Defiant HK protests on National Day
Hong Kong crowds gather for huge pro-democracy rallies on China's national day, as leader CY Leung urges protesters to work with Beijing. Wed, 01 Oct 2014 08:46:01 GMT
Karadzic takes blame for Serb crimes
Radovan Karadzic sums up his defence saying he takes "moral responsibility" for crimes committed by Bosnian Serbs but denying he ordered killings. Wed, 01 Oct 2014 09:18:55 GMT
Armed man shared lift with Obama
US President Barack Obama rode in a lift with an armed security contractor who had assault convictions, in another security lapse. Wed, 01 Oct 2014 07:18:35 GMT
First Ebola case diagnosed in the US
A man who travelled from Liberia nearly two weeks ago is the first confirmed case of the deadly Ebola virus diagnosed on American soil. Wed, 01 Oct 2014 08:47:06 GMT
Norway best country for older people
Norway is the best place to be old, according to an index of the quality of later life in published on the UN's International Day of Older Persons. Tue, 30 Sep 2014 23:02:05 GMT
Tesco to be probed by regulator
Tesco says it has been notified by the Financial Conduct Authority that it is under investigation following its admission that it overstated its half-year profit guidance by £250m. Wed, 01 Oct 2014 06:43:36 GMT
VIDEO: RAF release video of Iraq attack
RAF jets have carried out their first strikes on Islamic State targets in Iraq, attacking a "heavy weapon position" and an armed pick-up truck. Wed, 01 Oct 2014 06:12:55 GMT
VIDEO: Kurdish weapons 'no match' for IS
Clive Myrie reports from the Kurdish front line in Iraq where the Peshmerga are fighting IS with weapons they say are not up to the job. Wed, 01 Oct 2014 05:09:01 GMT
Satellite measurements reveal gravity dip from ice loss in West Antarctica
Although not designed to map changes in Earth's gravity over time, ESA's GOCE satellite has shown that the ice lost from West Antarctica over the last few years has left its signature. More than doubling its planned life in orbit, GOCE spent four years measuring Earth's gravity in unprecedented detail. Researchers have found that the decrease in the mass of ice during this period was mirrored in GOCE's measurements. Tue, 30 Sep 2014 19:54:28 EDT
U.S., India to collaborate on Mars exploration, Earth-observing mission
In a meeting Sept. 30, 2014 in Toronto, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and K. Radhakrishnan, chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), signed two documents to launch a NASA-ISRO satellite mission to observe Earth and establish a pathway for future joint missions to explore Mars. Tue, 30 Sep 2014 19:49:41 EDT
Rosetta to deploy lander on November 12
The European Space Agency's Rosetta mission will deploy its lander, Philae, to the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on Nov. 12. Philae's landing site, currently known as Site J, is located on the smaller of the comet's two "lobes," with a backup site on the larger lobe. Tue, 30 Sep 2014 19:47:02 EDT
Cold Atom Laboratory chills atoms to new lows
NASA's Cold Atom Laboratory (CAL) mission has succeeded in producing a state of matter known as a Bose-Einstein condensate, a key breakthrough for the instrument leading up to its debut on the International Space Station in late 2016. Tue, 30 Sep 2014 19:45:05 EDT
Chinese Ship Sinks off Japan, 9 Missing
The Japanese coast guard is searching for nine people thought to be missing after a Chinese ship sank off western Japan.
The coast guard says the Chinese-registered ship Lurongyu 2859 sank Tuesday off the coast of Shimane prefecture in the Sea of Japan.
The agency said China requested Japan's assistance with the rescue, adding at least five crew members have already been saved.
The Chinese vessel is believed to either be a cargo or fishing ship. The nationalities of the crew... Wed, 01 Oct 2014 05:17:14 -0400
Death Toll from Japan Volcano Rises to 48
The death toll from Saturday's massive volcanic eruption in central Japan has risen to 48 after rescuers found 12 more bodies on Wednesday.
Authorities in Nagano prefecture say the bodies were found near the ash-covered summit of Mount Ontake, which was packed with hikers at the time of the eruption.
Hundreds of police and soldiers aided by helicopters continue searching the mountain. Authorities believe an unknown number of people are still missing.
Hundreds of people were... Wed, 01 Oct 2014 04:59:20 -0400
Australian Intelligence Agencies Get More Powers with New Laws
Australia's parliament has passed legislation giving intelligence agencies broader powers to fight extremists, such as those associated with the Islamic State group.
The National Security Legislation Amendment Bill passed Wednesday has been slammed by some rights groups and opposition members, who say it erodes freedoms of the press.
Under the legislation, those who expose information related to special intelligence operations can be jailed for 10 years - a measure that could see... Wed, 01 Oct 2014 04:50:50 -0400
France Defies EU Partners with ‘No Austerity’ Budget
France laid down the gauntlet to EU partners on Wednesday with a 2015 budget setting out how it would bring its borrowing back to within EU limits two years later than promised, a retreat it blamed on a fragile economy.
“We have taken the decision to adapt the pace of deficit reduction to the economic situation of the country,” Finance Minister Michel Sapin told a news conference. “Our economic policy is not changing, but the deficit will be reduced more slowly than planned due to... Wed, 01 Oct 2014 03:56:27 -0400
Hong Kong Marks National Day as Protesters Defy Orders to Disburse
Hong Kong officials on Wednesday held ceremonies marking the 65th anniversary of the founding of communist China as city leaders remain locked in a standoff with protesters demanding greater democratic reforms.
As the city bristled with tension, an early morning flag-raising ceremony in Bauhinia Square drew marching bands and hundreds of dignitaries to commemorate China's National Day.
Nearby, tens of thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators angered by pro-Beijing government... Wed, 01 Oct 2014 03:32:31 -0400
The Honeymooners was a short-lived American sitcom based on sketches by comedian Jackie Gleason. It starred Gleason and Audrey Meadows as a struggling working class couple in New York—a drastic departure from other popular comedies of the era that depicted their characters in comfortable, middle-class, suburban environments. Though The Honeymooners was cancelled after just 39 episodes, it has been aired for decades in syndication. What animated TV series did Gleason's show inspire? Discuss
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 07:00:00 +0200
Jimmy Carter (1924)
Carter served as US President from 1977 to 1981. His foreign policy had some success—he mediated the Camp David Accords between Israel and Egypt and signed a treaty with Panama regarding control of the Panama Canal—but his domestic policy was less effective, and oil-related inflation and unemployment hurt his bid for re-election. He has since been active in human-rights causes and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002. In 2007, Carter earned a Grammy Award for best album in what category? Discuss
"You can't out-Heston Chartlon Heston," a long-haired Christian Bale laughed tonight following a presentation of footage from his upcoming Biblical epic, Exodus: Gods and Kings "There's no point in trying!" Tue, 30 Sep 2014 22:40:00 -0500
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Coming to Blu-ray and DVD in December
Paramount Home Media Distribution announced today that Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will be arrive on Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, DVD and VOD on December 16. The movie arrives three weeks early on Digital HD November 25. Directed by Jonathan Liebesman and produced by Michael Bay, the film stars Megan Fox, Alan Ritchson, Jeremy Howard, Pete Ploszek, Noel Fisher, Will Arnett, Danny Woodburn, William Fichtner, Johnny Knoxville and Tony Shalhoub. Tue, 30 Sep 2014 22:39:00 -0500
Ready for More Twilight? Five Shorts are Coming to Facebook
Lionsgate announced today it is teaming with Facebook, the prestigious Women In Film organization, the crowdsourcing platform Tongal and best-selling "Twilight Saga" author Stephenie Meyer to create and manage a social media campaign to develop and produce a series of short films directed by aspiring female filmmakers. Tue, 30 Sep 2014 22:38:00 -0500
New Line Cinema and Warner Bros. Pictures have revealed a new trailer for Horrible Bosses 2, starring Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston, Jamie Foxx, Kevin Spacey, Chris Pine and Christoph Waltz. Tue, 30 Sep 2014 18:34:00 -0500
The Trailer for Syfy's Ascension, Starring Tricia Helfer
Syfy has released the new trailer for their six-hour miniseries "Ascension," premiering on November 24 and starring Tricia Helfer ("Battlestar Galactica"), Brian Van Holt, Andrea Roth, Jacqueline Byers, Brandon P. Bell, Tiffany Lonsdale and PJ Boudousque. Tue, 30 Sep 2014 18:01:00 -0500
Tom and Jerry carries racism warning
Tom and Jerry cartoons on television are being accompanied by a warning that they may depict scenes of "racial prejudice". Tue, 30 Sep 2014 23:37:02 GMT
EastEnders to go live to name killer
The killer of EastEnders character Lucy Beale is to be unmasked during a special live broadcast to mark the soap's 30th anniversary next year. Wed, 01 Oct 2014 09:02:55 GMT
Morgan 'failed to wear seatbelt'
30 Rock comic Tracy Morgan was not wearing a seatbelt in a car accident that left him badly injured and another passenger dead, according to papers filed in a US court. Wed, 01 Oct 2014 07:45:10 GMT
Marcos art seized in Philippines
Artworks belonging to former Philippine first lady Imelda Marcos are seized by authorities who claim they were acquired with embezzled state funds. Tue, 30 Sep 2014 14:03:41 GMT
Billy Elliot show tops UK box office
A special live screening of Billy Elliot the Musical Live tops the UK and Ireland box office taking £1.9m - making it the highest grossing event cinema release. Tue, 30 Sep 2014 13:40:21 GMT
Netflix to release full-length film
The video streaming site Netflix will release its first feature-length film in 2015, after striking a deal with the Weinstein Company. Tue, 30 Sep 2014 06:51:24 GMT
Scans reveal hidden Leonardo works
Leonardo Da Vinci painted three versions of his famous painting The Lady with an Ermine, a French scientist discovers. Mon, 29 Sep 2014 16:01:38 GMT
Clooney wedding sealed in Venice
The marriage of actor George Clooney and lawyer Amal Alamuddin is sealed with a civil ceremony in Venice. Mon, 29 Sep 2014 12:00:17 GMT
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Wed, 01 Oct 2014 07:00:00 +0200
Located in the county of Berkshire, west of London, Windsor Castle has been a principal official residence of British monarchs since the 11th century. The Queen herself is quite fond of Windsor and frequently weekends there. Windsor has the distinction of being the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world. The modern castle, which contains about 1,000 rooms and occupies 13 acres (5 hectares), consists of three "wards"—the upper, middle, and lower. What damaged more than 100 rooms in 1992? Discuss
Wed, 1 Oct 2014 05:00:00 GMT
Opus Dei is a Roman Catholic lay order founded in 1928 in Spain, where it gained support from the government of Francisco Franco after the Spanish Civil War. Roughly one-third of its more than 85,000 members are celibate and live communally. Opus Dei seeks to promote traditional Catholic values and teachings and opposes liberalism and immorality. It also emphasizes preaching to government officials, intellectuals, and business executives. Why has Opus Dei been controversial among some Catholics?
Tue, 30 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT
"Code talkers" were Native American soldiers in the US military who transmitted secret messages using codes based on their native languages. Though code talking was used as early as World War I, it is chiefly associated with Navajo language speakers in the Pacific Theater of World War II. The Navajo code baffled the Japanese, and, according to military officers, was key to the American victory in the Battle of Iwo Jima. What was it about this "code" that made it so difficult to crack?
Hajj pilgrims denounce Isis as a 'virus'
Pilgrims in Mecca denounce atrocities by Isis as 'a virus' threatening the world, but also express concerns about the US-led air war against them. Tue, 30 Sep 2014 12:04:00 +0200
KABUL, Afghanistan - In a significant development, the United States and Afghanistan Tuesday signed a long delayed security pact that will allow American forces to stay in the war-torn country beyond ... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 22:17:47 -0400
LONDON/WASHINGTON - British Royal Air Force Tornado warplanes struck Islamic State targets in Iraq Tuesday for the first time since the UK approved military action against the Sunni jihadist group ... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 22:10:29 -0400
ALBEMARLE, North Carolina - A North Carolina student was shot at Tuesday after an argument with his schoolmate outside their institute early in the morning, police officials said. Police said they ... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 22:23:46 -0400
WASHINGTON After severe criticism from Congress, US Secret Service Director Julia Pierson acknowledged on Tuesday that her agency had failed in executing its plan to protect the White House when an ... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 22:08:25 -0400
BRUSSLES- The European Commission will publish on Tuesday its reasons for opening an in-depth inquiry into the Irish government's tax treatment of Apple, a Commission spokesman said.
The European ... Mon, 29 Sep 2014 17:01:07 -0400
US Signs Security Agreement with Afghanistan
The United States has welcomed the signing of a Bilateral Security Agreement with Afghanistan. US officials are calling the agreement, “an important step in strengthening the strategic partnership between the two countries.” The signing comes just three months before U.S. and NATO forces are set to officially end military operations in the country.
The International Security Assistance Force has been active in Afghanistan for 13 years. The force, known as ISAF, resulted from the... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 20:56:34 +0000
Former US President Jimmy Carter Turns 90
Today -- October 1st, 2014 -- is the 90th birthday of former U.S. President Jimmy Carter. On this program, we look at his very active and interesting life.
“There can be no nobler, nor more ambitious, task for America to undertake on this day of a new beginning."
Jimmy Carter was a peanut farmer, naval officer, state senator and governor of the southern state of Georgia before becoming the 39th president of the United States.
VOA reporter Kane Farabaugh met with Mr. Carter... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 19:00:17 +0000
US 'Green Card' Lottery Registration Begins
The United States government’s Diversity Immigrant Visa Program opens October 1. The program is known to millions of people around the world as the “green card lottery.”
A “green card” is the unofficial name for a government document. It can be used to prove that a person is a U.S. legal immigrant. Green cards are also given to those offered asylum or protection as refugees. And a green card may be given to individuals with family members who are U.S. citizens. The document is not... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 18:44:34 +0000
Lorde Releases Single for 'Hunger Games' Soundtrack
Welcome to American Mosaic from VOA Learning English. I’m Caty Weaver.
Moviegoers now have less than a month to wait for the release of the third Hunger Games movie. “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part One,” will open in theaters across the United States on November 21st.
The soundtrack that goes along with the film will be released a few days before that. Seventeen-year-old New Zealand singer-songwriter Lorde is leading the project. On Monday, she... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 18:18:02 +0000
Hong Kong Protesters, Officials Dig In
Protesters have demonstrated in Hong Kong for a fifth day. The protesters are threatening to expand their campaign for democratic reforms.
Tens of thousands of demonstrators remain camped out along at least four major roads Tuesday. The government has ordered them to leave. Police have largely withdrawn from the area.
Some observers have voiced concern that police may return again in force to clear the streets before China marks its National Day on Wednesday. Even more people... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 13:48:35 +0000
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