September 04, 2015 05:59 UTC


Kerry Urges US Congress to Support Iran Nuclear Deal

John Kerry appealed to U.S. lawmakers Wednesday to support the international agreement with Iran. He spoke a short time after Maryland Senator Barbara Mikulski promised to support the nuclear deal when Congress votes on it. Her vote gave Obama the 34 needed to veto any override attempt. More

Audio Obama Hikes Melting Glacier to Highlight Climate Change

President Obama is touring Alaska to send the message that quick action is needed to combat climate change. Those who do not believe in climate change are standing on a "shrinking island," he said. Mr. Obama asked the world to respond quickly to cutting greenhouse gas emissions.

Audio 'Arrogant' Donald Trump Leads Republican Pack

Immigration continues to top the list of subjects being debated in the Republicans’ race for the White House. Billionaire businessman Donald Trump is gaining attention, and popularity, by making comments about immigration. New numbers show Mr. Trump pulling far ahead of former front-runner Jeb Bush.

Video Idaho's 'Garbologist' Turns Trash Into Treasure

The proverb "one man's trash is another man's treasure" has special meaning for Jaz Malone. Jaz works at a dump, or waste disposal site. She rescues things from the trash and recycles, or finds a new use for them.

Audio Ten Years after Katrina, New Orleans Is a Different City

On the anniversary of storm, President Obama and other officials recognize efforts to remake a city famous for its culture and music.

Video Volunteers Change Lives, Build Community

A non-profit group called Thread helps high school students find a job, wash their clothes, complete school and more. The relationships between its volunteers and the students are designed to last at least 10 years. | As It Is

Audio Fighting Climate Change Important to Obama

President Obama has called climate change the greatest threat to national security. At a clean energy meeting this week, he pushed solar power and other renewable energy sources. His political opponents say his plans will hurt the oil, gas and coal industries and the American economy.

Audio Gunman Kills Two Journalists During 'Live' Broadcast

A gunman opened fire on an American television news crew during a ‘live’ television broadcast Wednesday morning. Two people died in the attack. They were identified as 24-year-old reporter Alison Parker and her cameraman, 27-year-old Adam Ward.

Audio History Made: Two Women Become US Army Rangers

Two women recently completed what many believe is the American military’s most difficult training. But current rules do not permit them to join a combat unit. However, that may soon change. The Army is reviewing the rules on whether women will be able to join men in combat roles.

Video Small Farm Is a Hit in the Big City

Community supported agriculture farms, or CSAs, allow participants to have direct access to high quality, fresh produce grown by local farmers. John Glebocki, owner of Glebocki farms, has expanded his CSA program to a law firm in New York City.

Audio Should Birth in the US Automatically Give Citizenship?

Some Republican presidential candidates want to change the 14th Amendment to the Constitution so that being born in the United States does not make a baby a US citizen. Other candidates support the Amendment but want to limit abuses. | In The News

Audio Prosecutors: Uber Drivers Have Criminal Records

Lawyers in two California cities have expanded their civil lawsuit against the online ride-sharing service Uber. Court records show that the company has hired people previously convicted of murder and sex crimes, despite background checks.

Audio A Candidate's Voice May Affect How We Vote

Not only what a candidate says, but how it sounds when he or she says something. Two recent studies examined the effect of voice pitch -- its highness or lowness. The studies suggest that candidates with lower voices have better chances when it comes to seeking political office.

Video A Mix of Food and Guns at Shooter’s Grill

Workers at a restaurant in Rifle, Colorado, carry loaded guns, and so do some of the people who eat there. People come to see the restaurant from around the world, and eat “Shotgun Burritos” and “Locked and Loaded Nachos.” VOA visited Shooter’s Grill, and got mixed opinions about its gun policy.

Audio America's 'Capitals of the World'

Both New York City and London like to be called the "financial capital of the world" and the "fashion capital of the world." But do you know what U.S. city is the "cowboy capital of the world?" Or the "watermelon capital of the world?" Learn about a few small-town "capitals of the world" in America.

Audio U.S. Flag Flies Over Embassy in Havana, Cuba

US Secretary of State John Kerry attended the flag raising ceremony in Havana. Cuba and the US reopened embassies in each other's capitals on July 20. The countries had not enjoyed diplomatic relations for 54 years. Cuban dissidents were not invited to the flag raising ceremony Friday.

Video Unrest Marks Anniversary in Ferguson, Missouri

On the anniversary of teenager Michael Brown's death, protesters again filled the street where riots and attacks have occurred in the last year. There was bottle and rock throwing. But some protesters say that is to be expected. "Violence is going to happen...regardless," said one protester.

Video Boy Scouts of America Cancels Ban on Gay Leaders, Workers

However, local scout units linked to religious groups may still refuse to accept homosexuals as leaders and employees. The national organization’s decision is seen as an effort to stop a drop in membership, avoid legal action and meet the demands of religious leaders. | As It Is

Video Landmark US Law Marks 50th Anniversary

The 1965 U.S. Voting Rights Act banned discrimination based on a voter’s race or skin color. It also required states with histories of racial barriers to get federal approval before changing any election rules. But, 50 years later, some people argue that this historic law is under attack.

Audio First US Presidential Debate: What Will They Say Next?

On August 6, the 10 candidates with the most public support will argue issues and politics in front of a live audience. The event will be broadcast on television as it happens. It will be the first of 11 debates planned through next March. Experts say most people will watch to see Donald Trump.

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  • Audio Countries Compete for Oil in the Arctic

    Russia, the United States and other countries are hurrying to control Earth’s northernmost territory: the Arctic. Environmentalists have denounced U.S. oil company projects in the Arctic. A former Shell Oil Company official says new kinds of energy can be developed without harming nature. More

  • Audio Weaker Chinese Economy Sends Shockwaves Worldwide

    As markets show weakness, U.S. and Japanese officials have called for talks on China’s economy at the G-20 meeting in Turkey. The U.S. government is urging China to be more open in discussing its policy plans. More

  • Audio Pro-Kurdish Party Could Decide Turkish Election Results

    Turkey will hold its second parliamentary elections this year on November 1. Political observers believe that the pro-Kurdish party HDP could sway the elections. The party won enough votes in June elections to enter parliament for the first time. More

  • Audio In Hungary, Migrants Seeking to Go West Clash with Police

    Also, China says it will reduce its military by more than 10 percent; South Korea, China and Japan agree to talks; Iran’s Supreme leader says parliament should decide on the nuclear deal with Western Powers, and the U.N. says 13 million children are out of school in the Middle East and N. Africa. More

  • Audio Pope Allows Priests to Forgive 'Sin of Abortion'

    Pope Francis is calling his priests to forgive women of the “sin of abortion” during the upcoming “Holy Year of Mercy.” He released a letter Tuesday saying many women have told him of the pain when ending a pregnancy. He wrote women agonized and told him “that they [had] no other option." More

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  • Audio Tanglewood Music Center Celebrates 75th Anniversary

    The world famous Boston Symphony Orchestra normally performs at Symphony Hall in Boston, Massachusetts. But its summer home is the Tanglewood Music Center in western Massachusetts. The Boston Symphony Orchestra also has a summer program at Tanglewood for young singers and musicians. More

  • Audio Are You Too Smart for Your Own Good?

    If you think being smart is always a good thing, think again. Smart has many meanings. Read on to find out what they are and the surprising origin of the term Smart Aleck. More

  • Audio Everyday Grammar: Fun with Future Tenses

    English has several ways to talk about the future. It's one of the most flexible tenses in English. We visit some popular songs for examples of the future forms. Read and listen as the Everyday Grammar team shows you six ways to express an event in the future. You will not regret it! More

  • Video A Horseman in the Sky by Ambrose Bierce

    Carter Druse lived in Virginia, a southern state during the American Civil War. He had a tough decision to make - should he join the Confederate Army or the Union Army? Read this classic American Story to find out what decision he makes, and what it means to his father and fellow soldiers. More

  • Audio Betty Azar, 'Rock Star' of English Grammar

    It all started with a question from a student. The year was 1965. Betty Azar was teaching her first English as a Second Language class at the University of Iowa. A student from the Middle East asked Ms. Azar, “Why can’t I put a in front of water?’ As in ‘I drank a water.’” More

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