News You Can Use - Sept 17th

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Published: 9.17.2020
Level 3   |   Time: 3:54
Accent: American
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News headlines from around the world - Trump promises a corona vaccine, Japan has a new Prime Minister, and Tik-Tok fights to survive in the US.

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  2. LISTEN to the audio.
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  • widespread [adj] - over a large area or number of people
  • distribution [n] - sharing something among many people
  • a contradiction [n] - opposite to each other
  • a press briefing [n] - an event in which the president talks to the media
  • downplay [v] - make something seem less important
  • mock [v] - make fun of
  • a rival [n] - a person competing with someone
  • routinely [adv] - usually
  • take over [phv] - take control
  • resign [v] - quit
  • swear in [phv] - officially give someone control of a political office or position
  • parliament [n] - the government
  • restrictions [n] - legal limits
  • a cornerstone [n] - an important quality or feature
  • an alliance [n] - a union to help each other
  • shutdown [v] - stop, close
  • take effect [exp] - start to operate
  • a parent company [n] - the larger company that controls a smaller company
  • a competing proposal [n] - a plan or offer to beat another plan or offer

[n] - noun,  [v] - verb, [phv] - phrasal verb,  [adj] - adjective,  [exp] - expression


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  1. President Trump said a corona vaccine would be available before the end of 2020.
    True
    False

  2. CDC Director Redfield said a corona vaccine would be available before the end of 2020.
    True
    False

  3. Redfield said wearing a mask was very important for preventing the spread for the corona virus.
    True
    False

  4. Trump said wearing a mask was very important for preventing the spread for the Corona virus.
    True
    False

  5. Trump made fun of Biden for wearing a mask.
    True
    False

  6. Shinzo Abe is the longest ever serving Japanese premier.
    True
    False

  7. The new Prime Minster, Suga, is 71 years old.
    True
    False

  8. Suga wants to change a lot of Abe's policies on economics and military development.
    True
    False

  9. Suga wants to remove some of the restrictions on the Japanese military.
    True
    False

  10. Suga has been critical of America's treatment of Japan after World War 2.
    True
    False

  11. Trump has ordered that TikTok be shut down in the United States.
    True
    False

  12. Trump is worried about TikTok because of data privacy and national security.
    True
    False

  13. The company Oracle is planning to buy and take over TikTok.
    True
    False



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In the US, President Trump said the widespread distribution of a vaccine against the coronavirus would happen before the end of the year. His message was a direct contradiction of an earlier statement made by the Centers for Disease Control Director Robert Redfield. The CDC director said earlier in the day that a vaccine would not be widely available until next spring or summer. However, Trump said he expects the government to be able to distribute a vaccine sometime in October. In the same press briefing, Trump also said Redfield’s statement regarding mask use was wrong. Redfield said that wearing a mask was the most important, powerful public health tool we have. Trump instead downplayed the importance of masks while also mocking his Democratic rival, former Vice President Joe Biden, for routinely wearing masks in public spaces.

Next, in Japan, Yoshihide Suga took over as Japan's Prime Minister. He is replacing the country's longest-serving premier, Shinzo Abe. Abe recently resigned due to health problems. Suga, 71, was sworn in by Emperor Naruhito at the Imperial Palace after parliament elected him as prime minister. He has promised to continue Abe’s main policies, including his efforts to improve the economy and to remove the restrictions on the use of its military. These restrictions put on Japan after the Second World War. Suga has also promised to maintain the alliance with the United States as the cornerstone of Japan's foreign policy.

Finally, in technology, a plan to save the popular video-sharing app TikTok in the U.S. is being discussed in Washington. TikTok is in danger in the United States because of President Trump's order to shut down TikTok's business, which will take effect in a few days. Trump told reporters that he wants to see an agreement in which ByteDance, TikTok's Chinese parent company, loses its majority ownership of the app, in order to solve TikTok’s problems with data privacy and national security. The software company Oracle beat a competing proposal from Microsoft to keep TikTok alive in the US. However, its offer is not to buy TikTok completely. Instead, Oracle says it wants TikTok to be a "trusted technology partner," a relationship Oracle has still not clearly defined. President Trump has suggested that this deal would not satisfy the US government.

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