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Sun, 28 Aug 2016 02:58:08 +0200


First Turkish death in Syrian campaign
Turkey suffers its first loss of life in an intensifying campaign in northern Syria, when a soldier is killed in a Kurdish attack on a tank unit.
Sat, 27 Aug 2016 22:45:43 GMT

American Football player Kaepernick refuses to stand for anthem
American Football player Colin Kaepernick refuses to stand for the national anthem at a game in protest against what he sees as racial injustice.
Sat, 27 Aug 2016 20:11:26 GMT

Juno probe makes close pass of Jupiter
The US space agency’s Juno probe makes its first close approach to Jupiter since going into orbit in July.
Sat, 27 Aug 2016 16:31:00 GMT

US elections: Trump details plans to track illegal immigrants
US Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump says he will develop a "tracking system" to remove illegal immigrants who outstay their visas.
Sat, 27 Aug 2016 23:51:35 GMT

Canadians switched at birth in second case at hospital
Two men in a remote indigenous community in Canada find out they were switched at birth in a government-run hospital 41 years ago.
Sat, 27 Aug 2016 19:54:54 GMT

 
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Sun, 28 Aug 2016 03:20:05 +0200


M20 motorway shut after lorry crash causes bridge collapse
A footbridge collapses on the M20 motorway in Kent after it was hit by a lorry carrying a digger, on one of the busiest travel days of the year.
Sat, 27 Aug 2016 20:00:59 GMT

Lord Janner: Family want child sex abuse inquiry delay
The family of the late Labour peer Lord Janner are demanding the public inquiry into child abuse postpones its plan to examine the allegations against him.
Sun, 28 Aug 2016 01:18:56 GMT

Export ban placed on Queen Victoria's wedding coronet
A temporary export ban has been placed on a sapphire and diamond coronet that belonged to Queen Victoria, preventing it from being sold abroad.
Sun, 28 Aug 2016 00:13:42 GMT

Nuisance calls: Which? says company bosses should be liable
The bosses of firms that make nuisance calls should be held personally responsible, the consumer group Which? says.
Sun, 28 Aug 2016 00:31:25 GMT

Camber Sands deaths: Lifeguards to remain for summer season
Lifeguards are to remain for the rest of the summer at Camber Sands beach where five men drowned, the BBC learns.
Sat, 27 Aug 2016 10:56:24 GMT


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Sun, 28 Aug 2016 03:06:09 +0200


EgyptAir hijack: Man jumps from plane cockpit window
A man was filmed jumping from a hijacked EgyptAir plane cockpit window shortly before the hijacker surrendered.
Tue, 29 Mar 2016 11:46:23 GMT

EgyptAir hijack: Cyprus president laughs off hijacking
Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades has said that the hijacking of the plane that landed at Larnaca was not linked to terrorism.
Tue, 29 Mar 2016 10:42:10 GMT

Armed man shot by police at US Capitol building
Police shot an armed man as he tried to enter the Capitol building visitor centre in Washington DC.
Tue, 29 Mar 2016 01:29:40 GMT

How did FBI unlock dead gunman's iPhone?
The FBI has managed to unlock the iPhone of the San Bernardino gunman without Apple's help, ending a court case, the US justice department says.
Tue, 29 Mar 2016 06:22:51 GMT

Library cuts: How flagship building made savings
Birmingham's new £189m library had to shed staff and reduce hours within two years of opening.
Mon, 28 Mar 2016 23:00:16 GMT


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Sun, 28 Aug 2016 03:19:24 +0200


Swedes urged to deposit 41m invalid banknotes
Millions of old Swedish banknotes are still in circulation despite a looming deadline to deposit them.
Fri, 26 Aug 2016 11:36:52 GMT

China jaywalkers given instant road safety lesson
Jaywalkers in a Chinese city are taken to a classroom and taught about traffic rules.
Wed, 24 Aug 2016 11:26:23 GMT

South Korea's new drive to boost flagging birth rate
Government hopes more fertility treatment funding will bring about a baby boom.
Fri, 26 Aug 2016 13:43:41 GMT


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Sat, 27 Aug 2016 15:06:01 EDT


Air contamination near fracking sites result of operational inefficiencies
Chemists have published a new study that indicates that highly variable contamination events registered in and around unconventional oil and gas developments are the result of operational inefficiencies and not inherent to the extraction process itself.
Fri, 26 Aug 2016 15:16:01 EDT

Mechanism identified through which lead may harm neural cells, children's neurodevelopment
Researchers have identified a potential molecular mechanism through which lead, a pervasive environmental toxin, may harm neural stem cells and neurodevelopment in children.
Fri, 26 Aug 2016 15:15:42 EDT

Researchers find a new way to identify, target malignant aging in leukemia
Researchers have identified RNA-based biomarkers that distinguish between normal, aging hematopoietic stem cells and leukemia stem cells associated with secondary acute myeloid leukemia (sAML), a particularly problematic disease that typically afflicts older patients who have often already experienced a bout with cancer.
Fri, 26 Aug 2016 14:23:26 EDT

The sound of a healthy reef
A new study will help researchers understand the ways that marine animal larvae use sound as a cue to settle on coral reefs. The study has determined that sounds created by adult fish and invertebrates may not travel far enough for larvae -- which hatch in open ocean -- to hear them, meaning that the larvae might rely on other means to home in on a reef system.
Fri, 26 Aug 2016 14:23:24 EDT

Sensor systems identify senior citizens at risk of falling within 3 weeks
Each year, millions of people -- especially those 65 and older -- fall. Such falls can be serious, leading to broken bones, head injuries, hospitalizations or even death. Now, researchers have found that sensors that measure in-home gait speed and stride length can predict likely falls. This technology can assist health providers to detect changes and intervene before a fall occurs.
Fri, 26 Aug 2016 14:23:19 EDT


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Sun, 28 Aug 2016 03:22:59 +0200


Help Fighting Terrorism on Dhaka Agenda for US Secretary of State
Combating terrorism will be a top agenda item when U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry makes his first official visit to Bangladesh, which is still reeling from the July 1 attack claimed by Islamic State at a Dhaka cafe. The siege left 20 hostages dead, 17 of them foreigners. Police in Bangladesh said Saturday they killed the suspected mastermind of the attack and two other militants during a raid on their hideout just outside Dhaka. Since that attack, “there has been an...
Sat, 27 Aug 2016 20:15:02 -0400

Visiting Sacred Ground in National Park Monuments
In celebration of the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary this year, adventurer Mikah Meyer is traveling across America with the goal of visiting every one of the more than 400 sites within its jurisdiction. The young traveler set out from Washington, D.C., in June and has already visited dozens of sites. And VOA has been following him every step of the way. Thanks to the stunning photographs and videos Mikah and his travel companion, Andy Waldron, have been sending us, we have a...
Sat, 27 Aug 2016 19:52:19 -0400

Researchers: Recycled Concrete's Time Has Come
Recycling in the construction industry has become big business. It's easy to find new life for everything from old windows to wood beams. But until now, concrete — the most widely used building material on Earth — has been largely left behind. That's a problem for the environment, says Notre Dame engineering professor Yahya Kurama, because concrete has a huge carbon footprint. "It’s very intensive in terms of its demands on energy, water, land space, everything."...
Sat, 27 Aug 2016 19:18:55 -0400

Clinton Foundation Raises Billions to Help People Worldwide
Criticism about Clinton Foundation donors' access to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton while she was secretary of state has put a spotlight on the multibillion-dollar private charity. VOA's Chris Simkins has a closer look at what the foundation does.
Sat, 27 Aug 2016 16:17:00 -0400

Mauritania Anti-Slavery Activists Appeal Conviction
A group of Mauritanian anti-slavery activists who were sentenced to up to 15 years in prison are appealing, but fear a system they believe is rigged against them. On August 19, a tribunal in the capital city of Nouakchott found 13 members of the group Resurgence of the Abolitionist Movement (IRA) guilty of charges including being part of an unauthorized organization and inciting attacks against authority. The charges stem from riots near the capital where police tried to evict...
Sat, 27 Aug 2016 15:39:14 -0400


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Sat, 27 Aug 2016 07:00:00 +0200

Mars Makes Its Closest Approach to Earth in Nearly 60,000 Years (2003)

In its most favorable position for viewing, when it is opposite the Sun, Mars is twice as bright as the brightest star in the sky. The Red Planet was even more visible in 2003, when it made its closest approach to Earth in nearly 60,000 years, passing within 35 million mi (56 million km) of us. An email sent during the 2003 approach has spawned hoax emails saying that during an upcoming approach Mars will appear as big as the Moon. When is the next time Mars will be as close as it was in 2003? Discuss

Sat, 27 Aug 2016 05:00:00 GMT


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Sun, 28 Aug 2016 03:32:48 +0200


UN envoy urges all sides to quickly agree truce to ease suffering in Aleppo
Stressing that “time is of the essence” amid the increasingly dire situation in Aleppo, the United Nations Special Envoy for Syria today called for all sides in the conflict to agree by Sunday on allowing aid delivery and repairs for the war-ravaged city's power and water systems to provide some relief for the nearly two million people trapped there.
Sat, 27 Aug 2016 00:00:00 EST

Security Council strongly condemns DPRK missile launches
The United Nations Security Council has strongly condemned the Democratic People's Republic of Korea's (DPRK) launch of a ballistic missile from a submarine on 23 August, which follows a series of recent tests and launches the Council said is a “grave violation” of the DPRK's international obligations and “in flagrant disregard” of repeated calls to halt such activity.
Sat, 27 Aug 2016 00:00:00 EST

UN expert urges Iran to halt executions of 12 individuals for drug-related offences
The United Nations rights expert on the situation of human rights in Iran has called on the Government to immediately halt the execution of 12 individuals, all of whom have been reportedly sentenced to death for drug-related offences.
Fri, 26 Aug 2016 17:37:35 EST

UN teams bring aid to besieged Syrian people despite extreme challenges
In the first full, completed, cross-line delivery via road in August, inter-agency convoys have reached some 75,000 people in al-Waer in Syria’s Homs province with life-saving humanitarian assistance, the United Nations humanitarian arm has reported.
Fri, 26 Aug 2016 16:42:29 EST

UN chief ‘looks forward’ to peaceful, credible presidential election in Gabon
On the eve of the presidential election in Gabon, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today encouraged all Gabonese to vote responsibly and urged the candidates and other political stakeholders to abstain from any acts of incitement and maintain a peaceful atmosphere before, during and after the election.
Fri, 26 Aug 2016 12:44:05 EST



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Rats in the ranks, chasing the PM's tail?
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Thu, 03 Mar 2016 01:21:17 GMT

SA woman charged after corruption probe
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Sat, 27 Aug 2016 07:00:00 +0200

Theodore Dreiser (1871)

Dreiser was a novelist and pioneer of naturalism in American literature. After working as a journalist, magazine editor, and publisher, he published his first novel, Sister Carrie, which was denounced as scandalous. In 1915, the withdrawal of his autobiographical novel, The Genius, from distribution on moral grounds ignited a national anticensorship campaign supported by most of the leading literary figures of the day. Whose murder inspired his An American Tragedy? Discuss

Sat, 27 Aug 2016 05:00:00 GMT

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Sat, 27 Aug 2016 18:30:17 +0200


Live-Action Beauty and the Beast Concept Art!

Coming to theaters on March 17, 2017

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Sat, 27 Aug 2016 16:28:58 +0000

Netflix Releases a Marvel’s Luke Cage Scene

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Sat, 27 Aug 2016 12:02:36 +0000

A Hint at a Doctor Strange Guardians of the Galaxy Connection?

Plus, updates from James Gunn on what to expect from his upcoming return to the Marvel Cosmos

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Fri, 26 Aug 2016 21:37:47 +0000

We’ve Been Accepted to Xavier’s School For Gifted Youngsters!

Check out a gallery of what's in the Fall 1983 admissions packet

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Fri, 26 Aug 2016 19:30:01 +0000

Mechanic: Resurrection Review

"Pointless in every conceivable definition of the word, Mechanic: Resurrection is a franchise which should have stayed dead."

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Fri, 26 Aug 2016 18:37:58 +0000

Take a First Look at Beauty and the Beast’s Cogsworth and Lumiere

Played by Ian McKellen and Ewan McGregor in the March 17, 2017 release

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Fri, 26 Aug 2016 18:07:04 +0000

Making of Deepwater Horizon Debuts in New Video

Mark Wahlberg stars in the September release

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Fri, 26 Aug 2016 16:43:49 +0000

Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer to Stalk Cinemas Again

Controversial horror classic gets 4K restoration and theatrical re-release

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Fri, 26 Aug 2016 16:39:51 +0000

Josh Gad is Reincarnated Over and Over in A Dog’s Purpose Trailer

The family film opens in theaters this January

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Fri, 26 Aug 2016 16:36:09 +0000

New Blair Witch Trailer Leaves No Room to Breathe

The sequel debuts September 16

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Fri, 26 Aug 2016 16:20:05 +0000


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Sun, 28 Aug 2016 03:09:46 +0200


Frank Ocean beats Dolly Parton and David Brent to UK number one
Frank Ocean's long-awaited new album goes to the top of the UK album chart, beating Dolly Parton and Ricky Gervais's comedy alter-ego David Brent.
Fri, 26 Aug 2016 16:45:32 GMT

Entertainment week in pictures: 21 - 27 August
A look at some of the pictures from the world of entertainment and arts over the past week, including Britney's Carpool Karaoke and the unveiling of a statue of Lemmy.
Sat, 27 Aug 2016 23:51:29 GMT

John Cleese 'in talks' over BBC sitcom return
British actor John Cleese is reported to be in talks to return to the BBC for a sitcom which has been written specifically for him.
Sat, 27 Aug 2016 11:23:01 GMT

Amber Heard and Johnny Depp row over divorce donations
Amber Heard demands that Johnny Depp double the amount that is paid to charity following their divorce settlement.
Fri, 26 Aug 2016 08:13:09 GMT

Matt Damon climbs up Forbes' Hollywood rich list
Matt Damon becomes the third highest-paid actor in Hollywood, behind Dwayne Johnson and Jackie Chan, according to Forbes' annual rich list.
Fri, 26 Aug 2016 11:36:07 GMT

Tommy Cooper's 'gag file' to be preserved by Victoria & Albert museum
Tommy Cooper's "gag file", in which the late comedian meticulously recorded his jokes, is to be preserved by the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.
Fri, 26 Aug 2016 11:15:54 GMT

Dawn French and Harry Hill signed up for new ITV shows
Dawn French is to host a British version of hit US children's talent show Little Big Shots on ITV, while Harry Hill will present a new panel show.
Fri, 26 Aug 2016 12:36:34 GMT

US authorities investigate cyber-attack against Ghostbusters actress Leslie Jones
The Department of Homeland Security says it's looking into a cyber-attack on Leslie Jones' website and iCloud account.
Fri, 26 Aug 2016 05:23:30 GMT

Great British Bake Off: More than 10 million tune in to first episode
The Great British Bake Off attracts an average 10.4 million viewers as it returned for a seventh series - a record opener for the BBC One show and beating the most-watched moments of the Rio Olympics.
Thu, 25 Aug 2016 09:59:26 GMT

Sonia Rykiel: French fashion designer dies at 86
French fashion designer Sonia Rykiel dies at the age of 86 after suffering from Parkinson's disease, her family says.
Thu, 25 Aug 2016 12:59:48 GMT


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Sat, 27 Aug 2016 07:00:00 +0200

Subvertising

Subvertising is the practice of making spoofs or parodies of corporate and political advertisements. Taking its name from a combination of the words "subvert" and "advertising," the act is often intended to sabotage its targets by presenting easily recognizable images that are shocking upon second glance. Still, some critics say subverts, which are often modified versions of existing images, merely increase public awareness of the original symbols. How have subverts been used politically? Discuss

Sat, 27 Aug 2016 05:00:00 GMT

Philosophical Zombies

Widely used in thought experiments—imagined scenarios whose outcomes are reasoned but not physically played out—philosophical zombies are hypothetical beings indistinguishable from normal humans in all but one respect—they lack conscious experience. This quality makes the "p-zombie" an ideal subject for philosophical musings. According to physicalism, everything that exists is ultimately physical. How have philosophers used these hypothetical beings in arguments disputing this perspective?

Fri, 26 Aug 2016 05:00:00 GMT

The Cool Biz Campaign

In 2005, the Japanese Ministry of the Environment launched the Cool Biz campaign, a program intended to reduce electricity consumption by limiting air conditioner use. Government offices were asked to set their air conditioners to 82°F (28°C), and workers were advised to wear short-sleeved shirts to keep cool. According to estimates, the campaign resulted in a 460,000-ton reduction in carbon dioxide emissions—the equivalent of shutting down some 1 million households for what period of time?

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 05:00:00 GMT


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Sun, 28 Aug 2016 03:32:52 +0200


Italy’s search for missing tourists and locals goes on after earthquake
Death toll rises to at least 241 with hundreds of homes destroyed at night.
Fri, 26 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +0200

Biden given frosty reception in Turkey after Erdogan demands extradition of Gülen
After July’s botched coup attempt, Turkey rounded on the US vice-president to demand an exiled cleric’s extradition.
Fri, 26 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +0200

Administrative ineptitude threatens to stymy Kenya’s track and field athletes
Kenya's international success in track and field hides management inefficiencies and corruption.
Thu, 25 Aug 2016 11:34:00 +0200

Suspected Islamic State teenage suicide bomber kills 51 at a wedding in Turkey
Yet another suspected Islamic State attack has hit Turkey.
Sun, 21 Aug 2016 15:13:00 +0200

Unbeaten Bolt wins triple-triple, bringing his stunning Olympic career to an end
Usain Bolt has completed a third successive sweep of sprint titles.
Sat, 20 Aug 2016 09:53:00 +0200

#LochteGate: Teammate says Ryan Lochte played key role in Rio incident
The U.S. Olympic Committee has apologised to people of Brazil.
Sat, 20 Aug 2016 09:34:00 +0200

Corsica refuses to drop burkini ban, becomes the third French town to do so
“The population of Sisco lives in permanent fear. There are many provocateurs here ... We are living on a powder keg,” he said.'
Fri, 19 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +0200

​Switzerland shuts border as asylum seekers say their pleas have been ignored
Several hundred refugees have slept on towels and blankets in the park near Como’s train station since the Swiss clampdown began in mid-July.
Fri, 19 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +0200

US swimmer Ryan Lochte lied about being robbed at gunpoint, say Rio security sources
The olympian and fellow US athlete Jimmy Feigen omitted details of their dispute with petrol station staff.
Thu, 18 Aug 2016 20:10:00 +0200

The US election: What’s at stake for Africa’s quest to deepen democracy?
What lessons for democracy in Africa the Trump and Clinton campaigns may hold.
Thu, 18 Aug 2016 08:57:00 +0200



 


 
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Clinton schedules will not be released completely before Election Day, despite federal judge order

WASHINGTON, U.S. - The government has revealed that it will not finish releasing monthly batches of the detailed daily schedules, showing meetings by Hillary Clinton during her tenure as Secretary
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Clinton stresses that family did not take money for work of Foundation; Trump calls family ‘real predators’

WASHINGTON, U.S. – Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton outright rejected the possibility that her presidential campaign could be derailed by any new scandals, or emails, related t
Sat, 27 Aug 2016 03:27:41 +1000

Quiet US Trading Week Comes to Stormy End
U.S. stocks ended Friday on a volatile note, following a week of relatively quiet trade. The catalyst for the move was comments by Federal Reserve Chairman Janet Yellen.

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Tehran warns U.S. after USS Nitze fires warning shots following ‘harassment’ by Iranian boat

TEHRAN, Iran - A U.S. patrol boat fired three warning shots at an Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps boat on grounds that it had “harassed” the patrol craft.

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Sun, 28 Aug 2016 03:17:23 +0200


Adam Scott vaults into Barclays contention
Adam Scott has made a huge move up the leaderboard in the opening US PGA Tour Playoff event, surging to just two shots off the lead after the third round at The Barclays.
Sun Aug 28 01:14:44 UTC 2016

Childhood chat shaped Steve Wozniak, Apple and the computer revolution
Steve Wozniak spoke in Brisbane about the social revolution behind Apple.
Sun Aug 28 01:10:16 UTC 2016

Catastrophic plane crash replicated in Sydney emergency response drill
More than 700 emergency workers will take part in the largest ever emergency training exercise in Sydney on Sunday.
Sun Aug 28 01:03:55 UTC 2016

EPL: Late show helps Jose Mourinho's Manchester United join Chelsea on top
After Chelsea continued their 100 percent start with a 3-0 win over Burnley on Saturday, a last-gasp goal by Marcus Rashford helped Jose Mourinho keep pace with his old club as Manchester United beat Hull City 1-0.
Sun Aug 28 01:03:03 UTC 2016

Police to visit 600 men in St Kilda on the night of mum Tracy Connelly's murder
Hundreds of men who were in St Kilda on the night mum Tracy Connelly was murdered can expect a visit from police.
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Sun, 28 Aug 2016 03:08:28 +0200


English No Longer Requirement for New York City Taxi Drivers
In New York City, taxicab drivers are a largely immigrant community. And now, they are no longer required to know English. In April, New York City’s city council approved a bill that allows tests required to get a taxi license to be given in foreign languages. The bill went into effect on August 26. New York City's taxi industry has been dominated by foreign-born drivers for decades. Only four percent of current New York cab drivers were born in the United States. That...
Sat, 27 Aug 2016 21:15:01 +0000

In Louisiana Flooding, It’s Neighbor Helping Neighbor
  Graham Kinchen had an emergency when a sandbag wall near his home began to fall apart. The wall was protecting his house in Baton Rouge, Louisiana from the recent flooding. He let people know about his problem on Facebook and by telephone. Within five minutes, friends gathered to help rebuild the wall. The incident shows how neighbors have helped each other in response to the recent flooding in Baton Rouge and nearby communities. Baton Rouge is the capital of the...
Sat, 27 Aug 2016 21:00:16 +0000

English in a Minute: Turn the Tables
When should you "turn the tables?" Find out how to use this expression in this week's English in a Minute!
Sat, 27 Aug 2016 19:33:00 +0000

The Longest Living Vertebrate is… a Shark
  New research found the longest living animal on Earth with a backbone is  – a shark. The research, published in Science magazine, found the Greenland shark is the longest living vertebrate – or animal with a backbone-- in the world. The gray-colored sharks live in the cold waters of the Arctic and are named after Greenland, the world’s largest island. After examining one of these sharks, scientists decided it was born in the icy waters about 400 years ago, and only...
Sat, 27 Aug 2016 19:29:01 +0000

Wheels: An Invention Worth Exploring
  Now, the weekly program Words and Their Stories from VOA Learning English. On this program, we explore the history and usage of common expressions in American English. Today we explore expressions using the word “wheel.” The first wheels, it is believed, were not used for transportation. They were created to serve as potter’s wheels around 3500 B.C. in Mesopotamia. The invention of the wheel was a big deal for humanity. And we can be proud of our ancient human...
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