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conclave

Spotlight - 6 hours 15 sec ago
"The World Economic Forum's annual meeting in Davos is a conclave of the global elite."

Language: The IELTS speaking test

Spotlight - 6 hours 15 sec ago

In our podcast for 29 January 2015, Owen Connors gives his tips for preparing for the IELTS speaking test.

Possessive words

Spotlight - 6 hours 16 sec ago

Success will be yours, and the pleasure will be ours, when you're sure you can use words like "his", "hers", "its" and "mine" correctly.

Israeli Soldiers Killed in Exchange of Gunfire with Hezbollah

VOA Special English - 28 January 2015 - 10:28pm
  Two Israeli soldiers and a United Nations peacekeeping soldier were killed Wednesday along the border between Israel and Lebanon. It was the biggest increase in fighting between Israel and the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah since their war in 2006. The United Nations called on both sides to show restraint to prevent more violence. The U.N. peacekeeper was killed in southern Lebanon in an exchange of gunfire. It began with a Hezbollah rocket attack on Israeli military...

Lebanese Women Make Peace One Meal at a Time

VOA Special English - 28 January 2015 - 9:02pm
  When you hear the words “peace talks,” what do you imagine? Perhaps you think of heads-of-state, diplomats or other high government officials sitting in large chairs in an official-looking room. But what if the peace talks looked like this -- all the government officials stayed at home and instead sent their mothers and grandmothers. These women could meet in a kitchen around a kitchen table. While the women prepare food together, they could talk about how to solve the...

Rights Group Accuses Ethiopia of Suppressing Media

VOA Special English - 28 January 2015 - 9:01pm
An international rights group is accusing the government in Ethiopia of systematically suppressing media before the country’s elections in May. Human Rights Watch released a report on the subject last week. The report shows how the Ethiopian government has restricted independent reporting since 2010.  Felix Horne is a researcher for Human Rights Watch. He says the government has taken actions against independent journalists who have different opinions than the government. He...

New York's 'Underground Museum' Pleases Passerby

VOA Special English - 28 January 2015 - 9:00pm
Millions of New Yorkers and visitors ride the city’s subway and other trains each day. The public transportation system offers more than just a trip, however. It also has one of the most extensive public art collections in the world, with much of it under city streets. Some people call it New York’s “underground art museum.” It includes more than 250 works of art. They are meant to brighten everyone's ride around the city. There is the huge painting of the night sky on the...

NASA Keeping Watch on the Earth’s Health

VOA Special English - 28 January 2015 - 9:00pm
The past year has been the busiest 12-month period for the American space agency in more than 10 years. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration, NASA, launched three missions in 2014. It began a fourth project earlier this month. A fifth launch is set for this Thursday, January 29. But the instruments sent into Earth’s orbit are not searching the skies for distant stars or planets. They are instead examining how the Earth is reacting to rising temperatures -- something...

Rappaccini's Daugher Part Two

VOA Special English - 28 January 2015 - 1:00pm
The final part of a story by Nathaniel Hawthorne, in VOA Learning English's American Stories.

English Cafe #487

English As A Second Language Podcast - 28 January 2015 - 9:00am

Topics: The Lenny Bruce Trial; American Cancer Society; to assume versus to guess; turtle versus tortoise

Words:

satirist
to hone
obscenity
to ban
censorship
freedom of speech
to declare bankruptcy
cancer
nonprofit
screening test
to diagnose
to fund
grassroots organization
to assume
to guess
turtle
tortoise
to totter
to teeter

cabotage: Dictionary.com Word of the Day

Dictionary.com Word of the Day - 28 January 2015 - 9:00am
cabotage: navigation or trade along the coast.

jaundiced

Wordsmith.org Today's Word - 28 January 2015 - 8:59am
1. Exhibiting prejudice from envy or resentment. 2. Having jaundice: a disease marked by unnatural yellowness of the skin, white of the eyes, etc., caused by an increase of bile pigments in the blood.

downtime

OALD Word Of The Day - 28 January 2015 - 2:00am
downtime: the time during which a machine...

Visit from the future

Spotlight - 28 January 2015 - 12:14am
"John Titor said he had come from the year 2036": Mike Pilewski on one of the internet's most persistent mysteries.

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bathrobe

Spotlight - 28 January 2015 - 12:14am
"After her shower, she put on a bathrobe and went into the kitchen."

Libya Hotel Attack Kills Five Foreigners

VOA Special English - 27 January 2015 - 11:37pm
Libyan officials say at least five foreigners and three guards were killed Tuesday in an attack on a hotel in Tripoli. Security officials say attackers raided the Corinthia Hotel after causing their vehicle to explode and shooting hotel employees. It was not immediately clear who carried out the attack. But a group calling itself the Tripoli Province of the Islamic State claimed responsibility. Social media messages have linked the hotel attack to efforts to answer the capture of...

Sensitivity About Religious Images Is Not Unique to Islam

VOA Special English - 27 January 2015 - 9:02pm
Non-Muslims may have some difficulty understanding Muslim concerns about their Prophet Muhammad. But the National Museum of Women in the Arts is being criticized for its exhibit on how the Mother of Jesus appears in European art.   Museum officials say they wanted to show how well-known artists attempted to humanize the Virgin Mary, painting her as a human being, not God-like. But some people have criticized the show for failing to include other works by modern artists....

French Farmers Use Drones to Examine Their Crops

VOA Special English - 27 January 2015 - 9:00pm
It used to be mostly the military that used small, unpiloted aircraft, called “drones.” The little planes were very costly. But as they have dropped in price more people have begun to use them. Rescue workers and farmers are among the new users. A company in France is using drones to help farmers examine their crops and limit the amount of fertilizer they use. The fast rate of development of computer technology, image sensing devices, satellite navigation and smartphones has led...

Obama Won't Meet with Netanyahu During Visit to Congress

VOA Special English - 27 January 2015 - 9:00pm
  American officials last week said President Barack Obama will not meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu when he visits Washington in March. The U.S. Congress has asked the Israeli leader to speak to a joint meeting of the House of Representatives and the Senate. House Speaker John Boehner said he did not contact the Obama administration about the visit before inviting Mr. Netanyahu. Many observers see the invitation as a way for Republican Party lawmakers to...

left and right (or: right and left)

Spotlight - 27 January 2015 - 7:10pm

quickly and/or from all sides (von allen Seiten)

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