential front-runner and billionaire businessman Donald Trump loves to talk about his money."

(BBC)

Boston Newspaper Explores Trump Presidency - Text + Audio - 11 April 2016
"The Boston Globe newspaper published a special front page on Sunday. The special page was dated one year in the future.
It had stories about what might happen if businessman Donald Trump becomes elected president of the United States.
Trump sharply criticized the newspaper and its “make-believe” stories."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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PLASTIC RECYCLING

Boost plastic recycling!
"We developed DIY machines that enable everyone to build a little plastic workshop.
Now share it into every corner of the world and let the recycling begin!"

Why? Search plastic waste
(preciousplastic.com)
Thanks to Sophie Bonfils (Ac. Lyon)

 

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OLYMPICS

Equality at the Olympics (.zip)
(primaryresources.co.uk)

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WALL

Brazil's 'impeachment wall' may be new but divisions have always been there - Article + Video - 12 April 2016
"Wall separating pro- and anti-impeachment rallies ahead of a vote on President Dilma Rousseff is a reminder nothing in the country is divided equally."
(theguardian.com)

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ZIKA

Zika virus 'scarier than thought' says US - Text + Audio - 12 April 2016
(BBC)

US Health Officials: Zika 'Scarier Than We Thought' - 12 April 2016
"They say the more that researchers learn about the virus, the more worried they are about its long-term effects."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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MIGRANTS

Eurozone crisis 'pushing migrants to UK' - 13 April 2016
"The Eurozone jobs crisis is encouraging more southern European migrants to head to the UK to join those from the east,
the Migration Observatory has said."

(BBC)

'We are the forgotten people': the anguish of Australia's 'invisible' asylum seekers - Article + Video - 13 April 2016
"Nearly 29,000 asylum seekers are in Australia on temporary ‘bridging visas’. These people may be free from detention but
– with many denied education, healthcare and the right to work – they remain locked in desperate poverty and with no idea
what their futures hold. A Guardian Australia investigation."

(theguardian.com)

Number of migrants spotted crossing Turkey-Bulgaria border falls 20% - 13 April 2016
"Statistics from Bulgaria’s interior ministry will surprise experts in wake of tightening of Greece-Macedonia border and EU-Turkey deal."

(theguardian.com)

Bulgaria announces investigations into several ‘migrant hunters’ - 12 April 2016
"Government to search for further vigilantes targeting refugees after arrest of wrestler Dinko Valev, following claims it was turning a blind eye to assaults."

(theguardian.com)

Almost 6,000 refugee children went missing last year, says Germany - 12 April 2016
"Interior ministry figures highlight growing concerns that criminals are preying on young people arriving in Europe."

(theguardian.com)

Sanctuary or ghetto? How Mannheim created a 'city within a city' for refugees - 11 April 2016
(theguardian.com)

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IS

Bomb factory (evidence of a "slave market") and gym inside IS town (Shaddadi) - VIDEO - 13 April 2016
(BBC)

The reluctant jihadi: how one recruit lost faith in Isis - 12 April 2016
"When Abu Ali joined Islamic State, he thought he had nothing left to lose.
Once he had crossed the border into Syria, he quickly realised it was the last place he wanted to be."

(theguardian.com)

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PERSONALITY

Ad of the Day: Krys - Before, I Was There
+ QUIZ + COMMENTS + TRANSCRIPT + Related articles
+ Brilliant illustrated listing of styles
(bitrebels.com)
(englishblog.com)

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MONEY

Ad of the Day: ANZ - Pocket Money
COMMENTS + ALSO SEE + Related articles
(englishblog.com)

 

 

Money can buy happiness (April 11, 2016) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"A song from the famous English pop group the Beatles told us that money can't buy us love.
Many people also believe that money cannot buy happiness. In fact..."

(breakingnewsenglish.com)

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THE PANAMA PAPERS and TAX HAVENS

CARTOONS TAX HAVENS
FINANCIAL SCANDALS IN THE PAST THE PANAMA PAPERS
LESSON PLANS TIMELINE
LISTENING VIDEOS