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

In the News - July 2, 2015


6:04 PM - 6:09 PM July 02, 2015

US, Cuban Embassies to Reopen


9:40 PM - 9:42 PM July 01, 2015

In the News 7-1-15


10:21 PM - 10:24 PM June 30, 2015

In the News 06-30-15


3:48 PM - 3:54 PM June 29, 2015

In the News June 29


8:13 PM - 8:19 PM June 26, 2015

Iran Nuclear Talks May Push Beyond Time Limit

Iran Nuclear Talks May Push Beyond Time Limit


7:39 PM - 7:43 PM June 26, 2015

In the News - June 26, 2015


1:09 AM - 1:11 AM June 26, 2015

In the News 06-25-15


10:30 PM - 10:34 PM June 24, 2015

In the News - June 24, 2015


10:56 PM - 10:59 PM June 23, 2015

U.S. to Position Military Equipment in Seven European Countries


9:53 PM - 9:58 PM June 23, 2015

Group Works to Reduce Child Labor in Cambodia

Group Works to Reduce Child Labor in Cambodia


2:48 PM - 2:52 PM June 22, 2015

Taliban Gunmen Attack Afghan Parliament

Taliban Gunmen Attack Afghan Parliament


10:54 PM - 10:56 PM June 19, 2015

Victims’ Relatives to Mass Shooting Suspect: “We Have No Room for Hate.”


9:53 PM - 9:55 PM June 18, 2015

In the News 06-18-15


11:01 PM - 11:05 PM June 17, 2015

In the News 06-17-15


9:28 PM - 9:31 PM June 16, 2015

In the News 06-16-15


9:40 PM - 9:47 PM June 15, 2015

Jeb Bush Runs


3:02 PM - 3:07 PM June 15, 2015

Sudan’s President, Wanted by ICC, Leaves South Africa


10:10 PM - 10:13 PM June 11, 2015

In the News 6-11-15


6:47 PM - 6:53 PM June 11, 2015

US Sending More Troops to Iraq

    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

    Audio Tunisia Detains 12 in Connection with Hotel Attacks

    Also in the news today, an Afghan court is canceling death sentences given to four men for a mob killing of a woman; At least 36 dead in Philippines boat accident, and dozens remain missing; and the United States and Japan will face each other again in the Women’s World Cup final this Sunday.

    Audio U.S. and Cuba to Reopen Embassies

    Sec. of State John Kerry will travel to Havana to raise the U.S. flag over the first American embassy there in 50 years. Also in the news, Islamic State group claims attacks in Egypt’s Sinai; Liberian president calls new Ebola case “disturbing”; U.S. advances to Women's World Cup final.

    Audio Iran Nuclear Talks Deadline Extended

    Also Tuesday, leaders of the US and Brazil promised to reduce carbon emissions and increase renewable energy use; China made a simiilar announcement; and another politician entered the US presidential race. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie says he will seek the Republican Party nomination.

    Audio Time Limit for Agreement Expected to Pass in Iran Nuclear Talks

    There will likely not be an agreement with Iran to limit its nuclear activities by June 30. Also, banks and money machines close in Greece; Asia Infrastructure Bank is officially established; US rocket going to International Space Station explodes; and second escaped NY prisoner is found, shot.

    Audio Iran Nuclear Talks May Push Beyond Time Limit

    The U.S. Secretary of State and Iranian Foreign Minister meet in Vienna to try to work out details of an agreement over Iran's nuclear program. But it is unclear if negotiators from six world power and Iran can make a deal before the June 30 time limit.

    Audio Dozens Killed in Terror Attack at Tunisian Hotel

    In Tunisia, 28 were killed at beach-side hotel; in France, terrorist attacked a U.S. gas company ; in Kobani, Islamic State killed at least 146 civilians; at a Shi'ite mosque in Kuwait, a suicide bomber killed 25; and Obama eulogized the victims of last week's shooting in South Carolina.

    Audio Supreme Court Health Care Ruling a Victory for Obama

    The U.S. Supreme Court decided Thursday to uphold President Obama’s healthcare law, the Affordable Care Act. Islamic State fighters launched two major attacks in northern Syria. Pakistan has denied Afghanistan’s claim that a Pakistani agent took part in an attack on the Afghan parliament.

    Audio Obama Announces Changes to Hostage Policy

    In other news, Obama reassures France after ‘unacceptable’ spying on French leaders. Overnight talks about Ukraine conflict ended late in Paris with little sign of progress. Bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev apologized in court Wednesday for his deadly attack on the 2013 Boston Marathon.

    Audio US to Position Military Equipment in Seven European Countries

    Also in the news, Kurdish-led forces in Syria have captured a town once held by the Islamic State group and the United Nations officially opened a new office in Seoul to document human rights abuses in North Korea. The UN is increasing pressure on North Korea's president to end human rights abuses.

    Audio Taliban Gunmen Attack Afghan Parliament

    Also on Monday, the European Union extends economic sanctions against Russia for another six months; the U.S. defense secretary says the sanctions are answering Russian “aggression” in Ukraine; and a church in Charleston, South Carolina, reopens after a mass shooting by a white gunman.

    Audio Victims’ Relatives: 'We Have No Room for Hate'

    In other news, Yemeni delegates complete a week of talks in Geneva without reaching a cease-fire deal; military officials in Pakistan say at least 20 militants were killed Friday in an airstrike in a northwestern border area; and in Thailand, two more foreigners are being tested for MERS.

    Audio Suspect Arrested in South Carolina Church Killings

    Police in the U.S. arrested a man in connection with a mass shooting in South Carolina. The U.S. House of Representatives has voted to give Obama fast-track power for trade deal with Pacific countries. South Korea reports more MERS deaths; Thailand confirms first MERS patient.

    Audio Swiss Investigation of FIFA Finds 53 Suspicious Financial Actions

    Also in the news, US defense chief Ash Carter spoke to American lawmakers Wednesday about the fight against Islamic State in Iraq; Hong Kong legislators began debate on a proposed electoral reform; Egypt's leader Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi ordered the pardons of 165 people on Wednesday ahead of Ramadan.

    Audio Putin: Russia Increasing Nuclear Supply

    Also, Kurdish forces in Syria say they have control of a border town believed important to the Islamic State group; Pakistan says its troops went into Afghanistan to rescue a wounded Afghan soldier; and, an Egyptian court confirmed the death sentence of the country's former president Mohamed Morsi.

    Audio Sudan’s President, Wanted by ICC, Leaves South Africa

    Also in the news today, US investigating whether airstrike in Libya killed militant leader, animals escape from zoo in Tbilisi after flooding, Kurdish militias close to a Syrian town controlled by IS and Hillary Clinton urges President Obama to talk to Democrats about trade plan.

    Video Islamic State Looking for New Members in Central Asia

    The militant group targets young men in countries with weak economies and undemocratic, abusive governments. US officials says hundreds of people in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan -- and more than 1,000 men from Kazakhstan -- have already joined IS.

    Audio Is It Enough to Send More US Troops to Iraq?

    The U.S. is sending 450 more troops to Iraq. They will train and advise Iraqi forces in their fight against the Islamic State militants. The Americans also will work with Sunni Muslim tribesmen. Several experts question whether that will be enough to defeat the militant group. | In the News

    Audio Chinese Former Official Sentenced to Life Term

    Former security chief Zhou Yongkang was sentenced after a secret trial in which he was found guilty of corruption, and other wrongdoing, says Xinhua news agency. Also, the US military is considering creating more bases in Iraq. And, a space crew has returned to Earth after six months on the ISS.

    Audio More US Forces Heading to Iraq

    The Obama administration said the troops will train Iraqi soldiers and will not take part in fighting. In other news, a suicide attacker wounded four people in a bomb explosion near the ancient Karnak temple in southern Egypt. And, FIFA says it will suspend the 2026 World Cup host bidding process.

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  • President Barack Obama, accompanied by Vice President Joe Biden, speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, July 1, 2015.

    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 More

  • Blue Point Oysters from New York's Great South Bay

    Video Oysters Return to New York’s Great South Bay

    The Blue Point oyster is returning to the Great South Bay of New York after almost disappearing from the world marketplace. Over-farming, pollution and Hurricane Sandy had severely damaged the Blue Point oyster business. Now, the population is growing in its home on the coast of Long Island. More

  • People-Lewis Black

    Video Summer 2015 Brings Movies for Toddlers to Teens

    A girl's emotions star in 'Inside Out,' an animation from Pixar. 'Minions' is the story of the little yellow creatures from the 'Despicable Me' series. Don't like cartoon movies? Try "Paper Towns' based on a John Green book or 'Ricki and the Flash' starring Meryl Streep and daughter Maggie Gummer. More

  • Nigeria disabled people making tricycles for others with disabilities

    Video Nigerian Group Provides Training For People with Disability

    In Nigeria, about 20 million people have some kind of physical disability. They have physical problems that make it difficult to find work and hold a job. Some of the disabled end up on city streets, asking strangers for help. But in Kaduna, a group of disabled men has been teaching them work skills More

  • Video France's 'Freedom Frigate' to Celebrate 4th of July

    A warship from France that came to the United States 235 years ago became a sign of friendship between the two countries. The French ship traveled across the Atlantic Ocean to help defeat the British during the American revolutionary war. Now a full-scale replica has been making that same trip. More

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    Video Summer 2015 Brings Movies for Toddlers to Teens

    A girl's emotions star in 'Inside Out,' an animation from Pixar. 'Minions' is the story of the little yellow creatures from the 'Despicable Me' series. Don't like cartoon movies? Try "Paper Towns' based on a John Green book or 'Ricki and the Flash' starring Meryl Streep and daughter Maggie Gummer. More

  • Everyday Grammar: Beating Problems with Adverbs

    Audio Everyday Grammar: Beating Problems with Adverbs

    Some common mistakes in English happen when speakers confuse adjectives and adverbs. And some adverbs look the same but have opposite meanings. Do not fear, the Everyday Grammar expert is here to sort it all out for you. Learn why -ly usually (but not always) tells you a word is an adverb. More

  • Audio Things You (Probably) Don’t Know About the 4th of July

    Sure, you know Americans celebrate their Independence Day on the fourth day of July. But do you know they have the wrong date? Or where they get all those fireworks? Hint: not from the UK. More

  • Audio Independence Day

    Independence Day is a huge celebration in the United States. People celebrate by having parades and picnics and usually end the day with fireworks. So what do some of these words mean? More

  • Video The Diamond Lens by Fitz-James O'Brien, Part One

    This story by a little-known American writer tells of a young man with a strong desire. He wants to learn how to use a microscope to see a tiny world. He tries to talk with a ghost to learn a secret from the inventor of the microscope. What will happen when he tries to build his own microscope? More

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