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Video Tips for Applying to US Colleges, Part Three

For the third part of our series “Tips for Applying to US Colleges” we visited Shenandoah University. Shenandoah University is named for the scenic Shenandoah Valley in the US state of Virginia. It is a private institution with about 4,000 students from 55 countries. More


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US Cuba

Audio Obama Moves to Normalize Relations with Cuba

President Barack Obama announced a major change in United States’ policy toward Cuba this week. He said he wants Congress to ease more than 50 years of U.S. sanctions against the island nation. And he said the two nations should once again formally recognize one another. More


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What is your rank? Learn about this word which is often used in the military. Our hosts tell you all about it. Then leave a comment below.
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Video News Words: Rank

What is your rank? Learn about this word which is often used in the military. Our hosts tell you all about it. Then leave a comment below.
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Video Falling Oil Prices Affect Nations Differently

From Nigeria to the U.S. State of Texas, falling oil prices are hurting oil producers and exporters and helping big importers.
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Video South Korean Students Stress Over High School Exams

More than half a million South Korean students in the final year of high school recently took the university entrance exam. Many feel stress over the important test.
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Video Ingredient in Chocolate May Aid Memory and Heart

Research suggests that large amounts of substances called flavanols can help prevent heart attacks and strokes.
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Video In Bangladesh, Floating Farms Answer Rainy Season Flooding

In Bangladesh from July to October, rivers rise, but farmers are learning to grow crops and raise animals even when the floods come.
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Video South Korea Seeks to Reuse More E-Waste

Some local government in South Korea are launching special e-waste recycling programs.
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Video English in a Minute: Food for Thought

Have you ever heard this expression in American English? Find out what it means by watching this video.
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Video News Words: Emergence

The word "emergence" describes something that is appearing. Our hosts tell you more in this video. And don't forget to comment after you have watched.
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Video TALK2US: Privacy

How much do you value your privacy? Do you think websites like Facebook take away too much of your privacy? Jonathan Evans speaks with callers about their thoughts on privacy.
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Video China Opens Shanghai Stock Market to Hong Kong

Some officials called the move a major breakthrough in opening China’s financial markets. Trading in a limited number of shares will be limited to $3.8 billion a day.
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Video Expand Your Skills for Writing College Papers

A professor from Southern New Hampshire University provides some observations on structuring your essays.
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Video Center Helps Uganda's Disabled Children

You may think that all children have freedom to play. But for children who look differently from others or have physical disabilities, the idea of play can seem far away. An organization in Uganda is seeking to change that.
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Video Farmers Raise Vegetables in a Combination of Fresh, Sea Water

A farmer in the Netherlands is growing small, but healthy and tasty crops in the water mixture. Farmers in Pakistan may soon be growing Dutch potatoes in areas affected by rising sea waters.
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Video Ghana's Bamboo Bikes Hit the Streets

In rural Ghana, a businessman has developed way to make bicycles using bamboo.

World

India schoolgirls offer prayers for victims killed in a Taliban attack on a Pakistan military-run school, in Mumbai, India, Dec. 17, 2014.

Audio India Joins Pakistan in Mourning Murdered Students

India and Pakistan have long disagreed about many issues. But on Wednesday, Indian lawmakers and students lowered their heads and observed two minutes of silence in memory of 132 Pakistani children. The children died on Tuesday in an attack on their school in the city of Peshawar. More

Business and Economics

Uber taxi drivers hold placards during a protest against the ban on online taxi services, in New Delhi, Dec. 12, 2014.

Audio Concerns Raised for Uber, Ride-Sharing Services

Some cities start to ban Uber after one of its drivers was accused of a sexual attack in India. The incident raises questions about companies that use apps to match drivers and passengers. The issue has grown more important with the expansion of what is called the “sharing economy.” More

Entertainment

Big Hero

Video Filmmakers Create New Technology for 'Big Hero 6'

Directors Don Hall and Chris Williams wanted the film to be based on some real science, to make it believable. 'We don’t have any super-powered people in this movie. It’s all super technology.' The film was just nominated for a 2014 Golden Globe award for best animated film. More

Health

cookstoves

Video Indoor Pollution Kills Millions Each Year

WHO say nearly three billion people are unable to use clean fuels and technologies for cooking, heating and lighting. And they say more than seven million people die from exposure to indoor or outdoor air pollution each year. 4.3 million die from household air pollution given off by cookstoves. More

America

Santa Claus waves at the crowd during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York, Nov. 27, 2014.

Video A Los Angeles Christmas

The end of December is a time when many Americans are thinking about snow and cold weather. Yet the city of Los Angeles, California is almost always warm and sunny, even during the winter holiday season. Many people like all the holiday decorations and lights seen in and around Los Angeles. More

Science and Technology

Audio How Much of You Does Facebook Own?

If you use Facebook, your friends may have posted an update recently saying Facebook is not permitted to violate their privacy. But how much of your data -- things you post -- does Facebook legally own? Experts say Facebook's terms of service agreement clearly says they own most of what you post. More

History

This campaign cartoon compares Lincoln's vision of union and liberty with McClellan's acceptance of union and slavery.

Audio Continue or Stop the War? Voters Choose in Election of 1864

Lincoln hated the Civil War. But he would not end it until military victory ended slavery and guaranteed political union. When Union troops captured Atlanta, the last remaining industrial cities of the South.The people of the North began to understand their side was winning the war. More

Education

In this photo taken on Tuesday, April 20, 2010, Cedar Lane Middle School students take a Chinese Language and Culture class in the Hacienda Heights area of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

Audio Will Chinese Replace English as the Global Language?

Mandarin Chinese already has the most native speakers of any language. And, China may soon pass the United States as the world’s largest economy. Is Chinese the language of the future? Could it replace English as the world’s international language? Not so fast, several experts weigh in. More

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Javier Yanez stands on his balcony in Old Havana, where he hung a U.S. and Cuban flag.

Javier Yanez stands on his balcony in Old Havana, where he hung a U.S. and Cuban flag.

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