PRI's The World: 7/24/14

July 24, 2014

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A United Nations run school comes under attack in Gaza, killing at least 13 people taking shelter there. Also, what the attack on Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 means for Ukraine, Russia and Vladimir Putin. And celebrating Ramadan in Cape Town, South Africa.

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English might not have become quite so popular, if a 17th-century poet had his way

Back in the 17th century, there was a move to create rules for English, based on Latin. The man behind it, poet John Dryden, thought that Shakespeare and others had turned English into an unruly mess. Dryden failed to establish an English "academy" to impose rules. And that failure may have helped make English the worldwide language it is today.

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