July 6 to July 19, 2018
Nineteen worldwide news articles with a more in-depth report about NATO. It is often described as the world’s most successful military alliance. If so, why were there disagreements about its members' military spending when they met for their latest summit? In this issue, we explain the history of NATO, where and why it has taken action plus the importance of the 2% spend figure.
Where appropriate, stories feature relevant background and history. Our text is written and edited in an easy-to-understand style. The aim is to encourage students to become more interested in, and more aware of, international news and current affairs.
Articles featured reflect no political or religious bias. Stories are reported factually and every attempt is made to feature all sides of any situation in which opinions differ.
Other reports include:
Zebra stripe theories*
High-energy neutrino ‘breakthrough’*
Romanov remains identified
Chagos Islands’ rat-affected reefs*
Trump–Putin Helsinki summit*
Odyssey verses discovered*
Red knot numbers
First 3D-printed home
Iceman’s last meal
San Fermín festival
Thai cave rescue success
Mandela 100th anniversary*
Russian treasure warship found?*
Baltic pipeline controversy
World Emoji Day*
Human history rewritten
New yellow bat species*
+ Glossary Crossword and Wordsearch Puzzle
Those with an * show the articles that have accompanying basic and advanced activities/worksheets.
Several issues prevent many students from taking an interest in current affairs: number of news outlets, presentation, article selection, and language are all examples.
As "the news" is perceived by many younger people to be adult territory, it’s easy for them to think it irrelevant.
These easy-to-read articles are also popular with teachers who
instruct ESL / EAL / ELL / EFL students