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Audio Top Islamic State Leaders Killed in Airstrikes

Three top Islamic State leaders were killed in a series of targeted airstrikes in Iraq. U.S. not ruling out White House visit by Cuban President Raul Castro. Suspected Boko Haram gunmen kidnap over 100 women, children. Putin says Russia’s economy will improve in two years. More

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Video Sony Criticized for Cancelling 'The Interview'

The company acted after a group of computer hackers attacked the company and threatened to attack movie theaters that show the film. Most people have criticized Sony’s decision to cancel the release. The US says North Korea was behind the cyber attack. North Korea denies the accusation. More

A screenshot from Cuban television shows President Raul Castro addressing the country, in Havana, Dec. 17, 2014.

Audio US, Cuba Normalize Relations

After the release of Alan Gross from prison, U.S. and Cuba announce policy changes that end more than 50 years of diplomatic isolation that began in the Cold War. Also in the news, India joins Pakistan in mourning after Tuesday's Taliban attack. And Sony Pictures cancels release of "The Interview." More

Audio How Much of You Does Facebook Own?

If you use Facebook, your friends may have posted an update recently saying Facebook is not permitted to violate their privacy. But how much of your data -- things you post -- does Facebook legally own? Experts say Facebook's terms of service agreement clearly says they own most of what you post. More

India schoolgirls offer prayers for victims killed in a Taliban attack on a Pakistan military-run school, in Mumbai, India, Dec. 17, 2014.

Audio India Joins Pakistan in Mourning Murdered Students

India and Pakistan have long disagreed about many issues. But on Wednesday, Indian lawmakers and students lowered their heads and observed two minutes of silence in memory of 132 Pakistani children. The children died on Tuesday in an attack on their school in the city of Peshawar. More



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Some Asian Countries See Gains from Low Oil Pricesi
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12/18/2014
Oil importing countries in Asia are seeing economic gains from low oil prices. While exporters such as Venezuela, Russia and the OPEC countries are feeling pain.
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Video Some Asian Countries See Gains from Low Oil Prices

Oil importing countries in Asia are seeing economic gains from low oil prices. While exporters such as Venezuela, Russia and the OPEC countries are feeling pain.
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Video South Korean Students Stress Over High School Exams

More than half a million South Korean students in the final year of high school recently took the university entrance exam. Many feel stress over the important test.
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Video Ingredient in Chocolate May Aid Memory and Heart

Research suggests that large amounts of substances called flavanols can help prevent heart attacks and strokes.
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Video In Bangladesh, Floating Farms Answer Rainy Season Flooding

In Bangladesh from July to October, rivers rise, but farmers are learning to grow crops and raise animals even when the floods come.
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Video South Korea Seeks to Reuse More E-Waste

Some local government in South Korea are launching special e-waste recycling programs.

The Day in Photos

In this photo released today, Prince Harry shows children a photograph he took during a visit to a herd boy night school constructed by Sentebale in Mokhotlong, Lesotho.

In this photo released today, Prince Harry shows children a photograph he took during a visit to a herd boy night school constructed by Sentebale in Mokhotlong, Lesotho.

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English in a Minute

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English in a Minute: Food for Thoughti
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Have you ever heard this expression in American English? Find out what it means by watching this video.
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Video English in a Minute: Food for Thought

Have you ever heard this expression in American English? Find out what it means by watching this video.
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Video English in a Minute: Got up on the Wrong Side of the Bed

What does this American English idiom mean? Does it sound confusing. Get the message straight with this video and learn all about "getting up on the wrong side of the bed."
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Video English in a Minute: Fair Weather Friend

This expression is not about the weather. It's about friendship. Learn what it means from this one minute 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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