May 05, 2015 01:11 UTC

In the News

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


9:41 PM - 9:46 PM May 04, 2015

US Senate Considering Bill on Iran’s Nuclear Activities


8:19 PM - 8:25 PM May 04, 2015

Taiwan, China Look to Expand Ties Before Elections

Taiwan, China Look to Expand Ties Before Elections


4:12 PM - 4:18 PM May 04, 2015

Taiwan, China Look to Expand Ties Before Elections

Taiwan, China Look to Expand Ties Before Elections


12:40 AM - 12:45 AM May 02, 2015

In the News

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


8:44 PM - 8:49 PM May 01, 2015

Surgical Glue Approved for Use Inside Human Body

Surgical Glue Approved for Use Inside Human Body


7:08 PM - 7:17 PM May 01, 2015

Police Officers to be Charged in Death of Black Man


10:38 PM - 10:42 PM April 30, 2015

In the News 04-30-15


9:19 PM - 9:22 PM April 29, 2015

In the News 04-29-15


10:00 PM - 10:03 PM April 28, 2015

In the News 04-28-15


6:56 PM - 7:02 PM April 27, 2015

Aid Begins to Arrive in Nepal


10:57 PM - 10:59 PM April 26, 2015

World Reaches Out to Nepal After Deadly Earthquake


12:40 AM - 12:45 AM April 25, 2015

In the News

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


8:48 PM - 8:54 PM April 24, 2015

Migrants Are Dying Trying to Reach Europe

Migrants Are Dying Trying to Reach Europe


10:18 PM - 10:21 PM April 23, 2015

In the News 04-23-15


9:09 PM - 9:11 PM April 22, 2015

In the News 04-22-15


10:35 PM - 10:40 PM April 21, 2015

In the News 04-21-15


1:05 PM - 1:07 PM April 20, 2015

Hundreds of Migrants Feared Dead


12:40 AM - 12:45 AM April 18, 2015

In the News

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


4:20 PM - 4:25 PM April 17, 2015

Officials Plan Expanded Search for Missing Malaysian Plane

Officials Plan Expanded Search for Missing Malaysian Plane


9:46 PM - 9:48 PM April 16, 2015

In the News 04-16-15

    Audio Taiwan, China Look to Expand Ties Before Elections

    Also in the news, over 7,200 people are confirmed dead in Nepal; Australian police defend cooperation with Indonesia in the case of 2 drug traffickers; Baltimore mayor ends a nighttime curfew; Texas police kill 2 gunmen at an event held by a group called the American Freedom Defense Initiative.

    Video Baltimore Police Officers Charged in Death of Black Man

    The chief prosecutor in the eastern U.S. city of Baltimore, Maryland has announced charges against six police officers in the case of the death of a 25-year-old black man. Freddie Gray died in the hospital April 19th, a week after he was arrested. Mr. Gray’s death was ruled a homicide.

    Audio Baltimore State's Attorney: Gray's Death Was Homicide

    State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby has announced there is probable cause to file criminal charges. Also in the news, Pakistan sentences 10 men for attack on Malala; Nigeria says 150 more freed from Boko Haram; Bernie Sanders enters 2016 U.S. presidential race; Boy rescued five days after Nepal quake.

    Audio Aid Now Reaching Victims at Center of Nepal Earthquake

    The United Nations said Wednesday that it was beginning to provide food and medicine around the town of Ghorkha, Nepal. Also in the news, the Nigerian army rescues 293 women and girls; Australia withdraws its ambassador to Indonesia after executions; Public barred from Baltimore baseball game

    Audio Nepal Declares Three Days of Mourning

    Nepal has declared three days of mourning for the victims of Saturday's 7.8 magnitude earthquake that left nearly at least 4,600 people dead. The UN says the disaster has affected eight million people. Indonesia executes eight drug convicts; Obama, Abe pledge to complete Pacific Rim trade agreement

    Photogallery Aid Arrives in Nepal, Death Toll Rises Above 4,000

    US calls Iran nuclear deal monitoring ‘most extensive’ ever; funeral Monday for black man who died in police detention; Japanese Prime Minister in US; ASEAN conference begins in Malaysia; and, Australia claims corruption in drug trafficking trial in Indonesia | In the News

    Photogallery World Reaches Out to Nepal After Deadly Earthquake

    As reports of the death toll rise in Nepal, countries and relief organizations around the world are rushing to send personnel and supplies to aid the search and rescue effort. By Monday, the death toll has risen above 3,600. There are many more reportedly injured and homeless.

    Video Death Toll Rises Above 2,500 in Nepal Earthquake

    A major earthquake and dozens of powerful aftershocks struck Nepal Saturday, destroying parts of Kathmandu, the capital city. The quake killed more than 2,500 people. The 7.8-magnitude quake shook Mt. Everest, the highest mountain on Earth. It was the most powerful to hit the area in 81 years.

    Audio Migrants Are Dying Trying to Reach Europe

    EU leaders met this week to discuss ways to stop criminals from putting the migrants on unsafe boats. Ships carrying migrants have sunk in the Mediterranean, killing hundreds. They are fleeing conflict and hardship in Africa, the Middle East and South Asia.

    Audio US, Italian Hostages Killed in Anti-Terrorism Operation

    European Union leaders are considering a plan to fix Europe’s migrant shipwreck crisis. Over 800 was killed in the shipwreck last weekend. Loretta Lynch confirmed as next US attorney general. She will be the first black woman to hold the position. | In the News

    Audio Saudi-Led Airstrikes Continue in Yemen

    The airstrikes came a day after Saudi Arabia had declared an end to the air campaign targeting the Iran-backed rebels. Also in the news, France arrests a man suspected of planning church attacks near Paris; and China’s Xi Jinping and Japan’s Shinzo Abe hold a rare meeting.

    Audio Captain Blamed for Mediterranean Migrant Deaths

    Officials blame the Tunisian captain of a fishing boat for causing the deaths of hundreds of migrants. Also in the news, South Africa will deploy soldiers to prevent attacks on foreigners; Egypt’s Morsi sentenced to 20 years in jail; Eritrea and North Korea named the world's most-censored countries.

    Audio Hundreds of Migrants Feared Dead off Libya

    Al-Shabab's bomb attack in northern Somalia is the third in three days; Chinese president in Pakistan with plans to build roads and energy projects; and US, Philippines launch major military training after more Chinese activities in the area. | In The News

    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.

    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 Ukrainian Reporter Shot Dead in Kyiv

    Two gunmen shot and killed Oles Buzina, a leading Ukrainian reporter. Mr. Buzina was known for his pro-Russia positions. Also in the news, Vladimir Putin says Russian economy could improve in two years; Al-Qaida captures a major airport in Yemen; a US CEO cuts own pay to increase employee pay

    Audio Iran Dismisses US Congressional Part in Nuclear Deal

    Also, the EU takes legal action against Google; Pakistan and Afghanistan say they have made good progress in trade and transit talks; a US court sentences an American football star to life in prison for murder; and police in Washington, DC, arrest a man who lands a helicopter at the US Capitol.

    Audio Obama, Iraqi PM Discuss Foreign Fighters, Aid

    Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi met at the White House Tuesday for talks with U.S. President Barack Obama. Also in the news, President Obama removes Cuba from terrorism list; Al-Shabab attacks a Somali government building; and Nigerians mark one year since Chibok school girls were taken.

    Audio Marco Rubio Announces Presidential Campaign

    Florida Senator Marco Rubio said that he feels “uniquely qualified” to represent the Republican Party in the 2016 presidential election. Also in the news, Iran suspends pilgrimages to Saudi Arabia; Russia lifts ban, may supply Iran with missiles; Nobel-winning writer Günter Grass dies at 87

    Video Hillary Clinton Announces 2016 Campaign for President

    “I’m running for president." Hillary Clinton kicks off her anticipated campaign for the presidency with a video posted on YouTube. With her second run for the White House, the former first lady and Secretary of State is hoping to become the first female president of the United States.

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  • A displaced earthquake victim carries food and water after collecting them from a distribution center at an open ground, in Kathmandu, Nepal, May 4, 2015.

    Audio US Expanding Aid Efforts in Nepal

    U.S. military aircraft, heavy equipment and air traffic controllers arrived in the capital, Kathmandu, on Sunday. They will be used to help transport aid to earthquake victims. They are working to reach the areas that have received little help since the 7.8-magnitude quake struck on April 25th. More

  • Audio Taiwan, China Leaders Hold Talks Ahead of Elections

    Top political leaders from Taiwan and China met for the first time in six years Monday, and held talks that experts say are aimed at increasing support for the island's ruling party ahead of elections early next year. A main message from Nationalist Party Chairman Eric Chu was a call for more econom More

  • Video Hot Computers Could Be Used to Heat Homes

    When computer servers operate a complex program, they can get very hot. Cooling the servers can be costly. So researchers asked what would happen if the heat created by the servers could be captured and used? A Dutch company is looking to do just that. More

  • Some of Elpheus Ndlovu's sailfish flies. (Darren Taylor for VOA News)

    Audio From Taxi Driver to Famous Fishing Fly Maker

    Elpheus Ndlovu has come a long way from his village in South Africa. He once worked as a taxi driver. Now, he makes fishing flies – artificial, man-made flies that fishers use to catch fish. The flies he now ties are used all over the world by fishers to make record-breaking catches. More

  • Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) meets with Eric Chu, head of Taiwan's Nationalist Party.

    Audio Taiwan, China Look to Expand Ties Before Elections

    Also in the news, over 7,200 people are confirmed dead in Nepal; Australian police defend cooperation with Indonesia in the case of 2 drug traffickers; Baltimore mayor ends a nighttime curfew; Texas police kill 2 gunmen at an event held by a group called the American Freedom Defense Initiative. More

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    Big cities and small historic towns top the list of most popular places to visit in America, according to the travel site TripAdvisor. Millions of users voted New York City, Chicago, and Charleston, South Carolina as the top three cities to visit in the U.S. Here's a look at all 25 cities! More

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    Audio Everyday Grammar: Double Negatives - Can't Get None?

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