March 28, 2015 16:00 UTC


Cambodia Supports China's Position on South China Sea

Cambodia’s prime minister said the dispute between China and other nations in the South China Sea area cannot be solved through ASEAN. Prime Minister Hun Sen said Wednesday that the issue should be solved by the countries directly affected by the disputes. More

Audio UN: African Nations Should Change 'Pursuit' Laws

Officials say terrorism suspects are escaping by fleeing across national borders. Police are often not permitted to follow them. The United Nations wants to keep terrorists from fleeing to safety by crossing into another country. | As It Is

Audio More Assertive Japan Before Abe's US Visit

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is making plans for a state visit to the United States. Mr. Abe will travel to Washington next month for talks with President Barack Obama. The two leaders are expected to discuss a number of issues, including the security alliance between their countries.

Audio Party Politics in Nigeria’s Presidential Election

Nigeria is holding elections Saturday following two years of political unrest. Voters will elect both a president and parliament. The ruling People’s Democratic Party, or PDP, is facing its first real test since coming to power in 1999. The lead opposition party is the All Progressive’s Congress.

Audio Singapore's Founding Father Lee Kuan Yew Dies at 91

Mr. Lee was Singapore’s leader from 1959 until 1990. In recent years, he remained a highly influential person in the city-state, off the coast of Malaysia. President Barack Obama described Lee Kuan Yew as a "visionary" who built "one of the most prosperous countries in the world today."

Audio Hundreds in Hanoi Protest Tree Cutting

Many residents in Hanoi, Vietnam, have expressed anger about the government’s plan to cut down thousands of the city’s trees. They have protested the plan around Hanoi and on social media sites like Facebook. Local officials announced late last week they are suspending the tree-cutting plan.

Video Would You Eat Food from Fukushima?

Four years ago, the area was hit by a tsunami that caused a nuclear disaster. Until 2011, the area was known for its fresh produce and seafood. Now, Fukushima officials, farmers and fishermen are trying to convince people that vegetables, fruits, fish and chicken from the area are safe to eat.

Audio Islamic State Uses App to Broadcast Message

Zello is like Twitter and other social media apps. It can help activists and protesters across the world communicate without the knowledge of their governments. It helped Venezuelans protest against their government last year. The Islamic State group now uses the app to spread its message.

Audio Digital or Print? How Do You Read Books?

A South African technology expert says huge numbers of book readers in his country are using electronic reading devices. He says the rising popularity of such devices could lead to the slow disappearance of traditional books. But the appeal of physical books may yet survive the changing technology.

Audio Report: North Korea Foreign Workers Receive Little Pay

A South Korean human rights organization says North Koreans working overseas are often forced to live in prison-like conditions. It says the N. Korean overnment takes 90 percent of the wages they earn. That brings billions of dollars to the North and eases the effect of international sanctions.

Video Germany Slowly Having More Influence on World Events

Some observers say Germany has the makings of a world power. They note the German government’s lead in trying to solve the European financial crisis. They also point to German involvement in diplomatic efforts to stop the war in Ukraine. But other wonder whether Germany is ready to get involved.

Video Is the Islamic State Truly Islamic?

Militants in the Middle East are attacking people who do not share their beliefs and destroying museum pieces they say are against Islam. In the U.S., public figures are debating about the militants’ religious claims. Some observers say that Islam needs a Reformation.

Video Does a South Korean Law Limit Speech or Protect the Nation?

A South Korean supporter of North Korea cut Ambassador Lippert on the face and hand. Officials say the attacker might have also violated a law designed to stop the spread of communism. Some rights groups oppose the law. They say it limits freedom of speech without increasing public safety.

Video Film Gets Chinese Government Talking About Smog

Chinese prime minister Li Keqiang says the government is determined to stop the smog problem. But he says the government’s effort so far has not met the public’s expectations. A Chinese documentary “Under the Dome” went viral online and then was blocked by the government.

Audio How Should the World Protect Itself from Natural Disasters?

How should the world protect itself from natural disasters and climate change? And who should be paying for this kind of protection? These and other questions are being asked at the United Nations World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai, Japan.

Audio Michelle Obama to Publicize Need for Girls’ Education in Asia

The wife of President Barack Obama is on a five-day trip to Asia. First Lady Michelle Obama is visiting Japan and Cambodia to help publicize an Obama administration program called “Let Girls Learn.” Administration officials set up the campaign to support the education of girls worldwide.

Audio Expert Questions Report on North Korea Nuclear Arms

A former International Atomic Energy official has raised questions about claims made in a new report on North Korea. The report warns that North Korea could manufacture 100 nuclear weapons by 2020. The warning came from the US-Korea Institute at John Hopkins University in the U.S.

Video North Korea Reacts to US-South Korea Exercises

The joint yearly exercises on the Korean Peninsula a meant to show military readiness, but also can increase tensions. North Korea already reacted to the training with two missile launches. But some question if the attack on the US ambassador to South Korea was also connected to the exercises.

Video Iran Tries to Stop Declining Birth Rate

Amnesty International says proposed new laws in Iran would severely limit women’s freedom. It says the country’s leaders want to limit a woman’s ability to get medicine to stop a pregnancy. It says the leaders also want to make getting a job harder for young, childless women.

Audio Pakistan, Afghanistan Work to Return Refugees

The UN estimates there are 1.6 million registered Afghan refugees. About one million of them are said to be undocumented. Pakistani officials have started blaming the refugees for a rise in criminal and militant activity in parts of the country. The two countries are working to return them.

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  • A Houthi Shiite fighter stands guard as people search for survivors under the rubble of houses destroyed by Saudi airstrikes near Sanaa Airport, Yemen, Thursday, March 26, 2015

    Audio Saudi-led Airstrikes in Yemen Aim to Stop Rebels

    Yemen Foreign Minister Riyadh Yasin said the Houthi rebels should weaken after two days of air strikes from a coalition of Arab countries, led by Saudi Arabia. The coalition of 10 countries, including five Gulf kingdoms, is trying to bring Yemen’s internationally recognized government back to power. More

  • Audio Cambodia Supports China's Position on South China Sea

    Cambodia’s prime minister said the dispute between China and other nations in the South China Sea area cannot be solved through ASEAN. Prime Minister Hun Sen said Wednesday that the issue should be solved by the countries directly affected by the disputes. More

  • Video Paraguayan Children Make Music with Trash

    Last week, musicians from around the world gathered in Texas for the South by Southwest film and music festival. Perhaps the most unusual performers at the event were a group of teenagers from Paraguay. Their musical instruments were made of trash – objects that had been thrown away. More

  • Marseille prosecutor Brice Robin (C) with Gen. David Galtier (R) holds a press conference in Marseille, southern France, March 26, 2015.

    Audio Prosecutor: Germanwings Co-Pilot Hid Illness

    France says it appears a Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz purposely caused the deadly crash in the French Alps Tuesday. He was alone in the cockpit when he flew the plane into the ground. Also in the news, Saudi-led airstrikes continue in Yemen; Uganda warns of possible al-Shabab attacks. More

  • Video NASA to Study Astronaut on Yearlong Mission in Space

    US astronaut Scott Kelly is scheduled to go to the International Space Station for a second time. Scientists hope the yearlong mission will provide important information about the physical and mental effects of living in space for a long period and pave the way for a future piloted flight to Mars. More

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  • Video Angelina Jolie Has Second Surgery to Prevent Cancer

    The 39-year-old actress published a piece in The New York Times about her decision to have her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed to protect herself from cancer. She had a double mastectomy two years ago for the same reason. The latest surgery leaves the mother of six unable to have more children. More

  • Space Rocket to Launch Weather Satellite Into Deep Space

    Video Satellite Will Watch Sun Storms, Send Warnings to Earth

    Strong storms on the sun can cause problems for satellites, radio communications and even airplane travel. A satellite is now traveling 1.5 million kilometers to enter the sun’s orbit, just in time to observe the extreme weather on the sun at its most violent time the sun’s 11-year cycle. More

  • An employee plays the game Flappy Bird at a smartphone store in Hanoi, Feb. 10, 2014.

    Audio Too Much Gaming is a Pain in the Neck

    Smartphones and other electronic devices, or gadgets, are becoming more affordable. Children in India are using them more and more. Doctors say children who spend long hours playing video games are increasingly showing signs of physical deformities, meaning their bodies are not growing properly. More

  • Video Secrets of a Saddle-Maker

    People began riding horses thousands of years ago. Saddles for horseback riding were invented soon after. Today, many companies manufacture saddles. But it is rare to find someone who designs and makes these products by hand. American Keith Valley is one of the few. More

  • Video Graphene: The Material of the 21st Century

    Graphene is a type of graphite mineral. Experts often call it 'The Material of the 21st Century' because of its special properties. Some U.S. companies are already using graphene for new technology products. Graphene is often described as a one-atom-thick layer of carbon. More

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