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Japan demands Islamic State Release Hostages

Japan demands Islamic State Release Hostages


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In the News

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Islamic Terrorists Are Changing Their Methods


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Islamic Extremists Denounced for Violence in France, Nigeria


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French Police Kill Gunmen to End Hostage Crisis

French Police Kill Gunmen to End Hostage Crisis


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UN: Big Increase in People Fleeing Conflict


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At Least 12 Dead in Attack on French Newspaper


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3:59 PM - 4:03 PM January 05, 2015

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Weather Slows Search for Remains of AirAsia Flight

    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.

    Audio Female Suicide Bomber Attacks Istanbul Police Station

    Turkish officials say one police officer died in the attack. Another was wounded. Also in the news, South Korea says North Korea appears to have gained a "significant" level of technology; AirAsia search for bodies, black box expands; Jackie Chan’s son Jaycee is on trial this week for drug charges.

    Audio Weather Slows Search for Remains of AirAsia Flight

    Bad weather for most of the last week has slowed the search. Also, a suicide bomber targets border guards in Saudi Arabia; Pakistan strikes at militants near the Afghan border; India makes arrests in rape case, and Taiwan releases president Chen Shui-bian from jail for health reasons.

    Video 'The Interview' Raises Tension between US, North Korea

    Millions of Internet users have paid almost six dollars each to watch an online movie called “The Interview.” The film has deeply angered North Korea. It also has led many Americans to debate what actions to take when facing threats to free expression.

    Audio Top News Stories of 2014

    The spread of the Ebola virus, and its almost 8,000 deaths, was probably the biggest news story of the year. Other major stories included tragedy and terrorism. Children were the victims in much of the bad news of 2014. | In the News

    Photogallery Entertainers, Politicians and a Yogi: People We Lost in 2014

    Here are nine people who made a difference in their countries and around the world. We saw their movies, read their books, sang their songs, argued about their ideas, wore their clothes and did their yoga. Now, we say goodbye.

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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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    Video Should Schools in US Recognize Muslim Holidays?

    Some religious minorities in America are demanding that schools close on their religious holidays. They ask, if Christian and Jewish holy days are recognized, shouldn’t those of other faiths also be observed? The issue is being debated in Maryland, near Washington, DC. More

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    Video In Kenya, Former Prisoners Seek Work, Help Community

    Former prisoners are working to prove there is life after crime. They want to show that they can lead productive lives.In one Nairobi neighborhood, they serve neighbors by collecting trash and doing other work. As they do so, they are giving back to a community that receives few public services. More

  • Supporters of French magazine Charlie Hebdo, carrying placards reading "I am Charlie", stage a silent protest outside the Foreign Correspondent Club in Hong Kong, Jan. 8, 2015.

    Audio China Reacts Differently to Charlie Hebdo Free Speech Debate

    Parisians lined up to buy the French magazine Charlie Hebdo after the attacks on its offices earlier this month. Many buyers wanted to show support for free speech. Muslims find the magazine’s cartoons of the Prophet Mohamed offensive. But, Chinese officials have their own interpretation. More

  • Former US Vice President Al Gore attends a session of the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting on January 21, 2015 in Davos. The world's political and business elite gathered for their annual meeting in the glitzy Swiss ski resort with the shadow of

    Audio Let's Do Business!

    There are many special terms in the world of business. The following story is about a sweetheart deal which I made last week. I made the deal with a friend, and we both made a profit. 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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    Video With Oscar Nomination, 'American Sniper' Stirs Debate

    The movie is based on a book by Navy SEAL Chris Kyle. He is considered the deadliest marksman in the history of the United States military. The film explores how war can affect a soldier's mental and emotional health and stirs a debate on social media over its message. More

  • Designers work at computer stations at TechShop in the South of Market neighborhood in San Francisco, California, April 24, 2014

    Video TechShop Puts High-Tech Dreams Within Reach

    Members of TechShop use high-tech equipment to develop and produce ideas they have for inventions. Members are able to use costly machines including 3D modeling tools and laser cutters. Membership costs for TechShop start at just over $100 per month. | Science in the News More

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    Video Rare, Important Art Is Now Only a Click Away

    The public has never seen the majority of works in the Smithsonian Institution's National Museums of Asian Art. Now they can be downloaded from the Internet -- in many cases for free. The Freer and Sackler Galleries worked for over 15 years to make digital copies of more than 40,000 objects. More

  • Video Light Pollution. How Much Light is Too Much?

    Light pollution can affect our ability to see the night stars. It can also hurt our health and the planet. But light is needed to make our cities safe. How can we find a balance? In cities, artificial light comes from street lamps, buildings, signs and cars and blocks out stars in the sky. More

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