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JANUARY 2016 - PART 6 - NEW SITES


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04/02/2016


2016 SUPER BOWL COMMERCIALS

Watch The 2016 Super Bowl Commercials 
"Here’s a list of advertisers and a roundup of the ads you’ll see in Sunday’s game.
There are lots more to come. We’ll keep updating as new ads are released before and during the game."

(forbes.com)

 

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CARTOON

Cartoon: The Emperor's New Clothes - 4 February 2016
BACKGROUND + THE CARTOON + COMMENTARY + ALSO SEE + Related articles 

(englishblog.com)

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DEATH PENALTY

US state Georgia executes its oldest death row inmate - 3 February 2016
"The US state of Georgia has executed its oldest death row inmate, a 72-year-old man...
Georgia has executed about 60 people since 1976, and has dozens of people on death row."

(BBC)

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MIGRANTS

Thousands rally Australia-wide against offshore detention of asylum seekers - Article + Photos - 4 February 2016
"Thousands protest against high court decision allowing asylum seekers, including children, to be sent back to offshore detention."

(theguardian.com)

From International Organization for Migration:
(iom.int)



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THE ISLAMIC STATE

Isil recruiting migrant 'army of the poor' with $1,000 sign-up bonuses - Article + Photos + Videos + FAQ - 1 February 2016
"Exclusive: Terror group paying impoverished Africans from Sudan, Nigeria and Chad to join its new chapter in Gaddafi's home city of Sirte."

(telegraph.co.uk)

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DAVOS

Davos Explores World's Pressing Issues - Text + Audio - 24 January 2016
"World leaders, businessmen and activists meet in Switzerland to discuss economic and other pressing issues.
This year, oil prices and China’s economic slowdown raised concerns. Technology is always a major subject,
but delegates also spoke about inequality and concerns about refugees."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

Davos (RomanshTavau (help·info), archaic Italian: Tavate, local German pronunciation [daˈfoːs],[3] German pronunciation [daˈvoːs][4])
"is a municipality in the district of Prättigau/Davos in the canton of Graubünden,Switzerland...
Davos is host to the World Economic Forum (WEF), an annual meeting of global political and business elites (often referred to simply as Davos)
and the home of one of Switzerland's biggest ski resorts. "

(Wikipedia)

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ANIMALS

Nearly 700 Sick Animals Rescued From Shelter - Text + Audio + Video - 2 February 2016
"Close to 700 dogs, cats, horses and pigs were rescued from a shelter in North Carolina.
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is working with North Carolina to remove and rehab the animals."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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HEALTH

Zika virus could affect 4 million people (February 02, 2016) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"The World Health Organisation has warned that the Zika virus outbreak in Latin America could turn into a global pandemic."

(breakingnewsenglish.com)

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SHAKESPEARE

Shakespeare and comedy - a lesson
"This lesson provides students with an introduction to the features of Shakespearean comedy, highlighting the similarities
between what contemporary audiences find funny and Shakespeare’s humour."

Level: B2+
Time: 90 minutes

(teachingenglish.org.uk)

A Midsummer Night's Dream - Animation + Activities + Games
"What will happen to Demetrius, Hermia, Lysander and Helena in the fairy forest? Watch and find out!
A Midsummer Night's Dream is one of our 'Shakespeare Lives' videos, which tell the stories of some of William Shakespeare's most famous plays."

(learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org)

William Shakespeare - Animation + Activities + Games
"Do you know how many plays Shakespeare wrote? Watch and find out!
William Shakespeare is one of our 'Shakespeare Lives' videos, about his life and some of his most famous plays."

(learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org)

Join us for events and activities celebrating Shakespeare’s work.
" In 2016 we're marking the 400th anniversary of his death."

(shakespearelives.org)

Eileen Atkins as Emilia in Othello: ‘If wives do fall’ – video
"Eileen Atkins speaks Emilia’s lines from Othello, act IV scene 3. Emilia, Iago’s wife, counsels Desdemona on marriage and fidelity."

(theguardian.com)

 

 

Roger Allam as King Lear: ‘Blow, winds, and crack your cheeks’ – video
"Roger Allam plays King Lear in act III, scene 2 of the tragedy. Lear is on the heath during a symbolic storm.
The ageing king curses the weather and his daughters, and laments his frailty."

(theguardian.com)

 

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AD

HEINZ Ketchup Game Day 2016 Hot Dog Commercial | "Wiener Stampede" - Extended Cut
(YouTube)

 

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ONLINE SAFETY

Online safety for teenagers - a lesson
"This lesson addresses the topic of online safety in a motivating way, allowing students to discuss issues, share their opinions and ideas
and then do some online activities to finish the lesson or as a homework task."

Time: 50-60 minutes
(teachingenglish.org.uk)

Online safety - a quiz
"Do you know how to keep you and your friends safe online? Try this quiz and see how much you really know about online safety."

(learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org)

Internet safety - Games
(learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org)

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SCHOOL

Conflict Keeps 24 Million Children Out of School - VIDEO - 3 February 2016
(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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SPORTS

Trending Today: Puppy Bowl - Text + Audio - 3 February 2016
"There are two big games on Sunday: the Super Bowl, and the Puppy Bowl.
On Wednesday, Animal Planet announced the starting lineup for the 2016 Puppy Bowl. Fifty puppies will “play” in the game.
They are from animal shelters, and are available for adoption. Each one is in need of a good home." 

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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SLAVERY

Story of 1831 Slave Rebellion Holds Message for Today - Text + Audio + Video - 3 February 2016
"The new movie, “The Birth of a Nation,” was a long time in creation. The film created a buzz at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.
It tells the story of Nat Turner, a slave who grew up to lead a rebellion in the state of Virginia in 1831."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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US ELECTIONS

US Elections -- How do they work?
"This 5 minute video introduces A Level Government and Politics students to the key features of elections, democracy and representation in the USA."

(YouTube)

 

 

US Presidential Election explained
(YouTube)
Thanks to Charlotte Baud (Ac. Rouen)

 

 

US election 2016: How does it all work? - Article + Video - 25 January 2016
"In January 2017, the most powerful nation on earth will have a new leader, after a drawn out and expensive campaign
- but how does a US presidential election work?"

(BBC)

On to New Hampshire for US Presidential Candidates - Text + Audio - 3 February 2016
"Iowa voters surprised political experts this week.
Most Republican Party voters expressed support for one of three candidates: Ted Cruz, Donald Trump and Marco Rubio.
No Democratic candidate won a clear majority. The near tie between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders signals a long contest ahead."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

Cruz Over Trump, While Dems in Dead Heat - Text + Audio - 2 February 2016
"The Iowa vote finished with Ted Cruz as the leader in the Republican primary caucus race.
Among Democrats, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders were only slightly apart when the polling was counted after midnight.
The Iowa caucus, or primary, is the first in the U.S. for a final election in November."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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SYNONYMS

20 Words Meaning “Being or Existing in the Past”
(dailywritingtips.com)

Sadness and regret
"The SMART Thesaurus shows synonyms, related words and phrases that make up this topic."

(dictionary.cambridge.org)
Thanks to Sophie Bonfils (Ac. Lyon)

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03/02/2016


US ELECTION 2016

Who are Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio? - 2 February 2016
"Rising stars of Republican party who defied Iowa pollsters are being likened to another young senator in a hurry – Barack Obama."

(theguardian.com)

 

US election: Trump dealt blow by Cruz in Iowa vote - 2 February 2016
"Texas Senator Ted Cruz has won the Iowa Republican caucuses, in the first vote of the US presidential campaign."

(BBC)

US election: Winners and losers after Iowa vote - 2 February 2016
"The races for the Republican and Democratic presidential nominations are taking shaping now that Iowans have had their say."

(BBC)

US Election 2016 explained - VIDEO - 2 February 2016
"The primaries, caucus states, conventions and the electoral college system explained in our handy guide to the 2016 US presidential election."

(telegraph.co.uk)


"There are plenty of Republican candidates running in the primaries,
while Hillary Clinton dominates the Democrats."

 

US election 2016: Three things Ted Cruz says - VIDEO - 29 January 2016
"If you've been unable to make to Iowa to see Ted Cruz in person, don't worry, we've got you covered.
As part of our Three Things They Say series, here's a 60-second summary of the Republican candidate's stump speech."

(BBC)

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THE ENGLISH BLOG

 

Video: Primary Elections Explained
COMMENT + ALSO SEE + Related articles 
(englishblog.com)

 

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Ad of the Day: Renault Tyres
COMMENT + LESSON IDEAS
+ SAMPLE DESCRIPTION + Related articles

(englishblog.com)

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Cartoon: The Zika Virus and the Rio Olympics
- 1 February 2016
BACKGROUND + THE CARTOON + EXPLANATION
+ ALSO SEE + Related articles 

((englishblog.com)

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App of the Day: Newsela News Reader
DESCRIPTION + COMMENT + Related articles 
(englishblog.com)

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Video: Milkman retires after delivering 10 million pints of milk
in 43 years

- 2 February 2016
+ LESSON IDEAS + TRANSCRIPT
+ ALSO SEE + Related articles 
(englishblog.com)

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CYBER-LANGUES 2016

MESSAGE de Laurence BERNARD (Ac. Martinique) :

La 16ème édition du colloque Cyber-Langues 2016 se joint cette année à l’université d’été Ludovia.
Le colloque se tiendra du mercredi 24 août au vendredi 26 août 2016 à Ax-les-Thermes (Ariège).
Le thème retenu pour cette 16ème édition est "Espace langue, espace temps".
Vous disposez jusqu’au 1er mars 2016 pour proposer une communication
sous forme d’atelier, de conférence ou de compte-rendu d’expérience.
Toutes les précisions relatives à l’appel à communication 2016
ainsi que le formulaire de proposition de communication sont en ligne sur notre site.
http://www.cyber-langues.fr/

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GENDER EQUALITY

Wages for Women Lag Years Behind Men - Text + Audio - 1 February 2016
"Women are making progress, but they are still not making as much as men, according to a World Economic Forum report.
Based on current trends, it will take women 126 years to win wage equality, the report’s authors say.
The most equity occurs in Northern European nations."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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HEALTH

WHO Declares Zika a Global Health Emergency - Text + Audio - 1 February 2016
"On Monday, the World Health Organization declared that the spread of the Zika virus is a global health emergency.
The mosquito-borne virus is spreading through the Americas at a worrying rate. There is no treatment for Zika. And a vaccine may be years away."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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BANK

Alexander Hamilton: Father of American Banking - Text + Audio - 1 February 2016
"Alexander Hamilton was not a president, but he was a famous early U.S. leader.
Americans know him as the creator of the national bank, the face (for now) on the $10 bill and as a modern star on Broadway.
His death is also one of the most celebrated stories in U.S. history."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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KIDS / COMMERCIAL

Kids React to Controversial Cheerios Commercial
+ Resource links for more information on racial equality
(YouTube)
Thanks to Valentine Allain

 

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SEAFOOD

Thai seafood industry crackdown sparks arrests - 2 February 2016
"More than 100 people have been arrested in a crackdown on abuses in Thailand's multi-billion dollar seafood industry, officials say."

(BBC)

Forced to fish: Slavery on Thailand's trawlers - 23 January 2014
"Thailand is the third largest exporter of seafood in the world, supplying supermarkets in Europe and America, but it's accused of crewing fishing boats
with Burmese and Cambodian men who've been sold and forced to work as slaves."

(BBC)

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SHAKESPEARE

Shakespeare timeline: follow the plot of the playwright's life - with pictures and videos
"From his birth in Stratford-upon-Avon to family tragedy, friendship with the monarch and success at the Globe,
explore the twists and turns in Shakespeare’s own story."

(theguardian.com)

Shakespeare Solos: peer into the minds of Lear, Hamlet and Titania - with VIDEOS
"The Guardian’s new series of performance videos catch the intricate thought processes behind Shakespeare’s lines."

(theguardian.com)

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ISIS

Putin is strengthening Isis in Syria, says UK foreign secretary - Article + Photo + Video - 2 February 2016
"‘Everything we are doing is being undermined by the Russians,’ says Philip Hammond on visit to Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan."

(theguardian.com)

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WORD OF THE MONTH

The word of the month: ODD
(thewordofthemonth.com)

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SONGS

The Paper Kites - Bloom 
(YouTube)
The lyrics are below the video on YouTube.
"Shall I write it in a letter?
Shall I try to get it down?
Oh you fill my head with pieces
Of a song I can't get out

Can I be close to you..."

 

 

Creep - Vintage Postmodern Jukebox Radiohead Cover ft. Haley Reinhart
"One of the highlights of our recent European tour was Haley Reinhart's masterful interpretation of our vintage arrangement of Radiohead's "Creep"
(originally performed on this channel by the amazing Karen Marie). I enjoyed it so much that I brought Haley into a studio in Zurich on our day off to record it.
If you haven't heard Haley sing this before, get ready for a truly remarkable performance. Oh yeah- and this was the very first take."

(YouTube)

 

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VALENTINE'S DAY

E.L.L. Practice + Prompt | Looking Forward to Valentine’s Day by Larry Ferlazzo - a lesson plan
(learning.blogs.nytimes.com)

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PIERS

World’s Most Beautiful And Outstanding Piers
(amusingplanet.com)

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MIGRANTS

'It has reached boiling point' - VIDEO - 2 February 2016
(BBC)

German pensioners 'attacked by migrants after defending young woman' - 2 February 2016
"Shocking footage appears to show migrants attacking two pensioners who try to protect a woman after she spurned one of the men's advances."
+ VIDEO: Refugees in Europe - by numbers
(telegraph.co.uk)

Australian migration to NZ hits new high - 2 February 2016
"More people are moving from Australia to New Zealand than vice versa for the first time in 24 years, officials say."
(BBC)

David Miliband calls for 1m work permits for Syrian refugees - 2 February 2016
"Former foreign secretary urges lifting of ‘legal and financial barriers’ that prevent refugees in Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey from working."

(theguardian.com)

Refugees in Middle East 'need jobs and schooling' to ease migration crisis - 29 January 2016
"UK’s international development secretary Justine Greening pushes for plan to persuade refugees to stay nearer home, ahead of key conference."
(theguardian.com)

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ELEPHANTS

Elephants are being killed on a massive scale. There is a way to stop this - 1 February 2016
"As a pilot is shot down trying to stop elephant poaching, the extent of big game slaughter is becoming clear. But we must get to the cause of the problem."
(theguardian.com)

Unemployed, Myanmar’s Elephants Grow Antsy, and Heavier - Video + Slide show - 30 January 2016
"Now the future of the 5,500 or so wrinkled pachyderms in captivity is a major preoccupation for the government officials who oversee them."

(nytimes.com)
Thanks to Sophie Bonfils (Ac. Lyon)

 

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THE OREGON TRAIL

The Oregon Trail - a worksheet (docx) created by Katie Jourdan (Ac. Versailles):
"Voici une fiche pour travailler sur le documentaire The Oregon Trail and The Donner Party disponible sur youtube.
Je ne travaille que les 3 premières minutes car je préfère éviter la partie où ils expliquent que la famille Donner est tombée dans le canibalisme pour survivre."

- Niveau 2nde

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ONOMATOPOEIA

Onomatopoeia - VIDEO
(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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LESSON PLANS

The present - a lesson plan
"This ELT lesson plan is designed around a moving short film byJacob Frey titled The Present and the theme of teenagers.
Students practice adjectives related to character and teenagers, watch the start of a short film, write a narrative and discuss the film."

Language level: Pre-intermediate (A2) –Intermediate (B1)<
Time: 90 minutes

Topic: Teenagers and disability
(film-english.com)

 

Despicable Me 2: Intonation Practice - a lesson
"Inspired by The British Council definitions of intonation. This activity is for the teachers to boost and foster the teaching of intonation in their lessons..."
(moviesegmentstoassessgrammargoals.blogspot.fr)

 

Soar - a lesson plan
"This ELT lesson plan is designed around a delightful short film by Alyce Tzue titled Soar, and the theme of flying.
Students listen to a description of a scene, visualise it, predict what is going to happen next, write a narrative, watch a short film and discuss it."

Language level: Pre-intermediate (A2) – Upper Intermediate (B1)
Time: 90 minutes
Language: Vocabulary related to flying and planes, and present simple

(film-english.com)

 

Taking Pictures - a lesson plan
"This ELT lesson plan is designed around a short film by Simon Taylor titled Taking Pictures and the theme of photos.
Students learn and practise vocabulary related to photos, describe a photo, listen to a description of a photo, and talk about photos."

Language level: Elementary (A1) –Pre-intermediate (A2)
Time: 60 minutes
Language: Present continuous and vocabulary related to photos

(film-english.com)

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MODELS

These Models Make Money with Hands, Feet - Text + Audio + Video - 24 January 2016
"Famous models are known for their beautiful faces and figures.
But there is another specialized area of modeling, where feet, hands, earlobes, eyes, lips and hair are the best features."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

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01/02/2016


GROUNDHOG

Groundhog Day explained - in 60 seconds - VIDEO
"As Groundhog Day 2016 fast approaches, we look at the Pennsylvania tradition's backstory and its cultural impact."

(telegraph.co.uk)

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CRIME

Anticipation image and crime vocabulary
(essueur.free.fr)

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CATS

Keeping your cat happy indoors - infographic
(terrysfabrics.co.uk)

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CASTLES

24 of Britain’s Best Castles - with photos
(madefrom.com)


Warwick Castle, Warwickshire

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AD

Facebook TV Ad
"Let's get Facebook to run on clean, safe, renewable energy!"

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FAMOUS COUPLES

Famous Couples in History
(geni.com)

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CHILD LABOUR

Nestlé admits slavery in Thailand while fighting child labour lawsuit in Ivory Coast - 1 February 2016
"The company has won plaudits for its admission of forced labour in the Thai seafood industry but much of the supply chain remains hidden."

(theguardian.com)

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KEN

Realistic Barbie's New Boyfriend: Dad Bod Ken
(neatorama.com)

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TOUGH GUY CHALLENGE

Tough Guy challenge 2016 – in pictures - 1 February 2016
"The annual event, which started in 1987, raises money for charity and challenges thousands of international competitors
with a cross-country run followed by an assault course of obstacles including water, fire and tunnels."

(theguardian.com)

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US ELECTION 2016

US election 2016: Do Brits or Americans understand terms? - 1 February 2016
"As the race to become US president gathers pace, politicians and commentators are increasingly using certain terms and phrases.
But do people really understand what words such as caucus and ticket mean?
BBC News asked people in London to give their answers, and then tested New Yorkers on whether they could explain."

(BBC)

 

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A NEW PAGE:

GAP YEAR

ACTIVITIES POWERPOINT PRESENTATIONS
CARTOONS VIDEOS
INFOGRAPHIC WHAT IS A GAP YEAR?
LISTENING  

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MIGRANTS

Ai Weiwei poses as drowned Syrian infant refugee in 'haunting' photo - 1 February 2016
"Chinese artist recreates photo of Alan Kurdi by lying face-down on a pebbled beach on the Greek island of Lesbos
as part of a series of projects engaging with the refugee crisis."

(theguardian.com)

British citizens living alongside their families in squalor of Dunkirk - Article + Photos + Video - 31January 2016
"In a tent city in France, two men with UK passports are prevented from coming home with their wives and children."
(theguardian.com)

Migrants Cower as Raids Target Illegal Immigrants - Text + Audio + Video - 31January 2016
"An 8-year-old girl describes what it was like when federal agents entered her home looking for illegal immigrants.
She said the agents searched her home, but did not find a family member hiding in a bedroom with her three boys."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

Allowing four Syrian refugees into UK 'may set limited precedent' - 29January 2016
"Ruling by immigration judges says similar cases following that of young asylum seekers will be possible but rare."

(theguardian.com)

The world must work together to help solve the refugee crisis - 28January 2016
(theguardian.com)

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