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Brazil Working to Clean Dirty Olympic Bay

Children playing on the shores of Guanabara Bay

04/18/2015
Around the world, people are excited for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. The host city for the events is Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The city is known as Cidade Maravilhosa – the Marvelous City – because of its beautiful landscapes. But one body of water in Rio, Guanabara Bay, is not so marvelous. More

Audio Officials Plan Expanded Search for Missing Malaysian Plane

Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 disappeared in March of last year. The Malaysian jet was carrying 239 people on flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. Air traffic controllers in both countries say they did not receive any message that the plane may have been in trouble. | In The News

Audio War in Yemen: The Players and the Goals

Yemen is home to more than 20 million people. The UN says hundreds of people have fled the country to escape fighting. The conflict is mainly between the Houthis and Yemen’s internationally-recognized government. But everyone knows the situation is more complex than that.

Audio In Australia, Tibetan Immigrants Learn to Swim

More than 800 Tibetan refugees have moved to Dee Why, a town on Australia’s East Coast. Since arriving there, many of the Tibetans have learned how to swim. Swimming is an important skill for those living in communities near the ocean. It also helps the Tibetans to understand Australia

Audio China’s Activities in Disputed Waters Worry US, Southeast Asia

New US report says China is expanding its naval forces. It says China is carrying out land reclamation effort in the South China Sea. Top US admiral warns China is building “a great wall of sand” near islands claimed by other countries. China says its activities are lawful.

Audio India Seeks More Women on Corporate Boards

The goal appeared simple: require a woman to sit on the board of directors of all companies listed on India’s National Stock Exchange. But after one year, many companies are still trying to fill the positions. This has raised the issue of how well women are represented in top leadership jobs.

Audio A Look Back at the Chibok Kidnapping

One year ago, Boko Haram militants kidnapped 276 schoolgirls from their dormitory in the northeastern Nigerian town of Chibok. The kidnapping came as a shock to people around the world. But it was just part of Boko Haram’s violent campaign against the Nigerian government.

Audio US Seeks to Influence Changes in Cuba

Top US diplomat says the Obama administration will soon decide whether to remove the island nation from its list of countries that support terrorists. Some US senators do not agree with the policy changes Mr. Obama plans to make. Obama met with Cuban leader Raul Castro at the summit.

Audio Turkey Rejects Pope’s Comments on Armenian Genocide

On Sunday, Pope Francis used the word 'genocide' to describe the mass killing of Armenians in 1915. The Turkish government objects to the use of the word genocide, saying the number killed is fewer than claimed. The pope spoke during a special service on the 100th anniversary of the mass killing.

Audio Some Nigerians Wondering About Their Next Leader

Former military dictator Muhammadu Buhari will be the next president of Nigeria. The president-elect and others say he has changed and can bring much-needed reforms to the country. But some Nigerians who remember Mr. Buhari’s military government are still concerned about his election.

Video Nuclear Deal Could Lead to Increased Influence for Iran

Iran, the United States and five other countries have agreed on a plan for future negotiations on Iran’s nuclear program. Some observers think a possible final deal would help Iran expand its influence in the Middle East. Israel and Saudi Arabia would likely feel threatened by an empowered Iran

Video Chinese Officials Issue Rules for 'Dancing Grannies'

It is common in many Chinese cities for large groups of older women to go to a local park after dinner for organized dancing to loud music. But many park neighbors have protested the noise. Chinese sports officials have set out dance routines for grandmothers in efforts to end a dispute.

Audio Kenyans Are Concerned about Security, Corruption

This week, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta marked two years in office. The anniversary was observed as Kenyans mourned the victims of a terror attack in the town of Garissa. Gunmen killed more than 140 people at Garissa University College. Medical workers have still not identified all the bodies.

Audio Too Many Cambodian Women Dying During Childbirth

The number of women dying during pregnancy and childbirth is still high in Cambodia, despite the government's work to meet United Nations Millennium Development Goals. 170 women die per 100,000 live births in Cambodia. That compares to Thailand's rate of 48 and Vietnam's rate of 59.

Video Obama to Meet Cuban President at Summit of the Americas

Raul Castro is expected in Panama for the Summit of the Americas. He plans to talk with President Obama for the first time since the U.S. leader announced steps to re-establish full diplomatic relations with Cuba. Critics say Cuba’s participation in the summit hurts democracy in Latin America.

Audio India to Monitor Air Pollution in 10 Cities

The Indian capital of New Delhi recently passed Beijing, China, for having the world’s most polluted air. Now, Indian PM Narendra Modi is launching a national air quality index to monitor pollution levels in 10 of the country’s major cities. Mr. Modi launched the air quality index this week.

Audio Amnesty Raises Warnings on Afghan Women’s Rights

Amnesty International released its report on Afghan women’s rights Tuesday in Kabul, the capital. The report says both the government and the international community are turning their backs on Afghan women activists, leaving them vulnerable. It says these activists have fought for human rights.

Audio US Defense Secretary Visits Asia to Seek 'Rebalance'

The new policy seeks to move more political and military power to a fast-growing area. The United States and China are competing for influence among Asian nations. Defense officials say the U.S. and Japan are working on new defense guidelines to include cooperation on space and cyber-security.

Audio Analysts Question Plans for Joint Arab Military

At a recent meeting, members of the Arab League agreed to form a joint military force. The force would try to control the widespread violence in the region. But analysts say it may not be possible to create the force and prepare it to fight complex modern conflicts.

Video For Obama, More Business Than Friendship with World Leaders

President Obama is not known to have developed many close friendships with world leaders. He has reportedly called British Prime Minister David Cameron 'bro." Mr. Obama says his relationship with Israel’s prime minister is “business-like.” His relations with other world leaders appear similar.

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    Audio World Bank Head Sees Other Development Banks as Allies

    Slowing economic growth around the world is endangering the World Bank’s goal of ending extreme poverty by the year 2030. Mr. Kim said the goal remains within reach. But he thinks extreme poverty will disappear only if world leaders and financial and development agencies do their part. More

  • Children playing on the shores of Guanabara Bay

    Audio Brazil Working to Clean Dirty Olympic Bay

    Around the world, people are excited for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. The host city for the events is Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The city is known as Cidade Maravilhosa – the Marvelous City – because of its beautiful landscapes. But one body of water in Rio, Guanabara Bay, is not so marvelous. More

  • Video New Movie Shows an Unseen Underwater World

    Jean-Michael Cousteau and his team used an IMAX camera to produce a 40-minute documentary about the world’s oceans. The film shows how the smallest life in the sea is important to the survival of all life on the planet. There are also thousands, maybe millions of species not yet identified. More

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    This week, we look at some train and railroad expressions commonly used in American English. This is only part one. There are many idioms and expressions relating to trains. So ... all aboard! Make sure you have your ticket because this train is leaving the station! More

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    Video Women Seek to Join US Army Rangers

    Army expects nearly 20 women will begin the difficult training on Monday; it says they will have to meet the same standards as men to graduate from course. Opinion study of male troops finds many do not think women should be Rangers. The Army says those who graduate will be Rangers. More

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