May 05, 2015 11:17 UTC

A displaced earthquake victim carries food and water after collecting them from a distribution center at an open ground, in Kathmandu, Nepal, May 4, 2015.

Audio US Expanding Aid Efforts in Nepal

U.S. military aircraft, heavy equipment and air traffic controllers arrived in the capital, Kathmandu, on Sunday. They will be used to help transport aid to earthquake victims. They are working to reach the areas that have received little help since the 7.8-magnitude quake struck on April 25th. More


In the News

Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) meets with Eric Chu, head of Taiwan's Nationalist Party.

Audio Taiwan, China Look to Expand Ties Before Elections

Also in the news, over 7,200 people are confirmed dead in Nepal; Australian police defend cooperation with Indonesia in the case of 2 drug traffickers; Baltimore mayor ends a nighttime curfew; Texas police kill 2 gunmen at an event held by a group called the American Freedom Defense Initiative. More


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Researchers Aim to Develop Better Fruits and Vegetablesi
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As the world demands more meat, milk and eggs, experts worry that heavy use of antibiotic drugs in livestock will cause a sharp increase in antibiotic-resistant infections.
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Video Researchers Aim to Develop Better Fruits and Vegetables

As the world demands more meat, milk and eggs, experts worry that heavy use of antibiotic drugs in livestock will cause a sharp increase in antibiotic-resistant infections.
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Video Talk2US: Natural Disasters

A natural disaster can be a hurricane, a flood, or an earthquake. Jonathan talks with callers about the kinds of natural disasters in their home countries.
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Video Scientists Use Sound Waves to Find Hidden Cracks in Bridges, Airplanes

Finding weakness in large structures, such as bridges and airplanes, can be the difference between life and death. Scientists in Britain say they have found a new way of looking inside metal parts to identify areas of weakness before they fail.
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Video English in a Minute: Bend the Rules

If you "bend the rules," are you breaking the rules? Find out how to use this idiom in this week's episode of English in a Minute!
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Video News Words: Looting

The word looting come up in news stories about unrest or during disasters. Hear how the word is used in a news story and our hosts will give you more details.
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Video World Bank Head Sees Other Development Banks as Allies

World Bank President Jim Yong Kim is noting the need for world leaders and development banks to work together in the fight against poverty.
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Video Cameroon Builds Classrooms for Students Fleeing Boko Haram

Cameroon says militant attacks have displaced at least 100,000 people, including at least 33,000 school children. The government, however, has rejected calls by parliament to declare emergency rule in the affected areas.
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Video Cambodia Plans to Expand Healthcare for Expecting Mothers

Cambodia has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in Southeast Asia. Although deaths have decreased, they are short of Millennium Development Goals set by the United Nations. Now, the government says it will do more to save women in childbirth.
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Video Gene in Plant Could Increase Crop Production

Study shows scientists can use a plant’s “biological clock” to develop plants that will produce crops faster and help feed the world’ growing population.
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Video English in a Minute: Put (Something) on Hold

This expression can be used in many different situations. Learn a few of them in this week's episode of English in a Minute!
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Video A Robot Helps Heal Muscle Damage

A Polish company has developed a robot that helps therapists. The robot tells therapists about their patients progress and can choose the best exercises to help rehabilitate people with injuries that affect movement.
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Video News Words: Referendum

What happens when a referendum is held? Listen to the word used in this news story and our hosts explain.
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Video Many Join China’s New Development Bank

China says more than 40 countries have joined the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. The U.S. and Japan have held off, noting the need for strong standards of governance.
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Video Everyday Grammar: Put Prepositions in Their Proper Place

English learners tell us that the toughest thing to learn in English is how to use prepositions. We look at some that are often confused.
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Video Is Secondhand Smoke Child Abuse?

Should people be allowed to smoke in their homes even if children live there? Or is smoking around children a type of child abuse? Secondhand smoke and and its effects on children is one of the latest issues in the smoking debate.

World

Audio Taiwan, China Leaders Hold Talks Ahead of Elections

Top political leaders from Taiwan and China met for the first time in six years Monday, and held talks that experts say are aimed at increasing support for the island's ruling party ahead of elections early next year. A main message from Nationalist Party Chairman Eric Chu was a call for more econom More

Business & Economics

Cupcakes are one of Bree Britt's sweat treats at her bakery.

Video Young Business Owner Creates Recipe for Success

Like many people, Bree Britt once dreamed of starting her own business. But unlike many people, the 16-year-old American did not wait until she grew up to become an entrepreneur. With a sense of purpose, a plan of action and the help of her mother, she opened Bree’s Sweet Treats. More

Health & Lifestyle

Audio Caring for an Aging Population

By the year 2050, an estimated two billion people will be aged 60 or older. As the world’s population gets older, governments and community-based organizations must find ways to help families avoid ‘caregiver burnout.’ Read on to learn more about the issue in the Health & Lifestyle report. More

Entertainment

Video Bible Museum Coming to Washington, DC

The museum is set to open in 2017. It will cost $400 million to build. A Christian businessman is leading efforts to build the museum; it will show Bibles and other objects of religious importance. He owns one of the world’s largest collections of Bibles and Bible-related artifacts. | As It Is More

America

World Trade Center Reopening

Audio The 25 Most Popular Cities to Visit in America

Big cities and small historic towns top the list of most popular places to visit in America, according to the travel site TripAdvisor. Millions of users voted New York City, Chicago, and Charleston, South Carolina as the top three cities to visit in the U.S. Here's a look at all 25 cities! More

Science & Technology

Video Growing Better Fruits and Vegetables

Throughout the US, researchers, farmers, professional cooks and seed producers are working to develop and grow tastier fruits and vegetables. We talk with a vegetable breeder who has been working to create a better carrot for 35 years! More

Education

Illustration by Kotochi Mahama for Safaliba Literacy Texts

Video Learning Safaliba Helps Ghanaian Kids Learn English

In the Safaliba-speaking community of Ghana, children are beginning to read and write in their home language, Safaliba. Others notice this helps when the children begin learning in English. "Language is very powerful," says Paul Schaefer. More

History

Audio America Remembers Abraham Lincoln's Assassination

This week, Americans remember an important date in history: 150 years ago, President Abraham Lincoln was killed. Museums and historic organizations all around the country have special exhibits and events.President Lincoln was the first American president to be assassinated. More

The Day in Photos

 A worker of the recently closed Swan garments factory covers her face with a scarf to shelter herself from the sun as she participates in a protest outside the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Export Association (BGMEA) office in Dhaka.

A worker of the recently closed Swan garments factory covers her face with a scarf to shelter herself from the sun as she participates in a protest outside the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Export Association (BGMEA) office in Dhaka.

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A natural disaster can be a hurricane, a flood, or an earthquake. Jonathan talks with callers about the kinds of natural disasters in their home countries.

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