Islamic State 'beheads US hostage'
An Islamic State video purporting to show the beheading of Steven Sotloff, a US journalist abducted by the group, is released. Wed, 03 Sep 2014 05:13:26 GMT
Obama in Europe for Ukraine talks
US President Barack Obama arrives in Estonia for talks with regional leaders amid growing concern over Russia's intervention in Ukraine. Wed, 03 Sep 2014 03:33:39 GMT
Corruption 'costs millions of lives'
About $1tn a year is being taken out of poor countries and millions of lives are lost because of corruption, the One campaign group says. Tue, 02 Sep 2014 23:58:03 GMT
DNA overturns 30-year US convictions
Two US men who spent three decades in prison for rape and murder, one on death row, are released after new DNA evidence proves their innocence. Tue, 02 Sep 2014 22:56:35 GMT
Celebrity leaks 'no breach' - Apple
The leaking of intimate photos of celebrities from iCloud accounts was due to a theft of log-in information, not a security breach, says Apple. Tue, 02 Sep 2014 19:49:12 GMT
PM to discuss hostage death threat
David Cameron will chair a Cobra meeting after a threat by Islamic militants to kill a UK man in a video purporting to show the beheading of a second US journalist. Wed, 03 Sep 2014 06:19:07 GMT
UK in £3.5bn armoured vehicle deal
The Ministry of Defence is set to sign a £3.5bn deal for nearly 600 new armoured vehicles ahead of the Nato summit in Wales, which starts on Thursday. Wed, 03 Sep 2014 01:39:20 GMT
VIDEO: Escaped Ebola patient recaptured
The recapture of an escaped Ebola patient in Liberia has raised fears that West African countries are struggling to contain the outbreak. Tue, 02 Sep 2014 19:23:01 GMT
VIDEO: BBC 'acted properly' over Cliff
A group of MPs has said that the BBC "acted properly" in their reporting of a story about a police raid on the house of singer Cliff Richard. Tue, 02 Sep 2014 21:41:03 GMT
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Cockatoos go to carpentry school
Goffin's cockatoos can learn how to make and use wooden tools from each other, a new study has found. The discovery is thought to be the first controlled experimental evidence for the social transmission of tool use in any bird species. Tue, 02 Sep 2014 20:53:39 EDT
Economic success drives language extinction
Thriving economies are the biggest factor in the disappearance of minority languages and conservation should focus on the most developed countries where languages are vanishing the fastest, finds a new study. Tue, 02 Sep 2014 20:52:28 EDT
Thai Rice Shipments to West Africa Curtailed By Ebola Outbreak
The Ebola outbreak in Africa is beginning to have an impact on agriculture and shipping as far away as Asia, with Thailand’s rice industry among the first to experience a serious impact.
Africa is a major market for Thailand’s rice, but the industry is finding it difficult to meet demand.
Exporters in Bangkok say Africa consumes nine million tons of rice annually and two-thirds of it is imported. But they are currently unable to ship much of their crop to West African... Wed, 03 Sep 2014 02:05:09 -0400
Occupy Central Vows to Not Back Down
Hong Kong's pro-democracy protest movement is vowing to not back down in its fight for free elections, a day after apparently conceding defeat to Beijing.
In a statement late Tuesday, the Occupy Central with Love and Peace movement insisted that Hong Kongers "won't accept failure on our road to democracy."
The group has for months threatened to shut down Hong Kong's central financial district if China does not agree to allow universal suffrage in the 2017 election... Wed, 03 Sep 2014 00:35:14 -0400
Health Officials: Ebola Spiraling Out of Control
Health officials say the Ebola outbreak in West Africa is spiraling out of control and threatening to spread to other continents. The head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Tuesday called for an urgent and concerted effort worldwide to contain the deadly virus. Zlatica Hoke reports. Wed, 03 Sep 2014 00:29:00 -0400
Ban 'Outraged' After Video Shows Apparent Beheading of US Journalist
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the apparent beheading of a second U.S. hostage and the killing of other civilians by Islamic State militants.
During a speech Wednesday in New Zealand, Ban said he is outraged and refuses to believe people "can be threatened by atrocity crimes" because of their ethnicity or religion.
The extremists released the video Tuesday showing what appears to be the beheading of journalist Steven Sotloff.
A masked figure in... Wed, 03 Sep 2014 00:17:28 -0400
Philippines Trial of Chinese Fishermen Highlights Tensions in South China Sea
Nine Chinese fishermen will go on trial this week in the Philippines for allegedly poaching in Filipino territorial waters and catching a protected turtle species. Their arrest has angered the Beijing government, which says the fishermen were in China’s territory. Some analysts say the trial highlights the ongoing tensions in the South China Sea.
The Philippines’ National Police Special Boat Unit patrols the waters around the island province of Palawan. The United States gave Philippine... Wed, 03 Sep 2014 00:14:26 -0400
This Day in History
Wed, 03 Sep 2014 07:00:00 +0200
World's Oldest Republic Is Born (301)
San Marino, surrounded by Italy, is the world's smallest republic and likely Europe's oldest existing state. According to tradition, its founder, Marino—a Christian stonecutter from Dalmatia—took refuge on Mount Titano in the Apennines to escape religious persecution. By the mid-5th century, a community had formed. Its relatively inaccessible location has helped it to maintain its independence with only a few brief interruptions. Which US president was made an honorary citizen of San Marino?
Ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine drives more people from their homes – UN
The number of displaced people in eastern Ukraine has risen dramatically in recent weeks due to the ongoing fighting in the country, the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) said today, warning of corresponding increases in the need for humanitarian aid for civilians in the region. Tue, 02 Sep 2014 17:45:00 EST
Mali: Ban condemns deadly attack against UN peacekeepers
Condemning the latest in a series of recent attacks against United Nations personnel and contractors in northern Mali, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today declared that the latest incident, in which four UN peacekeepers were killed and 15 others injured, would not deter the Organization’s determination to support the Malian Government and people. Tue, 02 Sep 2014 16:53:49 EST
Wed, 03 Sep 2014 07:00:00 +0200
Ferdinand Porsche (1875)
Despite having little formal education in engineering. Porsche showed enormous natural aptitude. After working in the automotive industry for some time, the Austrian formed his own firm and began designing vehicles on commission—one of which resulted in the original Volkswagen Beetle. His success in making Hitler's vision for a "people's car" a reality led to further commissions, and Porsche went on to design various military vehicles for the Germans. How did this affect him after the war?
Gotham Coming to Netflix Members Around the World
Netflix and Warner Bros. Worldwide Television Distribution announced today an agreement that makes Netflix the exclusive subscription video on demand (SVOD) home of the upcoming series, "Gotham," in each of the territories in which the world's leading Internet TV network operates and select other territories. Each season of the series will be available to Netflix members following linear broadcast beginning in 2015. Tue, 02 Sep 2014 21:11:00 -0500
Dax Shepard to Write, Direct and Star in the CHiPs Movie
Trying to bring Rick Rosner's popular television series CHiPs, which aired from 1977 to 1983 on NBC, to the big screen has been a huge endeavor over the past few years with many failed attempts with various configurations. Now, Deadline is reporting that Warner Bros. has hired actor and filmmaker Dax Shepard (Hit and Run) to write, direct and star in a new adaptation. Tue, 02 Sep 2014 20:45:00 -0500
The New Trailer and Poster for The Equalizer
Columbia Pictures has debuted the new online trailer and a new poster for director Antoine Fuqua's The Equalizer. The trailer features Eminem's new single with Sia, "Guts Over Fear." You can view the poster and trailer below! Tue, 02 Sep 2014 20:15:00 -0500
Police 'incompetence' over Sir Cliff
South Yorkshire Police are accused of "sheer incompetence" by MPs in the way they dealt with the BBC over a search of Sir Cliff Richard's home. Tue, 02 Sep 2014 17:42:06 GMT
Justin Bieber charged with assault
Canadian pop star Justin Bieber is charged with assault and dangerous driving after crashing his quad bike into a minivan. Tue, 02 Sep 2014 16:41:13 GMT
FBI probes 'Cloud' celebrity leaks
The FBI looks into allegations that the online accounts of celebrities have been hacked, leading to intimate pictures being posted online. Tue, 02 Sep 2014 09:09:12 GMT
Survivor singer Jamison dies aged 63
Jimi Jamison, the lead singer for US rock band Survivor, who sang and co-wrote the theme tune for hit TV series Baywatch, dies aged 63. Tue, 02 Sep 2014 09:31:54 GMT
McDormand picks up Venice award
Oscar-winning actress Frances McDormand is honoured with the visionary talent award at the Venice Film Festival. Tue, 02 Sep 2014 08:49:42 GMT
Spain returns Colombian treasure
Spain returns to Colombia hundreds of indigenous artefacts that were seized from drug gangs in 2003, but later smuggled out of the country. Mon, 01 Sep 2014 23:08:27 GMT
Musician Watt makes non-fiction list
Everything But The Girl musician Ben Watt is announced as part of the 15-strong longlist for the Samuel Johnson Prize for non-fiction. Tue, 02 Sep 2014 07:05:36 GMT
Winkleman makes 'most powerful' list
Strictly Come Dancing host Claudia Winkleman is named on a list of most influential women on TV, but co-presenter Tess Daly fails to make the cut. Tue, 02 Sep 2014 09:47:45 GMT
Guardians is top US film of 2014
Sci-fi blockbuster Guardians of the Galaxy rules the US box office, becoming the biggest film of the year so far. Mon, 01 Sep 2014 09:03:35 GMT
Johansson's Lucy stays top of chart
Scarlett Johansson sci-fi drama Lucy has held on to top spot at the UK and Ireland box office in its second weekend of release. Tue, 02 Sep 2014 14:02:23 GMT
Article of the Day
Wed, 03 Sep 2014 07:00:00 +0200
Esperanto is an artificial language that was introduced in 1887 by Dr. L.L. Zamenhof, a Polish linguist. His goal was to ease communication between speakers of different languages. Its words are derived from roots commonly found in European languages and are spelled as pronounced. Grammar is simple and regular. Although no nation has officially adopted Esperanto, it has more than one million speakers and has been taught in schools throughout the world. What is the origin of the name "Esperanto"?
Wed, 3 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT
Hatshepsut was the fifth pharaoh of the 18th dynasty of ancient Egypt. She rose to power by acting as regent for her stepson, Thutmose III, but soon ordered herself crowned as pharaoh. Thereafter, she was regarded as a king rather than a queen and was often portrayed in pharaonic costume, including a false beard. She attained unprecedented power, and her reign saw the start of construction at Thebes and expanded trade. Why did she almost disappear from Egypt's archaeological and written records?
Tue, 2 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT
The daughter of Powhatan, a Native American chief who controlled almost all of tidewater Virginia, Pocahontas helped maintain peace with the English colonists by befriending the settlers at Jamestown. According to the famous story, she saved colonial leader John Smith from execution after he had been taken prisoner by her father's men. She later furthered efforts toward peace by marrying colonist John Rolfe. "Pocahontas" was actually a childhood nickname. What was her real name?
DUBAI - The jihadist militant group Islamic State has released a new video titled "A second message to America", which shows the beheading of US journalist Steven Sotloff. The video also threatens ... Tue, 02 Sep 2014 20:54:25 -0400
MOGADISHU, Somaliab - Officials in Somalia Tuesday said that an American drone strike has hit an area where senior Al Qaeda-affiliate Al Shabaab leaders, including the group leader Mukhtar Abu ... Tue, 02 Sep 2014 20:59:30 -0400
KIEV - Ukraine on Tuesday further asserted Moscow's alleged military involvement in restive eastern parts of the country and said Russian army men have been spotted in rebel held areas amid President ... Tue, 02 Sep 2014 20:57:16 -0400
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - They're manning the lifeboats at Atlantic City, as the biggest casinos in town are capsizing. Atlantic City may soon be a ghost town as decades-long casinos shut their doors in ... Mon, 01 Sep 2014 00:57:58 -0400
GENEVA - The United States has improved its competitiveness position for the second consecutive year, climbing two places to the third slot in the Global Competitiveness Index, the annual report ... Tue, 02 Sep 2014 21:14:16 -0400
Low Birthrate Threatens South Korea's Survival
South Korea’s National Assembly Research Service says no one will be living in the country by 2750 if women there do not start having more children.
Last year, the birthrate was 1.19 children for every woman. The Research Service report says the country’s population will decrease from 50 million to 10 million by 2136 if the rate does not increase. The report says the population will continue to drop to three million by 2200, and to only one million by 2256. The research... Wed, 03 Sep 2014 00:25:14 +0000
US Citizens Fighting and Dying for Jihadist Groups
That recording is from a jihadist video available on the Internet. The video reportedly shows U.S. citizen Moner Mohammad abu-Salha. It is part of a propaganda campaign aimed at getting more Americans to join the fight.
“I have one word to say to you kafir (unbeliever): we are coming for you…”
Moner Mohammad abu-Salha was unlike the U.S. citizens who fought with the Islamic State and recently died in Syria. He fought for another jihadist group, the al-Nusra Front.
Daveed... Wed, 03 Sep 2014 00:20:45 +0000
Virginia Site Tests Drones for FAA Rules
The Federal Aviation Administration, or FAA, has chosen a university town in Virginia as one of six places to test drones. Drones are aircraft without human pilots. A drone can also be called an unmanned aircraft system, or UAS. The town, Blacksburg, is home to Virginia Tech University.
The university has flown and researched unmanned aircraft systems for years. But now, the research has more meaning. Researchers at Virginia Tech send reports to the FAA to assist the agency in... Wed, 03 Sep 2014 00:15:58 +0000
Is There a Deadly Polio Virus Hiding Somewhere?
From VOA Learning English, this is the Health Report.
Is a new deadly polio virus hiding somewhere in the world? Some scientists believe this might be the case.
Polio does not usually kill. The disease can cause paralysis, leaving victims unable to walk or move parts of their bodies.
But polio was deadly during a 2010 spread of the virus in the Republic of Congo. Nearly half of the 445 people infected with the virus died.
VOA’s Steve... Wed, 03 Sep 2014 00:08:39 +0000
Militant Video Shows Killing of Second US Reporter
Militants of the Islamic State group released a video Tuesday claiming to show the execution of a second American reporter.
U.S. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said officials are investigating whether the content of the video is real. If it is, Ms. Psaki said, "we are sickened."
In the video, reporter Steven Sotloff appears in an orange jumpsuit near a man in black with his face hidden. Mr. Sotloff was on his knees in a desert area similar to that shown in... Tue, 02 Sep 2014 22:01:12 +0000
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