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In the News

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


10:18 PM - 10:25 PM May 29, 2015

FIFA Re-Elect Blatter Despite Corruption Scandal


2:56 PM - 3:01 PM May 29, 2015

Asia’s Boat People: Smuggled or Trafficked?


9:57 PM - 10:01 PM May 28, 2015

In the News 05-28-15


10:12 PM - 10:14 PM May 27, 2015

Islamic State Executes 20 in Palmyra Roman Theater


6:46 PM - 6:48 PM May 26, 2015

Iraq Launches Operation to Recapture Anbar Province


12:40 AM - 12:45 AM May 23, 2015

In the News

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


4:17 PM - 4:23 PM May 22, 2015

Islamic State Militants Capture Two Major Cities


10:16 PM - 10:18 PM May 21, 2015

In the News 05-21-15


9:41 PM - 9:46 PM May 20, 2015

In the News 05-20-15


9:39 PM - 9:41 PM May 19, 2015

In the News 05-19-15


3:08 PM - 3:13 PM May 18, 2015

In the News - May 18, 2015


12:40 AM - 12:45 AM May 16, 2015

In the News

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


1:52 PM - 1:58 PM May 15, 2015

US Considering Action in South China Sea


8:30 PM - 8:32 PM May 14, 2015

In the News 05-14-15


1:55 AM - 1:57 AM May 14, 2015

In the News Update Wednesday


11:00 PM - 11:02 PM May 13, 2015

In the News 05-13-15


4:20 PM - 4:25 PM May 13, 2015

Google Opens First Asian Campus in Seoul

Google Opens First Asian Campus in Seoul


10:35 PM - 10:38 PM May 12, 2015

In the News 05-12-15


10:08 PM - 10:14 PM May 11, 2015

Saudi U.S. Summit

    Audio FIFA Re-Elects Blatter Despite Corruption Scandal

    Sepp Blatter won a fifth term as FIFA president, while people around the world called for him to resign. The soccer organization has been rocked this week by arrests and corruption charges. Several groups have called for Blatter to step down and businesses are reviewing sponsorships.

    Audio FIFA President: Charges Bring Shame to Sport

    FIFA President Sepp Blatter said corruption scandals within the world soccer organization have brought "shame and humiliation" on the sport. Also in the news, Iranian foreign minister expresses hope for nuclear deal; President Barack Obama hosts a Twitter chat on climate change.

    Audio Islamic State Executes 20 in Palmyra Roman Theater

    A Human Rights group says that the Islamic State militants have executed 20 people in the ancient Roman theater in Palmyra, a UNESCO World heritage site. Also in the news, Heat wave kills 1,100 in India; Former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum announces his campaign for president.

    Audio Iraq Launches Operation to Recapture Anbar

    An Iraqi government television broadcast announced the move Tuesday. Also in the news, Al-Shabab attacks Kenya police near Somali border; Spy trial of Washington Post reporterJason Rezaian begins in Iran; Recovery efforts continue in Texas and Mexico after strong storms over the weekend.

    Audio China Increases Its Ballistic Missile Abilities

    China is adding several small nuclear warheads to missiles. China says its military is only for defense. Some people question that claim. Especially now, as China becomes more assertive in a dispute with several Asian nations over maritime territory. Some experts worry of a possible Asian arms race.

    Audio Islamic State Militants Capture Two Major Cities

    The Islamic State seized control of the Syrian city of Palmyra on Thursday. The fall of Palmyra reportedly left the militants in control of half of Syria. Last Sunday, the militants took control of Ramadi, the capital of Iraq’s Anbar Province.| In The News

    Audio China Warns US Spy Plane in South China Sea

    China's navy is reported to have issued eight warning messages to a U.S. military spy plane over several man-made islands. Boats with Rohingya migrants accepted in Indonesian waters. U.S. and Cuba continue talks toward diplomatic ties.

    Audio North Korea Cancels Ban Ki-moon Visit

    The North Korean government has canceled a planned United Nations visit to the Kaesong Industrial Complex. The cancellation came just a day before UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was to visit the industrial center, where 53,000 North Koreans work.

    Audio Shi'ite Militias Gather for Possible Ramadi Offensive

    The forces came together Tuesday outside the Iraqi city of Ramadi. An offensive would be aimed at re-capturing the city from Islamic State militants. In other news, US officials have charged six Chinese people with economic spying and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will visit North Korea Thursday.

    Audio US Coalition Targets Islamic State Group in Ramadi

    Shi’ite Muslim forces are also preparing to deploy to the city. Kerry has strong words for North Korea. Injuries reported during railway protest in Southwest China. Fighting in South Sudan condemned by UN. Nine killed in gun violence in Waco, Texas over the weekend.

    Video US Considering Action in South China Sea

    The United States is considering sending military aircraft and navy ships to test Chinese claims in the South China Sea. Satellite images have confirmed China’s work on four coral reefs in the waterway. The work has included structures from shipping piers to landing areas for helicopters.

    Audio India’s Modi Seeks Closer Ties During China Visit

    Chinese President Xi welcomed Indian Prime Minister Modi to his family’s hometown of Xi’an. The two leaders may sign $10 billion in economic deals during talks. Also in the news, Obama discusses Iran deal with Gulf leaders; Taliban attack on Kabul hotel kills 14; Migrant boat seen off Thai coast.

    Audio Obama: US, Saudi Arabia Have 'Extraordinary Friendship'

    U.S. President Barack Obama praised U.S.-Saudi ties Wednesday as he welcomed the Saudi Crown Prince and Deputy Crown Prince. Also in the news, gunmen entered a guest house in Kabul; North Korea's defense minister was reportedly executed; Amtrak train was twice the normal speed before Tuesday's crash

    Audio Kerry Has 'Frank' Talks With Putin, Lavrov

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said he had "frank" -- or direct -- discussions with Russian President Vladimir Putin Tuesday. Also in the news, the Philippines and Japan hold joint military exercises in South China Sea; Yemen cease-fire begins today ; Pakistani PM voices support for Afghanistan.

    Audio Saudi King to Skip US-Gulf Meeting

    The leader of Saudi Arabia will not take part in talks with U.S. and other Arab officials this week. Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir announced on the decision on Sunday. He said King Salman will send Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef to the U.S.-Arab summit in Washington. The summit opens Wednesday.

    Audio More Republicans Join 2016 Presidential Race

    This week one woman and two men announced they would campaign for the Republican party's nomination for president. Only one of them has held political office. They join three United States senators who have already announced their candidacies. | In the News

    Audio US Court: NSA Phone Record Gathering Is Illegal

    A U.S. appeals court in New York ruled Thursday that the National Security Agency's program to collect phone records of Americans is illegal. British voters are voting in a close election that could oust Prime Minister David Cameron from office. Iran releases seized Maersk vessel

    Audio Kerry in Saudi Arabia to Discuss Yemen Crisis

    Kerry said he will discuss a proposed "humanitarian pause" in Yemen during his talks in Saudi Arabia. Also in the news, Baltimore mayor seeks federal investigation of city’s police department; Officials look for links between ISIS and Texas attack; Death sentences for 4 Afghans in Kabul attack

    Audio Sec. of State John Kerry Visits Somalia

    Secretary Kerry is the first ever secretary of state to visit Somalia while in office. Also in the news, the so-called Islamic State claims responsibility for shooting in Garland, Texas; French lawmakers approve spy bill; Obama nominates Joe Dunford for Joint Chiefs of Staff chair.

    Audio Taiwan, China Look to Expand Ties Before Elections

    Also in the news, over 7,200 people are confirmed dead in Nepal; Australian police defend cooperation with Indonesia in the case of 2 drug traffickers; Baltimore mayor ends a nighttime curfew; Texas police kill 2 gunmen at an event held by a group called the American Freedom Defense Initiative.

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  • Audio FIFA Re-Elects Blatter Despite Corruption Scandal

    Sepp Blatter won a fifth term as FIFA president, while people around the world called for him to resign. The soccer organization has been rocked this week by arrests and corruption charges. Several groups have called for Blatter to step down and businesses are reviewing sponsorships. More

  • Audio State Limits on Media Raise Concern in Turkey

    With general elections coming in June, political parties are becoming active in the Turkish media. A government official wants to close the TV stations favorable to Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen. The leader of the opposition Republican People’s Party, Kemal Kilicdaroglu, criticizes these limits. More

  • Video Blind Boy Defines His Life With Music

    When Frankie Moran first saw his son Cole, he could not imagine ever sharing his love of music with the boy. Cole had cognitive delays and other birth defects. And he was blind. Cole Moran is now 12 years old. Cole plays music every day. He records his performances and listens back to the sound. More

  • Audio UN Supports Protection of Journalists in Conflicts

    The United Nations Security Council has approved a resolution on the protection of journalists in conflict zones. All 15 Council members voted Wednesday in support of the resolution. The measure comes as the number of deaths and kidnappings of news reporters continues to rise. More

  • FIFA President Sepp Blatter delivers his speech during the opening ceremony of the 65th FIFA Congress in Zurich, Switzerland, May 28, 2015.

    Audio FIFA President: Charges Bring Shame to Sport

    FIFA President Sepp Blatter said corruption scandals within the world soccer organization have brought "shame and humiliation" on the sport. Also in the news, Iranian foreign minister expresses hope for nuclear deal; President Barack Obama hosts a Twitter chat on climate change. More

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  • Video Blind Boy Defines His Life With Music

    When Frankie Moran first saw his son Cole, he could not imagine ever sharing his love of music with the boy. Cole had cognitive delays and other birth defects. And he was blind. Cole Moran is now 12 years old. Cole plays music every day. He records his performances and listens back to the sound. More

  • Audio Brain Remembers Language Better If You Sing It

    If you have a long list of vocabulary words to learn, you might want to write them into a familiar song. Researchers at the University of Edinburgh studied the relationship between music and remembering a foreign language. After the tests were over, the singers came out on top. And it's more fun! More

  • Video New Tool Maps Buildings' Energy Efficiency

    Architects, engineers and building supervisors will soon be able to quickly collect information that once took weeks to measure and process. Scientists have developed a device to gather information about building interiors – the design and exact measurements of a building. More

  • Audio Guide to 2016 Campaign: Money and Super PAC

    Raising money is an important part of any election in America. Candidates for the 2016 race for the White House and Congress are busy lining up dollars to fund their elections. VOA Learning English helps explain how the campaign finance systems work in the U.S. More

  • Audio Hold Your Horses!

    Horses are part of the history and romance of the Old American West. These days, they are popular for sport and entertainment. So, it is easy to understand why we Americans use so many horse expressions. Learn some of the most common and try to answer our horse riddle! More

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