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Is Air Travel Safe?

A man stands in his backyard and looks at the wreckage of a TransAsia Airways turboprop plane that crashed on Taiwan's offshore island Penghu July 24, 2014.

07/25/2014
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. More

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

Audio Workers Escape Crowds on San Francisco Ferries

Commuting is often a major issue in America’s big cities. Many people live outside cities, and spend a lot of time just going to and from work. Now, some San Francisco area commuters are beating the traffic by taking ferry boats.

Audio City Dwellers Try Raising Chickens

Increased interest in organic and locally-produced food has some Americans living in cities interested in raising chickens. | As It Is

Audio Senegal, Sea Shepherd Campaign Against Illegal Fishing

Hundreds of thousands of tons of fish are poached every year along the coast of Senegal. Sea Shepherd is helping the country protect against illegal fishiing. | As It Is

Audio In South Africa, Small Shops Fight for Survival

Local spaza owners are struggling as immigrant-owned and foreign retail companies increase their share of the South African market | As It Is

Audio Fighting South Africa’s Jobless Crisis

Unemployment remains high in South Africa, so many young people are starting their own businesses. But not everyone who opens a business is successful. | As It Is

Audio 'Fracking' Changes North Dakota Landscape

Six years ago, astronauts in space saw only darkness when they looked at western North Dakota and eastern Montana. But the area can now be seen from the International Space Station because of thousands of intense fires. They are the oil fields fueling a “red hot” energy industry in the U.S.

Audio Europe and India Tango over Mango

In India mangoes are considered "Food for the Gods." And now that prices have dropped, gods and ordinary people can enjoy them! Read why. | As It Is

Audio Can You Erase Information on the Internet?

The European Court of Justice recently ruled in a case involving the Internet search engine Google. The court ruled that Google must sometimes, on request, remove links to reports containing personal information.

Audio Does a Fast-Growing Economy Mean Healthier Children?

India's GDP has been growing by more than five percent a year. But will this growth help ease child malnutrition? And, Somalia is working to rebuild its economy | As It Is

Audio Neglected Crops in Africa Could Help Ease Hunger

Researchers are finding new ways to ease hunger problems and improve nutrition in Africa. And, a new farm bill in the United States could help more needy people around the world. | As It Is

Audio Think Yourself Rich! Or Try Saving

A comic book that teaches you how to think your way rich. And some ideas about saving money, if that doesn't work. Or just learn some great idioms about making and saving money. | As It Is

Audio Dry Weather and 'Dirty' Farming Affect Food Supplies

Record-breaking dry weather in California may cause a "ripple effect" in food supplies and prices throughout the world. Another factor affecting world food supplies is big, industrial farming. A report recommends ways to reduce the environmental effects of industrial farming. | As It Is

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  • A man stands in his backyard and looks at the wreckage of a TransAsia Airways turboprop plane that crashed on Taiwan's offshore island Penghu July 24, 2014.

    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. More

  • Employees work at a production line prior to a seizure conducted by officers from the Shanghai Food and Drug Administration, at the Husi Food factory in Shanghai, July 20, 2014.

    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. More

  • Algeria - Burkina Faso

    Audio Search Begins for Missing Air Algeria Plane

    Searchers are looking for an Air Algeria flight that disappeared during a trip from the capital of Burkina Faso to Algiers. The airplane is carrying at least 116 people including the crew. More

  • ** ADVANCE FOR MONDAY JAN. 13 -- FILE ** Hong Kong's general view is seen in this Nov. 12, 2002 file photo. Hong Kong's spectacular skyline contains some of the most expensive real estate in the world, although prices have fallen dramatically over the pas

    Audio Housing Costs Push Hong Kong Residents to the Rooftop

    Rising housing prices in Hong Kong are hurting low-income residents. Many people who live in the city are being forced into unsafe and illegal living situations. Some Hong Kong residents have built low-cost dwellings on the roofs --top levels -- of high buildings. More

  • Indonesian presidential candidate Joko "Jokowi" Widodo (L) gestures as delivers a speech, beside his running mate Jusuf Kalla, on a phinisi boat, a traditional Indonesian ship, at Sunda Kelapa port after he was declared the winner of the presidential elec

    Audio Former General Challenges Widodo's Victory in Indonesia

    Former Army General Prabowo Subianto will ask the country’s Constitutional Court to overturn the vote count. The announcement came a day after the country’s election commission named former Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo the winner of the July 9th vote for president. More

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