July 07, 2015 11:22 UTC

Audio Greek Vote, China Weigh on East Asia Stock Prices

Share prices mostly fell on Asian stock markets Monday. Greece’s rejection of European terms for its financial rescue loan and China’s stock market troubles are affecting stock prices across the region. Financial experts say smaller investors are fleeing the stock market and investing in real estate More


In the News

Audio Greek Finance Minister Resigns After ‘No’ Vote

A spokesman for German Chancellor Angela Merkel says there is no reason to open talks on a new aid program for Greece; two bombings kill more than 40 people in Central Nigeria; Pope Francis begins eight-day visit to South America; and, the United States wins the Women’s World Cup. More


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3-D Tools Help Investigators Recreate Crime Scenesi
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07/06/2015
Scientists in Switzerland have developed software, scanners and even a robot to recreate crime scenes in three dimensions.
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Video 3-D Tools Help Investigators Recreate Crime Scenes

Scientists in Switzerland have developed software, scanners and even a robot to recreate crime scenes in three dimensions.
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Video Egypt Says Expanded Suez Canal to Open in August

Officials say the project will more than double the amount of money the canal earns for Egypt during the next 10 years. But will it improve the lives of most Egyptians?
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Video English in a Minute: Out of the Blue

If something is "out of the blue," is it expected, or a surprise? Find out how to use this colorful idiom in this episode of English in a Minute!
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Video News Words: Secure

Secure usually means something is safe. Our hosts will talk about how other ways the word secure is used, and you will hear the word in a news story.
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Video The ‘Living Wage’ Debate Has Many Sides

In the U.S., some consider an increase in the minimum wage important for the working poor and the economy.
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Video Students in Cambodia Want to Learn English

China and Cambodia have close political and economic ties. However, does that translate into Cambodian students taking Mandarin classes? English remains the more popular language for students in Cambodia to learn in school.
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Video Fighting Obesity: A Long-term, Complex Problem

How people become obese, or extremely overweight, is a complex issue. It involves of course, diet and biology but also psychology, food marketing and even politics. A recent conference on obesity discussed all these issues.
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Video Can Forests Help Feed the World?

A new report says forests could help reduce hunger and improve nutrition if they are cared for correctly. It says forests and fields can co-exist, and help communities.
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Video TALK2US: Confusing Words in English

Anna Matteo and Marsha James talk about some words with opposite meanings.
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Video Social Media Apps Help Public Agencies, But Raise Questions

Social media are changing the ways that U.S. police departments and other government agencies operate. New media are closely watching movements by police officers, and keeping cars and trucks moving on congested roads.
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Video English in a Minute: Out of the Woods

The word "woods" refers to an area of land covered with many trees. But this idiom does not actually have anything to do with trees. Find out what it means to be "out of the woods" in this episode of English in a Minute!
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Video News Words: Unleashed

What happens if something is unleashed? Find out on today's News Words program. You will hear the word used in a news story and our hosts will explain its meaning and uses.
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Video China Is Investing in More than Mining in Australia

Chinese investment has moved from mining to property, the travel industry and infrastructure -- things like roads, bridges and ports.
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Video LinkedIn, EF Offer New Test for English-Learning Professionals

You can now post your English proficiency level for free on LinkedIn. Many online tests give test takers a score. The question is, how much can others believe the scores you post?
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Video Most African Children with AIDS Have No Access to Medical Care

A United Nations official says nearly 95 percent of African children living with AIDS do not have a way to get treatment for the disease.

World

Audio Extremely Dry Weather Raises HIV Risk

A new study shows a lack of rainfall may be the main reason for financial bad news in rural areas of sub-Saharan Africa. The study finds protecting people from financial hardship may reduce their likelihood of risky behaviors that spread HIV, the human immunodeficiency virus. More

Business & Economics

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick speaks during the Baidu and Uber strategic cooperation and investment signing ceremony at Baidu's headquarters in Beijing, December 17, 2014.

Audio Uber Making a Big Push to Win Over Chinese Consumers

The car-sharing smartphone application Uber reported in June it is receiving one million requests for rides every day in China. The American-based company is taking steps to win over Chinese consumers, and compete with local businesses. Uber plans to expand to 50 more Chinese cities this year. More

Health & Lifestyle

Audio Sweet Potatoes as Medicine

Researchers have helped to reduce a major health problem with a simple food – the orange sweet potato. A program created to help farmers grow the crop has unexpected and healthy results. Some reports say this is the first time an agricultural program has had a major effect on health. More

Entertainment

South Korea Film Terminator Genisys

Video Demons, Male Dancers and Dinosaurs at Theaters Everywhere

Arnold Schwarzenegger returns as the Terminator and Channing Tatum reprises his role as stripper Magic Mike. But there are also scary movies about demon children, comedies with a talking teddy bear and a marijuana-smoking secret agent; and a documentary about the late British singer Amy Winehouse. More

America

Audio New York Officials Block Pro-Muslim Advertising

Two Muslims are taking New York City’s public transportation system to court. The Metropolitan Transit Authority had accepted anti-Muslim advertising until last year. But in a sudden change, it is now barring pro-Muslim ads. The two say that violates their rights under the U.S. constitution. More

Science & Technology

Solar Plane

Video Solar-Powered Plane Lands in Hawaii after Crossing the Pacific

A plane that uses only solar power landed on the island of Oahu, Hawaii on Friday after being flown across the Pacific Ocean. The flight was the most dangerous part of the plane’s planned 35,000-kilometer trip around the world. The trip is being made without using any fuel. More

Education

A computer instructor helps a university student use offline digital library to read and download educational material at Ahmadu Bello University computer library.

Audio Bringing the Internet Closer Helps Students

What do millions of students do when they cannot get online to find educational materials? One non-profit service is bringing the internet to schools and other institutions in a project called Widernet. Students and teachers say it helps by making access faster and easier. More

History

Audio Things You (Probably) Don’t Know About the 4th of July

Sure, you know Americans celebrate their Independence Day on the fourth day of July. But do you know they have the wrong date? Or where they get all those fireworks? Hint: not from the UK. More

The Day in Photos

Pope Francis waves to the crowd as he rides in the popemobile through Samanes Park, where he will celebrate Mass, in Guayaquil, Ecuador

Pope Francis waves to the crowd as he rides in the popemobile through Samanes Park, where he will celebrate Mass, in Guayaquil, Ecuador

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Anna Matteo and Marsha James talk about some words with opposite meanings.

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