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10:32 PM - 10:34 PM July 29, 2015

In the News July 29, 2015


10:25 PM - 10:28 PM July 28, 2015

In the News July 28, 2015


12:48 AM - 12:51 AM July 28, 2015

In the News Update July 27, 2015


2:46 PM - 2:49 PM July 27, 2015

President Obama Urges More Open Ethiopia


10:39 AM - 10:44 AM July 24, 2015

Cambodia Strengthens Military Ties with China


10:33 PM - 10:35 PM July 23, 2015

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10:28 PM - 10:30 PM July 22, 2015

In the News July 22, 2015


10:31 PM - 10:33 PM July 21, 2015

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2:40 PM - 2:46 PM July 20, 2015

US and Cuba Restore Diplomatic Relations


10:31 PM - 10:33 PM July 16, 2015

In the News 7-16-15


4:50 PM - 4:54 PM July 16, 2015

A Closer Look at the Iran Nuclear Deal


10:25 PM - 10:28 PM July 15, 2015

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4:36 PM - 4:41 PM July 13, 2015

In the News - July 13, 2015


8:46 PM - 8:51 PM July 10, 2015

It’s Gone: South Carolina Removes Confederate Flag


9:02 PM - 9:05 PM July 09, 2015

US, UAE Launch Sawab Center to Counter IS Message


9:30 PM - 9:32 PM July 08, 2015

In the News 7-8-15


10:10 PM - 10:12 PM July 07, 2015

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9:45 PM - 9:52 PM July 07, 2015

President Obama Meets with Vietnam’s Communist Party Chief

President Obama Meets with Vietnam’s Communist Party Chief


2:38 PM - 2:44 PM July 06, 2015

In the News - July 6, 2015


7:17 PM - 7:20 PM July 02, 2015

In the News - July 2, 2015

    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.”

    Audio US, Iran Leaders Meet in Vienna

    Officials from the two countries met for over three hours Wednesday. Also in the news, Greece offers new bailout deal to European leaders, and a detailed plan is expected from Greece Thursday; Technical issue halts trading on the New York Stock Exchange, and United Airlines also grounds all planes.

    Audio Iran Nuclear Talks Continue Past Deadline

    World leaders announced Tuesday they would not meet the July 7 deadline for an Iran nuclear agreement. Greece announced it has made "improvements" in its financial plan in hopes of collecting more bailout money. South Carolina votes on a bill to remove the Civil War-era Confederate flag.

    Audio Greek Finance Minister Resigns After ‘No’ Vote

    A spokesman for German Chancellor Angela Merkel says there is no reason to open talks on a new aid program for Greece; two bombings kill more than 40 people in Central Nigeria; Pope Francis begins eight-day visit to South America; and, the United States wins the Women’s World Cup.

    Video US, Cuban Embassies to Reopen

    The move ends more than 50 years of tensions between the two countries. Many countries, groups support the decision by President Obama. But the US Congress could refuse to provide money to open an American embassy in Havana. | In The News

Learn with The News

  • Myanmar hopes to replace poppies with coffee

    Audio In Myanmar, Replacing Poppy Plants with Coffee

    Myanmar’s Shan State is the second-largest opium-producing area in the world. But the area's poppy farmers are now earning less for their crops, as the price of poppy fluctuates. Now, the United Nations is hoping many farmers in Shan State will decide to grow coffee instead. More

  • FILE - In this undated image released by the FBI, Mullah Omar is seen in a wanted poster. An Afghan official said his government is examining claims that reclusive Taliban leader Mullah Omar is dead.

    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. More

  • Fish teeth and shark scales from sediment in the South Pacific Ocean dating around the mass extinction event 66 million years ago, photographed under a high powered microscope. (Credit: E. Sibert on Hull lab imaging system, Yale University)

    Audio Dinosaur Death Leads to Rise of Fish

    Tens of millions of years ago, an asteroid hit what is now the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico. The event led to a global mass extinction that has been linked to the end of the dinosaurs. New examination of fossils from sediment shows what that great disaster led to: a modern age of fish. More

  • Video Turkey Bombs Kurdish Rebel Targets in Iraq

    The North Atlantic Treaty Organization has expressed support for Turkey’s military operations against Islamic State militants and the Kurdish rebel group the PKK. The rebels have been fighting Turkey for greater minority rights for more than 30 years. More

  • Audio North Korea: 'No Interest at All' in Nuclear Deal

    U.S. special diplomat to North Korean talks is meeting with Chinese and South Korean officials about restarting talks with North Korea on its nuclear program. However, North Korea has said it is not interested in giving up its weapons. The six-party talks were suspended in 2009. More

Featured Stories

  • Audio Folk to Rock: When Dylan Went Electric

    Fifty years ago, folk music legend Bob Dylan rocked out at the Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island on an electric guitar. He was widely booed. The audience may have been unhappy with Dylan’s performance that day, but it changed the direction of music and culture in the United States. More

  • Audio Why Do Mosquitoes Choose to Bite You?

    Mosquitoes need blood to survive and their favorite target is humans. They are completely driven by smell. How do they find their victims and why do they prefer some people more than others? New research now shows how mosquitoes choose who to bite. More

  • 'You're Giving Me the Creeps!'

    "You're giving me the ...!" The jitters, the creeps, the willies, the heebie-jeebies, goose bumps, butterflies, and a heart attack ... you can give all these things to other people. Are they good or bad? Read on to find out! More

  • Audio Everyday Grammar: Can I, Could I, May I?

    English teachers and parents used to try very hard to get young people to use "may" when asking for permission. Now it seems that "can" or "could" works just as well. Learn about the rules for asking permission with these modals. More

  • Video The Devil and Tom Walker by Washington Irving

    In this classic American story, we learn about the hunt for a famous pirate's treasure and the greedy desire for wealth. One couple, Mr. and Mrs Tom Walker, learn the danger of making a deal with the devil. They want the treasure but learn there is a high price to pay. More

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