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9:03 PM - 9:09 PM April 29, 2016

What Bathrooms Should Transgender People Use?

6:37 PM - 6:39 PM April 29, 2016

North Korea Sentences Korean-American to 10 Years of Hard Labor

1:36 PM - 1:39 PM April 29, 2016

Italy: NATO Force to Deploy in Mediterranean

8:27 PM - 8:28 PM April 28, 2016

Reports: Prescription Drugs Found with Prince's Body

7:14 PM - 7:17 PM April 28, 2016

US Lawmaker: More Operations in South China Sea

7:08 PM - 7:12 PM April 28, 2016

Library Program Uses Arts to Fuel Creativity in Children

4:27 PM - 4:30 PM April 28, 2016

Maria Sharapova May Get A Second Chance

9:45 PM - 9:46 PM April 27, 2016

Cambodian Royal Turtle Near Extinction

8:31 PM - 8:40 PM April 27, 2016

Apps To Help Students Do Their Best Work

7:56 PM - 7:58 PM April 27, 2016

Baby Eagles in Washington, DC Get Their Names

7:37 PM - 7:42 PM April 27, 2016

iPhone Sales Fall, Ending Apple's Record Growth

7:25 PM - 7:27 PM April 27, 2016

Study Suggests Brazilians Want Early Election

7:03 PM - 7:04 PM April 27, 2016

European Space Agency Moves Toward 'Moon Village'

5:49 PM - 5:52 PM April 27, 2016

Clinton, Trump Win Big, Look Toward November

5:09 PM - 5:11 PM April 27, 2016

Homeless Children in New Delhi Publish Newspaper

4:39 PM - 4:42 PM April 27, 2016

Market for Illegally Made Goods Reaches $460 Billion

4:14 PM - 4:18 PM April 27, 2016

US Urges Vietnam to Release All Political Prisoners

4:03 PM - 4:08 PM April 27, 2016

Nepal Quake: Slowly Rebuilding One Year Later

12:09 PM - 12:12 PM April 27, 2016

Suicide Rates Increase in US

7:00 PM - 7:02 PM April 26, 2016

El Nino Could Cause Famine to Return in Somalia

    Turkey Expands Media Crackdown

    The Turkish government is intensifying its campaign against the media. One American journalist was denied entry to the country earlier this week. Another reporter was detained for social media posts critical of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

    Video Homeless Children in India Publish Newspaper

    The monthly newspaper has 70 reporters in several states and 14 in the capital. All of the writers, editors and managers are homeless children. About 10,000 people read the newspaper, which is supported by NGOs and charity groups.

    Audio Market for Illegally-Made Goods Reaches $460 Billion

    An organization that studies economic and social issues says the international trade in counterfeit goods is rising. The OECD warns that some of these products can endanger the public and might even finance terrorists or criminal groups.

    Audio Italy: NATO Force to Deploy in Mediterranean

    More than 16,000 people successfully crossed the sea from North Africa to Italy in the first three months of 2016; that is almost twice as many as the same period in 2015.

    Audio North Korea Sentences Korean-American to Hard Labor

    A North Korean court sentenced Kim Dong Chul Friday after finding him guilty of subversion. Last month, he admitted that he attempted to steal military secrets. Observers say North Korean officials likely pressured him to make the statement.

    Audio US Lawmaker: More Operations in South China Sea

    The Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee spoke this week. He says the freedom of navigation operations in the South China Sea have not kept China from its building efforts in the disputed ocean territory.

    Audio Reports: Prescription Drugs Found with Prince's Body

    Media reports say police discovered prescription drugs with Prince when the musician was found dead at his home last week. Several news organizations, including ABC, CBS, CNN and NBC, are citing law enforcement sources as the basis of the information.

    Maria Sharapova May Get a Second Chance

    In March, the World Anti-doping Association suspended a number of athletes from competing in their sports because they tested positive for a drug banned in January. Now, the group says it does not know how long the drug can stay in an athlete’s system and it is reconsidering the suspensions.

    iPhone Sales Fall, Ending Apple's Record Growth

    For the first time in 13 years, sales at Apple Inc. did not grow. Apple’s sales dropped by 13 percent in the quarter ending on Tuesday. The Chief Executive Officer of the company says the smartphone market is not growing anymore.

    Audio Nepal Quake: Slowly Rebuilding One Year Later

    One year after a large, deadly earthquake hit Nepal, the government announced plans to start reconstructing important sites. But the sites are not the only things that need rebuilding. Many people are still living in temporary shelters, and demonstrators are protesting the recovery’s slow speed.

    Audio Clinton, Trump Win Big, Look Toward November

    Republican Donald Trump won all five state primary elections on Tuesday. Hillary Clinton of the Democratic Party won four. The two candidates are likely to compete against each other in the general election for U.S. president in November.

    Audio Study: Brazilians Support Snap Presidential Election

    The public opinion study found that only 25 percent of Brazilians want Dilma Rousseff to continue as president. Eight percent said a Vice-President Michel Temer government could fix the crisis. Most Brazilians questioned said they want both to resign and a new election held immediately.

    Audio US Urges Vietnam to Release Political Prisoners

    US officials also called on the Vietnamese government to improve its treatment of civil society activists. The calls were made this week as President Barack Obama prepares for his first visit to Vietnam.

    China Launches New Anti-Spying Campaign

    China warns its citizens that the typical spy looks more like a normal person than the James Bond movie character. China's anti-spying effort comes at a time when two high-profile criminal cases are making headlines.

    Video Silicon Valley Start-Ups Fueled by Immigrants

    Besides established companies, there are many small companies trying to get started. These businesses are known as start-ups. Some of the people behind the start-ups are immigrants from countries like Sri Lanka, Taiwan and China.

    Video 'Ten Years' Film Gains Praise and Criticism in Hong Kong

    The film Ten Years imagines life in Hong Kong under Chinese rule in the year 2025. China’s central government censors block any mention of the film on the Internet. But in Hong Kong, the film has been attracting big audiences.

    Audio Parents of Missing Mexican Students Criticize Government

    The parents of 43 Mexican students missing since 2014 said the government lied to them. The parents believe the government did not carry out a thorough investigation into the disappearance of their children.

    El Nino Could Cause Famine to Return in Somalia

    The long-term weather changer known as El Nino has been one of the worst on record. It has created drought and food shortages in the Horn of Africa. Residents there could face famine, say NGOs.

    Video Chernobyl, Risky Still, Thirty Years Later

    Tuesday is the 30th anniversary of the explosion at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in the former Soviet Union. The Soviet-built reactor suffered a meltdown and caught fire. The effects of the accident are still being felt today.

    Video Remembering African Music Great Papa Wemba

    Papa Wemba died on Sunday after collapsing at a music festival in Ivory Coast. The singer was 66 years old. He was long considered one of Africa’s greatest musicians and known around the world as the king of Congolese rumba.

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