October 21, 2014 16:44 UTC

Bishops attend the beatification ceremony of Pope Paul VI, and a mass for the closing of of a two-week synod on family issues, celebrated by Pope Francis, in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican,  Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014.

Audio Catholic Bishops Reject Plan to 'Welcome' Gays

Conservatives had criticized an early document from the two-week-long meeting of bishops in Rome. That document sought to limit criticism of people who have same-sex relationships. The final document approved by the bishops disappoints liberals but pleases conservatives. | As It Is More


In the News

Indonesia's President Joko Widodo, left, walks with former president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono at the presidential palace in Jakarta, Indonesia, Oct. 20, 2014.

Audio Indonesians Welcome New President

Also, Turkey and US help Kurdish forces fight Islamic State, and finally some good news on the fight against Ebola. | In the News More


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Delegates expressed concern about surveillance software at the United Nations-supported Internet Governance Forum meeting in Istanbul, Turkey.
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Video Building a Windbreak Protects Crops

Barriers of trees and plants work best when they let a little wind pass through. The presence of windbreaks on cropland helps reduce the loss of soil to wind and water.
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Video English in a Minute: As the Crow Flies

Have you ever heard someone use "as the crow flies" in a sentence? Watch this video and find out what this phrase means in American English.
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Video News Words: Revision

Sometimes things need to change. Our hosts tell you about the term "revision" on News Words. Then comment or write a sentence using the word. We will answer you.
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Video Talk2US: Let’s Celebrate!

Holidays are a time to take a break from work and celebrate a special event or person. Listen as we talk about holidays in the United States and around the world.
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Video Outbreaks, Like Ebola, Also Hurt Economies

World Bank President Jim Yong Kim says the Ebola outbreak threatens West African economies noting other outbreaks that have created high economic losses.
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Video Schools in Cameroon Face Boko Haram Threat

Few students attend the first day of schools along the border with Nigeria.
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Video Talk2US with Anna Mateo and Dr. Jill Robbins: Cooking with Kale

Anna Mateo and Dr. Jill Robbins share some recipes with callers from Sri Lanka and Vietnam.
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Video Taking Notes by Hand Is Better for Understanding

If you want to remember something important, it might be a good idea to skip the computer and write it down instead. Write it with a pencil or pen. On paper.
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Video China's Internet Addiction Camps

Based on the definition, China has over 20 million Internet addicts.
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Video English in a Minute: Burned Out

What does it mean to be "burned out" in American English
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Video News Words: Stabilize

Keep it steady. Watch and our hosts will explain what it means to "stabilize" on News Words. Then, comment or ask us a question. We will respond
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Video Jonathan asks, What's your workout?

What's your workout routine? What exercises do you do to keep fit?

World

Bishops attend the beatification ceremony of Pope Paul VI, and a mass for the closing of of a two-week synod on family issues, celebrated by Pope Francis, in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican,  Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014.

Audio Catholic Bishops Reject Plan to 'Welcome' Gays

Conservatives had criticized an early document from the two-week-long meeting of bishops in Rome. That document sought to limit criticism of people who have same-sex relationships. The final document approved by the bishops disappoints liberals but pleases conservatives. | As It Is More

Business and Economics

Jean Tirole of France won the 2014 Noble Prize in economics for his work on regulating markets influence by only a few big companies.

Audio French Economist Wins Nobel for Studies in Market Rules

Economists have studied how markets work for a long time. Generally, they work well. But markets do not always perform as expected. Jean Tirole of France won the Nobel Prize in Economics for studying why markets are imperfect, or inefficient, and what governments can do to regulate them. More

Entertainment

Video Sting, War, Lou Reed for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Welcome to American Mosaic from VOA Learning English. I’m Caty Weaver. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced its nominees for induction this year. The 15 choices cover more than 50 years in music. They are Britons, Germans and Americans from across the United States. More

Health

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Audio Dealing with Distractions and Overreactions

Five million American children and teenagers have Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder, commonly known as ADHD. ADHD makes it difficult - if not impossible - to stay with a duty until it is complete. Katherine Ellison knows the problem well. | Health Report More

America

**ADVANCE FOR MONDAY SEPT. 22** Dr. Lori Baker,  a forensic scientist at Baylor University, poses for a photo at her lab in Waco, Texas, Aug. 29, 2003.  Baker recently launched an ambitious project to try to match unidentified remains found along the bord

Audio Naming the Nameless Dead on US-Mexico Border

From January to September of this year an estimated 230 migrants died trying to cross the border from Mexico into the United States. This is according to a new report released by the International Organization for Migration. The organization says that number might be higher. | As It Is More

Science and Technology

African Cheetahs

Audio Is the Cheetah Fast Enough to Survive?

In 1900, about 100,000 cheetahs lived in the world. Today there are only 10,000 of the animals. Just about everyone knows that cheetahs are fast. Some studies have measured their speed at about 95 kilometers an hour over distances of about 366 meters. More

History

General George McClellan created a strong Union force, but he worried he did not have enough men to defeat the Confederacy.

Audio McClellan Approaches Richmond ... And Waits

The North and South clashed in a series of battles called the Seven Days Campaign. The struggle saved the Confederacy but came at a terrible price. But victory came at a terrible price. Twenty thousand Confederate soldiers were killed or wounded. The Civil War was becoming more costly. More

Education

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Audio Free Online Test Targets English Learners

The new exam is called the EFSET, which is short for Education First Standardized English Test. The company, Education First, is known by the letters EF. It operates schools and offices in more than 50 countries. More

The Day in Photos

 A street vendor spreads vermilion powder used for worship during the Tihar festival, also called Diwali, in Kathmandu, Nepal.

A street vendor spreads vermilion powder used for worship during the Tihar festival, also called Diwali, in Kathmandu, Nepal.

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Monday, October 20, 1700 UTC - Want to spice up your English? Jonathan Evans talks about colorful adjectives

Tuesday, October 21, 1330 UTC: Ashley Thompson explains conversational "blended words" in American English. "Don't be hangry. Eat a cronut!"

Wednesday, October 22, 1900 UTC: Do you carve vegetables or fruits? Anna Matteo and Dr. Jill Robbins show how to carve a pumpkin

Thursday, October 23, 1300 UTC: Do you like to 'dress up?' Dr. Jill Robbins explains the cultural phenomenon of "Cosplay."

Friday, October 24, 1500 UTC: Caty Weaver breaks down some more phrasal verbs

 

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