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Mohammed El Halabi has been accused of diverting money from World Vision to Hamas - photo by Dudu Grunshpan / Agence France-Presse - Getty Images
Israel has accused a worker of the international Christian-charity group World Vision of redirecting large sums of their donations to Palestinian Sunni-Islamic fundamentalist organization, Hamas.

A senior Israeli security official has said that Mohammed El Halabi, a Palestinian who has been the manager of World Vision in Gaza since 2010, diverted $7.2 million per year that was supposed to be used to help poor people in Gaza to Hamas to help them buy weapons and other provisions. The official said that El Halabi was recruited by Hamas in 2004 with the purpose of infiltrating World Vision and taking advantage of their resources.

World Vision has denied these claims. "Based on the information available to us at this time, we have no reason to believe that the allegations are true," a representative of the charity said. "We will carefully review any evidence presented to us and will take appropriate actions based on that evidence."

A spokesmen for Hamas has said that they have "no connection to [Halabi] and therefore, all Israeli accusations are void and aim to suppress our people."


Vocabulary
a charity - an organization that helps people in need

to accuse - to say someone did something wrong (without showing proof / evidence)
to redirect - to change the direction of something so it goes somewhere else
donations - money given by people to a charity to help other people in need

supposed to _ - expected to _
to divert - to make something go in a different direction
provisions - supplies
to recruit - to try to find someone and hire them to work for an organization
to infiltrate - to secretly joing a group to spy on them and hurt them
to take advantage of - to use someone or their resources only for your own gain / benefit
accusations (noun) - claims that someone did something without showing proof / evidence
spokesman - a man who speaks for an organization

 
 
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Venezuelans cross into Colombia in the rain to buy food and medicine - photo by AFP
For the second time this month, Venezuela has opened its border with Colombia to allow Venezuelans to cross over into the country to buy food, medicine, and other household items.

Venezuela has experienced  a shortage of food and other necessities since the country fell into an economic crisis caused by the dropping price of oil in recent months. Oil is the country's main source of income and because of the drop in price, Venezuelan businesses have been unable to stock their store shelves with food.  

The first time this month Venezuela opened the border to Colombia, 35,000 people crossed over. This time, 100,000 people crossed over into Colombia to buy food and medicine. 

The main political opposition party in Venezuela blames the shortages on the policies of the Venezuelan government which have hindered local businesses from importing materials from other countries. 

Many have criticized President Nicolas Maduro for ignoring the people's need for life's necessities.


Vocabulary
border (noun) - the line that divides two different countries, regions, or areas, etc.
shortage (noun) - a period fo time when there is little supply of something and people need more of it
necessities (noun) - things people need to live and not die
crisis (noun) - an emergency situation
income (noun) - money earned
drop (noun) - decrease
to stock (verb) - to add to and keep an amount that can be used for the future
to hinder (verb) - to stop or slow something down
policies (noun) - the rules, actions, and/or practices of an organization
import (verb) - to bring in to one country from another country

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Venezuelans cross the Colombian border to buy food and medicine alongside military troops - photo by AFP