November 24, 2014 22:27 UTC

In this picture taken July 18, 2012, Zali Idy, 12, poses in her bedroom in the remote village of Hawkantaki, Niger. Zali was married in 2011.

Audio African Union Promises to End Child Marriage

Strong social and cultural traditions support the practice in much of Africa, although it is illegal. Early marriage compromises the right of girls to an education. It can also have a shocking effect on their health. The African Union believes it can end the practice within a generation. More


In the News

U.S. President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden (R) applaud Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel after the president announced Hagel's resignaton at the White House in Washington, Nov. 24, 2014.

Audio US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel Resigns

Also, Iranian and Western diplomats shave extended talks about Iran's nuclear program; Russia's finance minister says the country is losing billions of dollars a year from sanctions and falling oil prices; and a Swiss museum says it will accept a priceless collection of long-hidden artwork. More


Learning English Videos

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Farm Visitors Increase Farm Profitsi
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Tourists in the U.S. harvest apples, ride on farm wagons and walk in the fields. In 2012, people spent $700 million on agri-tourism in the United States, a large increase from five years earlier.
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Video Farm Visitors Increase Farm Profits

Tourists in the U.S. harvest apples, ride on farm wagons and walk in the fields. In 2012, people spent $700 million on agri-tourism in the United States, a large increase from five years earlier.
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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.

World

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

Business and Economics

Video Farm Visitors Increase Farm Profits

In 2012, people spent $700 million on agri-tourism in the United States, a large increase from five years earlier. Fun on the farm is in full swing across the United States, as many farms host festivals and other activities to attract tourists. VOA visited Montpelier Farms in Maryland. 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

Mr. Van Rijsselberghe worked on the project with scientists from the Free University of Amsterdam.

Video Dutch Experiment Grows Vegetables in Sea Water

Due to rising sea level, farmers are increasingly unable to use fields close to the sea. A farmer in the Netherlands is growing small, but healthy and tasty crops in a mixture of fresh and salt water. Farmers in Pakistan may soon be growing Dutch potatoes in areas affected by rising sea waters. 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

Access students in Banda Aceh, Indonesia

Video US Teachers Reach Out to Indonesians in 'Access'

Access provides two years of free English classes to needy young people around the world. One of the largest Access programs is in Indonesia --with about 1,000 students. To find out if there will be an Access class near you, contact the U.S. Embassy in your home country. 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

 Taylor Swift performs "Blank Space" during the 42nd American Music Awards in Los Angeles, California.

Taylor Swift performs "Blank Space" during the 42nd American Music Awards in Los Angeles, California.

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