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10:46 PM - 10:49 PM August 03, 2015

ASEAN Ministers Expected to Discuss South China Sea

ASEAN Ministers Expected to Discuss South China Sea


8:46 PM - 8:51 PM August 03, 2015

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7:33 PM - 7:37 PM August 03, 2015

Bangkok Could Soon Be Underwater


6:33 PM - 6:37 PM August 03, 2015

Yazidis of Sinjar Observe Tragic Anniversary


5:19 PM - 5:21 PM August 03, 2015

Using Head in Soccer May Be Dangerous for Some Children


3:19 PM - 3:22 PM August 03, 2015

Digital Solution Helps Shield Online Activists


7:22 PM - 7:26 PM July 31, 2015

Russia Lists US supported Group as "Undesirable"


6:43 PM - 6:48 PM July 31, 2015

Kenya Joins US's HIV AIDS Project


3:28 PM - 3:31 PM July 31, 2015

Islamic State’s Media Violence May Hurt the Group


12:12 PM - 12:17 PM July 31, 2015

President Obama Praises Progress in Africa, and Calls for Change


8:47 PM - 8:49 PM July 30, 2015

US Calls Fight Against Human Trafficking a "Must Win"


5:17 PM - 5:23 PM July 30, 2015

China Holding Military Exercises in South China Sea


4:43 PM - 4:47 PM July 30, 2015

Wreckage Could Be From Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370

Wreckage Could Be From Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370


4:24 PM - 4:28 PM July 30, 2015

U.S. Student Filmmakers Fight Racial Stereotypes


9:50 PM - 9:54 PM July 29, 2015

China’s Stock Market Hit with Turmoil in July

China’s Stock Market Hit with Turmoil in July


8:24 PM - 8:29 PM July 29, 2015

Turkey Bombs Kurdish Rebel Targets in Iraq


3:50 PM - 3:54 PM July 29, 2015

Sri Lanka to Use Wasted Rainwater for Crops, Power


3:12 PM - 3:15 PM July 29, 2015

New Treatment Could Prevent, Reverse Alzheimer’s


2:16 PM - 2:20 PM July 29, 2015

China Testing “Hypersonic” Weapons


1:40 PM - 1:44 PM July 29, 2015

North Korea Says 'No Interest at All' in Nuclear Deal

North Korea Says 'No Interest at All' in Nuclear Deal

    Audio ASEAN Ministers Expected to Discuss South China Sea

    Early versions of working documents received by VOA and Reuters news agency suggest ministers are working toward a “Declaration of Conduct.” In time, such a document would lead to a “Code of Conduct” outlining measures to avoid conflict in the South China Sea.

    Video Yazidis of Sinjar Observe Tragic Anniversary

    Islamic State militants attacked Iraq's Yazidi community one year ago. Thousands were killed or forced to flee their homes. Many others starved or died of thirst as they hid on Sinjar Mountain. Those who were rescued are haunted by the memories of the slaughter and loss of their homelands.

    Audio Islamic State’s Media Violence May Hurt the Group

    The group calling itself the Islamic State uses videos to publicize its activities. Some of its horrible acts have turned into big news stories. Some observers blame television stations and newspapers for publicizing the violence. Others say the bloody videos are starting to ruin the group’s image.

    Audio Digital Solution Helps Shield Online Activists

    The National Democratic Institute, a non-profit group, says a “live” operating system calls “Tails” is helping pro-democracy activists and others hide their online communications and activities from hostile governments. “Tails” is an acronym for The Amnesic Incognito Live System.

    Audio China Testing 'Hypersonic' Weapons

    Four tests in 18 months are seen as a sign of the Communist nation’s continuing efforts to make advanced weapons. But China said the tests are, in its words, “purely scientific." Experts worry China could someday lead the United States in developing these super-fast weapons.

    Audio Sri Lanka to Use Wasted Rainwater for Crops, Power

    Sri Lanka plans to store and use a billion cubic meters of rainwater each year to support irrigation and power generation. The rainwater would go into the sea if it is not used. Sri Lanka is building the new water management system in the country's dry zone.

    Audio Russia Lists US-Supported Group as 'Undesirable'

    Russia’s newest anti-NGO law, under which the National Endowment for Democracy is declared an “undesirable organization” prohibited from operating in Russia, is the latest evidence that the regime of President Vladimir Putin faces a worsening crisis of political legitimacy.

    Audio Kenya Joins US's HIV-AIDS Project

    Kenya will receive more support to prevent and treat HIV/AIDS. The country will be part of the United States’ DREAMS project aimed at reducing HIV infections among young women. The U.S., the Nike Foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation have provided money for the effort.

    Audio China’s Stock Market Hit with Turmoil in July

    After a year of increases, stock prices in China had a correction, a sudden drop in price. The Chinese government has put in place a number of measures to support prices including lending money for stock purchases. But some question how much the stock market will affect the economy.

    Audio In Africa, Obama Praises Progress, Calls for Change

    During his visit to Kenya and Ethiopia, the first African-American president said “the world must recognize Africa’s extraordinary progress.” But he also called for a change in the continent’s cultures of corruption and discrimination.

    Audio China Holding Military Exercises in South China Sea

    China’s state media say the exercises took place Tuesday and more are to begin Saturday. Some U.S. and international security experts think China may be preparing to establish an air defense identification area in the South China Sea. | As It Is

    Video Wreckage Could Be From Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight

    An airplane part about two meters long was on Reunion Island, 3,500 kilometers from where the flight was last heard from. Now, investigators are trying to find out if it really is part of the plane that went missing in March 2014. The piece is about two meters long. It appears to be a flaperon.

    Video US Student Filmmakers Fight Racial Stereotypes

    Three high school students in Maryland explore the problems that can result from having beliefs about people based only on their race. The film project is based on minority students talking about their thoughts and experiences. The producers show the film in classrooms and hold discussions after.

    Audio In Myanmar, Replacing Poppy Plants with Coffee

    Myanmar’s Shan State is the second-largest opium-producing area in the world. But the area's poppy farmers are now earning less for their crops, as the price of poppy fluctuates. Now, the United Nations is hoping many farmers in Shan State will decide to grow coffee instead.

    Audio Dinosaur Death Leads to Rise of Fish

    Tens of millions of years ago, an asteroid hit what is now the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico. The event led to a global mass extinction that has been linked to the end of the dinosaurs. New examination of fossils from sediment shows what that great disaster led to: a modern age of fish.

    Video Turkey Bombs Kurdish Rebel Targets in Iraq

    The North Atlantic Treaty Organization has expressed support for Turkey’s military operations against Islamic State militants and the Kurdish rebel group the PKK. The rebels have been fighting Turkey for greater minority rights for more than 30 years.

    Audio North Korea: 'No Interest at All' in Nuclear Deal

    U.S. special diplomat to North Korean talks is meeting with Chinese and South Korean officials about restarting talks with North Korea on its nuclear program. However, North Korea has said it is not interested in giving up its weapons. The six-party talks were suspended in 2009.

    Audio Western Values Inspire Gay Rights Debate in S. Korea

    Thousands of South Korean gay rights supporters and opponents recently held demonstrations in front of Seoul's city administration building. Both sides say they find inspiration and support from the U.S. and other Western nations. Support for gay rights is growing in South Korea. So is Christianity.

    Audio Trans Pacific Partnership Talks May End This Week

    Observers say many issues still need to be worked out to reach a deal. The United States and Japan, for example, have had disputes over car parts and rice imports. Other nations have disputed over access to Canadian markets for agricultural products.

    Video Louisiana Using BP Settlement Money to Restore Coast

    Five years ago, workers stopped a well that had been leaking oil into the Gulf of Mexico for 87 days. This month, the company judged responsible for the disaster, BP, agreed to pay $18.7 billion to states along the Gulf coast. The money will help pay for economic and environmental restoration.

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  • Audio ASEAN Ministers Expected to Discuss South China Sea

    Early versions of working documents received by VOA and Reuters news agency suggest ministers are working toward a “Declaration of Conduct.” In time, such a document would lead to a “Code of Conduct” outlining measures to avoid conflict in the South China Sea. More

  • Video Yazidis of Sinjar Observe Tragic Anniversary

    Islamic State militants attacked Iraq's Yazidi community one year ago. Thousands were killed or forced to flee their homes. Many others starved or died of thirst as they hid on Sinjar Mountain. Those who were rescued are haunted by the memories of the slaughter and loss of their homelands. More

  • Audio Islamic State’s Media Violence May Hurt the Group

    The group calling itself the Islamic State uses videos to publicize its activities. Some of its horrible acts have turned into big news stories. Some observers blame television stations and newspapers for publicizing the violence. Others say the bloody videos are starting to ruin the group’s image. More

  • Audio Digital Solution Helps Shield Online Activists

    The National Democratic Institute, a non-profit group, says a “live” operating system calls “Tails” is helping pro-democracy activists and others hide their online communications and activities from hostile governments. “Tails” is an acronym for The Amnesic Incognito Live System. More

  • Audio Kerry Hears Concerns About Iran Nuclear Agreement

    Also, economic concerns in Greece, China weigh on share prices; Emergency declared in four areas of Myanmar; President Obama releases rules to cut carbon; and, Malaysian official says plane part from same kind of aircraft as MH370. | In the News More

Featured Stories

  • Audio Let’s Go on a Space Trip!

    You do not need to spend $50 million on a ticket to the moon. Just close your eyes and come with us to a trip into outer space! Learn idioms that will help you navigate the world of space. More

  • Audio Everyday Grammar: May, Might, and Must

    May, Might and Must are modal verbs that cause confusion for some learners. The Everyday Grammar team is on the job, explaining how to use these modals to express how certain, or sure, you are of something. You can also use one of them to tell about your wishes for the future. More

  • Video Feathertop by Nathaniel Hawthorne

    This classic American story features a scarecrow that comes to life. Find out what adventures he has as he looks for love and admiration. His only problem is that he has to keep puffing on the pipe the witch gave him. If he stops - something terrible may happen! More

  • Audio Study Shows How Poverty Could Limit Learning

    Studies have shown that children from poor families have more difficulty in school than other boys and girls. Children with higher socioeconomic roots seem better prepared and perform better on school tests. Now, American researchers may have found a biological reason for that difference. More

  • Audio Study: Smoking May Increase Risk of Schizophrenia

    Researchers reviewed 61 studies from around the world; they discovered cigarette smoking is three times more common among those with schizophrenia who were receiving medical care for the illness for the first time compared to people who did not have the mental disorder. More

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