Nepal quake aid effort stepped up
The international aid effort for Nepal is gathering pace, with Saturday's massive earthquake now known to have killed at least 3,900 people. Mon, 27 Apr 2015 15:43:31 GMT
Indonesia condemned over executions
France and Australia have condemned the death penalty "in all circumstances", as executions for three of their nationals loom in Indonesia. Mon, 27 Apr 2015 14:27:23 GMT
Germany 'failed to warn' before MH17
Germany was told of the risk of flying over eastern Ukraine before flight MH17 was shot down, but failed to pass on the alert, reports say. Mon, 27 Apr 2015 10:23:43 GMT
Chile town covered by volcanic ash
Residents of the Chilean town of Ensenada are trying to save their livestock and their homes after tonnes of ash from the Calbuco volcano rained down. Mon, 27 Apr 2015 10:18:10 GMT
Japan and US to unveil defence deal
Japan and the US are expected to unveil new guidelines on their defence co-operation ahead as Japanese leader Shinzo Abe visits the US for talks. Mon, 27 Apr 2015 15:18:35 GMT
Dozens of Britons untraced in Nepal
Dozens of British and Irish people are among the missing, as the Disasters Emergency Committee announces an appeal to aid survivors of the Nepal earthquake. Mon, 27 Apr 2015 13:44:46 GMT
Journalists angry about police probe
Tabloid journalists who had been accused of making illegal payments to public officials for stories have voiced their anger about their treatment. Mon, 27 Apr 2015 15:21:22 GMT
Labour 'to help first-time buyers'
First-time buyers would be exempt from stamp duty when buying homes for less than £300,000 under a Labour government, a move the Tories say is "panicky and unfunded". Mon, 27 Apr 2015 14:04:59 GMT
Cameron 'hard work' pledge to firms
David Cameron promises to work "the hardest I've ever worked in my life" to secure victory on 7 May - as 5,000 small businesses give their backing. Mon, 27 Apr 2015 13:59:34 GMT
PM's 'brain fade' over football team
David Cameron comes under fire from Twitter users after saying in a speech that he supported West Ham - when he is an Aston Villa fan. Sat, 25 Apr 2015 13:44:38 GMT
HIV prevention and risk behaviors follow weekly patterns
The peak time for seeking information on topics related to HIV, such as prevention and testing, is at the beginning of the week, while risky sexual behaviors tend to increase on the weekends, according to a new analysis. Mon, 27 Apr 2015 11:29:20 EDT
Conifer study illustrates twists of evolution
An apparently advantageous mechanism of conifer pollination has nevertheless been disappearing over millions of years, a new study finds. The mechanism works well, but because it depends on three traits related only loosely, the vagaries of evolution have led to its demise in many species. It its wake, however, a diversity of new traits and functions has emerged. Mon, 27 Apr 2015 11:29:18 EDT
A 'GPS' to navigate the brain's neuronal networks
Scientists have announced a “Neuronal Positioning System” (NPS) that maps the circuitry of the brain, similar to how a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver triangulates one’s location on the planet. Mon, 27 Apr 2015 11:28:17 EDT
Origin of life: Chemistry of seabed's hot vents could explain emergence of life
Hot vents on the seabed could have spontaneously produced the organic molecules necessary for life, according to new research. The study shows how the surfaces of mineral particles inside hydrothermal vents have similar chemical properties to enzymes, the biological molecules that govern chemical reactions in living organisms. This means that vents are able to create simple carbon-based molecules, such as methanol and formic acid, out of the dissolved CO2 in the water. Mon, 27 Apr 2015 10:16:35 EDT
Greek Cypriots Welcome Election of Turk Cypriot Moderate
Greek Cypriots welcomed the election of a moderate Turkish Cypriot leader in northern Cyprus on Monday, saying they anticipated a swift resumption of stalled peace talks.
Turkish Cypriot independent Mustafa Akinci swept to victory in presidential elections on Sunday, clinching 60.5 percent of the vote over incumbent conservative Dervis Eroglu. Akinci has pledged to push for a peace deal with Greek Cypriots.
"At last, our hopes are high that this country can be reunified,"... Mon, 27 Apr 2015 11:21:33 -0400
US Senate to Debate Bill to Allow Review of Iran Nuclear Deal
The U.S. Senate begins debate this week on a bill empowering Congress to review and potentially reject any Iran nuclear deal.
President Barack Obama grudgingly backed the bill when Democrats joined Republicans in demanding a say on any final agreement, but even with widespread support in the Senate, proponents must first win a battle with some colleagues determined to change the legislation in ways that could cost them the Democratic support needed for passage.
The high-profile debate... Mon, 27 Apr 2015 11:13:12 -0400
UN: CAR Risks Becoming Largest Forgotten Humanitarian Crisis
U.N. aid agencies said they are starved for funding and barely able to continue life-saving assistance to millions of victims of war in the Central African Republic, both inside and outside the country. The agencies warned that C.A.R. is at risk of becoming the world’s largest forgotten humanitarian crisis and urged donors to respond generously to their renewed appeals for humanitarian aid.
Nearly 900,000 people from the Central African Republic have been forcibly displaced from their... Mon, 27 Apr 2015 10:57:47 -0400
Merkel: Sanctions on Russia Should Be Tied to Minsk Deal
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday international sanctions imposed on Russia over its role in the conflict in eastern Ukraine should depend on whether peacekeeping commitments signed this year in Minsk are upheld.
“During the European Council (meeting) in March we took an unambiguous decision that the sanctions should be tied to the implementation of the Minsk agreements,” Merkel told a joint news conference with Polish Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz in Warsaw.
“It is clear that... Mon, 27 Apr 2015 10:55:07 -0400
Israel Opens Bidding for 77 Settler Homes
Israel on Monday started to solicit bids to construct 77 new homes in two settlements on occupied land in East Jerusalem, drawing a swift Palestinian condemnation.
Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki said the planned projects were a violation of international law and showed Israel was not interested in peace.
Peace Now, an Israeli group that monitors and opposes settlement-building on land Palestinians seek for a state, said only tenders for 18 of the 77 units were new, and the... Mon, 27 Apr 2015 10:37:09 -0400
This Day in History
Mon, 27 Apr 2015 07:00:00 +0200
The steamboat Sultana was a Mississippi River paddle-wheeler destroyed when one of its boilers exploded near Memphis, Tennessee. The greatest maritime disaster in US history, an estimated 1,800 of its 2,400 passengers, many of whom were Union soldiers who had just been released from Confederate prison camps, were killed when it sank. Bodies of the victims continued to be found downriver for months, yet the disaster received somewhat diminished attention since it occurred soon after what? Discuss
Nepal: UN agencies rush supplies to earthquake survivors amid powerful aftershocks
The United Nations refugee agency announced today that it is rushing critical supplies to Nepal in the wake of the devastating earthquake that has reportedly killed more than 3,000 people and injured thousands more on Saturday, and pledged that it ready to provide any assistance needed to help survivors through these difficult times. Mon, 27 Apr 2015 11:12:15 EST
UN agency alarmed by malnutrition among children displaced from Yarmouk camp
As the United Nations agency tasked with supporting Palestine refugees continued today to provide essential humanitarian assistance to civilians who have been displaced from Yarmouk and to those hosting them, evidence of acute malnutrition was found in a large number of children. Sun, 26 Apr 2015 00:00:00 EST
Vigils held for Chan, Sukumaran
VIGILS have been held in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane for Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, who could be executed as early as Tuesday.
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Adamantios Korais (1748)
Korais was a Greek scholar whose work is credited with laying the foundations of Modern Greek language and literature. A witness to the French Revolution, he helped to awaken similar nationalistic aspirations in his countrymen through his writings. One of his greatest achievements was his creation of a new Greek literary language, which he set down in the first Modern Greek dictionary, Atakta. To which historic figures has Korais been compared? Discuss
Rediscovered Bacon portraits unveiled
Two self-portraits by Francis Bacon are going on public display for the first time after being rediscovered in a private collection, before being sold. Mon, 27 Apr 2015 02:11:17 GMT
Furious 7 stays top of US box office
Furious 7 tops the US and Canada's box office for a fourth week, as Avengers: Age of Ultron tops the international chart a week ahead of its US release. Mon, 27 Apr 2015 11:19:45 GMT
Penny Dreadful, Sherlock win Baftas
Supernatural horror Penny Dreadful wins three Bafta Television Craft Awards, while BBC One's Sherlock wins two and Mackenzie Crook wins his first Bafta. Mon, 27 Apr 2015 09:48:50 GMT
Harper Lee saves Mockingbird play
Author Harper Lee starts a non-profit company to produce a play of To Kill a Mockingbird in her hometown of Monroeville, after a dispute threatened to end the show. Sun, 26 Apr 2015 11:59:54 GMT
Furious 7 track's streaming record
American rapper Wiz Khalifa's See You Again, which features on the Fast & Furious 7 soundtrack, sets a new streaming record as it leads the singles chart for a second week. Sun, 26 Apr 2015 18:03:19 GMT
Poldark finale seen by 5.9 million
The series finale of BBC One's costume drama re-make Poldark is watched by 5.9 million people, just over a quarter of the TV audience. Mon, 27 Apr 2015 13:06:41 GMT
Music boss tops Britain's rich list
Warner Music owner Len Blavatnik is Britain's richest man with a £13.17bn fortune, but the Queen has dropped out of the top 300 for the first time, according to the Sunday Times. Sun, 26 Apr 2015 08:22:33 GMT
Fellowes to adapt Trollope novel
Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes is to adapt Anthony Trollope's Doctor Thorne - one of his favourite novels - for TV. Sun, 26 Apr 2015 09:31:28 GMT
Article of the Day
Mon, 27 Apr 2015 07:00:00 +0200
The Amish are an orthodox Anabaptist sect that separated from the Mennonites in the late 17th century and live today primarily in Ohio and Pennsylvania. The Amish separate themselves from mainstream society for religious reasons: they do not join the military, they draw no Social Security, and they refuse financial assistance from the government. Though the Amish learn English in school, most speak a German dialect known as Pennsylvania Dutch. What are Hochmut and Demut? Discuss
Mon, 27 Apr 2015 05:00:00 GMT
An Emmy-winning television comedy writer in the late 1960s, Martin began performing stand-up in the early 70s, achieving acclaim as a regular on Saturday Night Live in the late 70s. He recorded several comedy albums, two of them Grammy winners, and starred in TV specials and numerous comedy films. Martin has also found success as a writer of plays and novellas. Which of his novellas was made into a 2005 feature film?
Sun, 26 Apr 2015 05:00:00 GMT
An heirloom plant is an open-pollinated cultivar that was commonly grown during earlier periods in human history, but which is not used in modern large-scale agriculture. Most food crops are now grown in huge, monocultural plots owned by corporations, and few varieties of each type of crop are grown. The increasing popularity of heirloom gardening can be seen as a reaction to this trend. Why is 1951 a key year for heirloom gardeners?
KATHMANDU, Nepal - Relief efforts for Nepal following a major earthquake are gathering momentum, with several countries sending rescue teams, aid and field hospitals. Rescue missions and aid ... Sun, 26 Apr 2015 22:36:33 -0400
DUBAI, UAE - The freight division of Emirates, Emirates SkyCargo is planning to expand its United States cargo network to 11 destinations, when it launches a daily service to Orlando, Florida from ... Sun, 26 Apr 2015 22:17:19 -0400
Baltimore's mayor and police on Sunday blamed "outside agitators" for the violence and vandalism that occurred during a protest over last week's death of Freddie Gray, a black man who died in police ... Mon, 27 Apr 2015 01:09:26 -0400
WASHINGTON, DC - Russian hackers who gained access to the White House computer system last year were able to access highly sensitive information, such as US President Obama's unclassified emails, the ... Sun, 26 Apr 2015 22:27:51 -0400
ADEN, Yemen - An convoy of Iranian ships suspected of carrying weapons bound for Yemen and the Houthi rebels fighting the central government has turned north, away from the war-torn country, the US ... Sat, 25 Apr 2015 22:30:43 -0400
World Reaches Out to Nepal After Deadly Earthquake
As reports of the death toll rise in Nepal, countries and relief organizations around the world are rushing to send personnel and supplies to aid the search and rescue effort.
Within hours after the earthquake struck Nepal on Saturday, April 25, India sent teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) along with relief supplies to help the neighboring country.
Xinhua, the Chinese state-run news agency reports that a 62-member China International Search-and-Rescue Team left for... Sun, 26 Apr 2015 22:40:36 +0000
Caring for an Aging Population
From VOA Learning English, this is the Health & Lifestyle Report.
Everywhere in the world, people are living longer. Studies show the average age of the human population is rising.
By the year 2050, an estimated two billion people will be aged 60 or older. And the number of people 80 years or older will have almost quadrupled to 395 million. That is the latest number from the United Nations’ World Health Organization.
The WHO says governments must prepare now to deal with... Sun, 26 Apr 2015 20:02:35 +0000
Cat Cafes Offer Cats and Coffee
Would you like a cat with that latte?
Most people go to a café to get their daily cup of coffee. At Cat Town Café in Oakland, California, they can also observe and play with cats. Cat Town Café is the first cat café in the U.S. It is a combination of a coffee shop and an adoption center for cats.
The first cat café opened in Asia in the 1990s. They are now found across Asia and Europe. Cat Town Café in California open its doors last year,... Sun, 26 Apr 2015 20:00:34 +0000
Death Toll Rises Above 2,500 in Nepal Earthquake
A major earthquake and dozens of powerful aftershocks struck Nepal on Saturday, destroying parts of Katmandu, the capital city. The quake killed more than 2,500 people.
The 7.8-magnitude quake shook Mt. Everest, the highest mountain on Earth. The resulting avalanches buried mountain climbers in their base camps killing 17 climbers and injuring many others.
At least 34 people were also killed in India. Five deaths were reported from Tibet. Bangladesh, Bhutan and the Nepal-China... Sat, 25 Apr 2015 22:07:44 +0000
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