September 02, 2014 01:47 UTC

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Employee seen behind glass door of Alibaba's company headquarters on the outskirts of Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, April 23, 2014.

Audio Alibaba Seeks to Raise Billions in IPO

The Chinese online company could raise $20 billion by selling stock to the public in the U.S. The company holds an 80 percent share of China’s online market. More

Ethnic Rohingya refugees from Myanmar wave as they are transported by a wooden boat to a temporary shelter in Krueng Raya in Aceh Besar, Indonesia, April 8, 2013.

Audio UN: Boat People Fleeing Myanmar, Bangladesh

The United Nations says there has been a sudden increase in people fleeing Myanmar and Bangladesh by boat. Activists fear the number will continue to rise as refugees leave unclean camps and violence in Myanmar. They say that is especially true of ethnic Rohingya. More

Morgan County dispatcher Larry Holmes talks with a woman reporting a domestic disturbance as deputies respond to her location Friday, April 28, 2007, in Versailles, Mo. Because the 911 call came in on a landline, the address of the disturbance was immedia

Audio It's an Emergency in Any Language

In most countries, people can make a telephone call to ask for medical or police help using just three numbers. In the European Union, the number is 1-1-2. Some Asian countries use 9-9-9. In North America, the number is 9-1-1. More

A UNICEF worker shares information on Ebola and best practices to help prevent its spread with residents of the Matam neighborhood of Conakry, Guinea in this handout photo courtesy of UNICEF taken Aug. 20, 2014.

Audio Conflicts, Ebola Put More Demands on UNICEF

UNICEF says August has been its busiest month for emergency airlifts in the past 10 years. Some of the supplies going to Syria and Iraq are designed to help children deal with the effects of conflict. Some have gone to Liberia for use against the disease Ebola. More

FILE - A Vietnamese boy looks at dairy products at a showroom of the Vietnam Dairy Products Co (Vinamilk) in Hanoi.

Audio Vietnam, We Have a Nutrition Problem

Vietnam has a nutrition problem: too many of its children are underweight. Yet more and more Vietnamese boys and girls are becoming overweight. The two conditions may appear to be separate, but they are linked. They are both the result of poor diets. More



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Conflict in Gaza Makes a Mark on Social Mediai
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09/01/2014
Palestinians and Israelis have used social media to tell about the conflict in the Gaza Strip. But experts warn that social media does not take the place of reporting from the area.
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Video Conflict in Gaza Makes a Mark on Social Media

Palestinians and Israelis have used social media to tell about the conflict in the Gaza Strip. But experts warn that social media does not take the place of reporting from the area.
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Video Continued Growth Expected for African Economies

A recent report from international development groups says African foreign trade is growth and trade among African nations totaled $81 billion last year.
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Video Chess Rules at a School in Brooklyn

Students at Brooklyn’s Intermediate School have won 32 titles championships.
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Video Tense? Consider Mindfulness Meditation

More and more people in the U.S. feel tensions from work, family and technology. To ease these feelings many are joining the Mindfulness Meditation Movement. Check it out for yourself.
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Video Farmers Learn Skills Online

Researchers created a virtual online world where farmers discuss important issue in farming.

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English in a Minute: Cut to the Chasei
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04/02/2014
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Video Cut to the Chase

Watch this program to find out what this phrase means in American English.
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Video Break the Bank

What would you think if someone told you not to break the bank? Watch this program and discover the meaning of this phrase in American English.
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Video Treat With Kid Gloves

What does "treat him with kid gloves" mean in American English? Watch this program to find out the meaning of this phrase in American English.
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Video It's Been Ages

Has somebody ever said to you "It's been ages?" Watch this program to find out what this phrase means in American English.
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Video Cats and Dogs

Have you ever heard someone say it is raining cats and dogs? Watch this program and find out what this phrase means in American English.

The Day in Photos

A man lays in a puddle of squashed tomatoes, during the annual "tomatina" tomato fight fiesta in the village of Bunol, 50 kilometers outside Valencia, Spain, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014.

A man lays in a puddle of squashed tomatoes, during the annual "tomatina" tomato fight fiesta in the village of Bunol, 50 kilometers outside Valencia, Spain, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014.

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