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A Closer Look at the Iran Nuclear Deal


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It’s Gone: South Carolina Removes Confederate Flag


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    Audio Kerry Hears Concerns About Iran Nuclear Agreement

    Also, economic concerns in Greece, China weigh on share prices; Emergency declared in four areas of Myanmar; President Obama releases rules to cut carbon; and, Malaysian official says plane part from same kind of aircraft as MH370. | In the News

    Video US Calls Fight Against Human Trafficking a 'Must Win'

    The US has promised not to give up its fight against human trafficking. The State Department released its 2015 report on human trafficking this week. It examines the illegal movement of people for forced labor or sex. But some question whether the the report was not harsh enough on some countries.

    Audio ‘Highly Effective’ Ebola Vaccine Developed in Guinea

    Researchers say they have developed a vaccine that highly effective at preventing the disease Ebola. The World Health Organization says the vaccine has so far been 100 percent effective in tests in Guinea. Norway’s foreign minister called it “the silver bullet."

    Audio Taliban Confirms Death of Leader Mullah Omar

    Also Thursday, the Nigerian army said it rescued 59 hostages in a raid on Boko Haram hideouts; an American voter study shows businessman Donald Trump with a big lead in the Republican Party presidential race; And, the US government is investigating the killing in Zimbabwe of the beloved lion, Cecil.

    Audio Afghan Government: Taliban Leader Mullah Omar Died in 2013

    The Taliban earlier this month said Mullah Omar is alive. Also Wednesday, U.S. lawmakers sought details about the group to enforce a nuclear deal with Iran; Turkish warplanes attacked targets in northern Iraq; and Zimbabwean officials are seeking an American dentist who killed a protected lion.

    Audio Obama Speaks to African Union on Last Day of Africa Trip

    Also, the European Union foreign policy chief is in Iran to begin working on the new nuclear agreement; North Korea’s ambassador to China says his country is not interested in negotiations about its nuclear program; and South Korea says the MERS outbreak in the country is over.

    Audio President Obama Urges More Open Ethiopia

    President Barack Obama has urged the government in Ethiopia to give more freedom to reporters and opposition political parties. The U.S. supports Turkey’s attacks on PKK rebels in Iraq. The Shanghai stock market index dropped sharply on Monday. Fighting continues despite truce in Yemen..

    Audio US Military Facing Threats from Terrorists, Countries

    As extremist groups become more powerful, Russia and China are becoming more aggressive. The American military is struggling to deal with both of these threats at the same time as budget cuts are forcing it to release 40,000 soldiers.

    Audio US Lawmakers, Obama Officials Debate Iran Deal

    Secretary of State John Kerry debated with members of the U.S. Senate Thursday in the first public hearing on the Iran nuclear deal. Also in the news, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter makes unannounced stop in Iraq; and scientists at NASA have discovered the most Earth-like planet yet.

    Audio Carter: Saudi Leaders Support Iran Deal

    Also in the news Wednesday, the Turkish government blocked Twitter over what Turkey called ‘malicious’ photos; twenty people were killed in two suicide bombings in Cameroon; and the U.S. Attorney General said suspect in Charleston church shooting faces federal hate crimes and firearms charges.

    Audio  Nkurunziza Set to Win Third Term as Burundi’s President

    Current leader Pierre Nkurunziza was the only candidate in Tuesday's elections in Burundi. Also in the news, U.S. defense chief meets with Netanyahu in Jerusalem; Obama calls on Iran to release four Americans; and local leaders from around the world meet at Vatican for climate change conference.

    Audio US, Cuba Restore Diplomatic Relations

    Also in the news, U.S. defense secretary visits Israel; Afghan police say US-led airstrike killed Afghan soldiers; explosion near Turkey-Syria border kills 27; former ruler of Chad tried for crimes against humanity; a Japanese company apologizes for using US soldiers as slave laborers in WW2.

    Video A Closer Look at the Iran Nuclear Deal

    The agreement includes a plan for inspections of Iran’s nuclear centers and limits on the machines used to manufacture material for nuclear weapons. President Obama’s political opponents do not support the deal. | In the News

    Audio Obama Calls for Changes to Criminal Justice System

    The president says the United States jails as many people as the top 35 European nation combined. He also says U.S. law enforcement is treating young African Americans and Latino men differently than white Americans. His comments came a day after he reduced the jail sentences of 46 federal prisoners

    Audio Western Officials Work to Gain Support for Iran Deal

    Also Thursday, a gunman killed four American soldiers in two attacks Thursday in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Several other people were wounded. The gunmen also died. And, in Greece, a top official confirmed Thursday that banks would reopen in the country on Monday.

    Audio Obama: Iran Deal Makes America, World Safer

    The US president says the agreement “cuts off every single path” for Iran to build a nuclear bomb. Also Wednesday, violence ended peaceful demonstrations in Athens, Greece against proposed economic measures. And, a German court sentenced a 94-year-old former Nazi officer to four years in prison.

    Audio Historic Iran Nuclear Agreement Reached

    For the United States, the agreement with Iran does not represent an official treaty. So approval by two-thirds of the Senate is not needed. But Congress passed, and President Obama signed, a measure giving lawmakers 60 days to approve or reject an agreement with simple majority votes.

    Audio Greece, Europe Reach New Debt Agreement

    Iran nuclear negotiations continue; Iraq announces plan to recapture western Anbar province; mixed economic results for June in China; and Pope Francis returns to Rome after South America trip. | In the News

    Audio It’s Gone: South Carolina Removes Confederate Flag

    The Confederate battle flag is a powerful symbol for many Americans. Almost 150 years ago it represented Southern U.S. states that seceded from the nation. Flag supporters say it honors the memory of Southern soldiers, but opponents say the flag is a symbol of white supremacy and racial oppression.

    Video US, UAE Launch Sawab Center to Counter IS Message

    The United States and United Arab Emirates launched a joint effort Wednesday to counter the Islamic State militants on social media. The Sawab Center, uses social media to confront the militants’ efforts to recruit members and presents “moderate and tolerant voices from across the region.”

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  • Audio First US Presidential Debate: What Will They Say Next?

    On August 6, the 10 candidates with the most public support will argue issues and politics in front of a live audience. The event will be broadcast on television as it happens. It will be the first of 11 debates planned through next March. Experts say most people will watch to see Donald Trump. More

  • Audio Second American Accused of Illegally Killing Lion in Zimbabwe

    Officials in Zimbabwe have accused a second American of killing a lion illegally. Last week, Zimbabwe’s government asked the United States to extradite American Walter Palmer. They say he illegally killed a rare, black-maned lion. The killing of the lions has launched a debate over trophy-hunting. More

  • Thai military and volunteers work to repair a leak in a dike on the canal in On Nut, Bangkok. The flooding was 300 meters away from Bangkok's main thoroughfare Sukhumvit, October 31, 2011. (VOA)

    Video Bangkok Could Soon Be Underwater

    The Italian city of Venice and the American city of New Orleans, Louisiana are slowly sinking. So is Bangkok, home to about 10 million people. Officials in the city and scientists say they do not know how long people will be able to continue living in the Thai capital. More

  • Audio Digital Solution Helps Shield Online Activists

    The National Democratic Institute, a non-profit group, says a “live” operating system calls “Tails” is helping pro-democracy activists and others hide their online communications and activities from hostile governments. “Tails” is an acronym for The Amnesic Incognito Live System. More

  • Video Yazidis of Sinjar Observe Tragic Anniversary

    Islamic State militants attacked Iraq's Yazidi community one year ago. Thousands were killed or forced to flee their homes. Many others starved or died of thirst as they hid on Sinjar Mountain. Those who were rescued are haunted by the memories of the slaughter and loss of their homelands. More

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  • Audio Let’s Go on a Space Trip!

    You do not need to spend $50 million on a ticket to the moon. Just close your eyes and come with us to a trip into outer space! Learn idioms that will help you navigate the world of space. More

  • Audio Everyday Grammar: May, Might, and Must

    May, Might and Must are modal verbs that cause confusion for some learners. The Everyday Grammar team is on the job, explaining how to use these modals to express how certain, or sure, you are of something. You can also use one of them to tell about your wishes for the future. More

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    This classic American story features a scarecrow that comes to life. Find out what adventures he has as he looks for love and admiration. His only problem is that he has to keep puffing on the pipe the witch gave him. If he stops - something terrible may happen! More

  • Audio Study Shows How Poverty Could Limit Learning

    Studies have shown that children from poor families have more difficulty in school than other boys and girls. Children with higher socioeconomic roots seem better prepared and perform better on school tests. Now, American researchers may have found a biological reason for that difference. More

  • Audio Study: Smoking May Increase Risk of Schizophrenia

    Researchers reviewed 61 studies from around the world; they discovered cigarette smoking is three times more common among those with schizophrenia who were receiving medical care for the illness for the first time compared to people who did not have the mental disorder. More

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