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After Elections, Greece May Renegotiate Loans

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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. More

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.

Audio Cambodian, Thai Rice Voted Best in the World

For the third straight year, the World Rice Conference has voted Cambodian rice as the world’s best. This year Cambodia shares the award with Thailand. Cambodia produced just one percent of the world’s rice in 2012. It is trying to increase that amount. The award may help.

Audio Disagreement Over Mekong River Dam Project

A two-day meeting in Laos has left government officials and environmental activists deeply divided. The meeting was called to examine plans for a 260 megawatt dam on the Lower Mekong River. The Lao government is prepared to start work on the project.

Audio Concerns Raised for Uber, Ride-Sharing Services

Some cities start to ban Uber after one of its drivers was accused of a sexual attack in India. The incident raises questions about companies that use apps to match drivers and passengers. The issue has grown more important with the expansion of what is called the “sharing economy.”

Audio Some Asian Countries Gain from Low Oil Prices

Recently, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries decided to leave production levels unchanged. Oil prices are at their lowest levels in five years and that is helping nations in Asia that are big importers. But some experts say it is a matter of time before prices recover.

Audio Egypt’s Increase in Visitors Not Enough

Officials in Egypt say the country’s tourist industry appears to be recovering after years of unrest. Egypt enjoyed a huge increase in visitors during summer and early autumn. But observers say continued insecurity makes tourism undependable – and not profitable enough to cure the weak economy.

Audio Bangladesh Overcomes Flooding with 'Floating Farms'

In Bangladesh from July to October, rivers rise, but farmers are learning to grow crops and raise animals even when the floods come. If you can create floating schools, why not floating farms? A Bangladeshi non-profit organization brought small floating farms to the villagers.

Audio Falling Oil Prices Affect Nations Differently

Oil prices have dropped 30 percent since June. Increased American oil production is one reason for the drop in world oil prices. Nigeria has announced measures the government would take to increase income. But, in India the lower oil prices have helped ease inflation.

Video Filipino Fishermen Turn to Fiberglass for New Boats

After a typhoon seriously damaged forests, the fishermen needed to find other materials to rebuild their boats. Is fiberglass the answer? They use a sledgehammer to answer that question. The fisherman used it to hit the sides of the fiberglass boats to see if the new boats were as strong.

Video Farm Visitors Increase Farm Profits

In 2012, people spent $700 million on agri-tourism in the United States, a large increase from five years earlier. Fun on the farm is in full swing across the United States, as many farms host festivals and other activities to attract tourists. VOA visited Montpelier Farms in Maryland.

Audio China Opens Shanghai Stock Market to Hong Kong

The trading plan lets investors trade shares in either stock exchange. Some officials called the move a major breakthrough in opening China’s financial markets. Trading in a limited number of shares will be limited to $3.8 billion a day. However, the total value of the trade is relatively small.

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    Video South Korea Wants Japan to Apologize to WWII Sex Slaves

    Every week, protesters gather in front of the Japanese embassy in Seoul. They want Japan to apologize for forcing thousands of Korean women to have sex with Japanese soldiers during World War II. And they want Japan to make payments to the women for the physical and emotional harm the suffered. More

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    Video Winter Weather Worsens Conditions for Syrian Refugees

    A strong winter storm struck the Middle East in the middle of January. The storm has been called one of the strongest to hit the area in 10 years. Hundreds of thousands of refugees were affected by the cold and snow.Many of the refugees live in temporary shelters, largely unprotected from the cold. More

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    Audio US West Coast City Using New Tsunami Refuge

    Tsunamis are unexpected huge ocean waves. Earthquakes are often the cause of tsunamis. And that can interfere with escape. One coastal town in Washington State is copying a method used in Japan to survive tsunamis. Westport, Washington, is building the first U.S. vertical tsunami shelter. More

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    Video NASA Spacecraft, Dawn, Close to Reaching a 'Dwarf Planet'

    Dawn is set to reach the dwarf planet Ceres in March. Scientists will use the spacecraft to gather clues about whether the distant, ice-covered object may have once had conditions to support life as we know it. Dawn, which left Earth seven years ago, will also explore another small planet, Vesta. More

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    Video Mobile Computer Lab Helps Thousands in Nairobi Slum

    A non-profit group is working to give Kenya’s poorest citizens access to information and technology. The Craft Silicon Foundation provides people who live in Kawangware a computer lab and computer training classes on a mobile bus. The bus has 12 computers powered by the sun through solar panels. More

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    A new study by the Pew Research Center found that the public says women are just as qualified as men to hold top positions in business and politics. But women are still not equally represented in those top jobs. Most Americans think they will see a woman president in their lifetimes. More

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    Video New York's 'Underground Museum' Pleases Passersby

    For the past thirty years, artists have been asked to create works of art for New York’s huge subway and train system. The works often relate to city life or to the neighborhood of a station. Some people call it New York’s “underground art museum," with over 250 pieces of original artwork. More

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    Video French Farmers Are Using Drones to Examine Their Crops

    It used to be mostly the military that used small, unpiloted aircraft, called “drones.” The little planes were very costly. But as they have dropped in price more people have begun to use them. Rescue workers and farmers are among the new users. The drones save money and time. More

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