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Audio Where are the World’s Happiest People?

Ten Latin America countries made it into Gallup’s top ten happiest countries on the planet. But a United Nations study on happiness shows a very different top ten list. Find out why they are different. And learn words dealing with surveys and polls. Then take our unofficial Happiness Poll! More


In the News

Audio Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan Admits Defeat

Also, Iranian and U.S. negotiators agree to take more time to try to reach an agreement on Iran's nuclear program; new U.S. Treasury sanctions target Syrian official and companies; and the government of Myanmar and representatives from 16 major ethnic rebel groups sign a draft cease-fire accord. More


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Sri Lankan-American Gives Back to Her Home Countryi
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Many people leave their home country looking for a better education or a better job. Some never return. But some do return and they want to make the country they left a better place. Here is the story of Ashanti Mathai.
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Video Sri Lankan-American Gives Back to Her Home Country

Many people leave their home country looking for a better education or a better job. Some never return. But some do return and they want to make the country they left a better place. Here is the story of Ashanti Mathai.
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Video Scientists Look to Engineer Crops That Need Less Water

Plant scientists hope to use the coyote squash to develop tasty vegetables that need less water.
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Video Worms Can Teach Us a Lot About Space Travel

Researchers at the University of Delaware are using worms to better understand the effects of space travel on humans.
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Video English in a Minute: Open Book

Does this phrase to do with reading? Probably not, so let's find out what it means.
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Video News Words: Objective

Objective can be used in several ways in a discussion. Hear how it is used in one of our news story and learn from our hosts how to use it in different ways. Let us know what you think in the comment section.
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Video China Increases Aid to South Pacific Area

A recent report says China is likely to become the third biggest donor to the South Pacific area after Australia and the United States.
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Video Using Body Language Can Help Your Public Speaking Skills

Body language includes posture, eye contact and gestures, how you move your hands and arms. Using body language can help you communicate better and improve understanding.
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Video TALK2US: Spring Break

Jonathan talks with callers about Spring Break, a period of time during a school year that many students in the US look forward to every Spring.
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Video Program Gives Low-Cost Glasses to Rwandans

A group based in Britain, Vision for a Nation, provides low-cost glasses to people in Rwanda. Several kinds of glasses are available. The World Bank helps keep the prices low.
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Video Britain Permits "Three-Person Babies"

The process called mitochondrial replacement therapy, or MRT, creates a human embryo using material from three people. Scientists say the treatment could help avoid genetic diseases, but it has also raised ethical and moral concerns.
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Video TALK2US: Spontaneous Idioms

Marsha and Anna decide to "go with the flow" when they teach the idioms we use when we don't plan ahead.
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Video Capturing CO2 Gas Is Not Easy

Most scientists agree that carbon-dioxide gas is partly to blame for climate change: rising global temperatures. But capturing the CO2 gas released by power stations is costly and difficult.
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Video English in a Minute: Nip it in the Bud

"To nip" means to cut. A bud is a young flower. So, what could this idiom mean? Find out!
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Video News Words: Assets

What are assets, and what does it mean if they are frozen? Our hosts will tell you how the word is used in news stories in this one-minute video.

World

Audio Turkey Launches International Mosque-Building Program

Turkey currently is building 18 large Islamic religious centers around the world. The projects include a mosque in Tirana, Albania which will hold more than 4,000 worshippers. Turkey will also build mosques in the United States, Russia, Kyrgyzstan and the Philippines More

Business & Economics

Audio Chinese Development Bank Gains Members

The Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank, proposed by China, is aimed at financing infrastructure projects in Asian countries. The United States has voiced concerns about how the bank might affect organizations such as the World Bank and Asian Development Bank. But some U.S. allies have joined. More

Health & Lifestyle

Health workers take a blood sample from a child in Gusau, northern Nigeria.

Audio Study: Women Prefer to Go to Female Health Workers

A study in mainly Islamic communities in northern Nigeria found that women were more likely to see female health care workers. Male health workers do travel from town to town, but many women patients do not want to talk with a man about their own health care needs. More

Entertainment

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Video US Restaurant Serves Medieval Art of Fighting

European martial arts, unlike popular Asian martial arts, are not widely practiced and are unknown to most people. But, a restaurant near Washington is the center of an effort to make the Medieval fighting skill more popular. More

America

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Audio Prison Watchdog Group Watching US Jails

The United States has more than two million people in prison. That is almost a fourth of the world's prison population. One group in the American state of Illinois is working to improve conditions for prisoners in that state. The John Howard Association was just rewarded for their prison work. More

Science & Technology

Conversion of forests to agricultural use create starkly different habitats for small mammals that carry zoonotic disease such as plague, resulting in increased risk of plague transmission. (Photo Credit: Douglas McCauley)

Audio Land-Use Changes May Increase Risk of Plague

Efforts to increase food production in Africa may be increasing the risk of plague infection. A new report looks at efforts to clear land for farming in natural, undeveloped areas of Tanzania. The report links the development of croplands to an increase in the number of rats carrying the plague. More

Education

Audio  'Uglish' Gets Its Own Dictionary in Uganda

The official language in Uganda is English. But visitors to this African country soon recognize that the English spoken here is different from British or American English. Researcher Bernard Sabiiti published a small dictionary of Ugandan English also known as "Unglish.' More

History

Grand Review of the Armies,  May 23, 1865

Audio The Civil War Ends

Four years of bloody fighting had preserved the Union of states and freed four million slaves. But the cost of the war was great – in lives, in money and in infrastructure. Yet the country had to find a way to rebuild. More

The Day in Photos

Participants compete in the traditional game "Snatching the Lamb" during a traditional sports gathering in Kashgar, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region.

Participants compete in the traditional game "Snatching the Lamb" during a traditional sports gathering in Kashgar, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region.

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