Missing jet 'deliberately diverted'
A satellite tracked Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 for some seven hours after its systems were deliberately disabled, PM Najib Razak says. Sat, 15 Mar 2014 10:03:05 GMT
Deadly clash as Ukraine crisis grows
Two people die in clashes between pro-Ukrainian and pro-Russian activists in eastern Ukraine, as tensions rise ahead of Crimea's secession vote. Sat, 15 Mar 2014 04:59:55 GMT
Six soldiers shot dead in Cairo
Six Egyptian soldiers are shot dead at a checkpoint in the Cairo suburb of Shubra al-Khaymah, state media report. Sat, 15 Mar 2014 07:57:22 GMT
Rwanda ex-spy chief jailed in France
A French court jails former Rwandan spy chief Pascal Simbikangwa for 25 years for complicity in the 1994 genocide. Fri, 14 Mar 2014 22:19:03 GMT
US accuses 16 banks of Libor fraud
A US regulator sues 16 banks - including some of the world's largest - for allegedly manipulating the London interbank offered rate (Libor). Fri, 14 Mar 2014 21:19:19 GMT
Councils urge lone person tax change
Wealthy people living alone in large homes should lose their council tax discount to fund more help for poorer families, local authorities say. Sat, 15 Mar 2014 05:49:49 GMT
Family caught up in attack on police
A family of five were caught up in a blast bomb attack on a police patrol on the Falls Road in west Belfast on Friday night. Sat, 15 Mar 2014 09:47:05 GMT
British winner of £108m Euromillions
A British ticket-holder wins a £107.9m Euromillions jackpot - the UK's fourth biggest ever - and will be richer than George Michael and Robbie Williams. Sat, 15 Mar 2014 01:52:36 GMT
Anelka sacked for 'gross misconduct'
West Brom are sacking Nicolas Anelka for gross misconduct after he announced on social media he was quitting the club. Fri, 14 Mar 2014 23:57:22 GMT
'Moronic' pub hoaxer admits guilt
A man who describes himself as "a rising star of the right-wing community" admits being behind an internet hoax about a pub banning British military personnel. Sat, 15 Mar 2014 10:17:16 GMT
VIDEO: Views from Moscow on Crimea
People in Moscow give their views about the controversial referendum in Crimea on whether the peninsula should stay in Ukraine or join Russia. Fri, 14 Mar 2014 23:45:16 GMT
VIDEO: Who can protect UK in a cyber attack?
The skills of amateur ''cyber defenders'' are being put to the test in London this weekend, as they try to protect the UK against a simulated cyber attack. Sat, 15 Mar 2014 09:43:37 GMT
Salad at high school concession stands!?
Is there something that can be done to improve the healthfulness of high school concession stand food, and preserve the profits they generate? According to this new study the answer is yes! This study shows that if you give people healthy foods they will buy them and be more satisfied, one of the authors said. Fri, 14 Mar 2014 21:22:26 EDT
System to predict lightning under development
Millions of people who work or play outdoors might one day soon have a new tool to help them reduce the risk of being struck by lightning. While there is no operational lightning forecast system using radar, researchers using the existing Doppler weather radar system can get lightning predictions right about 90 percent of the time, but can only give about a ten to 15 minute lead time. Fri, 14 Mar 2014 21:20:21 EDT
Contagious yawning a mystery: May not be linked to empathy after all
While previous studies have suggested a connection between contagious yawning and empathy, new research finds that contagious yawning may decrease with age and is not strongly related to variables like empathy, tiredness and energy levels. Contagious yawning is a well-documented phenomenon that occurs only in humans and chimpanzees in response to hearing, seeing or thinking about yawning. Fri, 14 Mar 2014 21:18:43 EDT
Brighter inks, without pigment: Nanostructured capsules could bring about paints and electronic displays that never fade
Encapsulated nanoparticles can create bright colors by amplifying particular wavelengths of light. These microcapsules could offer a new, non-toxic and long-lasting source of color for paints and electronic displays. Unlike color that we usually think of, which arises from paints and dyes absorbing certain wavelengths of light and reflecting the remainder, structural color is created when an object's very nanostructure amplifies a specific wavelength. Fri, 14 Mar 2014 16:42:14 EDT
Pakistan Reduces Sentence of Doctor Who Helped Find bin Laden
A Pakistani tribunal has taken 10 years off the 33-year sentence of a doctor who helped the U.S. spy agency find Osama bin Laden.Shakil Afridi was convicted in May of 2012, not of working for the CIA, but on charges of giving money and providing medical treatment to Islamic militants.Afridi is believed to have been targeted by Pakistani authorities because of allegations that he ran a vaccination program to collect DNA and verify bin Laden's presence in the town of Abbottabad.The... Sat, 15 Mar 2014 05:56:26 -0400
Malaysian PM Says Disappearance of Plane was 'Deliberate Action'
Malaysian, American and other authorities investigating what happened to a missing jetliner en route to China one week ago are concluding that its disappearance was a deliberate action.
Malaysia's prime minister confirms that whatever took Flight 370 off course was not an accident.
Najib Razak told reporters Saturday the transponder of Flight 370 appears to have been deliberately switched off before the airliner turned back, flew west over peninsula Malaysia and then shifted to a... Sat, 15 Mar 2014 04:50:53 -0400
Malaysian PM Says 'High Degree of Certainly' Somone on Missing Plane Turned Off Communications
Malaysia's prime minister says there is "a high degree of certainty" that someone deliberately shut off the communications and transponder in the missing Malaysia Airlines jet with 239 people on board. Prime Minister Najib Razak said at a news conference Saturday that search efforts in the South China Sea are ending and officials were reassessing the deployment of assets.He added that when Flight 370 stopped communicating with satellites, it was in one of two corridors:... Sat, 15 Mar 2014 04:34:24 -0400
Malaysian PM Says Someone on Missing Plane Turned Off Communications
Malaysia's prime minister says there is "a high degree of certainty" that someone deliberately shut off communications in the missing Malaysia Airlines jet with 239 people on board.
Prime Minister Najib Razak said at a news conference Saturday that search efforts in the South China Sea are ending and officials are reassessing the deployment of assets.
He added that when Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 stopped communicating with satellites, it was in one of two corridors:... Sat, 15 Mar 2014 03:57:57 -0400
Six Egyptian Soldiers Killed
Egyptian state media say gunmen opened fire on a checkpoint Saturday near Cairo, killing six soldiers.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.
Militants have launched scores of attacks, mainly targeting security forces, since the military overthrew Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in July.
Saturday's attack on a military police checkpoint was carried out by unidentified gunmen who then fled, according to state media. A senior security source told state TV... Sat, 15 Mar 2014 03:24:29 -0400
This Day in History
Sat, 15 Mar 2014 06:00:00 +0100
Rolls-Royce Limited Is Founded (1906)
In 1904, engineer Frederick Henry Royce made his first car and was introduced to Charles Stewart Rolls, who owned a car dealership. The pair agreed to a deal in which Royce would manufacture cars to be sold by Rolls. They decided that the cars would be called "Rolls-Royce," and their British luxury car company was born. Though their "Silver Ghost" model brought early fame, World War I temporarily eliminated demand for luxury cars. What did Rolls-Royce do in order to stay in business? Discuss
UN mission chief appeals to Security Council to help build on momentum in DR Congo
The head of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) today urged the international community as well as the Congolese Government to adopt concrete measures that will build on the current stability in the country, saying "it is now up to us to win the peace...with energy, conviction and persistence." Fri, 14 Mar 2014 19:15:19 EDT
Ukraine: UN deploys human rights monitors amid troubling signs in east, Crimea
United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, Ivan Šimonovic, announced today the immediate deployment of a UN monitoring team throughout crisis-torn Ukraine to help establish the facts surrounding alleged human rights violations, including in Crimea, and serve to de-escalate tensions in the country. Fri, 14 Mar 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Syrias political process in crisis and must be reenergized - Ban
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today appealed yet again for the international community to help bring the rival Syrian parties closer on concrete measures to end the conflict, saying "it is not enough for representatives of the Government and opposition to be in the same room, what matters most is what they do there." Fri, 14 Mar 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Nigeria must urgently tackle poverty, end conflict, protect vulnerable groups - UN rights chief
Wrapping a historic visit to Nigeria, the United Nations rights chief today congratulated the Government for its efforts towards tackling "very difficult human rights problems", but stressed the need to urgently resolve the conflict in the countrys northeast, end corruption, and protect its vulnerable populations, including the LGBT community, which lives in fear". Fri, 14 Mar 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Sat, 15 Mar 2014 06:00:00 +0100
Zarah Leander (1907)
Leander was a Swedish actress and singer. As a contracted performer with Germany's principal film studio, Leander made a number of successful films that contributed to the Third Reich's propaganda. Though Leander did not take part in official Nazi party functions, her association with Nazism caused her to be shunned in Sweden after the war. She resumed acting but never regained the popularity she had enjoyed before. Why did Nazi Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels dub her an "Enemy of Germany"? Discuss
Joel Edgerton Gets Life with Robert Pattinson
Director Anton Corbijn has added Joel Edgerton ( Warrior , Zero Dark Thirty ) to the cast of his upcoming Life , Variety reports. Edgerton joins previously announced leads Robert Pattinson and Dane DeHaan. Sat, 15 Mar 2014 11:48:11 +0100
Zach Galifianakis and Jon Hamm Plan on Keeping Up with the Joneses
Zach Galifianakis and Jon Hamm (pictured above from their appearance on "Saturday Night Live") are teaming for a Fox 2000 comedy, Keeping Up with the Joneses . The Hollywood Reporter today brings word that Greg Mottola ( Adventureland , Superbad ) will direct. Sat, 15 Mar 2014 11:48:11 +0100
12 Years a Slave Star Lupita Nyong'o Eyed for Star Wars: Episode VII!
Lupita Nyong'o, who just took home an Academy Award for her performance in Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave , is being eyed for a role in J.J. Abrams' upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII ! Latino Review was first to report the rumor with The Hollywood Reporter confirming that the actress recently met with J.J. Abrams. Sat, 15 Mar 2014 11:48:11 +0100
Ciaran Hinds Targets Agent 47
Ciaran Hinds ("Game of Thrones," Munich ) has joined the cast of 20th Century Fox's "Hitman" video game adaptation Agent 47 . The Hollywood Reporter has the news, bringing word that he will join Rupert Friend, Zachary Quinto, Hannah Ware, Thomas Kretschmann and Dan Bakkedahl for an undisclosed role. Sat, 15 Mar 2014 11:48:11 +0100
Jamaica music star guilty of murder
Popular Jamaican dancehall and reggae star Vybz Kartel is found guilty of murder, along with three co-defendants in a high-profile trial. Fri, 14 Mar 2014 05:45:09 GMT
First show for 'radical' Turner art
A set of nine canvases created by JMW Turner in the later part of his life are to be exhibited together for the first time this year. Fri, 14 Mar 2014 13:37:28 GMT
Adichie wins US fiction honour
Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie wins the US National Critics Book Prize for her novel Americanah. Fri, 14 Mar 2014 09:29:58 GMT
Bellingham chemotherapy 'going well'
Actress and TV presenter Lynda Bellingham reveals that her treatment for cancer is "going swimmingly" as she collects an OBE from the Prince of Wales. Fri, 14 Mar 2014 16:56:48 GMT
Keeley Hawes to star in Doctor Who
Actress Keeley Hawes is to take on a villainous role in Peter Capaldi's first series of Doctor Who - playing a banker. Fri, 14 Mar 2014 00:36:49 GMT
Middle East ban for Noah epic
The UAE, Qatar and Bahrain are among Middle Eastern countries banning Hollywood epic Noah as it breaks Islam's taboo of depicting a prophet. Thu, 13 Mar 2014 18:31:42 GMT
Arrest over deadly US festival crash
Texas police arrest a man suspected of driving through pedestrians at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, killing two and injuring 23. Thu, 13 Mar 2014 23:05:52 GMT
Stars gather to honour David Frost
Around 2,000 people, including Sir Terry Wogan and Joanna Lumley, attend a memorial service for Sir David Frost in London. Thu, 13 Mar 2014 13:34:43 GMT
Article of the Day
Sat, 15 Mar 2014 06:00:00 +0100
The Milgram Experiment: Obedience vs. Conscience
While top Nazi official Adolf Eichmann stood trial for his crimes against humanity during the Holocaust, psychologist Stanley Milgram sought to understand the Nazis' behavior. He launched an experiment in 1961 that investigated a person's willingness to follow orders that conflict with his or her conscience. His method, in which subjects were ordered to administer "electric shocks" of varying intensity to people in another room, were later deemed unethical. What were Milgram's findings? Discuss
Sat, 15 Mar 2014 05:00:00 GMT
An oil platform is a large structure with facilities to drill wells in bodies of water, to extract and process oil and natural gas, and to store it until it can be brought ashore for refining and marketing. The platform sometimes even has space to house workers. The nature of the operation—extraction of volatile substances under extreme pressure in a hostile environment—means risk, and accidents and tragedies occur regularly. What happened in 2010 to cause the worst oil spill in US history?
Fri, 14 Mar 2014 05:00:00 GMT
Sugar substitutes are popular for people who are watching their weight and their dental hygiene. While natural sugar substitutes exist—sorbitol, derived from berries, is one example—many sweeteners are artificial. Saccharin, a coal-tar derivative three hundred times as sweet as sugar, was discovered in 1879. Cyclamates were approved for consumer use in 1951 but were banned in 1969 because of suspected carcinogenic properties. How was the common artificial sweetener aspartame discovered?
NY explosion: Several residents still missing
Nine residents from two collapsed buildings in Manhattan were unaccounted for by nightfall following a deadly explosion, says mayor Bill de Blasio. Thu, 13 Mar 2014 06:18:00 +0200
LONDON - Talks between US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on the ongoing crisis in Ukraine ended Friday without any consensus as Moscow claimed it has the ... Fri, 14 Mar 2014 20:30:59 -0400
HONG KONG - The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) Friday announced that it has found evidence of misconduct by traders at Swiss bank UBS in the fixing of a key lending rate called Hibor. ... Fri, 14 Mar 2014 19:48:46 -0400
WASHINGTON China's social media company Weibo Corp, considered Chinese equivalent of Twitter, Friday filed plans for an initial public offering (IPO) with the Securities and Exchange Commission to ... Fri, 14 Mar 2014 20:38:25 -0400
US Senate confirms Indian-American to key trade job
The US Senate has confirmed yet another Indian-American nominee of President Barack Obama to lead the trade promotion arm of the US Commerce Department charged with helping US companies succeed in ... Sat, 15 Mar 2014 02:52:56 -0400
Devyani Khobragades re-indictment dashes hopes of a thaw
Dashing hopes of a closure of the Devyani Khobragade affair, Indian American prosecutor Preet Bharara has secured a fresh indictment of the Indian diplomat at the centre of a major India-US ... Sat, 15 Mar 2014 02:52:56 -0400
How Can Air Traffic Controllers Lose a Plane?
From VOA Learning English, this is In the News.
The search for a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet expanded this week. The airplane, a Boeing 777, disappeared last Saturday on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. It was carrying 239 people. At first, the search was along its expected flight path. But by week’s end, crews had expanded the search across parts of southern Asia for any evidence of Malaysian Airlines Flight... Sat, 15 Mar 2014 00:30:40 +0000
Smartphone Apps Aren't Just for Fun and Games
Many people use iPhone apps for recreation. The most popular apps let us play games, find songs we love or share pictures. But some apps may actually help save lives. Sat, 15 Mar 2014 00:30:39 +0000
Will Crimea Vote to Leave Ukraine and Join Russia?
Hello, and welcome to As It Is from VOA Learning English!
I’m Christopher Cruise in Washington.
Today on the program, we report on the growing popularity of Pope Francis. Some people are calling this “The Francis Effect.” Whatever it is called, it does not seem to have caused many former Catholics in the United States to return to the church.
“We can be so focused on our sanctuary, our buildings, and wait for people to come to us.”
But we begin our... Fri, 14 Mar 2014 00:30:42 +0000
Craft Brewery Meets Changing Tastes
Welcome to American Mosaic from VOA Learning English.
I’m June Simms.
Today on the show we hear from the new album by country star Dierks Bentley.
But first, a report on the art and science of beer making.
People have enjoyed beer for thousands of years. Beer is a popular alcoholic drink in many... Fri, 14 Mar 2014 00:30:26 +0000
'Remember the Alamo!' Rallies Texans to Battle
From VOA Learning English, welcome to The Making of a Nation, our weekly program of American history for people learning English. I’m Steve Ember.
The national election of 1832 put Andrew Jackson in the White House for a second term as president.
One of the major events of his second term was the fight against the Bank of the United States.
In 1836, the bank’s charter ended, and the Treasury Department took responsibility for most of the government’s finances.... Thu, 13 Mar 2014 00:30:43 +0000
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