Troops sent to quell Ferguson unrest
The US state of Missouri orders 2,200 National Guardsmen to Ferguson to quell unrest after a police officer was cleared over the killing of Michael Brown. Wed, 26 Nov 2014 01:21:25 GMT
France puts Russian warship on hold
France suspends "until further notice" the delivery of a helicopter carrier to the Russian navy because of continuing violence in eastern Ukraine. Tue, 25 Nov 2014 15:20:13 GMT
Learning disability care 'failing'
The government is failing those with learning disabilities by keeping them in hospitals far from home for too long, a report commissioned by NHS England says. Wed, 26 Nov 2014 00:04:27 GMT
Javid wants Fifa to publish report
The government calls on Fifa to publish in full the investigation into the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding process. Wed, 26 Nov 2014 00:00:27 GMT
New anti-terror powers to be unveiled
New measures to tackle terrorism are to be published by the home secretary, days after she said the UK faces a "greater" terror threat than ever before. Wed, 26 Nov 2014 00:38:44 GMT
Vodafone gave too much data to police
Vodafone sent the phone data of more than 1,000 News UK workers to police after being asked for the details of just one journalist, the Met Police says. Tue, 25 Nov 2014 23:02:33 GMT
Call for £2bn more for NHS in England
Calls for extra money for the NHS in England are intensifying after latest figures show the deficit is growing as performance deteriorates. Wed, 26 Nov 2014 00:00:46 GMT
VIDEO: Extreme adventurers adopt plucky dog
A team of Swedish extreme adventurers on a 10-day race through the Amazon rainforest have adopted a stray dog who started following them around after they fed him. Tue, 25 Nov 2014 13:49:02 GMT
'Scary' centipede's genes reveal how life evolved on our planet
Centipedes, those many-legged creatures that startle us in our homes and gardens, have been genetically sequenced for the first time. An international team of over 100 scientists today reveals how this humble arthropod’s DNA gave them new insight into how life developed on our planet. Tue, 25 Nov 2014 14:08:07 EST
Long-term testosterone therapy does not increase risk of prostate cancer
Testosterone (T) therapy is routinely used in men with hypogonadism, a condition in which diminished function of the gonads occurs. Although there is no evidence that T therapy increases the risk of prostate cancer (PCa), there are still concerns and a paucity of long-term data. In a new study, investigators examined three parallel, prospective, ongoing, cumulative registry studies of over 1,000 men. Their analysis showed that long-term T therapy in hypogonadal men is safe and does not increase the risk of PCa. Tue, 25 Nov 2014 12:49:08 EST
Vegetable oil ingredient key to destroying gastric disease bacteria
The bacterium Helicobacter pylori is strongly associated with gastric ulcers and cancer. To combat the infection, researchers developed LipoLLA, a therapeutic nanoparticle that contains linolenic acid, a component in vegetable oils. In mice, LipoLLA was safe and more effective against H. pylori infection than standard antibiotic treatments. Tue, 25 Nov 2014 12:48:02 EST
French Far-right National Front Reveals Russian Financing
France’s far-right National Front has admitted taking a multimillion-dollar loan from a bank controlled by Russia, the latest evidence of growing links between the Kremlin and far-right groups across Europe. The revelation comes as the French government postpones indefinitely a contract to deliver two warships for Russia. Henry Ridgwell reports. Tue, 25 Nov 2014 20:04:00 -0500
Yemeni Forces Rescue 8 Hostages from al-Qaida
Yemeni counterterrorism forces rescued eight hostages from their al-Qaida kidnappers in a raid Tuesday.
Seven al-Qaida members were killed and one Yemeni soldier was wounded. The identities of the hostages were unclear, but at least six were Yemeni and one was a foreigner.
The Pentagon denied a report that one of the hostages was American, but it applauded the Yemeni government's rescue operation.
Yemeni officials did not disclose where the hostages were being held, but it said... Tue, 25 Nov 2014 19:44:26 -0500
Danish Man Fined for Selling Spyware App in US
A U.S. federal court has ordered a Danish man to pay a $500,000 fine for advertising and selling a spyware application to remotely monitor calls, texts, videos and other communications on mobile phones without detection.
At a court hearing in the southern U.S. state of Virginia, Hammad Akbar pleaded guilty to marketing "StealthGenie." The case marks the first criminal conviction involving the advertisement and sale of a mobile device spyware app.
Assistant Attorney General... Tue, 25 Nov 2014 19:31:10 -0500
Excess Weight Linked to 481,000 Cancers Worldwide in 2012
Being overweight significantly increases the risk for cancer, according to a new report that found excess body weight responsible for 481,000 new cancers, or 3.6 percent of the cases worldwide, in 2012.
The study by the International Agency for Research on Cancer in Lyon, France, said the prevalence of obesity in adults had doubled since 1980, accounting for a significant share of cancers.
The study by IARC, a research arm of the World Health Organization, found cancer poses a greater... Tue, 25 Nov 2014 19:08:12 -0500
US Introduces Calorie Count Rules to Fight Obesity
The U.S. government has announced sweeping rules that require chain restaurants and movie theaters across the country to post calorie counts on their menus.
An order by the Food and Drug Administration says all establishments that sell prepared foods, and have 20 or more locations, must post the calorie content of food and beverages "clearly and conspicuously'' on their menus, menu boards and displays. Companies have until a year from now to comply.
The FDA says Americans... Tue, 25 Nov 2014 18:56:46 -0500
This Day in History
Tue, 25 Nov 2014 06:00:00 +0100
Battle of Montgisard (1177)
The Kingdom of Jerusalem—a feudal state created by the leaders of the First Crusade in the areas they had wrested from the Muslims in Syria and Palestine—came under attack in the Battle of Montgisard. Although heavily outnumbered, sickly king Baldwin IV and his troops defeated renowned Kurdish military general Saladin by surprising his army en route. The kingdom enjoyed a brief truce before Saladin renewed his attacks. What powerful Christian military order participated in the battle? Discuss
Syria: humanitarian efforts falling short, UN relief chief warns, calling for end to violence
While humanitarians have made some progress in delivering much-needed supplies to the growing numbers of people in conflict-riven Syria, efforts by the United Nations and its partners are still falling short, a top UN relief official has said today, calling on the Security Council to push for an end to the violence that is destroying the country and destabilizing the region. Tue, 25 Nov 2014 17:26:02 EST
Rowe resigns from RSL
AFTER 11 years at the helm of the NSW RSL, Don Rowe has been forced to resign because of health problems.
Wed, 26 Nov 2014 01:34:10 GMT
Tue, 25 Nov 2014 06:00:00 +0100
Andrew Carnegie (1835)
Famed Scottish-American industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie amassed a huge fortune in iron and steel during the American Industrial Revolution, eventually selling his firm to J.P. Morgan's U.S. Steel Corporation for several hundred million dollars. However, Carnegie was not content to keep his riches to himself. Guided by the belief that the rich are "trustees" of their wealth and must administer it for the good of the public, he donated how much of his fortune during his lifetime? Discuss
International Emmys for UK shows
British TV productions win three awards at the International Emmys in the US, including a best drama prize for axed Channel 4 series Utopia. Tue, 25 Nov 2014 10:15:45 GMT
Steve Jobs biopic moves to Universal
Universal Pictures take on a movie based on the life of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs following Sony Pictures' departure from the project. Tue, 25 Nov 2014 12:53:15 GMT
Argentina Top Gear lands festive slot
The controversial Top Gear special that has prompted complaints from Argentine diplomats will air at Christmas, the BBC announces. Tue, 25 Nov 2014 10:39:22 GMT
Star Wars and Avengers lifts Pinewood
Big budget productions including the latest Star Wars and Avengers films have helped profits higher at Pinewood Shepperton. Tue, 25 Nov 2014 12:51:39 GMT
US university gets Marquez archive
The University of Texas acquires the archives of Nobel prize-winning late Colombian writer, Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Mon, 24 Nov 2014 20:50:47 GMT
Sony Pictures computer system hacked
Sony Pictures Entertainment has been targeted by computer hackers in an attack which reports say has forced the company to shut down its corporate network. Tue, 25 Nov 2014 08:34:17 GMT
Festival founder to leave in 2015
The founding artistic director of Manchester International Festival is to leave after next year's event. Tue, 25 Nov 2014 11:17:18 GMT
Article of the Day
Tue, 25 Nov 2014 06:00:00 +0100
Graffiti is a form of visual communication, usually illegal, involving the unauthorized marking of public space by an individual or group. Derived from the Italian word graffio ("scratch"), "graffiti" technically applies to designs scratched through a layer of paint or plaster, but its meaning has evolved over the centuries. Graffiti has been found in ancient Roman ruins and in medieval English churches. Today, its common targets are subways, billboards, and walls. Who is Banksy? Discuss
Tue, 25 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT Who Framed Roger Rabbit Who Framed Roger Rabbit is a 1988 film that combines animation and live action. It is set in 1947 in a fictionalized Hollywood where animated characters live and work alongside humans. At the time of its release, the film was one of the most expensive ever made, costing $70 million, but it earned more than $150 million at the US box office alone. It is now seen as a groundbreaking film that sparked a new era in American animation. What Academy Awards did it win?
Mon, 24 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT
Spelunking, or caving, is the recreational sport of exploring caves. The term comes from spelunk, the Middle English word for "cave." Many people are drawn to spelunking because virgin cave systems comprise some of the last unexplored regions on Earth. Edouard-Alfred Martel pioneered caving in the 19th century, and widespread interest in the activity led to the creation of the National Speleological Society in 1941. What distinction do purists draw between "cavers" and "spelunkers"?
Putin gives central bank of Russia free reign
Russian President Vladimir Putin backs the central bank's move to hike interest rates amidst warnings that it will send the country into a recession. Mon, 24 Nov 2014 11:05:00 +0200
WASHINGTON - US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel resigned Monday after less than two years in the top military post and days after he raised questions about the US strategy against the Islamic State. ... Mon, 24 Nov 2014 21:31:23 -0500
VIENNA - Efforts to reach a nuclear deal with Iran were Monday extended by seven more months after negotiators failed to arrive at an agreement before the Monday night deadline. The negotiators, ... Mon, 24 Nov 2014 21:36:24 -0500
CLEVELAND, Ohio - In a bizarre incident, police in Cleveland have fatally shot a gun wielding 12-year-old boy after a 911 call about a juvenile scaring people with what turned out to be a toy version ... Mon, 24 Nov 2014 21:41:03 -0500
NEW YORK - US hi-tech products giant Apple has joined hands with a group of iOS developers to bolster the fight against AIDS by donating a slice of its sales for two weeks from a new corner of the ... Mon, 24 Nov 2014 21:16:19 -0500
PORT CANAVERAL, Florida - Cruise passenger counts are likely to more than double in Port Canaveral in the next three decades, which will make Port Canaveral the busiest cruise port in the world ... Sun, 23 Nov 2014 21:22:41 -0500
Group Claims Gender Equality Will End Hunger, Poverty
A Christian aid group says problems like hunger, malnutrition and poverty cannot be solved until and unless women are treated as well as men. The group Bread for the World released a report on hunger this week. It says the number and percentage of hungry people worldwide is dropping. But it says the drop could be greater if governments and societies worked to make sure women had rights and power equal to those that men have.
Fouzia Dashir of Kenya created the Northern... Tue, 25 Nov 2014 20:01:08 +0000
East Meets West to Treat Alzheimer's Patients
From VOA Learning English, this is the Health Report.
November is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month in the United States. Alzheimer’s is a frightening disease. It is frightening not only for those who suffer from memory loss, but also for their loved ones.
But researchers in California say a new way of treating Alzheimer’s disease is showing promise for reversing some of that memory loss. The new treatment combines western medicine with eastern philosophy – ideas rooted... Tue, 25 Nov 2014 20:00:57 +0000
Central African Republic Losing the Next Generation
The Central African Republic has been unsettled since 2013. First, the Seleka rebel group ousted the government. The Seleka fighters were mostly Muslim. Christian militias answered with rebel attacks. Thousands of people have been killed in the fighting. Millions have been forced from their homes.
Among the victims are children whose parents died or have gone missing. For these boys and girls, joining an... Tue, 25 Nov 2014 20:00:13 +0000
New Violence Hits Ferguson, Missouri
An American grand jury ruling has resulted in new violence in the city of Ferguson, Missouri. The jurors decided not to charge a white police officer who shot and killed an unarmed African American teenager last August. The decision was announced late Monday -- more than three months after the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown. His death led to weeks of angry demonstrations and riots in Ferguson.
The grand jury had 12 members -- all private citizens. Their job was to... Tue, 25 Nov 2014 16:31:59 +0000
US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel Resigns
President Barack Obama announced Monday that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is resigning after almost two years in the position.
President Obama spoke at the white House with Mr. Hagel and Vice President Joe Biden. The president said Mr. Hagel told him last month that it was time for him to complete his service. Mr. Obama called the defense secretary a “steady hand” in helping the administration deal with Ebola and the Islamic State militant group.
Mr. Hagel has agreed to stay on... Mon, 24 Nov 2014 21:33:50 +0000
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