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22/07/2016


ISIS

Interpol has joined the international coalition against IG - 22 July 2016
"Interpol has joined the international coalition against terrorist group “Islamic state” (ISIS, ISIL, DAISH, banned in Russia)
and is going to participate in the operations for the suppression of financing and recruitment."

(en.news-4-u.ru)

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SAN FRANCISCO

20 Things You Didn’t Know About San Francisco - 21 July 2016
(housely.com)

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Michelle OBAMA

Michelle Obama Appears on 'Carpool Karaoke' - Text + Audio + Video - 21 July 2016
"Even days before it aired Wednesday evening in the United States, Michelle Obama’s appearance on “Carpool Karaoke” was a trending topic on social media. And, after the episode aired, people could not stop talking about it. “Carpool Karaoke” trended Thursday on Google, Twitter and Facebook."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

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AFTER BREXIT

London's Businesses Look to Move after Brexit - Text + Audio - 21 July 2016
"Ten financial technology companies have said they are considering moving to Berlin after Britain voted to leave the European Union. The company
Berlin Partner says Berlin has a lot to offer new, start-up companies. Competition among cities in Europe for new companies and investment is high."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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MIGRANTS

Seventeen migrants die of asphyxiation in Mediterranean smuggling boat - 22 July 2016
(telegraph.co.uk)

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US ELECTIONS

David Duke on Donald Trump’s speech: “Couldn’t have said it better!” - 22 July 2016
"Duke’s enthusiasm for Trump was a big issue earlier in the campaign season, with many Republican politicians professing to be appalled
by Trump’s reluctance to denounce the former Ku Klux Klan leader."

(vox.com)

David Ernest Duke (born July 1, 1950) "is an American white nationalist, antisemitic conspiracy theorist, Holocaust denier, politician,
and former Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan.[3][4]..."

(Wikipedia)

Donald Trump proclaims himself 'law and order' candidate at Republican convention - Article + Videos - 22 July 2016
"Republican strikes authoritarian tone in convention speech focusing on recent terrorist attacks and police killings
to assure Americans ‘safety will be restored’."

+ Between the lines: what Donald Trump said and what he meant
(theguardian.com)

US election: Donald Trump promises a 'safer' America - Article + Video - 22 July 2016
"Donald Trump has vowed to tackle multiple threats facing the US, in his speech in Cleveland, Ohio accepting the Republican presidential nomination."

(BBC)

Trump paints dark picture of America - VIDEO - 22 July 2016
(BBC)

Trump's Untraditional Path to the Republican Nomination - Text + Audio + Photos + Video - 21 July 2016
"Donald Trump officially became the Republican nominee for president at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, this week.
Donald Trump has taken an untraditional path to win the nomination. He has never held a public office."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

Trump employee apologises for plagiarising Michelle Obama speech (July 22, 2016) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"An employee of the Trump Organisation has admitted plagiarism in helping to write Melania Trump's speech."

(breakingnewsenglish.com)

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21/07/2016


BODYBUILDER

Determined, Dedicated and Disciplined to Be Fit - Text + Audio + Video + Quiz - 20 July 2016
"Ernestine Shepherd is a fitness trainer and professional model. She is also determined, disciplined and dedicated to staying fit.
The 80-year old holds the 2010 and 2011 title in the Guinness World Records as the World's Oldest Performing Female Bodybuilder."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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WRESTLERS

Pro Wrestlers Sue WWE Over Brain Injuries - Text + Audio - 20 July 2016
"Some famous professional wrestlers from the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s are suing World Wrestling Entertainment, also known as WWE."
(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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POKEMON GO

Pokémon Go Banned by Saudi ‘Fatwa’ - Text + Audio - 20 July 2016
"Saudi Arabian religious officials banned the Pokémon Go game. They issued a finding that the popular game goes against Islamic law.
Pokémon Go also was also outlawed at the presidential palace in Indonesia and at Boeing Company workplaces."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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US-Mexico line

Hide and seek on the US-Mexico line - 20 July 2016
"BBC Autos' Jim Benning spends a day with US Customs and Border Protection agents at the world's busiest border crossing,
California’s San Ysidro Port of Entry.
Robert Hood of US Customs and Border Protection stood on the US-Mexico border facing 25 lanes of idling cars that were waiting to enter the United States. Any one of the drivers, he knew well, could be smuggling cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine or undocumented migrants."

+ What's been confiscated at the border?
(BBC)

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ISIS

Islamic State conflict: US allies agree on 'final push' - 20 July 2016
"The US and its allies in the coalition against so-called Islamic State (IS) have agreed on a strategy to defeat the group,
US Defence Secretary Ash Carter has said."

(BBC)

Terrorists Using Low-Tech Methods to Attack, Kill - Text + Audio - 20 July 2016
"Leaders of the al-Qaida and Islamic State terrorist groups have been urging followers in Western nations to carry out attacks
with whatever weapon is available - including a knife, a car or a fist."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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BEARS

Police Open Unmarked Bags — And Find Sickening Surprise
"Inside was a pile of severed bear parts, intended for smuggling abroad.
Over the course of the inspection, officers found a total of 527 bear feet, a bear muzzle, gallbladders and three musk deer glands...
Bears are often victims of the illegal wildlife trade; Animals Asia estimates that more than 1,000 of them are currently captive in illegal bile farms
in Vietnam alone, where they're held for years in tiny cages and constantly tapped for bile through painful wounds in their sides."

(thedodo.com)

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SLAVERY

Is slavery a thing of the past? - a lesson
"This lesson helps to encourage awareness of slavery, historical and modern day.
Designed to raise awareness of the UN's World Day against Trafficking in Persons, this lesson begins by asking students to consider
what they know about the issue, then takes them through a process of learning more before concluding by asking them
about what they have learnt, and how their understanding might have changed. 
The lesson involves plenty of speaking, a vocabulary focus, which pre-teaches topic related vocabulary later found in the text,
a jigsaw reading and a focus on passives.
"
Time: 55 - 70 minutes
(teachingenglish.org.uk)

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US ELECTIONS

Did Melania Trump Copy Michelle Obama's Words? - Text + Audio - 19 July 2016
"Not long after Melania Trump’s speech ended, an unemployed journalist named Jarrett Hill noticed similarities
between her speech and the one given by Michelle Obama at the 2008 Democratic National Convention."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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MYSTERIES

Should Murder Mysteries Be Used in Classrooms? - Text + Audio - 19 July 2016
"Some teachers are using murder to keep their students interested. But is that an appropriate topic for the classroom?
An expert gives her opinion on teaching English with very non-tradition content."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

Mysteries for English Readers of all Levels - Text + Audio - 19 July 2016
"Are you interested in improving your English by reading mystery stories? Here are some suggestions from a mystery book expert"

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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REFUGEES

Drone footage reveals scale of child refugee camp in Iraq - 20 July 2016
(telegraph.co.uk)

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RIO 2016

Rio Olympics 2016: Russia fails to overturn athlete ban for next month's Games - 21 July 2016
"A decision to ban Russian track and field athletes from Rio 2016 over the country's alleged state-sponsored doping regime
has been upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
Russia's athletics federation was suspended by the sport's world governing body, the IAAF,
after an independent report found evidence of widespread doping. "

(BBC)

 

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GYMNAST

The first Olympic gymnast to score a perfect 10 - 20 July 2016
"In July 1976, Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci won gold at the Montreal Olympics."

(BBC)

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FILM / FOOTBALL

Concussion
"is a 2015 American biographical sports drama thriller film directed and written by Peter Landesman, and produced by Ridley Scott ...
Set in 2002, the film stars Will Smith as Dr. Bennet Omalu, a Nigerian forensic pathologist who fights against efforts by the National Football League to suppress his research on chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) brain degeneration suffered by professional football players. It also stars Alec Baldwin ...
Omalu is allowed to address an NFLPA conference on concussions and CTE. Amid growing scrutiny from Congress, the NFL is forced to take the concussion issue more seriously."
(Wikipedia)

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19/07/2016


ROBOTS

How artificial intelligence will transform your business - 12 July 2016
"Computer intelligence will overturn everything from medicine to the stock market and the revolution is only just beginning."

(telegraph.co.uk)

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UK FESTIVALS

Six of the best UK festivals - 11 July 2016
- Green Man, 18-21 August, Brecon Beacons, Wales - For stunning scenery
- Boardmasters, 10 -14 August, Cornwall - For extreme sports lovers
- Port Elliot, 28-31 July, St Germans, Cornwall - For bookworms
- Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival, 24-25 September, Suffolk - For foodies
- Bestival, 8-11 September, Isle of Wight - For fancy dress fanatics
- End of the Road, 1-4 September, Dorset - For laughs
(telegraph.co.uk)


"Dressed for success: each year, Bestival has a different fancy dress theme."

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FRACKING

Fracking linked to asthma flare-ups - 19 July 2016
"The controversial method for mining natural gas known as fracking might trigger asthma flare-ups, according to a US study."

(BBC)

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BEDROOMS

Incredible outdoor bedrooms (12 photos) - 19 July 2016
(telegraph.co.uk)


Bangkok tree house

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DEATH PENALTY

Turkey coup attempt: Erdogan signals death penalty return - 19 July 2016
(BBC)

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US ELECTION

US election: Melania Trump 'plagiarised' Michelle Obama - 19 July 2016
"Donald Trump's wife, Melania, took centre stage on the first day of the Republican National Convention
but faced accusations that a portion of her speech plagiarised Michelle Obama."

(BBC)

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AIR POLLUTION

Shipping air pollution causing 24,000 deaths a year in East Asia – study - 19 July 2016
"Often overlooked compared to cars and factories that are far bigger causes of smog, ship traffic has more than doubled off East Asia since 2005."

(theguardian.com)

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RIO 2016

Vladimir Putin warns of Olympic ‘schism’ after Russian doping revealed - 18 July 2016
- "Report shows state-sponsored drugs programme infected most sports
- President says calls for Russia’s expulsion are politically motivated"

(theguardian.com)

Banning Russia from Rio is imperative to save Olympics’ credibility by - Article + Video - 18 July 2016
(theguardian.com)

Russia Could Be Banned From Rio Games After Doping Report - Text + Audio - 18 July 2016
"Russia’s Olympic team may be banned from Rio after a report details state-sponsored doping.
The IOC meets Tuesday to discuss the Russian Olympic team’s status."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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ISIS

How Isis has devised new ways of sowing savagery in Europe - 19 July 2016
"Strategy to weaken western societies from within is exploiting changing circumstances such as mass immigration."

(theguardian.com)

Islamic State flag 'found at home of suspected German train attacker' - 19 July 2016
"Officials say handpainted Isis flag found in room of alleged assailant after attack on train in Bavaria left five people injured."

(theguardian.com)

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18/07/2016


US ELECTIONS

Security Tightened for US Political Conventions - Text + Audio - 17 July 2016
"American officials are increasing security for the upcoming Republican and Democratic political conventions. This comes after five police officers
were shot and killed in Dallas, and also the terrorist attack in Nice, France. Federal officials say they are concerned about the possibility of violence."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

US election: What's the point of a party convention? - VIDEO - 17 July 2016
"Every four years, US political parties hold conventions to make official whom they have selected to become their nominee for president.
But what actually happens there? The BBC's Katty Kay breaks it down."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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EDUCATION

The Big Picture: Reinvent Education
"Robert Reich says wall-to-wall testing and skyrocketing tuition have destroyed American education. Here’s how he proposes we fix it."

(YouTube)
Thanks to Fabienne A. (Ac. Nice)

 

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REFUGEES

Why are Muslim refugees converting to Christianity? – video - 18 July 2016
"Rev Sally Smith baptises a group of refugees at St Mark’s Church in Stoke-on-Trent. This isn’t an isolated case.
Churches across western Europe have been welcoming a growing number of refugees, some of whom choose to become Christians.
There are many reasons for this, but for priests like Smith, all that matters is that everyone feels safe and welcome,
even if it means losing much of her original congregation."

(theguardian.com)

Six wealthiest countries host less than 9% of world's refugees - Article + Video - 18 July 2016
"US, China, Japan, Germany, France and UK accommodate just 2.1 million refugees, according to Oxfam report."

(theguardian.com)

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MARTIAL ARTS

Fighting fit: How one man built a martial arts empire - Article + Photos - 17 July 2016
(BBC)

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ANIMALS

Lebanon's largest animal shelter under threat amid cash crisis - 18 July 2016
"While Israeli jets pounded Lebanon in the summer of 2006 in its brief war against Hezbollah,
John Barrett was breaking into abandoned pet shops to rescue starving animals in cages."

(BBC)

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BORDER

'At least 35,000' Venezuelans cross border to Colombia to buy food and medicine - 17 July 2016
"Similar border opening last week led to dramatic scenes of the elderly and mothers storming Colombian supermarkets."

(theguardian.com)

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ROADSIDE GIANTS

Rescuing America's roadside giants - 14 July 2016
"Anyone making a road trip across America will sooner or later run across a giant statue - a cowboy, an American Indian chief or a lumberjack, perhaps. Many, now half a century old, are falling apart, but one man and his friends are tracking them down and bringing them back to life."

(BBC)

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ROBOTS

What does a bomb disposal robot actually do? - Article + Photos - 15 July 2016
"For the last 40 years, crude robots have been used to defuse bombs.
We look at the development of these slow, deliberate droids that face an abrupt, explosive end."

(BBC)

Will we ever pilot giant robots? - Article + Photos - 10 June 2016
"Ever fancied strapping yourself into a robotic suit to wage battle – or even lift heavy objects?
Getting such a device off the drawing board might be a huge challenge."

(BBC)

The dangers of trusting robots - Article + Photos - 12 August 2015
"As robots enter our home, they may steal secrets about your life that you don't want to share,
argue two experts in robotics law and the philosophy of technology."

(BBC)

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POKEMON GO

Florida teens, mistaken for thieves, shot at playing Pokemon Go - 17 July 2016
"Two teenagers playing Pokemon Go late at night in their car in Florida were shot at by a householder who mistook them for burglars, police say."

(BBC)

How Pokémon Go is changing transport - 15 July 2016
"The weird ways the year's biggest fad affects mobility."

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SAYING

'As American as Apple Pie' - Text + Audio + Video - 16 July 2016
"The saying “as American as apple pie” describes things that represent the best of American culture.
People use this expression when talking about things like blue jeans, baseball and rock-n-roll music. But why use apple pie?"

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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Boris JOHNSON

Boris Johnson is UK's controversial new foreign secretary (July 16, 2016) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"The new British Prime Minister Theresa May has caused a stir around the world with her appointment of the UK's new Foreign Secretary."

(breakingnewsenglish.com)

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