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Farmers hold signs during a protest to protect their paddy fields from being part of a land grab to make way for the construction of a luxury Ecopark resort in Van Giang district, in Vietnam's northern Hung Yen province, outside Hanoi April 20, 2012. Land

Audio Vietnam Rejects Reports of Police Abuse

Human Rights Watch has found an increase in the number of reports of torture and death of individuals detained by police. But Vietnam has rejected the report that accuses Vietnamese police of abusing detainees. More


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An armed jihadist stands next to the wreckage of a Syrian government forces aircraft which was shot down by militants of the Islamic State (IS) group over the Syrian town of Raqa on September 16, 2014. The plane crashed into a house in the Euphrates Valle

Audio How Do Islamic State Militants Finance Their Operations?

The Islamic State militant group gets money to finance its fighters and operations in a number of ways. Observers say some of the money comes from kidnapping and human trafficking. | In The News More


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Video Hundreds Attend Free Language School in Hanoi

Two brothers in Vietnam are helping Hanoi’s poorest students by giving classes in English and Japanese.
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Video Raw Chocolate May Be Healthier

The experts disagree on the health qualities of chocolate. But most agree that raw chocolate could be the healthiest kind available.
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Video Conflicts Place Heavy Demands on World Food Program

The WFP says it has had to use airplanes to transport 50 times more food this year than in the first half of last year.
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Video Use of Public Transportation in US Highest in Almost 60 Years

As Americans move into cities, they are driving less and using subways and buses more; public transportation trips in New York City alone number in the billions.

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  'Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red' is an evolving -- or gradually changing -- art installation where 888,246 poppy flowers will be planted by volunteers. Each poppy represents a British or Colonial fatality in World War I.

'Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red' is an evolving -- or gradually changing -- art installation where 888,246 poppy flowers will be planted by volunteers. Each poppy represents a British or Colonial fatality in World War I.

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Monday, September 22, 1700 UTC: Jonathan Evans hosts an “Open Mic” discussion – Any questions?

Tuesday, September 23, 1300 UTC: Ashley Thompson serves up some yummy Food Idioms

Wednesday, September 24, 1900 UTC: Adam Brock answers questions about American Culture

Thursday, September 25, 1300 UTC: Dr. Jill Robbins welcomes English Teachers to call about Teacher Topics

Friday, September 26, 1500 UTC: Caty Weaver talks about Phrasal Verbs

 

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