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5:12 PM - 5:17 PM October 31, 2014

China’s Constitution Getting Newfound Attention


10:30 PM - 10:34 PM October 30, 2014


8:09 PM - 8:12 PM October 29, 2014


7:26 PM - 7:29 PM October 28, 2014


2:21 PM - 2:23 PM October 27, 2014

Brazilians Re-elect Dilma Rousseff as President

Brazilians Re-elect Dilma Rousseff as President | In the News


12:40 AM - 12:45 AM October 25, 2014

In the News

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


3:48 PM - 3:54 PM October 24, 2014

In US, Fear of Ebola Spreading Faster than Virus


3:34 PM - 3:40 PM October 24, 2014

In US, Fear of Ebola Spreading Faster than Virus


9:40 PM - 9:45 PM October 23, 2014


9:15 PM - 9:21 PM October 22, 2014

In the News 10-22-14

Deadly Attack Shocks Canada's Capital


10:07 PM - 10:12 PM October 21, 2014

WHO Official: Ebola Vaccine Could Be in Use by January


4:19 PM - 4:20 PM October 20, 2014


12:40 AM - 12:45 AM October 18, 2014

In the News

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


4:53 PM - 4:59 PM October 17, 2014

Obama Rejects ‘Quick Fixes’ in Fight against Islamic State


10:18 PM - 10:23 PM October 16, 2014


10:10 PM - 10:14 PM October 15, 2014


1:56 PM - 1:57 PM October 15, 2014

Second Texas Health Worker Infected with Ebola


8:48 PM - 8:53 PM October 14, 2014


12:40 AM - 12:45 AM October 11, 2014

In the News

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


4:01 PM - 4:07 PM October 10, 2014

    Audio China’s Constitution Receives New Attention

    The constitution took effect in the early 1980s, when the Communist Party was opening up the country economically. Now China is at a new crossroads. Observers say it is reaching for a new economic growth model. Chinese officials will promise to defend its rules when they take office. | In The News

    Audio Iraqi Kurdish Fighters Enter Kobani

    Also in the news, Burkina Faso ends efforts to extend its presidential term limit after protests in the capital. Ukraine says the EU will be guarantor in any gas deal with Russia. Myanmar holds a major meeting Friday. And claims of cheating delay SAT results for South Korean and Chinese students.

    Audio Guy Scott Named Interim Leader in Zambia

    Guy Scott is Africa’s first white president since F.W. de Klerk governed South Africa from 1989 to 1994. Chinese former army General has admitted to taking huge bribes. U.S airlines do not know where a passenger began his or her travels for Ebola screening. Free Syrian Army helped Kurds in Kobani.

    Audio Iraq's Kurdish Fighters Head to Kobani

    Iraqi Kurdish fighters are on their way to fight Islamic State in Kobani. Also in the news, India and Vietnam strengthen energy and defenses cooperation. Ukraine condemns Russian position on rebel vote. And Kim Jong Un uses a cane because he had a foot operation. | In the News

    Audio Brazilians Re-elect Dilma Rousseff as President

    In other news, US ambassador Samatha Powers calls for a stronger international effort to stop the spread of Ebola virus. New York revised its Ebola quarantine policy. South Korea seeks death penalty for captain of sunken ferry. A second student has died from Washington state's shooting.

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    Audio In US, Fear of Ebola Spreads Faster than Virus

    For Americans, Ebola started out as a disease in a far-away continent. But it changed when a Liberian man died in Dallas. US officials said tests show that a New York doctor has the Ebola virus. The doctor recently treated Ebola patients in Guinea working for Doctors Without Borders.

    Audio Gunman Identified in Canadian Capital

    Also, UN human rights officials have called on China to guarantee open elections in Hong Kong. And, an attack in southwest Pakistan kills 11 people. WHO advises against Ebola travel bans. | In the News

    Video Deadly Attack Shocks Canada's Capital

    Also, Kurdish lawmakers in Iraq vote to send Kurdish forces to the Syrian town of Kobani. China said 43 people tested for possible Ebola infection do not have the virus. Russia and Ukraine are still working to reach an agreement on Ukraine's payments for natural Gas.

Learn with The News

  • FILE - Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, right, walks past Chinese President Xi Jinping as they arrive to the Monument to the People's Heroes during a ceremony marking Martyr’s Day at Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China, Sept. 30, 2014.

    Audio China’s Constitution Receives New Attention

    The constitution took effect in the early 1980s, when the Communist Party was opening up the country economically. Now China is at a new crossroads. Observers say it is reaching for a new economic growth model. Chinese officials will promise to defend its rules when they take office. | In The News More

  • Video More US Hispanic Women Convert to Islam

    Latinos are one of the fastest growing groups in the Muslim religion. The Pew Research Center says about six percent of American Muslims are Latino. And women make up a little more than half of the new converts -- the people who have changed their religion to Islam. More

  • A convoy of peshmerga vehicles is escorted by Turkish Kurds on their way to the Turkish-Syrian border, in Kiziltepe near the southeastern city of Mardin October 29, 2014

    Audio Iraqi Kurdish Fighters Enter Kobani

    Also in the news, Burkina Faso ends efforts to extend its presidential term limit after protests in the capital. Ukraine says the EU will be guarantor in any gas deal with Russia. Myanmar holds a major meeting Friday. And claims of cheating delay SAT results for South Korean and Chinese students. More

  • Video Singapore Film Ban Raises Free Speech Issue

    The documentary film, “To Singapore, with Love” tells about political dissidents from Singapore. The film has been shown at public events in Britain, India and Malaysia, among other countries. But one place the movie cannot be seen is Singapore. That is because the government there has banned it. More

  • Ghana Bamboo Bike

    Video Ghana's Bamboo Bikes Hit the Streets

    Bicycle frames are usually made out of materials like carbon fiber, steel or aluminum. But in rural Ghana, a businessman has developed another way to make bicycles from a natural product -- bamboo. The wooden bike parts are sent Ghana to Germany, the Netherlands and Australia. | As It Is More

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  • Obama Halloween

    Audio Halloween Is Big with Kids and Business

    The National Retail Federation says sales of Halloween goods will total about $7.4 billion this year. It says the average American will spend about $77. The group expects 162 million people to celebrate. The NRF predicts 54 million of them will hold Halloween parties. | American Mosaic More

  • A print shows the Second Battle of Bull Run, also called Second Manassas.

    Audio South Defeats North Again at Manassas

    Lincoln named George Pope to lead the Army of Virginia. He wanted to join Pope’s forces with the Army of the Potomac and break through Confederate defenses around Richmond. But General Robert E. Lee decided to hit Pope first. More

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    Video Home of Last Comanche Chief Close to Ruins

    One of the most interesting people in U.S. history is Quanah Parker, the last chief of the country’s Comanche Indian tribe. Quanah Parker was the son of a Comanche warrior and a white woman who had been captured by the Indians. Quanah Parker was a fierce fighter. More

  • FILE - A veterinarian at the nonprofit Bali Animal Welfare Association gives a rabies shot to a puppy in Kebon Kaja village, Bangli Regency in Bali, Indonesia.

    Audio Mass Vaccination of Dogs Can Eliminate Rabies

    About 70,000 people worldwide die every year of rabies. Rabies is a viral infection that people get mainly through dog bites. Scientists say vaccinating dogs can effectively get rid of rabies outbreaks in dog populations. And this will have a domino effect, fewer humans with rabies. More

  • Methane oxidizing

    Photogallery Small Organisms in Deep Sea Rocks Eat Methane

    The gas methane has been linked to rising temperatures on Earth. But methane does not stay in the atmosphere as long as another “greenhouse gas” -- carbon dioxide. Scientists say both gases trap heat from the sun. They prevent heat from escaping into outer space. More

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