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Everyone agrees that travelling is fun. Packing, however, isn't, but it's part of the experience. Find out whether you know some important words to talk about packing by doing this week's grammar exercise.
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The Israeli military says it has carried out three airstrikes on Gaza, ending a brief lull in fighting at the start of a major Muslim holiday. Fighter jets reportedly hit two missile launchers and a rocket factory, in what a defence spokesman said was a response to earlier Hamas rockets fired into Israel. It came as the UN Security Council called for "an immediate and unconditional humanitarian ceasefire" in Gaza following an emergency session in New York. The council adopted a presidential statement - one step below a legally-binding resolution - urging Israel and Hamas "to accept and fully implement the humanitarian ceasefire". Read more >>
The first panel of the cartoon by Peter Brookes from The Times shows UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon calling for an 'unconditional ceasefire'. The title of the cartoon is, of course, ironic, as is Moon's comment 'Well, it's a start ...' The only thing the Israelis and Hamas agree on is their rejection of the ceasefire and the continuation of the fighting.
The three dots as used in the title and in the cartoon itself are called an ellipsis. Ellipses have various uses including the omission of text, but here they are used to draw attention to the irony the cartoonist is using.
When you think of Apple, books probably aren't one of the things that come to mind. Looks like the company might want to change that. Apple has acquired BookLamp, an analytics and recommendation engine most are calling "the Pandora of books." BookLamp offers up recommendations based on books you've read. Full transcript >>
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Bank of England governor Mark Carney has said Lloyds staff involved in an astonishing scam to defraud taxpayers could be guilty of ‘criminal conduct’. Lloyds was yesterday discovered to have ripped off the Treasury at the height of the financial crisis by lying about its creditworthiness. This allowed the state-backed bank to gain access to tens of billions from a Government ‘lifeline’ scheme at favourable rates – but left taxpayers out of pocket. Full story >>
Someone who is crooked is dishonest and likely to do illegal things, especially in order to get money. • Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has blamed the Ukrainian crisis on crooked politicians who disrupted the nation's unity.
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In her 100th edition of the vocabulary pages, Anna Hochsieder focuses on words to talk about cars — in both British English and North American English.