Shipwrecks 'kill up to 700 migrants'
Up to 700 migrants are feared drowned in a series of shipwrecks off the coast of Libya in the last few days, the UN refugee agency says. Sun, 29 May 2016 11:00:36 GMT
Leaders mark Verdun with EU unity plea
The leaders of France and Germany mark the 100th anniversary of the WW1 battle of Verdun in northern France with a call for European unity. Sun, 29 May 2016 16:36:53 GMT
'Boateng insult' sparks row in Germany
Comments by a senior leader of Germany's right-wing AfD party about football star Jerome Boateng are widely condemned as racist. Sun, 29 May 2016 13:48:30 GMT
Japan boy left in woods 'as punishment'
The parents of a seven-year-old boy missing in the mountains of northern Japan admit that they left him alone in the woods as a punishment. Sun, 29 May 2016 14:02:54 GMT
Top Mexico footballer kidnapped
Olympiakos striker Alan Pulido has been kidnapped in Mexico's northern border state of Tamaulipas, officials say. Sun, 29 May 2016 16:47:07 GMT
Suspected migrants rescued in Channel
Eighteen Albanians, believed to be migrants, are among 20 people rescued from an inflatable boat off the Kent coast after it began taking on water overnight. Sun, 29 May 2016 17:57:49 GMT
Tory challenge to PM over immigration
David Cameron must accept he has failed to deliver a pledge to reduce migration, two Vote Leave MPs say, but No 10 calls the Tory attack a "distraction". Sun, 29 May 2016 15:37:49 GMT
Impressive Murray into last eight
Britain's Andy Murray beats John Isner in straight sets to reach the quarter-finals of the French Open in Paris. Sun, 29 May 2016 17:20:52 GMT
Secret WW2 code machine found on eBay
After a secret German WW2 code machine is found on eBay, the National Museum of Computing is asking people to search for its motor. Sun, 29 May 2016 05:04:35 GMT
Body of Thai boat British victim found
The body of Briton Jason Parnell, missing after a speedboat capsized near the island of Koh Samui in Thailand, has been found, the Foreign Office confirms. Sun, 29 May 2016 08:18:23 GMT
'Petition' elephant dies in Japan zoo
An elephant that was the focus of an international campaign to improve its living conditions has died in a zoo in Japan at the age of 69. Thu, 26 May 2016 20:23:11 GMT
Rosetta’s comet contains ingredients for life
Ingredients crucial for the origin of life on Earth, including the simple amino acid glycine and phosphorus, key components of DNA and cell membranes, have been discovered at Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Fri, 27 May 2016 19:05:50 EDT
Imaging study shows promising results for patients with schizophrenia
A team of scientists from across the globe have shown that the brains of patients with schizophrenia have the capacity to reorganize and fight the illness. This is the first time that imaging data has been used to show that our brains may have the ability to reverse the effects of schizophrenia. Fri, 27 May 2016 19:04:17 EDT
Trouble with parasites? Just migrate
A new model has been designed to explore whether combating infection could, in theory, be a potential benefit of migration. Fri, 27 May 2016 19:04:15 EDT
Why robin eggs are blue
Scientists are testing the hypothesis that blue eggshells (unlike dark colors) both shield the interior from UV radiation and prevent the egg from heating up. Fri, 27 May 2016 19:04:10 EDT
Libertarian Intrudes in US Presidential Race
A previously little-noticed U.S. political figure, Libertarian Gary Johnson, again won his party's presidential nomination Sunday, drawing new attention to his candidacy at a moment when majorities of Americans have unfavorable opinions about the major party front-runners, Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton.
Recent polls show the 63-year-old Johnson, who served two terms as the Republican governor of the southwestern state of New Mexico from 1995 to 2003 before... Sun, 29 May 2016 14:35:28 -0400
UNHCR Concerned About Fallujah Residents
Iraqi security forces have surrounded Fallujah on four sides ahead of a full scale offense, but there are growing concerns over the plight of civilians trapped inside the Islamic State held city. Sun, 29 May 2016 14:15:00 -0400
May 29, 2016
A look at the best news photos from around the world. Sun, 29 May 2016 13:44:00 -0400
700 Migrants Feared Drowned Trying to Cross Mediterranean
More than 700 migrants are feared to have drowned this week in three separate ship wrecks in the Mediterranean Sea as they tried to reach Europe in smuggling boats, according to the U.N. refugee agency. Sun, 29 May 2016 11:45:00 -0400
This Day in History
Sun, 29 May 2016 07:00:00 +0200
The Battle of Legnano (1176)
In 1160, Holy Roman Emperor Frederick I Barbarossa was excommunicated for his support of a series of antipopes against Pope Alexander III. In 1167, the communes of Lombardy in northern Italy formed an alliance to resist Frederick. The Lombard League soundly defeated Frederick's forces in the Battle of Legnano, after which Frederick reconciled with the pope and made peace with the Lombard cities. Why, if he survived, did Frederick's wife go into mourning for her husband following the battle? Discuss
Mali: UN Mission strongly condemns ambush that leaves five 'blue helmets' dead
Five United Nations peacekeepers were killed in an ambush in central Mali earlier today, with another 'blue helmet' seriously injured, according to preliminary information reported by the country's UN mission, which deplored the “heinous act of terrorism” as all the more shocking because it occurred on the day set aside for the global community to honour UN peacekeepers. Sun, 29 May 2016 00:00:00 EST
In Egypt, Assembly President points way towards more relevant, responsive and inclusive UN
With unprecedented opportunities ahead to enhance the work of the United Nations, as well as that of the wider multilateral system, UN Member States have before them a straightforward “but not easy” road, the President of the General Assembly said today, starting by working harder to make their societies, their economies and their politics more inclusive and more sustainable. Sat, 28 May 2016 00:00:00 EST
Sun, 29 May 2016 07:00:00 +0200
Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874)
A British man of letters, Chesterton was a journalist, scholar, novelist, short-story writer, and poet. He wrote essays on Christianity and works of social and literary criticism on subjects such as Charles Dickens. His fiction includes the popular allegorical novel The Man Who Was Thursday, and his most successful creation, the series of detective novels featuring the priest-sleuth Father Brown. Chesterton was also known for collaborating with what author? Discuss
Talent final audience lowest in history
This year's Britain's Got Talent final draws lowest audience in its 10-year history, as Army bandsman Richard Jones becomes first magic act to win. Sun, 29 May 2016 10:20:43 GMT
Glee actor charged over child porn
Former Glee actor Mark Salling has been formally charged with two counts of receiving and possessing images of child sexual abuse. Sun, 29 May 2016 17:49:32 GMT
Music News LIVE: 27 May
Rolling coverage of the biggest music news stories from around the world. Fri, 27 May 2016 07:40:55 GMT
Chinese theme park 'to take on Disney'
China's richest man opens a huge entertainment complex in the city of Nanchang to compete with Disney, which is launching its own theme park next month. Sat, 28 May 2016 15:30:44 GMT
Dahl's swashboggling words celebrated
Swashboggling, squishous and frobscottle are among thousands of Roald Dahl's gobblefunk words in a dictionary celebrating the centenary of the writer's birth. Sat, 28 May 2016 12:46:28 GMT
Depp ordered to stay away from wife
A US judge orders actor Johnny Depp to stay away from his estranged wife, actress Amber Heard, after an alleged assault. Sat, 28 May 2016 05:02:27 GMT
American Psycho to close on Broadway
Broadway musical American Psycho, about an investment banker turned serial killer, is to close after poor ticket sales. Fri, 27 May 2016 11:20:00 GMT
Ariana Grande scores first UK number one
Ariana Grande tops the album chart with her third record, Dangerous Woman, while Drake continues his reign at the top of the singles chart. Fri, 27 May 2016 16:54:14 GMT
500 words winners announced by Chris Evans
Stories by children about the perils of reality TV judging, dementia and a bloodthirsty pig are among the winners of this year's 500 Words. Fri, 27 May 2016 09:52:43 GMT
Article of the Day
Sun, 29 May 2016 07:00:00 +0200
Mind Your Manners
The use of the fork is a basic concern of Western table etiquette. The utensil's origin is disputed; certain passages in the book of I Samuel suggest that forks were used during priestly sacrifice, and it is commonly accepted that the Greeks used serving forks long before the Middle Ages. Before the fork made its 10th century debut at tables across Europe, people commonly used their hands to eat. Why did the Roman Catholic Church initially consider the use of a fork an insult to God? Discuss
Sun, 29 May 2016 05:00:00 GMT
Music existed long before human cultures were literate or had developed a written system of record-keeping, perhaps originating as an attempt to echo the sounds and rhythms of nature. These sounds may have been used to lure prey while hunting or in recreational or shamanistic rituals. The oldest known bone flute is about 50,000 years old, but experts believe that humans may have used what to create a form of music that predates such instruments?
Sat, 28 May 2016 05:00:00 GMT
The Art of Eating Fire
Fire-eaters are entertainers who extinguish flaming objects and transfer flames using their mouths and other body parts. The tradition of fire-eating was embedded in the spiritual performances of Hindu ascetics, and by the late 1880s, these daring acts had become a standard element in sideshow productions. Extinguishing tricks are the traditional hallmark of fire-eating, and performers often use their mouths to snuff out 1, 2, or even 3 flaming torches. What is the “secret” to fire-eating?
Jarre brings politics to electonica
A pioneer of electronic music, Jean-Michel Jarre has roused crowds, yet at the root of the genre lies a political dimension, he says. Fri, 27 May 2016 00:00:00 +0200
Where next for Russia in Syria?
Predicting what move Moscow will take next in the Middle Eastern nation is anything but straightforward. Wed, 25 May 2016 12:17:00 +0200
Scientists Fear 'Nightmare Bacteria'
News this week of the discovery of a "superbug" was startling because such a bacterium, resistant to all forms of antibiotic medicine, had not previously been encountered in the United States.
Lesson 15: I Love People-Watching!
Anna and her friends are eating lunch outside on a beautiful day in Washington, DC. They are people-watching. They like seeing the many different people walking by.
In this video, you can learn to say the new words. Learn about the sounds English speakers make to show they are happy. You can also download the Activity Sheet and practice talking about how people look with a friend.
In this video, you learn about how to... Sun, 29 May 2016 11:00:49 +0000
Less Financial Aid Going to Students Who Need It
Financial aid is an important resource for students who want to attend college in the U.S. but don’t have enough money.
Financial aid is offered by banks, the government, and the school a student plans to attend.
But research shows the amount of financial aid colleges and universities provide low-income students has decreased.
The National Center for Education Statistics, or NCES, collects information about education across the country. Last year the NCES, a part of the... Sat, 28 May 2016 21:15:46 +0000
How Can Golf Appeal to More People?
Golf is big business in America, with a total economy estimated at nearly 70 billion dollars.
The U.S. is also the world’s biggest market for golf equipment, according to a report from Golf Datatech. The other top countries are Japan, South Korea, United Kingdom, Canada and China.
But the industry is working on ways to make golf more appealing, especially to young Americans.
The CEO of the U.S.-based World Golf Foundation, Steve Mona, told VOA he believes the current state of... Sat, 28 May 2016 21:02:02 +0000
Approval of TPP in US Congress Seen as Difficult
In Vietnam this week, President Barack Obama spoke in support of the free-trade agreement called the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
The free-trade deal is among the United States and 11 other nations around the Pacific Ocean.
On Monday, he said he was “confident” that the deal, known as the TPP, will pass in the U.S. Congress. Vietnam is one of the countries included in the TPP.
But members of the U.S. Senate, which approves trade agreements, are not so sure.
Republican Senator... Sat, 28 May 2016 21:01:06 +0000
Confronting the Enemy After Wartime Can Help, and Hurt
A new study finds public discussion of a violent civil conflict can harm some victims who have tried to forget the pain they experienced.
In a civil war, a man may sometimes fight against his brother. Civilians might find themselves living in a building next to the enemy.
Some countries have set up truth and reconciliation commissions as a way to heal society after violent civil conflicts.
More than 20 truth and reconciliation programs have been created in countries where... Sat, 28 May 2016 21:00:50 +0000
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