Category Archives: As It Is (VOA Learning English)

Future Shines Bright for Solar Energy Use in India – VOA Learning English (Jan 16, 2017)

The falling cost of solar energy technology is helping India increase its production of electricity. Solar energy is electrical power captured from the sun. Last April, India’s energy minister Piyush Goyal reportedly said it is now less costly to produce … Continue reading

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Chinese Commission Approves Anti-Corruption Rules – VOA Learning English (Jan 15, 2017)

The Chinese Communist Party has approved a new set of rules that will increase the party’s control and supervision of corruption investigators. The rules were passed last Sunday at the close of a meeting of the Central Commission for Discipline … Continue reading

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Obama Leaves Healthy US Economy to Trump – VOA Learning English (Jan 14, 2017)

The American economy appears to be in good health as Donald Trump prepares to become the 45th president of the United States. Trump will be inaugurated on Friday, January 20. Economic conditions were far different when Barack Obama was sworn-in … Continue reading

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Norway to End FM Radio Broadcasts – VOA Learning English (Jan 14, 2017)

On January 11, Norway became the first country to begin turning off signals from its FM radio network. The Norwegian stations will instead use only digital audio broadcasting, called DAB. FM, or frequency modulation, radio stations have been in operation … Continue reading

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Doubly Difficult: To Be Homeless and an Immigrant in NYC – VOA Learning English (Jan 13, 2017)

Millions of people have immigrated to America with the dream of a new and better life. That dream becomes reality for some. But for others, it does not. Mental health problems, language difficulties, family issues, and the high cost of … Continue reading

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China Launches New Intelligence Gathering Ship – VOA Learning English (Jan 12, 2017)

China has launched a new intelligence gathering ship in the latest addition to the country’s growing navy fleet. The official China Daily reported the new ship arrived to join other military support vessels Tuesday in the eastern port of Qingdao. … Continue reading

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Tillerson: China Should Be Barred from South China Sea Islands – VOA Learning English (Jan 12, 2017)

United States President-elect Donald Trump’s choice for secretary of state has suggested a U.S. policy that could create serious disagreement with China. Rex Tillerson said China should be barred from the islands it has built in the South China Sea. … Continue reading

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Kerry Tries to Save ‘Two State Solution’ for Israel, Palestinians – VOA Learning English (Jan 11, 2017)

Secretary of State John Kerry will join world leaders at a conference in Paris on Sunday. The conference is to be one of Kerry’s last missions as U.S. secretary of state. Kerry will try to save what is known as … Continue reading

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Experts Divided over How Trump Policies Will Affect Oil Industry – VOA Learning English (Jan 09, 2017)

Oil industry leaders and experts have conflicting opinions about what the policies of U.S. President-Elect Donald Trump could mean for the oil industry. Low oil prices have hurt profits for leading oil companies in recent years. However, prices are rising … Continue reading

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Iranians Remember Former President Rafsanjani – VOA Learning English (Jan 09, 2017)

Iranians are remembering former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani. He died on Sunday after suffering a heart attack. He was 82 years old. State television suspended programming to announce the death. It said Rafsanjani spent his life working in support of … Continue reading

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