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Audio Indonesia Expected to Become Asia’s Next Trillion Dollar Economy

IHS Global Insight says Indonesia will have a larger gross domestic product than Russia by 2021. And it says Indonesia’s growing middle class will make the country the largest consumer market among members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. More


In the News

World Bank President Jim Yong Kim is seen speaking at a news conference.

Audio World Bank Head Sees Other Development Banks as Allies

Slowing economic growth around the world is endangering the World Bank’s goal of ending extreme poverty by the year 2030. Mr. Kim said the goal remains within reach. But he thinks extreme poverty will disappear only if world leaders and financial and development agencies do their part. More


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Robots at the University of Manchester are helping researchers learn about biology and test the effectiveness of drugs.
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Video Robot Scientist Helps Design New Drugs

Robots at the University of Manchester are helping researchers learn about biology and test the effectiveness of drugs.
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Video English in a Minute: Off the Cuff

What does it mean to do something "off the cuff?" Ashley, Anna and Jonathan teach you how to use this idiom, as well as where the expression came from!
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Video News Words: Apprehended

When is apprehended the right word to use? Watch how this word used in a news story, and then learn its meaning from our hosts.
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Video TALK2US: Do you have a mentor?

Marsha James and Anna Mateo talk about mentors - people who give help and advice to someone who is less experienced.
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Video Arizona Law to Require High School Students to take Citizenship Exam

A new Arizona state law requires high school students to pass the same exam new citizens take. Supporters want Americans to become more involved in civic life. But some question whether civic education and tests will have that effect.
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Video Study: Women More Likely to Go to Female Healthcare Workers

A recent study in Nigeria found that women and children prefer to go to women health care workers.
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Video Environmental Group Opposes Genetically-Engineered Rice

“Golden rice” could help save millions from dying from a lack of Vitamin A. But GMO opponents say the rice might be more dangerous than its supporters admit.
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Video New Metal Recovery Methods Save Energy and the Environment

Millions of tons of metals go into landfills as waste. Researchers now are finding new ways to separate metals from waste for recycling which reduces the amount of trash in landfills and saves energy.
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Video English in a Minute: Not Have a Leg to Stand on

Have you ever been told your argument "does not have a leg to stand on?" Find out what this idiom means in this week's English in a Minute!
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Video News Words: Ringleader

What does it mean if someone is a ringleader? Listen to this word used to describe someone in an international news story. Our hosts explain the meaning and origin of the word.
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Video Is China Continuing Big Spending to Lift Its Economy?

During the world financial crisis, China spent hundreds of billions of dollars to help its economy. Some experts say those measures may be continuing.
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Video United Nations Representative Pushes for Safe Schools

The United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education, Gordon Brown, wants international support for his Safe Schools initiative. The campaign is aimed at finding ways to help children return to school in conflict and crisis areas.
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Video Too Much Gaming Can Be a Pain in the Neck

Smartphones and other electronic devices, or gadgets, are becoming more affordable. Children in India are using them more and more. But doctors say these children are being harmed by the lack of exercise.
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Video Satellite Will Watch for Sun Storms, Warn Earth

Strong storms on the sun can cause problems for satellites, radio transmissions and even airplane travel. A satellite is now traveling 1.5 million kilometers to enter the sun’s orbit, just in time to observe extreme weather on the sun at its most violent time in the sun’s 11-year cycle.
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Video Graphene Manufacturing Picks Up in US

The carbon-based material is being used more and more in the development of valuable, new technologies.

World

Children playing on the shores of Guanabara Bay

Audio Brazil Working to Clean Dirty Olympic Bay

Around the world, people are excited for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. The host city for the events is Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The city is known as Cidade Maravilhosa – the Marvelous City – because of its beautiful landscapes. But one body of water in Rio, Guanabara Bay, is not so marvelous. More

Business & Economics

World Bank President Jim Yong Kim is seen speaking at a news conference.

Audio World Bank Head Sees Other Development Banks as Allies

Slowing economic growth around the world is endangering the World Bank’s goal of ending extreme poverty by the year 2030. Mr. Kim said the goal remains within reach. But he thinks extreme poverty will disappear only if world leaders and financial and development agencies do their part. More

Health & Lifestyle

Women supporters of Muttahida Qaumi Movement take part in rally titled 'Empowered Women, Strong Pakistan', Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012 in Karachi, Pakistan.

Video Your Body Posture Can Change Your Brain

New research shows that simply changing your body position can change your brain’s chemistry. Read on to find out about “power poses” and how they can make you more confident, more successful and help you in difficult situations. More

Entertainment

Video San Francisco Artists Make Art from Trash

One City's Trash Is Artistic Treasure for A local recycling company in San Francisco called Recology. The company created a program to give artists the opportunity to re-use unwanted objects. It shows how a little imagination can change one person’s trash into another’s art work. More

America

Women in Combat

Video Women Seek to Join US Army Rangers

Army expects nearly 20 women will begin the difficult training on Monday; it says they will have to meet the same standards as men to graduate from course. Opinion study of male troops finds many do not think women should be Rangers. The Army says those who graduate will be Rangers. More

Science & Technology

A honey bee packs pollen from this almond tree blossom before returning to her hive.

Audio Where Have All the Bees Gone?

Bees play an important part in the growth of crops. About 4,000 wild bee species are native to North America. Other bee species on the continent were imported from Europe to produce honey. Bees also serve as crop pollinators. These pollinators carry material from one plant to another. More

Education

In this photo taken on Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015,  refugees that fled their homes due to violence from the Islamic extremists group Boko Haram inside a refugee camp in  Minawao, Cameroon. Cameroon officials say prisons are overcrowded with suspected Islamic extremists whose insurgency has spilled from Nigeria. (AP Photo/Edwin Kindzeka Moki)

Audio Cameroon Building Classrooms for Students Fleeing Boko Haram

Cameroon has launched an $8 million emergency program to help students displaced by Boko Haram militants. The government last month announced plans to build classrooms and housing for 70,000 students. The children cannot attend their own schools because of attacks along the border with Nigeria. More

History

Audio America Remembers Abraham Lincoln's Assassination

This week, Americans remember an important date in history: 150 years ago, President Abraham Lincoln was killed. Museums and historic organizations all around the country have special exhibits and events.President Lincoln was the first American president to be assassinated. More

The Day in Photos

A dancer jumps during a parade celebrating the coming of spring in Tripoli, north Lebanon.

A dancer jumps during a parade celebrating the coming of spring in Tripoli, north Lebanon.

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