September 18, 2014 01:07 UTC

Audio Sea Dispute Tests Philippines’ Ties with China

This week a huge trade show in China aims to publicize good relations between Southeast Asian countries and China. But the Philippine president is not attending, after a tense year in the South China Sea. More


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Audio Obama: No Ground War in Iraq

The US leader spoke a day after top general said combat force deployment possible. President says airstrikes would be the base of US efforts. U.S. proposed talk with North Korean on three detained American. India and China signed trade agreements. Scotland to vote on independence. | In the News More


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Raw Chocolate May Be Healthieri
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09/17/2014
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 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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Video China's Alibaba to Sell Stock on the New York Stock Exchange

Alibaba could raise $20 billion or more by selling stock to the public in the U.S. The company holds an 80 percent share of China’s online market.
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Video News Words: Biofuel

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Egyptians walk past a graffiti with modern and Pharaonic designs on Mohammed Mahmoud Street near Tahrir Square, in downtown Cairo.

Egyptians walk past a graffiti with modern and Pharaonic designs on Mohammed Mahmoud Street near Tahrir Square, in downtown Cairo.

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American vs. British: Chips vs. Crispsi
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American English and British English, at times, use different words to describe the same thing. Are chips the same as crisps?

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Monday, Sept. 15, 1700 UTC: Jonathan Evans discusses daily routines: How do you wake up and get to work or school?
 
Wednesday, Sept. 17, 1200 UTC: Dr. Jill Robbins discusses common gestures Americans use to greet each other: waving, shaking hands and hugging.
 
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