December 29, 2014 07:47 UTC

Kenya Dying Rhino Species

Audio Conservationists Try to Save Rare Rhino

Wildlife conservationists in Kenya are trying to save a rare kind of rhinoceros. So many northern white rhinos have been hunted and killed that they are almost extinct. There are only five northern white rhinos left. The workers hope they can save the rhinos by helping them breed. More


In the News

Apple CEO Tim Cook introduces Apple Watch and iPhone 6  on Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, in Cupertino, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

The Year in Technology: 2014

Today, we look back at some of the top technology stories from 2014. From the introduction of new Apple products to new innovations in three-dimensional printing, 2014 featured many moments of technological developments. More


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Video Dispute Continues Over New US Internet Rules

A plan that lets Internet service providers make deals with companies like Google and Facebook to provide faster paths to get their content to consumers has opponents.
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Video English in a Minute: Junk Food

What expression describes food that you may like but is not very health? This video will tell you all about "junk food."
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Video News Words: Analyst

You have probably heard the word, analyst, used in business stories. Our hosts tell you how it is used in this one minute video. And be sure to leave a comment in the comment section.
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Video Some Asian Nations Gain From Lower Oil Prices

China and most major Asian economies are gaining from lower oil prices while countries like Venezuela and Russia are feeling hardship.
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Video Writing Narration Often Involves Personal Experience

Experts from Purdue University offer advice about writing narration.
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Video Christmas Traditions with VOA Learning English

VOA Learning English's Caty Weaver and Marsha James explain American Christmas traditions.
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Video The WHO Warns Plague in Madagascar Could Spread

Madagascar's health ministry reported in November that plague had killed nearly 50 people. It said over 130 were believed to be infected.
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Video More Indians Enjoy Wine

Sula Vineyards in Maharashtra state has been in operations for 15 years. Now it has 200,000 visitors each year learning about wine.
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Video Filipino Fishermen Build New Boats with Fiberglass

After a typhoon seriously damaged forests, fishermen in the Philippines turned to a new material to build their boats.
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Video English in a Minute: Fly by the Seat of One's Pants

You Don't have to be a pilot to "fly by the seat of your pants." Watch this video and find out about this expression.
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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 TALK2US: Law and Order Phrasal Verbs

Caty and Ashley talk about 'Phrasal Verbs Relating to Law and Order,' and get some happy news on a visitor's improvement in speaking English.
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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.

World

FILE - A death-sentenced criminal is taken on a truck to an execution ground in Zhuzhou, central China's Hunan province.

Audio China May Lower Number of Crimes Punishable by Death

In 2011, China removed 13 crimes from a list of crimes that could result in the death penalty. Earlier this year, China announced plans to remove nine more crimes from the list. Even with the changes, China’s execution rate is still much higher than that of any other country. More

Business and Economics

Rice farmers in Cambodia tend to their crops. Some 12% of the country's paddy fields are believed to have been destroyed due to the flooding in Southeast Asia.

Audio Cambodian, Thai Rice Voted Best in the World

For the third straight year, the World Rice Conference has voted Cambodian rice as the world’s best. This year Cambodia shares the award with Thailand. Cambodia produced just one percent of the world’s rice in 2012. It is trying to increase that amount. The award may help. 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

Uganda Playground for Disabled Children

Audio Helping Uganda’s Disabled Children Play

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. Read on to learn words needed to talk about this sometimes difficult topic. More

America

Video Christian or Not, Most Americans Celebrate Christmas

Christmas is the most widely celebrated religious holiday in the United States. In Christianity, the day honors the birth of Jesus. Peace and harmony is the spiritual message of Christmas. But many Americans will celebrate Christmas as an important, but non-religious, holiday. More

Science and Technology

Nuclear fusion display at the Weiss Energy Hall, Houston Museum of Natural Science

Audio Is a Fusion Nuclear Reactor Coming Soon?

The United States technological organization Lockheed Martin says it will produce a working fusion nuclear reactor within five years. Lockheed Martin says it may have an operating prototype by 2017, and a version for sale by 2022. Fusion involves forcing together atomic nuclei. More

History

Lee Surrenders to Grant at Appomatox

Audio Southern General Robert E. Lee Surrenders at Appomattox

General Robert E. Lee’s military skill and intelligence helped extend the war between the states. But even his skill could not save the South from the industrial power of the North and its mighty armies -- armies that were better-fed and better-equipped. On Sunday, August 9, Lee surrendered. More

Education

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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The Year in Photos

The crash site of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in a field near the village of Grabove in the Donetsk region, Ukraine, July 23, 2014.

The crash site of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in a field near the village of Grabove in the Donetsk region, Ukraine, July 23, 2014.

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