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The rioting started after the funeral of Freddie Gray. The 25-year-old black man died of injuries he received while being detained by police more than two weeks ago. Baltimore’s Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has declared a night-time curfew for the city. More
Officials say the co-pilot of a Germanwings flight crashed into a mountain on purpose. Now, experts wonder if removing pilots from planes would improve safety. Some suggest letting officials on the ground take control if the pilot is acting strangely. But some warn that the technology has problems. More
Many of India’s biggest cities are struggling. They have too many people and not enough places for them to work, live and play. The number of people living in cities is expected to rise to 814 million by 2050. To deal with the predicted growth, India will build many “smart cities.” More
Like many people, Bree Britt once dreamed of starting her own business. But unlike many people, the 16-year-old American did not wait until she grew up to become an entrepreneur. With a sense of purpose, a plan of action and the help of her mother, she opened Bree’s Sweet Treats. More
Leaders from Southeast Asian nations are meeting in Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia. The leaders have called for a peaceful settlement of competing territorial claims in the South China Sea. Their calls are a sign of growing tensions because of Chinese activities in the Spratly Islands. More
By the year 2050, an estimated two billion people will be aged 60 or older. As the world’s population gets older, governments and community-based organizations must find ways to help families avoid ‘caregiver burnout.’ Read on to learn more about the issue in the Health & Lifestyle report. More
Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world, according to a new study. The Pew Research Center spent six years studying the demographics of population and religion around the world. What they found is that as the world population grows between 2010 and 2050, so will Islam. More
Colors come to the rescue when you want to describe a business that is making money or losing money. Judging from Jack Ma's smile at Alibaba's IPO at the New York Stock Exchange, he's making a lot of money. Also learn other useful banking terms. More
Many learners have questions about English grammar rules for using prepositions of place and time. We present a few simple guidelines to help you put your prepositions in the right places. In English, though, there is always an ‘exception to the rule. More