September 18, 2014 15:43 UTC

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Botanist Steve Perlman collects seeds from of the few remaining Platanthera holochila, a native orchid species which is on the Plant Extinction Prevention program’s target list. (Photo by ©Hank Oppenheimer)

Audio Botanist Works to Save Hawaii's Rare Plants

Hawaii is home to many native plants. They include 1,200 species, 90 percent of which are not found anywhere else in the world. But Hawaii also has become the endangered species capital of the United States. Nearly 40 percent of the plants on that endangered list grow in Hawaii. More

Audio Sea Dispute Tests Philippines’ Ties with China

This week a huge trade show in China aims to publicize good relations between Southeast Asian countries and China. But the Philippine president is not attending, after a tense year in the South China Sea. More

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Audio Obama: No Ground War in Iraq

The US leader spoke a day after top general said combat force deployment possible. President says airstrikes would be the base of US efforts. U.S. proposed talk with North Korean on three detained American. India and China signed trade agreements. Scotland to vote on independence. | In the News More

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia, Sept. 16, 2014.

Audio US, UN Join the Fight Against Ebola

President Obama plans to deploy 3,000 troops to West Africa to help contain the crisis while U.N. officials call for $1billion to limit the spread of the disease. More

Someone calling themself @_UmmWaqqas posted this photo on Twitter of what they say are her friends @UmmLayth_, Umm Haritha and Umm Ubaydiah.

Audio Women Use Twitter to Support Jihad

The Umm network and what some call the Islamic State use Twitter to urge both men and women to serve the jihad movement. They also use it to send Islamic State pictures, videos and messages. More



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Raw Chocolate May Be Healthieri
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09/17/2014
The experts disagree on the health qualities of chocolate. But most agree that raw chocolate could be the healthiest kind available.
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Video Raw Chocolate May Be Healthier

The experts disagree on the health qualities of chocolate. But most agree that raw chocolate could be the healthiest kind available.
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Video Conflicts Place Heavy Demands on World Food Program

The WFP says it has had to use airplanes to transport 50 times more food this year than in the first half of last year.
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Video Use of Public Transportation in US Highest in Almost 60 Years

As Americans move into cities, they are driving less and using subways and buses more; public transportation trips in New York City alone number in the billions.
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Video China's Alibaba to Sell Stock on the New York Stock Exchange

Alibaba could raise $20 billion or more by selling stock to the public in the U.S. The company holds an 80 percent share of China’s online market.
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Video Foreign Investors Returning to Vienam After Anti-China Protests

Many foreign investors fled Vietnam after protests against China damaged hundreds of factories.

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English in a Minute

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English in a Minute: Cut to the Chasei
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04/02/2014
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Video Cut to the Chase

Watch this program to find out what this phrase means in American English.
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Video Break the Bank

What would you think if someone told you not to break the bank? Watch this program and discover the meaning of this phrase in American English.
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Video Treat With Kid Gloves

What does "treat him with kid gloves" mean in American English? Watch this program to find out the meaning of this phrase in American English.
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Video It's Been Ages

Has somebody ever said to you "It's been ages?" Watch this program to find out what this phrase means in American English.
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Video Cats and Dogs

Have you ever heard someone say it is raining cats and dogs? Watch this program and find out what this phrase means in American English.

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Egyptians walk past a graffiti with modern and Pharaonic designs on Mohammed Mahmoud Street near Tahrir Square, in downtown Cairo.

Egyptians walk past a graffiti with modern and Pharaonic designs on Mohammed Mahmoud Street near Tahrir Square, in downtown Cairo.

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