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Hurricane Matthews predicted path along east Florida - photo by NOAA / BBC
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Listen to a REAL person...not a computer.
The Category Four Hurricane Matthew is approaching Florida and is predicted to be the fiercest storm to hit the USA in 12 years.

With winds of 125mph (205km/h), the storm is expected to arrive in southern Florida by early Friday.

The hurricane has already caused havoc in Bahamas, and in Haiti, where 108 have died. The storm has also killed four people in Dominican Republic. 


On Thursday, USA President Barack Obama declared a state of emergency for Florida, as two million people have already been evacuated.

 "There are no excuses, you need to leave," Florida Governor Rick Scott warned people who are still in the evacuation zones. The Florida Governor also said, "Everyone in our state must prepare now for a direct hit...if Matthew directly impacts Florida, the destruction could be catastrophic and you need to be prepared."


Vocabulary
to predict - to make a theory about the future
fierce - very powerful and destructive
havoc - great destruction and chaos (disorder)
catastrophic - totally destructive (causing a catastrophe)
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2016 Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump will give his acceptance speech tonight in Cleveland, Ohio - photo from video screenshot
Republican USA presidential nominee Donald Trump told The New York Times yesterday that if he is elected president, he may drop the guarantee for protection to co-NATO states. Trump said that the USA would help NATO-countries in need of military protection only if those countries hav"fulfilled their obligations to us".

Under Article 5 of the initial NATO agreement, member countries must help those other nations that require military aid. 

While not an official response to Trump's comments, White House spokesman Josh Earnest has said that the USA's dedication to the full NATO agreement is "ironclad" and that "the president renewed that commitment just two weeks ago today when he travelled to Warsaw, Poland, to attend the NATO summit."

While no other USA official has ever suggested reneging on the NATO-deal, Trump said that he would prefer to help the USA's allies but not if those allies are not taking advantage of the USA. "We are spending a fortune on military in order to lose $800 billion. That doesn't sound very smart to me." Trump said.

Trump is set to give his Republican nominee acceptance speech in Cleveland, Ohio tonight at the final day of the Republican National Convention.


Vocabulary
drop - to stop doing something or stop having something
co- - a prefix meaning that groups work together (co- = together, with)
nominee (noun) - a party's or group's candidate selection during an election
aid (noun) - help; assistance

initial - first
spokesman - someone who speaks for someone else (here, Josh Earnest speaks for Barak Obama)
ironclad - very strong and secure
to renege - to fail to keep a promise or commitment

ally - a partner / friend when opposing / fighting another group
a fortune - too much money
to take advantage of someone - to use someone only for your own benefit or gain

is set - is ready



 
 
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Three officers are dead in Baton Rouge shooting - photo by Gerald Herbert / Associated Press
Three police officers are dead and three are injured in hospital after an ambush shooting in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA early Sunday.

Law enforcement are using a robot to check for explosives near the dead body of a suspect that has been killed by police. Two other suspects are still at large. 

This police shooting-incident occurs amid street protests and adds to the racial tensions felt in Baton Rouge following the police shooting of black community member Alton Sterling.


Vocabulary
ambush - a surprise attack
law enforcement - police force

suspect - someone who police think committed (did) a crime
explosives - bombs

at large - not captured;  free on the streets and not with police or in jail
racial tension - great stress related to problems between races of people


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Police ambushed in Baton Rouge - photo by The Guardian
 
 
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Donald Trump has chosen governor of Indiana Mike Pence as his 2016 vice presidential running mate. -photo by Michael Conroy / Associated Press
Presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump announced on Twitter today that he has chosen the state of Indiana governor Mike Pence as his vice presidential running mate for the 2016 USA presidential election.

In the tweet, Trump said, "I am pleased to announce that I have chosen governor Mike Pence as my Vice Presidential running mate. News conference tomorrow at 11:00 am."

Mike Pence was elected governor of Indiana in 2012, and was a House of Representative from 2001-2013. 

In the same tweet, Trump mentioned that he has planned a news conference to discuss his announcement tomorrow at 11:00 am.

Vocabulary
presumptive (adjective) - assumed by people to be true even though it is not official
running mate (noun) - the lesser partner in an election