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MARCH 2018

= WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH

01 - Saint David's Day
03 - World Wildlife Day
08 - International Women's Day
11 - Mothers' Day (in the UK)
12 - 18 - Skakespeare Week
13 - Commonwealth Day
14 - Non-smoking Day (in the UK)
16 - World Sleep Day
17 - Saint Patrick's Day
20 - SPRING
21 - International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
22 - World Water Day
24 - EARTH HOUR
25 - Daylight Saving Time (in France)



17/03/2018


ST PATRICK'S DAY

Everyone Gets to be Irish on Saint Patrick’s Day - Text + Audio + Pictures - 16 March 2018
"On March 17, people around the world will be celebrating the Irish holiday of Saint Patrick’s Day."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

US presidents celebrate St Patrick's Day, from Roosevelt to Trump – in pictures - 15 March 2018
"A gallery of shamrocks, green ties and pints of Guinness"
(theguardian.com)

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SEQUENCE SUR NEW YORK

Cyril Dussuchaud (Ac. Limoges) :
"Voici une séquence complète sur New York pour fin de collège/début lycée.
Vous y trouverez aussi des applis pour le vocabulaire et les points de grammaire abordés (superlatif, comparatif, used to, questions) : http://www.englishnexon.com/pages/teachers-zone-3eme/new-york.html"


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RUSSIA SPY POISONING

Russia spy poisoning: 23 UK diplomats expelled from Moscow - with pictures and videos - 17 March 2018
"Russia is to expel 23 British diplomats in a row over the nerve agent attack on an-ex spy and his daughter in the UK."
+ Video: Theresa May: "We will never tolerate a threat to the life of British citizens and others on British soil"
+ Video: Ambassador Laurie Bristow: "We will always do what is necessary to defend ourselves"
+ Video: A look around Porton Down, Britain's military research base in to chemical and biological attacks

+ What we know so far
+ What happens when you expel a diplomat?
+ Why does UK think it was Russia?

(BBC)

Sergei Skripal: Russia expels 23 UK diplomats as row deepens - 17 March 2018
"Moscow also shuts down all activities of British Council in retaliatory move after expulsion of Russian diplomats"

(theguardian.com)

Suitcase spy poisoning plot: nerve agent 'was planted in luggage of Sergei Skripal's daughter' - 15 March 2018
(telegraph.co.uk)

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US / RUSSIA

US Targets 'Cyber Actors' as Russians Prepare for Presidential Elections - Text + Audio + Pictures - 15 March 2018
"The United States government is taking action against over 20 Russian “cyber actors” for interfering in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
Across Russia, final preparations are being made for elections on Sunday. Vladimir Putin is expected to win another term as president."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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EGYPT / ISLAMIC STATE

Egypt’s President Struggles with Islamic State in Sinai - Text + Audio + Pictures - 15 March 2018
"President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is expected to easily win reelection, but his campaign against Islamic State militants in the Sinai has not gone well."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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NUCLEAR BOMB

Report: Saudi Will Develop Nuclear Bomb if Iran Does - Text + Audio - 15 March 2018
"Prince Mohammed bin Salman told the American television network CBS, “Saudi Arabia does not want to acquire any nuclear bomb,
but without a doubt if Iran developed a nuclear bomb, we will follow suit as soon as possible."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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Gina HASPEL

Washington Breaks Out the “Just Following Orders” Nazi Defense for CIA Director-Designate Gina Haspel - 15 March 2018
(theintercept.com)

Rep. Will Hurd, R-Tx., Uses Nazi "Nuremberg Defense" to Shield CIA Director Designate Gina Haspel from The Intercept on Vimeo.

 

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TRUMP TARIFFS

Experts Say Trump Tariffs May End Up Helping China - Text + Audio + Pictures - 15 March 2018
"The U.S. administration’s plan to put tariffs on billions of dollars of Chinese goods could actually end up helping China, economic experts say."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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FINED

French Baker Fined For Working 7 Days a Week - Text + Audio + Pictures - 15 March 2018
(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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US SCHOOL WALKOUTS

‘Let gun safety be your target!’: protest signs from the US school walkouts
"For ‘walkout Wednesday’, students from across the US displayed powerful posters and placards to protest against gun violence,
memorialise school shooting victims and demand that lawmakers take action."

(theguardian.com)

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NUMERICAL PREFIXES

35 Numerical Prefixes
"This post lists prefixes of Greek and/or Latin provenance used in expressions of numerical relationships, with examples."

(dailywritingtips.com)

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'SUICIDE MISSION' / 'ANNIHILATION'

English @ the Movies: 'Suicide Mission'
(learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

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RUBBISH / RECYCLING

Rome's rubbish: The people trying to solve the problem - 16 March 2018
"Rome produces more rubbish than it can cope with and some residents have been taking matters into their own hands.
They meet every weekend early in the morning to scrub, paint, and clean up the eternal city."

(BBC)

 

 

Volunteers clear rubbish from Birmingham's streets - VIDEO - 3 August 2017
"A community group known as Bearded Broz have been clearing streets of waste left piling up because bin collectors are on strike.
The group, made up of volunteers from the Muslim community, are trying to encourage others to join them, but said they would help those that can't.
Refuse workers in Birmingham are on strike for three hours a day in a dispute with the city council over job losses.
Birmingham City Council said it hoped to reached a resolution "sooner rather than later"."

(BBC)

- with pictures, videos and a quiz
"Even keen recyclers are confused into making mistakes that are seeing bags of recycling heading for landfill, a survey shows...
We are more aware of the need to recycle than ever before but there is still confusion over what items can be recycled."

+ Video: Coffee shops urged to ditch disposable cups
+ Video: A quarter of the public ignorant of benefits of plastic recycling

(news.sky.com)

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GOLD

All that litters? Tonnes of gold strewn across runway after falling out of Russian plane - 15 March 2018
"Bars of precious metals scattered after door of Antonov cargo plane opened during take-off from airport in Siberia"

(theguardian.com)

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FIRED

Ex-CIA Boss John Brennan Tears Into Donald Trump Over Andrew McCabe Firing - with a video - 17 March 2018
“America will triumph over you.”
"In a blistering tweet, Brennan blasted Trump for celebrating the dismissal of former FBI deputy Director Andrew McCabe.
Trump would take his “rightful place as a disgraced demagogue in the dustbin of history” once “the full extent” of his “venality, moral turpitude,
and political corruption becomes known,” Brennan wrote.
“You may scapegoat Andy McCabe,” he added. “But you will not destroy America… America will triumph over you.”

(huffingtonpost.com)

Andrew McCabe, Trump target and ex-FBI deputy, fired days before retiring - 17 March 2018
+ Official says dismissal part of effort to undermine Russia inquiry
+ Trump salutes firing as ‘a great day for Democracy’
+ Video: Acting FBI director rejects claims that staff lost faith in Comey

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TRUMP / RUSSIA

US punishes 19 Russians over vote meddling and cyber-attacks - 15 March 2018
"The US has imposed sanctions on 19 Russians, accusing them of interference in the 2016 US election and alleged cyber-attacks."

+ The tactics of a Russian troll farm
+ The Trump-Russia saga in 200 words
+ Trump Russia affair: Key questions answered
+ Who's who in Russia scandal?
+ Video: All you need to know about the Trump-Russia investigation

(BBC)

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REFUGEES / MIGRANTS

At least six dead after suspected people-smuggling boat sinks off Greek coast - 17 March 2018
"Search and rescue operation under way in eastern Aegean to locate survivors of vessel carrying estimated 21 people"

(theguardian.com)

MPs back refugee family reunification bill - 16 March 2018
"Government is likely to block proposals, saying they could put people in danger"

(theguardian.com)

Madrid migrants clash with police after death of street vendor - 15 March 2018
"Protesters set fires and throw stones in Lavapies district of the Spanish capital"

(theguardian.com)

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Stephen HAWKING

Steven Hawling's advice for a fullfilling career - 14 March 2018
"The legendary scientist advised his children to find work that provides purpose. What do career and leadership experts think?"

(BBC)

Stephen Hawking: a life in pictures (15 pictures)
(telegraph.co.uk)

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BRITAIN / RUSSIA

Britain deploys nuclear sub to Arctic for first time in decade amid Russia tensions - 15 March 2018
(telegraph.co.uk)

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SPACE

Nasa draws up plans for huge spacecraft to blow up doomsday asteroid - with pictures and a video - 15 March 2018
"Nasa has drawn up plans for a huge nuclear spacecraft capable of shunting or blowing up an asteroid if it was on course to wipe out life on Earth."

(telegraph.co.uk)

Could this harpoon be the answer to Earth's 'space junk'?
"Scientists in Stevenage are testing a harpoon, designed to capture thousands of pieces of man-made 'space junk', which are currently orbiting the Earth.
The debris ranges in size from specks of paint to giant satellites."

(telegraph.co.uk)

 

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PAY GAP

HSBC pay gap reveals men being paid twice as much as women - 15 March 2018
"Bank’s gender pay disparity of 60% is largest reported by a major company in the UK."

(theguardian.com)

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MIAMI BRIDGE COLLAPSE

Miami bridge collapse: engineer's answerphone message about crack not heard - 17 March 2018
"Police department says criminal charges were possible after inquiries into the accident that killed at least six are completed"
+ CCTV footage shows moment Florida bridge collapses – video

(theguardian.com)

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TRUMP'S CABINET

Minted: the rich guys in Trump's cabinet who can't resist public money - with pictures - 16 March 2018
"The revelations over Ben Carson’s furniture have shone a light on Trump’s people – and their fondness for first-class travel and military jets"

(theguardian.com)

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SYRIA WAR

Syria war: 'Civilians killed' as thousands flee Turkish air strikes - with pictures, a map and a video - 17 March 2018
"A number of civilians have been killed by Turkish shelling and air strikes while trying to flee the embattled Syrian city of Afrin, reports say."

+ Video: Afrin: What is going on in Syria's other battle?
(BBC)

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BANKSY

Banksy mural in New York highlights case of jailed Turkish artist - 16 March 2018
"Zehra Doğan was reportedly imprisoned for her painting of a damaged Turkish city"

(theguardian.com)

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CITIES

Revealed: The world's most expensive (and cheapest) cities for 2018 - 16 March 2018
"Singapore has been declared the most expensive city on Earth for the fifth year running, according to an extensive annual study of prices...
The cheapest city this year was found to be Damascus in Syria..."

+ The world's 10 most expensive cities
+ The world's 10 cheapest cities
+ Biggest moves down the rankings
+ Biggest moves up the rankings

(telegraph.co.uk)

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15/03/2018


LESSON PLAN

3D-printer homes to reduce homelessness (March 15, 2018) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"A revolutionary, low-cost use of 3D printers to construct houses may help the homeless in developing countries."

Try the same news story at these easier levels: 3D Printers - Level 4  or  3D Printers - 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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PLASTIC

Bottled water: WHO launches plastic health review - with pictures and a video - 15 March 2018
"The World Health Organization is to launch a review into the potential risks of plastic in drinking water."
+ Video: Research led by journalism organisation Orb Media discovered an average of 10 plastic particles per litre

+ 'Shame and anger' at plastic pollution
+ Earth is becoming 'Planet Plastic'
+ Plastic pollution in seven charts

+ Read the full scientific report [PDF]
(BBC)

Plastic particles found in bottled water - with pictures and a video - 15 March 2018
"Tests on major brands of bottled water have found that nearly all of them contained tiny particles of plastic."
+ Video: Research led by journalism organisation Orb Media discovered an average of 10 plastic particles per litre

(BBC)

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GUNS

Students Across US Walk Out to Protest Gun Violence - Text + Audio + Pictures - 14 March 2018
"The event included about 3,000 protests across the country. Students from the first level to college took part."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

'Enough': US students come together in spectacular walkout to end gun violence - 14 March 2018
- About 3,000 schools across America protest in coordinated riposte
- Students step out of classrooms to spur action for change
- Walkout Wednesday – live updates

(theguardian.com)

Florida shooting: Students vow 'never again' in US walkout - VIDEO - 14 March 2018
"One month after the Parkland school shooting, thousands of students left their classes to commemorate the 17 lives lost
- and to call on lawmakers to pass gun control reform."

(BBC)

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SALISBURY ATTACK

Salisbury poisoning: Nerve agent feared to have spread as police officer might have carried traces home - with pictures - 15 March 2018
(telegraph.co.uk)

France, Germany, US and UK issue joint statement blaming Russia for Salisbury attack as Moscow vows to expel British diplomats - with videos - 15 March 2018
+ Russia | Theresa May’s retaliation measures
+ In Full | Joint statement from leaders of France, Germany, US and UK on Salisbury spy attack
+ Russian spy poisoning | Read more
(telegraph.co.uk)

 

 

Russian spy: Moscow vows swift response on expulsions - 15 March 2018
Moscow has vowed there will be a swift response to the expulsion of 23 of its diplomats by Britain.
+ What we know so far
+ White House backs UK decision to expel diplomats
+ How is the UK retaliating against Russia?
+ UK to build new chemical defence centre

+ The spy at centre of poison mystery
+ What are Novichok nerve agents?
+ Kuenssberg: No easy choices for UK
+ Boris Johnson: This is not another Cold War
+ Video: The foreign secretary told Radio 4 Today the Russia tensions aren't a return to the Cold War
+ Video: Theresa May announces measures to send a "clear message" to Russia over the use of a nerve agent in Salisbury
+ Video: The BBC's Paul Adams looks at why the UK is expelling 23 Russian diplomats

(BBC)

Britain Expels 23 Russian Diplomats - Text + Audio + Pictures - 14 March
"The suspensions come after a Russian double agent living in England and his daughter were poisoned."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

Novichok: nerve agent produced at only one site in Russia, says expert - 14 March 2018
"Chemical that poisoned Sergei Skripal and daughter in Salisbury originates from Shikhany, says Hamish de Bretton-Gordon"

+ Quick guide: What is novichok?
(theguardian.com)

Russia threatens retaliation after Britain expels 23 diplomats - 14 March 2018
"May says Kremlin responded with ‘sarcasm, contempt and defiance’ to 24-hour deadline set by UK"
+ 'They have just one week to leave': May expels 23 Russian diplomats – video
+ UK not interested in the truth, says Russian UN ambassador – video

(theguardian.com)

Russian spy: UK to expel 23 Russian diplomats - 14 March 2018
"The UK will expel 23 Russian diplomats after Moscow refused to explain how a Russian-made nerve agent was used on a former spy in Salisbury, the PM says."
+ Video: The UK, US and Russia all addressed the UN over the use of a nerve agent on UK soil
+ Video: The BBC's Paul Adams looks at why the UK is expelling 23 Russian diplomats

(BBC)

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REFUGEES

'I fear Myanmar, I don't want to go home': Rohingya in Bangladesh – in pictures - 15 March 2018
"Refugees from Myanmar continue to arrive daily at the 20 rapidly expanding camps around Cox’s Bazar.
With makeshift shelters perched precariously on slopes, aid agencies fear land slides could cause a catastrophic loss of life when the cyclone season begins.
Refugees in Balukhali camp speak of their dreams for the future and the horror that drove them to leave."

(theguardian.com)

Myanmar willing to take back fewer than 400 Rohingya refugees - 15 March 2018
"Of list of 8,000 people submitted by Bangladesh government, Myanmar deems only 374 eligible for repatriation"

(theguardian.com)

UN officials point finger at Myanmar for 'crimes under international law' - 13 March 2018
"Human rights rapporteur says evidence about atrocities against Rohingya people must be collected and presented to international criminal court...
Yanghee Lee, the UN human rights rapporteur on Myanmar, says the government must be held accountable for the fate of the Rohingya."

(theguardian.com)

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PANAMA PAPERS

Mossack Fonseca law firm to shut down after Panama Papers tax scandal - 14 March 2018
"Firm at the center of controversy over tax evasion cites economic and reputational damage in announcement"

(theguardian.com)

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PROFESSOR Stephen HAWKINS (1942 - 2018)

Legendary Physicist Stephen Hawking Dies at 76 - Text + Audio + Pictures + Video - 14 March 2018
"Stephen Hawking, the most famous physicist of his time, has died at the age of 76."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

Professor Stephen Hawking (1942 – 2018). Widely regarded as one of the world’s most brilliant minds, Stephen Hawking, who died this week at the age of 76, was known throughout the world for his contributions to science, his books, his television appearances, his lectures and through biographical films. He leaves three children and three grandchildren. All of us at Cambridge University will miss him greatly.

Professor Stephen Hawking, physicist – obituary - 14 March 2018
"Professor Stephen Hawking, who has died aged 76, was Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge University
and was regarded as one of the world’s most brilliant theoretical physicists; he was certainly its most famous..."

(telegraph.co.uk)


Hawking: the world’s most famous scientist

Obituary: Stephen Hawking - 14 March 2018
"Stephen Hawking - who died aged 76 - battled motor neurone disease to become one of the most respected and best-known scientists of his age."
+ A life in pictures
+ Stephen Hawking in quotes
+ Science community mourns Stephen Hawking
+ Trump stance could damage Earth - Hawking

+ Video: Scientist in the public eye
(BBC)

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Gina HASPEL and TORTURE

The truth about torture: Trump’s CIA pick can't lead without facing her past - 14 March 2018
"In the coming weeks, the Senate will have a chance to ask Gina Haspel about torture at CIA black sites during her confirmation hearings"

(theguardian.com)

New CIA Chief Likely to Face Questions on Torture - Text + Audio + Pictures - 14 March 2018
"Gina Haspel would be the first woman to lead the Central Intelligence Agency if confirmed.
She is likely, however, to face questions about a program in the 2000s that many people considered to use torture."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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ASTROBEE

Astrobee: NASA's Newest Robot for the International Space Station
"The International Space Station will soon be getting some new robot occupants: Astrobee is a robotic cube packed with sensors, cameras, computers, and a propulsion system. It’s designed to help astronauts around the ISS with a variety of tasks."

(YouTube)

 

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SUICIDE

CGI 3D Animated Short: "Chester Bennington Tribute" - by Anthill Studios
"Check out this CGI 3D Animated short tribute to the late Chester Bennington lead singer for Linkin Park. The world wasn't ready for Chester's passing.
We all were impacted by his music and panache and it breaks our hearts he left so soon."

 

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WORLD'S HAPPIEST COUNTRY

Finland Named World’s Happiest Country - Text + Audio - 14 March 2018
"For the first time, the report also measured 117 countries by the happiness and well-being of their foreign-born immigrants.
Finland placed first in that group, as well. The study found that countries measured higher in overall happiness had similarly happy immigrant populations."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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14/03/2018


LESSON PLAN

One nation under CCTV (higher level)
"One nation under CCTV is a complete set of teaching resources designed around an interesting and unusual photograph
with activities to activate your students' higher level critical thinking skills.
This pack looks at the topics of art and street art. The focus is on developing students' ability to speculate about an image,
listen for specific information and summary writing skills."

"A version of this lesson is also available for lower levels."
(teachingenglish.org.uk)

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VIDEOS

Bridge - animated short film
"Bridge is a story about four animal characters trying to cross a bridge, but ending up as obstacles to one another in the process.
The moral behind this story revolves around how there are often disagreements or competing paths in life,
and the possible results of pride, obstinance, and compromise."

(YouTube)
Thanks to Larry Ferlazzo.

 

 

Only Slightly Exaggerated | Travel Oregon
"Based on actual events. More or less."
(YouTube)
"This lovely video very badly wants to be a Studio Ghibli film, but it's a tourism ad for Travel Oregon.  Now we know why Alex moved there.
I still have a sneaking suspicion that they left a few things out. The animation is from Sun Creature Studio in Denmark and Psyop in Los Angeles,
with music by the Oregon Symphony..."

(Neatorama)

 

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SHAKESPEARE WEEK

Welcome To Shakespeare Week - 12 to 18 March 2018
"Shakespeare Week is a national annual celebration giving primary school aged children opportunities for enriching and enjoyable early encounters with Shakespeare.
Schools, families, home educators and cultural organisations can register now to access our free resources and events listings."

(shakespeareweek.org.uk)

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NERVE AGENT

Trump says US will condemn Russia if it is found to be behind Skripal poisoning - Politics live - with pictures and videos - 14 March 2018
"Rolling coverage of political developments, including the US president saying he will discuss Salisbury spy poisoning case with Theresa May"
+ Trump says US will condemn Russia if found to be behind Skripal poisoning – video

(theguardian.com)

Russian spy: UK to expel 23 Russian diplomats - with pictures and a video - 14 March 2018
"The UK will expel 23 Russian diplomats after Moscow refused to explain how a Russian-made nerve agent was used on a former spy in Salisbury, the PM says."
+ Video: Theresa May announces the expulsion of 23 Russian diplomats from the UK

(BBC)

Russian spy: Russia demands nerve agent sample from UK - with pictures and videos - 13 March 2018
"Russia will not co-operate with the UK inquiry into how an ex-spy and his daughter were poisoned until it has been given a sample of the substance used,
its foreign minister has said."
+ Video: Boris Johnson: "We are giving Russia until midnight to explain"

+ Video: Theresa May: Spy poisoned by "military-grade nerve agent"
+ Video: "Get to the bottom of it" - President Putin tells UK it is their responsibility
+ Video: See the locations where Sergei Skripal spent Sunday with his daughter
+ Video: Witness: "They looked like they'd been taking something quite strong"

(BBC)

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PENNSYLVANIA ELECTION

Democrat Conor Lamb claims victory in Pennsylvania election - 14 March 2018
"A Democrat has declared victory after a cliffhanger Pennsylvania election for a congressional district that Donald Trump won by 20 points in 2016."

+ Video: Connor Lamb: 'Mission accepted'
+ Video: This is why US gun laws probably won't change

(BBC)

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GENDER PAY GAP

Guardian reports 11.3% gender pay gap - 14 March 2018
"Difference between men and women in editorial is 7.4%"

(theguardian.com)

Gender pay gap at ITN: men earn 19.6% more than female colleagues - 14 March 2018
"ITN’s pay gap even worse than BBC’s, and is blamed on not enough women in senior roles"

(theguardian.com)

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JOB LOSSES

Toys R Us to shut all UK stores, resulting in 3,000 job losses - 14 March 2018
"Retailer to start closing shops from Thursday as rescue talks fail to find a buyer"

(theguardian.com)

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TRUMP / RESIGNATIONS and NOMINATIONS

Pompeo and Haspel nominations set up contentious Senate hearings - 14 March 2018
"Resistance to the nominees is building among Democrats, indicating the confirmations will not be as speedy as Republicans hope...
Donald Trump’s sudden decision to replace the secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, with Mike Pompeo, the director of the CIA, and elevate his deputy to run the spy agency has set in motion a partisan battle on Capitol Hill ahead of what is likely to be a pair of contentious confirmation hearings...
To replace him, Trump tapped Gina Haspel, who currently serves as the deputy director of the CIA."

(theguardian.com)

Trump fires Rex Tillerson as secretary of state - 13 March 2018
"US President Donald Trump has fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson via Twitter, naming CIA Director Mike Pompeo as his replacement."
+ Video: From "moron" to "castration": a history of Trump v Tillerson bust-ups

+ Where it went wrong for Rex
+ Video: Rex Tillerson: "I will now return to private life"
+ Rex Tillerson - Trump's former top diplomat
+ Reaction to his firing
+ Video: Mike Pompeo: Meet America's new top diplomat
+ Video: Trump says goodbye to Tillerson: 'I like Rex a lot, but we disagreed'

(BBC)

Trump Dismisses Tillerson, Nominates Pompeo for State - Text + Audio + Pictures + Video - 13 March 2018
+ Video: Rex Tillerson Comments After Being Dismissed
(learningenglish.voanews.com)

As it happened: Reaction to Tillerson firing - VIDEO
Trump - "I like Rex a lot, but we disagreed"

(BBC)

The biggest Trump resignations and firings – so far - with pictures and videos - 13 March 2018
"Trump has lost a record number of officials in his first year. Here are the major departures from the White House and beyond"
+ Trump and Tillerson: the end of a rocky relationship – video
+ Rex Tillerson: 'I'll return to private life proud to have served my country' – video
+ 'Are you happy, Gary?': Trump's top economic adviser quits administration – video report
+ 'I wish the president the very best': Hope Hicks steps down – video

(theguardian.com)

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TRUMP / BORDER WALL

Trump Inspects Proposed Models for Border Wall - Text + Audio + Pictures - 14 March 2018
"President Donald Trump has inspected several proposed models for a border wall to separate the United States and Mexico.
Trump went to the border site just after landing Tuesday in San Diego. It is his first visit to the state of California as president."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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TRUMP-KIM MEETING

Japan’s Abe: North Korea Must ‘Match Words with Actions’ - Text + Audio + Pictures - 13 March 2018
"Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is expressing caution about planned talks between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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DISEASES

World leaders urged to 'unite and fight' malaria - 12 March 2018
(telegraph.co.uk)

Disease X is a 'big risk' to the world (March 13, 2018) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"Scientists from the World Health Organization (WHO) say the world is possibly at risk from a deadly disease."

Try the same news story at these easier levels:  Disease X - Level 0Disease X - Level 1 or  Disease X - 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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VOCABULARY

English Words Borrowed From Arabic - Text + Audio + Pictures + Quiz
(learningenglish.voanews.com)

The Meanings of “Myth” and Related Words
(dailywritingtips.com)

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UFO

Declassified Military Video Shows Fast-Moving UFO Tracked By Navy Fighter Pilots - 13 March 2018
"A newly declassified video obtained by a research company shows a fast-moving UFO off the East Coast as it was tracked by two U.S. Navy pilots in 2015."

(huffingtonpost.com)

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PLASTIC TAX

Plastic tax: coffee cups and food packaging could face levy - 13 March 2018
"Phllip Hammond accused of delaying action after he announces consultation"

(theguardian.com)

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LISTENING COMPREHENSION

The teaching of listening comprehension
(teachingenglish.org.uk)

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