January 30, 2015 20:00 UTC

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Video Freedom House: Democratic Ideals Threatened Around the World

The rights group Freedom House has reported a general decline in political and civil rights around the world last year. The group said its measure of international freedom has dropped in each of the past nine years. It added that democratic ideals are now under the greatest threat in 25 years More

People from the al-Kaseasbeh tribe and other tribes take part in a demonstration outside of Jordan's cabinet in Amman calling for the release of Jordanian pilot Lt. Mu'ath al-Kaseasbeh, who is held by Islamic State group militants, Jan. 27, 2015.

Audio Deadline Passes in Jordan-Islamic State Prisoner Exchange Deal

Jordan wants proof that pilot is still alive. Also in the news, a gas explosion near a maternity hospital in Mexico kills at least seven; Benjamin Netanyahu blames Iran for fighting along Israel-Lebanon border; and the World Health Organization's focus on fighting Ebola shifts to ending outbreak. More

Burning vehicles are seen near the village of Ghajar on Israel's border with Lebanon, Jan. 28, 2015.

Audio Israeli Soldiers Killed in Exchange of Gunfire with Hezbollah

Two Israeli soldiers and a UN peacekeeping soldier were killed Wednesday along the border between Israel and Lebanon. Jordan to trade jailed suspected terrorist for hostage with IS. Afghan cabinet nominees rejected. New Greek government holds first meeting. Democratic ideals are under threat More

Audio Rights Group Accuses Ethiopia of Suppressing Media

Human Rights Watch says Ethiopian officials are taking steps against independent media and journalists who have different opinions than the government. The report shows how the Ethiopian government has restricted independent reporting and 22 journalists have been charged with crimes. More

Libyan security forces and emergency services surround Tripoli's central Corinthia Hotel (R) in the Libyan capital,  Jan. 27, 2015.

Audio Libya Hotel Attack Kills Five Foreigners

At least 5 foreigners and 3 guards were killed Tuesday in a hotel attack in Tripoli; President Obama pays respects to Saudi King; Islamic State militants threaten two hostages’ lives; Indonesia’s military halts its search for a passenger plane; and the US northeast is hit with a big snowstorm. More



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How Do You Develop More Female Engineers?i
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The Obama administration wants to spend billions of dollars on education in science, technology, and engineering (STEM). The goal is making girls feel welcome in this area of study. Parents, educators and toy makers are trying to increase the numbers of girls studying STEM subjects.
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Video How Do You Develop More Female Engineers?

The Obama administration wants to spend billions of dollars on education in science, technology, and engineering (STEM). The goal is making girls feel welcome in this area of study. Parents, educators and toy makers are trying to increase the numbers of girls studying STEM subjects.
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Video Ebola Tops Health Stories in 2014

The Ebola outbreak began in rural Guinea, spread to the capital and crossed into Sierra Leone and Liberia.
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Video The Hungriest Place on Earth?

Burundi has the world’s highest hunger levels; war, poverty and overpopulation have affected physical and professional growth of up to two-thirds of people in the small East African country.
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Video Robot Finds Unexploded Mines Underwater

Students successfully designed and built a robot for uncovering unexploded mines at the bottom of the sea.
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Video Greeks Prepare for Early Elections

European officials are urging Greece to continue with economic reforms as the country prepares for early elections. The vote was called for after Greek lawmakers failed to elect a new president for the third time recently.

The Day in Photos

 A winter swimmer does push-ups on the snow-covered shores of the Yangtze River in Wuhan, Hubei province, China.

A winter swimmer does push-ups on the snow-covered shores of the Yangtze River in Wuhan, Hubei province, China.

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English in a Minute: Last-Ditch Efforti
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A "last-ditch effort" sounds like a difficult thing to do. Learn how to use this expression with this one-minute video.
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Video English in a Minute: Last-Ditch Effort

A "last-ditch effort" sounds like a difficult thing to do. Learn how to use this expression with this one-minute video.
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Video English in a Minute: Poker Face

What does a poker face look like? We tell you about the idiom poker face in this one minute video.
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Video English in a Minute: Blow Off Steam

This expression comes from the days of steam engines. Our one minute video tells you all about what blowing off steam means.
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Video English in a Minute: Up the Creek Without a Paddle

This is an expression for a difficult situation. Watch this video and learn all about what it means to be "up the creek without a paddle."
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Video English in a Minute: Junk Food

What expression describes food that you may like but is not very health? This video will tell you all about "junk food."

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