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3:40 PM - 3:44 PM February 26, 2015

Pakistan Tightens School Security after Peshawar Attack


10:33 PM - 10:35 PM February 25, 2015

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10:46 PM - 10:50 PM February 24, 2015

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10:08 PM - 10:13 PM February 23, 2015

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12:40 AM - 12:45 AM February 21, 2015

In the News

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7:07 PM - 7:11 PM February 20, 2015

Long Legal Battle Expected Over President’s Immigration Order

Long Legal Battle Expected Over President’s Immigration Order


11:18 PM - 11:23 PM February 19, 2015

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11:40 PM - 11:44 PM February 18, 2015

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4:22 PM - 4:27 PM February 17, 2015

Ukraine, Rebels Continue Fight Over Town

Ukraine, Rebels Continue Fight Over Town


10:59 PM - 11:00 PM February 15, 2015

Islamic State Shows Beheading Video of Egyptian Hostages


12:40 AM - 12:45 AM February 14, 2015

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7:11 PM - 7:16 PM February 13, 2015

Will Talks in Belarus End Fighting in Ukraine?


6:44 PM - 6:48 PM February 13, 2015

Will Talks in Balarus End the Fighting in Ukraine

Will Talks in Balarus End the Fighting in Ukraine


10:25 PM - 10:28 PM February 12, 2015

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11:17 PM - 11:20 PM February 11, 2015

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12:45 AM - 12:48 AM February 11, 2015

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6:44 PM - 6:49 PM February 09, 2015

Merkel, Obama Aim for Diplomatic Solution in Ukraine

Merkel, Obama Aim for Diplomatic Solution in Ukraine


12:40 AM - 12:45 AM February 07, 2015

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9:09 PM - 9:15 PM February 06, 2015

Observers Expect More Violence from Islamic State

    Audio Islamic State Kidnaps More than 200 Assyrian Christians

    Also, news reports say the Islamic State militant who appeared under face cover in several videos of hostage beheadings has been identified by his friends. And, the US Navy says it is now flying its most advanced surveillance aircraft over the South China Sea.

    Audio Three in US Charged with Supporting Islamic State

    All three suspects lived in Brooklyn, New York. One was arrested before trying to board a flight to Turkey on Wednesday. Also in the news, Chad's army reportedly killed 270 Boko Haram militants in fighting near the border; and Ukraine has reported reduced fighting in rebel-held areas in the east.

    Audio Islamic State Kidnaps 90 Assyrian Christians

    A British rights group says the kidnappings took place Monday. Also in the news, two suicide attacks at northern Nigerian bus stations kill at least 27 people; Rebels in eastern Ukraine say weapons pullback is under way; President Obama vetoes a bill from Congress on the Keystone XL pipeline.

    Audio Britain: Possible New Measures Against Russia Over Ukraine

    British Prime Minister David Cameron warns of more European Union and United States sanctions against Russia. In other news, the United States and Iran report programs in their talks on Iran’s nuclear program. France says it has stopped six citizens under a new anti-terrorism law.

    Video Long Legal Battle Expected Over President's Immigration Order

    On Monday, a U.S. federal judge in Texas temporarily blocked President Obama’s executive order on immigration. The order would protect up to 5 million undocumented immigrants from being sent back to their home country. Twenty-six states argued Mr. Obama overstepped his powers as president.

    Audio Obama: ‘Ugly Lie’ that West Is at War with Islam

    The U.S. president spoke again at an anti-terrorism meeting in Washington. Also in the news, leaders discuss the cease-fire agreement in eastern Ukraine; Britain rejects foreign military intervention in Libya; and Hollywood prepares the biggest night in the film industry - the Academy Awards.

    Audio President Obama Speaks at Anti-Extremism Meeting

    Officials from 60 countries are attending the three-day White House meeting on fighting Islamic extremism. Also in the news, pro-Russian rebels gain control of Ukrainian town; Officials raid the Swiss office of HSBC bank; and a beagle named Miss P wins big at New York's Westminster Dog Show.

    Audio Ukraine, Rebels Continue Fight Over Town

    Also, the president of Egypt wants the UN Security Council to call for military intervention in Libya; suicide bombers attacked a police station in Afghanistan; and China investigates a former Communist Party official.

    Audio Islamic State Shows Beheading Video of Egyptian Hostages

    A video released Sunday night appears to show the beheading of Coptic Christian hostages by militants in Libya. The video shows several hostages in orange jumpsuits being led along a beach. The men are then forced to their knees and their heads are cut off.

    Video Will Talks in Belarus End Fighting in Ukraine?

    A ceasefire is to take effect Saturday in eastern Ukraine. The ceasefire agreement came this week after all-night talks involving the leaders of Ukraine, Russia, France and Germany. Yet the leaders admit many details are yet to be worked out. The agreement left many disputes unresolved.

    Audio Leaders Reach Cease-fire Deal for Eastern Ukraine

    Also in the news Thursday, a bomb attack kills at least seven people at a northeastern Nigerian market; U.S. Senate lawmakers propose legislation to cancel the trade ban against Cuba; And, South Korea sentences a former Korean Air Lines official to a year in prison for violating flight safety rules.

    Audio Obama Sends Congress War Request to Fight Islamic State

    The US president's request for the use of military force limits operations against the Islamic State to three years. In other news, the US, Britain and France are closing their embassies in Yemen, a gunman kills three Muslims in the US, and the UN restarts talks to end Libya's political crisis.

    Audio White House Confirms Death of US Hostage in Syria

    Also, reports from central Somalia say at least 12 people were killed in fighting Tuesday. The violence began when Islamist fighters attacked government bases; Also Tuesday, Egypt and Russia signed military, economic and nuclear deals. And, US and Russian leaders discussed the Ukraine situation.

    Audio Merkel, Obama Aim for Diplomatic Solution in Ukraine

    Also, China executed a billionaire on charges of murder and corruption. A bombing in and near Baghdad kills 16 people while violence at a soccer game in Cairo results in at least 25 deaths; and the music industry honors its best at the Grammy awards in Los Angeles.

    Audio Observers Expect More Violence from Islamic State

    The battle between the Islamic State group and the coalition fighting to defeat it intensified this week. The Islamic State released a video of what appeared to be a Jordanian fighter pilot. The video showed him trapped in a cage and being burned alive. The images shocked people around the world.

    Audio Kerry: US Won't 'Close Eyes' to Russian Aggression in Ukraine

    U.S. Secretary of State Kerry met with Ukraine's president and prime minister Thursday. Also in the news, Jordan launches new airstrikes on Islamic State targets; Cameroon says 91 killed in Boko Haram attacks; China and South Korea announce plans to open a military communications channel this year.

    Audio Jordan Executes Two Militants After IS Kills Pilot

    Jordan’s King Abdullah has promised a “relentless” war against the Islamic State militant group. Also in the news, at least 25 people were killed in an airplane crash near Taipei; Somalia says an al-Shabab leader was killed in a drone strike; and the WHO reports a rise in Ebola cases in West Africa.

    Audio Jordanian Pilot Reportedly Dead

    Jordanian State television says the pilot was killed on January 3. Also in the news, a jailed Al Jazeera TV journalist has given up his Egyptian citizenship and may be deported to Canada; Chadian troops enter Nigeria to fight Boko Haram; Harper Lee is set to publish a second novel this summer.

    Audio Report: US Considers Military Aid to Ukraine

    Also, President Barack Obama is to send his $4 trillion budget to Congress; Nigerian forces repel an attack by Boko Haram in Maiduguri; China is displeased about President Obama attending an event with the Dalai Lama; and the New England Patriots win the Super Bowl.

    Video Freedom House: Democratic Ideals Threatened Around the World

    The rights group Freedom House has reported a general decline in political and civil rights around the world last year. The group said its measure of international freedom has dropped in each of the past nine years. It added that democratic ideals are now under the greatest threat in 25 years

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    Audio Islamic State Kidnaps More than 200 Assyrian Christians

    Also, news reports say the Islamic State militant who appeared under face cover in several videos of hostage beheadings has been identified by his friends. And, the US Navy says it is now flying its most advanced surveillance aircraft over the South China Sea. More

  • Video Pakistan Tightens School Security after Peshawar Attack

    More than 150 people, mostly children, were killed in the attack at a school in Peshawar last year. Pakistan authority tightens security to protect the schools. One method is to train teachers at Peshawar’s Frontier College for Women in a week-long class on using weapons. More

  • Audio Will North Korea Follow Vietnam, Myanmar?

    South Korea has called for North Korea to follow the reform model of two other Asian countries. But observers say North Korea will likely reject the idea. President Park Geun-hye proposed the idea earlier this month. She said North Korea should carry out reforms like Vietnam. More

  • New York Police Commissioner Bill Bratton (R) speaks during a news conference at police headquarters, Feb. 25, 2015, in New York, regarding three men who were arrested on charges of plotting to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group and wage war

    Audio Three in US Charged with Supporting Islamic State

    All three suspects lived in Brooklyn, New York. One was arrested before trying to board a flight to Turkey on Wednesday. Also in the news, Chad's army reportedly killed 270 Boko Haram militants in fighting near the border; and Ukraine has reported reduced fighting in rebel-held areas in the east. More

  • Audio China Investing Heavily in Latin America

    China said last month it plans to invest $250 billion in Latin American and Caribbean countries over the next 10 years. A Chinese company plans to build a canal in Nicaragua. Chinese and Argentine leaders signed several agreements, including one to cooperate on two new nuclear power stations. More

Featured Stories

  • Audio Young Writer’s Plays Explore Race, Identity in America

    Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' latest play 'An Octoroon,' is showing at a theater in New York City. It is based on a 19th Century work by Dion Boucicault. It tells about a white man who falls in love with a woman who is part black. At the time, mixed race marriage was banned in southern US states. More

  • Audio Understanding the Misunderstood Teenage Brain

    A common battle cry of teenagers to adults is, "You just don't understand me!" Well, they might be right. A brain scientist (neuroscientist) and mother to two teenagers says the teenage brain is quite different from the adult brain. She "debunks," or clears up three common myths about teenagers. More

  • Audio Politics Share the Stage at the Oscars

    Racial equality was not the only political or disputed issue performers discussed last night. Some used their acceptances speeches to talk about immigration, women’s rights, illness, suicide and government surveillance. And the movie of an American sniper continues to fuel the debate. More

  • Video Technology Increases Chances of Surviving Aneurym

    Each year, half a million people die from brain aneurysms, -- when a blood vessel burst in the brain. For survivors, physical disabilities are often servere. They may include memory problems, loss of balance, trouble speaking and even blindness. But new technologies are increasing survival rates. More

  • Director Alejandro Inarritu accepts the Oscar for Best Director for his film "Birdman" at the 87th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California, Feb. 22, 2015.

    'Birdman' Takes Oscars for Best Picture, Director

    The movie won four Academy Awards in all. 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' also earned four Oscars. The Best Actress award went to Julianne Moore for 'Still Alice' and Eddie Redmayne was honored with the Best Actor Oscar for his work in 'The Theory of Everything.' 'Whiplash' took home three Oscars. More

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