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In the News explains the week’s main news stories to help make sense of our world.


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President Orders Changes to U.S. Immigration Policy


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France to Increase Airstrikes Against IS Militants


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In the News

In the News explains the week’s main news stories to help make sense of our world.


5:43 PM - 5:49 PM November 14, 2014

Afghan Opium Production Jumps


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3:47 PM - 3:51 PM November 13, 2014

Obama Sees “New Day” for Myanmar, But Supports Reforms


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US, China to Cut Gases Linked to Climate Change


11:22 PM - 11:27 PM November 11, 2014

US and Chinese Presidents Hold Private Talks During APEC Meeting


4:04 PM - 4:09 PM November 10, 2014

Obama Says United States 'Committed' to Asia


12:40 AM - 12:45 AM November 08, 2014

In the News

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4:48 PM - 4:54 PM November 07, 2014

President Obama Prepares for Trip to Asia, Australia


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Candidates Make Appeals One Day Before Midterm Election

Candidates Make Appeals One Day Before Midterm Election


12:40 AM - 12:45 AM November 01, 2014

In the News

In the News explains the week’s main news stories to help make sense of our world.

    Video Republicans Promise to Fight Obama on Immigration

    Republican Party lawmakers are promising to fight President Barack Obama’s executive order on immigration. The order protects millions of people who have been living in the United States illegally. The president’s announcement immediately angered Republicans in the U.S. Congress.

    Video Obama Orders Changes to US Immigration Policy

    Mr. Obama’s decision will affect the lives of five million people who have entered the United States without permission. He says the country’s immigration system has not been working for many years and needs immediate reform. | In the News

    Audio Kerry in Vienna for Iran Nuclear Talks

    The talks are taking place four days before a deadline to reach a new agreement on Iran's nuclear program. Also, North Korea has threatened to carry out another nuclear test in answer to U.N. action against it. A U.N. committee condemned North Korea for suspected human rights abuses.

    Audio France to Increase Airstrikes Against IS Militants

    The French Defense Minister said the fighter jets will be based in Jordan. Also, Pope Francis condemns the synagogue attack in Jerusalem, Ukraine rejects Russia’s proposal for talks, the World Bank says Ebola may cost West Africa less than expected, and a deadly snow storm hits New York.

    Audio Palestinians Kill Four Rabbis in Jerusalem Synagogue

    Palestinians have killed at least four rabbis in an attack at a Jewish holy place in Jerusalem. Kerry is “hopeful” about reaching deal with Iran. Ukraine readies for possible Russian-backed attack. State of emergency is declared in Ferguson and Hong Kong police cleared protest area.

    Audio French Citizen Is Likely Among Militants in Beheading Video

    A French official says there is a strong likelihood that a French citizen was among the Islamic militants who executed an American aid worker. Japanese economy unexpectedly entered a recession. Australia and China have signed a free trade agreement. Almost 200 received experimental Ebola vaccine.

    Audio Afghan Opium Production Jumps

    The United Nations’ Office on Drugs and Crime says the opium harvest in Afghanistan jumped 17 percent from the amount last year. UN officials say the finding shows efforts to stop drug production in the country have failed. | In The News

    Audio Obama Meets with Aung San Suu Kyi

    Also, Iraqi officials say government troops have forced Islamic State militants from the town of Beiji; Israel is permitting Muslims of all ages to attend religious services Friday at the Temple Mount; and, Afghanistan’s new president is in Pakistan. | In The news

    Audio Obama Sees 'New Day' for Myanmar, But Supports Reforms

    In other news, Obama has called on Russia to honor the ceasefire agreement in Ukraine. Doctors Without Borders are testing the effectiveness of three possible Ebola treatments. The New York Times newspaper says it has no plans to change its reporting of events in China.

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    Video Filipino Fishermen Turn to Fiberglass for New Boats

    After a typhoon seriously damaged forests, the fishermen needed to find other materials to rebuild their boats. Is fiberglass the answer? They use a sledgehammer to answer that question. The fisherman used it to hit the sides of the fiberglass boats to see if the new boats were as strong. More

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    Audio Latin America Catholics Converting to Protestants

    Almost 40 percent of the world’s Catholic population, or about 425 million people, lives in Latin America. But a recent study from the Pew Research Center says people in Latin America have increasingly lost faith in the Catholic Church. Membership has decreased as much as 20 percent. More

  • This undated handout image provided by Science and the University of Tokyo shows infectious particles of the avian H7N9 virus emerging from a cell.

    Audio What's the Matter?

    From the very big to the very small, everything in our universe is made up of matter. Matter is one of those very hardworking words that you need to master ... no matter what. We will get you to the hear of the matter with this Words and Their Stories. More

  • Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen (L) stretches to shake hands with China's President Xi Jinping before a meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, November 7, 2014. REUTERS/Jason Lee/POOL

    Audio Cambodian Opposition Criticize Dependence on Chinese Aid

    China’s government recently promised more than $500 million in aid to Cambodia. Cambodian officials say they need about $1 billion in foreign aid each year to operate the government. Opposition members are worried about the country becoming too dependent on aid money from China. More

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    Video Republicans Promise to Fight Obama on Immigration

    Republican Party lawmakers are promising to fight President Barack Obama’s executive order on immigration. The order protects millions of people who have been living in the United States illegally. The president’s announcement immediately angered Republicans in the U.S. Congress. More

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  • Jonathan Evans Performs with Bonerama

    Video With Bonerama, Three Trombones Lead the Big Parade

    The New Orleans-based group brings together funk, rock, blues and jazz, creating a gumbo for the ears. Bonerama has horns like many bands. But, unlike most groups, the trombone players lead this band. Reporter Jonathan Evans performed with the band and wrote about it for American Mosaic. More

  • A line from Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address is displayed at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC.

    Audio Lincoln's Words at Gettysburg Still Have Meaning

    On November 19, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln said no one would remember his speech at a battlefield cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. But Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address remains one of the most important speeches in U.S. history. More

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    Audio Surgery Safaris: Looking for the Perfect Body

    Many people these days are going as far as South Africa to get their version of perfection. People from across Africa and the world come for so-called “surgery safaris.” There are no animals to see on these safaris. The visitors instead look for smaller stomachs, firmer bottoms or perhaps new eye. More

  • Video South Korea Attempting to Reuse More E-Waste

    South Korea is dealing with increasing amounts of waste from electronic devices. These useless or unwanted parts are often called “e-waste.” . The city of Seoul throws out about 10 tons of e-waste each year. Some local governments in South Korea are creating special "e-waste" recycling programs. More

  • FILE - Brittany Maynard, shown with her Great Dane puppy, Charlie, took a lethal dose of medication prescribed by a doctor in Oregon on Saturday. Maynard was battling brain cancer.

    Video Should You Have the Right to Die?

    The recent case of a 29 year old woman with brain cancer has again raised questions about the right to die. Americans are divided on whether doctors should be able to give deathly sick patients drugs to end their lives. Only four U.S states permit doctor, or physician, assisted suicide. More

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