July 02, 2015 10:08 UTC

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


In the News

President Barack Obama, accompanied by Vice President Joe Biden, speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, July 1, 2015.

Audio U.S. and Cuba to Reopen Embassies

Sec. of State John Kerry will travel to Havana to raise the U.S. flag over the first American embassy there in 50 years. Also in the news, Islamic State group claims attacks in Egypt’s Sinai; Liberian president calls new Ebola case “disturbing”; U.S. advances to Women's World Cup final. More


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Students in Cambodia Want to Learn Englishi
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07/01/2015
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 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.
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Video Plankton More Important than Scientists Thought

A four-year-long study shows that the small organisms are not just food for whales and other sea creatures. It found that plankton are a major provider of oxygen for our planet.
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Video Heat-Resistant Glassware Celebrates 100th Anniversary

Pyrex, as it is known in the United States, has been manufactured as cookware for a century. However, the usefulness of borosilicate glass as a material used in cooking containers was discovered by accident.
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Video English in a Minute: Fishing for Compliments

A compliment is a nice thing you say about a person or something that person has done. But what does it mean to "fish for compliments?" Find out in this week's English in a Minute!
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Video News Words: Crippling

The word crippling often has a negative meaning. Hear how the word is used in a news story and our hosts will give a full explanation of the word.
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Video Free Trade Deals Raise Job Concerns

A measure called Trade Adjustment Assistance is meant to help workers displaced by global competition. Opponents say it is wasteful. On June 18, the House of Representatives voted to approve Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), but not the Trade Adjustment Assistance measure.

World

Audio Greece Offers a Proposal as Time Limit Runs Out

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has offered a proposal to avoid default on the country’s debt payment to the International Monetary Fund. On July 5th, Greeks will vote in a referendum on whether to accept new reforms or not. European leaders say it is a vote on whether to remain in Europe. More

Business & Economics

Audio International Lender Urges Gains for Poor, Middle Class

A new IMF study says income inequality is hurting the potential for growth around the world. It says the best way to deal with the inequality -- or lack of fairness -- is by helping poor people and the middle class. The study disputed the main idea of what has been called "trickle down" economics. 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

Audio Swift Change to Apple Streaming Policy

Taylor Swift protested Apple's plan to forgo paying royalties to artists during the three month free trial of Apple Music streaming service. She wrote that is a long time to go without being paid. Apple answered soon after Swift's blog appeared on the Internet. It promised royalties to artists. More

America

Video Nigerian Immigrant Lives the American Dream

Lookman Afolayan Mashood came to the United States in 1996 and is now a U.S. citizen. About five years ago, he and his girlfriend, Natalie Goldberg, opened their own restaurant in Brooklyn. He says the American dream is still alive. And he says “there’s no food compared to Nigerian food.” More

Science & Technology

Video Robots Ready to Work in Restaurants

For many years, machines have been doing work that people once did, including some difficult jobs. Search and rescue operations employ high technology robots. But there is another area that may soon take jobs traditionally held by human beings: the restaurant industry. More

Education

Video Everyday Grammar: Words Come and Go in English

Part of the reason that English has grown as a world language is that it adjusts easily to change. Why do some words and phrases stay the same while others change? VOA guest editor David Sullivan shares his ideas on the changes he has seen in today's English. More

History

Audio America Remembers Abraham Lincoln's Assassination

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

Mass lightning bolts light up night skies by the Daggett airport from monsoon storms passing over the high deserts early Wednesday, north of Barstow, California.

Mass lightning bolts light up night skies by the Daggett airport from monsoon storms passing over the high deserts early Wednesday, north of Barstow, California.

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06/29/2015
Anna Matteo and Marsha James talk about some words with opposite meanings.

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