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US, Japan to Connect with Fiber-Optic Cable

FILE - A consortium plans to build the world's fastest undersea cable, using fiber optic wire, connecting the United States and Japan.

08/22/2014
Work on $300 million project to begin immediately; five Asian companies and Google involved in the project, which will link US West Coast and Japan. | In the News More

Audio Diners Increase Business with Healthy Food

Restaurants called “diners” can be found throughout the United States. They make simple, low-cost food. But traditional diner food is often unhealthy. One group of diners is cooking healthier food for their customers and, surprisingly, they love it.

Audio Learning to Grow Traditional Foods in Uganda

The "slow food" movement is growing in the Western world, but not in Africa. Group works to help people in Uganda and other countries grow local, healthy food. | Agriculture Report

Audio “Green Loans” Help Kenya’s Farmers

A new company offers a new kind of loan, and teaches farmers how to protect the soil and feed the nation. And it protects them from “loan sharks” | As It Is

Audio Tobacco Plant to Make Jet Fuel

Boeing, South African Airways, Dutch biofuel company working together to make biofuel; tobacco farmers may have a new market for their crop | As It Is

Audio Trophy Hunting Is Big Business in South Africa

Hunting big game in South Africa is big business. Some argue that this helps the animal populations. Others are not so sure. The issue is anything but black and white.

Audio Panama Canal Turns 100 Amid Growing Competition

The Panama Canal opened 100 years ago, on August 15, 1914. It is 77 kilometers long. It joins the Atlantic and Pacific oceans at Panama. It made the world smaller -- cargo ships no longer had to sail around South America.

Audio Vietnam Working To Improve Its Economy

The Vietnam government says it is working to solve the country's economic problems so it can bring in more foreign investors. Officials admit that they will have to work hard to try to return Vietnam to its former standing as a popular investment in Asia’s growing markets.

Audio Philadelphia Laundry Succeeds by Being Green

Gabriel Mandujano operates a cleaning service called Wash Cycle Laundry. He opened the service four years ago in the American city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. At the time, Mr. Mandujano had three goals: earning a profit, developing community and staying “green” – not harming the environment.

Audio Learning Hacking to Stop Hackers

This kind of training is important to companies and governments. They want more young people to enter the information security field to help defend against online criminals. Just one attack can cost a companies millions of dollars | American Mosaic

Audio Vietnamese Boycott Chinese Products

Many Vietnamese are still angry about the oil rig dispute with China. The dispute led to increased feeling of nationalism and campaigns to boycott Chinese goods. One advertising slogan reads “Vietnamese People Give Priority to Vietnamese Goods."

Audio US, Russian Oil Partnership Continues Despite Sanctions

Exxon and Rosneft's move of the oil drilling rig to the Artic had been planned for some time. But increasing tensions between the U.S. and Russia mean that it has attracted international observation.

Audio Is Air Travel Safe?

Last week, Malaysia Airline flight MH17 was shot down over eastern Ukraine killing all 298 passengers and crew. On Wednesday, July 23, two Ukrainian military planes were shot down in the same airspace. And now an Air Algeria plane crashed in Mali.

Audio China Arrests Five Involved in Meat Scandal

Chinese police have arrested five employees of a Shanghai-based food supplier. This food supplier is accused of selling old, or expired, meat to several fast food chains in China. These fast food chains include two of the biggest -- McDonald's and Kentucky Fried Chicken.

Audio US Jury Orders Tobacco Firm to Pay Billions to Widow

A jury in the southeastern U.S. state of Florida has ordered the country's second largest cigarette maker to pay $23.6 billion to the widow of a smoker. The jury also ordered the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company to pay $16.8 million in compensatory damages.

Audio China Looks to Open New Silk Roads

Chinese officials have been campaigning for the establishment of two new trade routes they call the Silk Roads. One of the routes would be a land-based road. The other would be for trade ships at sea.

Audio Russians, Chinese Buying Pricey New York Homes

Canadian, Chinese and Russian buyers are said to make up the majority of non-U.S. investors in Manhattan’s pricey neighborhoods. Some paid tens of millions of dollars or more for a condo they have never even visited.

Audio Obama Announces Effort to Protect Pacific Ocean

President Barack Obama has launched a new effort to protect parts of the Pacific Ocean from overfishing and environmental damage. He announced his plan in a video message to an international conference on the oceans.

Audio Will China, India Become World's Largest Economies?

China or India? A recent study has some experts predicting one of the two countries will become the world's largest economy this year. | As It Is

Audio Bill Gates: Philanthropy Needs New Ideas

American Bill Gates serves as co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The private foundation is working to end deadly diseases and poverty. | As It Is

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    Audio UN: Boat People Fleeing Myanmar, Bangladesh

    The United Nations says there has been a sudden increase in people fleeing Myanmar and Bangladesh by boat. Activists fear the number will continue to rise as refugees leave unclean camps and violence in Myanmar. They say that is especially true of ethnic Rohingya. More

  • Morgan County dispatcher Larry Holmes talks with a woman reporting a domestic disturbance as deputies respond to her location Friday, April 28, 2007, in Versailles, Mo. Because the 911 call came in on a landline, the address of the disturbance was immedia

    Audio It's an Emergency in Any Language

    In most countries, people can make a telephone call to ask for medical or police help using just three numbers. In the European Union, the number is 1-1-2. Some Asian countries use 9-9-9. In North America, the number is 9-1-1. More

  • A UNICEF worker shares information on Ebola and best practices to help prevent its spread with residents of the Matam neighborhood of Conakry, Guinea in this handout photo courtesy of UNICEF taken Aug. 20, 2014.

    Audio Conflicts, Ebola Put More Demands on UNICEF

    UNICEF says August has been its busiest month for emergency airlifts in the past 10 years. Some of the supplies going to Syria and Iraq are designed to help children deal with the effects of conflict. Some have gone to Liberia for use against the disease Ebola. More

  • FILE - A Vietnamese boy looks at dairy products at a showroom of the Vietnam Dairy Products Co (Vinamilk) in Hanoi.

    Audio Vietnam, We Have a Nutrition Problem

    Vietnam has a nutrition problem: too many of its children are underweight. Yet more and more Vietnamese boys and girls are becoming overweight. The two conditions may appear to be separate, but they are linked. They are both the result of poor diets. More

  • U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel (L) has called the Islamic State an "imminent threat."

    Audio Can Islamic State Militants Attack the US?

    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has called the group, an “imminent threat.” South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham warned that the militants are willing and able to “hit the homeland.” | In The News More

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