December 18, 2014 13:32 UTC

Audio How Much of You Does Facebook Own?

If you use Facebook, your friends may have posted an update recently saying Facebook is not permitted to violate their privacy. But how much of your data -- things you post -- does Facebook legally own? Experts say Facebook's terms of service agreement clearly says they own most of what you post. More


In the News

A screenshot from Cuban television shows President Raul Castro addressing the country, in Havana, Dec. 17, 2014.

Audio US, Cuba Normalize Relations

After the release of Alan Gross from prison, U.S. and Cuba announce policy changes that end more than 50 years of diplomatic isolation that began in the Cold War. Also in the news, India joins Pakistan in mourning after Tuesday's Taliban attack. And Sony Pictures cancels release of "The Interview." More


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More than half a million South Korean students in the final year of high school recently took the university entrance exam. Many feel stress over the important test.
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Video South Korean Students Stress Over High School Exams

More than half a million South Korean students in the final year of high school recently took the university entrance exam. Many feel stress over the important test.
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Video Ingredient in Chocolate May Aid Memory and Heart

Research suggests that large amounts of substances called flavanols can help prevent heart attacks and strokes.
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Video In Bangladesh, Floating Farms Answer Rainy Season Flooding

In Bangladesh from July to October, rivers rise, but farmers are learning to grow crops and raise animals even when the floods come.
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Video South Korea Seeks to Reuse More E-Waste

Some local government in South Korea are launching special e-waste recycling programs.
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Video English in a Minute: Food for Thought

Have you ever heard this expression in American English? Find out what it means by watching this video.
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Video News Words: Emergence

The word "emergence" describes something that is appearing. Our hosts tell you more in this video. And don't forget to comment after you have watched.
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Video TALK2US: Privacy

How much do you value your privacy? Do you think websites like Facebook take away too much of your privacy? Jonathan Evans speaks with callers about their thoughts on privacy.
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Video China Opens Shanghai Stock Market to Hong Kong

Some officials called the move a major breakthrough in opening China’s financial markets. Trading in a limited number of shares will be limited to $3.8 billion a day.
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Video Expand Your Skills for Writing College Papers

A professor from Southern New Hampshire University provides some observations on structuring your essays.
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Video Center Helps Uganda's Disabled Children

You may think that all children have freedom to play. But for children who look differently from others or have physical disabilities, the idea of play can seem far away. An organization in Uganda is seeking to change that.
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Video Farmers Raise Vegetables in a Combination of Fresh, Sea Water

A farmer in the Netherlands is growing small, but healthy and tasty crops in the water mixture. Farmers in Pakistan may soon be growing Dutch potatoes in areas affected by rising sea waters.
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Video Ghana's Bamboo Bikes Hit the Streets

In rural Ghana, a businessman has developed way to make bicycles using bamboo.
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Video English in a Minute: Got up on the Wrong Side of the Bed

What does this American English idiom mean? Does it sound confusing. Get the message straight with this video and learn all about "getting up on the wrong side of the bed."
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Video News Words: Runoff

Runoff has more than one meaning. Our hosts will tell you about two of them. And let us know how this video helped you. Comment about it below.

World

Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) Secretary-General Sadakazu Tanigaki, center left, gestures next to Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, center right, as they pose during an election night event at the LDP headquarters in Tokyo, Dec. 14, 2014.

Video Shinzo Abe's Victory Likely Raises Conflict with Neighbors

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his allies easily won a two-thirds majority in Parliament on Sunday. Mr. Abe’s win will permit him to continue economic reforms. At the same time, he can also pursue policies likely to increase tensions with Japan’s neighbors. More

Business and Economics

Oil prices are at a five-year low.

Audio Some Asian Countries Gain from Low Oil Prices

Recently, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries decided to leave production levels unchanged. Oil prices are at their lowest levels in five years and that is helping nations in Asia that are big importers. But some experts say it is a matter of time before prices recover. More

Entertainment

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Video Could North Korea Have Hacked Sony Pictures?

United States federal agents have joined an investigation of an attack on computers belonging to Sony Pictures Entertainment. The Federal Bureau of Investigation says the cyber-attack on the film producer took place last month. Many people are wondering if North Korea was responsible. More

Health

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Video Indoor Pollution Kills Millions Each Year

WHO say nearly three billion people are unable to use clean fuels and technologies for cooking, heating and lighting. And they say more than seven million people die from exposure to indoor or outdoor air pollution each year. 4.3 million die from household air pollution given off by cookstoves. More

America

The National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement in Las Vegas

Audio Mob Museum Tells About the Mafia in America

The U.S. government has long used public money to fight organized crime. Now, public money is also paying for a museum in Las Vegas to tell about "The Mob,” and not everyone is happy about that. But some say it helps the local economy by bringing people to a part of Las Vegas that few visit. More

Science and Technology

Triceratops and Tyrannosaurus rex-reign over the National Museum of Natural History’s new exhibition, Washington. (Donald H. Hurlbert/Smithsonian Institution)

Video Dinosaurs Live Again at an American Museum

Many millions of years ago, the last dinosaurs lived in what is now the American West. Now, scientists studying dinosaur fossils have documented what happened to the ancient creatures. An exhibit showing some of the results has opened at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. More

History

This campaign cartoon compares Lincoln's vision of union and liberty with McClellan's acceptance of union and slavery.

Audio Continue or Stop the War? Voters Choose in Election of 1864

Lincoln hated the Civil War. But he would not end it until military victory ended slavery and guaranteed political union. When Union troops captured Atlanta, the last remaining industrial cities of the South.The people of the North began to understand their side was winning the war. More

Education

A school teacher points to a blackboard with words in Catalan and in Spanish.

Audio Writing the Narrative Essay: How to Find the Words

A narrative essay tells a story from the writer’s experience. It is something the writer has lived through. And this essay usually follows events in the order they happened. Experts from Purdue University offer tips and suggestions for finding the rights words for your own narrative essay. More

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 A Shi'ite student of Imamia Students Organization (ISO) holds a poster during a protest against an attack by Taliban militants at an army-run school in Peshawar the previous day, in Karachi.

A Shi'ite student of Imamia Students Organization (ISO) holds a poster during a protest against an attack by Taliban militants at an army-run school in Peshawar the previous day, in Karachi.

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