July 31, 2015 15:21 UTC

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Audio China Holding Military Exercises in South China Sea

China’s state media say the exercises took place Tuesday and more are to begin Saturday. Some U.S. and international security experts think China may be preparing to establish an air defense identification area in the South China Sea. | As It Is More

Video Wreckage Could Be From Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight

An airplane part about two meters long was on Reunion Island, 3,500 kilometers from where the flight was last heard from. Now, investigators are trying to find out if it really is part of the plane that went missing in March 2014. The piece is about two meters long. It appears to be a flaperon. More

A shot from student documentary 'I, too, Am BCC'

Video US Student Filmmakers Fight Racial Stereotypes

Three high school students in Maryland explore the problems that can result from having beliefs about people based only on their race. The film project is based on minority students talking about their thoughts and experiences. The producers show the film in classrooms and hold discussions after. More

Audio Taliban Confirms Death of Leader Mullah Omar

Also Thursday, the Nigerian army said it rescued 59 hostages in a raid on Boko Haram hideouts; an American voter study shows businessman Donald Trump with a big lead in the Republican Party presidential race; And, the US government is investigating the killing in Zimbabwe of the beloved lion, Cecil. More

Myanmar hopes to replace poppies with coffee

Audio In Myanmar, Replacing Poppy Plants with Coffee

Myanmar’s Shan State is the second-largest opium-producing area in the world. But the area's poppy farmers are now earning less for their crops, as the price of poppy fluctuates. Now, the United Nations is hoping many farmers in Shan State will decide to grow coffee instead. More



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China Fights Stock Market Dropi
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07/30/2015
The government has tried a number of measures to help support stock prices, which have fallen sharply on Chinese exchanges in the past three weeks. China’s Securities Regulatory Commission blames the losses partly on a “panic sentiment” and “irrational selling.”
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Video China Fights Stock Market Drop

The government has tried a number of measures to help support stock prices, which have fallen sharply on Chinese exchanges in the past three weeks. China’s Securities Regulatory Commission blames the losses partly on a “panic sentiment” and “irrational selling.”
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Video Affirmative Action Case Returns to the Supreme Court

Are college admissions policies unfair to whites and Asian-Americans?
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Video Growing Minds Need Greener Spaces

Does being in and around nature help children learn? That is the question researchers around the world want to answer. Two recent studies seem to show a connection between more green spaces and better test scores.
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Video Israel Helps California Deal with Water Shortages

The U.S. state has been suffering from severe drought for the past four years. Israel has dealt with water shortages for many years. It says California must learn to treat water as a resource -- like natural gas and oil.
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Video One-Person Flying Vehicles Close to Reality

Two companies are testing flying machines that can carry one person. The designs are very different. But the result is the same: a personal flying machine.

The Day in Photos

Piper Hoppe, 10, from Minnetonka, Minnesota, holds a sign at the doorway of River Bluff Dental clinic in protest against the killing of a famous lion in Zimbabwe, in Bloomington, Minnesota, July 29, 2015.

Piper Hoppe, 10, from Minnetonka, Minnesota, holds a sign at the doorway of River Bluff Dental clinic in protest against the killing of a famous lion in Zimbabwe, in Bloomington, Minnesota, July 29, 2015.

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English in a Minute: Jazz it Upi
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07/25/2015
Jazz is a type of music that started in the United States. But what does it mean to jazz something up? Find out in this episode of English in a Minute!
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Video English in a Minute: Jazz it Up

Jazz is a type of music that started in the United States. But what does it mean to jazz something up? Find out in this episode of English in a Minute!
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Video English in a Minute: Don't Count Your Chickens Before They Hatch

Is this expression about math, farming, or something else? Find out why you shouldn't count your chickens before they hatch in this episode of English in a Minute!
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Video English in a Minute: Over the Hill

This idiom could get you in trouble. Find out what "over the hill" means and learn when (and when not!) to use this expression in this episode of English in a Minute!
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Video English in a Minute: Out of the Blue

If something is "out of the blue," is it expected, or a surprise? Find out how to use this colorful idiom 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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