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US Senate Committee Approves Trade Promotion Authority Bill

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United States officials are working toward separate trade agreements with the European Union and Japan. At the same time, Congress committee approved Trade Promotion Authority. The measure sets congressional goals and guidance for trade negotiations. More

Audio Facebook Has More Users than Population of China

The social network Facebook reported that it now has 1.44 billion monthly active users (MAU) worldwide. That is 50 million more users than the population of China and over 188 million more than India’s population. Facebook also reported that 75 percent of its users access the site via mobile device

Audio African Advertising Agencies Cashing In

Western advertising and public relations agencies are increasingly joining with African advertising companies. They are working together to attract international businesses that want to advertise products or services in Africa. Africa has been considered the last frontier for consumer markets.

Audio Indonesia Expected to Become Asia’s Next Trillion Dollar Economy

IHS Global Insight says Indonesia will have a larger gross domestic product than Russia by 2021. And it says Indonesia’s growing middle class will make the country the largest consumer market among members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

Audio World Bank Head Sees Other Development Banks as Allies

Slowing economic growth around the world is endangering the World Bank’s goal of ending extreme poverty by the year 2030. Mr. Kim said the goal remains within reach. But he thinks extreme poverty will disappear only if world leaders and financial and development agencies do their part.

Video Activists Aim -- Again -- To Pay Women and Men Equally

The U.S. Congress passed the Equal Pay Act in 1963 to require women and men to earn the same pay for equal work. But women often make less money than men – sometimes, a lot less. On the anniversary of the Equal Pay Act, activists say they are still demanding economic fairness.

Video Technology Center in Moscow Seeks Western Companies

Russian officials are urging Western companies to open offices in a technology center in Moscow. They hope the center will help the country reduce its economic dependence on energy exports by developing companies that create jobs in Russia. But sanctions may keep many firms from doing so.

Audio A Big Day for US Sports Fans

Millions of Americans will attend opening day of Major League Baseball, a league of professional baseball players, on April 6. Then, at night, millions of people will watch on television as Duke University and the University of Wisconsin battle for the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

Audio Taiwan, Russia Join China’s New Development Bank

More than 40 countries, including Russia and Taiwan, have agreed to be founding members of China’s proposed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. However, two of the world’s largest economies, the United States and Japan, have held off at this time. China proposed the bank last October.

Audio UN Agency Questions Thailand’s Air Safety

The UN International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) reported “significant safety concerns” with Thailand’s air safety practices last week. The negative report may prevent some flights from coming out of the kingdom and forced Thailand’s government to deal quickly with the results on Monday.

Audio Chinese Development Bank Gains Members

The Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank, proposed by China, is aimed at financing infrastructure projects in Asian countries. The United States has voiced concerns about how the bank might affect organizations such as the World Bank and Asian Development Bank. But some U.S. allies have joined.

Video 'Made in New York' Incentives for Fashion Designers

The Made in New York program provides help to factories that invest in technology and workforce development. To date, New York City has approved more than one million dollars to eligible factories.

Video New Girls' Clothing Line Breaks Stereotypes

Many girls enjoy flowers, riding ponies and other girly things. However some girls also like cars, robots and spaceships Two mothers decided to make clothes that are more representative of all the things that little girls are, and do, and love.

Audio Will China's Continued Big Spending Lift its Economy?

Chinese officials have predicted lower economic growth again this year. They say that huge government spending programs are ending. Officials say they are seeking what they call “higher quality” but more modest growth. Officials recently announced a target growth rate of seven percent for 2015.

Video Small Beer Brewers Gaining Popularity in US

Number of “craft brewers” has increased rapidly in recent years, and brewers group predicts the number of small brewers will continue to grow. About ten percent of beer now sold in the U.S. is made by small brewers, up from three percent in 1997. The US now has more than 3,200 breweries.

Video Renewal of US Trade Deal Important to Kenya

A program, the African Growth and Opportunity Act, that permits import of some products from sub-Saharan African countries into the U.S. without the payment of duties is set to end in September. Employers and workers in Kenya are worried about what will happen if it is not renewed.

Audio Robots to Make iPads and iPhones

A major manufacturing company employs millions of people in China to make iPads and iPhones. Now, the company plans to replace many workers with robots. Both economists and labor rights groups are welcoming the move. They say it will save the company money and ease workplace disputes.

Video US Farmers Want to End Cuba Trade Embargo

And a public opinion survey shows a majority of Americans support President Obama’s decision to reestablish full diplomatic and business relations with the island nation. Farmers and business representatives will travel to the Communist country later this month.

Audio Turkey Seeks to Replace Ukraine as Energy Hub

Russia says it will send its natural gas to Europe through Turkey rather than Ukraine. A major pipeline is being built across Turkey from Azerbaijan to Europe. But critics say Turkey may not be ready, and there are questions whether existing legal agreements can be changed.

Audio US Girl Scouts Use Internet to Sell Cookies

More than two million school-aged American girls belong to the Girl Scouts of the USA. The organization’s members sell about 200 million boxes of cookies a year, resulting in about $800 million in sales. This year, Girl Scout troops around the country are now selling their cookies online.

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  • Audio World Reaches Out to Nepal After Deadly Earthquake

    As reports of the death toll rise in Nepal, countries and relief organizations around the world are rushing to send personnel and supplies to aid the search and rescue effort. By Monday, the death toll has risen above 3,600. There are many more reportedly injured and homeless. More

  • In this photo taken Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014, a number of women play and photograph cats at the Cat Town Cafe in Oakland, Calif. Following similar cafe concepts in Asia & Europe, the cafe has become America's first permanent feline-friendly coffee shop. Cafe customers pay to pet cute kitties while sipping on tea or expresso drinks. It allows customers, who may not be able to have cats in their own homes, to enjoy the benefits of furry friends for short times without the responsibility. The animals come from a partnership with a local animal shelter and are also available for adoption. This may just be the beginning of this country's cat cafe craze as others plan on opening soon in Seattle, Portland, San Diego and Denver. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

    Audio Cat Cafes Offer Cats and Coffee

    Most people go to a café to get their cup of coffee. At Cat Town Café in Oakland, California, they can also observe and play with cats. Cat Town Café is the first cat café in the U.S. It is a mix of a coffee shop and an adoption center for cats. Cat cafés are now spreading to other U.S. cities. More

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    Video Death Toll Rises Above 2,500 in Nepal Earthquake

    A major earthquake and dozens of powerful aftershocks struck Nepal Saturday, destroying parts of Katmandu, the capital city. The quake killed more than 2,500 people. The 7.8-magnitude quake shook Mt. Everest, the highest mountain on Earth. It was the most powerful to hit the area in 81 years. More

  • Audio Islam Is the Fastest Growing Religion in the World

    Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world, according to a new study. The Pew Research Center spent six years studying the demographics of population and religion around the world. What they found is that as the world population grows between 2010 and 2050, so will Islam. More

  • The New Orleans skyline shows St. Louis Cathedral, left, the Presbyterian Building, right, and the Natchez paddle boat headed down the foggy Mississippi River, Saturday, Dec. 31, 2005. New Orleans has a New Year's Eve celebration scheduled in the Jackson Square area with music including Arlo Guthrie and family and fireworks. (AP Photo/Judi Bottoni)

    Video 40th Anniversary for Mississippi River Steamboat

    In the 1800s, many steamboats sailed up and down the mighty Mississippi River, which divided the eastern states from the West. Today only a few of these steam-powered paddleboats still operate on the Mississippi. We travel on one of them and learn the history of the boats and the river. | As It Is More

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  • Audio Islam Is the Fastest Growing Religion in the World

    Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world, according to a new study. The Pew Research Center spent six years studying the demographics of population and religion around the world. What they found is that as the world population grows between 2010 and 2050, so will Islam. More

  • Audio When It Comes to Money, Black Is Better Than Red

    Colors come to the rescue when you want to describe a business that is making money or losing money. Judging from Jack Ma's smile at Alibaba's IPO at the New York Stock Exchange, he's making a lot of money. Also learn other useful banking terms. More

  • Audio Everyday Grammar: In, On and At

    Many learners have questions about English grammar rules for using prepositions of place and time. We present a few simple guidelines to help you put your prepositions in the right places. In English, though, there is always an ‘exception to the rule. More

  • Video Monkeys Rule the Ruins in Disney Documentary

    The new Disneynature film “Monkey Kingdom” centers on a troop of tocque macaques that live in a special place in Sri Lanka. The animals live under a strict social order. New mother Maya is low on that order and struggles for survival with her newborn, Kip. Danger and drama define their existence. More

  • Video Benito Cereno by Herman Melville, Part Three

    Today we complete the story of Benito Cereno, written by Herman Melville. As we told you in earlier parts of our story, rebel slaves seized the ship San Dominick off the coast of Chile. They killed many of its officers and crew. The captain, Benito Cereno, was ordered to sail to Senegal. But... More

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