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4:29 PM - 4:34 PM October 01, 2015

US, Russia Clash on How to End Syrian Conflict

9:23 PM - 9:27 PM September 28, 2015

Kenyan Court Orders Teachers Back to School

2:12 PM - 2:18 PM September 25, 2015

Chinese President Meets with President Obama, US Business Leaders

2:49 PM - 2:54 PM September 21, 2015

UN Nuclear Inspector Reports Progress in Iran Investigation

10:04 PM - 10:06 PM September 17, 2015

In the News September 17, 2015

3:51 PM - 3:58 PM September 17, 2015

No End in Sight to the War in Syria

10:21 PM - 10:24 PM September 16, 2015

Hungarian Police Use Tear Gas and Water Cannon against Asylum-Seekers

11:06 PM - 11:11 PM September 15, 2015

Serbia Says it Cannot Care for More Migrants

10:09 PM - 10:13 PM September 15, 2015

Afghan Refugee Wins UN Award for Girls School

3:20 PM - 3:24 PM September 14, 2015

Taliban Free Hundreds of Prisoners in Afghanistan

2:04 PM - 2:08 PM September 14, 2015

Taliban Free Hundreds of Prisoners in Afghanistan

11:17 PM - 11:24 PM September 11, 2015

Pope Francis to Make Historic Trip to U.S.

8:46 PM - 8:50 PM September 11, 2015

911 anniversary

7:23 PM - 7:27 PM September 11, 2015

Many Issues Meet on Europe’s Migrant Crisis

Many Issues Meet on Europe’s Migrant Crisis

9:17 PM - 9:22 PM September 10, 2015

In the News September 10, 2015

11:07 PM - 11:12 PM September 09, 2015

In the News September 9, 2015

3:33 PM - 3:38 PM September 08, 2015

European Refugee, Migrant Crisis Spills Over into Greece, Macedonia

European Refugee, Migrant Crisis Spills Over into Greece, Macedonia

3:33 PM - 3:39 PM September 04, 2015

What Does China Want?

9:25 PM - 9:28 PM September 03, 2015

In the News September 3, 2015

8:51 PM - 8:55 PM September 02, 2015

In the News September 2, 2015

    Audio US, Russia Clash on How to End Syrian Conflict

    The U.S. and Russia disagree about air strikes Russia is conducting over Syria.

    Audio Chinese President Meets with Obama, US Tech Leaders

    Mr. Xi arrived in the United States on Tuesday for a week-long visit. On Friday, the two presidents were expected to discuss a number of complex issues, including economic policies, human rights, attacks on computer systems and territorial disputes in the South China Sea.

    Audio UN Nuclear Inspector Reports Progress in Iran Investigation

    Poland Criticizes Refugee Plan; Leftist Syriza Party Wins Vote in Greece; Pope Francis to Travel to Eastern Cuba; US May Not Cast “No” Vote in UN on Cuba Trade; VW Stock Price Drops Sharply | In the News

    Audio No End in Sight to the War in Syria

    About 240,000 people have died in the conflict. Millions more have lost their homes. Russia and Iran continue to support the government of Bashar al-Assad. And thousands continue to flee to Europe. | In the News

    Audio Major Earthquake in Chile Leads to Tsunami Warnings

    Officials in Chile now say at least ten people were killed in a powerful earthquake Wednesday night. Burkina Faso military takes over government. Suicide bombing kills 21 in central Baghdad.

    Audio Hungarian Police Use Force Against Asylum-Seekers

    Also on Wednesday, the United States is considering military talks with Russia on the Syrian conflict; Yemen says its cabinet has returned to the country after spending months in exile in Saudi Arabia; And soldiers from Burkina’s presidential guard have detained the country’s acting prime minister.

    Audio Serbia Says it Cannot Care for More Migrants

    Also on Tuesday, Palestinians and Israeli police clash for a third day in Jerusalem; Thailand links the recent bombing in Bangkok to Uighur traffickers; The United States warns North Korea against “irresponsible provocations” and Generic Electric says it is moving 500 American jobs overseas.

    Audio Taliban Free Hundreds of Prisoners in Afghanistan

    In other news, Egyptian forces kill two Mexicans; Malaysia arrests three people in connection with Bangkok bombing; and, Okinawa governor to cancel permits for new US military base. | In the News

    Audio Many Issues Meet on Europe’s Migrant Crisis

    Hundreds of thousands of migrants and refugees from conflict areas have entered Europe. The head of the European Commission is calling for European countries to be required to take in refugees. The U.S. recently announced it would take 10,000 Syrian refugees starting next month.

    Audio US Marks 14th Anniversary of 9/11 Attacks

    U.S. officials and other Americans observed events remembering September 11, 2001. Nearly 3,000 people were killed when terrorist al-Qaida supporters used four passenger airplanes to attack U.S. targets in New York and Washington D.C.

    Audio US Senate Democrats Vote to Protect Iran Nuclear Deal

    Also, United States says it plans to accept 10,000 Syrian Refugees in the coming year; 56 Syrian soldiers die in a rebel attack on a Syrian air base; Chinese Premier Li Keqiang confirms ‘difficulties’ facing China’s economy; and heavy rains in central and northern Japan caused major flooding.

    Audio US Promises to Accept More Refugees

    Also on Wednesday, al-Qaida-led rebels seize airport from Syrian forces; The Russian government confirms presence of Russia “military advisors” in Syria; Iran’s top leader rejects talks with the U.S. outside the recent nuclear deal with world powers.

    Audio EU Migrant Crisis Spills into Greece, Macedonia

    Also, Britain’s defense chief warns of more airstrikes on Syria if they stop likely terror attacks against British interests; Turkey’s military carries out more airstrikes against Kurdish militants, and North and South Korea have agreed to restart a program to reunite separated families.

    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

    Audio In Hungary, Migrants Seeking to Go West Clash with Police

    Also, China says it will reduce its military by more than 10 percent; South Korea, China and Japan agree to talks; Iran’s Supreme leader says parliament should decide on the nuclear deal with Western Powers, and the U.N. says 13 million children are out of school in the Middle East and N. Africa.

    Audio Migrant Crisis Brings Budapest to Breaking Point

    Also, a U.S. Senator announces her support for the international agreement with Iran; Pope Francis urges Roman Catholic clergymen to forgive women for having an abortion; And, North Korea denies apologizing for a landmine explosion in South Korea

    Audio China's Manufacturing Slowdown Worries Investors

    Also, Europe struggles to deal with a migrant wave; President Obama urges action on climate change; Thai officials arrest a bombing suspect; and protests in Lebanon increase.

    Audio Thai Officials: More Arrest Orders for Bombing Suspects

    Also, US Reportedly Preparing Restrictions on Chinese Individuals, Companies; European minister call for meeting on the “exceptional” migrant crisis in Europe; And Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai visits Washington.

    Audio Ten Years after Katrina, New Orleans Is a Different City

    On the anniversary of storm, President Obama and other officials recognize efforts to remake a city famous for its culture and music.

    Audio 50 Migrants Found Dead in a Truck in Austria

    The discovery of up to 50 dead refugees in Austria came on the same day as a European migrant crisis meeting in Vienna. Also in the news, President Barack Obama visits New Orleans ahead of the city's 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina; China's stock markets recover after 5 days of losses.

Learn with The News

  • Audio How Competitive Is Your Country?

    The Word Economic Forum released its latest Global Competitiveness Report this week. There was little change among the top countries. But one economist says top countries are leading in what she calls the human factor. Find out what that means. More

  • Audio UN Could Ban Luxury Goods to North Korea

    A South Korean official says the United Nations may consider new actions against North Korea if the country fires a long-range missile. He said the possible actions include expanding a ban on the export of luxury goods and strategic materials to North Korea. More

  • Audio Kenyan Church Welcomes LGBT Members

    In early September, the Anglican Church of Kenya cancelled the license of clergymen suspected of homosexuality. Some feared that Kenyan churches do not welcome homosexuals. But one location offers religious services to gays, homosexuals, bisexual and transgender people. More

  • Video Drought Affecting California’s Sequoias

    California is suffering under a historic four-year drought and scientists say even the state's famed sequoia trees are feeling the pain. The National Park Service has started detailed research to see how it can help the oldest living things on earth survive. More

  • Video Father of Oregon Victim Says Gunman Targeted Christians

    U.S. officials are investigating an attack Thursday at a college in rural southern Oregon. Officials identified the gunman as 26-year-old Chris Harper Mercer. They said he killed at least nine people at Umpqua Community College. More

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    When we want to compare things we use comparative and superlative forms. Find out some of rules and exceptions of these important forms in Everyday Grammar for this week. More

  • Video ‘The Martian’ Mixes Science, Science Fiction

    Hollywood's latest space operation gone wrong movie stars Matt Damon as an astronaut mistakenly left on Mars. The film is a hit with movie critics. But what do science critics think? More

  • The Open Boat by Stephen Crane, Part 2

    Video The Open Boat by Stephen Crane, Part Two

    We continue the story of “The Open Boat” by Stephen Crane. As we told you last week, the story is based on true events. In eighteen ninety-six, Crane was traveling to Cuba as a news reporter. On his way there, his ship sank in the Atlantic Ocean. Crane climbed into the last remaining lifeboat. More

  • Audio Great Barrier Reef Choking on Pollutants

    The Great Barrier Reef is off the coast of Queensland in northeastern Australia. It is the largest living organism on Earth. However, the reef is being damaged by climate change and pollutants from farms that flow into the reef. More

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    Audio Coffee Before Bed Does More Than Keep You Awake

    Sleep is important for our mental and physical health. But, an internationally popular drug may interfere with that. Caffeine is found in coffee and other foods and drink. Researchers now say to be careful about when you drink it! More

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