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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

8:00 PM - 8:05 PM October 23, 2015

What's Trending in the U.S.?

5:17 PM - 5:22 PM October 21, 2015

Rights Group: Thousands of Rohingya May Have Died at Sea This Year

6:54 PM - 6:59 PM October 15, 2015

US Troops to Remain in Afghanistan, Deploy to Cameroon

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

    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.

    Audio Yahoo's Mayer Has Huge Compensation Agreement

    Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer has a huge compensation agreement. The value of her stock options in the company is very big. Despite Yahoo’s slumping share price, Mayer’s stock options are still valuable. Here’s why.

    Audio Climate Change Talks Move Beyond Deadline

    The deadline of Friday to reach a world-wide agreement on climate change was extended. Negotiators from 195 countries failed to meet the deadline, but there was still hope that some agreements could be reached. Meanwhile, climate change continued to make news around the world this week.

    Audio Central Bank Chief Says Job Market Is Improving

    Janet Yellen, the head of the U.S. Federal Reserve System says economic signs are improving. That leads experts to say interest rates could increase soon. Many economists interpret Yellen’s comments as a signal that the Federal Reserve might raise the key interest rate on December 16.

    Video Pope Talks to Africa About Poverty, Climate, Greed

    The African continent has an important role in the Catholic Church. There are over 170 million Catholics in sub-Saharan Africa. Both Catholics and Muslims are projected to increase “dramatically” over the next 35 years in Africa. The Pope stops in Kenya, Uganda and the Central African Republic.

    Audio Black Friday, Cyber Monday Start US Holiday Shopping

    America’s holiday shopping season starts at Thanksgiving, with Black Friday and Cyber Monday. They are the two busiest shopping days in the U.S. More shoppers are shopping online, using smartphones to search for the best deals.

    Audio Bank Scandals Fuel Interest in Islamic Finance

    Islamic finance appears more ethical than traditional financing methods, say experts. Plus, large Muslim populations in ASEAN economies are fueling Islamic finance. But Islamic finance has its critics.

    Audio US Troops to Remain in Afghanistan, Deploy to Cameroon

    President Obama says he will slow the planned removal of U.S. military forces from Afghanistan. He will also send troops to Cameroon to help in the fight against Boko Haram, and will continue the air campaign against the Islamic State. | In the News

    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.

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