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Thousands Evacuated as Bali Volcano Gets Ready to Erupt

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Mount Agung is a volcano on the popular tourist island of Bali in Indonesia. The volcano is expected to within hours. More than 134,000 people have been to safe areas. They are now far away from the volcano. However, some have to leave. These people do not want to leave their homes.They have to take care of their farms and animals.

On September 28th, steam appeared above Mount Agung. Scientists fear that an eruption could happen soon. The news has tourists from coming to the island. Tourists left on the island say that many shops are closed. They also say that it is not possible to buy fresh fruits or vegetables. Some scientists think that the volcano could erupt in five minutes or five months. They just don’t know.

 

 

Do live in a high risk area for a volcanic eruption?

 

When a volcano explodes or blows out steam and smoke
When people leave a place because of danger
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to make someone afraid

 
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Settlement Reached on Monkey Selfie

A court case over a photo has finally come to an end. Many find the case interesting because a monkey took the photo. It was a . The dispute is over who has the rights to the photo: the monkey or the owner of the camera.

In 2011, a photographer was on an island in Indonesia. He was taking pictures of wildlife. A monkey pressed the button on the camera. The monkey’s name is Naruto. In the picture, the monkey looks as if he is smiling.

After that the photo went . The photographer was able to earn a lot of money from the photo. But an animal rights group says that the monkey should have the rights to the photo. There was a long legal battle. Finally, an agreement was reached; the photographer will donate a part of the money he has earned to wildlife protection.

 

 

Who should have rights to the photo?

 

This is a picture that you take of yourself.
This means it spread like a virus. It spread very quickly all over the internet.

 
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Hurricane in the Caribbean

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Hurricane Irma has caused extensive damage in the Caribbean. Several people have died. Many have lost their homes. The Caribbean is a region with many islands. Irma hit Puerto Rico, Cuba and many other small island nations. Finally, it hit the US mainland.

In the Caribbean, there are always storms and hurricanes. However, Irma was especially bad. Experts say, there has never been a storm that was so strong for so long. On the island of Barbuda, the hurricane destroyed over 90 percent of the houses. The head of government there says that the whole island is unlivable. He also blamed climate change in his statement.

Just one week earlier, another severe hurricane hit the Texas coast in the US. Record rainfall flooded several cities in the region. At least 80 people died as a result of the storm.

 

 

 
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At 1:15 am, on June 14, a high-rise apartment building in London caught fire. Witnesses reported people being trapped in their apartments yelling for help. Over 200 firefighters were sent to put out the fire. The firefighters rescued people at the 27-storey building. But sadly, many people could not be saved.

Firefighters tried to control the fire on the higher floors but it burned out of control. Officials think there could have been up to 600 people in the building. People living in nearby buildings were evacuated. The reason for the fire was not known but many who escaped said the fire alarm had not been set off by the fire.

Tragically, more than 50 people have died and the death toll is expected to rise. Over 70 people were taken to six hospitals across London. A crowdfunding website has been set up to help the victims at JustGiving.com.

 

 

Which do you live in?

 

 
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Trump Pulls US out of Paris Climate Accord

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Donald Trump has decided to pull the United States out of the Paris Climate Accord. He says the agreement is bad for America and that the rules are too strict. He believes the strict rules cause unemployment in the US. He doesn’t believe that climate change is so serious.

Almost all nations of the world have signed the accord. The goal of the accord is to stop climate change. The signers agreed to emit much less carbon dioxide. CO2 is the main cause of climate change. The US is a big emitter of CO2. Only China emits more carbon dioxide.

There has been much criticism of Mr. Trump’s decision. Leaders around the world say it is really bad for the US to withdraw. They also say that they will continue to follow the agreement. They do not want to renegotiate.

 

 

What do you think of the United State’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord?

 

 
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A Wave of Ransomware Attacks

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Hundreds of thousands of Computers around the world were hijacked last week. In Great Britain the blackmailers attacked 48 hospitals. Doctors had to move or cancel operations. In Spain, a large telephone company was affected. In Germany, computers of the country’s train system were attacked. Security agencies around the world are now investigating the attacks.

The blackmailers used a virus during the attack. After becoming infected with the virus, the computers can no longer recognize data. Next a demand appears on the screen. It tells the owners of the computers to pay blackmail money to remove the virus. Only then do the computers work again.

This kind of attack is called a ransomware attack. They have been increasing rapidly over the past several years.

 

 

Have you ever been hacked?

 

 
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Vote in Turkey

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People voted for a new constitution in Turkey last week. As a result, the president of the country gains much more power. The president’s opponents are saying that the election was fake.

The President of Turkey is Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Erdogan has wanted a presidential system for his country for a long time. In the new presidential system, the president can decide many things by himself. The parliament in Turkey will become much weaker than before.

The vote was very close. Nearly half of the citizens voted no. Many people worry that Erdogan has become too powerful. They fear that Erdogan will become a dictator. A dictator is a leader of a country who has control over everything.

The opposition in Turkey also says that the election was fake. They claim many ballots were not in order. International observers also say that there were problems with the election.

 

 

Do you think your country is a true democracy?

 

 

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Brexit Process Begins

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It’s official. Soon, Great Britain will no longer be a member of the European Union. Many people call Great Britain’s exit from the EU “Brexit.” It’s the first time for a country to leave the EU.

The country’s withdrawal will not take place immediately. Leaders from the UK and the EU still have a lot to discuss. They must decide on many rules for the exit. It will take two years to complete.

There are many controversial issues. For example, it’s not clear how much money Great Britain still owes to the EU. Politicians in the UK will have to rewrite many laws. People from other EU countries will no longer be able to live and work there without visas. New trade deals will have to be drawn up. And many people are now wondering if Scotland and Northern Ireland will try to leave the U.K.

Many EU politicians find it unfortunate that Britain does not want to stay. Some have even said that it’s a big mistake. President Donald Tusk of the European Union gave a speech to the press about the withdrawal. He called it a sad day and ended his speech by saying, “We already miss you.”

 
 

Was Brexit a good idea?
 
 

 
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Norway to Build World’s First Tunnel for Ships

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There are tunnels for cars, tunnels for trains, tunnels for pedestrians, but now Norway has a plan to build the first ever tunnel for large ships. The tunnel will be built in the west of the country for large seagoing ships. It will be 1.7 kilometers long and have a height of roughly 50 meters from top to bottom. This will make it large enough for even large cargo ships to pass through. It will cut through the narrowest part of a peninsula.

Credit: Norwegian Coastal Administration

The tunnel is being built to shorten a frequently stormy route in the region. The coastal waters in the west of Norway are particularly dangerous due to a combination of currents, shallows and high waves. Bad weather there often delays freight traffic and liner service.

There has been talk of building such a tunnel since 1870. Construction of the tunnel should begin in 2018 at the earliest. It is expected to take four years to complete.

 

 
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Trump’s and Merkel’s Awkward Meeting

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On March 17 the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, met U.S. president, Donald Trump for the first time. Trump has been president of the USA since January 20th. The two talked about many things, for example about NATO. Trump wants Germany to pay more money for NATO. They also talked about fighting Islamic terrorism and the trade deficit.

During the election campaign last year Trump criticized Merkel several times. Specifically, he criticized her refugee policy. At the meeting in the White House, Merkel said it was better to talk with each other than about each other.

In one of the more awkward moments of the meeting, Trump appeared to refuse to shake hands with the German Chancellor. He did, however, shake hands with her when she arrived at the White House earlier.

 

What do you think about Trump's presidency so far?

 
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