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Las Vegas Could Set Record for Marriages on New Year’s Eve
Arts & Culture
Las Vegas Could Set Record for Marriages on New Year’s Eve

02:50 December 27, 2023

For better or for worse, the number of couples getting married in the city of Las Vegas, Nevada, on New Year's Eve could set a record. That is becaus…

Looking at the Endangered Species Act after 50 Years
Science & Technology
Looking at the Endangered Species Act after 50 Years

06:34 December 27, 2023

The Endangered Species Act had widespread support when President Richard Nixon signed it into law late in 1973. In the 50 years since, the effects of…

Top Technology Stories of 2023
Science & Technology
Top Technology Stories of 2023

06:18 December 27, 2023

The past year marked the rise of ChatGPT and other artificial intelligence (AI) tools. But here is a look back at some of the other noteworthy techno…

Three Years after Pandemic, Students Still Far Behind
Education
Three Years after Pandemic, Students Still Far Behind

09:57 December 26, 2023

In the third full school year since the COVID-19 pandemic began, students continued to feel the effects of school closures. Some leading experts and …

California Permits Turning Wastewater to Drinking Water
Science & Technology
California Permits Turning Wastewater to Drinking Water

05:51 December 26, 2023

California officials recently approved new rules to let water agencies recycle wastewater and put it right back into the pipes that carry drinking wa…

China Proposes More Rules for Online Gaming
Science & Technology
China Proposes More Rules for Online Gaming

04:59 December 26, 2023

China has proposed new rules for online gaming that aim to restrict purchases and limit compulsive playing behaviors. The guidelines were recently is…

Saudi Arabia's Involvement in Sports Likely to Grow in 2024
AS IT IS
Saudi Arabia's Involvement in Sports Likely to Grow in 2024

04:51 December 26, 2023

At the beginning of 2023, Saudi Arabia’s growing influence on professional golf, and sports in general, was a concern for players and their fans. Twe…

What White House Gardens Say about America
Arts & Culture
What White House Gardens Say about America

05:31 December 25, 2023

The earliest presidents who lived in the White House did not want the large outdoor areas that the monarchs of Europe might enjoy. Marta McDowell is …

Millions Infected with Dengue as Temperature Rises
Health & Lifestyle
Millions Infected with Dengue as Temperature Rises

06:03 December 25, 2023

The disease dengue is spreading across the Western Hemisphere in numbers not seen since record-keeping began in 1980. Experts are warning that rising…

Rohingya Girls Forced into Dangerous Marriages in Malaysia
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Rohingya Girls Forced into Dangerous Marriages in Malaysia

06:15 December 25, 2023

The Rohingya girl from Myanmar wanted to do anything she could to provide some money for her parents and three younger siblings. They needed food. Th…

NASA Finds Material that Could Support Possible Life on Saturn’s Moon
Science & Technology
NASA Finds Material that Could Support Possible Life on Saturn’s Moon

06:24 December 24, 2023

NASA has discovered new evidence that Saturn’s moon Enceladus holds material that is important to the early development of life. The American space a…

Study Suggests Obesity Increasing Among US Children
Health & Lifestyle
Study Suggests Obesity Increasing Among US Children

04:28 December 24, 2023

A new study adds to evidence that obesity is becoming more common in young children in America. The study appeared in the medical publication Pediatr…

Ukraine's Army Struggles with Mental Effects of Combat
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Ukraine's Army Struggles with Mental Effects of Combat

07:29 December 24, 2023

Mental health expert Oleh Hukovskyi recently stood in a temporary classroom in eastern Ukraine speaking to a group of soldiers. They were attending a…

VOA Learning English Presents 'A Visit from St. Nicholas'
Arts & Culture
VOA Learning English Presents 'A Visit from St. Nicholas'

05:44 December 23, 2023

In 1822, an American professor named Clement Clarke Moore wrote a poem that redefined the image of Saint Nicholas. It was called “Account of a Visit …

A History of Christmas in America
Arts & Culture
A History of Christmas in America

07:48 December 22, 2023

From VOA Learning English, I'm Caty Weaver. Today, Steve Ember and Shirley Griffith present a special program on Christmas traditions in the United S…

South African Company to Make Rings that Protect Against HIV
Health & Lifestyle
South African Company to Make Rings that Protect Against HIV

03:59 December 22, 2023

A South African company will make vaginal devices that protect against HIV. Medical experts say that should at some point make them less costly and m…

Those Who Fear Illness Die Earlier
Health & Lifestyle
Those Who Fear Illness Die Earlier

04:42 December 21, 2023

A large Swedish study has found an unexpected finding about people diagnosed with extreme fear of serious illness. It found they are more likely to d…

Thailand Pushes ‘Land Bridge’ to Speed Trade
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Thailand Pushes ‘Land Bridge’ to Speed Trade

05:14 December 21, 2023

Thailand is looking for investment to build a “land bridge” across the narrow southern part of the country. The Southeast Asian nation hopes to provi…

EU Reaches Major Migration Agreement
AS IT IS
EU Reaches Major Migration Agreement

06:06 December 21, 2023

The European Union has reached an agreement that sets new rules for controlling migration. The deal, announced Wednesday, will become part of an EU a…

Cat Steals the Show in Video Sent by Laser from Space
Science & Technology
Cat Steals the Show in Video Sent by Laser from Space

02:25 December 20, 2023

The U.S. space agency says an orange cat named Taters is the star of the first video sent by laser from deep space. NASA’s Psyche spacecraft sent the…

2023: A Big Year for Artificial Intelligence
Science & Technology
2023: A Big Year for Artificial Intelligence

06:57 December 20, 2023

Artificial intelligence (AI) became a popular subject in 2023. Still, the technology has a long way to go to meet people’s futuristic expectations of…

UN: Myanmar Overtakes Afghanistan as World’s Top Opium Producer
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UN: Myanmar Overtakes Afghanistan as World’s Top Opium Producer

05:42 December 20, 2023

A United Nations report finds that Myanmar has overtaken Afghanistan as the world’s top opium producer. The change came after Myanmar expanded its op…

US Invests in Africa to Counter Chinese Influence
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US Invests in Africa to Counter Chinese Influence

04:35 December 20, 2023

The United States has agreed to trade and investment deals worth $14.2 billion with African nations over the past year. The agreements are part of U.…

Lacking Counselors, US Schools Turn to Online Therapy
Education
Lacking Counselors, US Schools Turn to Online Therapy

06:13 December 19, 2023

Public schools in the United States are increasingly employing online mental health services, or teletherapy, for students. At least 16 of the 20 lar…

Chinese Chipmaking Company Avoids US Restrictions
Science & Technology
Chinese Chipmaking Company Avoids US Restrictions

05:37 December 19, 2023

The White House announced an executive order last August targeting U.S. investment in advanced Chinese chipmaking and other technology industries. Th…

Pope Approves Blessings for Same-sex Couples
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Pope Approves Blessings for Same-sex Couples

07:01 December 19, 2023

Pope Francis officially approved letting Catholic clergy bless same-sex couples, the Vatican announced Monday. The move is a complete change in churc…

Yemeni Rebel Attacks Affect International Shipping
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Yemeni Rebel Attacks Affect International Shipping

05:49 December 19, 2023

The recent attacks on ships in and near the Red Sea by Yemen’s Houthi rebels have affected some of the world’s top shipping and oil companies. The th…

The Story of Santa Claus
Arts & Culture
The Story of Santa Claus

05:20 December 18, 2023

Santa Claus is someone who will remain in the hearts of children forever. He is the make-believe person who brings toys and other gifts to children a…

Study: More Americans Affected by Long-term Tiredness
Health & Lifestyle
Study: More Americans Affected by Long-term Tiredness

07:45 December 18, 2023

From VOA Learning English, this is the Health & Lifestyle Report. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released its most recent e…

Russian Volunteers Joining Ukraine to Fight Russia
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Russian Volunteers Joining Ukraine to Fight Russia

04:53 December 18, 2023

In Ukraine, a man who goes by his military name Karabas is training to fight against the Russian army. But Karabas is not from Ukraine. He is from Ru…

Security Trial Begins in Hong Kong for Activist Publisher
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Security Trial Begins in Hong Kong for Activist Publisher

05:52 December 18, 2023

Well-known Hong Kong activist and publisher Jimmy Lai went on trial Monday on charges related to the territory’s national security law. The 76-year-o…

Mickey Mouse Will Soon Belong to You, Me, Everyone
Arts & Culture
Mickey Mouse Will Soon Belong to You, Me, Everyone

04:15 December 17, 2023

An early version of Mickey Mouse, the famous Disney character, will soon belong to you, me and everybody else. The mouse that started a Hollywood emp…

A Short History of UN Climate Deal Promises
Science & Technology
A Short History of UN Climate Deal Promises

08:40 December 17, 2023

United Nations delegates from nearly 200 countries recently held a climate meeting in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The delegates agreed that the worl…

Scientists Create ‘Biocomputer’ with Lab-Grown Brain Tissue
Science & Technology
Scientists Create ‘Biocomputer’ with Lab-Grown Brain Tissue

06:10 December 17, 2023

American researchers have combined lab-grown human brain tissue with computer hardware to create a working biocomputer. The scientists say brain cell…

Young Indonesians Clean up Waterways, Better Solution Needed
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Young Indonesians Clean up Waterways, Better Solution Needed

04:28 December 17, 2023

Children in the Indonesian city of Bogor are cleaning up a local lake on their own. The young people take small boats, called kayaks, out on the wate…

What Led to the Resignation of an Ivy League President?
Education
What Led to the Resignation of an Ivy League President?

06:59 December 16, 2023

The presidents of three well-known American universities recently spoke to members of the U.S. Congress about antisemitism on college campuses. Antis…

Indigenous Women Bring Amazon Tribe Back From Near Extinction
AS IT IS
Indigenous Women Bring Amazon Tribe Back From Near Extinction

07:03 December 15, 2023

The Juma are native people of the Amazon rain forest area in Brazil. In the 1990s, there were only four people remaining in the tribe. They were Aruk…

What did people search for in 2023?
AS IT IS
What did people search for in 2023?

04:03 December 15, 2023

Google, the most popular internet search engine, releases its “Year in Search 2023” this week. Around the world, Google says the “war in Israel and G…

Boston Common: America’s First Public Park
Arts & Culture
Boston Common: America’s First Public Park

03:56 December 14, 2023

Almost 400 years ago, America’s early European colonists voted to tax each household in Boston about $70 in today’s money. The money was used to buy …

Mobile App Helps People Seeking Money from Strangers
Science & Technology
Mobile App Helps People Seeking Money from Strangers

06:49 December 14, 2023

Do you still leave home with money in your pocket? Now that many stores have gone “cashless” and most people do not have money in their pocket, those…

Indonesian Bird Could Face New Threat from Capital City Development
Science & Technology
Indonesian Bird Could Face New Threat from Capital City Development

05:40 December 14, 2023

An endangered bird in Indonesia could face new threats from development linked to the country’s new capital city. The bird is the maleo, a tall anima…

How Do You Say That Name Again?
Arts & Culture
How Do You Say That Name Again?

04:07 December 13, 2023

News reporters, politicians and public figures have had trouble saying some of the words that relate to the top stories of the year year. Last week, …

At COP28, Nations Agree to Move away from Fossil Fuels
Science & Technology
At COP28, Nations Agree to Move away from Fossil Fuels

06:22 December 13, 2023

Nearly 200 countries agreed on Wednesday to move away from using planet-warming fossil fuels. The deal came after two weeks of intense negotiations a…

Jury Rules Google App Store Operates as Monopoly
Science & Technology
Jury Rules Google App Store Operates as Monopoly

06:21 December 13, 2023

An American jury has found that Google’s app store operates as an illegal monopoly. The decision came in a lawsuit brought by video game company Epic…

Gates Foundation Takes on Poverty in US
AS IT IS
Gates Foundation Takes on Poverty in US

05:18 December 13, 2023

In recent years, city leaders in Grand Island, Nebraska, observed that many workers and students were walking or riding long distances to their jobs …

Study: Student Learning Decreased in Math and Reading Worldwide
Education
Study: Student Learning Decreased in Math and Reading Worldwide

06:21 December 12, 2023

Students around the world suffered historic setbacks in reading and math during the COVID-19 pandemic. That information comes from results of the lat…

Bird Flu Kills Hundreds of Seals and Sea Lions in Brazil
Science & Technology
Bird Flu Kills Hundreds of Seals and Sea Lions in Brazil

03:43 December 12, 2023

Brazilian officials say bird flu has killed nearly 1,000 seals and sea lions in the country’s south. As of December 11, the southern state of Rio Gra…

How Will Europe’s New Artificial Intelligence Rules Affect the World?
Science & Technology
How Will Europe’s New Artificial Intelligence Rules Affect the World?

04:47 December 12, 2023

European nations reached an agreement on rules for artificial intelligence (AI) last week. Some experts say the regulations will affect people around…

China’s Leader Visits Vietnam after It Deepens Ties with US, Japan
AS IT IS
China’s Leader Visits Vietnam after It Deepens Ties with US, Japan

05:31 December 12, 2023

Chinese leader Xi Jinping arrived in Vietnam on Tuesday seeking to deepen ties with China’s Southeast Asian neighbor. The meeting visit takes place a…

Japan’s Ohtani Gets $700 Million, Biggest Team Sports Deal
Arts & Culture
Japan’s Ohtani Gets $700 Million, Biggest Team Sports Deal

06:45 December 11, 2023

Everyone expected Japan’s Shohei Ohtani to receive the biggest deal in baseball history. Over the weekend, the two-time Most Valuable Player award-wi…

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