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Audio Pope Francis Meets with Leader of Russian Orthodox Church

Leaders of the Roman Catholic Church and the Russian Orthodox Church have met for the first time in history. They sat down together in Havana, Cuba. Pope Francis was influential in Cuba’s decision to re-establish ties with the U.S. Now, he is seeking to repair a much longer break in relations. More


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News Words: Globali
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10/16/2015
Global refers to the whole world. Hear the word used in a news story and our hosts will tell you a bit more about a word used to refer to a lot.
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Video News Words: Global

Global refers to the whole world. Hear the word used in a news story and our hosts will tell you a bit more about a word used to refer to a lot.
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Video News Words: Crude

The adjective "crude" has many different meanings, but in news stories it is most often used in connection with oil. Hear the word used in this story about gasoline and oil prices then our hosts will tell you more.
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Video News Words: Recycling

This news word gets used again and again. Hear the word used in a news story and our hosts will tell you more about the word recycling.
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Video News Words: Viable

What does it mean when something is viable? Here the word used by someone in a news clip and then our hosts will explain its meaning.
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Video News Words: Incarcerated

Someone placed in prison is incarcerated. Here this word used in a news story and our hosts give you more about its meaning.
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Video News Words: Confidential

If you have to keep a secret, you need to keep things confidential. Watch the word used in a news story and our hosts, as always, tell you all about the word.
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Video News Words: Chaos

This short word captures a lot of meaning. Watch a news video using the word and our hosts will tell you about chaos.
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Video News Words: Scope

The word scope is more common than you might think, especially when talking about world events. Watch and listen to the word used in a news story and our hosts will tell you another possible meaning.
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Video News Words: Combat

The word combat is usually used when talking about warfare, but it can also be used to describe equipment. Watch and listen to how the word is used in a news story and our hosts will tell you more.
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Video News Words: Glaucoma

You do not hear this word in the news every day. But, you just might if you read a story about vision health. Watch the word used in a news clip and our hosts will tell you more about this eye condition.
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Video News Words: Infrastructure

Infrastructure is a word that can mean a lot of things including roads, bridges and power plants. Our hosts tell you about it after you have heard the word used in a video news story.

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Valentine's Day Love Lost and Foundi
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02/13/2016
Joyce Morris and Norwood Thomas met in 1944 during the height of World War ll. The war tore them apart. Is there a happy ending 72 years later?
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Video Valentine's Day Love Lost and Found

Joyce Morris and Norwood Thomas met in 1944 during the height of World War ll. The war tore them apart. Is there a happy ending 72 years later?
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Video The Future of Bitcoin

Bitcoin is a digital currency created in 2009. You can use it to buy things online around the world. It is growing in popularity and some are concerned because it is not yet governed.
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Video “They” Wins as Linguists’ Word of the Year

Linguists take a look at the names and words from the news. Which one will be used and remembered beyond 2015?
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Video Mucus is Your Friend Against Illnesses

Just hearing the word "mucus" is enough to make some people uneasy. But science tells us that mucus protects us. Researchers recently found that many health benefits can come from mucus and viruses. When you have a cold, mucus is hard at work to make you healthy and keep harmful bacteria away.
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Video Scientists Find Most Ancient Evidence of War

The remains found in northern Kenya included 21 adults and six children. They showed signs of a violent attack. The lead researcher says the findings “raise the question of whether warfare has been part of the human experience for much longer than previously thought."
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Video Has a Ninth Planet Been Discovered in Our Solar System?

Scientists at the California Institute of Technology say they have found evidence of a ninth planet. They are calling it "Planet Nine." The scientists are working to confirm that it is there, and hope to take a picture of it one day.
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Video Introducing Let's Learn English

Let's Learn English is a new course for English learners. Certified American English teachers designed the course for beginners. The course continues for 52 weeks. Each week, there will be a new lesson with video and instruction in speaking, vocabulary and writing.
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Video Russia Faces Pain over Falling Oil Prices

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev told an economic gathering that the country’s economy would improve this year. However, low oil prices and inflation of 15 percent have made more Russians poor and hurt the middle class.
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Video Copper Metal Prevents the Spread of Respiratory Viruses on Contact

Doctors and hospitals are constantly battling respiratory viruses ranging from pneumonia and the common cold to a host of recently emerged viruses, including those responsible for the deadly illnesses MERS and SARS. Now, doctors have a new way to battle these deadly infections.
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Video World’s Fishing Catch Is Under-Reported

A recent study using UN data finds that the world’s fish catch is under-reported by 30 percent.
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Video Everyday Grammar: Onomatopoeia

Learn more with Everyday Grammar: Pow! Whizz! What Are Onomatopoeia? in Level Three
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Video Technology Provides New Tools for Blind Students in Kenya

A non-governmental organization is bringing teaching technology to students in Kenya who are blind or visually impaired. Some students say it is much less costly than braille books. But the program manager says students may be challenged if they do not have the technology at their university.
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Video U.S. Auto Industry Focuses on Technology at Detroit Auto Show

From a special type of cruise control to Smart Stop Technology to 3-D printing for interiors, every automaker is ‘launching some form of cool technology’.
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Video How America Elects: Caucuses & Primaries

Caucuses are more complicated than primaries. People who are registered in one of the parties gather for an evening of discussion and debate around the state. At the end of the night, everyone votes.

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