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US West Coast Ports Working Again

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A labor dispute had slowed operations at more than 29 ports on the West Coast of the United States. Negotiators reached a deal that permitted work to restart. But, they are still working on details of the agreement. The work stoppage has slowed U.S. trade with Asian countries. More

Audio Will North Korea Follow Vietnam, Myanmar?

South Korea has called for North Korea to follow the reform model of two other Asian countries. But observers say North Korea will likely reject the idea. President Park Geun-hye proposed the idea earlier this month. She said North Korea should carry out reforms like Vietnam.

Video Boatbuilding Tradition Still Strong in US Northwest

Some of the earliest boats have been found in the Aleutian Islands, in the northwestern US. People who lived there long ago ate sea mammals to survive. They used a small kayak to hunt animals. Russians would later name the kayak a “baidarka.” This kind of boat is only built in the Aleutian Islands.

Audio Thailand Hoping for More Chinese Visitors

For years, Thailand has been a popular country for tourism. Many foreigners went to Thailand to enjoy its culture, natural beauty and warm weather. But reports about martial law and attacks on foreigners have harmed its image as an inviting tourist destination.

Video Old Machines Make Modern Products

Three young artists are using traditional printing methods and machinery to create modern designs for their business. Typecase Industries serves the Washington, D.C. area. The company uses a 360-kilogram platen letterpress machine to make its creative designs.

Audio Power Outages Renew Interest in Renewable Energy

Eskom provides 95 percent of South Africa’s electricity. Yet the company is having trouble meeting the country’s need for power. Now, some people are looking to renewable forms of energy, like solar power, and pulling out of the electrical system.

Audio Americans Eating More 'Fast Casual,' Less Fast Food

There is a growing trend in America towards more healthy food. People are visiting more “fast casual” restaurants and less fast food ones. Meanwhile, McDonalds earnings continue to decline. Observers say Americans want more choices and fresh food when choosing where and what to eat.

Audio Foreign Companies Feel Less Welcome in China

About 500 American companies operating in China say they are making a profit. But top-level officials with the companies say they increasingly feel unwelcome and targeted by the Chinese government. The American Chamber of Commerce in China just released the results of its survey.

Video Oil Price Drop Both Good and Bad for Texas Workers

The sharp drop in world oil prices has led oil companies in the United States to dismiss thousands of workers. The drop has affected small service companies and stores that do business with oil companies in big producer states like Texas. But the drop in oil prices has not been bad for everyone.

Audio Alibaba Faces Criticism From Regulators

China’s State Administration of Industry and Commerce has accused Alibaba, the big Internet marketplace, of selling fake products. The company’s chief, Jack Ma, says the company is misunderstood. However, last week, a U.S. law firm announced it was taking action against Alibaba.

Audio After Elections, Greece May Renegotiate Loans

The Syriza party has won elections in Greece and formed a ruling coalition. Now, Greece may seek to renegotiate loans from the European Union and International Monetary Fund worth $268 billion. However, expert says the cost of Greece leaving the euro zone may be too high.

Video Cars Making a Comeback at North American Auto Show

The 2015 North American International Auto Show took a test drive in the U.S. city of Detroit, Michigan. It was the first major international car show in the U.S. Automobile manufacturers from around the world presented over 500 models, gas, electric, luxury, performance and concept vehicles

Video Experts Decide Ethiopia Has the Best Coffee

What makes Ethiopian coffee the best? International coffee experts travel the world to find the best tasting cup of coffee, however they keep returning to Ethiopia. The country has an export revenue of more than $840 million a year from coffee to 120 countries.

Audio Warning of Risks, Reports Predict Economic Gains in 2015

Both the International Monetary Fund and United Nations predict world economic growth of over three percent this year. However, both groups warn of conflict and uneven effects of low oil prices. The stronger U.S. dollar might help slowing European and Japanese economies.

Video Why Do Buildings in Kenya Keep Collapsing?

Many buildings are going up in Kenya. Two buildings collapsed recently in Nairobi. There are not enough government inspectors to ensure builders are obeying safety rules. One group says the country’s construction inspection service is one of the most corrupt agencies in Kenya.

Audio Oxfam: Richest One Percent to Own Half of the World's Wealth

A report from the nonprofit group Oxfam says the richest 1 percent of people in the world will have a majority of the wealth on the planet in 2016. The report was released Monday ahead of the annual World Economic Forum meeting this week in Davos, Switzerland. | As It Is

Video Longest Railway Opens China’s New ‘Silk Road'

Train travels between China and Spain in half the time a ship would need for the same trip; railway is just one of the projects China is spending billions of dollars on as it seeks to improve trade between East Asia and Europe. Some call the railway the “21st Century Silk Road.”

Audio China Meets with Latin America Over Trade, Investment

Ministers from the Latin America and Caribbean areas heard Chinese President Xi Jinping set a goal of $500 billion in trade and $250 billion in direct investments in 10 years. Expert believes that China is using its economic influence to support its diplomatic and strategic goals.

Audio Oil Supply Swells Driving Prices Down

Oil prices are at their lowest levels since 2009. Oil futures are selling at about $47 a barrel. That is a drop of about 50 percent in the past three months. United States production continues to increase. One expert believes either the OPEC or Russia will have to decrease production.

Audio US, Ethiopia Join to Train Women Farmers

The University of Maryland in the U.S. and Ethiopia’s Debre Birhan University have won a $15,000 award to teach Ethiopian women to grow crops. The program will train Ethiopian women to grow crops throughout the year. They will teach students in both classrooms and on farms.

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    Video Muslim Hijab: Dress Code or Discrimination?

    A closely watched case before the Supreme Court could have major results for religious rights in the workplace. It involves the clothing stores Abercrombie & Fitch and a young Muslim woman. She wore a Muslim headcovering, called a hijab, when seeking employment with the company. More

  • Video Putin: The ‘Lonely’ Leader Working to Rebuild Russian Power

    Experts say Russian President Vladimir Putin is a product of the collapse of the Soviet Union. They say he believes he is the only person who can lead the Russian nation and re-establish it as a world power. But some observers say he appears to be a lonely and unhappy man. More

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    Audio Growing Support in US for Campaign Against Islamic State

    The Pew Research Center has released a new public opinion survey. It shows a growing number of Americans support the military campaign against the group known as Islamic State. Americans also increasingly support the idea of sending U.S. ground troops to fight the group in Iraq and Syria. More

  • Video US West Coast Ports Working Again

    A labor dispute had slowed operations at more than 29 ports on the West Coast of the United States. Negotiators reached a deal that permitted work to restart. But, they are still working on details of the agreement. The work stoppage has slowed U.S. trade with Asian countries. More

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    Video Pakistan Literary Festival Stands Up to Violence

    The Pakistani city of Lahore recently held a three-day literary festival. The event looked a lot like literary festivals in many other cities. But for some Pakistanis, its importance went beyond works of poetry and prose. For them, the show symbolized a fight against violent extremism. More

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    Video Choosing to Be a Single Mother

    U.S. officials say birth rates for unmarried women over age 40 have been rising in recent years. In fact, the rate in 2012 was almost 30 percent higher than just five years earlier. There are single mothers by choice. They are generally older, successful, well-educated, and financially secure. More

  • Audio Young Writer’s Plays Explore Race, Identity in America

    Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' latest play 'An Octoroon,' is showing at a theater in New York City. It is based on a 19th Century work by Dion Boucicault. It tells about a white man who falls in love with a woman who is part black. At the time, mixed race marriage was banned in southern US states. More

  • Audio Understanding the Misunderstood Teenage Brain

    A common battle cry of teenagers to adults is, "You just don't understand me!" Well, they might be right. A brain scientist (neuroscientist) and mother to two teenagers says the teenage brain is quite different from the adult brain. She "debunks," or clears up three common myths about teenagers. More

  • Audio Politics Share the Stage at the Oscars

    Racial equality was not the only political or disputed issue performers discussed last night. Some used their acceptances speeches to talk about immigration, women’s rights, illness, suicide and government surveillance. And the movie of an American sniper continues to fuel the debate. More

  • Video Technology Increases Chances of Surviving Aneurym

    Each year, half a million people die from brain aneurysms, -- when a blood vessel burst in the brain. For survivors, physical disabilities are often servere. They may include memory problems, loss of balance, trouble speaking and even blindness. But new technologies are increasing survival rates. More

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