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State Limits on Media Raise Concern in Turkey

05/29/2015
With general elections coming in June, political parties are becoming active in the Turkish media. A government official wants to close the TV stations favorable to Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen. The leader of the opposition Republican People’s Party, Kemal Kilicdaroglu, criticizes these limits. More

Audio UN Supports Protection of Journalists in Conflicts

The United Nations Security Council has approved a resolution on the protection of journalists in conflict zones. All 15 Council members voted Wednesday in support of the resolution. The measure comes as the number of deaths and kidnappings of news reporters continues to rise.

Audio Greece Says No Payment to Lenders Without Deal

Greece has said it cannot make its debt payment to the International Monetary Fund for June. The country’s Interior Minister Nikos Voutsis spoke on Greek television Sunday. He said the country needs to reach a deal with its creditors or it will not be able to make payments.

Audio Extreme Heat in India Kills Over 1100

Indian officials say most of the heat-related deaths were reported in the southeastern states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. The unusually hot weather is reaching temperatures above 46 degrees Celsius. People most at risk are those who work outside. Help may come with monsoon rains.

Audio US, Swiss Officials Take Action against FIFA in Corruption Cases

United States officials have brought charges against current and former leaders of FIFA, the group that governs the sport of football around the world. A U.S. federal indictment accuses them of corruption and other wrongdoing.

Audio China Defends Its Island-Building in the South China Sea

China has defended its efforts to build up islands and coral reefs in the South China Sea. Chinese officials say the efforts are no different from public construction projects. Officials compared the activities to repairing roads, and building bridges and homes.

Audio Japan's Past Threatens Chances for World Heritage Site

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, or UNESCO is considering adding sites in Japan to its World Heritage list. The possible sites include coal mines, steel factories and shipyards that show how Japan became the first Asian nation to enter the modern industrial age.

Audio US Military Searching for Boat People in Southeast Asia

The U.S. military has begun flights off the west coast of Malaysia. Military aircraft are searching for thousands of people who are believed to be trapped on unsafe wooden boats. Last week, Indonesia and Malaysia announced they would temporarily permit the boat people to land.

Audio Taiwan Offers Peace Plan for South China Sea

It calls for cooperation among governments that claim all or part of the South China Sea, which is said to be rich in oil, natural gas and fisheries. But the plan is not likely to produce a reaction outside of Taiwan because country has no diplomatic ties with the countries that claim the waters.

Audio Tensions Rise in Hong Kong Before Tiananmen Anniversary

Every year people in Hong Kong gather to remember the June 4 anniversary of the Chinese government crackdown at Tiananmen Square. Usually they also give thanks for their freedoms. But this year, some say people in Hong Kong themselves are feeling increasing pressure from the Chinese government.

Audio China Increases Its Ballistic Missile Abilities

China is adding several small nuclear warheads to missiles. China says its military is only for defense. Some people question that claim. Especially now, as China becomes more assertive in a dispute with several Asian nations over maritime territory. Some experts worry of a possible Asian arms race.

Video Cambodia Circus Offers a Better Life to Young Performers

Many young people in Cambodia dream of joining the circus. For some needy and underprivileged youths some are given an opportunity at the Phare Ponleu Selpak school or PPS to learn circus skills that may help change their lives for the better.

Audio Islamic State Militants Capture Two Major Cities

The Islamic State seized control of the Syrian city of Palmyra on Thursday. The fall of Palmyra reportedly left the militants in control of half of Syria. Last Sunday, the militants took control of Ramadi, the capital of Iraq’s Anbar Province.| In The News

Video Limited Mental Health Services Being Offered in Cambodia

Because few students study psychiatry in the country, experts do not expect that will change anytime soon. Only six students are in the three-year-long psychiatry course, and the government spends just $1 million a year on mental health care services. | As It Is

Audio  Indonesia, Malaysia Agree to Temporarily Shelter Migrants

Indonesia and Malaysia have agreed to provide temporary shelter to thousands of migrants and human trafficking victims trapped at sea. Thailand will provide humanitarian assistance. Until now, the three countries had expressed an unwillingness to help the estimated 7,000 migrants.

Audio Nigerians 'Trek' to Celebrate Historic Election

Muhammadu Buhari is set to become Nigeria’s president later this month. Some Nigerians are celebrating his recent victory and other election results by going for very long walks called treks. Some want to congratulate the new leader; others walk in support of unity and the peaceful election process.

Audio WHO: Growing Threat from Antibiotic Resistance

The WHO says an increasing number of infections cannot be treated because of growing resistance to antibiotic drugs. This resistance puts the lives of millions of people at risk. Also, only one-quarter of 133 countries studied have a plan to fight resistance to antibiotics.

Video Young People Learn Leadership in the Great Outdoors

A non-profit group also teaches American teenagers how to protect the environment and help their community. They look for answers and join with local environmentalists to make those solutions work. After the project ends, the students have a greater understanding of the environment.

Audio Kerry Faces Tensions on Asia Trip

Secretary of State John Kerry is traveling in Asia this weekend. He is expected to mainly discuss North Korea's military program and China's territorial claims in the South China Sea. The Secretary of State will also go to South Korea. He is to talk with President Park Geun-hye and others.

Audio US-Turkey Agreement Could Slow 'Jihadist Highway'

Some of Turkey’s allies have accused the Turkish government of letting the country become what they call a “jihadhist highway” to Syria. Turkish officials have rejected such criticism. The U.S. and Turkey may soon reach an agreement to work together in the fight against terrorism.

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  • Audio State Limits on Media Raise Concern in Turkey

    With general elections coming in June, political parties are becoming active in the Turkish media. A government official wants to close the TV stations favorable to Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen. The leader of the opposition Republican People’s Party, Kemal Kilicdaroglu, criticizes these limits. More

  • Video Blind Boy Defines His Life With Music

    When Frankie Moran first saw his son Cole, he could not imagine ever sharing his love of music with the boy. Cole had cognitive delays and other birth defects. And he was blind. Cole Moran is now 12 years old. Cole plays music every day. He records his performances and listens back to the sound. More

  • Audio UN Supports Protection of Journalists in Conflicts

    The United Nations Security Council has approved a resolution on the protection of journalists in conflict zones. All 15 Council members voted Wednesday in support of the resolution. The measure comes as the number of deaths and kidnappings of news reporters continues to rise. More

  • FIFA President Sepp Blatter delivers his speech during the opening ceremony of the 65th FIFA Congress in Zurich, Switzerland, May 28, 2015.

    Audio FIFA President: Charges Bring Shame to Sport

    FIFA President Sepp Blatter said corruption scandals within the world soccer organization have brought "shame and humiliation" on the sport. Also in the news, Iranian foreign minister expresses hope for nuclear deal; President Barack Obama hosts a Twitter chat on climate change. More

  • Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis arrives for a meeting of eurozone creditors earlier in May.

    Audio Greece Says No Payment to Lenders Without Deal

    Greece has said it cannot make its debt payment to the International Monetary Fund for June. The country’s Interior Minister Nikos Voutsis spoke on Greek television Sunday. He said the country needs to reach a deal with its creditors or it will not be able to make payments. More

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    When Frankie Moran first saw his son Cole, he could not imagine ever sharing his love of music with the boy. Cole had cognitive delays and other birth defects. And he was blind. Cole Moran is now 12 years old. Cole plays music every day. He records his performances and listens back to the sound. More

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