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APRIL 2018

= POETRY MONTH

01 - April Fool's Day
01 - Easter
07 - World Health Day
13 - Friday 13th + Superstitions 2
19 - National High Five Day
22 - Earth Day
23 - Saint George's Day
23 - World Book and Copyright Day
25 - World Malaria Day
27 - South Africa National Day
28 - Save The Frogs Day
28 - Arbor Day (in the USA)



14/04/2018


LESSON PLAN

Japan finds enough rare-earth metals to last 700 years (April 14, 2018) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"Japanese researchers have discovered enough reserves of rare-earth metals to satisfy global demand for up to 700 years."

Try the same news story at these easier levels: Rare-Earth Metals - Level 4  or  Rare-Earth Metals - Level 5
Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities,
crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)

(breakingnewsenglish.com)

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SYRIAN AIR STRIKES

Missile attack on Syria – in pictures - 14 April 2018
"US, UK and French forces launch missile strikes aimed at reducing the Syrian regime’s chemical weapons facilities
after last weekend’s attack on the Damascus suburb of Douma"

(theguardian.com)

World reacts to overnight strikes on Syria by US, UK and French forces - with a picture and a video - 14 April 2018
"Iran and Russia condemn attack but support comes from allies including Canada and Israel"

(theguardian.com)

'An unequivocal message': How the world reacted to the Syrian airstrikes - with pictures and a video - 14 April 2018
"Air strikes carried out by the US, UK and France against the Syrian regime have been welcomed by their Western allies.
President Donald Trump on Friday night addressed the American people to announce that military action had been taken in Syria, with the support of Britain and France."

(telegraph.co.uk)

 

 

Syria air strikes: 12 hours in two minutes - VIDEO - 14 April 2018
"How the attack by US, UK and France on suspected chemical weapons facilities in Syria unfolded."

(BBC)

Syria air strikes: Trump hails 'perfect' mission - VIDEOS - 14 April 2018
"US President Donald Trump has hailed an overnight military strike on Syria as "perfectly executed", adding: "Mission Accomplished"."

+ How has Syria and the rest of the world responded?
+ Video: Watch the key moments over 12 hours - in two minutes
+ Video: Gen Kenneth McKenzie: "We deployed 105 weapons"
+ Video: "Rumbling like thunder": A CBS reporter in Damascus witnessed the start of the strikes
+ Video: Amateur footage shows strikes on a military research facility in Damascus, while state TV shows the damage
+ Video: Donald Trump and Theresa May on the air strikes in Syria
+ Video: What's it like to be in a chemical attack? Survivors recount Ghouta in 2013
(Contains disturbing scenes)
+ The day's events as they unfolded
+ What was targeted in Syria?
+ Can Trump now walk away?
+ May faces almighty row over air strikes

+ What can Western military intervention achieve?
+ Were the Syria air strikes legal?

+ Syria 'chemical attack' on Douma: What we know
+ RAF used 'fire and forget' missiles
+ Four RAF fighters join Syria air strikes
+ PM faces 'almighty row' over Syria strikes

+ Theresa May statement in full
+ President Trump's statement in full

(BBC)

LIVE - Syria airstrikes: Allies declare success, as UN rejects Russian bid to condemn attack - latest news - VIDEOS + Pictures - 14 April 2018
(telegraph.co.uk)


Pentagon image showing air strikes on Syria

 

 

Syria latest: US 'locked and loaded' if chemical weapons used again – live - with a video and pictures - 14 April 2018
"US ambassador to UN warns Assad after strikes with UK and French allies on targets associated with chemical weapons"

+ What you need to know about the Syria strikes – video report
(theguardian.com)

Syria: US, UK and France launch strikes in response to chemical attack - with videos and pictures - 14 April 2018
"Witnesses report loud bangs moments after Trump said he had ordered retaliatory strikes"
+ Military strikes launched against Assad regime – live updates

(theguardian.com)

What you need to know about the Syria strikes – video report - 14 April 2018
"The US, UK and France launched a joint military strike against Syrian chemical weapons facilities following the poison gas attack in Douma last week,
which killed at least 42 people. Theresa May described the strikes as the ‘right and legal’ option, which has been challenged by Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn"

+ Syria: US, UK and France launch strikes in response to chemical attack
(theguardian.com)

Russia says Syrian 'chemical attack' was staged - with videos - 13 April 2018
"Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said a reported chemical attack in Syria was staged by foreign agents."

+ Video: Trump: Decisions on Syria will be made "fairly soon"
+ Why is the West considering strikes?
+ Firepower of key countries
+ What can Western military intervention achieve?
+ Are we heading for a third world war?

+ Syria 'chemical attack': What we know
+ What can Macron and Trump do?
+ The significance of Eastern Ghouta's fall
+ Why is there a war in Syria?

(BBC)

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BASEBALL BATS

Pennsylvania School District Arms 500 Teachers With Mini Baseball Bats - 11 April 2018
"“It is the last resort, but it is an option,” the Millcreek School District superintendent said."

(huffingtonpost.com)

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FACEBOOK

Is Facebook listening to your conversations? - 13 April 2018
(YouTube)

 

 

Revealed: Aleksandr Kogan collected Facebook users' direct messages - 13 April 2018
"People who logged into This Is Your Digital Life shared their news feed, timeline, posts and messages"

(theguardian.com)

Did senators questioning Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg understand the internet? – video - 12 April 2018
"The Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg, faced five hours of questioning on Capitol Hill for the first time on Tuesday.
However, questions and comments from some of the senators ranged from less technically informed to the bizarre, raising the question:
did they really understand how the internet works?"
+ Zuckerberg got off lightly. Why are politicians so bad at asking questions?

(theguardian.com)

Shadow profiles: How Facebook tracks you even when you don't have an account
"The backlash against Facebook has had some people hunting for the "delete" button on the social network, but even privacy conscious internet users most don't realise that even if you've tried to stay a stranger to Facebook the social network still knows a whole lot about you."

(telegraph.co.uk)

Mark Zuckerberg says Facebook investigating Cambridge University researchers - 11 April 2018
+ Zuckerberg in second day of Congress testimony
+ Facebook chief's body language revealed
+ What we learnt from the first day of testimony
+ Photo reveals answers to questions he wasn't asked

(telegraph.co.uk)

 

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INSTAGRAM

Instagram to reveal the data it is collecting on users - 12 April 2018
"Instagram will soon allow its users to download all the information the social network has about them, similarly to Facebook." 

(telegraph.co.uk)

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WILDLIFE

The week in wildlife – in pictures - 13 April 2018
"Orphaned baby elephants and mating hamlets are among this week’s pick of images from the natural world"

(theguardian.com)

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ENDANGERED ANIMALS

Beyond the punk turtle: eight endangered animals that look surreal - with pictures and a video - 13 April 2018
"Certain rare animals hog the limelight – pandas, I’m looking at you. Here are some incredible beasts you’ve probably never heard of"

(theguardian.com)

 

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FACIAL RECOGNITION

Chinese man caught by facial recognition at pop concert - 13 April 2018
"Chinese police have used facial recognition technology to locate and arrest a man who was among a crowd of 60,000 concert goers."

+ Video: In your face: China's all-seeing surveillance system
+ Chinese police unveil camera sunglasses
+ China sets up huge 'social credit' system
+ China's Orwellian future?

(BBC)

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COMMONWEALTH GAMES 2018

Commonwealth Games 2018: Johnson-Thompson wins heptathlon – as it happened - 13 April 2018
"Katarina Johnson-Thompson, Caster Semenya and Tom Daley were among the big-name winners on the latest day of action on the Gold Coast"

(theguardian.com)

Commonwealth Games day nine – in pictures - 13 April 2018
The best images from the Gold Coast as boxers, athletes and rugby sevens takes precedent among those going for glory<
Click here to check out all our photographic content from the 2018 Games

(theguardian.com)

Tom Daley speaks out on anti-gay laws in Commonwealth nations after winning gold - 13 April 2018
+ Daley and Dan Goodfellow win 10m synchronised final
+ Compatriots Matthew Dixon and Noah Williams claim silver

(theguardian.com)

Catch-up: Commonwealth Games - day nine - 12 April 2018
Schedule;Results; Medals table; BBC coverage; Day-by-day guide
(BBC)

Commonwealth Games 2018: day eight – in pictures - 12 April 2018
"The best images from the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast as divers, gymnasts and athletes are among those going for glory"
Click here to check out all our photographic content from the 2018 Games

(theguardian.com)

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TRUMP / COMEY

Donald Trump slams 'weak slime ball' James Comey over his bombshell new book - with pictures and a video - 13 April 2018
"Donald Trump has called the former FBI director James Comey a “weak and untruthful slime ball” after his new book made a string of damning claims about the president."

(telegraph.co.uk)

'Slime ball': Trump attacks Comey after new book likens president to mafia boss - 13 April 2018
"After Comey’s A Higher Loyalty said the president was ‘untethered to truth’, Trump tweets: ‘James Comey is a proven LEAKER & LIAR’."

+ The key points from James Comey’s explosive new book
+ Trump and Comey’s hate-hate relationship – video explainer
+ Firing Comey one of Trump's 'greatest achievements', says White House – video

(theguardian.com)

James Comey's FBI memoir: Six claims about Trump - 13 April 2018
"US President Donald Trump is seething about former FBI Director James Comey's new memoir, which is chock-full of scathing assessments of him."

+ Seven ways Comey could hurt Trump - or himself
(BBC)

James Comey: Republican website trashes 'lyin' FBI memoir - 13 April 2018
"US President Donald Trump's allies are mounting an online campaign to discredit a forthcoming memoir by former FBI director James Comey."
+ Video: Do Trump voters care about the Russia investigation?
+ Video: Trump's love-hate relationship with Comey over a tumultuous year

+ Seven ways Comey could hurt Trump - or himself
+ The Trump-Russia saga in 200 words
+ FBI boss who went from 'respect' to 'nut'

(BBC)

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ROBOTS

Europe warned granting robots legal status would breach human rights - 13 April 2018
"Some of the world's leading robotics and artificial intelligence experts are calling on the European Union to rethink plans to grant robots legal status
because it could breach humans rights law."

(telegraph.co.uk)

Robots Bring Change to Construction Industry - Text + Audio + Pictures - 12 April 2018
(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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SPY POISONING

Russia hacked Yulia Skripal's emails for five years and tested Novichok on door handles, bombshell intelligence dossier reveals
(telegraph.co.uk)

 

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GLOBAL EXECUTIONS

Which countries executed the most people last year? - 12 April 2018
"Global executions saw a small drop last year, but large numbers of those given the death penalty were convicted for non-violent crimes,
according to a new report by Amnesty International."

(telegraph.co.uk)

 

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SAUDI ARABIA

Saudi Arabia Now Permits Women to Ride Bicycles - Text + Audio - 13 April 2018
"New rules give Saudi women new freedoms, such as riding bicycles in public places."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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BAN

Travel Company Bans Use of Cellphones, Even for Photos - Text + Audio - 13 April 2018
"Would you take a trip if you could not use your cellphone during it? Not even as a camera?
A new travel company is asking customers to do just that. The company is called Off the Grid. Zach Beattie is its founder."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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12/04/2018


FREE SPEECH

Why Is FREE SPEECH Important?
(YouTube)
“If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.” ― George Washington


 

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ALZHEIMER

Alzheimer's gene neutralised in human brain cells for the first time - 9 April 2018
"A team in California successfully identified the protein associated with the high-risk apoE4 gene and then managed to prevent it damaging human neuron cells."

+ What is dementia?
Alzheimer’s is the most common type of dementia.
(telegraph.co.uk)

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FACEBOOK / CAMBRIDGE ANALYTICA

Lawmakers Raise Possibility of Regulating Facebook - Text + Audio + Pictures + Quiz - 11 April 2018
"U.S. lawmakers have demanded that Facebook take more steps to protect the privacy of its users.
Some even raised the possibility of regulating social media networks."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

Mark Zuckerberg's dreaded homework assignments - with videos
+ Video: Senator to Zuckerberg: 'Your user agreement sucks'
+ Video: What Facebook protesters want from Zuckerberg

(BBC)

Live: Mark Zuckerberg's testimony to Congress - VIDEO - 11 April 2018
"Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg faces tough questions from senators about the company’s data-privacy policies"

(telegraph.co.uk)

Mark Zuckerberg's testimony to Congress: Facebook boss admits company working with Mueller's Russia probe - VIDEO - 11 April 2018
+ Mark Zuckerberg grilled by Congress on the Cambridge Analytica data scandal
+ British data company harvested personal information of around 87m Facebook users
+ Mr Zuckerberg apologises for Facebook's failings 
+ Comment: Zuckerberg's apologies can't save Silicon Valley from regulation
+ What we learned from Zuckerberg's grilling from Congress
+ A second hearing will be held on Wednesday from 3pm BST

(telegraph.co.uk)

Highlights: Zuckerberg's Congress grilling - VIDEO - 11 April 2018
"Mark Zuckerberg disclosed on Tuesday his company was "working with" special counsel Robert Mueller
in the federal probe of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign."

(telegraph.co.uk)




Cambridge Analytica: 'Hundreds of companies have harvested data from Facebook' - 10 April 2018
(telegraph.co.uk)

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FACIAL RECOGNITION

Chinese facial recognition company becomes world's most valuable AI start-up - 9 April 2018
(telegraph.co.uk)

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THE 2018 COMMONWEALTH GAMES

Commonwealth Games 2018 day eight: Zharnel Hughes disqualified and more – as it happened - with pictures - 12 April 2018
"Zharnel Hughes was disqualified from the men’s 200m final on a frenetic day eight of action on the Gold Coast, including another gold for Jack Laugher"

(theguardian.com)

Watch Commonwealth Games replays
Schedule;Results; Medals table; BBC coverage; Day-by-day guide

(BBC)

Commonwealth Games day seven – in pictures - 11 April 2018
"The best images from the Gold Coast as boxers, divers, gymnasts and athletes are among those going for glory."
Click here to check out all our photographic content from the 2018 Games
(theguardian.com)

Commonwealth Games 2018 day six: Semenya, Makwala, swimming and more – live! - with pictures - 10 April 2018
+ Updates from the sixth day of action on the Gold Coast
+ Feel free to get in touch on email or tweet @michaelbutler18
+ Medal table – the latest tallies from the 2018 Games
+ In pictures – best images from day six of the Games

(theguardian.com)

Commonwealth Games day six – in pictures - 10 April 2018
"All the latest pictures from the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast as cyclists, boxers, divers and athletes battle for medals"

(theguardian.com)


"India’s Gagan Narang takes aim in the men’s 50m rifle prone shooting final.
He could only finish a disappointing seventh."

Semenya wins athletics gold, Proud & Peaty take swimming relay silver
(BBC)

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John BOLTON

John Bolton's hawkish credentials laid bare – video - 9 April 2018
"Donald Trump’s new national security adviser has a reputation for his bellicose approach to international affairs and his fiery rhetoric.
As he takes up his new position, here he is what John Bolton has had to say in the past about Iran, Iraq, North Korea, China and the UN.
Why John Bolton is much more like Trump than some think

(theguardian.com)

 

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TWITTER

Two thirds of real news articles on Twitter are shared by bots, study claims - 10 April 2018
"Two thirds of tweeted links to popular websites are posted by bot accounts rather than human beings, a new study has claimed,
suggesting that Twitter's engagement problem may be worse than first thought." 

(telegraph.co.uk)

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ROBOTS

Say hello to your very own robotic gardener - 29 March 2018
"The average Briton spends nearly two months of their lives mowing the lawn. For these two keen gardeners, however, that's not the case:
they've ditched their petrol machines in favour of a robot mower."

(telegraph.co.uk)

 

Robot managers: the future of work or a step too far? - 6 April 2018
"As the workplace becomes increasingly automated, it may not be long before robots are handing us our P45s.
One Canadian business reveals how a computer is doing the job of a human resources department."

(theguardian.com)


" Is a workplace “accountability” system egalitarian or Big Brother?"

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REFUGEES

The Afghan cop who became a German nurse - and other refugee success stories - with pictures - 10 April 2018
"German initiatives are equipping new arrivals with the skills to alleviate the country’s worker shortage"

(theguardian.com)

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SPACE

'First luxury hotel in space' set to welcome guests by 2022 (reservations now open) - 10 April 2018
"For $80,000 (£56,500) apiece, would-be astronauts can get onto the waiting list for the Aurora Station,
a modular space station currently being developed by Houston-based company Orion Span."

(telegraph.co.uk)

 

Researchers: Many Black Holes in Center of Milky Way Galaxy - Text + Audio - 10 April 2018
"Astronomers say the center of our galaxy has plenty of strange, super gravity objects."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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LONDON

London's 14 greatest buildings - with pictures
(telegraph.co.uk)

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TRUMP'S LAWYER

Federal Investigators Raid Office of Trump's Lawyer - Text + Audio - 9 April 2018
"Federal investigators in the United States have raided the office of President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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TRUMP / CHINA

Trump, China Criticize Opposing Trade Actions - Text + Audio - 9 April 2018
"The president expressed opposition to what he called “stupid trade” relations with China. His comments appeared Monday on Twitter."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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SYRIA

Trump Threatens Missile Strike to Answer Attack in Syria - Text + Audio + Pictures - 10 April 2018
"The U.S. president said Russia should be ready for a missile strike in Syria. It strike will answer a suspected chemical weapons attack in the town of Douma.
Earlier, Russia warned it would shoot down U.S. missiles aimed at the area."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

Trump Considering Action to Answer Suspected Chemical Attack in Syria - Text + Audio - 9 April 2018
"President Trump says the United States will find whether Russia, Syria or Iran, or all of them,
were responsible for the most recent suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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BORDER WALL

National Guard Deployed to U.S.-Mexico Border on Security Concerns - Text + Audio + Pictures - 10 April 2018
"U.S. President Donald Trump has called the situation with illegal immigration and drug trafficking at the southern border “a crisis.”
Now, several border states are deploying National Guard members to support border control agencies."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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TRUMP / RUSSIA

Syria war: Trump says missiles 'will be coming' - with pictures - 11 April 2018
"US President Donald Trump has tweeted that Russia should "get ready" for missiles to be fired at its ally Syria,
in response to an alleged chemical attack near Damascus on Saturday...
The Syrian-American Medical Society (Sams), which operates in rebel-held areas, and local aid workers said
more than 500 people had been treated for symptoms "indicative of exposure to a chemical agent"."
+ Video: Foreign policy experts: Are we heading for a third world war?
+ Video: Unverified video shows children being treated after the alleged gas attack
(Contains upsetting scenes)
+ Video: The US president has said "nothing's off the table" - so what options are on the table? (Contains upsetting scenes)
+ Syria 'chemical attack': What we know
+ WHO demands 'chemical attack site' access
+ Viewpoint: Chemical weapons ‘threat to West’

(BBC)

US-Russia tensions build as Moscow hits back at Trump's Twitter threat - 11 April 2018
"The US and Russia came significantly closer to a direct clash over Syria on Wednesday when Donald Trump fired off an incendiary tweet
that told Moscow to “get ready” for incoming US missiles, which the Russian military has vowed to shoot down."

+ Trump tells Russia to ‘get ready’ for US missiles fired at Syria
+ Kremlin spokesman: ‘We do not participate in Twitter diplomacy’

(theguardian.com)

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PRISONS

As Europe's Prisons Fill Up, France Tries a Different Method - Text + Audio+ Video - 11 April 2018
(learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

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MIGRANTS

French police accused of falsifying migrant children's birth dates - 12 April 2018
"Charities accuse border officials of trying to pass minors off as adults to return them to Italy"

(theguardian.com)

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UK / IS

UK launched cyber-attack on Islamic State - 12 April 2018
"The UK has conducted a "major offensive cyber-campaign" against the Islamic State group, the director of the intelligence agency GCHQ has revealed."
+ Video: GCHQ director Jeremy Fleming said it was the first time such an attack had been carried out
+ Islamic State conflict
+ The rise and fall of Islamic State's propaganda machine
+ IS wife: 'I want to stay in Syria'

+ Inspectors back UK in spy poisoning row
+ What happened to Sergei and Yulia Skripal?

(BBC)

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Paul RYAN

US House Speaker Announces His Retirement - Text + Audio - 11 April 2018
"Paul Ryan’s retirement raises questions about the ability of the Republican Party to control the House of Representatives."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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