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  • Audio Islamic State Changed Syria and Iraq in 2014

    In June, ISIS took control of Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city. Iraqi soldiers fled. ISIS seized the weapons they left behind and about $400 million. The terrorist group then began calling itself the Islamic State and seized large areas of northern Syria and Iraq. More

  • RFE/RL's Baku bureau staff held as office raided by Azerbaijani prosecutors, Dec. 26, 2014.

    Audio Radio Free Europe Office Raided by Azerbaijan Officials

    Government lawyers said a court had ordered them to close the bureau in the capital Baku; at least ten officials from the state prosecutor’s office entered the bureau along with armed police. Earlier this month, a court in the country ordered an RFE journalist held for two months before trial. More

  • Guardians of the Galaxy

    Video Guardians of Peace and the Galaxy: Movie News of 2014

    The so-called Guardians of Peace hacking of Sony Pictures computer network was the biggest movie news of the year. But there were also major Hollywood money making films and important, smaller productions released in 2014. They were Boyhood and Guardians of the Galaxy. More

  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry addresses a news conference after a meeting in Vienna, Austria, Nov. 24, 2014.

    Audio US Politics Could Affect Iran Nuclear Talks

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says he will continue to try to negotiate an end to Iran's nuclear program. New Republican-controlled Senate may not support any agreement negotiated by the Obama administration and may not want to quickly ease sanctions against Iran. More

  • FILE - Children play below illegally connected electrical wires in Kliptown, Soweto. Eskom generates almost all the electricity in South Africa, and nearly half that produced in the whole the sub-Saharan region,  Nov. 19, 2014.

    Audio South Africa Faces Worsening Power Outages

    South Africa is facing an electricity crisis. South Africans have been experiencing a growing number of electricity “blackouts." State-operated power company provides 95 percent of the country’s electricity. Company officials predict it will lose billions of dollars over the next four years. More

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  • Audio Family Makes Friends and Memories on World Trip

    The Rivenbarks are about six months into their year-long trip around the planet. They have floated in kayaks in Italy, flown in hot air balloons in Myanmar, hiked to the Everest Base Camp in Nepal, and gone on safari in South Africa. But, much is still ahead. More

  • A large poster offering reward for the capture of the murderer of President Abraham Lincoln is held to view by Gwendolyn Plate, an employee of Parke-Bernet Galleries in New York, February 15, 1952, where the $250,000 Lincoln collection of the late Oliver

    Audio Actor Shoots Lincoln, Calls Him a Tyrant

    ​On Friday, April 14, 1865, Lincoln was enjoying a play at the Ford's Theater when a man came from behind and shot him. To millions of Americans, Abraham Lincoln's death was a personal loss. They had come to think of him as more than the President of the United States. He was a trusted friend. More

  • dark chocolate

    Chocolate Improves Memory and Heart Health

    Researchers are realizing what chocolate-lovers have known for a long time -- that chocolate is good for you. Their study found that large amounts of flavanols, substances found in cocoa, tea and some vegetables, may help to reverse age-related memory failure and can help prevent strokes. More

  • Nuclear fusion display at the Weiss Energy Hall, Houston Museum of Natural Science

    Audio Is a Fusion Nuclear Reactor Coming Soon?

    The United States technological organization Lockheed Martin says it will produce a working fusion nuclear reactor within five years. Lockheed Martin says it may have an operating prototype by 2017, and a version for sale by 2022. Fusion involves forcing together atomic nuclei. More

  • Obama National Christmas Tree

    Audio The History of Christmas in America

    In the first half of the 19th century, Christmas was a very different kind of holiday than it is today. People did not have a set way of celebrating. Christmas was not even an official holiday yet. More

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