Tributes paid to murdered Nemtsov
Thousands of Russians light candles and lay flowers for Boris Nemtsov, as speculation grows over the motive for the murder of President Putin's critic. Sat, 28 Feb 2015 21:39:40 GMT
Kurdish leader seeks Turkey peace
The jailed leader of Turkey's main Kurdish rebel group urges his followers to end a 30-year armed struggle and seek a democratic peace. Sat, 28 Feb 2015 16:03:32 GMT
Looted Iraq museum opens 12 years on
Iraq's national museum officially reopens in Baghdad, 12 years after it was looted in the aftermath of the invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein. Sat, 28 Feb 2015 13:24:36 GMT
Eight guilty over $100m Paris heists
Eight men are jailed over a double heist on the Harry Winston jewellery shop in Paris that netted watches and jewels worth more than $100m. Sat, 28 Feb 2015 16:55:08 GMT
Chilean girl appeals to president
A 14-year-old girl suffering from cystic fibrosis asks Chile's president to allow her to die in an online video viewed by thousands of people. Sat, 28 Feb 2015 22:03:18 GMT
Terror tactics 'flawed' - Davis
The intelligence agencies are accused of using flawed tactics after it emerged they were aware of the man dubbed 'Jihadi John' before he went to Syria. Sat, 28 Feb 2015 15:32:50 GMT
Two arrests in missing girl search
Two people are arrested in connection with the disappearance of 16-year-old Becky Watts who is missing in Bristol. Sat, 28 Feb 2015 20:32:36 GMT
First-time buyers get 20% discount
First-time home buyers aged under 40 in England can now register to buy new homes at a discount of up to a fifth off the normal price. Sat, 28 Feb 2015 12:46:02 GMT
Cyclist, 15, killed in stab murder
A 15-year-old boy was fatally stabbed when three men attacked him while he was cycling with friends, police say. Sat, 28 Feb 2015 17:26:34 GMT
UK 'must prepare for Russian threat'
Russia has become a danger to Britain and the country must be prepared to take steps to defend itself and its allies, the former head of MI6 says. Sat, 28 Feb 2015 06:35:11 GMT
VIDEO: Samurai prince escapes wig ordeal
Prince William was transformed into a samurai warlord, but escaped the ordeal of wearing a wig, as he visited Japan's public broadcaster NHK. Sat, 28 Feb 2015 19:40:37 GMT
VIDEO: Missing Oscars dress 'found'
Police in California say they have found a dress which could be the one worn by actress Lupita Nyong'o at the Oscars. Sat, 28 Feb 2015 05:51:55 GMT
VIDEO: Why we saw it differently - in 45 secs
A debate has raged on social media over the colour of a dress which looks different to different people. The BBC's David Sillito - with the help of professor John Barbur - explains why we saw it differently, in 45 seconds. Sat, 28 Feb 2015 00:11:35 GMT
VIDEO: Teacher: 'Jihadi John' had therapy
The BBC has learned that Mohammed Emwazi, who has been identified as the Islamic State extremist 'Jihadi John', had anger management therapy at his secondary school in north-west London. Fri, 27 Feb 2015 23:19:28 GMT
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Dutch town terrorised by rogue owl
Residents of the Dutch town of Purmerend are advised to take umbrellas out at night after a rogue owl leaves man requiring stitches to head wounds. Wed, 25 Feb 2015 17:36:41 GMT
Finding psychological insights through social media
Social media has opened up a new digital world for psychology research. Researchers are developing new methods of language analysis, and how social media can be leveraged to study personality, mental and physical health, and cross-cultural differences. Sat, 28 Feb 2015 08:47:10 EST
Reasons for ibrutinib therapy discontinuation in CLL
About 10 percent of patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia discontinued therapy with the Bruton tyrosine kinase inhibitor drug ibrutinib because of disease progression during clinical trials, according to a new study. Fri, 27 Feb 2015 18:13:41 EST
First detailed microscopy evidence of bacteria at the lower size limit of life
Scientists have captured the first detailed microscopy images of ultra-small bacteria that are believed to be about as small as life can get. The existence of ultra-small bacteria has been debated for two decades, but there hasn't been a comprehensive electron microscopy and DNA-based description of the microbes until now. The cells have an average volume of 0.009 cubic microns (one micron is one millionth of a meter). About 150 of these bacteria could fit inside an Escherichia coli cell and more than 150,000 cells could fit onto the tip of a human hair. Fri, 27 Feb 2015 18:13:39 EST
Crohn's disease not exempt from racial disparities
Significant differences were found in hospital re-admissions, medication usage, and both medical and surgical complications of children with Crohn's disease related to race. In the study, black children had a 1.5 times higher frequency of hospital re-admissions because of Crohn's disease compared to white children. Fri, 27 Feb 2015 18:13:37 EST
So, What Color IS That Dress, Anyway?
A new dress by British retailer Roman Originals attracted the world's attention when an international survey showed that people looking at it on the Internet could not agree on what color it is.
Some say it's blue and black; others go with white and gold. Still others offer slight variations on those pairings.
So what are the true colors? Images uploaded on various social media websites caused a worldwide debate Friday, with many celebrities voicing support for one camp or... Sat, 28 Feb 2015 17:07:31 -0500
So, What Color IS That Dress, Anyway?
It's universally acknowledged that people sometimes see things differently. A British fashion retailer has inadvertently put forward another proof of that with a photo of a new dress that different people see in different colors. The photo has sparked a worldwide debate — and has increased sales of the garment. VOA's Zlatica Hoke reports. Sat, 28 Feb 2015 16:00:00 -0500
Paris Tent Camp Reflects Plight of Europe's Asylum-Seekers
About a mile from Paris' iconic Montmartre neighborhood is a spot where very few tourists go. It is a busy overpass that shelters a collection of small, dirty tents. The metro rumbles overhead. Trains pass by below.
The residents of this tent camp mostly come from East Africa. Everybody has a different story. But nobody wanted to end up on this bridge, with no toilet, no home and, for now, no future.
Mikias, 24, said he was a student in Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa, before... Sat, 28 Feb 2015 15:28:32 -0500
Balad Ruz, Samarra Attacked in Iraq
Car bombs in Iraq have targeted a market and a checkpoint north of Baghdad, killing more than a dozen people, as Iraq's prime minister vowed to punish the Islamic State militants who smashed ancient artifacts in their stronghold, the northern city of Mosul.
A car bomb exploded Saturday near the market in the town of Balad Ruz, northeast of Baghdad, killing at least five people and wounding at least 15 more. There were two blasts; the source of the second one is not clear.
Later,... Sat, 28 Feb 2015 13:21:25 -0500
Zimbabwe's President Celebrates 91st Birthday
Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has celebrated his 91st birthday by hinting the government might seize some of the remaining white-owned land in his country.
Those are members of Zimbabwe's police band singing Happy Birthday for President Robert Mugabe’s 91st birthday party in the resort town of Victoria Falls, more than 900 kilometers southwest of the capital, Harare. The lavish affair, attended by thousands of ruling party supporters, was held on the golf course of a luxury... Sat, 28 Feb 2015 12:45:22 -0500
This Day in History
Sat, 28 Feb 2015 06:00:00 +0100
Raid on the Branch Davidian Compound (1993)
After investigating charges of child abuse and the illegal stockpiling of weapons at the Texas ranch of the Branch Davidian religious sect, US federal law enforcement agents raided the compound. The confrontation turned violent, and 10 people were killed in the firefight. A siege of the compound ended 51 days later, when the complex was engulfed in flames. At least 76 people, including Davidian leader David Koresh, died in the incident. How did the Davidians receive advance warning of the raid? Discuss
In Chile, UN chief says 'time to take stand' for gender equality
The international community must work for a stronger world and a better future for all with equal rights for both men and women, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon affirmed today as he emphasized the need for swift global action on gender parity. Sat, 28 Feb 2015 00:00:00 EST
Humanitarian community must move quickly to halt cholera spread in Malawi – UN
With 39 cases of cholera in the last two weeks, including two deaths, the United Nations children’s agency in Malawi is on high alert for spread in southern border areas where highly-populated camps for people displaced by the floods are located, according to a press statement released today. Fri, 27 Feb 2015 17:45:49 EST
Man stabbed to death in NSW Hunter
A 48-YEAR-OLD man has been stabbed to death in the NSW Hunter region, with police speaking to a man who crashed into the crime scene a short time later.
Sat, 28 Feb 2015 19:19:07 GMT
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Mario Andretti (1940)
Mario Andretti is the only racecar driver to have won the Indianapolis 500, the Daytona 500, and the international Formula One championship. He retired from Indy-car racing in 1994 with 52 victories but continued his attempts to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans sports-car endurance race until the age of 60. The Italian-American legend has been called the "Driver of the Century." How many members of the Andretti family have followed in Mario's footsteps and become racecar drivers? Discuss
Obama leads Leonard Nimoy tributes
President Obama is among those paying tribute to Leonard Nimoy, the Star Trek actor who has died aged 83, saying: "I loved Spock." Sat, 28 Feb 2015 10:55:57 GMT
Turkish author Yasar Kemal dies
One of Turkey's best-known writers, Yasar Kemal, 92, dies in an Istanbul hospital following respiratory and organ failure. Sat, 28 Feb 2015 18:59:00 GMT
Rwanda urged to take BBC to court
An inquiry in Rwanda urges the government to initiate criminal and civil proceedings against the BBC for a documentary about the 1994 genocide. Sat, 28 Feb 2015 21:33:39 GMT
Nyong'o stolen dress 'recovered'
A dress "resembling" the $150,000 (£97,000) outfit worn by Lupita Nyong'o at this year's Oscars has been found, Los Angeles police say. Sat, 28 Feb 2015 08:02:38 GMT
Harrison Ford back for Blade Runner
Harrison Ford will reprise his role as police officer Rick Deckard in the forthcoming Blade Runner sequel, it is confirmed. Fri, 27 Feb 2015 10:42:10 GMT
Robin Williams' daughter speaks out
Zelda Williams says there is "no point" in seeking any explanation for why the comedian took his own life last August. Fri, 27 Feb 2015 13:14:53 GMT
Gary Glitter jailed for 16 years
Former pop star Gary Glitter is jailed for 16 years for sexually abusing three young girls between 1975 and 1980. Fri, 27 Feb 2015 14:11:53 GMT
Stolen Picasso returned to France
A Picasso painting smuggled into the US last December, disguised as a Christmas parcel, is being returned to its home in France. Fri, 27 Feb 2015 11:38:55 GMT
Cut music to 'an hour a day' - WHO
People should listen to music for no more than one hour a day to protect their hearing, the World Health Organization suggests. Fri, 27 Feb 2015 14:27:20 GMT
Article of the Day
Sat, 28 Feb 2015 06:00:00 +0100
Seaplanes are designed to take off from and land on water. The two most common types are the floatplane, whose fuselage is supported by struts attached to two or more pontoon floats, and the flying boat, whose boat-hull fuselage is constructed with the buoyancy and strength necessary to land and float on water. Seaplanes are often used by rescue organizations due to their efficiency and ability to spot and rescue survivors. The first practical seaplane was constructed and flown in what year? Discuss
Sat, 28 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT
Château Mouton Rothschild
Château Mouton Rothschild is an estate in southwestern France that is regarded as one of the producers of the world's greatest wines. In the mid-20th century, Baron Rothschild decided to have each year's label designed by a famous artist of the day, and since then the wine's labels have become collectibles. Twice in the history of the special labels, two designs have been used in the same year. The first time, the Baron liked two submissions equally and used both. What happened the second time?
Fri, 27 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT
Papiamento is a Spanish-based creole language with Portuguese, Dutch, and English influences that is now primarily used in the Caribbean islands of Aruba, Bonaire, and Curaçao. It developed in the Netherlands' possessions in the West Indies and possibly arrived there with African slaves, who used it to communicate with Portuguese slave traders. Its name is thought to come from papear, the Portuguese word for "chatter.” Approximately how many people speak Papiamento today?
Hijabs off for a flash of freedom
Masih Alinejad is not opposed to the hijab, but she has created a Facebook page because she wants people to have the freedom to choose. Fri, 27 Feb 2015 00:00:00 +0200
War changes demographics of Iraq
Relations between Kurds and Arabs are volatile at best in the areas captured by peshmerga from Isis. Fri, 27 Feb 2015 00:00:00 +0200
WASHINGTON - All it took for a US lawmaker to prove climate change threat is a hoax was to roll a snowball on the Senate floor. "You know what this is?" Senate Environment and Public Works ... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 22:10:26 -0500
DHAKA, Bangladesh - Unknown assailants hacked to death a prominent American blogger of Bangladeshi origin on the streets of Dhaka apparently for his vociferous antipathy to religious extremism, ... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 22:06:05 -0500
WASHINGTON - The US and Cuba held second round of talks on Friday at the U.S. State Department with focus on opening embassies in each country as Cuba pushed to be removed from a U.S. list of state ... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 22:03:30 -0500
TYRONE, Missouri - A 36-year-old man went on a house-to-house shooting rampage in a small town in the Missouri Ozarks, killing seven people, four of who were his cousins, before taking his own ... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 21:58:42 -0500
WASHINGTON - US economic growth for the final quarter of 2014 has been revised down to 2.2 percent from an initial estimate of 2.6 percent, though underlying signs of strength suggest growth will ... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 21:49:24 -0500
Melbourne thunderstorms: Toddler killed
Winds gusting at up to 130 kilometres an hour were sweeping through the city, as Melburnians are being warned to brace for a “very dangerous” thunderstorm. Sat Feb 28 22:30:43 UTC 2015
Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov shot dead in Moscow
The Russian opposition politician and former deputy prime minister Boris Nemtsov has been shot and killed by four shots in central Moscow, the Russian government said in a statement, according to the Interfax news agency. Sat Feb 28 22:18:47 UTC 2015
Choosing to Be a Single Mother
From VOA Learning English, this is the Health and Lifestyle Report.
American actress Marisa Tomei won an Academy Award for her work in the 1992 movie My Cousin Vinny. People laughed when they saw her film character telling a boyfriend that they need to get married. Why marriage? Because her biological clock is ticking and she wants a baby.
"Well I hate to bring it up because I know you got enough pressure on you already. But ... we agreed to get married as soon as you won... Sat, 28 Feb 2015 20:01:58 +0000
Down to Earth
Now, the VOA Special English program Words and Their Stories.
Every week at this time, we tell about popular American words and expressions. Some of these are very old. Some are new. Together, they form the living speech of the American people.
Today we tell about the expression "down to earth." Down to earth means being open and honest. It is easy to deal with someone who is down to earth.
A person who is down to earth is a pleasure to find. He or she accepts other... Sat, 28 Feb 2015 20:00:32 +0000
Muslim Hijab: Dress Code or Discrimination?
The U.S. Supreme Court has heard opening arguments in a workplace religious discrimination case. The justices are considering whether a clothing store can deny employment to someone for wearing a religious headcovering.
Seven years ago Samantha Elauf sought employment with the clothing store company Abercrombie and Fitch. At the same time, she was a 17-year-old with a love of fashion. She seemed the perfect candidate for the job.
Ms. Elauf went to her job interview wearing a... Sat, 28 Feb 2015 20:00:15 +0000
Putin: The ‘Lonely’ Leader Working to Rebuild Russian Power
The Russian economy has faced a crisis in recent months, partly because of the sharp drop in oil prices. Yet, public approval ratings for Russian President Vladimir Putin are near record highs.
Western measures against Russia have failed to reduce its interference in Ukraine. Russia watchers say Mr. Putin is working to return Russia to what he sees as its rightful place in the world, by any means available.
Last Monday, the Russian leader took part in “Defender of the... Sat, 28 Feb 2015 20:00:06 +0000
Growing Support in US for Campaign Against Islamic State
A national survey finds that twice as many Americans approve than disapprove of the U.S. military campaign against the so-called Islamic State.
The Pew Research Center in Washington, DC published the survey. Researchers found that 63 percent of Americans support the campaign against the Islamic State, the group also known as ISIL or ISIS.
Carroll Doherty is Director of Political Research for the Pew Research Center. He says now nearly half of Americans are willing to... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 22:43:52 +0000
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