Tech companies keep trying to develop must-have products that will become as useful as computers or smart phones. From broadcasting your story to self-driving cars, we will find out in 2016 whether they were successful.
During the 1970s and 1980s, Carrie Fisher starred in the Star Wars films as Princess Leia, alongside actors Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill. Fans of the films eagerly awaited the trio’s return to the big screen this year. But on social media, a major topic has been Fishers appearance.
Prosecutors in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania have brought criminal charges against celebrity Bill Cosby. The American comedian is charged with sexually assaulting a woman in 2004. It marks the first criminal case involving Cosby, after many years of accusations.
Researchers say among people 25 and older, Americans are missing more teeth than Britons. People in Britain receive dental care through the National Health Service, which is funded by taxpayers. In the United States, people either pay for their dental care or buy dental insurance.
The Iranian president said Islam must improve its negative image. His statements and comments raised eyebrows throughout the world, especially in the Mideast.
Hoverboards were among the most popular Christmas gifts of 2015. They may have also been most dangerous gifts of 2015. Many people posted pictures on social media of their hoverboard-related injuries. As a result, the hashtag #hoverboardfails trended on Twitter.
VOA慢速英语附字幕[翻译]:叙利亚霍姆斯发生汽车爆炸事件 32人死亡2015-12-30
At least 19, and as many as 32, people were killed on Monday. It was the second major attack in the city since the government and rebel forces reached an agreement earlier this month to end the fighting there.
Yogi Berra, singer B.B. King and Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew are only a few famous people who died in 2015. They all left behind great achievements, music and words that will live on for years to come.
CNN/ORC public opinion survey shows strong support for sending American troops to fight Islamic State terrorists in Syria and Iraq. Almost three-quarters of those asked criticized efforts by the administration of President Barack Obama to fight terrorists.
Several peace activities are planned next year at the United Nation’s European headquarters in the Swiss city. In the 1980s and 90s, many peace negotiations took place in Geneva.
Japan and South Korea settled the 70-year-old issue of comfort women, or women who were used as sex slaves for the Japanese military during World War II. The countries will fund compensation for the women, and Japan will apologize.
Iraqi military officials said they took back Ramadi from Islamic State militants. They searched for explosives in the streets left by the jihadists. The Iraqi military effort was backed by U.S.-led coalition air strikes.
As 2015 comes to an end, we look at the stories that you have found interesting and useful. The most discussed stories are the ones on raising a child as single parent and raising a child to be a reader. You also like stories on food like nuts, bacon and bananas!
VOA慢速英语附字幕:缅甸再次发生山体滑坡事故 数十人死亡2015-12-29
Dozens of people are missing and feared dead after a landslide in northern Myanmar. The accident took place in an area that is the center of Myanmar’s jade mining industry. At least 100 people died in a similar disaster there last month.
A baby boom is projected for the People’s Republic of China and the fertility treatment centers in Australia, Thailand and the United States are seeing an increase in visitors.
It was a busy year for scientists and technology experts. From fighting climate change, to space exploration, self-driving cars and developing drones, here is a look back at some of the science stories we covered at VOA Learning English.
The EU and the Southeast Asian nation have completed talks on a trade deal that would remove tariffs. The EU has also promised money for Vietnam’s energy, health care and tourism industries.
Some of these idioms can only be understood by those who know American English. If you don’t know what these words and phrases mean, it is difficult to know what the candidates are saying. Part two of our occasional series on American political idioms.
In the first years of the U.S., many Americans spoke German, Hebrew, Latin or English influenced by British history and literature. But one teacher believed the new nation needed its own language. For American English learners, Noah Webster may be the most important figure in U.S. history.
Big stories grab headlines and capture people’s attention on social media channels like YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. Twenty-Fifteen is the year that social media sites turned trends and viral stories into headlines. A story goes viral if it starts small and becomes popular on social media.
The holiday season is a popular time to visit Key West, the warmest place in the continental United States. The tropical island off the coast of Florida offers an escape from cold weather and reality itself.
On your body, your Achilles’ heel is the tendon on the back of your ankle. In spoken English, your Achilles’ heel is your weak spot. You can say either Achilles’ heel or Achilles’(s) heel. Both are correct.
Wealth of the country’s top 10 percent increased 21 percent between 2012 and 2014 -- three times faster than bottom half. Government report increases worries about inequality.
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