January 27, 2015 14:22 UTC

Japan Hostage

Audio Hostage Crisis Could Divide Japan over Military Plan

Japan says the government is working with Jordan to secure the release of a Japanese cititizen. The Islamic State militant group is holding Kenji Goto hostage, but claims to have executed another Japanese hostage. The hostage crisis will likely increase divisions among the Japanese public. More


In the News

Audio Obama Attends India's Republic Day Parade

Mr. Obama was the first U.S. president to attend the event, which celebrates India’s first constitution as an independent state. The election results are likely to place Greece in conflict with the E.U. and international creditors. Deadly violence in Ukraine. Malaysia Airlines website hacked. More


Learning English Videos

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Video Robot Finds Unexploded Mines Underwater

Students successfully designed and built a robot for uncovering unexploded mines at the bottom of the sea.
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Video Greeks Prepare for Early Elections

European officials are urging Greece to continue with economic reforms as the country prepares for early elections. The vote was called for after Greek lawmakers failed to elect a new president for the third time recently.
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Video English in a Minute: Last-Ditch Effort

A "last-ditch effort" sounds like a difficult thing to do. Learn how to use this expression with this one-minute video.
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Video News Words: Civil War

This phrase describes a kind of war. Our hosts tell you about civil war in one minute with the pronunciation and definition. Let us know how these videos are helping you. Write a comment below and tell us.
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Video TALK2US: Interjections

Caty Weaver and Ashley Thompson are joined by a special guest, Anna Mateo, as they sing "The Interjection Song"
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Video Young Activist Praises Girls’ Gains in Education

Beatrice Ayuru started a school for poor children in Uganda. Lira Integrated School teaches 1,500 students from nursery school through high school.
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Video Health Issues That Interested You in 2014

Popular stories included ones about siting less for better health, giving birth at home, and one about a 70-year-old who just graduated college.
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Video Low Prices Hurt Asian Rubber Farmers

China, other countries have been importing less rubber; prices have fallen below the cost to produce the rubber. There is some hope that conditions will improve in 2015.
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Video Tiny Needles Treat Eye Disease

Microneedles can help treat the eye disease glaucoma.
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Video Voting Rights Act Remembered in 'Selma,' 50 Years Later

Voting Rights Act Remembered in 'Selma,'
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Video English in a Minute: Poker Face

What does a poker face look like? We tell you about the idiom poker face in this one minute video.
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Video TALK2US: Environmental Problems

Jonathan Evans talks with callers about climate change, pollution and what people can do to help the environment.
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Video News Words: Reconnaisance

You may hear this word in stories about the military. Our hosts tell you about this News Word in one minute by giving you the pronunciation and the definition. Don't forget to tell us what you think in the comment section below.
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Video Exchange Value of Russia's Money Drops Sharply

The decreasing value of Russia’s money has raised fears in Moscow of rising prices. Russia’s central bank increased interest rates in an effort to support the value of the money.
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Video Experts: Writing Well Means Making Changes

Does the first version of your paper say everything you need to say? We offer more expert advice in our series on writing school papers.

World

Audio Chinese Civilians Guarding North Korean Border Areas

Chinese media have reported several beatings and killings near the China-North Korea border. They blame North Koreans for the crimes. To protect the area, media reports now say that Chinese authorities are asking civilian patrols to guard their towns and villages near the border. More

Business & Economics

Customers drink coffee as they read newspapers at the Tamoka coffee bar in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa, September 16, 2013.

Video Experts Decide Ethiopia Has the Best Coffee

What makes Ethiopian coffee the best? International coffee experts travel the world to find the best tasting cup of coffee, however they keep returning to Ethiopia. The country has an export revenue of more than $840 million a year from coffee to 120 countries. More

Health & Lifestyle

China Inflation

Audio Will Chinese Drink Coffee over Tea?

Asia has long tradition of tea-drinking. And China is no exception. However, lately more and more Chinese people are turning to a different drink. Coffee has become an increasingly popular choice of Chinese people living abroad and in the country’s huge cities. More

Entertainment

87th Academy Awards - Nomination Announcement

Video Several Surprises in Oscar Nominations

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced this year’s Oscar nominations. As usual, not everyone is happy about the choices. The nominees were announced Thursday morning in Hollywood, California. Few people of color received nominations this year. More

America

Obama

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

Science & Technology

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

Education

Authors Cathy Birkenstein and Gerald Graff

Audio Tips for Writing: ‘They Say, I Say’

English learners often think that academic writing is all about spelling, grammar, and organization. Author Cathy Birkenstein says almost anyone can put a sentence together. The difficult part is learning to read and think critically. Listen to these tips from Birkenstein and Gerald Graff. 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

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Special Envoy Angelina Jolie meets members of the Yazidi minority in Khanke internally displaced person (IDP) Camp in Dohuk, northern Iraq.

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Special Envoy Angelina Jolie meets members of the Yazidi minority in Khanke internally displaced person (IDP) Camp in Dohuk, northern Iraq.

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