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17/08/2017


BARCELONE

Barcelona: 13 killed as van rams crowds in Las Ramblas - 17 August 2017
"At least 13 people have died and 50 were injured after a van ploughed into crowds in Barcelona's famous Las Ramblas tourist area,
police and local officials say."

+ Live updates
+ In pictures: Barcelona van attack
+ Deadly vehicle attacks
(BBC)

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UTILISATION DES TABLETTES

Utilisation pédagogique des tablettes numériques - with a Document, PDF, 6.6 Mo
(bef.spip.ac-rouen.fr)

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WRITING APPS FOR ANDROID SMARTPHONES

Top 10 Writing Apps for Android Smartphones
"Today’s modern writer doesn’t always have time to sit down at his desktop and write.
With more and more writers living the digital nomad style, there is a major demand for technology that can help.
If you are an Android user, here are 13 writing apps that you should know about."

(dailywritingtips.com)

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ACTIVITY

Batman - The Dark Knight Rises: Simple Past x Past Continuous - with a video
(moviesegmentstoassessgrammargoals.blogspot.fr)

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ROBOT

Creating a robot to combat loneliness - VIDEO - 13 August 2017
"Kentaro Yoshifuji is a serial inventor and developer of Orihime robot, which he built to help address the loneliness he felt as a child..."

(BBC)

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TRAVEL

41 of the funniest quotes about travel
(telegraph.co.uk)


Somerset Maugham

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SCOTLAND

Scotland's 10 most beautiful islands (Skye not included)
(telegraph.co.uk)


Iona

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William McKinley

William McKinley: Imperial - Text + Audio + Video + Pictures + Quiz
"Today we are talking about William McKinley. He took office in 1897 and was re-elected in 1900. He led the United States into the 20th century."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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INDIA

India after partition: then and now – in pictures - 15 August 2017
"On the anniversary of Indian independence from Britain and partition, we compare contemporary images of Amritsar and New Delhi
with those taken from 1947 to 1951."

(theguardian.com)

18 incredible photos of India by Steve McCurry
(telegraph.co.uk)

Mumbai's blue dogs - VIDEO - 15 August 2017
"Animal rights campaigners say they know why some of the city's stray dogs have suddenly gone blue."

(BBC)

India marks 70 years of independence in New Delhi - VIDEO - 15 August 2017
"Indian Prime Minister Narenda Modi addressed his nation from Delhi’s Red Fort as India prepared to mark the 70th anniversary of independence."

(telegraph.co.uk)

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NUCLEAR

Iran could restart nuclear programme within hours - Rouhani - 15 August 2017
"Iran's president has warned that it could restart its nuclear programme "within hours" if the United States imposes any more new sanctions."

+ Iran votes to boost its missile defence
+ Tense but unclear Trump-Iran relations
+ Iran nuclear deal: Key details

+ Video: The Phoenix rocket lifts off
(BBC)

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CHARLOTTESVILLE

Obama Tweet on Charlottesville Breaks Twitter Record - Text + Audio + Pictures - 16 August 2017
"Former U.S. President Barack Obama’s tweet on Saturday broke Twitter’s record for most-liked tweets."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

Charlottesville: Trump reverts to blaming both sides including 'violent alt-left' - 16 August 2017
US president defends far-right marchers and equates Confederate generals with George Washington and Thomas Jefferson.

+ Key moments from Trump’s most extraordinary press conference yet
+ Republicans denounce bigotry after Trump’s latest remarks

+ Video: How Donald Trump emboldened the US far right
(theguardian.com)

Donald Trump on Charlottesville: 'there is blame on both sides' - VIDEO - 16 August 2017
"At a press conference President Donald Trump responds to the violence in Charlottesville saying there is 'blame on both sides'."

(telegraph.co.uk)

Trump Again Blames ‘Both Sides’ for Charlottesville Violence - Text + Audio + Video - 15 August 2017
(learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

Trump Calls Racist Hate Groups 'Evil' - Text + Audio + Pictures - 15 August 2017
(learningenglish.voanews.com)

Who Were the Groups Protesting in Charlottesville? - Text + Audio + Pictures - 15 August 2017
"Here is how some of the groups are described, why they protest and what changes they want to see."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

Confederate statues removed across southern US states – in pictures - 15 August 2017
"Confederate statues are being removed in several US states this year, and more cities are planning to destroy similar memorials after events in Charlottesville, Virginia, at the weekend."

(theguardian.com)

Charlottesville: CEOs quit Trump council over response to violence - with videos - 15 August 2017
"Bosses from Intel, Merck and Under Armour distance themselves from administration after president’s reluctance to denounce white nationalists."

(theguardian.com)

Anti-racist rallies across the United States – in pictures - 14 August 2017
"Anti-white supremacy rallies were held in several cities in response to a car ploughing into a group of activists who were preparing to march in opposition to a white nationalist rally. Heather Heyer, 32, was killed in the incident and two police officers were also killed when a helicopter they were using to monitor the rally crashed."

(theguardian.com)

Kenneth Frazier resigns from the President's American Manufacturing Council - 14 August 2017
(20minutes.fr)

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MUDSLIDES

Sierra Leone floods kill hundreds as mudslides bury houses - with pictures - 15 August 2017
"More than 300 people have been killed in mudslides and flooding near Sierra Leone's capital, Freetown."
+ Video: Heavy rains have flooded Freetown's streets
+ Video: BBC Weather's Tomasz Schafernaker explains why Sierra Leone has been hit with torrential rain and mudslides.

(BBC)

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RAQQA

The battle for Raqqa – in pictures - 14 August 2017
"The final phase of the campaign to reclaim Islamic State’s de facto capital was launched two months ago by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF)
– a confederation dominated by the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) and Arab auxiliary militia – and backed by a US-led coalition."

(theguardian.com)

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DRUGS

Two of five drugs in Tiger Woods's system on his arrest banned by PGA Tour - 16 August 2017
- Toxicology report reveals golfer had five substances in his system
- THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, was also allegedly present

(theguardian.com)

Indonesia Increases Its Own War on Drugs - Text + Audio + Pictures - 15 August 2017
"Like the Philippines, Indonesia is increasing its efforts to fight drug trafficking. President Joko Widodo recently said police should shoot drug suspects who resist arrest. Critics say Indonesia should put more effort into treatment and rehabilitation."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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Bill GATES

Bill Gates gives $4.6bn to charity in biggest donation since 2000 - 15 August 2017
"Recipient of 64m Microsoft shares is a mystery, but is expected to be tech tycoon’s foundation."

(theguardian.com)

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REFUGEES

South Sudan conflict: Poet Emi Mahmoud on Uganda refugee landmark - VIDEO - 17 August 2017
"More than one million South Sudanese refugees have now fled into Uganda to escape the conflict, according to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).
Slam poet Emi Mahmoud, whose family were forced to leave Sudan when she was a child, performs a poem reflecting on the landmark."

(BBC)

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WILD WEST

26 Wild West Facts - mental_floss List Show Ep. 516
(YouTube)

 

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DUBAI

How the wealthy live: Dubai's rich set – in pictures - 14 August 2017
"Bread and Circuses by Nick Hannes is a revealing look at the luxurious, consumer-based lifestyles of ‘Las Vegas in the Gulf’.
It won the documentary series prize in the Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017"

(theguardian.com)

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CINEMA

The United States of Movies — 51 Iconic Films - with photos
"Movies have touched almost every aspect of the American experience — and just about every square inch of land.
EW picks the one film that best captures the spirit and story of each state."

(ew.com)

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13/08/2017


CHARLOTTESVILLE, VIRGINIA



Charlottesville: Trump criticised over response to far-right - 13 August 2017
"US President Donald Trump is facing criticism for his response to the violence at a white supremacist rally."
+ Video: Photojournalist Ryan M Kelly was covering the protest when the car ploughed into the crowd.

+ Video: The US president ignored questions over whether his response went far enough.
(BBC

Donald Trump condemns violence 'on many sides' in Charlottesville – video - 13 August 2017
"Trump says hatred and bigotry ‘on many sides’ must stop in wake of the violent protests in Virginia."

(theguardian.com)

Car rams into crowd of people at Charlottesville rally - Video
"Violent clashes have erupted between white nationalists attending a far-right march and counter-protesters in the US state of Virginia..."

((BBC)

Charlottesville: White supremacist groups clash with anti-far-right protesters, in pictures - 11 pictures - 13 August 2017
(telegraph.co.uk)

A reckoning in Charlottesville - with pictures and videos - 13 August 2017
"The white supremacist gathering in Charlottesville, Virginia, saw fierce clashes.
In the middle of Emancipation Park in Charlottesville on Saturday, two young women, one white and one black, took each other's hands
and held them tightly, and with their other hands they gripped the steel barrier in front of them...
Confederate flags flew in Emancipation Park as a crowd gathered for the "Unite the Right" rally...
Hundreds gathered around the statue of Thomas Jefferson on Friday night"

+ Are right-wing groups on the rise?
+ Governor tells white supremacists: 'Go home'

+ The rise of the alt-right
+ Why do people still fly the Confederate flag?
+ The hoax about desecration of US Civil War graves

+ Video (contains disturbing scenes): Footage captured the moment a car rammed into a crowd of counter-protesters in Charlottesville
+ In pictures: Charlottesville protest
+ WATCH: Trump condemns 'hatred and violence'
+ Video: Governor of Virginia Terry McAuliffe: "We are stronger than you"

(BBC)

Charlottesville car attack photographer recounts horror - Video (contains disturbing scenes)
(BBC)

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USA / NORTH KOREA

Trump fires up North Korea nuclear tensions (August 12, 2017) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"U.S. President Donald Trump has given North Korea another warning over its plans to fire its weapons."
Try the same news story at these easier levels:  Fire and Fury - Level 0Fire and Fury - Level 1  or  Fire and Fury - Level 2

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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HEALING

Nano-chips may heal organs with one touch (August 10, 2017) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"The medical world sees another example of science fiction coming true."

Try the same news story at these easier levels: Body Repairs - Level 4  or  Body Repairs - 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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CARTOON

Ben Jennings on Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un – cartoon
(theguardian.com)

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TRUMP / RUSSIA

Golf club diplomacy: Trump thanks Putin for expelling US diplomats - 10 August 2017
"During wide-ranging Q&A with reporters in New Jersey, president says Russian move will save US ‘a lot of money’
– and claims he wants to ‘de-nuke the world’."

Video: Trump says his North Korea comments ‘may not be tough enough’
(theguardian.com)

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MIGRANTS

Number of migrants arriving in Italy from Libya falls by half in July - 11 August 2017
"More forceful action by Libyan navy and EU-funded boats credited with reducing migration to Italy to 11,500 last month."

(theguardian.com)

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THE ANGLO-SCOTTISH BORGER

UK road trip: the Anglo-Scottish border - with photos and a map
"There’s so much dramatic scenery and history on this week-long itinerary that crisscrosses between Scotland and England several times,
taking in castles, beaches and wildlife."

(theguardian.com)

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ELEPHANTS

Elephants unchained: 'The day has gone by when this was entertainment'
"s our understanding of the minds of our fellow species improves, will we increasingly look back at the way we have treated them in horror and repulsion?"

(theguardian.com)


Adult elephants and a calf chained in an indoor enclosure
at the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, US in 1989.

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INDIA

Photographic treasures from India - 10 August 2017
"To mark the 70th anniversary of Indian independence, an exhibition of photographs examines some of the earliest documentation of the country."

(BBC)

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OVER- / UNDER-

The Diversity of Over- and Under- Compounds
(dailywritingtips.com)

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CINEMA

When sci-fi got it right: 15 films that correctly predicted the future
(telegraph.co.uk)

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10/08/2017


CARTOON

Meet King Joe | 1949 | Cold War Era American Propaganda Cartoon
(YouTube)
"Meet King Joe is a prime example of the sort of propaganda being created to appeal to the American people so they wouldn't "turn red"..."

(Neatorama)

 

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USA / NORTH KOREA

North Korea Guam missile strike plan 'ready by mid-August' - 10 August 2017
"North Korea says a plan that could see it fire four missiles near the US territory of Guam will be ready in a matter of days."

+ Video: North Koreans rally to denounce 'gangster' US
+ Reality Check: Are Trump's N Korea assumptions right?
+ Should you worry about war?
+ Read more about North Korea's missile programme

+ Audio: Trump will use "any appropriate measures" - adviser Sebastian Gorka
+ The North Korea crisis in 300 words
+ Residents of Guam feel 'caught in the crossfire'
+ Video: President Trump threatened a response "like the world has never seen"

+ What damage could N Korea do without nuclear weapons?
+ Pyongyang releases Canadian pastor
+ N Korea hides anti-US message in cartoon - with pictures

+ The tiny but important island of Guam - with a map
(BBC)


The wily hedgehog teaches the big orange tiger a lesson.


North Korea details Guam strike plan and calls Trump 'bereft of reason' - with maps - 10 August 2017

+ North Koreans stage mass rally to denounce UN sanctions – video
+ Video: Trump threatens North Korea with ‘fire and fury’
(theguardian.com)

North Korea & Donald Trump: Timeline of tensions - VIDEO - 9 August 2017
"Since becoming President, Donald Trump has overseen the gradual increase of tensions between the US and North Korea."

(telegraph.co.uk)

Reports Say N. Korea Can Put Nuclear Weapon inside a Missile - Text + Audio - 8 August 2017
"North Korea may have successfully produced a nuclear weapon small enough to fit inside its missiles.
That information comes from a Japanese defense paper and an American newspaper."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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USA / CANADA

Canada's migrant crisis: Hundreds crossing US border daily - VIDEO - 10 August 2017
"Each day hundreds of migrants are crossing the border illegally following tips on Facebook and YouTube."

(BBC)

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DRONES

US Can Destroy Drones Flying Near Military Bases - Text + Audio - 8 August 2017
"The U.S. military announced it will disable or shoot down drones that fly too close to protected areas."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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TEXTING

US City Bans Texting while Walking - Text + Audio - 9 August 2017
"Beginning on October 24, you could be fined from $15 to $99 if you step into a Honolulu street while looking at your phone."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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SUMMER CAMP

Our Five Favorite Movies about Summer Camp - with videos
(tvovermind.com)

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U THANT ISLAND

The tiny island in New York City that nobody is allowed to visit
"There's a tiny island on the East River that you've probably never heard of, and you're not allowed to visit it."

(YouTube)
"If you leave a pile of rocks in place for over a hundred years, it becomes an island with its own ownership papers, history, designation, and controversy. That's what happened to U Thant Island in New York City's East River."

(Neatorama)

 

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TRUMP'S HOTEL

Inside Trump Hotel: the glittering hub of a billionaire's Washington - with pictures - 8 August 2017
"Champagne, chandeliers and a chance to spot Trump celebrities – the Trump International Hotel symbolizes the president’s new approach to politics...
The Trump International Hotel has 263-rooms, $100 cocktails, and a ‘Spa by Ivanka Trump’."

(theguardian.com)

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VIDEO GAMES

Is video gaming bad for you? The science for and against - 8 August 2017
+ Video: Best Videos Compilation May 2016 || JukinVideo

+ Video: GTA 5: the violence debate
+ Video: Your brain on video games | Daphne Bavelier
(telegraph.co.uk)

Tackling Social Injustice With Video Games - 7 August 2017
"At the recent Games for Change festival in New York City, the video games on display were a far cry from Mario Brothers and Call of Duty.
Instead, game developers showed off titles that tackled civic and social issues. VOA reporter Tina Trinh explores."

(voanews.com)

 

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NATIONAL MOTOR MUSEUM

Take the kids to … National Motor Museum, Beaulieu - with pictures - 8 August 2017
"From Del Boy’s three-wheeler and Harry Potter’s Flying Ford Anglia to crazy Top Gear contraptions,
this museum in the New Forest has tankfuls of va-va-voom."

(theguardian.com)



The National Motor Museum, Beaulieu (originally the Montagu Motor Museum)
"is a museum in the village of Beaulieu, set in the heart of the New Forest, in the English county of Hampshire...
Today, in addition to around 250 vehicles manufactured since the late-19th century, the museum has a collection of motoring books, journals,
photographs, films, and automobilia of the world and is affiliated to the British Motorcycle Charitable Trust.[8]"

(Wikipedia)

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ROBOTS

Rise of the racist robots – how AI is learning all our worst impulses - 8 August 2017
"There is a saying in computer science: garbage in, garbage out. When we feed machines data that reflects our prejudices, they mimic them
– from antisemitic chatbots to racially biased software. Does a horrifying future await people forced to live at the mercy of algorithms?"

(theguardian.com)

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SCOTLAND

18 amazing places you won't believe are in Scotland - 18 photos
(telegraph.co.uk)

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