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2:58 PM - 3:05 PM April 28, 2016

Report: Press Freedom Declines to Lowest Point in 12 Years

4:23 PM - 4:26 PM April 15, 2016

World Bank Official: Panama Papers Hurting Public Trust

11:00 AM - 11:07 AM April 08, 2016

Who Operates Law Firm Linked to “Panama Papers”?

4:44 PM - 4:46 PM March 09, 2016

VOA English Newscast: 1500 UTC March 9 2016

3:38 PM - 3:42 PM February 19, 2016

Should We Torture Suspects for Information?

11:03 PM - 11:05 PM February 18, 2016

Russia to Spend Billions on Gas Pipeline in Pakistan

8:40 PM - 8:44 PM February 11, 2016

Researchers: Link Between Zika Virus and Birth Defects

6:41 PM - 6:46 PM February 04, 2016

Why Does Saudi Arabia Consider Iran a Threat?

7:01 PM - 7:07 PM January 28, 2016

Texas Grand Jury Clears Planned Parenthood on Abortion

3:36 PM - 3:41 PM January 28, 2016

World Freedom Declines for 10th Year

8:06 PM - 8:11 PM January 22, 2016

Davos Meeting Explores World's Pressing Issues

6:59 PM - 7:06 PM January 15, 2016

IS Wages Terror Attacks Worldwide

8:53 PM - 8:58 PM January 07, 2016

Experts: US Armed Protesters Influenced by Extremist Militia

7:21 PM - 7:27 PM December 31, 2015

Victories Noted in Fight Against Islamic State Group

10:11 PM - 10:14 PM December 11, 2015

Yahoo's Mayer Has Huge Compensation Agreement

9:35 PM - 9:41 PM December 11, 2015

Climate Change Talks Move Beyond Deadline

8:29 PM - 8:33 PM December 02, 2015

Islamic State Video Claims Behanding of Russian

8:09 PM - 8:11 PM November 18, 2015

Bomb in Nigeria Kills More Than 30, Wounds 80 Others

8:03 PM - 8:04 PM November 17, 2015

Russia Says Explosive Device Brought Down Sinai Plane

5:09 PM - 5:14 PM November 13, 2015

Iraqi Kurd Chief Says Sinjar Taken from Islamic State

Iraqi Kurd President Says Town of Sinjar Taken From Islamic State Group

    Video Report: Press Freedom Declines to Lowest Point in 12 Years

    A group that supports freedom and democracy says only one person in seven lives in a country where reporters’ safety is guaranteed, and where media are not restricted or pressured by the government.

    Video World Bank: Panama Papers Hurting Public Trust

    The documents show how rich people and world leaders have tried to hide their money and avoid paying taxes. World Bank Managing Director Sri Mulyani Indrawati says information in the papers may make everyday citizens less willing to pay taxes.

    Audio Mossack Fonseca: Law Firm Behind 'Panama Papers'

    For nearly 40 years, a law firm in Panama helped drug dealers, criminals, corrupt politicians, sports stars and billionaires avoid paying taxes. Among them are the prime ministers of Iceland and Pakistan, the president of Ukraine and the King of Saudi Arabia.

    China Approves Law on Charities, NGOs

    The new law is designed to make it easier to give to charities. However, it also increases government supervision of not-for-profit groups and non-governmental organizations. China’s charitable giving has not grown in recent years.

    Audio Kerry: “We Are Brussels”

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with the Belgian Prime Minister on Friday to support Belgium after terrorist attacks there killed dozens and wounded hundreds this week. Kerry spoke in English, French and Flemish, saying, “We are Brussels.”

    Audio China Not Ready to Ease Market Control

    Problems with a system designed to limit sharp stock price drops leads to a change in the head of China’s stock regulator. Also, plans to ease the way stocks are offered to the public for the first time are delayed.

    Audio Report: Protecting Migrant Workers Helps Host Countries

    A U.N. report by the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific says countries in that area host 59 million migrants. But, the report urges Asia-Pacific countries to develop better policies to protect the rights of migrants. Such measure can increase economic gains to host countries.

    Audio Social Business Starters on the Rise

    Social entrepreneurs create start-up companies that tackle important global challenges. They combine the mission of a non-profit organization with the business skills of the private sector. And they’re receiving more funding for their initiatives, both in the U.S. and globally.

    Audio Should We Torture Suspects for Information?

    Support for torture to combat terrorism varies by country. The average, from Pew Research Center interviews with people in 38 nations, was 40 percent. The most support came from people in Uganda. The least from people in Argentina.

    Audio Researchers: Link Between Zika Virus and Birth Defects

    Researchers in Slovenia say they have found some evidence of a link between the Zika virus and an increase in some birth defects. They published the study this week in the New England Journal of Medicine. The Journal also published a report from a group of American health experts.

    Audio World Freedom Declines for 10th Year

    A human rights group says the slowing world economy, a crackdown on dissidents and dislike of foreigners fleeing their country have led to a sharp drop in freedom around the world for the 10th consecutive year.

    Audio Davos Explores World’s Pressing Issues

    World leaders, businessmen and activists meet in Switzerland to discuss economic and other pressing issues. This year, oil prices and China’s economic slowdown raised concerns. Technology is always a major subject, but delegates also spoke about inequality and concerns about refugees.

    Audio US Student on 'Budget' Tour Held in North Korea

    An American student -- Otto Frederick Warmbier, 21, of Cincinnati, Ohio -- has been arrested in North Korea. The arrest is the latest in a series of arrests of U.S. citizens. Analysts say North Korea uses the citizens as bargaining chips. He is studying economics at the University of Virginia.

    Audio Terror Attacks Expand Worldwide

    Terror attacks across the globe last week showed the growing reach of terrorist groups. The attacks occurred in Indonesia, Turkey, Cameroon, Pakistan and other countries.

    Photogallery Taiwan Elects Tsai as First Female President

    Historic changes are expected for Taiwan, one of Asia’s most vibrant democracies. Tsai Ing-wen of the Democratic Progressive Party will be that nation's first female president. Her challenges will be dealing with China, and making stronger Taiwan's failing economy and wages.

    Audio US Armed Protesters Influenced by Extremists

    A group of ranchers and their supporters have gathered in a distant area of eastern Oregon. They say they are protesting mistreatment by federal officials. But some worry the group could be influenced by extremist militia groups. Others think they are protesting the wrong way.

    Audio IS Fighter Executes His Mother in Syrian Town Square

    A 20-year-old Islamic State fighter executed his mother in front of hundreds in the Syrian city of Raqqa. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said she had asked her son to leave the militant group and flee the city with her. He shot his mother in a central square as others watched.

    Audio Victories Noted in Fight Against Islamic State Group

    Iraqi and Kurdish forces supported by United States’ airstrikes have regained territories controlled by Islamic State militants in the past month. Top Iraqi politicians and experts said, however, if the country’s Sunni Muslim population is not empowered, the Islamic State group will not be defeated.

    Audio Vietnam, EU Trade Deal Talks Look Hopeful

    The EU and the Southeast Asian nation have completed talks on a trade deal that would remove tariffs. The EU has also promised money for Vietnam’s energy, health care and tourism industries.

    Audio Alibaba Buys South China Morning Post

    The Alibaba Group announced last week that it is buying the South China Morning Post. This move could help Alibaba’s stock price and also win favor with Chinese policy makers.

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