August 21, 2014 08:12 UTC

President Barack Obama speaks in the White House in Washington, Monday, Aug. 18, 2014. He took a two-day-long break from his summer vacation to meet with his top aides to talk about the problems in Iraq and Ferguson, Missouri. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Audio For President Obama, Race Is a Personal Issue

The racial violence in the city of Ferguson, Missouri is an important issue for Barack Obama, the first African-American president. Mr. Obama has asked protestors to stop fighting with police. And he has called for calm and understanding. But violent protests continue. More


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Audio Obama Condemns US Journalist's Execution

Obama has condemned the Islamic State militants who killed an American reporter and threatened to kill another one. Eric Holder meet with community leaders, local officials and FBI investigators in Ferguson. Liberia police fired tear gas at Ebola protest. More


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Thousands of Africans Are Studying in Chinai
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08/21/2014
Chinese officials say more than 35,000 Africans were studying in China at the end of last year.
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Video Thousands of Africans Are Studying in China

Chinese officials say more than 35,000 Africans were studying in China at the end of last year.
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Video Marijuana Could Be an Effective Epilepsy Treatment

A new type of medical marijuana grown in Colorado is proving to be effective in treating epilepsy in children. Doctors, activists and even families are urging the federal government to conduct more research.
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Video Can the World Support Its Huge Demand for Fish

The World Bank predicts that by 2030, 70 percent of the demand for fish will come from Asian countries.
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Video Indonesian Smartphone Use Rises

A Nielsen Indonesia study said smartphone ownership in Indonesia has increased by five percent since 2012.
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Video Is a College Education Worth the Money?

Movie maker Andrew Rossi examined education debt in the film “Ivory Tower.”

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Grammar Check: Can and Mayi
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07/28/2014
Watch this video to learn when you should use the words "Can" and "May".

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