November 28, 2014 13:14 UTC

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Audio North Korea Warns of Punishment for US, Allies

North Korea said it would punish countries that supported a UN resolution condemning North Korea's human rights record. The recent U.N. committee vote called on the Security Council to send North Korea to the International Criminal Court for suspected violations, including torture and murder. More

A Libyan military soldier fires his weapon during clashes with Islamic extremist militias in Benghazi, Libya, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. Government troops entered central Benghazi Wednesday after nearly 10 days of fighting Islamic extremist militias, a mili

Audio Unrest, Abuse Prevent Solution in Libya

Amnesty International is condemning all sides in Libya for human rights abuses and violations of international law. The rights group is calling on militia commanders to end the abuses. But that call is unlikely to have much of an effect on the commanders, who have never been punished. More

New members of the Afghan National Army attend their graduation ceremony at the Afghan Military Academy in Kabul, Afghanistan, Nov. 23, 2014.

Audio US Says Military Operations in Afghanistan Remain the Same

Also in the news, India-Pakistan tensions remain at a major South Asia conference in Kathmandu, Nepal; Hong Kong police arrest student leaders and clear streets around Mong Kok; The Revolutionary Armed Forces (FARC) of Colombia frees two soldiers to restart peace talks with the government. More

Audio Group Claims Gender Equality Will End Hunger, Poverty

A Christian aid group calls for governments and employees to end discrimination against women and girls. Bread for the World says increasing educational levels, giving women more economic power and helping with child care will help them earn more. This will, in turn, help men and their families. More

A protester stands with his hands on his head as a cloud of tear gas approaches after a grand jury returned no indictment in the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, Nov. 24, 2014.

Audio New Violence Hits Ferguson, Missouri

An American grand jury ruling has resulted in new violence in the city of Ferguson, Missouri. The jurors decided not to charge a white police officer who shot and killed an unarmed African American teenager last August. The decision was announced Monday -- more than three months after the shooting. More



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One World Trade Center Opens for Businessi
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11/27/2014
The huge 541-meter tower replaces the Twin Towers lost in the terrorist attacks of 2001.
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Video One World Trade Center Opens for Business

The huge 541-meter tower replaces the Twin Towers lost in the terrorist attacks of 2001.
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Video Sierra Leone Uses Radio to Replace Classes

The Ebola crisis has cause more than 1 million children to stop going to school.
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Video People Travel to South Africa for Cosmetic Surgery

Clients can spend anywhere from $5,000 to $7,000 on a cosmetic treatment.
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Video Farm Visitors Increase Farm Profits

Tourists in the U.S. harvest apples, ride on farm wagons and walk in the fields. In 2012, people spent $700 million on agri-tourism in the United States, a large increase from five years earlier.
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Video Scientists Put Living Human Tissue on a Computer Chip

The chips are being developed as part of a program called the Tissue Chip for Drug Screening Program.

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 A macaw stands outside a window of an apartment, waiting to be fed by the apartment owner, in Caracas, Venezuela.

A macaw stands outside a window of an apartment, waiting to be fed by the apartment owner, in Caracas, Venezuela.

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English in a Minute: Clear the Airi
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11/22/2014
Sometimes you have to "clear the air." Learn what this American English phrase means by watching this video.
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Video English in a Minute: Clear the Air

Sometimes you have to "clear the air." Learn what this American English phrase means by watching this video.
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Video English in a Minute: Calling Someone's Bluff

When do you the idiom "call someone's bluff" in a conversation? Watch this video and learn all about it.
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Video English in a Minute: Barking Up the Wrong Tree

Have you heard someone use this phrase in a discussion? The video will tell you all about "barking up the wrong tree."
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Video English in a Minute: Back-Seat Driver

Do you have a "back-seat driver" in your circle of friends? Watch this video to find out what the phrase means.
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Video English in a Minute: Apple of One's Eye

What could the "apple of one's eye" possibly be? Watch this video and found out about the American English phrase.

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