June 30, 2015 19:55 UTC

Audio China to Prepare Private Ships for Military Use

China is forcing private shipbuilders to build civilian vessels that can be used by the military during times of conflict. Experts say the new “dual-purpose” ships will strengthen China’s efforts to claim territory in disputed areas of the East and South China Seas. More


In the News

U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and U.S. Under Secretary for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman (L-3rd L) meet with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (2nd R) at a hotel in Vienna, Austria, June 28, 2015.

Audio Time Limit for Agreement Expected to Pass in Iran Nuclear Talks

There will likely not be an agreement with Iran to limit its nuclear activities by June 30. Also, banks and money machines close in Greece; Asia Infrastructure Bank is officially established; US rocket going to International Space Station explodes; and second escaped NY prisoner is found, shot. More


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Fighting Obesity: A Long-term, Complex Problemi
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06/30/2015
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 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.
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Video We The People National Competition

Students from all over the U.S. came to Washington, DC to show their knowledge of U.S. history, the Constitution, and current events in this competition sponsored by the "We The People: The Citizen and the Constitution" program.

World

Audio Study Explores Air Pollution’s Deadly, Preventable Effects

A new report says cleaning up dirty air could prevent up to 2.1 million premature deaths every year. Most of those deaths are said to be in Asian countries. The report notes that many people also are dying at an early age in countries with cleaner skies. Read on to learn about “particulate matter." More

Business & Economics

Audio Egypt: Expanded Suez Canal to Open in August

Egyptian officials are making plans to open a newly-expanded Suez Canal on August 6th. Officials say the “new” canal will be more than double the waterway’s earnings over the next 10 years. But some experts say the project alone will not be able to turn around Egypt’s economy. More

Health & Lifestyle

Pakistan Dengue Fever

Audio Mosquito-Borne Viruses Spread Across the World

There is a mutated virus free to travel the world. And it has a travel buddy. One is deadly. One is just extremely painful. Find which viruses they are and if they are in your part of the world. You’ll also learn a great word: stow-away. Read the article to find out what it means and how to use it. 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

Audio Training to Prevent Campus Sexual Assault

Universities are looking for ways to reduce the danger of sexual assault by giving special training to students. A recent Canadian study reports success in cutting the number of sex crimes by almost 50 percent among those who attended the training program. 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

A fish eats a dead jellyfish near the surface of the Red Sea in the resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh, south Sinai, Egypt, Sunday, June 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

A fish eats a dead jellyfish near the surface of the Red Sea in the resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh, south Sinai, Egypt, Sunday, June 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

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

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