October 09, 2015 05:02 UTC


UN Group Calls for Secure Financial Base to World Economy

The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development deals with trade and development issues. It has called for measures to strengthen international finance including more support for the International Monetary Fund and development banks. More

Audio Nations React to Pacific Trade Agreements

Nations are reacting to the Asia-Pacific free trade agreement reached by the United States and 11 nations in the area. The agreement has taken years to negotiate. President Obama has voiced strong support for the measure while U.S. lawmakers have reacted cautiously to the complex agreement.

Audio How Competitive Is Your Country?

The Word Economic Forum released its latest Global Competitiveness Report this week. There was little change among the top countries. But one economist says top countries are leading in what she calls the human factor. Find out what that means.

Video Phone Apps Help Stop Counterfeiters in Kenya

Counterfeit goods, or false versions of products, may cost the government of Kenya as much as $1 billion each year. The fake goods also hurt business owners who find it hard to keep customers. But information technology is being used to try to stop the problem.

Audio South Africans Eat Up Southern Food US Style

Many Americans love the taste and smell of Southern cuisine. Such as macaroni and cheese, fried chicken and waffles, burgers and fries. Now, men and women from townships and villages in South Africa are being trained to cook some of these dishes at an inner-city Johannesburg restaurant.

Audio Healthier Grass, More Profits for Cattle Ranchers

Government agencies partner with farmers and private groups to create plans to move bison so the animals can eat without damaging the land. The land is healthier, and profits increase. | As It Is

Audio Volkswagen Chief Resigns Over Pollution Controls

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says computer software in some Volkswagen vehicles gave misleading information in pollution tests. The software problem could affect 11 million vehicles around the world.

Audio Brazil Announces Spending Cuts, New Taxes

The government of President Dilma Rousseff has announced additional cost-cutting measures and new taxes. The announcement comes after a major rating agency lowered Brazil’s credit rating. However, the cuts and taxes face opposition in Congress.

Audio Richard Branson Speaks to Vietnamese Businesses

In the 1960s, Richard Branson quit high school and started a magazine. He hoped he could change the world by using the magazine to protest the Vietnam War. Fifty years later, Mr. Branson is visiting Vietnam to tell people they can change the world in another way.

Audio Vietnam Seeks to Expand Its Economy

The Southeast Asian nation hopes to add higher-value industries to its economy. The country could become a bigger part of the factory supply chain, making headlights for cars, for example. One economist says Vietnamese private business needs more access to land and finance.

Audio Weaker Chinese Economy Sends Shockwaves Worldwide

As markets show weakness, U.S. and Japanese officials have called for talks on China’s economy at the G-20 meeting in Turkey. The U.S. government is urging China to be more open in discussing its policy plans.

Video More Kenyans Exploring Agricultural Businesses

Kenya is facing high unemployment rates. Recent college graduates face a difficult time in finding a job. Now, more and more Kenyan university graduates are planning to start pursuing agricultural business -- 'agribusiness'-- as way to have their own business and make money.

Audio Is China’s Economic Information Correct?

An American expert on China says the Chinese government is not influencing information about the country’s economic growth. He believes that the economy is changing quickly. And he says the ways of measuring new economic activity is unable to keep up with the changes.

Audio China's Slowing Economy Affects Markets Worldwide

China’s stock market has dropped by more than 40 percent since June. Signs of a slowing economy in China have had effects on other stock markets and raised questions of whether measure to increase growth are enough.

Audio Global Markets Fall as China Economic Fears Rise

The Shanghai Composite dropped 8.5 percent, marking the sharpest fall China has seen since 2007. Stock markets in the U.S., Asia and Europe responded to China's drop Monday. Observers warn changes in global markets are likely to continue.

Audio Asia's Growth Needs to Build on Better Infrastructure

Developing countries in Asia are building businesses and homes, but not enough trains, roads, and bridges. Some new bank programs are beginning to loan money for the purpose of building the needed facilities.

Audio Bailout Approved, Greece Repays EU Central Bank

Greece made a debt payment of $3.5 billion to the European Central Bank. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras resigned calling for new elections on Sept. 20th. And the International Monetary Fund decides to delay including China’s currency, the yuan, as a special reserve currency form.

Audio Economic Growth in Asia Threatens Environment

Asia produces about 40 percent of global economic activity. Conservation group urges countries to work together to save endangered coral reefs, plants and animals in the area. But leaders say it will not be easy for businesses to put off short-term profits for long-term gains.

Audio Facebook Reaches Out to Africa

The social media company Facebook has opened its first African headquarters in Johannesburg, South Africa. Facebook representatives recently gathered in the city to celebrate the opening of the new office. They hope it will bring new users to the site and grow opportunities for users and businesses.

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.

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    After 10 years of international success, a Japanese rock band records its first album in both its native language and English. They begin performing around the United States this fall. More

  • Audio FIFA Suspends Blatter

    The suspension comes less than two weeks after Swiss attorneys opened a criminal investigation against Blatter. He is charged with possible involvement in a $2 million payment in 2011 to Michel Platini, the head of the Union of European Football Association. More

  • Audio Belarus Writer Gets Nobel Literature Prize

    Svetlana Alexievich of Belarus has won the Nobel Prize in Literature. The Nobel Prize committee in Stockholm, Sweden, called her writings “a monument to suffering and courage in our time." More

  • Audio  US Official: Russian Missiles Aimed at Syria Crash in Iran

    Four Russian cruise missiles fired from a Russian ship crashed in Iran. The cruise missiles were intended to reach Syria. Russia launched its missiles in the Caspian Sea. The Russian Defense Ministry has denied that any of the missiles had fallen short of their targets. More

  • Audio UN Group Calls for Secure Financial Base to World Economy

    The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development deals with trade and development issues. It has called for measures to strengthen international finance including more support for the International Monetary Fund and development banks. More

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    When we want to compare things we use comparative and superlative forms. Find out some of rules and exceptions of these important forms in Everyday Grammar for this week. More

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