October 24, 2014 21:18 UTC

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Audio Wealth, Poverty Are Issues in Hong Kong Protests

The pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong are mainly about the right to vote without interference from China’s central government. But there are at least two other less talked-about issues. One is concern about the rising cost of living in Hong Kong. Another is the gap between rich and poor. More

Texas Voter ID

Audio US Supreme Court Allows Texas Voter ID Law

The United States Supreme Court says the southwestern state of Texas can keep in place a new voting law. The law says voters must show identification documents before they are permitted to mark ballots. A lower court had ruled that the law could keep minorities from voting. More

President Barack Obama hugs Dallas nurse Nina Pham as her mother Diane looks on, Oval Office, Washington, Oct. 24, 2014.

Audio In US, Fear of Ebola Spreads Faster than Virus

For Americans, Ebola started out as a disease in a far-away continent. But it changed when a Liberian man died in Dallas. US officials said tests show that a New York doctor has the Ebola virus. The doctor recently treated Ebola patients in Guinea working for Doctors Without Borders. More

Brazil Elections

Audio Who Will Be Brazil's Next President?

Brazilians will choose a president Sunday. Two candidates will be on the ballot -- Dilma Rousseff and Senator Aecio Neves. President Rousseff won the most votes in the first round of voting earlier this month. But she did not win a majority of votes, so a runoff election is required. More

Audio Gunman Identified in Canadian Capital

Also, UN human rights officials have called on China to guarantee open elections in Hong Kong. And, an attack in southwest Pakistan kills 11 people. WHO advises against Ebola travel bans. | In the News More



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US Economy Shows Sharp Growth From April to Junei
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10/23/2014
Some economists say the second quarter growth is a sign that the U.S. economy is finally improving. Others are not so sure.
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Video US Economy Shows Sharp Growth From April to June

Some economists say the second quarter growth is a sign that the U.S. economy is finally improving. Others are not so sure.
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Video US Program Aims to Support Girls' Education

The United States Agency for International Development has launched a $231 million program called “Let Girls Learn.” The effort will help girls in Afghanistan, Jordan, Guatemala, South Sudan and Nigeria.
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Video Fit Kids Have Better Test Scores

Being fit is not just good for your body. It may also help you in the classroom. Read more about how being active can help children learn.
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Video Surveillance Software Causes Concern at Internet Meeting

Delegates expressed concern about surveillance software at the United Nations-supported Internet Governance Forum meeting in Istanbul, Turkey.
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Video Building a Windbreak Protects Crops

Barriers of trees and plants work best when they let a little wind pass through. The presence of windbreaks on cropland helps reduce the loss of soil to wind and water.

The Day in Photos

Russian artist Yelena Zelenskaya displays pies she baked that look like North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, U.S. President Barack Obama, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, prepared for the art performance titled, "Sweet Sanctions."

Russian artist Yelena Zelenskaya displays pies she baked that look like North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, U.S. President Barack Obama, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, prepared for the art performance titled, "Sweet Sanctions."

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English in a Minute: As the Crow Fliesi
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10/18/2014
Have you ever heard someone use "as the crow flies" in a sentence? Watch this video and find out what this phrase means in American English.
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Video English in a Minute: As the Crow Flies

Have you ever heard someone use "as the crow flies" in a sentence? Watch this video and find out what this phrase means in American English.
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Video English in a Minute: Burned Out

What does it mean to be "burned out" in American English
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Video It's Up To You

If somebody told you "it's up to you" what would you think? Watch this program to find out what this phrase means in American English.
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Video Miss The Point

Have you ever heard somebody say "miss the point?" Watch this program to find out the meaning of this phrase in American English.
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Video Go With The Flow

What could this phrase mean? Watch this program and find out the meaning of this idiom in American English.

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