It is great to be able to dig deep when big events occur in any big civilizational region in the world. I like to follow news that is related to my research and learn languages at the same time. 

Google translate is invaluable for early stages of language learning this way (, as well as a good overview of grammar (e.g. To find big news sources in specific countries go to: and click on ‘media’ in a country. For European countries you can also use: For European languages, Euronews (you can listen to it in 13 languages) is also great:

A few further starting links for big regions:
Africa in French:
Africa in French:
Latin America in Spanish:
Latin America in Portuguese:
Eastern Europe in Russian:
Eastern Europe in Russian:
East Asia in Chinese:
East Asia in Chinese:
East Asia in Chinese (state-run):
South Asia in English:
Middle East in Arabic:
Europe in German:
Europe (Hungary?) in Hungarian:


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