December 23, 2014 03:47 UTC

Audio Reports Say North Korea Hit by Huge Internet Outage

North Korea appears to be experiencing a widespread Internet outage. Hours earlier, The U.S. warned it would answer a computer attack against Sony Pictures. U.S. investigators blamed that hack job on North Korea. Sony canceled the release of a disputed humor film about North Korea's leader. More


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Word of the Year

Audio What’s the Word of the Year?

The American English dictionary publisher Merriam-Webster announces their word of the year for 2014. The publisher bases its choice on how many people look up the word in its online dictionary. Many search for these words after major news events or stories on entertainment and sports. More


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Sula Vineyards in Maharashtra state has been in operations for 15 years. Now it has 200,000 visitors each year learning about wine.
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Video More Indians Enjoy Wine

Sula Vineyards in Maharashtra state has been in operations for 15 years. Now it has 200,000 visitors each year learning about wine.
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Video Filipino Fishermen Build New Boats with Fiberglass

After a typhoon seriously damaged forests, fishermen in the Philippines turned to a new material to build their boats.
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Video English in a Minute: Fly by the Seat of One's Pants

You Don't have to be a pilot to "fly by the seat of your pants." Watch this video and find out about this expression.
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Video News Words: Rank

What is your rank? Learn about this word which is often used in the military. Our hosts tell you all about it. Then leave a comment below.
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Video Falling Oil Prices Affect Nations Differently

From Nigeria to the U.S. State of Texas, falling oil prices are hurting oil producers and exporters and helping big importers.
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Video TALK2US: Law and Order Phrasal Verbs

Caty and Ashley talk about 'Phrasal Verbs Relating to Law and Order,' and get some happy news on a visitor's improvement in speaking English.
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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.

World

Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, and U.S. President Obama participate in a welcome ceremony for President Obama at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

Audio Is China Starting to Live its Dream?

Trust in the American dream may be disappearing. But halfway around the world, a new dream has been gaining strength -- the Chinese dream. To be exact: President Xi Jinping’s Chinese dream. But, what is the Chinese dream? And how has President Xi started to make his dream for the country a reality? More

Business and Economics

FILE - A man casts a fishing net on the Mekong riverbank in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Audio Disagreement Over Mekong River Dam Project

A two-day meeting in Laos has left government officials and environmental activists deeply divided. The meeting was called to examine plans for a 260 megawatt dam on the Lower Mekong River. The Lao government is prepared to start work on the project. More

Entertainment

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Video Filmmakers Create New Technology for 'Big Hero 6'

Directors Don Hall and Chris Williams wanted the film to be based on some real science, to make it believable. 'We don’t have any super-powered people in this movie. It’s all super technology.' The film was just nominated for a 2014 Golden Globe award for best animated film. 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

Obama College Sexual Assault

Video How the US Deals with its Sexual Assault Problem

A new study shows young women ages 18 to 24 are the most common targets of rape and sexual attack. Many Americans are dealing with the problem. They are hearing and reading about the issue, from awareness and activism at colleges to programs to fight it at the highest levels of government. More

Science and Technology

The MOM Incubator could save more babies in refugee camps who die due to complications of premature birth.

Audio Low-Cost Incubator May Save More Babies

Premature birth is the biggest killer of children worldwide. About one million babies around the world die of problems because they are born too early. Many of these babies could have been saved if they had been placed in an incubator. A young British researcher says he has found a solution. 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

In this photo taken on Tuesday, April 20, 2010, Cedar Lane Middle School students take a Chinese Language and Culture class in the Hacienda Heights area of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

Audio Will Chinese Replace English as the Global Language?

Mandarin Chinese already has the most native speakers of any language. And, China may soon pass the United States as the world’s largest economy. Is Chinese the language of the future? Could it replace English as the world’s international language? Not so fast, several experts weigh in. More

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The Day in Photos

The sun emitted a significant solar flare, peaking at 7:28 p.m. EST on Dec. 19, 2014.

The sun emitted a significant solar flare, peaking at 7:28 p.m. EST on Dec. 19, 2014.

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Monday, December 22, 1800 UTC: Dr. Jill Robbins talks about looking back on your year. 

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