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President-elect Donald Trump has said that the USA "is being hurt very badly by China" - photo by Fox News video
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In a television interview, President-elect Donald Trump has said, "I don't want China dictating to me" in reference to China's angry reaction and comments concerning his recent communications with Taiwan. 

About a week and a half ago, President-elect Trump received a call from Taiwan president Tsai Ing-wen, congratulating him on his victory in the 2016 USA presidential elections. The call greatly angered China because, according to their One China Policy, there is only one China and Taiwan is only one part of China. 

The USA broke official ties with Taiwan in 1979 in support of the "Once-China Policy". The USA has maintained friendly, yet unofficial ties with Taiwan since then.

In the interview on Fox News, Trump said, "I fully understand the 'One China' policy, but I don't understand why we have to be bound by the 'One China' policy unless we make a deal with China, having to do with other things, including trade." 

Trump said that the USA is "being hurt very badly by China" because China is manipulating their currency in order to maintain a trade advantage, heavily and unfairly taxing USA products entering China, building a massive military complex within the South China Sea, and failing to help the USA and the world deal with the belligerent North Korea.

"China must resolutely battle Mr Trump, only after a few serious rebuffs then will he truly understand that China and other global powers cannot be bullied,"  China's Global Times said in response. The China news medium said that while Donald Trump may be a business man, "in the field of diplomacy, he is as ignorant as a child".

On Friday, China flew a nuclear bomber jet outside of its borders over the South China Sea, and USA officials said it was meant to send a warning to the USA.


Vocabulary
to dictate - to demand / command someone to do something as if they are the authority
concessions - something that is given because it is asked for by another party; 
a yielding; a deal
bound by - restricted by; forced to obey
to manipulate - to control something in order to gain power
trade advantage - to have a benefit that other people do not have (concerning buying and selling products)
military complex - a large area filled with military buildings, facilities, and weapons
belligerent - threatening violence; very aggressive
resolutely - in a way that doesn't give in, give up, and/or relent; without quitting / stopping
to battle - to fight
news medium - internet news website / newspaper
rebuff - a rude rejection
diplomacy - dealing between countries
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USA President-Elect Donald Trump has resumed official relations with Taiwan and its president Tsai Ing-wen - photo by EPA (left) / AP (right)
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USA President-Elect Donald Trump has spoken directly to Taiwan's president, Tsai Ing-wen, which is a break from USA's 1979 policy of severing officials relations with Taiwan, after he was telephoned by Taiwan.

It is believed that this phone call will greatly anger China, as it considers Taiwan to be a renegade state. 

China has hundreds and hundreds of missiles pointed directly at Taiwan, and insists that Taiwan is apart of China under their strict "One-China Policy". This "One-China Policy" has declared that there is only one China and Taiwan is only one part of China.

The USA broke official ties with Taiwan in 1979 in support of the "Once-China Policy". However, the USA has maintained friendly, yet unofficial ties with Taiwan since then.


During the call, President-Elect Trump also congratulated Ing-wen, Taiwain's first female president, on her landslide victory in the Taiwanese presidential elections in January 2016.

Trump's transition team also said that the President-Elect reaffirmed the USA's and Taiwan's "close economic, political, and security ties".



Vocabulary
to sever - to cut
renegade - someone / group that leaves the main group; a runaway

landslide - a win by a very large amount (margin)
transition team - a group of people who work for the next president to prepare for his office
transition - a change
reaffirm - to state again as being true
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A Saudi-led airstrike has killed 82 and injured 534 at a funeral in Yemen - photo AFP
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A reported Saudi-led coalition airstrike has hit a funeral ceremony in Yemen's capital of Sanaa killing 82 people and injuring 534.

The attack blasted a building that was hosting the funeral for the father of interior minister of Yemen and rebel Houthi loyalist Jalal al-Ruwaishan. 

Yemen's acting health minister Ghazi Ismail described the incident as "barbaric air attacks against civilians and civilian targets."


The Saudi-led coalition has denied carrying out the attack. 

Yemen has become unstable since a 2011 uprising which led to the end of the 33-year rule of President Ali Abdullah Saleh.


In 2014, the Houthis seized governmental control of Sanaa, leading to the downfall of the Saudi Arabian-backed Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi. The Houthis are a socio-political group that grew out of north Yemen in the 1990s in opposition to oppression of the then central government. 

A coalition of forces led by Saudi Arabia attacked the Houthis on March 26, 2015 to restore Hadi to power. The country has been in civil war ever since, with about 10,000 Yemenis killed, 3,799 civilians, and three million people displaced from their homes.


Vocabulary
reported - said / believed to be
coalition - a group of allies 
airstrike - an attack by jets, planes, etc.
to host - to organize and hold an event
loyalist - someone who is fully devoted to a group
barbaric - extremely gruesome, terrible; showing no mercy
civilians - the people; non-military citizens
to deny - to say you did not do something
unstable - unsafe (here, because of military fighting)
uprising - an act of (political) rebellion against a government
to seize - to take by force
Saudi Arabian-backed - supported by Saudi Arabia
coalition of forces - a group of military powers working together
displaced - forced to move away (from their homes)

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Hurricane Matthews predicted path along east Florida - photo by NOAA / BBC
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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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Julian Assange of Wikileaks via video link on Tuesday - photo by Right Side Broadcasting video
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In what had been described as a Wikileaks "October Surprise", leader of the organization Julian Assange appeared via video link in a 10 am (GMT+2) press conference today in Berlin. 

Before the conference, Assange claimed Wikileaks had information that could damage Hillary Clinton's USA presidential campaign. While he did not reveal any of that data during the meeting, Assange  did say that Wikileaks hopes to publish secret documents and information every week for the next ten weeks up to the November 8 election. The materials will include topics on war, arms, oil, Google, and the USA election.

During the conference, Assange showcased his newly written books, spoke of Wikileak's 10th anniversary. and answered questions from the press.


Vocabulary
to showcase - to show something to a large group of people
press conference - a meeting of reporters and journalists organized by someone who wants to talk to the public
the press - newspaper, internet, tv, reporters (i.e. the media)
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An attacker with a rifle killed 5 people at Cascade Mall in Burlington, WA, USA - photo by AP
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A gunman carrying a rifle entered a Burlington, Washington shopping center on Friday night and opened fire killing at least five people.

The gunmen fled the scene and is still at large with the rifle.

Shots were heard in the Cascade Mall in Burlington, Washington at around 7 pm as people began hiding in dressing rooms and locking doors to stores. The mall was evacuated at around 8:30 pm. 

Four woman and one man were killed all in Macy's Department store.

The attacker is described by police as a "Hispanic male wearing grey" and was last seen travelling toward Interstate 5 motorway.
 


Vocabulary
the scene - the place where the incident happened
at large - still free from (police) but wanted by the police

dressing room - a room in a store where people try on clothes
to evacuate - to suddenly leave an area (as a large group of people) because of danger
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Police describe the suspect as a Hispanic male wearing grey - photo by AP
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The wife of Keith Lamont Scott has released her private video of the incident of her husband's killing - photo from Scott Family video
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The wife of Keith Lamont Scott, the black man shot by police in Charlotte, North Carolina on Tuesday, has released her private video of part of the incident to media. 

While the video does not show the actual shooting, police can be heard telling Scott, "Drop the gun!" and Scott's wife can be heard telling police to not shoot her husband, that "...he didn't do anything..." and that "...he doesn't have a gun."

Police were originally in the area to serve a warrant to someone else, when they engaged Scott because they saw him leave his car with what they claim looked like a gun. Scott's family insists that he was only carrying a book.

Charlotte officials have not yet released police dash-cam footage of the incident. 

Following three days of protests in Charlotte that have turned violent, mayor Jennifer Roberts has imposed a curfew from 12 am to 6 am in the city. 

A state of emergency in the city was declared yesterday.


Vocabulary
to serve a warrant - to arrest someone wanted by police
a warrant - an official document from police that orders them to arrest someone
dash-cam footage - video taken from a police car
to impose - to make it happen and give people no choice
curfew - a law that declares a time limited that people are allowed to be outside in public
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Protesters are throwing bottles, fireworks, and gun shots were heard during demonstrations against the shooting of Keith Lamont Scott - photo by BBC video
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Public displays of violence and rage over the recent police shooting of a black man continue in Charlotte, North Carolina as the governor has declared a state of emergency in the city.

On Tuesday, Keith Lamont Scott was shot by a black officer causing public protest in the city and throughout the country. Scott was the third USA black man shot by police in a week.

The police shot Scott as they saw him leave a car with a handgun. Police said they told Scott to drop the gun several times before he was shot. The Scott family, however, claims he was carrying nothing but a book. Dash-cam footage is still being reviewed by officials. 

It is legal to carry a gun in North Carolina, but a permit is required to carry and conceal it.

Protests in Charlotte began peacefully yet became violent the second day as protesters started throwing bottles and fireworks at police, destroying property, looting, and gun shots were fired and one person injured.

Riot police are using tear gas as they are facing hundreds of protesters at once.

Police have reported four officers injured so far.



Vocabulary

display - a showing
rage - intense anger
governer - the leader of a state of the USA
state of emergency - a declaration of a very dangerous situation in a particular area

dash-cam footage - video taken from a police car
a permit - a special license allowing someone to do something legally

to conceal - to hide 
property - things people own (cars, bikes, buildings, phones, houses, etc.)
to loot - to break and steal during a mob
riot - a large, uncontrollable mob (group) of people causing violence and havoc (trouble)
tear gas - special chemicals released to make people cry and run away



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Riot police are using tear gas amid violent protests in Charlotte, NC - photo by Brian Bianco / GETTY
 
 
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Ahmed Khan Rahami, the attacker that exploded a bomb in NYC, receives medical treatment by USA staff -photo by WABC video
The man suspected of detonating a bomb in New York City and planting one in New Jersey has been shot by police and is now in custody. 

Ahmed Khan Rahami, 28, a USA-citizen originally born in Afghanistan, is undergoing surgery and receiving medical treatment in New Jersey.

A tavern-owner found Rahami sleeping in a bar's doorway in Linden, New Jersey and called police. When they arrived, police engaged in a shootout with Rahami, who shot two officers, one in the hand, and another in the chest, before he was shot and arrested.

The FBI said that they are not looking for any more suspects at the moment. 


Vocabulary

to detonate - to set off (a bomb)
to plant - to put something (danergous) somewhere and leave it
in custody - being held by authorities (police)
tavern - a bar



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The Minnesota shopping center where an attacker screaming "Allah" stabbed eight people - photo by AP
An attacker screaming "Allah" has stabbed eight people at a St. Cloud, Minnesota, USA shopping mall.

The attacker, who asked people if they were Muslim before he stabbed them, was shot dead by an off-duty police officer from another jurisdiction. 

There are reports that the attacker was wearing a private security firm uniform.


Vocabulary
to stab - to pierce someone's skin, muscles, bone, etc. with a sharp object (knife) and wound them 
off-duty - not working at their job at that moment
jurisdiction - an area of a city covered by police, lawyers, judges, etc.

private security firm - a company that provides safety officers that are not police officers
uniform - the (same) clothing worn by staff employees, police officers, military people, etc.



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