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Arrests, Dismissals Continue under Presidential Powers in Turkey – VOA Learning English (Feb 17, 2017)

This week, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan signed into law constitutional changes designed to give him strong, wide powers. The reforms are being hotly debated. Supporters say they will strengthen democracy. Opponents say the reforms could lead to dictatorship. Turks … Continue reading

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Disagreements in Everyday Conversation – VOA Learning English (Feb 16, 2017)

For VOA Learning English, this is Everyday Grammar. Imagine that you are walking down the street in an American city. You might hear short conversations as you pass people. One such short conversation might sound like this: A: Should we … Continue reading

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Dubai to Launch Self-Flying Air Taxi by July – VOA Learning English (Feb 16, 2017)

Dubai officials say they plan to use Chinese-made drones to launch a self-flying air taxi as soon as July. The Chinese-made EHang 184 drone has four propeller wings. It is designed to carry one passenger – weighing up to 100 … Continue reading

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Killing in Malaysia Seen as Evidence of North Korea’s Illegal Acts – VOA Learning English (Feb 16, 2017)

The apparent assassination of the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has increased support for critics of the country’s government. Those critics accuse North Korea of being a state that operates outside the law. They say the government … Continue reading

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Expanded Panama Canal Still Facing Problems – VOA Learning English (Feb 15, 2017)

Over seven months have passed since Panamanian officials launched an expansion of the world famous Panama Canal. Officials agreed to the expansion so that many of the world’s largest cargo ships could easily pass through the canal. Yet the Associated … Continue reading

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Half-brother of Kim Jong Un Killed in Malaysia – VOA Learning English (Feb 14, 2017)

South Korean media say the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has been killed in Malaysia. A South Korean government official said that Kim Jong Nam was killed Monday, the Yonhap news agency reported. The official did not … Continue reading

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Russia Looks to Tillerson after Flynn Resignation – VOA Learning English (Feb 14, 2017)

Russian officials hope the new U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will work to improve relations between the two countries despite the resignation of Michael Flynn, the national security advisor. Flynn resigned Monday night following reports that he had not … Continue reading

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Love: A Chemical Explosion in Your Brain – VOA Learning English (Feb 13, 2017)

From VOA Learning English, this is the Health & Lifestyle report. In the United States, February 14 is Valentine’s Day — a day to celebrate lovers and loving relationships. Images of red hearts are everywhere. Lovers say nice things to … Continue reading

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Turkmen President Re-elected with 98 Percent of Vote – VOA Learning English (Feb 13, 2017)

The president of Turkmenistan won re-election with nearly 98 percent of the votes, the country’s election commission reported. President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov was elected to a third term which will last for seven years. He was first elected president in 2006. … Continue reading

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Experts Weigh Influence of China-Led Development Banks – VOA Learning English (Feb 13, 2017)

In a little over one year, Chinese-based development banks have made $3 billion available for projects in a number of countries. Yet some observers question whether the banks will provide support for China’s One Belt, One Road program. It seeks … Continue reading

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