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MARCH 2019 - PART 1 - NEW SITES

 


MARCH 2019

= WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH

01 - Saint David's Day
03 - World Wildlife Day
03 - International Women's Day
11 - Commonwealth Day
11 - Mother's Day (in the UK)
13 - Non-smoking Day (in the UK)
15 - World Sleep Day
17 - Saint Patrick's Day
18 - 24 - Skakespeare Week
20 - SPRING
21 - International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
22 - World Water Day
23 - World Book Day
30 - EARTH HOUR
31 - Daylight Saving Time (in France)


09/03/2019


LESSON PLANS

Find very interesting lessons here:
https://enska.online/category/teach/

For example:

YOUNGBLOOD
ONLINE JOB INTERVIEWS
Why Norway Is Full Of Teslas
Did romance get killed by technology?
etc

 

Kylie Jenner becomes world's youngest billionaire (March 08, 2019) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"Entrepreneur, social media star and model Kylie Jenner has become the world's youngest self-made billionaire."

Try the same news story at these easier levels: Kylie Jenner - Level 4  or  Kylie Jenner - 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)

Satellites launched to provide worldwide Internet (March 04, 2019) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"A company has successfully launched its first satellites in a project aimed at delivering "affordable" Internet access to every corner of the globe."

Try the same news story at these easier levels: Worldwide Internet - Level 4  or  Worldwide Internet - 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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INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY

International Women's Day marked across the world - with pictures - 8 March 2019
"Protesters call for an end to domestic violence, sexual attacks and pay discrimination – except in Russia"

(theguardian.com)

Protests, placards and prayers on International Women's Day – in pictures - 8 March 2019
"A selection of images from protests and events marking International Women’s Day around the world"

(theguardian.com)

UN, Others Mark International Women's Day - Text + Audio + Pictures - 7 March 2019
(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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OLDEST LIVING PERSON

Japanese woman, 116, named world's oldest living person - 9 March 2019
"Kane Tanaka, born in 1903, recognised by Guinness World Records"

(theguardian.com)

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THINGS TO DO & SEE IN LONDON

Things to do in London - with lots of information and pictures
(thingstodoinlondon.com)

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50th ANNIVERSARY OF THE INVESTITURE OF THE PRINCE OF WALES

50th anniversary of the investiture of the Prince of Wales, in pictures - 5 March 2019
(telegraph.co.uk)

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MARDI GRAS in NEW ORLEANS

Samba and sequins: Rio carnival in pictures - 7 March 2019
"Brazil's most famous carnival celebrations have taken place in Rio de Janeiro.
More than 70,000 people gathered at the city's huge concrete arena known as the Sambadrome, where samba schools compete to be crowned carnival champions."

Photographs subject to copyright
(BBC)

Mardi Gras celebrations in New Orleans, in pictures (10 pictures) - 6 March 2019
(telegraph.co.uk)



New Orleans Celebrates Mardi Gras - Text + Audio + Pictures - 5 March 2019
"Tuesday marks the final day of the Mardi Gras season, which began on January 6. The term Mardi Gras is French for “Fat Tuesday.”

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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GENDER EQUALITY

Most U.S. Women See Gender Equality Around The World As Their Shared Responsibility
"A new HuffPost/Yahoo/CARE survey finds that the majority of American women believe it’s partly up to them to combat gender-based discrimination here and around the world.
(Read the full survey and analysis here.)"

(huffpost.com)

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NATIONAL EMERGENCY DECLARATION

TRUMP FACES FIRST VETO - 5 March 2019
Congress is set to pass legislation that would block Trump’s national emergency declaration to fund his border wall,
likely forcing the first veto of his presidency and an unprecedented power grab from Congress.

[HuffPost]

BORDER AT BREAKING POINT - with pictures and a video - 5 March 2019
"More than 76,000 migrants illegally crossed into the U.S. from its southern border in February, an 11-year high.
“The system is well beyond capacity, and remains at the breaking point,” a Customs and Border Protection official said." 

[The New York Times]

Senate set to reject Trump's national emergency declaration - 5 March 2019
"At least four Republicans say they will defy president’s move on the Mexican border designed to fund his wall...
"Donald Trump’s declaration of an emergency on the Mexican border will be rejected by the Senate, the most senior Republican in the US upper chamber has admitted.
The Democratic-controlled House has already voted to reject the national emergency declaration.
A rejection in the Republican-controlled Senate would send a powerful signal that Trump’s control of his own party may be slipping."

(theguardian.com)

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Paul MANAFORT

MANAFORT GETS JUST 47 MONTHS - with pictures and a video - 7 March 2019
"Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, was sentenced to less than four years in prison
as part of the special counsel’s probe into the 2016 election
-- shockingly short of sentencing guidelines of 19 to 24 years for his conviction on eight counts of tax and bank fraud.
Judge T.S. Ellis said decades in prison would be “excessive” for someone who had “lived an otherwise blameless life.”
The judge somehow overlooked Manafort’s long career as a lobbyist for some of the planet’s most notorious dictators."

[HuffPost]

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Michael COHEN

COHEN SUES THE TRUMP ORGANIZATION - with a video - 7 March 2019
"Michael Cohen, Trump’s former personal lawyer, is suing the Trump Organization, accusing it of failing to reimburse him
for legal fees arising from his work on the company’s behalf"

[HuffPost]

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2020 PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN

BERNIE FOR THE BLACK VOTE - with pictures and videos - 5 March 2019
"Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is making racial justice a central theme of his 2020 presidential campaign as part of an effort to win over more non-millennial black voters."
[HuffPost]

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USA / NORTH KOREA

North Korea 'preparing rocket launch', images suggest - with pictures - 9 March 2019
"Satellite images of a facility near Pyongyang suggest that North Korea may be preparing to launch a missile or a satellite."

+ What to make of the Hanoi summit collapse?
+ Is North Korea sticking with its nukes?

+ North Korea's sidelined human rights crisis
+ North Korea's missile and nuclear programme

(BBC)

TRUMP ‘DISAPPOINTED’ WITH NORTH KOREA - with a picture and a video - 7 March 2019
"Trump said that he’s a “little disappointed” by reports of new activity at a North Korean missile research center and long-range rocket site,
and that time will tell if U.S. diplomacy with the reclusive country will be successful."

[AP]

Satellite images show North Korea rebuilding rocket launch site it had pledged to dismantle - with a picture and a video - 6 March 2019
(telegraph.co.uk)

North Korea Reportedly Rebuilding Structures at Rocket Launch Area - Text + Audio + A picture - 6 March 2019
"Experts Say North Korea Rebuilding its Nuclear Sites"

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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CHINA / US

China’s Huawei to Test US Security Law in Court - Text + Audio - 7 March 2019
"Chinese technology business Huawei is taking the United States to court."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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MIGRANT TEENS

Inside America's biggest facility for migrant teens - with pictures - 7 March 2019
"Managers of the Homestead camp in Florida call it a shelter, but activists have decried its ‘prison-like feel’

(theguardian.com)

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IMMIGRANTS

Children of Immigrants Fear Parents May Be Sent Away - Text + Audio + A video - 6 March 2019
"More than 400,000 immigrants could be forced to leave the United States by the end of this year because of changes to their legal status.
That causes fear among their children, many of whom were born in the U.S."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

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THE WINDRUSH SCANDAL

MPs condemn Home Office over new Windrush failings - 6 March 2019
"Report highlights failure to support those affected, with systemic problems still evident"

(theguardian.com)

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MORE THAN 600 DOGS RESCUED

More Than 600 Dogs Rescued From Puppy Mill In Georgia - with a video - 5 March 2019
"“The dogs were forced to live in small, filthy cages,” WXIA-TV reported. “And while it appears they’d been fed and had water,
many of them suffered from infections and illnesses.”

(huffpost.com)

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ENDANGERED SPECIES

Endangered species face 'disaster' under Trump administration - 6 March 2019
"Trump’s push to expand oil and gas drilling is eroding protections for some of America’s most at-risk wildlife"

(theguardian.com)

Red wolf: the struggle to save one of the rarest animals on Earth - 7 March 2019
"Conservation groups say Trump administration plan that would scale the wolves’ protected area and allow people to shoot the species on private land will snuff out the species
+ Endangered species face ‘disaster’ under Trump

(theguardian.com)

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INSECTS

What is the Difference Between Bees, Wasps, and Hornets?
"If you live outside of the concrete jungle and occasionally go outside, you are probably familiar with the wasps, bees, and hornets of your area by the way they look and the nests they build. But that's just your area. There are thousands of species of stinging, flying insects that fall under the broad umbrellas of bees, wasps, and hornets,
and how those categories are distinguished can be a bit confusing. Simon Whistler of Today I Found Out explains that and a bunch of other things
you should know about those little stingers. He goes pretty fast to get a lot of facts in.
Eventually he gets to a battle between a swarm of honeybees and the world's largest hornet. Go honeybees!"

(neatorama.com)

 

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MICROPLASTIC POLLUTION

Microplastic pollution revealed ‘absolutely everywhere’ by new research - 7 March 2019
"Contamination found across UK lakes and rivers, in US groundwater, along the Yangtze river and Spanish coast, and harbouring dangerous bacteria in Singapore"

(theguardian.com)

Microplastics found in every lake and river in Britain - 7 March 2019
"Researchers at Bangor University and Friends of the Earth collected water from lakes, rivers, wetlands, reservoirs and lochs
in England, Wales and Scotland and found all contained plastic."

(telegraph.co.uk)

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SPACEX CREW DRAGON

SpaceX Crew Spacecraft Lands Safely After Space Station Mission - Text + Audio + Pictures + Video - 8 March 2019
"An American spacecraft designed to carry astronauts has successfully completed a six-day test mission.
The SpaceX Dragon crew capsule safely touched down in the Atlantic Ocean Friday morning. "

(learningenglish.voanews.com)


 

SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule splashes down successfully in Atlantic - with videos - 8 March 2019
"Nasa’s quest to resume manned space flight from the US moves a step closer"
+ SpaceX Crew Dragon returns to Earth in Atlantic splashdown - video
(theguardian.com)

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MARS

Mars Researchers Find First Evidence of Planet-Wide Groundwater System - Text + Audio + Pictures + Video - 7 March 2019
"European researchers say a Mars explorer has provided the first evidence of a huge groundwater system that once existed deep inside the Red Planet."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

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O4/03/2019


LESSON PLANS

Train with Kieran in the Use of Film and Video in Language Teaching (March 4, 2019) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"I'm delighted to announce that I will be doing new training courses in the use of film and video this year. The Film and Video in Language Teaching course is my most popular course.  On this course I train teachers how to use film and video critically and creatively in the language classroom and it is aimed at in‐service teachers. There are a total of twenty contact hours and the course is held Barcelona. The course language will be English but the course is suitable for teachers of any languages.
You can download this information leaflet Film and Video in Language Teaching"

(film-english.com)

Kashmir crisis halts flights to Pakistan (March 2, 2019) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"Tensions are growing between India and Pakistan. Many people are worried that the two nuclear-armed countries are heading for war."

Try the same news story at these easier levels: Kashmir - Level 0Kashmir - Level 1   or  Kashmir - 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)

UN in record aid appeal for Yemen (February 28, 2019) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"The United Nations has launched an appeal to raise $4.2 billion in aid to help alleviate the humanitarian crisis in Yemen."

Try the same news story at these easier levels: Yemen Aid Appeal - Level 4  or  Yemen Aid Appeal - 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)

School children go on strike for climate (February 26, 2019) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"School children around the world have been going on strike. They are unhappy that their governments are doing too little to fight climate change."
Try the same news story at these easier levels:  School Strike for Climate - Level 0School Strike for Climate - Level 1   or  School Strike for Climate - 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)

Karl Lagerfeld's cat set to inherit millions (February 24, 2019) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"News is emerging that Karl Lagerfeld's pet cat could inherit millions of dollars."

Try the same news story at these easier levels: Karl Lagerfeld - Level 4  or  Karl Lagerfeld - 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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SPACEX CREW DRAGON

SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft launches successfully - 2 March 2019
"An uncrewed SpaceX spacecraft launched as planned from Nasa’s Kennedy Space Centre in Florida on Saturday, on top of a Falcon 9 rocket and carrying a dummy pilot.
The successful launch brings US plans to resume sending people into space in its own spacecraft closer."

(theguardian.com)

 

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TORNADO HITS ALABAMA

20 DEAD AFTER ALABAMA TORNADO - with videos - 3 March 2019
"At least 20 people are dead and several others missing after a series of storms, including tornadoes, caused “catastrophic” damage across Alabama."

[HuffPost]

Over 20 people dead as tornado hits Alabama - VIDEO
"Rescue efforts have been paused overnight in the US state of Alabama after tornadoes killed at least 22 people on Sunday.
Local Sheriff Sheriff Jay Jones told the Associated Press the toll could rise, but rescue efforts had to stop until dawn due to the danger of searching in the dark.
Authorities say they are still working to identify the victims and the injured.
Family members reportedly said one of the victims was an eight year old in the town of Beauregard."

(BBC)



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ISLAMIC STATE

Does Islamic State Still Pose a Threat? - Text - 25 February 2019
"Although IS forces may soon be defeated, many people agree that the militant group remains a threat. Why?"
(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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LEFTOVER FOOD

Group Uses Leftover Food to Feed the Hungry - Text + Audio + Picture + Video + Quiz - 25 February 2019
"Every year around the world, humans waste an estimated 1.3 billion tons of food.
So, some people have made it their life’s work to connect the two: claiming food before it goes to waste and then giving it to people who are hungry."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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FIGHT IN EXTREME COLD

US Military Trains to Fight in Extreme Cold - Text + Audio + Pictures - 24 February 2019
"The U.S. has been fighting for 17 years against the Taliban and al-Qaida-linked forces.
Now the country’s military is preparing for possible conflicts in Russia, China, North Korea and Iran."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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MIGRANTS

Migrants Wait, Hope in Mexican Border Towns - Text + Audio + Pictures
"Migrants seeking to enter the United States continue to arrive in Tijuana and other Mexican cities along the U.S. border.
There, they find help in shelters operated by aid groups and wait as they request asylum."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

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NATIONAL EMERGENCY

CONGRESS TO REBUKE TRUMP ON NATIONAL EMERGENCY - with a video - 3 March 2019
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said he won’t support Trump’s declaration of a national emergency to fund construction of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border,
increasing the likelihood that Congress will approve a resolution that seeks to block the move.

[HuffPost]

HOUSE VOTES AGAINST NATIONAL EMERGENCY - 26 February 2019
"The House took a first step to oppose Trump’s national emergency declaration, voting to block the president from redirecting military construction money to a border wall.
The House agreed to the resolution 245-182, with 13 Republicans joining all Democrats."

[HuffPost]

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US / NORTH KOREA

BOLTON: NORTH KOREA SUMMIT ‘A SUCCESS’ - with 4 videos - 3 March 2019
"National security adviser John Bolton declared last week’s summit between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un “a success,”
despite its abrupt breakdown and failure to produce a denuclearization deal."

[HuffPost]

TRUMP WALKS AWAY FROM DEAL - with videos - 28 February 2019
"Kim wanted sanctions to be “lifted in their entirety and we wouldn’t do that,” the president said."
"PresidentDonald Trump and North Korean leaderKim Jong Un failed to reach a nuclear agreement during their second summit, which was abruptly cut short in Hanoi, Vietnam. Trump told reporters sticking points made a deal “inappropriate” at this time. Kim wanted sanctions “lifted in their entirety and we wouldn’t do that,” the president said. “You always have to be prepared to walk,” Trump said. “I could’ve 100-percent signed something today. We had papers ready to sign … I’d much rather do it right than do it fast.”

[HuffPost]

Without Nuclear Deal, What’s Next for US-North Korea - Text + Audio + Pictures - 28 February 2019
"Trump said Kim was only willing to give up North Korea’s main nuclear structure at Yongbyon -- and not complete denuclearization.
In return, the North Korean leader demanded that all sanctions against his country be lifted."

Trump leaves North Korea peace summit without a deal - 28 February 2019
"U.S. President Donald Trump left Vietnam early after talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un broke down.
The two leaders came away empty-handed after failing to come to an agreement about lifting sanctions on North Korea
in exchange for shutting down the country's main nuclear reactor."

(YouTube)

 


Trump and Kim meet for Vietnam summit - VIDEO - 27 February 2019
"US President Donald Trump and North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un have met at the start of their high-profile summit in Vietnam's capital, Hanoi.
+ Trump and Kim start summit with dinner

(BBC)

 


The Trump-Kim Vietnam summit – in pictures - 27 February 2019
"Hanoi was buzzing as it prepared for the meeting between the US president and the North Korean leader, with a heavy security presence amid fanfare and flags"

(theguardian.com)

 

TRUMP DISTRACTING FROM COHEN WITH KIM DINNER - with videos - 26 February 2019
"Trump scheduled a dinner with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un at their summit in Hanoi, but only after House Democrats announced that his former lawyer and fixer would publicly testify on Capitol Hill at about the same time. Trump’s apparent “counterprogramming” of Cohen’s expected damaging testimony concerns arms control and national security experts, who fear the president is trying to distract public attention from Cohen, even at the cost of U.S. interests."

[HuffPost]

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TRUMP / SECURITY CLEARANCE

Trump Lied About Not Ordering Jared Kushner’s Top Security Clearance: Report - with a video - 28 February 2019
"President Donald Trump reportedly ordered a top-secret security clearance be granted to his son-in-law Jared Kushner last year, overruling objections raised by intelligence
and White House officials. The New York Times report contradicts Trump’s previous statements claiming he had no role in giving Kushner the clearance."

(HuffPost)

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Michael COHEN

Michael Cohen: Ex-lawyer tells Congress Trump directed lies - 28 February 2019
"Donald Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen has claimed Mr Trump wanted him to lie about a property deal in Moscow during the 2016 presidential campaign."

+ Video: Five things Cohen said about Trump
+ Video: Trump criticises former lawyer Michael Cohen's testimony
+ Video: Michael Cohen: Trump told me 'Don Jr had worst judgement in world'

+ Takeaways from Cohen testimony
+ Cohen's opening statement in full

+ Reaction to the hearing
+ Trump's tower in Moscow that never was

+ The Trump-Russia saga in 250 words
+ Michael Cohen: Trump's personal lawyer
+ Trump says hush money payments were legal

(BBC)

Donald Trump Jr signed Stormy Daniels check, Michael Cohen tells Congress - 27 February 2019
"Donald Trump’s former lawyer told Congress on Wednesday that the president’s eldest son signed a check to fund illegal hush money payments to a pornographic actor, potentially placing Donald Trump Jr in legal peril."

+ Allegation could put president’s son in legal peril
+ Trump alleged to have advance knowledge of WikiLeaks release
+ Key moments from Michael Cohen's explosive testimony – video

(theguardian.com)

COHEN TO TESTIFY: TRUMP KNEW ABOUT WIKILEAKS - with a video - 27 February 2019
Michael Cohen Delivers Withering Testimony: Trump A ‘Racist,’ ‘Conman,’ ‘Cheat’

"Michael Cohen will tell a congressional committee that his former boss, President Donald Trump, is a con man and racist who regularly lied to the American people and knew from Roger Stone that WikiLeaks was preparing to release damaging information about Hillary Clinton, according to his prepared remarks obtained by The New York Times. Cohen's testimony begins at 10 a.m., with live updates via the homepage."

  [HuffPost]

COHEN: TRUMP SAID BLACK PEOPLE ‘TOO STUPID’ TO VOTE FOR HIM - with a video
"“In private, he is even worse,” the president’s former attorney plans to tell the House oversight committee."
"Cohen also reportedly will tell the committee that Trump regularly said derogatory things about black people, including that they are “too stupid” to vote for him.
Here are the 10 most jaw-dropping lines from the leaked testimony."

[HuffPost]

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TRUMP / CHINA

Huawei to sue US for banning federal agencies from using its products - 4 March 2019
"The Chinese firm is expected to file a lawsuit on Thursday accusing the US of acting unconstitutionally, The New York Times claims, citing two people familiar with the matter."

(telegraph.co.uk)

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ISIS

The caliphate is a hellscape of smoke and fire – Isis has nowhere left to go - with pictures - 3 March 2019
"The US-led coalition is making up for lost time in the fight to drive Isis out of Baghuz, its last stronghold"

(theguardian.com)

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COYOTE FUR

Winter Coats Drive High Demand for Coyote Fur - Text + Audio - 3 March 2019
"The popularity of winter coats made with animal hair is greatly increasing the demand for coyote fur."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)


"In this Feb. 2, 2019 photo, Coyote pelts for sale line tables at a trappers' auction in Herkimer, N.Y."

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WHAT AN AMERICAN HOME LOOKS LIKE

What an American Home Looks Like - Text + Audio + Pictures - 3 March 2019
"Like America itself, US homes are a mix of parts from different countries"

(learningenglish.voanews.com)


A Victorian-style house in California

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