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Facebook’s Latin American Vice President was Arrested in Brazil

On March 2nd, the Vice President of Facebook’s Latin American division, Diego Dzodan, was arrested in Brazil. Judge Marcel Maia Montalvão from the state of Sergipe first issued fines, then the arrest after Facebook failed to release messages related to a drug trafficking investigation. The messages were sent via WhatsApp, a messaging application owned by Facebook. This arrest comes after Brazil blocked the messaging app for 48 hours last year when they refused to provide information about one of its users who had been involved in a criminal investigation. WhatsApp encrypts all of its messages to secure users’ information....

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Morocco Promises to Take Back Rejected Refugees from Germany

Germany has received an enormous number of asylum applications in the past year. While it has welcomed many refugees into its borders, it has also rejected many applications. When applications are rejected, refugees should be deported to their home country. However, since many people come to the country without documentation, it’s difficult for Germany to know which country to send them back to. For example, many Moroccans enter Germany pretending to be from Syria. Even though international law says that countries must take back migrants, Middle Eastern and North African countries have, in the past, refused to comply. As...

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65 Year Old Bird Gives Birth to Chick

  A 65-year old Laysan albatross named Wisdom has become the oldest known bird to give birth to a chick. Wisdom was tagged by biologist Chandler Robbins in 1956 for research. Her life and breeding activities have been followed by scientists and the media ever since. She is thought to have flown over 3 million miles since she was first tagged. “That is up to six trips from the Earth to the Moon and back again,” says Bruce Peterjohn, Chief of the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center’s National Bird Banding Laboratory. Albatrosses are known for their very large wingspan and their...

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Donald Trump Proposes to Keep all Muslims out of USA

  Donald Trump, a United States presidential candidate, has proposed that all Muslims be banned from entering the United States. On December 7th, Trump made the following statement: “Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what the hell is going on.” He made this announcement at a USS Yorktown gathering. The crowd applauded and cheered in agreement (see video below). Trump is a republican presidential candidate in the 2016 elections. He is currently the front-runner of the republican party. His statements are causing a...

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When to Use “a” and When to Use “an”

  The Simple Rules The articles a  and an mean exactly the same thing. They are indefinite articles and are used before countable non-specific nouns (e.g., balloon, table, egg). The only different between them is their sound. You choose one or the other based only on the sound of the letter that comes next. Simply put, if the sound is a vowel (a,e,i,o,u) you use an, and if the sound is a consonant (all other letters in the alphabet) you use a.  an alien a balloon an end a couch an island a drum an oyster a flower an umbrella   The Exceptions However,...

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