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13/11/2017

CELEBRATIONS in NOVEMBER

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05 - Bonfire Night (Guy Fawkes Day)
08 - International Tongue Twister Day
12 - Veterans' Day / Remembrance Day / Poppy Day
16 - International Day for Tolerance
19 - World Toilet Day
20 - Universal Children's Day
21 - World Television Day
22 - John F. Kennedy's Assassination Day
23 - Thanksgiving
24 - Black Friday
24 - Buy Nothing Day
25 - International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
30 - Saint Andrew's Day

 


EARTHQUAKE

Iran-Iraq border earthquake is deadliest of 2017 - with pictures and a video - 13 November 2017
"A huge rescue effort is under way after a powerful earthquake struck Iran's mountainous border with Iraq, killing more than 400 people and injuring more than 7,000."

+ Latest images of aftermath
+ 'My aunt, cousin and my cousin's children died'

+ Video: Moment Iran-Iraq quake hits Darbandikhan Dam control room
(BBC)

 

Iran-Iraq earthquake: Hundreds killed as border region hit - with pictures and a video - 13 November 2017
"A 7.3-magnitude earthquake has shaken the northern border region between Iran and Iraq, killing at least 396 people and injuring thousands more."

+ Latest images of aftermath
+ The world's deadliest earthquakes

+ Video: A Kurdish TV channel was live on air during the earthquake
(BBC)

Iran-Iraq earthquake: death toll climbs to more than 400 - with pictures and videos - 13 November 2017
"Rescuers battle to find survivors trapped under collapsed buildings after the 7.3 magnitude quake."
+ Iran-Iraq earthquake survivor: ’We could see the house collapsing’ – video report

+ CCTV shows moment earthquake hits Iran-Iraq border – video
+ Live TV interview interrupted by Iran-Iraq quake - video'
(theguardian.com)

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REMEMBRANCE DAY

Remembrance Day around the world – in pictures - 11 November 2017
"From Sydney to London, the world marks the 99th anniversary of the end of the first world war and remembers those who have lost their lives in conflict."

(theguardian.com)

Queen and Royal Family mark Armistice Day by attending remembrance services at home and overseas - wih pictures and a video - 11 November 2017
(telegraph.co.uk)

America Celebrates Veterans Day - Text + Audio + Pictures - 09 November 2017
"November 11 is Veterans Day in the United States. But because Veterans Day falls on a Saturday this year, Friday, November 10 is a federal holiday.
A “veteran” is anyone who has served in the armed forces. Veterans Day honors the living."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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PARADISE PAPERS

Paradise Papers: who's who in the leak of offshore secrets
with Heads of state and politicians + Companies + Other wealthy individuals
(theguardian.com)

The Guardian view on the Paradise Papers: not all is lost - 10 November 2017

"The tax avoidance revelations have unleashed a demand for reform and social justice. Only a rash government would ignore it."
(theguardian.com)

The Brexiters who put their money offshore - 09 November 2017
"Some of the loudest voices in the debate – many of whom want the UK to be a tax haven – have their own offshore interests."

(theguardian.com)

Trump ally Robert Kraft revealed as longtime owner of offshore firm - 09 November 2017
"The New England Patriots’ billionaire boss is among several major US sports team owners who appear in the Paradise Papers."

(theguardian.com)

Paradise Papers: Oxford and Cambridge invested tens of millions offshore - 08 November 2017
"Funds invested in by the universities include a joint venture to develop oil exploration and deep-sea drilling."

(theguardian.com)

Key revelations from the Paradise Papers - 08 November 2017
"Everything you need to know, from the Queen’s secret offshore investments to Lewis Hamilton’s tax refund on his jet."

(theguardian.com)

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NUCLEAR

Nuclear accident sends 'harmless' radioactive cloud over Europe - 10 November 2017
"French institute says pollution suggests release of nuclear material in Russia or Kazakhstan in September."

(theguardian.com)

How the USSR tested the biggest nuclear bomb in history - Article + Video - 10 November 2017
"The Tsar Bomba was the USSR's response to the nuclear weapons race in the Cold War. But it was far too powerful to use."
(BBC)

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KILLER ROBOTS

Ban on killer robots urgently needed, say scientists - 13 November 2017
"Technology now exists to create autonomous weapons that can select and kill human targets without supervision as UN urged to outlaw them."

(theguardian.com)

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BULLETPROOF PANELS FOR BACKPACKS

This Florida school is selling bulletproof panels for students' backpacks - 07 November 2017
"Florida Christian School is selling bulletproof panels that go inside students' backpacks. The head of school security said he has taught teachers how to instruct students
to use their backpacks to shield themselves in the event of a school shooting."

(cnn.com)

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REFUGEES / IMMIGRANTS

Rohingya children close to starvation amid 'health crisis on an unimaginable scale' - 10 November 2017
‘Rampant malnutrition’ reported following Rohingya exodus from Myanmar to Bangladesh as agencies warn shocking new figures may be tip of the iceberg.
+ Open letter: The Rohingya are facing genocide. We cannot be bystanders

(theguardian.com)

8,000 Syrian refugees settle in UK following public call for action - 09 November 2017
"Vulnerable families grateful for ‘genuine’ welcome, although integration is harder in rural areas – UNHCR study."

(theguardian.com)

Immigrants in Ohio Create a Lively Food Culture - Text + Audio + Pictures + Video - 08 November 2017
"Immigrants and refugees bring ethnic restaurants to central Ohio."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

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ISIS

Iraq begins fight for final IS-held town, Rawa - with pictures - 11 November 2017
"Iraqi forces have launched an offensive to recapture Rawa, the last town controlled by so-called Islamic State."

+ Interactive map: See how the area Isis controls has changed since 2015
+ Is Islamic State losing control of its 'virtual caliphate'?
+ Which countries have fleeing fighters gone to?
+ Video: US-backed forces may be celebrating, but IS has not been defeated

(BBC)

Drone footage shows extent of destruction in Mosul - VIDEO - 11 November 2017
"Drone footage of Mosul shows the destruction the city suffered during the nine months it was controlled by the Isil
and under siege from Iraqi troops and the US-led coalition."

(telegraph.co.uk)

 

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TRUMP

US displays military might near Korea - VIDEO - 13 November 2017
"As President Trump continues his war of words with North Korea, the US continues a military build-up in the region.
Rupert Wingfield-Hayes reports from on board the USS Ronald Reagan in the sea of Japan."

(BBC)

Donald Trump in Asia: US President attends summit in Vietnam, in pictures (38 pictures) - 10 November 2017
(telegraph.co.uk)

US and China find love at last over energy - 09 November 2017
(telegraph.co.uk)

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CLIMATE CHANGE

Fossil fuel burning set to hit record high in 2017, scientists warn - 13 November 2017
"The rise would end three years of flat carbon emissions – a ‘huge leap backward’ say some scientists, while others say the longer term trend is more hopeful."

(theguardian.com)

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PHOTOS

Aerial photographs of Los Angeles and New York – in pictures - 09 November 2017
"Photographer Jeffrey Milstein explores residential and commercial neighbourhoods, parks and recreation spots,
and industrial districts of LA and New York using a high-resolution camera from a helicopter, in his new book LANY (Thames & Hudson)."

(theguardian.com)


432 Park Avenue, New York

Beverly Hills, Los Angeles County

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TRUMP / CHINA / NORTH KOREA

Trump China visit: US leader strikes warmer tone with Xi Jinping - with pictures and videos - 09 November 2017
"US President Donald Trump has lavished praise on Chinese leader Xi Jinping, a marked contrast to his previous criticism of China
on the flashpoint issues of North Korea and trade."

+ Video: Trump spoke about North Korea and US-China trade
+ Trump says trade deficit not China's fault
+ Trump, China and Twitter - what's going on?
+ Trump vs Xi: The two men compared
+ Watch: Chinese citizens describe America in one phrase

+ Video: Why the US president keeps mentioning Indo-Pacific
(BBC)

Donald Trump heaps praise on China and blames US for trade deficit - wih pictures and a video - 09 November 2017
"US president says he does not blame rival economy ‘for taking advantage’ of his predecessors, and is confident Beijing will defuse threat from North Korea."

(theguardian.com)

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LESSON PLAN

Screen time before bed is bad for children (November 08, 2017) - a lesson plan with AUDIO.
"New research shows that it is bad for children to watch TV, tablet or mobile phone screens before bedtime."

Try the same news story at these easier levels: Screen Time - Level 0Screen Time - Level 1  or  Screen Time - 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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CHRISTMAS ADVERTS

Watch John Lewis's Christmas advert with Moz the monster under the bed
+ At a glance John Lewis Christmas adverts
(telegraph.co.uk)

 

 

John Lewis Christmas Ad Parody 2017
"One little monster isn’t happy about the John Lewis Christmas advert."

(YouTube)


John Lewis Christmas Advert 2017 - Early Leak
(YouTube)


Retailers launch their 2017 Christmas adverts - which is your favourite? - with VIDEOS
(telegraph.co.uk)

M&S Christmas TV Ad 2017 | Paddington & The Christmas Visitor #LoveTheBear
(YouTube)

 


Asda Christmas 2017 Advert
(YouTube)

 


Free From - Morrisons Christmas Advert 2017
"Our Christmas adverts tell the story of three families and highlight the skills of our foodmakers and shopkeepers."

 

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MOVIE WEEPIES

The 20 manliest movie weepies ever made
(telegraph.co.uk)

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ANIMATED SHORT FILM

Here’s the plan - Animated Short Film
"A married cat-dog couple of cupcake bakers dream of opening their own bakery. One day their oven breaks and they have to postpone their dream
in order to earn money and replace it. Somewhere down the line, they drift apart from their dream and from themselves."

(vimeo.com)

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POCAHONTAS

The True Story of Pocahontas - Text + Audio + Pictures
"There are many versions of the life of Pocahontas, the United States’ most famous Native American. However many of them are likely not true."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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MALARIA

Malaria breathalyzer test could help millions (November 10, 2017) - A lesson plan with AUDIO
"Scientists have developed a breathalyzer to test people for malaria."

Try the same news story at these easier levels: Malaria Test - Level 4  or  Malaria Test - 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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Sarah Orne JEWETT

'A White Heron,' by Sarah Orne Jewett - Text + Audio + Pictures + Quiz
"Our story today, "A White Heron," is about a 9-year-old girl named Sylvie who moves from the city to live with her grandmother in the countryside of Vermont.
Young Sylvie faces a very important decision when she is asked to choose between money and the freedom of a beautiful wild creature."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

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Richard NIXON

Richard Nixon: Resigned - Text + Audio + Pictures + 2 Video (One of them is slower) + Listening quiz
(learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

 

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08/11/2017


EARTHQUAKES

Mexico City Now Sends Earthquake Warnings to Phones - Text + Audio - 07 November 2017
"Mexico City is adding earthquakes to the system it uses to warn citizens about disasters.
They can receive these warnings and other information on their smartphones."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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CLIMATE CHANGE

US Stands Alone on Paris Agreement - Text + Audio - 07 November 2017
(learningenglish.voanews.com)


A globe with the national flags hangs in one of the pavilions
at the UN Climate Conference in Bonn, Germany, Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017.

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LESSON

Anti-bullying - a lesson
"The lesson can be used for Anti-Bullying Week (13-17 November) or as a stand-alone lesson.
Students will learn about the problem of bullies and how to behave if you are a bystander.
Students discuss their own attitudes towards bullying and read two texts.
As a further optional activity, students prepare a poster for an anti-bullying campaign."

(teachingenglish.org.uk)

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BEST WEBSITES TO LEARN ENGLISH

Best Websites to Learn English
"Whether you are learning English as a second language or trying to polish your already adequate grammar and style skills, the seven websites below can help..."

(dailywritingtips.com)

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NORTH KOREA

Trump warns North Korea's Kim Jong-un: 'Don't try us' - 08 November 2017
"In a speech in South Korea, US president tells Pyongyang it will face disaster unless leader abandons his nuclear ambitions."

(theguardian.com)

Trump lands in China for talks with Xi amid N Korea tensions - 08 November 2017
"US President Donald Trump has landed in China for talks likely to be dominated by tensions over North Korea."

+ How Trump's Asia trip will unfold
+ Trump vs Xi: The two men compared

+ Video: The BBC asked Chinese citizens to describe America in one phrase
+ What Trump said about North Korea
+ Video: Trump to N Korea: 'Your weapons are not making you safer'

(BBC)

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PARADISE PAPERS

From Harvey Weinstein to Shakira, the celebrities with offshore interests - 08 November 2017
"Martha Stewart, Madonna and Nicole Kidman are among those named in leaked Paradise Papers documents."

(theguardian.com)


Clockwise from top left: Shakira, Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban,
Justin Timberlake, Martha Stewart, Harvey Weinstein and Madonna.

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FLYING TAXIS

Uber signs contract with Nasa to develop flying taxi software - 08 November 2017
"Ambitious plans for electric drone-like flying cabs take step forward as Uber announces plans to test flights in LA in 2020."

(theguardian.com)


Uber’s vision for flying taxis could be a reality in 2020.

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TRANSPORTATION

Top 10 future transportation that will blow your mind - 10 July 2017
"Planes, trains, and automobiles may have carried us through the 20th century, but these days, they’re old news.
The transportation of the future will be more along the lines of magnetic levitation, jetpacks, and zip lines that fit in a backpack
— and they could be here sooner than you think."

(YouTube)

 

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TRUMP

The cartoon president – Trump has wielded power in comics for years - 08 November 2017
"It’s just 12 months since the Donald took power in the US, but he has long been a figure to reckon with in the cartoon world."

+ Gallery: Trump in the frame
(theguardian.com)

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AIR POLLUTION

Toxic smog chokes New Delhi: Why has a pollution emergency been declared? - 08 November 2017
(telegraph.co.uk)

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07/11/2017


NEWS BULLETIN - AUDIO

5x5 bulletin for Thursday 2 November: Listen to today's essential news from the Telegraph
"In the Telegraph's 5x5 bulletin for today, November 2nd 2017, Theresa May’s Government has a shake-up after Michael Fallon quits as Defence Secretary,
the Bank of England has raised interest rates for the first time in a decade, Spain has sought an arrest warrant for Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont,
Blind Runner relies on app to get him through NY Marathon and Dustin Hoffman faces second allegation of sexual harassment."

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AIR POLLUTION

Delhi residents panic as 'deadly smog' returns - 07 November 2017
"Panic has gripped the Indian capital, Delhi, as residents woke up to a blanket of thick grey smog on Tuesday.
Visibility is poor as pollution levels reached 30 times the World Health Organization's recommended limit in some areas."

(BBC)

Delhi doctors declare pollution emergency as smog chokes city - 07 November 2017
"Levels of the most dangerous PM2.5 fine pollutants are off the scale in some areas of India’s capital."

(theguardian.com)


A family in Delhi ride through the thick smog.

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FAKE NEWS

Fake news is 'very real' word of the year for 2017 - 02 November 2017
"Donald Trump’s apocryphal invention, which dates back to the noughties, takes title in dictionary’s annual reckoning of the most-used new expressions.
“Fake news” has acquired a certain legitimacy after being named word of the year by Collins, following what the dictionary called its “ubiquitous presence”
over the last 12 months."

(theguardian.com)

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SAMHUINN FIRE FESTIVAL

In pictures: Revellers celebrate Samhuinn Fire Festival - 01 November 2017
"The Samhuinn Fire Festival lit up Edinburgh's skies on Monday night with a procession of fire, dance, and drumming down the Royal Mile.
Thousands of spectators gathered to mark Halloween with one of the city's open-air festivals, which celebrates Scotland's heritage by reviving the Celtic New Year."

(BBC)

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PARADISE PAPERS

'Paradise Papers' Show Secret Wealth of Officials, Famous People - Text + Audio + Pictures - 06 November 2017
"The leaked documents mainly come from the company Appleby.
They show how many officials, wealthy people and leaders have hidden their money in places with low or no taxes."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

Need for transparency about offshore investments underlined by Paradise Papers - 06 November 2017
"Readers’ reactions to an investigation into offshore tax havens that has revealed details of the Queen’s investments, among others."

(theguardian.com)


Where the big money goes? Grand Cayman.


Paradise Papers: Everything you need to know about the leak - with pictures and a video - 06 November 2017
+ Video: Paradise Papers: How to hide your cash offshore
(BBC)

Paradise Papers: Wilbur Ross says 'nothing improper' about Russia links - 06 November 2017
"Donald Trump's commerce secretary says there is "nothing improper" about his business links to Russian figures who are currently under US sanctions."

+ Tax haven secrets of ultra-rich exposed
+ Are we taming offshore finance?
+ Tax revelations hit Trudeau fundraiser
+ Video: Ex-US sanctions policy co-ordinator Daniel Fried says it would be a mistake for any US official to do business with Sibur

(BBC)

Peter Schrank on the Paradise Papers – cartoon - 06 November 2017
(theguardian.com)




17 things you didn't know about Panama, the world's happiest tax haven - 03 November 2017
(telegraph.co.uk)

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Osama BIN LADEN

The CIA just released Osama Bin Laden's journal and other documents from the 2011 raid in Pakistan - 01 November 2017
"On Wednesday, the CIA released a trove of documents recovered from the 2011 raid on Osama Bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan,
including the former Al Qaeda leader's personal journal...
Included in the CIA release are scans of Bin Laden's personal journal, videos, audio files, his correspondence, and hundreds of other documents almost exclusively in Arabic, which have been revealed an attempt to "provide material relevant to understanding the plans and workings of terrorist organizations"."

(businessinsider.fr)

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NORTH KOREA

Trump urges N Korea to 'come to table' over nuclear issue - 07 November 2017
"US President Donald Trump has urged North Korea to "come to the table" and discuss giving up its nuclear weapons."

(BBC)

North Korea's nuclear test site is 'a wasteland with deformed babies' - with pictures - 07 November 2017
(telegraph.co.uk)

Trump: Japan could shoot down North Korean missiles - with pictures - 06 November 2017
"US President Donald Trump has said Japan could shoot North Korean missiles "out of the sky" with military equipment bought from the US."

+ Trump vows to tackle N Korea on Asia trip
+ N Korea: Where is the war of words heading?
+ North Korea crisis explained in 300 words

+ What does Asia want from Donald Trump?
+ Trump in Asia: A beginner's guide

(BBC)

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ISIS

Gunmen storm Kabul TV station in attack claimed by Isis - 07 November 2017
"Shamshad TV resumes broadcasting in act of defiance moments after special forces retake building."

(theguardian.com)

IS loses Deir al-Zour in Syria and al-Qaim in Iraq on same day - with pictures , maps and videos - 03 November 2017
+ Video: 'We would rather be killed by IS than be here' - the humanitarian crisis unfolding in Syria
+ What should happen to IS fighters in Syria and Iraq?
+ The rapid rise and fall of 'Islamic State'

+ Video: US-backed forces may be celebrating, but IS has not been defeated
(BBC)

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REFUGEES

UN increases pressure on Myanmar to end violence against Rohingya - 07 November 2017
"Council expresses ‘grave concern’ over human rights violations in a statement that was watered down by China."

(theguardian.com)

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MEXICANS

What happens to Mexicans returned from US? - with pictures - 01 November 2017
"Hundreds of thousands of Mexicans are deported to their home country each year from the United States.
The Trump administration's pressure on undocumented young migrants - the so-called "Dreamers" - could mean many more coming home."

(BBC)

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THE QUEEN

Mapped: The 108 shops around the world where the Queen gets her groceries - 03 November 2017
(telegraph.co.uk)

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GENDER EQUALITY

Mapped: The best (and worst) countries for gender equality - 04 November 2017
(telegraph.co.uk)

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ROBOT

Sony brings its AI-infused robotic dog Aibo back from the dead - 01 November 2017
"Japanese firm looks to rekindle its innovative spirit with reboot of pioneering robot pet after nearly a decade on hold."

(theguardian.com)

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VIDEO GAME

Call of Duty: WW2 review | An explosive, surprising return to its roots - with a video - 06 November 2017
(telegraph.co.uk)

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FORT KNOX

Fort Knox: The Bullion Depository - an infographic
(storagecentres.co.uk)

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MOVIES

The Best Movie Rooftop Confrontations - an infographic
(rubberbond.co.uk)

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TEXAS CHURCH SHOOTING

Police, Public Search for Motive in Latest US Mass Shooting - Text + Audio + Pictures - 06 November 2017
"A 26-year-old man fired on people at a church on Sunday, killing 26. His motive – like that of the man who killed 58 people in Las Vegas last month – is uncertain."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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BOOKS

Top 10 Websites for Book Lovers
"There is something magical about reading books. Whether you like fiction or non-fiction, fantasy or sci-fi, there are many books out there.
Still, it isn’t always easy to make a trip to the bookstore or library to find that specific book that you are looking for.
If you find yourself itching for a new read, reviews, or discussion, here are 10 websites that every book lover should check out."

(dailywritingtips.com)

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