August 28, 2015 02:10 UTC

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Audio As many as 50 Migrants Found Dead in a Truck in Austria

The discovery of up to 50 dead refugees in Austria came on the same day as a European migrant crisis meeting in Vienna. Also in the news, President Barack Obama visits New Orleans ahead of the city's 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina; China's stock markets recover after 5 days of losses. More

Audio Fighting Climate Change Important to Obama

President Obama has called climate change the greatest threat to national security. At a clean energy meeting this week, he pushed solar power and other renewable energy sources. His political opponents say his plans will hurt the oil, gas and coal industries and the American economy. More

Audio Book Pages Could Provide Safe Drinking Water

The expression "a thirst for knowledge" may soon have a new meaning for millions of people who have no way to get clean water. Researchers have developed a book with specially treated pages that can make water safe to drink. More

Audio Philippines Looking at 'Ecotourism Zone' in South China Sea

The Philippines has launched a campaign to push for an "ecotourism zone" in the middle of the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. Under the plan, tourists could visit Philippine-controlled parts of the disputed area. China, Vietnam, Taiwan, Malaysia and Brunei also have claims to the area. More

Audio Gunman Kills Two Journalists During 'Live' Broadcast

A gunman opened fire on an American television news crew during a ‘live’ television broadcast Wednesday morning. Two people died in the attack. They were identified as 24-year-old reporter Alison Parker and her cameraman, 27-year-old Adam Ward. More



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Western Restrictions Could Cut 9 Percent From Russia’s Economyi
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08/27/2015
The Fund says the immediate effect of sanctions had been to remove between one and 1.5 percent off Russia’s GDP – the value of all its goods and services. It also predicted “weak” economic growth of around 1.5 percent a year over the next few years.
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Video Western Restrictions Could Cut 9 Percent From Russia’s Economy

The Fund says the immediate effect of sanctions had been to remove between one and 1.5 percent off Russia’s GDP – the value of all its goods and services. It also predicted “weak” economic growth of around 1.5 percent a year over the next few years.
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Video How Poverty Could Limit Learning

Are there biological reasons for poor students’ low test scores? An American study has found that an estimated 20 percent of the difference on school performance tests could be tied to poverty.
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Video Screams Have Special Place in the Brain

No matter where they are from, people all over the world react the same way to screams. Why is that? And why are screams important? Read on to learn some great vocabulary about sounds, screams and fear!
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Video Study Finds Fewer Tigers Than Once Thought

A population count in 2004, found 440 tigers in the Bangladeshi part of the Sundarbans forest, the world’s largest mangrove forest. But, a recent study found only 182.
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Video Futuristic Transportation System Moves Closer to Reality

A company aims to create a high speed transportation system using steel tubes.

The Day in Photos

WDBJ-TV7 news morning anchor Kimberly McBroom, center, gets a hug from visiting anchor Steve Grant, left, as meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner reflects after their early morning newscast at the station, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, in Roanoke, Virginia.

WDBJ-TV7 news morning anchor Kimberly McBroom, center, gets a hug from visiting anchor Steve Grant, left, as meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner reflects after their early morning newscast at the station, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, in Roanoke, Virginia.

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English in a Minute: Nail-biteri
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08/22/2015
Biting your nails is a bad habit. But, is that what this idiom is really talking about? Find out in this week's English in a Minute!
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Video English in a Minute: Nail-biter

Biting your nails is a bad habit. But, is that what this idiom is really talking about? Find out in this week's English in a Minute!
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Video English in a Minute: Clam Up

A clam is a type of shellfish that lives in water. But what does it mean if a person "clams up?" Find out in this week's English in a Minute!
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Video English in a Minute: A Bitter Pill to Swallow

If medicine has an unpleasant taste, it is difficult to swallow. If a situation or fact is unpleasant, we say it is "a bitter pill to swallow." Learn more about this idiom in this episode of EIM!
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Video English in a Minute: Fifth Wheel

Have you ever felt like a "fifth wheel?" Found out what this expression means 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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