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Scientists Discover Secrets of Coffee

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Researchers have mapped the genes of a coffee plant. They may be able to use the information to create a plant without caffeine, improving the taste of the drink for people who now drink the decaffeinated version, which some say does not taste as good. | As It Is More

Video Chinese Publisher Benefits Houston's Asian Population

Wea Lee started Southern News Group in Houston 35 years ago. Lee's first business was printing a newspaper for the small Chinese community. He now owns newspapers, a television station, the International Trade Center in Houston’s Chinatown and is a part owner of a local bank.

Audio Rwanda Opens Biggest Solar Power Plant in East Africa

The plant is in Agahozo Shalom village in eastern Rwanda. The plant is the first of its kind in the area.

Audio 'Exploding' Lake to Provide Power in Rwanda

A U.S. company will remove methane gas from Lake Kivu for use as a major supply of electricity. Two million people living nearby could use the power.

Audio Asian Insect Threatens Florida's Citrus Industry

Florida’s citrus industry is facing serious threats from an Asian insect. The insect can be a carrier of bacteria that attack citrus trees. The spread of the bacteria shows the danger of bringing non-native organisms to America soil.

Audio Alibaba Seeks to Raise Billions in IPO

The Chinese online company could raise $20 billion by selling stock to the public in the U.S. The company holds an 80 percent share of China’s online market.

Audio US, Japan to Connect with Fiber-Optic Cable

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

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.

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    Audio Reducing Clashes between Police and Black Youths

    The shooting of an unarmed teenager fueled racial anger between police and Ferguson’s African American community. Now, some African-American parents and social workers are talking to young people about how to act when stopped by police. More

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    Video Ukraine Former President's Estate Is Now a Tourist Site

    Many Ukrainians are now visiting the former estate of former president Viktor Yanukovych. You can go there to get married and to teach your kids about how corrupt leaders live. To learn great adjectives for describing how the richest people live, read on ... More

  • Detail from mural by Aniekan Udofia, Washington, D.C., July, 2014. (J. Taboh/VOA)

    Video Street Artists Add Color to Washington, DC Buildings

    Like many cities, Washington has a graffiti problem. Buildings and homes, especially in low-income neighborhoods, are often targets of illegal artwork. Officials in the nation's capital have come up with an innovative program that uses the talents of local artists to beautify the city. More

  • Displaced people from the minority Yazidi sect, who fled from the violence in the Iraqi town of Gwer, wait to return at a check point at the entrance of the town, Aug. 18, 2014.

    Audio Iraqi Girls Escape Islamic State Militants

    Samira, age 17, and Samia, 14, are members of Iraq’s non-Muslim Yazidi minority. They and other Yazidis were forced from their homes in the northern Iraqi town of Tal Azar last month and captured by the Islamic State militants. Here's the story of their escape. More

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    Audio 'A Rolling Stone Gathers No Moss'

    How an old proverb led to two songs, a popular rock and roll band and a magazine | Words and Their Stories More

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    Turning Cigarette Butts to Batteries

    Scientists in South Korea find that “one person’s trash is another person’s treasure.” Read on to learn about this idiom and many other expressions. More

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    Audio How Did You Get so Intelligent?

    Researchers saw immediate changes in brains of people when they were told hard work is more important than their genes | Science in the News More

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    Audio Virginia Leaves Union, Lincoln Puts Maryland Under Military Rule

    President Abraham Lincoln asked the states for 75,000 soldiers to stop the South's rebellion. But border states -- those between the North and South -- refused to send any troops. And some prepared to leave the Union and join the Confederacy. More

  • Michelle Baxter suffers from chronic pain in her muscles and joints. She now spends her work day standing at her desk.

    Audio Sit Less, Live Longer

    These days, we all know that exercise is good for our health. But did you know that something as common as sitting too much could be bad for our health? Read on to find out more about the importance of moving. | HEALTH More

  • This undated image provided by NASA shows the ozone layer over the years, Sept. 17, 1979, top left, Oct. 7, 1989, top right, Oct. 9, 2006, lower left, and Oct. 1, 2010, lower right.

    Audio Earth's Ozone Layer Shows Signs of Recovery

    The new report says the Earth’s ozone layer is showing signs of recovery. Ozone is a form of oxygen. It is found in the air we breathe and in Earth's atmosphere. More

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