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  • A man stands in his backyard and looks at the wreckage of a TransAsia Airways turboprop plane that crashed on Taiwan's offshore island Penghu July 24, 2014.

    Audio Is Air Travel Safe?

    Last week, Malaysia Airline flight MH17 was shot down over eastern Ukraine killing all 298 passengers and crew. On Wednesday, July 23, two Ukrainian military planes were shot down in the same airspace. And now an Air Algeria plane crashed in Mali. More

  • Employees work at a production line prior to a seizure conducted by officers from the Shanghai Food and Drug Administration, at the Husi Food factory in Shanghai, July 20, 2014.

    Audio China Arrests Five Involved in Meat Scandal

    Chinese police have arrested five employees of a Shanghai-based food supplier. This food supplier is accused of selling old, or expired, meat to several fast food chains in China. These fast food chains include two of the biggest -- McDonald's and Kentucky Fried Chicken. More

  • Algeria - Burkina Faso

    Audio Search Begins for Missing Air Algeria Plane

    Searchers are looking for an Air Algeria flight that disappeared during a trip from the capital of Burkina Faso to Algiers. The airplane is carrying at least 116 people including the crew. More

  • ** ADVANCE FOR MONDAY JAN. 13 -- FILE ** Hong Kong's general view is seen in this Nov. 12, 2002 file photo. Hong Kong's spectacular skyline contains some of the most expensive real estate in the world, although prices have fallen dramatically over the pas

    Audio Housing Costs Push Hong Kong Residents to the Rooftop

    Rising housing prices in Hong Kong are hurting low-income residents. Many people who live in the city are being forced into unsafe and illegal living situations. Some Hong Kong residents have built low-cost dwellings on the roofs --top levels -- of high buildings. More

  • Indonesian presidential candidate Joko "Jokowi" Widodo (L) gestures as delivers a speech, beside his running mate Jusuf Kalla, on a phinisi boat, a traditional Indonesian ship, at Sunda Kelapa port after he was declared the winner of the presidential elec

    Audio Former General Challenges Widodo's Victory in Indonesia

    Former Army General Prabowo Subianto will ask the country’s Constitutional Court to overturn the vote count. The announcement came a day after the country’s election commission named former Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo the winner of the July 9th vote for president. More

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