March 28, 2015 11:03 UTC

Audio UN Representative Pushing for Safe Schools

The United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education, Gordon Brown, wants international support for his Safe Schools initiative. The campaign is aimed at finding ways to help children return to school in conflict and crisis areas such as Pakistan, Nigeria, and Syria. More


In the News

A Houthi Shiite fighter stands guard as people search for survivors under the rubble of houses destroyed by Saudi airstrikes near Sanaa Airport, Yemen, Thursday, March 26, 2015

Audio Saudi-led Airstrikes in Yemen Aim to Stop Rebels

Yemen Foreign Minister Riyadh Yasin said the Houthi rebels should weaken after two days of air strikes from a coalition of Arab countries, led by Saudi Arabia. The coalition of 10 countries, including five Gulf kingdoms, is trying to bring Yemen’s internationally recognized government back to power. More


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News Words: Objectivei
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03/27/2015
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 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.
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Video TALK2US: Animal Idioms

Caty and Ashley teach you how to use "cat's pajamas," "bee's knees," and other English idioms that refer to animals.
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Video US West Coast Ports Working Again

A labor dispute had slowed operations at more than 25 ports on the West Coast of the United States. Negotiators reached a deal that permitted work to restart. But, they are still working on details of the agreement.
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Video Understanding the Teenage Brain Can Lead to Better Parenting, Teaching

A neuroscientist has studied teenage brains and what she found may clear up misunderstandings about them.
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Video Study: Food Safer in Africa’s Open-Air Markets Than In Supermarkets

These traditional markets supply 85-95 percent of all food in sub-Saharan African countries; study says the spread of supermarkets throughout Africa will only lower that number to 70 percent by 2040.

World

Nigeria Violence

Audio UN: African Nations Should Change 'Pursuit' Laws

Officials say terrorism suspects are escaping by fleeing across national borders. Police are often not permitted to follow them. The United Nations wants to keep terrorists from fleeing to safety by crossing into another country. | As It Is More

Business & Economics

Video Small Beer Brewers Gaining Popularity in US

Number of “craft brewers” has increased rapidly in recent years, and brewers group predicts the number of small brewers will continue to grow. About ten percent of beer now sold in the U.S. is made by small brewers, up from three percent in 1997. The US now has more than 3,200 breweries. More

Health & Lifestyle

Audio Feed the People or Save the Planet?

New food guidelines in U.S. do something they have never done before -- they are linked to the environment. Some say feeding the hungry should come first. Others say saving the planet is equally important. Read on to see words like "carbon footprint" and "sustainability" in action. More

Entertainment

Video Angelina Jolie Has Second Surgery to Prevent Cancer

The 39-year-old actress published a piece in The New York Times about her decision to have her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed to protect herself from cancer. She had a double mastectomy two years ago for the same reason. The latest surgery leaves the mother of six unable to have more children. More

America

Video Landmark to Close as Camp David Hosts Afghan Meeting

Since the 1950s, American presidents have been going to Camp David in the mountains of Maryland, just outside Washington, D.C. They have traveled there to rest or hold meetings away from the noise of the city and the news media. But President Barack Obama rarely goes to the camp. More

Science & Technology

Audio Overfishing Opponent Wins Environment Prize

A leading American supporter of a method to prevent overfishing, Jane Lubchenco, has won a major environmental prize. Jane Lubchenco served as head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration from 2009 to 2013. She won this year's Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement. 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

 Flowers in memory of the victims are placed in the area where the Germanwings passenger plane crashed in the French Alps, in Le Vernet, France.

Flowers in memory of the victims are placed in the area where the Germanwings passenger plane crashed in the French Alps, in Le Vernet, France.

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