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Wealth, Poverty Are Issues in Hong Kong Protests

10/24/2014
The pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong are mainly about the right to vote without interference from China’s central government. But there are at least two other less talked-about issues. One is concern about the rising cost of living in Hong Kong. Another is the gap between rich and poor. More

Audio Who Will Be Brazil's Next President?

Brazilians will choose a president Sunday. Two candidates will be on the ballot -- Dilma Rousseff and Senator Aecio Neves. President Rousseff won the most votes in the first round of voting earlier this month. But she did not win a majority of votes, so a runoff election is required.

Audio Ebola Survivors Speak Out about Their Experience

The number of Ebola cases continues rising. But there is some hope for those who survive the disease. Recently, a conference for Ebola survivors was held for the first time in eastern Sierra Leone. The goal was to offer advice to survivors and increase understanding of the disease.

Audio Activists: China Executed 2,400 People in 2013

The number of executions in China is lower than in earlier years. However, it is more than three times higher than the number of executions in the rest of the world combined. That information comes from Amnesty International. Death penalty numbers are a state secret in China.

Video Hong Kong’s Protests Show Generation Gap

The protests have shown what observers are calling a generation gap -- sharp differences between the student demonstrators and their parents. Parents are more likely than their children to express support for stability or calm than democracy. The protestors say Hong Kong’s freedoms are threatened.

Audio North Korea Plans to Keep Nuclear Program

A North Korean official says his country plans to keep its nuclear program. He says the North Korean government could re-examine its policy toward the United States if U.S. officials continue raising human rights issues. The two sides appear to communicate through New York channel.

Audio Catholic Bishops Reject Plan to 'Welcome' Gays

Conservatives had criticized an early document from the two-week-long meeting of bishops in Rome. That document sought to limit criticism of people who have same-sex relationships. The final document approved by the bishops disappoints liberals but pleases conservatives. | As It Is

Audio Hope, Expectation for New Indonesian Leader

Joko Widodo is a former businessman and governor of Jakarta. He has no ties to the political establishment. There are huge expectations for the new president in the world’s third-largest democracy.

Audio Climate Change Could Destroy Farms in Africa

About 70 percent of those who live in rural areas of sub-Saharan Africa are small-scale farmers. They produce about 80 percent of the food needed to feed the people of Africa. And they need a lot of help dealing with the effects of climate change. | As It Is

Audio Will Hong Kong Unrest Affect Politics in Taiwan?

Voters in Taiwan are preparing to choose to vote in local elections that may be partly shaped by protests in Hong Kong. As the election gets closer, leaders of both of the country’s main political parties are being pressured to strongly support democracy activists in Hong Kong.

Video Activists to Continue Launching Balloons into North Korea

An earlier launch across the border led to an exchange of gunfire between North and South Korean troops. South Korean leaders have asked activists to stop launching balloons, but do not have the power to make them do so. | As It Is

Audio Two Billion Suffer from 'Hidden Hunger'

People who suffer from hidden hunger have enough to eat, but the quality of their food is low. Ten of the 14 countries with the highest rate of "hidden hunger" are located south of the Saharan Desert in Africa. Several Southeast Asian and South Asian countries have improved since 1990.

Audio European Women Answer the Call of Jihad

Hundreds of young Europeans and others have joined jihadist groups in the Middle East. Experts estimate that up to 10 percent of the new members are women. These women are reacting to the lure, or appeal, of a pure Islamic state. And they seem to like the idea of fighting in combat for the jihadists

Video Islamic State Militants Become Target for Jokes

Musicians use humor to answer extremism and to criticize rulers and corruption. Their humor gets people laughing and cheering. Band members say they are making fun not only of the militants, but of the political systems that enable them to exist.

Audio Indian Prime Minister Launches Cleanup Campaign

Many of the country's major cities struggle to deal with garbage because of poor waste removal systems. And, more than 50 percent of the people in India do not have access to toilets.

Video Camera Captures Hong Kong Police Beating Protester

Human rights groups are criticizing Hong Kong police for beating an unarmed protester. Several police officers were caught on camera kicking and hitting the protester. The man was unable to defend himself because he wore handcuffs. He was later identified as a social worker.

Audio Catholic Bishops Discuss Teachings on Gays, Divorce

The Roman Catholic Church has long been critical of love relationships between two people of the same sex. The church has also sharply criticized sexual activity outside of marriage. And it rejects divorce. That is when one or both partners in a marriage choose to end it.

Audio Senegal Uses Technology to Teach Reading

More and more Africans are using text messages, e-mail and social media to communicate. In Senegal, educators are using new technologies to teach women to read. The United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization, UNESCO, launched the program in Senegal two years ago.

Audio Thailand Seeks to Ban Commercial Surrogacy

Thailand is campaigning against commercial surrogacy, one of the world’s most unregulated industries. In this industry, infertile foreign couples pay Thai women to bear children. Experts report that the business produces hundreds of millions of dollars a year. | As It Is

Audio US, Russia Relations Hit a New Low

President Barack Obama has said the international community must face what he called “Russian aggression in Europe.” He was speaking about Russia’s annexation of Crimea and support for Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine. The Russian government denies providing such support.

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  • Audio Wealth, Poverty Are Issues in Hong Kong Protests

    The pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong are mainly about the right to vote without interference from China’s central government. But there are at least two other less talked-about issues. One is concern about the rising cost of living in Hong Kong. Another is the gap between rich and poor. More

  • Texas Voter ID

    Audio US Supreme Court Allows Texas Voter ID Law

    The United States Supreme Court says the southwestern state of Texas can keep in place a new voting law. The law says voters must show identification documents before they are permitted to mark ballots. A lower court had ruled that the law could keep minorities from voting. More

  • President Barack Obama hugs Dallas nurse Nina Pham as her mother Diane looks on, Oval Office, Washington, Oct. 24, 2014.

    Audio In US, Fear of Ebola Spreads Faster than Virus

    For Americans, Ebola started out as a disease in a far-away continent. But it changed when a Liberian man died in Dallas. US officials said tests show that a New York doctor has the Ebola virus. The doctor recently treated Ebola patients in Guinea working for Doctors Without Borders. More

  • Brazil Elections

    Audio Who Will Be Brazil's Next President?

    Brazilians will choose a president Sunday. Two candidates will be on the ballot -- Dilma Rousseff and Senator Aecio Neves. President Rousseff won the most votes in the first round of voting earlier this month. But she did not win a majority of votes, so a runoff election is required. More

  • Audio Gunman Identified in Canadian Capital

    Also, UN human rights officials have called on China to guarantee open elections in Hong Kong. And, an attack in southwest Pakistan kills 11 people. WHO advises against Ebola travel bans. | In the News More

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