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12:32 PM - 12:38 PM January 30, 2015

Freedom House: Democratic Ideals Threatened Around the World


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Freedom House: Democratic Ideals Threatened Around the World


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Libya Hotel Attack Kills Five Foreigners

Libya Hotel Attack Kills Five Foreigners


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Obama Attends India's Republic Day Parade


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Japan demands Islamic State Release Hostages

Japan demands Islamic State Release Hostages


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6:34 PM - 6:40 PM January 16, 2015

Islamic Terrorists Are Changing Their Methods


9:29 PM - 9:33 PM January 15, 2015

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8:38 PM - 8:44 PM January 15, 2015

Islamic Extremists Denounced for Violence in France, Nigeria


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5:07 PM - 5:12 PM January 12, 2015

In the News - January 12, 2015

France Deploys Troops in 'Sensitive' Areas after Attack

    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

    Audio Deadline Passes in Jordan-Islamic State Prisoner Exchange Deal

    Jordan wants proof that pilot is still alive. Also in the news, a gas explosion near a maternity hospital in Mexico kills at least seven; Benjamin Netanyahu blames Iran for fighting along Israel-Lebanon border; and the World Health Organization's focus on fighting Ebola shifts to ending outbreak.

    Audio Israeli Soldiers Killed in Exchange of Gunfire with Hezbollah

    Two Israeli soldiers and a UN peacekeeping soldier were killed Wednesday along the border between Israel and Lebanon. Jordan to trade jailed suspected terrorist for hostage with IS. Afghan cabinet nominees rejected. New Greek government holds first meeting. Democratic ideals are under threat

    Audio Libya Hotel Attack Kills Five Foreigners

    At least 5 foreigners and 3 guards were killed Tuesday in a hotel attack in Tripoli; President Obama pays respects to Saudi King; Islamic State militants threaten two hostages’ lives; Indonesia’s military halts its search for a passenger plane; and the US northeast is hit with a big snowstorm.

    Audio Obama Attends India's Republic Day Parade

    Mr. Obama was the first U.S. president to attend the event, which celebrates India’s first constitution as an independent state. The election results are likely to place Greece in conflict with the E.U. and international creditors. Deadly violence in Ukraine. Malaysia Airlines website hacked.

    Audio Obama Visit Aims to Increase US-India Partnership

    President Obama is set to make history as the first U.S. president to attend India’s Republic Day ceremony. Obama administration officials say the visit marks a major event in relations between the two countries. This is Obama's second visit to India since taking office. He also visited in 2010.

    Audio Saudi King Abdullah Dies

    The King had been suffering from a lung infection. His brother Salman is the new King, according to a Saudi statement. Also Thursday, Yemen's President and his cabinet resigned. And in Ukraine, a bus bombing killed eight people.

    Audio Yemen Leader, Rebels Reach Deal

    Shi'ite Houthis were demanding an end to "corruption and totalitarianism." The president announced they reached an agreement late Wednesday. Also in the news, Japan is in a "race against time" to free hostages; Pope Francis explains a comment about birth control; the U.S. and Cuba begin talks.

    Audio Japan Demands That Islamic State Release Hostages

    The Islamic State group demanded $200 million for the two hostages. IMF officials expect the world economy to grow at a slower rate this year than in 2014; China’s economy grew at a rate of 7.4 percent last year; and President Obama speaks to the US Congress Tuesday night.

    Audio European, US Officials Warn of Terror Threat

    After the deadly attacks in France, European nations are working toward greater cooperation to fight terrorism across the continent and the world. And, European Union, or EU, foreign ministers said on Monday there were no reasons to lift economic sanctions against Russia. | In The News

    Audio Islamic Terrorists Are Changing Their Methods

    The terrorist attack at the French magazine Charlie Hebdo happened even though U.S. and French officials had tried for years to weaken Islamic extremist groups. The United States and its allies have taken a number of steps aimed at stopping extremists from carrying out terrorist acts.

    Audio Islamic Extremists Denounced for Violence in France, Nigeria

    All three gunmen in the Paris attacks expressed support for Islamist groups. French President Francois Hollande says most Muslims are the main victims of religious extremists. In Nigeria, Boko Haram militants are fighting to establish their own form of Islamic law. | In The News

    Audio Hollande: Muslims Are Main Victims of Radical Islam

    French President Francois Hollande said that mainstream Muslims are the main victims of radical Islam. US Treasury announces new rules for trade and travel to Cuba; Nigeria's president makes a surprise visit to Borno state; and the Academy Award nominees are announced in Hollywood.

    Audio Al-Qaida in Yemen Claims Charlie Hebdo Attack

    An al-Qaida leader announced his group planned and paid for the attack, but the gunman who killed four at a kosher supermarket was not part of the same group. Also in the news, copies of this week's Charlie Hebdo sell out; the fuselage of AirAsia jet found; and Japan increases its defense budget.

    Audio France Approves More Airstrikes Against Islamic State

    French lawmakers have agreed to extend the country’s involvement in airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Iraq. Also in the news today, 10 civilians in eastern Ukraine were killed after rebel artillery shells struck a bus. And Pope Francis begins his week-long Asian trip in Sri Lanka.

    Audio France Deploys Troops in 'Sensitive' Areas after Attack

    Millions march in France – including world leaders – in largest gatherings in country’s history; searchers find information and voice recorders of AirAsia plane; South Korean president agrees to talks with North; police raid prison in Lebanon; and, Golden Globe winners announced. | In The News

    Audio UN: Big Increase in People Fleeing Conflict

    Conflicts have forced many people from their home. Many have fled across international borders; millions have become displaced within their own countries. Syrians have for the first time become the largest refugee population. | In the News

    Video French Police Kill Gunmen to End Hostage Crisis

    At least three hostages also died in operations to capture the gunmen French police believe carried out the killings at the newspaper Charlie Hebdo. A total of three gunmen were killed two northeast of Paris and one at a store. Also, surviving Charlie Hebdo journalists will continue to publish.

    Audio Search Expands for Two Suspects in France

    The two were last seen northeast of Paris. Also in the news, Cuba frees five more political prisoners, bringing the total to eight freed in the last 24 hours; Indonesia will try to lift AirAsia tail section Friday; and Cameroon's president calls for more international help to fight Boko Haram.

    Audio At Least 12 Dead in Attack on French Newspaper

    Also in the news, a car bomb explodes near police training center in Sanaa, Yemen; investigators have found the tail of the AirAsia plane that crashed into the Java Sea; lawmakers in Hong Kong protest election plans; and another corruption case is underway against a top Chinese government official.

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    Audio The Epidemic of Cheating in Sports

    Throughout time, cheating in sports has caused debate and dispute. Athletes often do whatever it takes to win in competition. Some take drugs that are meant to improve their performance, such as steroids. These might make them run faster or hit a baseball harder. More

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    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 More

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    Video Woman Survives Nazi Death Camp by Mistake

    Dagmar Lieblova was 14 years old when she arrived at the Auschwitz death camp in 1943. Everyone in her family was with her. All of them but Dagmar were to die at Auschwitz. But she was able to leave the camp after several months because of a mistake. That mistake saved her life. More

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    Audio Deadline Passes in Jordan-Islamic State Prisoner Exchange Deal

    Jordan wants proof that pilot is still alive. Also in the news, a gas explosion near a maternity hospital in Mexico kills at least seven; Benjamin Netanyahu blames Iran for fighting along Israel-Lebanon border; and the World Health Organization's focus on fighting Ebola shifts to ending outbreak. More

  • Video Zoo Animals Show Their Artistic Sides

    Can animals be artistic? Some experts think so. Painting and music are part of efforts to keep animals happy at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Zoo in Washington, D.C. Zookeepers there believe that animals need enrichment just like people do. Their unique pieces of art are popular items. More

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    Superbowl Sunday: The Patriots, the Seahawks and Katy Perry, Too

    The National Football League championship game is hugely popular with sports fans and television advertisers. Tens of millions of people watch the game for the competitive play and for the funny commercials broadcast throughout. Many also enjoy the halftime show. This year Katy Perry will entertain. More

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    Video New York's 'Underground Museum' Pleases Passersby

    For the past thirty years, artists have been asked to create works of art for New York’s huge subway and train system. The works often relate to city life or to the neighborhood of a station. Some people call it New York’s “underground art museum," with over 250 pieces of original artwork. More

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    Video French Farmers Are Using Drones to Examine Their Crops

    It used to be mostly the military that used small, unpiloted aircraft, called “drones.” The little planes were very costly. But as they have dropped in price more people have begun to use them. Rescue workers and farmers are among the new users. The drones save money and time. More

  • Video Is There a Better Way to Track Passenger Planes?

    New technology could help to more closely follow passenger airplanes, and find them when they crash; international group to meet next month to discuss changes. Airline industry leaders and regulators want to improve airplane safety. They want better, more dependable tracking devices. More

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    Audio Has Obama Set the Message for the 2016 Campaign?

    “I have no more campaigns to run … I know because I won both of them.” Mr. Obama cannot run for president again – U.S. presidents may serve only two terms. But some observers say his most recent State of the Union message on the middle class sounded like a campaign speech. More

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