November 23, 2014 06:00 UTC

Brazil Religion in Latin America

Audio Latin America Catholics Converting to Protestants

Almost 40 percent of the world’s Catholic population, or about 425 million people, lives in Latin America. But a recent study from the Pew Research Center says people in Latin America have increasingly lost faith in the Catholic Church. Membership has decreased as much as 20 percent. More


In the News

President Barack Obama announces executive actions on immigration during a nationally televised address from the White House in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014.

Video Obama Orders Changes to US Immigration Policy

Mr. Obama’s decision will affect the lives of five million people who have entered the United States without permission. He says the country’s immigration system has not been working for many years and needs immediate reform. | In the News More


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Sometimes you have to "clear the air." Learn what this American English phrase means by watching this video.
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Video English in a Minute: Clear the Air

Sometimes you have to "clear the air." Learn what this American English phrase means by watching this video.
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Video News Words: Fraud

Our hosts explain the word "fraud" in the week's News Words program. Then, comment or ask a question about using this word in the comment section below.
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Video Writing Groups Can Help Student Do Better on Papers

Sharing a paper with other readers for suggestions and advise can help.
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Video How a Magician Uses His Trade to Heal

A magician decides to use his tricks for a bigger purpose than just entertaining an audience. But can magic really heal?
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Video Cow Head Meat Remains Popular in South Africa

People in many countries will not eat it, but in South Africa some men say it tastes good and there is a market for the unusual food.
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Video Researchers Develop Method for Printing Tissue

Using the process called biofabrication, medical researchers are developing a method for using three dimensional printing of tissue that can be used in the body.
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Video English in a Minute: Calling Someone's Bluff

When do you the idiom "call someone's bluff" in a conversation? Watch this video and learn all about it.
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Video News Words: Solution

Our hosts explain the term solution and how it may be used in the news. Then, write a comment or ask us a question in the comment section below.
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Video Luxembourg Set to End Bank Secrecy

The small European nation will end its bank secrecy rules in 2017. Austria will do the same in the following year. It is estimated that countries would raise $200 billion if money hidden in tax havens were taxed.
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Video The Most “Wonder”ful Time of the Year

The Great Barrier Reef, Victoria Falls and the Grand Canyon. These are some of the world’s natural wonders. Jonathan Evans talks with callers about the great natural wonders on Planet Earth.
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Video Kenyan School Program Helps Hungry Schoolchildren

A school in a poor area of Nairobi is doing more than feeding student’s minds. It is also providing food to hungry boys and girls.
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Video Vaccination of Dogs Can End Rabies Threat

Uncommon in the West, rabies continues to threaten public health in India, and other parts of Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.
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Video Environmental Group Warns Earth's Health at Risk

A report by the World Wildlife Fund looked at thousands of animal populations and found they have dropped sharply in 40 years.
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Video Teens Help Seniors Enter New High-Tech World

Young people are helping older people learn about and use hi-tech devices and the results are bringing people together.
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Video English in a Minute: Barking Up the Wrong Tree

Have you heard someone use this phrase in a discussion? The video will tell you all about "barking up the wrong tree."

World

Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen (L) stretches to shake hands with China's President Xi Jinping before a meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, November 7, 2014. REUTERS/Jason Lee/POOL

Audio Cambodian Opposition Criticize Dependence on Chinese Aid

China’s government recently promised more than $500 million in aid to Cambodia. Cambodian officials say they need about $1 billion in foreign aid each year to operate the government. Opposition members are worried about the country becoming too dependent on aid money from China. More

Business and Economics

Floor traders work at the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Investors in Hong Kong will be able to trade stocks on the Shanghai stock exchange.

Audio China Opens Shanghai Stock Market to Hong Kong

The trading plan lets investors trade shares in either stock exchange. Some officials called the move a major breakthrough in opening China’s financial markets. Trading in a limited number of shares will be limited to $3.8 billion a day. However, the total value of the trade is relatively small. More

Entertainment

"Point and Shoot": An American Filmmaker

Video American Filmmaker 'Point and Shoot' in Libya

The story sounds like a work of fiction: An American filmmaker takes to the road on a motorcycle. He and his video camera travel around the Arab world. He ended up fighting with Libyan rebels opposed to Gadhafi and made a movie. The movie won the top documentary prize at Tribeca. More

Health

Ebola WHO Training

Audio Progress in Fight Against Ebola

In late October, officials in West Africa began reporting some good news in the battle against Ebola. Fewer people are getting infected and fewer are dying from it. But the experts warn this bit of good news must not slow the international fight against Ebola, which is still far from over. More

America

President Barack Obama announces executive actions on immigration during a nationally televised address from the White House in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014.

Video Obama Orders Changes to US Immigration Policy

Mr. Obama’s decision will affect the lives of five million people who have entered the United States without permission. He says the country’s immigration system has not been working for many years and needs immediate reform. | In the News More

Science and Technology

France Comet Landing

Video Spacecraft Makes Historic Landing on a Comet

After traveling 10 years and hundreds of millions of kilometers, a small robotic spacecraft has for the first time landed on the surface of a comet. The spaceship was to study the Comet 67P/Churymov-Gerasimenko, looking for organic, or carbon-based material, and inorganic materials. More

History

Gettysburg

Audio Battle of Gettysburg Ends the South’s Hopes

In the summer of 1863, Confederate General Robert E. Lee led his troops into northern territory. He faced the army of Union General George Meade in central Pennsylvania. The Battle of Gettsyburg was one of the most important fights in the war. Historians believe the battle ended the South's hopes. More

Education

Jennifer Tkacz interview

Video Tips for Applying to US Colleges, Part Two

For part two of our tips for applying to American colleges, we visit George Mason University, in Fairfax, Virginia. George Mason University is the largest public research university in the state of Virginia. It has about 33,000 students, and more than 100 different majors and specializations. More

VOA SPECIAL REPORT

Mohamed Mohamud, a Somali-American, told his father he was going to a mosque early for Friday prayers. Two days later, he sent a text message from Istanbul saying he was joining his “brothers” (Islamic State) in Syria.

Mohamed Mohamud, a Somali-American, told his father he was going to a mosque early for Friday prayers. Two days later, he sent a text message from Istanbul saying he was joining his “brothers” (Islamic State) in Syria.

The Day in Photos

 People take part in a rally in central Kyiv, Ukraine. Ukrainians marked the first anniversary of pro-European Union (EU) mass protests which caused a change in the country's leadership and brought Ukraine closer to the EU.

People take part in a rally in central Kyiv, Ukraine. Ukrainians marked the first anniversary of pro-European Union (EU) mass protests which caused a change in the country's leadership and brought Ukraine closer to the EU.

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