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China Describes Its Island-Building in the South China Sea
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In the US Senate, Heated Debate over Catfish
9:01 PM - 9:04 PM May 21, 2015
The U.S. military has begun flights off the west coast of Malaysia. Military aircraft are searching for thousands of people who are believed to be trapped on unsafe wooden boats. Last week, Indonesia and Malaysia announced they would temporarily permit the boat people to land.
It calls for cooperation among governments that claim all or part of the South China Sea, which is said to be rich in oil, natural gas and fisheries. But the plan is not likely to produce a reaction outside of Taiwan because country has no diplomatic ties with the countries that claim the waters.
Every year people in Hong Kong gather to remember the June 4 anniversary of the Chinese government crackdown at Tiananmen Square. Usually they also give thanks for their freedoms. But this year, some say people in Hong Kong themselves are feeling increasing pressure from the Chinese government.
For years, the first stop for millions of immigrants to the United States was the Ellis Island immigration center in New York Harbor. A new museum exhibit tells about the people who entered the country before and after the center closed. | As It Is
Vietnam might have the right setting for renewable energy. However, government price controls and regulations make it difficult to develop “clean energy” there. People working in the power market have suggested other ways to support renewables, including reducing taxes for energy related training.
Arlington National Cemetery is “A living tribute to our nation’s past” and the final resting place for 400,000 women and men who gave service to the United States. Slaves, government officials, Supreme Court justices, astronauts, explorers and two presidents are buried there. | As It Is
Thousands walk the National Mall every day. The green space has taken a bad beating as a result. Now, a project is taking place to repair and renew the grassy area lined with famous museums so people can continue to enjoy it for years to come.
Many young people in Cambodia dream of joining the circus. For some needy and underprivileged youths some are given an opportunity at the Phare Ponleu Selpak school or PPS to learn circus skills that may help change their lives for the better.
In less than three weeks the first-ever Race to Alaska will be an exciting and challenging journey for anyone brave enough to enter with their non-motorized boat. One can only race by sailing, rowing, paddling, pedaling or a combination of those activities.
College students teach mathematics and English to poor, immigrant children at a coin laundry near Washington, DC. At the same time, the students are helping the owner of the business become more profitable. The tutoring is part of the business plan they have created. | As It Is
This summer, the latest version of Google's self-driving car will make its first appearance on public roads. The two-seat vehicle does not need a gas pedal or steering wheel. The prototype can drive, brake and recognize road dangers without human involvement.
Lawmakers in the U.S. Senate are debating the Trans-Pacific Partnership. But, the catfish, a popular farmed fish in some southern states, has caused a large share of the argument. Republican Senator John McCain criticized a measure calling for increased U.S. government inspections of Asian catfish.
Because few students study psychiatry in the country, experts do not expect that will change anytime soon. Only six students are in the three-year-long psychiatry course, and the government spends just $1 million a year on mental health care services. | As It Is
Indonesia and Malaysia have agreed to provide temporary shelter to thousands of migrants and human trafficking victims trapped at sea. Thailand will provide humanitarian assistance. Until now, the three countries had expressed an unwillingness to help the estimated 7,000 migrants.
Muhammadu Buhari is set to become Nigeria’s president later this month. Some Nigerians are celebrating his recent victory and other election results by going for very long walks called treks. Some want to congratulate the new leader; others walk in support of unity and the peaceful election process.
Caterpillars in Tanzania, grasshoppers in Mexico, water bugs in Thailand -- the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization says insects are a normal part of the diet of "at least two billion people" around world. Now, Americans are developing an interest in food made from crickets.
Nine people were killed in Waco, Texas, last Sunday during a gunfight between competing motorcycle gangs. Now, officials are worried that other gang members could travel to the city and incite more violence. Waco police say they seized more than 100 guns and arrested about 170 people.
Brandon Paulin, 19, is the top official of a town in the U.S. state of Maryland. He is the youngest mayor in the state’s history. The person who held the job before him was almost 60. Voters say they like Mr. Paulin’s big goals for his small town.
Chinese basketball fans know Michael Jordan as “Qiaodan.” The basketball star is taking a company using that name and his number "23" to court over their right to profit from them. Other companies like New Balance and Apple have fought over name brands in the Chinese market.
Amazon.com has received patent rights to send its products to customers by unmanned drone aircraft. The company is the largest U.S.-based online seller of products. But even with a patent, it does not appear the company will put its new delivery system in place any time soon.
The U.S. military has begun flights off the west coast of Malaysia. Military aircraft are searching for thousands of people who are believed to be trapped on unsafe wooden boats. Last week, Indonesia and Malaysia announced they would temporarily permit the boat people to land. More
It calls for cooperation among governments that claim all or part of the South China Sea, which is said to be rich in oil, natural gas and fisheries. But the plan is not likely to produce a reaction outside of Taiwan because country has no diplomatic ties with the countries that claim the waters. More
An Iraqi government television broadcast announced the move Tuesday. Also in the news, Al-Shabab attacks Kenya police near Somali border; Spy trial of Washington Post reporterJason Rezaian begins in Iran; Recovery efforts continue in Texas and Mexico after strong storms over the weekend. More
Every year people in Hong Kong gather to remember the June 4 anniversary of the Chinese government crackdown at Tiananmen Square. Usually they also give thanks for their freedoms. But this year, some say people in Hong Kong themselves are feeling increasing pressure from the Chinese government. More
For years, the first stop for millions of immigrants to the United States was the Ellis Island immigration center in New York Harbor. A new museum exhibit tells about the people who entered the country before and after the center closed. | As It Is More
If you have a long list of vocabulary words to learn, you might want to write them into a familiar song. Researchers at the University of Edinburgh studied the relationship between music and remembering a foreign language. After the tests were over, the singers came out on top. And it's more fun! More
Architects, engineers and building supervisors will soon be able to quickly collect information that once took weeks to measure and process.
Scientists have developed a device to gather information about building interiors – the design and exact measurements of a building. More
Raising money is an important part of any election in America. Candidates for the 2016 race for the White House and Congress are busy lining up dollars to fund their elections. VOA Learning English helps explain how the campaign finance systems work in the U.S. More
Horses are part of the history and romance of the Old American West. These days, they are popular for sport and entertainment. So, it is easy to understand why we Americans use so many horse expressions. Learn some of the most common and try to answer our horse riddle! More
In everyday conversation, English speakers often talk about things that are not true. Or, they talk about things that only happen if something else happens. Learn how to correctly use these conditional forms in English. If you write to us, we will let you know if it is correct. More