January 30, 2015 07:51 UTC


Lebanese Women Make Peace One Meal at a Time

War in Lebanon continues. Women from the opposing sides are coming together to cook – thanks to a non-profit called Ruwwad al Tanmeya-Lebanon. Experienced chefs helped the women complete training. Now they are selling their food to organizations such as the Red Cross. More

Audio Rights Group Accuses Ethiopia of Suppressing Media

Human Rights Watch says Ethiopian officials are taking steps against independent media and journalists who have different opinions than the government. The report shows how the Ethiopian government has restricted independent reporting and 22 journalists have been charged with crimes.

Video Sensitivity About Religious Images Is Not Unique to Islam

Non-Muslims may have some difficulty understanding Muslim concerns about their Prophet Muhammad. But the National Museum of Women in the Arts is being criticized for its exhibit on how the Mother of Jesus appears in European art.

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.

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.

Audio Labor Groups Criticize Abuses in Thai Fishing Industry

Thailand is the third largest exporter of fish and fishery products in the world. Those exports are worth more than eight billion dollars. But the Thai fishing industry is under attack because of reports of labor rights abuses and human trafficking. The government is taking steps to stop the abuses.

Audio Vietnamese Officials Worried about Political Blog

The blog publishes documents and photographs, and has linked suspected corruption to cabinet members and their relatives; the blog has been visited almost 14 million times since it was launched a month ago. People’s Daily has suggested that the information is false.

Video S. Korean Businesses Want to Ease Trade Restriction with North

Business leaders in South Korea are urging the government to ease trade restrictions with North Korea. They believe that expanding trade will help their businesses and contribute to long-term peace and security on the Korean peninsula. South Korea cut many economic ties with the North in 2010.

Video In Kenya, Former Prisoners Seek Work, Help Community

Former prisoners are working to prove there is life after crime. They want to show that they can lead productive lives.In one Nairobi neighborhood, they serve neighbors by collecting trash and doing other work. As they do so, they are giving back to a community that receives few public services.

Audio China Reacts Differently to Charlie Hebdo Free Speech Debate

Parisians lined up to buy the French magazine Charlie Hebdo after the attacks on its offices earlier this month. Many buyers wanted to show support for free speech. Muslims find the magazine’s cartoons of the Prophet Mohamed offensive. But, Chinese officials have their own interpretation.

Audio Defector's Story Raised Questions on Report of Abuse in N. Korea

Shin Dong-hyuk was one of many people who gave evidence to the U.N. Commission. He now admits that he misled UN investigators about some parts of his life in North Korean prison camps; his story shows the difficulty of confirming information in one of the world’s most secretive countries.

Audio Little Progress in Investigation of Cambodian Workers' Death

Last January, representatives from major global clothing manufactures sent a strong letter to the Cambodian government. They asked the government to investigate the killings of at least five garment workers during protests for higher wages. But little progress has been made in the investigation.

Audio Philippines, US Concerned over China's Activities

China is working to build an airplane landing area on a reef in the disputed Spratley Islands. The Philippines and several other countries each claim ownership of the islands as does China. The United States has called on China to honor a declaration it signed with the Southeast Asian neighbors.

Audio Indonesia Faces Criticism for Executing Drug Offenders

Indonesia is facing widespread international criticism after executing six people on January 18, including five foreigners. All six were found guilty of violating Indonesian drug laws. Other countries had urged Indonesian officials to cancel the death sentences. | As It Is

Audio Zimbabwean Government on Trial Over Marriage Age for Girls

Two young women have gone to Zimbabwe's highest court to argue against child marriage. The women want to raise the legal marriage age for females from 16 to 18 years of age, as it is for males. The women also want to cancel existing child marriages.

Audio US Officials Report Progress in Fighting Ebola

Progress being made against Ebola in West Africa, but top US official says the war is not over. In the past few weeks, the number of new cases reported has dropped to less than ten a day in Liberia and Sierra Leone. A few weeks ago there were 30 or 40 new cases every day.

Audio Sri Lankan Election Tests the Power of the Planets

Millions of people in South Asia believe the movement of planets can influence their lives. They use astrology to make important decisions. But an unexpected turn of events in the recent presidential election has started a debate in Sri Lanka about how dependable astrology really is.

Audio North Korea Offers Nuclear Talks with Conditions

North Korea offered to suspend further nuclear tests with if the United States cancelled joint military exercises with South Korea. However, the U.S. described the offer as an “implicit threat.” Tensions have risen after U.S. accused North Korea of launching a cyber-attack against Sony Pictures.

Audio Taiwan Criticizes China's Plans for New Air Routes

Taiwanese officials have expressed displeasure at China’s decision to open four new civilian air routes. All four would conflict with existing flight paths near Taiwan’s main island and two groups of smaller islands. The Chinese side says the new routes would ease travel from and to Shanghai.

Audio India Battles Shrinking Tiger Habitat

A shrinking habitat for tigers is one of the biggest problems facing conservationists in India. India has one of the world’s largest programs to protect the tiger. However, there is a growing problem of balancing the interests of wildlife with those of villages in or near tiger reserves.

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    Audio Deadline Passes in Jordan-Islamic State Prisoner Exchange Deal

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  • Audio Lebanese Women Make Peace One Meal at a Time

    War in Lebanon continues. Women from the opposing sides are coming together to cook – thanks to a non-profit called Ruwwad al Tanmeya-Lebanon. Experienced chefs helped the women complete training. Now they are selling their food to organizations such as the Red Cross. More

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