Over 75% of students failed their Grade 12 final examinations in August 2014. Why did so many students have trouble passing? A recently established government policy had prevented cheating. Hang Chuon Naron, the new Education Minister, wants to end corruption in the schools. More
The rights group Freedom House has reported a general decline in political and civil rights around the world last year. The group said its measure of international freedom has dropped in each of the past nine years. It added that democratic ideals are now under the greatest threat in 25 years More
War in Lebanon continues. Women from the opposing sides are coming together to cook – thanks to a non-profit called Ruwwad al Tanmeya-Lebanon. Experienced chefs helped the women complete training. Now they are selling their food to organizations such as the Red Cross. More
The 2015 North American International Auto Show took a test drive in the U.S. city of Detroit, Michigan. It was the first major international car show in the U.S.
Automobile manufacturers from around the world presented over 500 models, gas, electric, luxury, performance and concept vehicles More
Asia has long tradition of tea-drinking. And China is no exception. However, lately more and more Chinese people are turning to a different drink. Coffee has become an increasingly popular choice of Chinese people living abroad and in the country’s huge cities. More
The National Football League championship game is hugely popular with sports fans and television advertisers. Tens of millions of people watch the game for the competitive play and for the funny commercials broadcast throughout. Many also enjoy the halftime show. This year Katy Perry will entertain. More
The US Congress has invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak at a joint meeting of the House and Senate in March. House Speaker John Boehner said he did not contact the Obama administration about the visit. President Obama will not meet with Mr. Netanyahu. More
It used to be mostly the military that used small, unpiloted aircraft, called “drones.” The little planes were very costly. But as they have dropped in price more people have begun to use them. Rescue workers and farmers are among the new users. The drones save money and time. More
The Obama administration wants to spend billions of dollars on education in science, technology, and engineering (STEM). The challenge is making girls feel welcome in this area of study. Parents, educators and toy makers are trying to increase the numbers of girls studying STEM subjects. More
Four years of bloody fighting had preserved the Union of states and freed four million slaves. But the cost of the war was great – in lives, in money and in infrastructure. Yet the country had to find a way to rebuild. More
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Monday, January 26, 1800 UTC: Jonathan Evans talks about traditional desserts.
Wednesday, January 28, 1800 UTC: Dr. Jill Robbins talks about public speaking skills.
Thursday, January 29, 1800 UTC: Marsha James and Anna Mateo talk about feeling “under the weather.”
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