June 30, 2015 19:43 UTC

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Audio China to Prepare Private Ships for Military Use

China is forcing private shipbuilders to build civilian vessels that can be used by the military during times of conflict. Experts say the new “dual-purpose” ships will strengthen China’s efforts to claim territory in disputed areas of the East and South China Seas. More

Video Motorcycle Lovers: We Are Not Criminals

But police say some motorcycle gang members are violent lawbreakers. Some gangs say they have been operating for many years and have never been charged with crimes. “It is no different than a ladies tennis club,” they say. | As It Is More

Audio Study Explores Air Pollution’s Deadly, Preventable Effects

A new report says cleaning up dirty air could prevent up to 2.1 million premature deaths every year. Most of those deaths are said to be in Asian countries. The report notes that many people also are dying at an early age in countries with cleaner skies. Read on to learn about “particulate matter." More

U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and U.S. Under Secretary for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman (L-3rd L) meet with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (2nd R) at a hotel in Vienna, Austria, June 28, 2015.

Audio Time Limit for Agreement Expected to Pass in Iran Nuclear Talks

There will likely not be an agreement with Iran to limit its nuclear activities by June 30. Also, banks and money machines close in Greece; Asia Infrastructure Bank is officially established; US rocket going to International Space Station explodes; and second escaped NY prisoner is found, shot. More

Video Nigerian Immigrant Lives the American Dream

Lookman Afolayan Mashood came to the United States in 1996 and is now a U.S. citizen. About five years ago, he and his girlfriend, Natalie Goldberg, opened their own restaurant in Brooklyn. He says the American dream is still alive. And he says “there’s no food compared to Nigerian food.” More



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Fighting Obesity: A Long-term, Complex Problemi
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06/30/2015
How people become obese, or extremely overweight, is a complex issue. It involves of course, diet and biology but also psychology, food marketing and even politics. A recent conference on obesity discussed all these issues.
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Video Fighting Obesity: A Long-term, Complex Problem

How people become obese, or extremely overweight, is a complex issue. It involves of course, diet and biology but also psychology, food marketing and even politics. A recent conference on obesity discussed all these issues.
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Video Can Forests Help Feed the World?

A new report says forests could help reduce hunger and improve nutrition if they are cared for correctly. It says forests and fields can co-exist, and help communities.
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Video Social Media Apps Help Public Agencies, But Raise Questions

Social media are changing the ways that U.S. police departments and other government agencies operate. New media are closely watching movements by police officers, and keeping cars and trucks moving on congested roads.
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Video China Is Investing in More than Mining in Australia

Chinese investment has moved from mining to property, the travel industry and infrastructure -- things like roads, bridges and ports.
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Video LinkedIn, EF Offer New Test for English-Learning Professionals

You can now post your English proficiency level for free on LinkedIn. Many online tests give test takers a score. The question is, how much can others believe the scores you post?

The Day in Photos

A fish eats a dead jellyfish near the surface of the Red Sea in the resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh, south Sinai, Egypt, Sunday, June 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

A fish eats a dead jellyfish near the surface of the Red Sea in the resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh, south Sinai, Egypt, Sunday, June 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

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English in a Minute: Out of the Woodsi
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06/27/2015
The word "woods" refers to an area of land covered with many trees. But this idiom does not actually have anything to do with trees. Find out what it means to be "out of the woods" in this episode of English in a Minute!
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Video English in a Minute: Out of the Woods

The word "woods" refers to an area of land covered with many trees. But this idiom does not actually have anything to do with trees. Find out what it means to be "out of the woods" in this episode of English in a Minute!
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Video English in a Minute: Fishing for Compliments

A compliment is a nice thing you say about a person or something that person has done. But what does it mean to "fish for compliments?" Find out in this week's English in a Minute!
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Video English in a Minute: Ring a Bell

Does this expression "ring a bell" for you? Learn how to use this American English expression, and find out where it came from, in this episode of EIM!
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Video English in a Minute: Skating on Thin Ice

Ice skating is a popular winter activity in many places around the world. But what does the expression "skating on thin ice" mean? Find out in this episode's of EIM!
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Video English in a Minute: Tip of the Iceberg

An iceberg is a large mass of ice floating in water. But what do you think this idiom means? Find out in this week's episode of English in a Minute!

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