May 27, 2015 09:42 UTC


Vietnam Slow To Start Up Renewable Energy

FILE - A solar water heater, left, and a solar panel, right, are seen at Entech Hanoi, an international trade fair on energy efficiency and the environment, at the Giang Vo Exhibition Center in Hanoi, Vietnam.

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. More

Audio In the US Senate, Heated Debate Over Catfish

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.

Audio Bugs Are the New Food

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.

Audio Michael Jordan Fights for His Name in China’s Highest Court

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.

Audio Google Opens First Asian Campus in Seoul

The center for young business people and startup companies will help Google enter the Asian market. The company wants to provide a supportive environment for developers and engineers. S. Korea is one of the few countries in the world where Google is not the top Internet search engine.

Audio Free Trade Deal Fails in US Senate Test Vote

A proposed 12-nation Pacific Rim trade deal has failed in its first major test in the United States Congress. The Senate voted Tuesday against consideration of Trade Promotion Authority. TPA would protect trade agreements with other countries against U.S. congressional interference.

Audio Johannesburg Gets a Taste for Japan's Kobe Beef

Demand is rising in Johannesburg for Kobe beef. Top cooks and professional meat cutters say it is the best beef in the world. It is definitely the most costly. As its wealth increases in Johannesburg,so does the tastes of its residents. The beef comes from Wagyu cattle in Japan’s Kobe region.

Audio Congress Debates US Export-Import Bank

A policy dispute is taking shape in Washington over a government agency that helps exporters. On one side is the American business community. On the other side are conservative Republican Party lawmakers. Unless Congress acts, the Export-Import Bank could stop adding new clients.

Video Young Business Owner Creates Recipe for Success

Like many people, Bree Britt once dreamed of starting her own business. But unlike many people, the 16-year-old American did not wait until she grew up to become an entrepreneur. With a sense of purpose, a plan of action and the help of her mother, she opened Bree’s Sweet Treats.

Audio US Senate Committee Approves Trade Promotion Authority Bill

United States officials are working toward separate trade agreements with the European Union and Japan. At the same time, Congress committee approved Trade Promotion Authority. The measure sets congressional goals and guidance for trade negotiations.

Audio Facebook Has More Users than Population of China

The social network Facebook reported that it now has 1.44 billion monthly active users (MAU) worldwide. That is 50 million more users than the population of China and over 188 million more than India’s population. Facebook also reported that 75 percent of its users access the site via mobile device

Audio African Advertising Agencies Cashing In

Western advertising and public relations agencies are increasingly joining with African advertising companies. They are working together to attract international businesses that want to advertise products or services in Africa. Africa has been considered the last frontier for consumer markets.

Audio Indonesia Expected to Become Asia’s Next Trillion Dollar Economy

IHS Global Insight says Indonesia will have a larger gross domestic product than Russia by 2021. And it says Indonesia’s growing middle class will make the country the largest consumer market among members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

Audio World Bank Head Sees Other Development Banks as Allies

Slowing economic growth around the world is endangering the World Bank’s goal of ending extreme poverty by the year 2030. Mr. Kim said the goal remains within reach. But he thinks extreme poverty will disappear only if world leaders and financial and development agencies do their part.

Video Activists Aim -- Again -- To Pay Women and Men Equally

The U.S. Congress passed the Equal Pay Act in 1963 to require women and men to earn the same pay for equal work. But women often make less money than men – sometimes, a lot less. On the anniversary of the Equal Pay Act, activists say they are still demanding economic fairness.

Video Technology Center in Moscow Seeks Western Companies

Russian officials are urging Western companies to open offices in a technology center in Moscow. They hope the center will help the country reduce its economic dependence on energy exports by developing companies that create jobs in Russia. But sanctions may keep many firms from doing so.

Audio A Big Day for US Sports Fans

Millions of Americans will attend opening day of Major League Baseball, a league of professional baseball players, on April 6. Then, at night, millions of people will watch on television as Duke University and the University of Wisconsin battle for the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

Audio Taiwan, Russia Join China’s New Development Bank

More than 40 countries, including Russia and Taiwan, have agreed to be founding members of China’s proposed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. However, two of the world’s largest economies, the United States and Japan, have held off at this time. China proposed the bank last October.

Audio UN Agency Questions Thailand’s Air Safety

The UN International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) reported “significant safety concerns” with Thailand’s air safety practices last week. The negative report may prevent some flights from coming out of the kingdom and forced Thailand’s government to deal quickly with the results on Monday.

Audio Chinese Development Bank Gains Members

The Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank, proposed by China, is aimed at financing infrastructure projects in Asian countries. The United States has voiced concerns about how the bank might affect organizations such as the World Bank and Asian Development Bank. But some U.S. allies have joined.

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  • Audio US Military Searching for Boat People in Southeast Asia

    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

  • Audio Taiwan Offers Peace Plan for South China Sea

    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

  • Audio Iraq Launches Operation to Recapture Anbar

    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

  • Audio Tensions Rise in Hong Kong Before Tiananmen Anniversary

    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

  • This helicopter view shows how close the Statue of Liberty is to Ellis Island. Arriving immigrants would sail past "Lady Liberty" on their way to Ellis Island.

    Video Exploring America’s Immigration Story

    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

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    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

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