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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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    Audio Islamic State Militants Capture Two Major Cities

    The Islamic State seized control of the Syrian city of Palmyra on Thursday. The fall of Palmyra reportedly left the militants in control of half of Syria. Last Sunday, the militants took control of Ramadi, the capital of Iraq’s Anbar Province.| In The News

    Audio China Warns US Spy Plane in South China Sea

    China's navy is reported to have issued eight warning messages to a U.S. military spy plane over several man-made islands. Boats with Rohingya migrants accepted in Indonesian waters. U.S. and Cuba continue talks toward diplomatic ties.

    Audio North Korea Cancels Ban Ki-moon Visit

    The North Korean government has canceled a planned United Nations visit to the Kaesong Industrial Complex. The cancellation came just a day before UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was to visit the industrial center, where 53,000 North Koreans work.

    Audio Shi'ite Militias Gather for Possible Ramadi Offensive

    The forces came together Tuesday outside the Iraqi city of Ramadi. An offensive would be aimed at re-capturing the city from Islamic State militants. In other news, US officials have charged six Chinese people with economic spying and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will visit North Korea Thursday.

    Audio US Coalition Targets Islamic State Group in Ramadi

    Shi’ite Muslim forces are also preparing to deploy to the city. Kerry has strong words for North Korea. Injuries reported during railway protest in Southwest China. Fighting in South Sudan condemned by UN. Nine killed in gun violence in Waco, Texas over the weekend.

    Video US Considering Action in South China Sea

    The United States is considering sending military aircraft and navy ships to test Chinese claims in the South China Sea. Satellite images have confirmed China’s work on four coral reefs in the waterway. The work has included structures from shipping piers to landing areas for helicopters.

    Audio India’s Modi Seeks Closer Ties During China Visit

    Chinese President Xi welcomed Indian Prime Minister Modi to his family’s hometown of Xi’an. The two leaders may sign $10 billion in economic deals during talks. Also in the news, Obama discusses Iran deal with Gulf leaders; Taliban attack on Kabul hotel kills 14; Migrant boat seen off Thai coast.

    Audio Obama: US, Saudi Arabia Have 'Extraordinary Friendship'

    U.S. President Barack Obama praised U.S.-Saudi ties Wednesday as he welcomed the Saudi Crown Prince and Deputy Crown Prince. Also in the news, gunmen entered a guest house in Kabul; North Korea's defense minister was reportedly executed; Amtrak train was twice the normal speed before Tuesday's crash

    Audio Kerry Has 'Frank' Talks With Putin, Lavrov

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said he had "frank" -- or direct -- discussions with Russian President Vladimir Putin Tuesday. Also in the news, the Philippines and Japan hold joint military exercises in South China Sea; Yemen cease-fire begins today ; Pakistani PM voices support for Afghanistan.

    Audio Saudi King to Skip US-Gulf Meeting

    The leader of Saudi Arabia will not take part in talks with U.S. and other Arab officials this week. Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir announced on the decision on Sunday. He said King Salman will send Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef to the U.S.-Arab summit in Washington. The summit opens Wednesday.

    Audio More Republicans Join 2016 Presidential Race

    This week one woman and two men announced they would campaign for the Republican party's nomination for president. Only one of them has held political office. They join three United States senators who have already announced their candidacies. | In the News

    Audio US Court: NSA Phone Record Gathering Is Illegal

    A U.S. appeals court in New York ruled Thursday that the National Security Agency's program to collect phone records of Americans is illegal. British voters are voting in a close election that could oust Prime Minister David Cameron from office. Iran releases seized Maersk vessel

    Audio Kerry in Saudi Arabia to Discuss Yemen Crisis

    Kerry said he will discuss a proposed "humanitarian pause" in Yemen during his talks in Saudi Arabia. Also in the news, Baltimore mayor seeks federal investigation of city’s police department; Officials look for links between ISIS and Texas attack; Death sentences for 4 Afghans in Kabul attack

    Audio Sec. of State John Kerry Visits Somalia

    Secretary Kerry is the first ever secretary of state to visit Somalia while in office. Also in the news, the so-called Islamic State claims responsibility for shooting in Garland, Texas; French lawmakers approve spy bill; Obama nominates Joe Dunford for Joint Chiefs of Staff chair.

    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

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  • Pin Phunam a contortionist in Phare, The Cambodian Circus

    Video Cambodia Circus Offers a Better Life to Young Performers

    Many young people in Cambodia dream of joining the circus. For some needy and underprivileged youths some are given an opportunity at the Phare Ponleu Selpak school or PPS to learn circus skills that may help change their lives for the better. More

  • Team Grin plans to race to Alaska in this Etchells 22, currently moored in Port Townsend, Washington. (Tom Banse/VOA)

    Audio Sail, Row, Paddle, All The Way To Alaska

    In less than three weeks the first-ever Race to Alaska will be an exciting and challenging journey for anyone brave enough to enter with their non-motorized boat. One can only race by sailing, rowing, paddling, pedaling or a combination of those activities. More

  • Video Learning at the Laundromat

    College students teach mathematics and English to poor, immigrant children at a coin laundry near Washington, DC. At the same time, the students are helping the owner of the business become more profitable. The tutoring is part of the business plan they have created. | As It Is More

  • Audio Islamic State Militants Capture Two Major Cities

    The Islamic State seized control of the Syrian city of Palmyra on Thursday. The fall of Palmyra reportedly left the militants in control of half of Syria. Last Sunday, the militants took control of Ramadi, the capital of Iraq’s Anbar Province.| In The News More

  • Fiery Cross Reef, Spratly Islands

    Audio China Warns US Spy Plane in South China Sea

    China's navy is reported to have issued eight warning messages to a U.S. military spy plane over several man-made islands. Boats with Rohingya migrants accepted in Indonesian waters. U.S. and Cuba continue talks toward diplomatic ties. More

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    Horses are part of the history and romance of the Old American West. These days, they are popular for sport and entertainment. So, it is easy to understand why we Americans use so many horse expressions. Learn some of the most common and try to answer our horse riddle! More

  • Audio Everyday Grammar - Introducing Conditionals

    In everyday conversation, English speakers often talk about things that are not true. Or, they talk about things that only happen if something else happens. Learn how to correctly use these conditional forms in English. If you write to us, we will let you know if it is correct. More

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    Audio Successful Debate for New Learners and Large Classes

    Many students of English engage in debate as part of their training. In Part Two of our Successful Debate series, we learn the kinds of debate topics that work well for English learners. An expert shares tips for organizing a debate in a large class and for answering arguments. More

  • Nina Marranca looks at her phone, June 25, 2013.

    Audio Deaf-Blind Woman First to Use Braille Phone

    New technology allows deaf and blind people to use the telephone. The tests are underway in Australia and the U.S. It could help end isolation that people who cannot see or hear say they feel. Learn about this exciting new technology as well as words like "Braille" and "parallel testing." More

  • Video Resounding Earth: Creating Music from Metal

    "The title “Resounding Earth” on the one hand, we are talking about resounding earth. The earth is full of metals that all of mankind has turned into instruments. We are going to play them from all around the world together on one stage." More

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