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In the News

In the News explains the week’s main news stories to help make sense of our world.


8:19 PM - 8:23 PM November 26, 2014

In The News 11-26-14


4:42 PM - 4:46 PM November 25, 2014

New Violence Hits Ferguson, Missouri


9:41 PM - 9:46 PM November 24, 2014

In the News - November 24, 2014


12:40 AM - 12:45 AM November 22, 2014

In the News

In the News explains the week’s main news stories to help make sense of our world.


3:19 PM - 3:24 PM November 21, 2014

President Orders Changes to U.S. Immigration Policy


11:06 PM - 11:09 PM November 20, 2014

In the News - Nov. 20, 2014


10:53 PM - 10:58 PM November 19, 2014

France to Increase Airstrikes Against IS Militants


7:06 PM - 7:12 PM November 18, 2014

In The News 11-18-14


3:47 PM - 3:53 PM November 17, 2014

In The News 11-17-14


12:40 AM - 12:45 AM November 15, 2014

In the News

In the News explains the week’s main news stories to help make sense of our world.


5:43 PM - 5:49 PM November 14, 2014

Afghan Opium Production Jumps


3:07 PM - 3:11 PM November 14, 2014

In the News - Friday, November 14, 2014


3:47 PM - 3:51 PM November 13, 2014

Obama Sees “New Day” for Myanmar, But Supports Reforms


4:52 PM - 4:55 PM November 12, 2014

US, China to Cut Gases Linked to Climate Change


11:22 PM - 11:27 PM November 11, 2014

US and Chinese Presidents Hold Private Talks During APEC Meeting


4:04 PM - 4:09 PM November 10, 2014

Obama Says United States 'Committed' to Asia


12:40 AM - 12:45 AM November 08, 2014

In the News

In the News explains the week’s main news stories to help make sense of our world.


4:48 PM - 4:54 PM November 07, 2014

President Obama Prepares for Trip to Asia, Australia


11:00 PM - 11:03 PM November 06, 2014


11:17 PM - 11:20 PM November 05, 2014

    Audio US Says Military Operations in Afghanistan Remain the Same

    Also in the news, India-Pakistan tensions remain at a major South Asia conference in Kathmandu, Nepal; Hong Kong police arrest student leaders and clear streets around Mong Kok; The Revolutionary Armed Forces (FARC) of Colombia frees two soldiers to restart peace talks with the government.

    Audio New Violence Hits Ferguson, Missouri

    An American grand jury ruling has resulted in new violence in the city of Ferguson, Missouri. The jurors decided not to charge a white police officer who shot and killed an unarmed African American teenager last August. The decision was announced Monday -- more than three months after the shooting.

    Audio US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel Resigns

    Also, Iranian and Western diplomats shave extended talks about Iran's nuclear program; Russia's finance minister says the country is losing billions of dollars a year from sanctions and falling oil prices; and a Swiss museum says it will accept a priceless collection of long-hidden artwork.

    Video Republicans Promise to Fight Obama on Immigration

    Republican Party lawmakers are promising to fight President Barack Obama’s executive order on immigration. The order protects millions of people who have been living in the United States illegally. The president’s announcement immediately angered Republicans in the U.S. Congress.

    Video Obama Orders Changes to US Immigration Policy

    Mr. Obama’s decision will affect the lives of five million people who have entered the United States without permission. He says the country’s immigration system has not been working for many years and needs immediate reform. | In the News

    Audio Kerry in Vienna for Iran Nuclear Talks

    The talks are taking place four days before a deadline to reach a new agreement on Iran's nuclear program. Also, North Korea has threatened to carry out another nuclear test in answer to U.N. action against it. A U.N. committee condemned North Korea for suspected human rights abuses.

    Audio France to Increase Airstrikes Against IS Militants

    The French Defense Minister said the fighter jets will be based in Jordan. Also, Pope Francis condemns the synagogue attack in Jerusalem, Ukraine rejects Russia’s proposal for talks, the World Bank says Ebola may cost West Africa less than expected, and a deadly snow storm hits New York.

    Audio Palestinians Kill Four Rabbis in Jerusalem Synagogue

    Palestinians have killed at least four rabbis in an attack at a Jewish holy place in Jerusalem. Kerry is “hopeful” about reaching deal with Iran. Ukraine readies for possible Russian-backed attack. State of emergency is declared in Ferguson and Hong Kong police cleared protest area.

    Audio French Citizen Is Likely Among Militants in Beheading Video

    A French official says there is a strong likelihood that a French citizen was among the Islamic militants who executed an American aid worker. Japanese economy unexpectedly entered a recession. Australia and China have signed a free trade agreement. Almost 200 received experimental Ebola vaccine.

    Audio Afghan Opium Production Jumps

    The United Nations’ Office on Drugs and Crime says the opium harvest in Afghanistan jumped 17 percent from the amount last year. UN officials say the finding shows efforts to stop drug production in the country have failed. | In The News

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  • New members of the Afghan National Army attend their graduation ceremony at the Afghan Military Academy in Kabul, Afghanistan, Nov. 23, 2014.

    Audio US Says Military Operations in Afghanistan Remain the Same

    Also in the news, India-Pakistan tensions remain at a major South Asia conference in Kathmandu, Nepal; Hong Kong police arrest student leaders and clear streets around Mong Kok; The Revolutionary Armed Forces (FARC) of Colombia frees two soldiers to restart peace talks with the government. More

  • Video Thanksgiving, a Traditional American Holiday

    Thanksgiving is celebrated every year on the fourth Thursday of November. The month of November comes in autumn, the main season for harvesting crops. Thanksgiving is an autumn harvest festival like those found in many cultures. It is viewed as the most traditional of all American holidays. More

  • A flock of 30-pound tom turkeys mill around in the barn at  Raymond's Turkey Farm in Methuen, Mass.,Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2006. The 60-acre farm expects to sell about 9,000 turkeys this holiday season.(AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Audio Turkey: A Case of Mistaken Identity

    Many think the bird comes from the nation of Turkey. But turkey is not from Turkey. In fact, the fact that the turkey bird is called by that name is one big mistake. Find out in today's Words and Their Stories. More

  • Audio Group Claims Gender Equality Will End Hunger, Poverty

    A Christian aid group calls for governments and employees to end discrimination against women and girls. Bread for the World says increasing educational levels, giving women more economic power and helping with child care will help them earn more. This will, in turn, help men and their families. More

  • People hide from gunfire near church during firefight between African peacekeepers, fighters from the Christian "anti-balaka" militia, Bangui, Feb. 18, 2014.

    Audio Central African Republic Losing the Next Generation

    Thousands of people have been killed in the fighting in the Central African Republic, and many have been forced from their homes. Among the victims are children whose parents died or have gone missing. For these boys and girls, joining an armed group is one of the only ways to find protection. More

Featured Stories

  • Battle of Cold Harbor

    Audio Strong Defense at Cold Harbor Gives Lee His Last Major Victory

    After Northern forces defeated Southern troops at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania and Vicksburg, Mississippi, General Ulysses Grant decided to hit the Confederates with the full force of the Union armies. The fight did not go as he expected. But General Grant was resolved to defeat the Confederates. More

  • Alzheimer brain

    Audio East Meets West to Treat Alzheimer's Patients

    But researchers in California say a new way of treating Alzheimer’s disease is showing promise for reversing some of that memory loss. The new treatment combines western medicine with eastern philosophy – ideas rooted in Asian religions. More

  • Mr. Van Rijsselberghe worked on the project with scientists from the Free University of Amsterdam.

    Video Dutch Experiment Grows Vegetables in Sea Water

    Due to rising sea level, farmers are increasingly unable to use fields close to the sea. A farmer in the Netherlands is growing small, but healthy and tasty crops in a mixture of fresh and salt water. Farmers in Pakistan may soon be growing Dutch potatoes in areas affected by rising sea waters. More

  • Jonathan Evans Performs with Bonerama

    Video With Bonerama, Three Trombones Lead the Big Parade

    The New Orleans-based group brings together funk, rock, blues and jazz, creating a gumbo for the ears. Bonerama has horns like many bands. But, unlike most groups, the trombone players lead this band. Reporter Jonathan Evans performed with the band and wrote about it for American Mosaic. More

  • A line from Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address is displayed at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC.

    Audio Lincoln's Words at Gettysburg Still Have Meaning

    On November 19, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln said no one would remember his speech at a battlefield cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. But Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address remains one of the most important speeches in U.S. history. | The Making of a Nation More

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