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"Easier" = Level 0, 1, 2 and 3   (CEFR A2 - B1).
"Harder" = Levels 4, 5 and 6   (CEFR B1 - C2).

Sisters reunited 30 years after Colombia avalanche
28th February - "Harder"
Two sisters in Colombia who were separated as children by an avalanche 30 years ago have been reunited.
The $265,000 job that no one wants
26th February - "Easier"
There is a job available in a small New Zealand town, but no one wants it. The job is for a doctor and it pays US$265,000 a year.
Half of world population will be short-sighted
24th February - "Harder"
Researchers predicted in a new report published in the journal Opthalmology that by 2050, half of the world's population will....
Over 18,300 apply for 14 astronaut jobs
22nd February - "Easier"
A record number of people have applied to NASA to be an astronaut. NASA received over 18,300 applications.
Fast-growing weed covering Australian town
20th February - "Harder"
A fast-growing weed is causing havoc in a small Australian town. It almost resembles a scene from a horror movie. ...
What life will be like in 2116
18th February - "Easier"
A new report shows what life might be like in 100 years from now. It describes skyscrapers that are much taller than today's buildings...
Man sells British countryside air to China
16th February - "Harder"
An English entrepreneur has started a booming business from selling bottled, British countryside air to Chinese consumers....
Researchers find Einstein's space waves
14th February - "Easier"
Scientists in the USA have seen something amazing in space for the very first time. They saw gravitational waves.
Drought Leaves Ethiopia Facing Food Crisis
12th February - "Harder"
International charities have issued a stark warning about a looming humanitarian catastrophe in Ethiopia. ...
School teaches baby orangutans survival skills
10th February - "Easier"
Baby orangutans in Indonesia are going to school to learn skills like finding food and making a nest. The school hopes...
Euro politicians told to stop speaking English
8th February - "Harder"
The European Parliament has urged its politicians to stick to their native language instead of using English....
Luxembourg to develop asteroid mining
6th February - "Easier"
The tiny European nation of Luxembourg is not well known as a major player in the space race. However, its government has just...
Dubai world's busiest international airport
4th February - "Harder"
Dubai International Airport (DXB) has retained its crown of being the world's busiest international airport in terms of passenger numbers....
Zika virus could affect 4 million people
2nd February - "Easier"
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned that the Zika virus outbreak in Latin America could turn into a global pandemic.
Women do not get enough sleep
30th January - "Harder"
It will come as no surprise to know that a lack of sleep isn't good for us. A new report suggests sleep deprivation can result in long-term health issues....
Bananas in danger of becoming extinct
27th January - "Easier"
There is bad news for banana lovers. The most common banana in the world is in danger of becoming extinct.
Fairy tales could be 6,000 years old
24th January - "Harder"
The famous 19th-century fairy tale collector Wilhelm Grimm suggested fairy tales dated back thousands of years....
Women have to pay more in shops
21st January - "Easier"
Women have to pay a lot more in stores than men for almost the same things. A new study by The Times newspaper in Britain found that...
Up to half of adults suffer from mental illness
18th January - "Harder"
Britain's National Health Service (NHS) suggests that up to half of adults have suffered from some form of mental illness at some stage in their life....
New action to stop nuisance phone calls
15th January - "Easier"
Many people hate nuisance telephone calls. These are the calls we get from companies trying to sell us something that we usually do not want.
Sugar could be harmful to our health
12 January - "Harder"
Governments in the United States and United Kingdom are waging a war on sugar in the interests of public health. Both countries claim that......
UN promises action on N Korea nuclear test
9th January - "Easier"
The United Nations Security Council says it will "begin to work immediately" to take action against North Korea.
Iran and Saudi Arabia in war of words
6th January - "Harder"
A war of words has broken out between Iran and Saudi Arabia following the execution of a religious figure by Saudi authorities on Saturday. ...
More people to stick to New Year's resolutions
3rd January - "Easier"
The year 2016 may go down in history as one of the best years for people to stick to their New Year's resolutions.
Belgium arrests two over New Year terror plot
31st December - "Harder"
Police in Belgium say they have arrested two people suspected of planning terror attacks in Brussels on New Year's Eve....
Centuries-old diseases coming back
28th December - "Easier"
Many diseases that doctors thought had almost disappeared are now making a comeback. Britain's National Health Service (NHS) has reported...
School says Hello Kitty Christmas tree can stay
25th December - "Harder"
A maths teacher at a high school in Maine, USA has been allowed to keep her pink Hello Kitty Christmas tree in her classroom....
Air France plane in bomb scare
22nd December - "Easier"
There was a bomb scare on an Air France flight on Sunday. The plane was flying from the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius to Paris.
Consumers asked to throw away hoverboards
19th December - "Harder"
Three of the UK's biggest retailers, including online giant Amazon, are advising customers to dispose of hoverboards amid safety concerns....
Ed Sheeran takes a year's break from social media
16th December - "Easier"
Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran has announced he is "taking a break" from social media because he is fed up with spending so much time looking at his mobile phone or iPad.
Scotland strips titles it gave to Donald Trump
13th December - "Harder"
A Scottish university and the leader of Scotland's main political party have stripped titles they had previously given Donald Trump....
Harmful bacteria getting stronger
10th December - "Easier"
A new report warns that people could be in danger from superbugs if they eat rare and undercooked meat.
Height may be the key to a happy marriage
7th December - "Harder"
Researchers have discovered what they believe is one of the keys to a happy marriage. A difference in height between the two partners could be......
Pet dogs lower stress in kids
4th December - "Easier"
New research shows that having a pet dog can help to reduce children's stress. A study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the USA shows...
New therapy to overcome fear of dentist
1st December - "Harder"
There is fresh hope for the many people around the globe who are terrified of going to the dentist. New research suggests that a course of counseling can help......
Putin warns Turkey after shooting of warplane
28th November - "Easier"
Russia's President Vladimir Putin has warned Turkey that it would pay for the downing of one of its warplanes on Tuesday.
Facebook boss to take paternity leave
25th November - "Harder"
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is planning to take two months of paternity leave following the birth of his daughter....
Europe must 'wake up' to terror threats
22nd November - "Easier"
A top member of France's government has said European countries must "wake up" to terror threats because of the attacks on Paris on November the 19th.
Coffee can help you live longer
19th November - "Harder"
There is good news for coffee lovers. A new report claims that regular coffee drinkers may live longer than those who do not drink coffee....
Amazon enters UK grocery shopping market
16th November - "Easier"
The online shopping giant Amazon has entered the grocery delivery business in the UK. Its new service is called Amazon Pantry.
Russia faces athletics suspension
13th November - "Harder"
A new and damning report from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has turned the athletics world upside down....
More and more 70-year-olds working
10th November - "Easier"
People are working to an older age in Britain. The number of 70-74 year-old people who work has doubled in the past decade.
China and Taiwan in historic meeting
7th November - "Harder"
A historic event involving China and Taiwan will take place today, Saturday, November the 7th....
Couple must lose pets or home
4th November - "Easier"
A couple in England could lose their home because they want to live with their pets. Clive and Rose Restall live in their ...

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