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What Does China Want?

09/04/2015
This week, China held a huge military parade to mark the anniversary of the end of World War II. More than 12,000 soldiers took part in the event. It included the first public showing of a new missile that reportedly has the ability to destroy an aircraft carrier. | In The News More

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Audio US Calls for Release of Chinese Lawyers, Religious Leaders

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Audio US Preparing Sanctions Against China

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Audio EU Officials to Hold Talks on Migrant Crisis

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Three Americans, a Briton and a Frenchman overpowered a heavily-armed gunman on a train in France last Friday. The three Americans told reporters that “gut instinct” to survive drove them to stop the gunman. They spoke Sunday at the U.S. Embassy in Paris.

Video Rats Trained to Find Land Mines in Cambodia

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Audio Tianjin Explosion Raises Concerns About China’s Storage Centers

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  • Video What Does China Want?

    This week, China held a huge military parade to mark the anniversary of the end of World War II. More than 12,000 soldiers took part in the event. It included the first public showing of a new missile that reportedly has the ability to destroy an aircraft carrier. | In The News More

  • Video With US Tie, Cubans Have Better Access to Internet

    The United States and Cuba officially re-established diplomatic relations two months ago. The re-establishment of ties had led to better access of the Internet across the island nation. Until recently, it has been difficult for Cubans to connect online with the rest of the world. More

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  • 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

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