May 27, 2015 11:46 UTC

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Audio US Military Searching for Boat People in Southeast Asia

The U.S. military has begun flights off the west coast of Malaysia. Military aircraft are searching for thousands of people who are believed to be trapped on unsafe wooden boats. Last week, Indonesia and Malaysia announced they would temporarily permit the boat people to land. More

Audio Taiwan Offers Peace Plan for South China Sea

It calls for cooperation among governments that claim all or part of the South China Sea, which is said to be rich in oil, natural gas and fisheries. But the plan is not likely to produce a reaction outside of Taiwan because country has no diplomatic ties with the countries that claim the waters. More

Audio Iraq Launches Operation to Recapture Anbar

An Iraqi government television broadcast announced the move Tuesday. Also in the news, Al-Shabab attacks Kenya police near Somali border; Spy trial of Washington Post reporterJason Rezaian begins in Iran; Recovery efforts continue in Texas and Mexico after strong storms over the weekend. More

Audio Tensions Rise in Hong Kong Before Tiananmen Anniversary

Every year people in Hong Kong gather to remember the June 4 anniversary of the Chinese government crackdown at Tiananmen Square. Usually they also give thanks for their freedoms. But this year, some say people in Hong Kong themselves are feeling increasing pressure from the Chinese government. More

This helicopter view shows how close the Statue of Liberty is to Ellis Island. Arriving immigrants would sail past "Lady Liberty" on their way to Ellis Island.

Video Exploring America’s Immigration Story

For years, the first stop for millions of immigrants to the United States was the Ellis Island immigration center in New York Harbor. A new museum exhibit tells about the people who entered the country before and after the center closed. | As It Is More



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Staying Up Could Put People at Risk for Health Problemsi
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05/26/2015
A recent study found that those who stay up late face a greater risk of developing diabetes than those who are early risers.
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Video Staying Up Could Put People at Risk for Health Problems

A recent study found that those who stay up late face a greater risk of developing diabetes than those who are early risers.
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Video First Surgical Glue Approved for Use Inside the Body

The US Food and Drug Administration has approved a glue that can be used to hold internal tissue together.
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Video New Paint Resists Oil and Water

The new kind of paint many materials, including clothing paper and steel. Researchers say the paint could be used in a factory or other large-scale manufacturing. They predict this product could be used in a number of areas, including auto manufacturing and even hospitals.
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Video US Senate Committee Approves Trade Promotion Authority Bill

United States officials are working toward separate trade agreements with the European Union and Japan. At the same time, Congress is considering trade promotion authority that would require a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ vote on trade agreements.
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Video Learning to Read in Safaliba Helps Kids Learn English

In the Safaliba-speaking community of Ghana, children are beginning to read and write in their home language, Safaliba. A team of researchers and teachers believe this early education helps when the children begin learning in English.

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A man uses a mobile phone while riding a camel through a traffic jam in downtown Cairo, May 20, 2015.

A man uses a mobile phone while riding a camel through a traffic jam in downtown Cairo, May 20, 2015.

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English in a Minute: Straight from the Horse's Mouthi
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05/23/2015
If you hear something "straight from the horse's mouth" do you have the correct information? Find out in this week's episode of English in a Minute!
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Video English in a Minute: Straight from the Horse's Mouth

If you hear something "straight from the horse's mouth" do you have the correct information? Find out in this week's episode of English in a Minute!
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Video English in a Minute: Sleep Like a Rock

How does a rock sleep? And how do you sleep like one? Find out in this week's episode of English in a Minute!
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Video English in a Minute: Shoot the Breeze

If you're "shooting the breeze" with friends, what exactly are you doing? Find out in this week's episode of English in a Minute!
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Video English in a Minute: Bend the Rules

If you "bend the rules," are you breaking the rules? Find out how to use this idiom in this week's episode of English in a Minute!
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Video English in a Minute: Put (Something) on Hold

This expression can be used in many different situations. Learn a few of them in this week's episode of English in a Minute!

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