The Statistic

16th August, 2018
Number of news organisations which are set to publis editorials on 16th August, 2018, pushing back against US President Donald Trump's attacks on the media and defending freedom of the press: Almost 350
Source: The Guardian

 

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Moments

16th August, 2018
KILLED: At least 48 people with scores more injured when a suicide bomber detonated a bomb in a tuition centre in the Afghanistan capital of Kabul.
CLIMBING:
 Death toll from the collapse of a highway bridge in Genoa, Italy, to at least 39.
PASSED: In New Zealand, a law banning sales of existing houses to foreigners in a bid to make homes more affordable.

 

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Essays

In an article first published by the Thomson Reuters Foundation, JAN EGELAND, secretary general of the Norwegian Refugee Council, reflects on the dangers aid workers are facing in countries like South Sudan...

In an article first published on The Conversation, Professor JOCK COLLINS, of the University of Technology Sydney, and Professor CAROL REID, of Western Sydney University, report on the findings of a study looking at how newly arrived refugees have settled in Queensland...

US professor of religion MARK SILK, in an article first published on Religion News Service, looks at what role religion will play in the upcoming US midterm elections...

They Said It

"We should all get together for a weight loss competition; for an entire year, so when we meet the following year we will weigh in again and see who has lost the most."
- Tongan Prime Minister Akilisi Pohiva in comments made to a local newspaper, The Samoa Observer, in which he's suggested Pacific nation leaders should hold a year-long weight loss competition to set a good example for their countries (as quoted on the ABC).

 

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This Week on the Web

15th August, 2018
The single biggest source of refugees in Africa between 2014 and 2016, Eritrea has been likened to countries like Cuba and the former East Germany. This report from The Economist looks at 'Why Eritrea is called Africa's North Korea'...

 

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The Word Explained

13th August, 2018
Absolve: To release from blame and the consequences of a given behaviour.

 

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