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29/06/2016


MORNING ROUTINE

Sleepy Steve
"A fuzzy bachelor has engineered his wacky morning routine with robotic precision."

(Vimeo.com)

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AIRLINES

10 Airlines Offering The Finest Business Class in the Sky
(moneyinc.com)

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TERRORISM

Istanbul Ataturk airport attack - First victims named after 41 killed and 239 injured in 'hideous' suicide bombings in Turkey - 29 June 2016
- Article + Photos + Videos
(telegraph.co.uk)

  • Three suicide bombers strike Istanbul Ataturk airport
  • Around 41 people killed and 239 wounded 
  • Turkey PM says Islamic State most likely suspects
  • Third busiest airport in Europe, high security location
  • Istanbul Ataturk airport attack in pictures

Suicide Bombers Attack Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport - Text + Audio + Video - 28 June 2016
"Officials say suicide bombers attacked Istanbul's airport killing at least 28 people and injuring at least 60. No group has yet claimed responsibility."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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POLLUTION

Six battlegrounds in the global war on cars - 28 June 2016
"As cities fight pollution and congestion, the car-free movement gathers speed."

(BBC)

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CIA

CIA taps huge potential of digital technology - Article + Photos + Video with Edward Snowden - 29 June 2016
"At CIA headquarters in Langley, the office of the director of digital innovation sits
next to the agency's in-house museum filled with artefacts from its history."

(BBC)

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GLASS SLIDE

Glass slide opens 300 metres above the street (June 28 2016) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"A very scary slide has opened to the public in Los Angeles. It is on the outside of a building, 70 stories high."

Try the same news story at these easier levels:  Level 0Level 1   or  Level 2
(breakingnewsenglish.com)
Watch the video.
(abcnews.go.com)

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USA

Obama’s Immigration Order Blocked by Supreme Court - Text + Audio - 28 June 2016
"President Barack Obama wants U.S. lawmakers to act on immigration. He made the appeal after a divided Supreme Court let stand lower court rulings blocking his order blocking the expulsion of up to 5 million undocumented immigrants. But congressional action is unlikely."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

How America Elects: Convention Rules - VIDEO
(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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NORTH KOREA

UN Builds Legal Case Against North Korean Leadership - Text + Audio - 28 June 2016
"The UN is continuing to build a legal case against North Korea’s leadership for crimes against humanity. More than 30,000 North Korean defectors are
being contacted during the investigation. UN officials say it is unlikely any charges will be announced unless the North Korean government collapses."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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SLAVERY

The Slave Auctions
(YouTube)

 

 

Uncle Tom's Cabin - Slave Auction
"After the death of the benign Augustine St. Clare, his plantation is broken up and the slaves sold at auction.
Emmeline and Uncle Tom are bought by the cruel Simon Legree."

(YouTube)

 

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Thanks to Gaïta K. (Ac. Dijon)


POPULATION

Over-populated or under-developed? The real story of population growth - 28 June 2016
"The world population looks set to reach 9.7 billion by 2050, but what’s behind the big numbers? We look at the complex demographic shifts in play."

(theguardian.com)

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DINERS / RESTAURANT

50 of America's Best Diners - with pictures
(extracrispy.com)

 

Here's Where You Can Eat Dinner in the Middle of a Waterfall
"The Labassin Waterfall Restaurant, a place in the Philippines where you can eat dinner in the middle of an actual, literal, real-life waterfall."

(travelandleisure.com)

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UK

Cartoon: Brexit Regret (aka Bregret) - 29 June 2016
THE CARTOON + COMMENT + ALSO SEE + Related articles

 

Petition for second EU referendum hits 4 million as hundreds attend anti-Brexit protest in London - 28 June 2016
(telegraph.co.uk)

Inside Britain's secret weapons research facility - 28 June 2016
"As Porton Down marks its 100th anniversary, what really goes on inside Britain's most secretive and controversial military research base?
Porton Down - also known as the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory - is where much of our top-secret military research is concentrated.
It has a budget of £500m a year and employs more than 3,000 scientists.
It is the most controversial, most misunderstood and, some say, most-feared scientific institution in Britain."

(BBC)

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RIO 2016

Rio 2016: 'Welcome to Hell' warn police - 28 June 2016
"There was a nasty surprise awaiting passengers in the arrivals hall at Rio De Janeiro's Galeao International Airport on Monday."

(BBC)

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28/06/2016


SONG

Leonard Cohen ~ Dance Me To The End Of Love
Tango Scene ~ Al Pacino ~ Scent of a Woman ~ Movie CLIP (1992)

(YouTube)

 

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VIDEOS

Videos - American English
(YouTube)

Invisible
"A lonely chameleon struggles to stay visible while seeking the attention of his crush."

(vimeo.com)

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Thanks to Larry Ferlazzo.


ROBOTS

Robots are moving into our homes, but there’s no killer app
The rise of social robots
What is a social robot, and what makes it special?
A solution, or a gimmick?
Household robots are still a ways away

(theconversation.com)

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MONEY

Fake tech support scams on the rise (June 24, 2016) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"Fraudsters are using a new method to trick people into parting with their money."

Try the same news story at these easier levels:  Level 0Level 1   or  Level 2
(breakingnewsenglish.com)

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HOUSES

10 of the Strangest Looking Homes in All of Europe
(housely.com)

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REFUGEES

Kenya Hosts Refugee Olympic Athletes - Text + Audio + Video - 27 June 2016
"When the Olympics begin in August, there will be a team of refugees competing together.
They will walk into the opening ceremony carrying the Olympic flag. Some of them are training in Kenya."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

UNICEF: Increase in Refugee Children Fleeing to Europe - Text + Audio - 26 June 2016
"An increase of children – many traveling alone – are attempting to escape to Europe, the United Nations Children’s Fund reports.
Many of those children tell of violence, starvation and other dangers they faced along the way."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

Syrian Refugees Learn English Through Art - 24 juin 2016
"Syrian refugees in Canada are using painting, drawing and photography to learn to adjust to their new setting.
Sick Muse Art Projects hosts free weekly art workshops for children at Romero House in Toronto."

(YouTube)

 

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RACISM

Grey's Anatomy star Jesse Williams earns a standing ovation after powerful BET Awards speech denouncing racism in America
- 28 June 2016
(dailymail.co.uk)
Thanks to Fabienne A. (Ac. Nice)

  • The Black Lives Matter activist was declared humanitarian of the year
  • Used the moment to stress the problems black people still face in America
  • Called for audience to unite as he denounced police killings


US Supreme Court Upholds College Affirmative Action - Text + Audio + Photos - 27 June 2016
"The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the right of the University of Texas to consider race when deciding admissions.
The original case was filed by a white woman who claimed she was denied admission based on her race.
UT considers race and other factors when deciding some admission applications"

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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ISIS

Iraq Declares Fallujah Free of Islamic State - Text + Audio + Photos - 27 June 2016
(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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BREXIT

British EU Vote Raises Many Questions - Text + Audio + Photos - 27 June 2016
"In many countries, officials are promising to take measures to limit the financial damage resulting from Britain’s decision to leave the EU.
However, many questions remain. The vote could affect British political parties and Scotland’s membership in the United Kingdom."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

U.K. votes to leave European Union (26 June 2016) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"The United Kingdom has voted to leave the European Union in what is being seen as a political earthquake."
Try the same news story at these easier levels:  Level 4  or  Level 5
(breakingnewsenglish.com)

Britain Votes to Leave EU, Cameron to Resign - Text + Audio + Photos - 24 June 2016
"Britain’s decision to leave the European Union prompted Prime Minister David Cameron to resign and markets to fall around the world.
Final results gave “Leave” 52 percent, “Remain” 48 percent.
The close vote showed how deeply divided the British people are on immigration and sovereignty."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

BREXIT - Cartoons
(cagle.com)


Brexit Cartoons
THE CARTOON + COMMENT + MORE BREXIT CARTOONS + Related articles
(englishblog.com)

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WEAPONS

Mass Killings Bring New Demands for Gun Control in America - Text + Audio + Photos - 27 June 2016
"For nearly 26 hours, congressional Democrats held a sit-in protest on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives.
They demanded the House vote on gun control bills.
When Republicans turned the television cameras off, the Democrats used social media to get their message out."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

US Continues to Lead in Weapons Exports - Text + Audio - 26 June 2016
"New report says US supplied almost $23 billion in weapons to other countries last year. 2015 was a record-breaking year for arms manufacturers.
An expert says “the global defense trade market has never seen an increase as large as the one we saw between 2014 and 2015."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

#NoBillNoBreak: Democrats Demand Gun Reforms - Text + Audio - 23 June 2016
"U.S. Congressional Democrats have been demanding that the House of Representatives votes on gun-control legislation. 
Many of the lawmakers took part in a 25-hour "sit-in." They used Periscope and Facebook live to broadcast the protest after the TV cameras were turned off."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

Rep. John Lewis Takes Action on Guns - 22 June 2016
"Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) leads his colleagues in taking action on gun violence on the House Floor."

(YouTube)
+ Transcript
(americannewsx.com)
Thanks to Ghislaine B. (Ac. Clermont-Ferrand)

 

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HEALTH

Exercise Can Protect Against Two Major Diseases - Text + Audio - 27 June 2016
"We all know that exercise keeps us healthy. But two new studies get more specific.
They look at how exercise may lower the risk of two major causes of death – cancer and stroke.
This report has many useful vocabulary words related to the human body."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

New Flying Eye Hospital Gets Off the Ground - Text + Audio - 23 June 2016
"Almost 3 million people have problems seeing. Most of those problems can be prevented or cured – but only if doctors can get to the patients.
Now, an improved “flying eye hospital” allows a non-profit medical service to help millions of people."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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NORTH KOREA

North Korea's Missile Tests Show Progress - Text + Audio + Video - 22 June 2016
"North Korea appears to have successfully launched a mid-range missile after a string of recent failures.
One of two missiles launched Wednesday was able to fly about 400 kilometers before crashing into the sea.
Most previous missile tests resulted in North Korean rockets failing soon after launch."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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SYNONYMS

A Short List of Synonyms for “Shorten”
(dailywritingtips.com)

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SHERLOCK HOMES and WATSON

Something Good (Will Come From That)
"100 years of moving pictures about Holmes and Watson."

(vimeo.com)

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TRAVELLERS

2 Types of Travelers - Cartoons
"There are two types of travelers in the world, which one are you?"

(thecooperreview.com)

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STORY

'The Romance of a Busy Broker' by O. Henry - Text + Audio + Video
"Life is often very busy. Sometimes you may not have enough time to do everything you want.
Read about one man who forgets everything but work in this classic American story, 'The Romance of a Busy Broker,' by O. Henry."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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24/06/2016


BREXIT

Britain votes to leave the European Union – in pictures
"On Friday, the UK woke up to a national referendum result with a clear decision to leave the EU.
After one of the most bitter political campaigns in recent years, over 52% of the nation voted to leave,
despite large areas such as London and Scotland voting overwhelmingly to remain."

(theguardian.com)

EU referendum live: David Cameron resigns as UK shocks the world by voting for Brexit - 24 June 2016
(telegraph.co.uk)

Cameron's statement in full - VIDEO
(telegraph.co.uk)

 

 

EU referendum: The result in maps
(BBC)

How newspapers covered Brexit - in pictures
"A selection of front pages from the UK and around the world on the day that Britain voted in favour of leaving the EU."

(theguardian.com)

 

Market turmoil as Britain chooses Brexit
(BBC)

UK votes to leave EU: What now? - VIDEO
(BBC)

What will the EU look like without UK? - VIDEO
(BBC)

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MIGRANTS

U.N. says refugee numbers at record level (June 22, 2016) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"Last year was the worst year on record for the number of people who became refugees."

(breakingnewsenglish.com)

The UK is the 10th highest source of migrants for the rest of the world - 23 June 2016
(indy100.independent.co.uk)

Obama migrant plan fails to pass supreme court - Article + Videos - 23 June 2016
"The Supreme Court has announced it is split on President Barack Obama’s plan to shield millions of undocumented immigrants living illegally in the US."

(BBC)

Syrian Youth Perform at Refugee Camp - Text + Audio + Video - 21 June 2016
"They are young people who have fled the war in Syria with their families. They recently sang and danced in a talent show
in the large Arbat refugee camp in the Kurdistan area of northern Iraq."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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GLASTONBURY

Glastonbury gets under way: James, Disclosure and Muse in the mud - Article + Photos - 24 June 2016
(BBC)

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MARS

You can eat vegetables from Mars, say scientists after crop experiment - Article + Video - 24 June 2016
"Dutch researchers successfully raise radishes, peas, rye and tomatoes in soil mixed to match that of the red planet
– giving hope that settlers could grow food."

(theguardian.com)

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GUN CONTROL

SPECIAL REPORT: What could actually work to fix gun violence in America – and what doesn't
"In the wake of high-profile shootings, proposals such as banning assault weapons gain momentum.
But there are solutions few national politicians are looking at that take a very different tack."

(theguardian.com)

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TECHNOLOGY

10 Future Technology Jobs That Will Exist in 10 Years But Don’t Now - 21 June 2016
(moneyinc.com)

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ART

Uffizi, Indiana University Make Digital Copies of Sculptures - Text + Audio + Video - 22 June 2016
"The Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy holds 1,250 ancient pieces of ancient Greek and Roman sculpture.
The museum is working with Indiana University in the United States to create complete and permanent digital copies of the artworks."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

From Dante to Havana: Anna Gibb's architectural daydreams – in pictures
(theguardian.com)

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23/06/2016

 

NEW PAGES:

SOCIAL NETWORKS



CONTENTS:

Activities to print Issues BEBO
Cartoons Lesson plans FACEBOOK
Cinema Listening INSTAGRAM
Conversation questions Privacy SECOND LIFE
Debates Safety TWITTER
Education Social games  
Facts Songs  
Games to print Videos  
Interactive activities Vocabulary  
Interactive games Webquests  

 

 

22/06/2016


NEW PAGES:

VIDEO GAMES


 

CONTENTS:

 

TEACHING   VIDEO GAMES  
     
Benefits Lesson plans Anarchy-online Mafia II
Cartoons Listening Arma III Medal of Honor
Cinema Pictures Assassin's Creed Operation Flashpoint: Red River
Conversation questions Poems Battlefield Pokemon
Dangers Songs Brink Resident Evil
Debates Videos Call of Duty The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Exercises to print Violence Counter-Strike The Sims
Facts Vocabulary Crysis 2 Warface
Interactive exercises Webquests DayZ Watch Dogs
    Elite World of Warcraft
    Fort McMoney World of Tanks
  Grand Theft Auto V World of Warplanes
    Halo World of Warships
    Left 4 Dead  

 

21/06/2016


ORLANDO

FBI: Orlando Shooter Was ‘Chilling, Calm and Deliberate’ - Text + Audio - 20 June 2016
"Orlando gunman Omar Mateen referred to himself as an Islamic soldier and praised God in Arabic during his attack on an Orlando nightclub, according to 911 call transcripts. The gunman also claimed to have explosives and called for an end to U.S. bombings in Iraq and Syria. No audio was made public."

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ART

Art of stone: spiritual sculptures around the world – in pictures - 21 June 2016
"From sentinels on Easter Island to hands arising from the desert, Elaine Ling has photographed the mystical forms carved from stones through the ages."

(theguardian.com)


Self portrait, Atacama Desert, Chile, 2001

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GLASTONBURY

The worst mud at Glastonbury, in pictures (19) - 21 June 2016
(telegraph.co.uk)

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SUMMER SOLSTICE

Summer solstice at Stonehenge and Castlerigg – in pictures - 21 June 2016
"Hundreds of revellers gathered at Stonehenge in Wiltshire and Castlerigg stone circle in Cumbria to watch the sunrise and welcome the year’s longest day."

(theguardian.com)


Crowds gather to see in the new day

Summer solstice: thousands flock to Stonehenge for sunrise - video - 21 June 2016
"Thousands of people gather at Stonehenge to mark this year's summer solstice.
Police said around 23,000 were at the neolithic site in Wiltshire, with others visiting the nearby Avebury stone circle to witness the sun rising on the longest day of the year. Stonehenge is believed to have been used as an important religious site by early Britons 4,000 years ago."

(theguardian.com)

Summer solstice events and pagan sites around Britain - Article + Photos + Videos - 21 June 2016
(telegraph.co.uk)

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POLLUTION

How your clothes are poisoning our oceans and food supply - 20 June 2016
"New studies show that alarming numbers of tiny fibers from synthetic fabrics are making their way from your washing machine into aquatic animals."
(theguardian.com)

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REFUGEES

Calais police clash with migrants - VIDEO - 21 June 2016
(telegraph.co.uk)

I was a refugee boy from Baghdad – ignore the immigration 'fear card' - 20 June 2016
"For the young Hassan Abdulrazzak, arriving in Britain from Saddam’s Iraq was confusing
– never more so than when he tried to pursue his dream of owning a dog. He shares his refugee story."

(theguardian.com)

UN: 24 People Displaced Every Minute - Text + Audio + Video - 20 June 2016
"At the end of 2015, the world had more than 65.3 million displaced people. That’s the largest number since World War II, according to the United Nations.
The problem worsened in 2015 largely because of continuing conflicts in Syria and Somalia, and opposition to resettlement efforts in some nations."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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TRICYCLE

The Only Seven Person Tricycle
"This is the only tricycle that accommodates seven adults and facilitates close-knit conferencing during joyrides. The seven seats each have a set of pedals that riders can operate simultaneously to propel the tricycle up to 10 mph, encouraging social interaction and team-building while pedaling. One of the seven riders steers the tricycle and controls the dual independent hydraulic brake systems (one hand lever and a foot pedal)."

(YouTube)

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CITIES

Which are the most corrupt cities in the world? - 21 June 2016
From organised crime to illegal land sales
"Cities around the world – from Mogadishu to London – are under the spotlight for corruption, with heightened focus following the Panama Papers leak.
But what does urban corruption look like – and how is it measured?"

(theguardian.com)

20 Movies That Truly Capture the Culture of New York City
(housely.com)

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DOGS

Yulin dog meat festival begins in China amid widespread criticism - 21 June 2016
"The festival sees people gather to have dog meat hotpot, fruit lychees and liquor.
About 10,000 dogs and cats are expected to be killed and eaten during the controversial 10-day festival in Yulin."

(BBC)

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GUNS

US Senate rejects terror list gun sale restrictions - 21 June 2016
"The US Senate has rejected plans to tighten gun controls, including the restriction of weapons sales to people on terrorism watch lists...
The killings of 49 people in Orlando prompted the Senate's gun debate."

+ US newspaper reaction
(BBC)

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20/06/2016


CHILD LABOUR

Group Works to End Child Labor - Text + Audio - 19 June 2016
"International Labor Organization calls child labor “modern slavery.” ILO officials say 168 million children are victims worldwide.
Experts urge companies to make sure their supply chains are free of child labor."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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POEM

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STORIES

'The Count and the Wedding Guest' by O. Henry - Text + Audio + Video
"People do many strange things when looking for love. Sometimes people do not always tell the truth.
Read about a young man and woman who love each other but must be honest before they can marry in this classic American story,
'The Count and the Wedding Guest' by O. Henry."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

A Family Man
"In 1955, John L. Black, Sr. started his job as a janitor for the Cincinnati public school system. He regularly put in 16-hour days to provide for his wife
and eleven children. At StoryCorps, his son Samuel talks with his wife, Edda Fields-Black, about his father's lasting legacy and the power of a look."
(YouTube)

 

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CINEMA

The best Richard Nixons in movie history
"Elvis & Nixon sees Kevin Spacey join the list of Hollywood greats who are drawn to play the notorious ‘Tricky Dicky’."

(theguardian.com)

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REFUGEES

Global forced displacement hits record high - Article + Video - 20 June 2016
"UNHCR Global Trends report finds 65.3 million people, or one person in 113, were displaced from their homes by conflict and persecution in 2015."
View the full report.

(unhcr.org)

Refugees at highest ever level, reaching 65m, says UN - Article + Photos + Map + Video - 20 June 2016
"It estimates that 65.3m people were either refugees, asylum seekers or internally displaced at the end of 2015, an increase of 5m in a year.
This represents one in every 113 people on the planet, the UN agency says.
Meanwhile, the UN refugee chief says a worrying "climate of xenophobia" has taken hold in Europe as it struggles to cope with the migrant crisis."

(BBC)

One in every 113 people forced to flee, says UN refugee agency
"As number of people driven from home exceeds 60 million for first time, UN refugee agency sounds alarm over failure of nations to find collective solutions."
(theguardian.com)

VIDEO - Famous refugees
(20minutes.fr)

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OBESITY

Mapped: The world's most obese countries - interactive - 17 June 2016
+ The 20 most obese places in the world
+ The 20 least obese countries in the world

(telegraph.co.uk)

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CITIES

Watch 6,000 years of people moving to cities
"In the video ..., you can watch the stunning rise of human cities, from their humble origin in the Fertile Crescent
in the year 3700 B.C. to the boom of the last century."
(vox.com)

 

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