January 27, 2015 17:13 UTC


Should Schools in US Recognize Muslim Holidays?

Should Schools in US Recognize Muslim Holidays

Some religious minorities in America are demanding that schools close on their religious holidays. They ask, if Christian and Jewish holy days are recognized, shouldn’t those of other faiths also be observed? The issue is being debated in Maryland, near Washington, DC. More

Audio Has Obama Set the Message for the 2016 Campaign?

“I have no more campaigns to run … I know because I won both of them.” Mr. Obama cannot run for president again – U.S. presidents may serve only two terms. But some observers say his most recent State of the Union message on the middle class sounded like a campaign speech.

Audio Obama Briefly Notes Foreign Policy in State of the Union

Most of the speech centered on domestic issues, ones that affect just U.S. citizens and families. But President Obama also spoke briefly about some foreign policy issues. Among the topics are the fight against the Islamic State, relations with Cuba, Iran nuclear negotiations and Asia Pacific

Video Obama Sets a 'Middle-Class Economics' Agenda

In his sixth State of the Union address, the president challenged Congress to take “bold action” and “to make sure everyone gets a fair shot” as part of what he called the middle class economics. Republicans called his proposal the same, old top-down approach that hasn’t worked.

Video President Barack Obama - The State of the Union, Jan. 20, 2015

The White House is making the full text of the speech available to citizens around the country online. On Medium, you can follow along with the speech as you watch in real time, view charts and infographics on key areas, tweet favorite lines, and leave notes.

Audio Obama to Discuss Economy, Foreign Policy in State of the Union

President Barack Obama is preparing to speak to the American people on Tuesday. The leader has traveled around the United States discussing issues he is likely to include in the annual State of the Union. The address is held before both houses of Congress and televised live for the nation.

Audio Americans Serve Others to Honor Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dr. King’s life was about service in the name of peace, justice and equality. He led efforts to end the racial separation laws. He organized huge marches and protests. He urged people to disobey unjust laws through non-violent resistance. The holiday in his honor became the National Day of Service.

Audio Army May Change Weight Rules for Cyber Warriors

The U.S. Army needs cyber warriors to defend against attacks on the nation’s computer systems. But it is having a hard time finding young Americans who meet all of the requirements for the job. So the Army is studying whether it should have different height and weight standards for soldiers.

Video Illegal Immigrants Can Now Get a Driver’s License

People in the western state of California who are in the United States illegally can now request a driver’s license. More than a million people are expected to seek the special license. California is not the first American state with such a law, but it has the largest number of illegal immigrants.

Audio Fewer Than One in Three Young Americans Can Join Military

The U.S. Army continues to need soldiers. But most young people do not meet military requirements; they are overweight, have a criminal record, or failed to graduate from high school. Retired senior officers are especially worried about the effect of obesity on national security. | As It Is

Video US Increases Security After Paris Attacks

American officials have increased security at government buildings and airports following the recent terrorist attacks in Paris. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security says the decision was not a reaction to a threat. But officials are worried about people who have fought in foreign wars.

Video President Faces Difficulties Closing Guantanamo Prison

The Obama administration ended 2015 with the release of more detainees from the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. On December 30, the Department of Defense announced that three Yemenis and two Tunisians were flown to Kazakhstan for resettlement.| As It Is

Video Center Helps Refugees with American Life

Every year, hundreds of refugees are resettled in Philadelphia, also known as the “City of Brotherly Love.” Many expect to see the glamorous America they see in the media—a land of big cars, big houses, and easy money. Southeast by Southeast is a community center for the refugees.

Video US Faces More Foreign Policy Challenges in 2015

Barack Obama faces many challenges, from the Islamic State, Russia, Iran to North Korea, as he enters his final two years as president. Experts say the new, Republican-controlled U.S. Congress could make it more difficult for President Obama’s foreign policy team to be successful.

Video US Defends Cuba Policy After Dissident Arrests

The Cuban activist group “Ladies in White” is demanding the release of political prisoners and improved human rights. Berta Solar is head of the group. She says she and others do not believe President Obama’s decision will bring freedom. They also say easing restriction is a mistake.

Audio In Boston Bombing Trial, a Search for Justice and Closure

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is accused of terrorism and other crimes in connection with the deadly bombing in 2013. But who is he? How did friends and others see him before the bombing? And what is known about the second suspect, his brother Tamerlan, who died in a police shoot-out?

Audio Congress, President Return to Washington

In the final two years of his presidency, President Barack Obama will have to deal with a Congress controlled by his Republican political opponents. Republicans must show that they can work with the president on issues that are important to all Americans and to Republican voters.

Video Obama, Congress Expected to Clash over Foreign Policy

Some of President Obama’s strongest critics, Sen. Bob Corker and John McCain, will lead key Senate committees next year. Disputes could begin as soon as Congress returns to Washington in January over how to deal with the Islamic State, Ukraine and the Middle East. | As It Is

Audio Prisoners Work to Protect the Planet

In some U.S. prisons, inmates are not just “doing time,” as they often describe their prison sentences. Some prisoners are working to protect the environment. A conservation project in a prison U.S. has produced rare and endangered plants, and animals and insects for release in the wild.

Audio Obama Attends to ‘Long Term’ Projects in Final Two Years

In an interview with National Public Radio, President Barack Obama talks about what he calls 'long term projects' in domestic and foreign affairs. Among the topics are immigration, relations with Cuba, Iran nuclear talks, defeating the Islamic State and human rights across the globe.

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    Audio Hostage Crisis Could Divide Japan over Military Plan

    Japan says the government is working with Jordan to secure the release of a Japanese cititizen. The Islamic State militant group is holding Kenji Goto hostage, but claims to have executed another Japanese hostage. The hostage crisis will likely increase divisions among the Japanese public. More

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    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 More

  • Audio Chinese Civilians Guarding North Korean Border Areas

    Chinese media have reported several beatings and killings near the China-North Korea border. They blame North Koreans for the crimes. To protect the area, media reports now say that Chinese authorities are asking civilian patrols to guard their towns and villages near the border. More

  • Audio Obama Attends India's Republic Day Parade

    Mr. Obama was the first U.S. president to attend the event, which celebrates India’s first constitution as an independent state. The election results are likely to place Greece in conflict with the E.U. and international creditors. Deadly violence in Ukraine. Malaysia Airlines website hacked. More

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    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. More

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  • Video Is There a Better Way to Track Passenger Planes?

    New technology could help to more closely follow passenger airplanes, and find them when they crash; international group to meet next month to discuss changes. Airline industry leaders and regulators want to improve airplane safety. They want better, more dependable tracking devices. More

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    Audio Has Obama Set the Message for the 2016 Campaign?

    “I have no more campaigns to run … I know because I won both of them.” Mr. Obama cannot run for president again – U.S. presidents may serve only two terms. But some observers say his most recent State of the Union message on the middle class sounded like a campaign speech. More

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    Video With Oscar Nomination, 'American Sniper' Stirs Debate

    The movie is based on a book by Navy SEAL Chris Kyle. He is considered the deadliest marksman in the history of the United States military. The film explores how war can affect a soldier's mental and emotional health and stirs a debate on social media over its message. More

  • Designers work at computer stations at TechShop in the South of Market neighborhood in San Francisco, California, April 24, 2014

    Video TechShop Puts High-Tech Dreams Within Reach

    Members of TechShop use high-tech equipment to develop and produce ideas they have for inventions. Members are able to use costly machines including 3D modeling tools and laser cutters. Membership costs for TechShop start at just over $100 per month. | Science in the News More

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    Video Rare, Important Art Is Now Only a Click Away

    The public has never seen the majority of works in the Smithsonian Institution's National Museums of Asian Art. Now they can be downloaded from the Internet -- in many cases for free. The Freer and Sackler Galleries worked for over 15 years to make digital copies of more than 40,000 objects. More

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