April 28, 2015 14:44 UTC

Audio At ASEAN, Territorial Dispute Gets Delegates’ Attention

Leaders from Southeast Asian nations are meeting in Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia. The leaders have called for a peaceful settlement of competing territorial claims in the South China Sea. Their calls are a sign of growing tensions because of Chinese activities in the Spratly Islands. More


In the News

Photogallery Aid Arrives in Nepal, Death Toll Rises Above 4,000

US calls Iran nuclear deal monitoring ‘most extensive’ ever; funeral Monday for black man who died in police detention; Japanese Prime Minister in US; ASEAN conference begins in Malaysia; and, Australia claims corruption in drug trafficking trial in Indonesia | In the News More


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Gene in Plant Could Increase Crop Productioni
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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 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.
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Video Climate Change Blamed for Disasters in Syria and California

Two new studies have linked rising temperatures on Earth’s surface to the Syrian civil war and California’s dry weather. The two point to the possibility of clear and present dangers from a threat often considered far in the future.
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Video Robot Scientist Helps Design New Drugs

Robots at the University of Manchester are helping researchers learn about biology and test the effectiveness of drugs.
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Video English in a Minute: Off the Cuff

What does it mean to do something "off the cuff?" Ashley, Anna and Jonathan teach you how to use this idiom, as well as where the expression came from!
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Video News Words: Apprehended

When is apprehended the right word to use? Watch how this word used in a news story, and then learn its meaning from our hosts.
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Video TALK2US: Do you have a mentor?

Marsha James and Anna Mateo talk about mentors - people who give help and advice to someone who is less experienced.
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Video Arizona Law to Require High School Students to take Citizenship Exam

A new Arizona state law requires high school students to pass the same exam new citizens take. Supporters want Americans to become more involved in civic life. But some question whether civic education and tests will have that effect.
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Video Study: Women More Likely to Go to Female Healthcare Workers

A recent study in Nigeria found that women and children prefer to go to women health care workers.
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Video Environmental Group Opposes Genetically-Engineered Rice

“Golden rice” could help save millions from dying from a lack of Vitamin A. But GMO opponents say the rice might be more dangerous than its supporters admit.

World

Audio Japanese Prime Minister Begins US Visit

Trip comes as security relationship between US and Japan is changing, 70 years after the end of World War II. But few Japanese support a change in the country’s security policy. Korean-Americans expected to protest visit; they are angry about sexual slavery of Korean women in World War II. More

Business & Economics

Audio Facebook Has More Users than Population of China

The social network Facebook reported that it now has 1.44 billion monthly active users (MAU) worldwide. That is 50 million more users than the population of China and over 188 million more than India’s population. Facebook also reported that 75 percent of its users access the site via mobile device More

Health & Lifestyle

Fans listen to David Guetta at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California April 12, 2015. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson - RTR4X3P8

Audio One Billion Young People Risk Hearing Loss From Loud Music

One billion teenagers and young adults around the world risk losing their hearing by listening to loud music. This is according to the World Health Organization. The U.N. agency is asking young people to turn down the volume to prevent losing their hearing. More

Entertainment

Video Monkeys Rule the Ruins in Disney Documentary

The new Disneynature film “Monkey Kingdom” centers on a troop of tocque macaques that live in a special place in Sri Lanka. The animals live under a strict social order. New mother Maya is low on that order and struggles for survival with her newborn, Kip. Danger and drama define their existence. More

America

The New Orleans skyline shows St. Louis Cathedral, left, the Presbyterian Building, right, and the Natchez paddle boat headed down the foggy Mississippi River, Saturday, Dec. 31, 2005. New Orleans has a New Year's Eve celebration scheduled in the Jackson Square area with music including Arlo Guthrie and family and fireworks. (AP Photo/Judi Bottoni)

Video 40th Anniversary for Mississippi River Steamboat

In the 1800s, many steamboats sailed up and down the mighty Mississippi River, which divided the eastern states from the West. Today only a few of these steam-powered paddleboats still operate on the Mississippi. We travel on one of them and learn the history of the boats and the river. | As It Is More

Science & Technology

Video Looking to Webb Telescope on Hubble 25th Anniversary

The Hubble Space Telescope has been orbiting the Earth since 1990. Hubble has provided amazing pictures of space over the past 25 years. But as NASA officials mark the anniversary, work on the new James Webb Space Telescope continues. More

Education

Video More US Students Learning Korean

More US students are learning Korean. Why the increase? Experts say one reason is the popularity of K-pop music and Korean videos. Another is the number of young Korean-Americans who want to learn about their culture and speak to older family members who do not speak English. 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

 Thousands of public school teachers march in Bogota, Colombia, demanding better pay and reforms in the education system.

Thousands of public school teachers march in Bogota, Colombia, demanding better pay and reforms in the education system.

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