Greece 'holds last-minute debt talks'
The Greek government is in last-minute talks over whether to accept an offer that would let Greece repay part of its debt, local media say. Tue, 30 Jun 2015 11:33:56 GMT
Scores dead in Indonesia plane crash
More than 100 are feared killed as a military transport plane crashes in a residential area of the Indonesian city of Medan, officials say. Tue, 30 Jun 2015 12:03:23 GMT
Data roaming charges to end in EU
After its watered down plans were attacked in March, the EU reaches a deal to end mobile data roaming charges and define net neutrality rules. Tue, 30 Jun 2015 11:43:58 GMT
Ebola back in Liberia with new case
The body of a dead Liberian man tests positive for Ebola - the country's first reported case since it was declared free of the disease. Tue, 30 Jun 2015 09:01:23 GMT
'Many hurt' in Kabul suicide attack
A suicide bomber driving a car has targeted a Nato troop convoy in the Afghan capital, Kabul, injuring 17 civilians, officials say. Tue, 30 Jun 2015 11:02:15 GMT
Injured Tunisia Britons flown home
Four British tourists seriously injured in the Tunisian beach attack have been flown back to the UK by the RAF. Tue, 30 Jun 2015 11:53:56 GMT
Bodies of mother and daughter found
The bodies of a woman and her daughter are discovered at their Surrey home, the day after a man believed to be the girl's father was found dead in France. Tue, 30 Jun 2015 11:18:28 GMT
Kauto Star dies after paddock fall
Two-time Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Kauto Star is put down after suffering neck and pelvis injuries in a fall. Tue, 30 Jun 2015 10:54:59 GMT
Counter-terrorism exercise in London
Police officers, soldiers, emergency services and intelligence officials are taking part in London's largest counter-terrorism exercise to date. Tue, 30 Jun 2015 11:19:08 GMT
'No cover-up' in Janner investigation
The senior police officer most likely to have taken the decision not to arrest Lord Janner on charges of child abuse in 1991 says there was "no cover-up". Tue, 30 Jun 2015 09:08:21 GMT
VIDEO: 'Tunisia attacker pointed gun at me'
Imen Kechiche Guiga was working in her office near the hotel reception when the Tunisia beach attack violence erupted, she saw the gunman and was injured by grenade fragments. Mon, 29 Jun 2015 21:57:58 GMT
Stink bugs have strong taste for ripe fruit
The brown marmorated stink bug has a bad reputation. Every summer, this pest attacks crops and invades homes, causing both sizable economic losses and a messy, smelly nuisance. A new study by entomologists shows that these pests, known simply as stink bugs, have a strong preference for ripe fruit. Moreover, stink bugs track their favorite fruits throughout the growing season in an effort to maximize their access to food. Mon, 29 Jun 2015 18:01:22 EDT
Stuck on you: Research shows fingerprint accuracy stays the same over time
Fingerprints have been used by law enforcement and forensics experts to successfully identify people for more than 100 years. Though fingerprints are assumed to be infallible personal identifiers, there has been little scientific research to prove this claim to be true. As such, there have been repeated challenges to the admissibility of fingerprint evidence in courts of law. Mon, 29 Jun 2015 18:01:18 EDT
Talk is cheap: New study finds words speak louder than actions
When it comes to the art of persuasion, you can attract more followers if you turn conventional wisdom on its head and stress what you like, not what you do. The researchers found that people conform to others' preferences at last partially because they adopt others' judgments as their own. They further found that when people behave as if they are not conforming, their motivation could be to coordinate or complement their actions with others' actions. Mon, 29 Jun 2015 18:01:16 EDT
Researchers define unique group of high-risk lymphoma patients
About 20 percent of follicular lymphoma patients consistently experience their disease coming back within two years of being treated with the latest therapies. New research confirms that patients in this group have very poor survival outcomes; 50 percent die in five years. People who relapse early may have a disease with distinctly different biology and should not be approached the same at diagnosis nor at the time of relapse in terms of therapies, scientists report. Mon, 29 Jun 2015 18:01:08 EDT
Clot-removal devices now recommended for some stroke patients
Updated stroke treatment recommendations include using a stent retrieval device to remove blood clots from large arteries in select patients. Clot-busting medication -- tPA -- continues to be the gold standard for treating clot-caused stroke. Clot busters and/or clot-removal procedures must be administered within a few hours of stroke symptoms, so everyone needs to know to call 9-1-1 and seek immediate help if they occur. Mon, 29 Jun 2015 17:59:59 EDT
Source: Tunisia Hotel Attacker in Contact With Militants in Libya
The gunman who killed 39 people in a Tunisian beach hotel attack last week was in contact with militants in Libya and likely received training there, an official source said on Tuesday.
Saif Rezgui, disguised as a tourist, opened fire at the Imperial Marhaba hotel in the resort town of Sousse on Friday in the worst militant assault of its kind in modern Tunisian history. Most of the dead were British.
"Investigations show Saif Rezgui was in contact with terrorists in Libya and he... Tue, 30 Jun 2015 07:35:22 -0400
Kuwait Detains 60 Suspected of Islamist Militant Links
Kuwait has detained 60 people and closed a local charity for alleged violations in raising funds for Syrians, local media said Tuesday, as part of a crackdown on suspected militant links after the Gulf Arab state's worst ever suicide bombing.
Kuwait has stepped up security after a suicide bomber who flew in from Saudi Arabia blew himself up inside a Shi'ite Muslim mosque during Friday prayers, killing himself and 26 other people.
Kuwaiti officials said the attack was aimed at... Tue, 30 Jun 2015 06:53:31 -0400
French Official: Factory Attack Bore IS Markings
A French prosecutor says Friday's attack on a U.S. gas factory in Lyon bears the hallmarks of the Islamic State militant group.
Prosecutor Francois Molins said Tuesday that the man who is suspected of carrying out the attack, Yassin Salhi, had a "terrorist motive" when he beheaded his employer and attacked the gas factory.
"Salhi decapitated his victim, he hung the head on a fence to get maximum publicity, as he told us during interrogation," said... Tue, 30 Jun 2015 06:37:37 -0400
Activists: Islamic State Militants Behead Women in Syria
Syrian activists said Islamic State militants have beheaded women in Syria for the first time.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Tuesday that the women were beheaded along with their husbands in Syria's eastern Deir Ezzor province after being accused of sorcery.
The Observatory, which monitors violence in Syria through a network of local sources, said the Islamic State group has executed more than 3,000 people in Syria since declaring its so-called... Tue, 30 Jun 2015 05:10:20 -0400
India’s #Selfie Campaign Boosts Fathers and Daughters
In India, selfies of smiling fathers with daughters have flooded social media following a call by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who hopes such pictures will boost a national campaign to combat female feticide. The prime minister borrowed the idea from a village head in the northern Haryana state, who has been battling to raise the status of women.
Within hours of Prime Minister Modi using his Sunday radio address to urge people to post selfies with the hashtag #SelfiewithDaughter,... Tue, 30 Jun 2015 04:59:18 -0400
This Day in History
Tue, 30 Jun 2015 07:00:00 +0200
Einstein Introduces Special Relativity (1905)
In physics, the theory of special relativity generalizes Galileo's principle of relativity—that all uniform motion is relative and that there is no absolute state of rest. Though physicists Hendrik Lorentz and Henri Poincaré had made contributions to the theory already, Einstein provided a radically new interpretation in his 1905 paper "On the Electrodynamics of Moving Bodies." In it, Einstein redefines the concepts of space and time and abolishes the concept of "aether," which is what? Discuss
'We the Peoples' exhibit of iconic artwork by Norman Rockwell set to open at UN Headquarters
Part of an ongoing series of global events marking the 70th anniversary of the United Nations, a special exhibition is set to open at the world body's New York Headquarters bringing together legendary artist Norman Rockwell's original United Nations drawing, his Golden Rule painting, and a collection of work that reflects his appreciation for humanity and the noble goals of the Organization. Mon, 29 Jun 2015 19:28:46 EST
UN chief condemns deadly terrorist bombing in Egypt
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned today’s fatal terrorist attack in Cairo which resulted in the killing of Egyptian Prosecutor General Hisham Barakat and the injuring of numerous civilians. Mon, 29 Jun 2015 17:16:39 EST
Tue, 30 Jun 2015 07:00:00 +0200
Lena Horne (1917)
An iconic American singer and actress, Horne began dancing at Harlem's Cotton Club as a teen and, with the help of her stunning voice and good looks, was soon singing with popular bands. She went on to record and perform extensively and appeared in a number of musicals and films, including Stormy Weather, whose title song became her signature. Her one-woman show, Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music, was hailed as her masterpiece. Why was Horne blacklisted in the 1950s? Discuss
Eurosport wins Olympic TV rights
The European television rights for the Olympic Games are awarded to Eurosport and its parent channel in a 1.3bn euros deal. Mon, 29 Jun 2015 15:43:48 GMT
Top Gear farewell divides critics
Reviews for Jeremy Clarkson's final episode of Top Gear are divided over whether the programme was at its best or past its prime. Mon, 29 Jun 2015 09:31:10 GMT
Joni Mitchell 'able to speak well'
Joni Mitchell did have an aneurysm in March but is able to speak, a friend who acts as her conservator reveals. Mon, 29 Jun 2015 08:27:43 GMT
Dinos untroubled by teddy challenge
Comedy sequel Ted 2 fails to knock Jurassic World off the top of the US and Canada box office chart, opening in third place behind Pixar's Inside Out. Mon, 29 Jun 2015 10:33:13 GMT
Article of the Day
Tue, 30 Jun 2015 07:00:00 +0200
Vieques, Puerto Rico
Vieques is an island-municipality of Puerto Rico, located east of the Puerto Rican mainland. Most of Vieques was within US military installations from the 1940s. The facilities included a live-ammunition training area for the US navy, a use that was the subject of protests by many Puerto Ricans. In 2001 the federal government announced that it would halt all military exercises on the island by May, 2003. The former installations are now being converted to what? Discuss
Tue, 30 Jun 2015 05:00:00 GMT
Key Biscayne is an island located in Miami-Dade County, Florida, between the Atlantic Ocean and Biscayne Bay. While named a 'key', it is not geologically part of the Florida Keys, but a barrier island composed of sand eroded from the Appalachian Mountains and carried there. When Hurricane Andrew stripped part of the island in 1992, archeologists found extensive evidence of a large Tequesta community that had lived there up to 2,000 years ago. What is the island's history with regard to slavery?
Mon, 29 Jun 2015 05:00:00 GMT
Geneva is the second largest city in Switzerland. Situated on the Lake of Geneva and divided by the Rhône River, it became a focal point of the Reformation when John Calvin arrived there in 1536, after the city expelled its bishop. The city's intellectual life reached its zenith in the 18th century, when the stern theocracy of Calvin had mellowed into patrician rule and Voltaire and Rousseau were among the city's residents. What important international organizations are headquartered there?
Global markets plunge as Greece shuts banks
Markets across the world tumble as Greece orders its banks to shut for a week and imposes capital controls after its citizens emptied ATMs. Mon, 29 Jun 2015 11:15:00 +0200
British police arrest Rwandan spy chief
British police have arrested Rwandan Intelligence chief Karenzi Karake at the request of Spain, where he is wanted in connection with war crimes. Tue, 23 Jun 2015 08:37:00 +0200
Greek proposal 'good basis for progress'
EU officials worked late into the night on Sunday to produce a deal ahead of a summit of leaders that they hope can keep Greece in the currency bloc. Mon, 22 Jun 2015 07:38:00 +0200
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court has upheld the use of a controversial drug in executions in the United States but opened a new debate on the constitutional validity of death penalty in the country. ... Tue, 30 Jun 2015 00:33:43 -0400
WASHINGTON Federal investigators are probing recent fires at six churches with predominately black congregations in five Southern states. Three of the fires are being investigated as arson. ... Tue, 30 Jun 2015 00:19:55 -0400
WASHINGTON - The Walt Disney Company is planning to ban selfie sticks from its theme parks over safety concerns, joining the ever-growing list of places where they are forbidden. The new policy ... Mon, 29 Jun 2015 23:57:03 -0400
CONSTABLE, New York (Big News Network) - David Sweat, one of two New York prisoners that escaped from a high security detention facility three weeks ago, was shot by police near the Canadian border ... Sun, 28 Jun 2015 22:18:27 -0400
VIENNA, Austria (Big News Network) - Iranian nuclear talks are likely to oversun Tuesday's formal deadline for a deal, a senior US official has said as negotiations reach two key stumbling blocks. ... Sun, 28 Jun 2015 22:16:28 -0400
China to Prepare Private Ships for Military Use
China is forcing private shipbuilders to build civilian vessels that can be used by the military during times of conflict. Experts say the new “dual-purpose” ships will strengthen China’s efforts to claim territory in disputed areas of the East and South China Seas.
Last week, Chinese state media reported that the government has put new shipbuilding rules in place. Private shipbuilders must now build ships that can be used to support the navy in wartime. The government is... Mon, 29 Jun 2015 20:01:46 +0000
Motorcycle Lovers: We Are Not Criminals
Some law enforcement officials in the United States say motorcycle clubs are criminal gangs. Investigators were especially critical of such clubs after a shooting in May in the southwestern city of Waco, Texas. Several groups of motorcyclists had gathered at a restaurant. There was a dispute, and members of competing clubs began shooting at each other. Nine people were killed and 18 others wounded.
But motorcyclists say they are not criminals and should not be treated as... Mon, 29 Jun 2015 20:00:40 +0000
Study Explores Air Pollution’s Deadly, Preventable Effects
Air pollution is the biggest environmental health risk in the world, says the World Health Organization.
Part of the problem is particulate matter -- very small particles floating in the air. Particulate matter, also known as PM, may get trapped in the lungs. Scientists have long known about the harmful effects of breathing PM. The particulates are linked to an increased risk of breathing problems, heart attacks, strokes and lung cancer.
In 2005, the World Health... Mon, 29 Jun 2015 20:00:24 +0000
Time Limit for Agreement Expected to Pass in Iran Nuclear Talks
It increasingly appears there will not be an agreement with Iran to limit its nuclear activities -- at least not by June 30.
On Monday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met in Vienna with the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Yukiya Amano. Their talks came a day before the deadline that negotiators had set to reach a nuclear deal.
As he prepared to meet with Mr. Amano, Mr. Kerry said “we are just working and it is too early to make any... Mon, 29 Jun 2015 15:41:22 +0000
Nigerian Immigrant Lives the American Dream
Lookman Afolayan Mashood moved to the United States from Nigeria in 1996. For several years, he worked in a restaurant as a dish washer and cook. Later, he directed day-to-day operations at the eatery.
About five years ago, he and his girlfriend, Natalie Goldberg, opened their own restaurant in Brooklyn -- one of New York City’s five boroughs. The restaurant sells Nigerian food. It is called “Buka.” That is a word in the Hausa language for a simple eating place on the side of a road... Sun, 28 Jun 2015 20:02:15 +0000
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