May 28, 2015 17:46 UTC

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A picture taken on March 14, 2014 shows Syrian citizens walking in the ancient oasis city of Palmyra, 215 kilometres northeast of Damascus.

Audio Islamic State Executes 20 in Palmyra Roman Theater

A Human Rights group says that the Islamic State militants have executed 20 people in the ancient Roman theater in Palmyra, a UNESCO World heritage site. Also in the news, Heat wave kills 1,100 in India; Former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum announces his campaign for president. More


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Express Yourself and Debate Opinions and Ideasi
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Debaters work on a team to convince a judge that their opinion about a topic has more value than the opposite side’s opinion. A good rule is to study both side of a topic before you engage in debate about it.
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Video Express Yourself and Debate Opinions and Ideas

Debaters work on a team to convince a judge that their opinion about a topic has more value than the opposite side’s opinion. A good rule is to study both side of a topic before you engage in debate about it.
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Video Staying Up Could Put People at Risk for Health Problems

A recent study found that those who stay up late face a greater risk of developing diabetes than those who are early risers.
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Video First Surgical Glue Approved for Use Inside the Body

The US Food and Drug Administration has approved a glue that can be used to hold internal tissue together.
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Video New Paint Resists Oil and Water

The new kind of paint many materials, including clothing paper and steel. Researchers say the paint could be used in a factory or other large-scale manufacturing. They predict this product could be used in a number of areas, including auto manufacturing and even hospitals.
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Video English in a Minute: Straight from the Horse's Mouth

If you hear something "straight from the horse's mouth" do you have the correct information? Find out in this week's episode of English in a Minute!
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Video News Words: Agenda

What is an agenda? Our hosts know and will tell you all about it. Listen to the word used in a news story and use the word yourself in a conversation.
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Video US Senate Committee Approves Trade Promotion Authority Bill

United States officials are working toward separate trade agreements with the European Union and Japan. At the same time, Congress is considering trade promotion authority that would require a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ vote on trade agreements.
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Video Learning to Read in Safaliba Helps Kids Learn English

In the Safaliba-speaking community of Ghana, children are beginning to read and write in their home language, Safaliba. A team of researchers and teachers believe this early education helps when the children begin learning in English.
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Video Genetically-Engineered Bacteria Could Fight Cancer

A microbiologist at Arizona State University has developed a genetically modified salmonella bacteria that could be used as a weapon against cancer.
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Video TALK2US: Best Places to Visit Around The World

Jonathan talks with callers about interesting places to visit in their home countries.
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Video Hippos: The Life Force of African Rivers

Scientists say the hippopotamus provides important nutrients to Africa's river ecosystems. But the huge animals are disappearing from the wild.
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Video Could Computers Heat Homes?

Companies spend a lot of money cooling computer servers which generate a lot of heat. Now, a company wants to use that heat to warm homes.
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Video English in a Minute: Sleep Like a Rock

How does a rock sleep? And how do you sleep like one? Find out in this week's episode of English in a Minute!
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Video News Words: Delicate

This word has a special meaning when describing discussions and negotiations. Listen for the word in a news story. Our hosts explain other meanings as well!
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Video Motor-Free Device Reduces Stress from Walking

U.S. scientists have built a small, wearable addition to shoes that makes walking easier.

World

Audio China Defends Its Island-Building in the South China Sea

China has defended its efforts to build up islands and coral reefs in the South China Sea. Chinese officials say the efforts are no different from public construction projects. Officials compared the activities to repairing roads, and building bridges and homes. More

Business & Economics

Audio In the US Senate, Heated Debate Over Catfish

Lawmakers in the U.S. Senate are debating the Trans-Pacific Partnership. But, the catfish, a popular farmed fish in some southern states, has caused a large share of the argument. Republican Senator John McCain criticized a measure calling for increased U.S. government inspections of Asian catfish. More

Health & Lifestyle

Nina Marranca looks at her phone, June 25, 2013.

Audio Deaf-Blind Woman First to Use Braille Phone

New technology allows deaf and blind people to use the telephone. The tests are underway in Australia and the U.S. It could help end isolation that people who cannot see or hear say they feel. Learn about this exciting new technology as well as words like "Braille" and "parallel testing." More

Entertainment

Audio Chinese-American Nightclub Scene Changed Racial Stereotypes

Chinese American nightclubs were West Coast hotspots in the U.S. during the 1950s and 60s. These popular nightclubs broke down racial barriers and paved the way for Asian actors to enter mainstream U.S. entertainment. This story is full of words and expression for talking about old school glamor. More

America

Audio Memorial Day: Arlington National Cemetery

Arlington National Cemetery is “A living tribute to our nation’s past” and the final resting place for 400,000 women and men who gave service to the United States. Slaves, government officials, Supreme Court justices, astronauts, explorers and two presidents are buried there. | As It Is More

Science & Technology

Video New Tool Maps Buildings' Energy Efficiency

Architects, engineers and building supervisors will soon be able to quickly collect information that once took weeks to measure and process. Scientists have developed a device to gather information about building interiors – the design and exact measurements of a building. More

Education

Discover Debate

Audio Successful Debate for New Learners and Large Classes

Many students of English engage in debate as part of their training. In Part Two of our Successful Debate series, we learn the kinds of debate topics that work well for English learners. An expert shares tips for organizing a debate in a large class and for answering arguments. 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 Syrian refugee woman talks a 'selfie' picture as she walks on the beach after arriving on the Greek island of Kos with her family on a dinghy boat, after crossing part of the Aegean Sea from Turkey to Greece.

A Syrian refugee woman talks a 'selfie' picture as she walks on the beach after arriving on the Greek island of Kos with her family on a dinghy boat, after crossing part of the Aegean Sea from Turkey to Greece.

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