'Millions of Ebola vaccines' in 2015
Millions of doses of experimental Ebola vaccines will be produced by the end of 2015, the World Health Organization has announced. Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:57:25 GMT
PM: I won't meet £1.7bn EU demand
David Cameron insists the UK will not pay £1.7bn demanded by the European Union by 1 December, condemning it as "appalling". Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:48:07 GMT
Egypt: Sinai bomb kills 25 soldiers
A car bomb attack by suspected jihadists kills at least 25 Egyptian soldiers and wounds scores more at a checkpoint in Sinai, officials say. Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:52:59 GMT
Russia 'helped Yanukovych to flee'
Vladimir Putin says for the first time that Russia helped Ukraine's ex-President Viktor Yanukovych to flee after he was ousted in February. Fri, 24 Oct 2014 16:02:21 GMT
Detained Myanmar reporter shot dead
A Burmese journalist taken into detention while covering clashes near the Thai border is shot dead while trying to escape, the army says. Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:12:51 GMT
VIDEO: Police spy 'was paid to love me'
The Metropolitan Police is to pay more than £400,000 to a woman whose child was fathered by a man who she did not know was an undercover police officer. Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:58:47 GMT
VIDEO: CCTV of Ottawa shooting suspect
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) releases video footage of the suspected gunman arriving at the country's parliament building during Wednesday's shooting incident. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 20:28:51 GMT
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3-D map of the adolescent universe
Using extremely faint light from galaxies 10.8-billion light years away, scientists have created one of the most complete, three-dimensional maps of a slice of the adolescent universe. The map shows a web of hydrogen gas that varies from low to high density at a time when the universe was made of a fraction of the dark matter we see. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 15:41:11 EDT
Novel software application can stratify early-stage non-small cell lung cancer patients
Computer-Aided Nodule Assessment and Risk Yield, is a novel software tool that can automatically quantitate adenocarcinoma pulmonary nodule characteristics from non-invasive high resolution computed tomography images and stratify non-small cell lung cancer patients into risk groups that have significantly different disease-free survival outcome. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:23:18 EDT
Desert streams: Deceptively simple
Volatile rainstorms drive complex landscape changes in deserts, particularly in dryland channels, which are shaped by flash flooding. Paradoxically, such desert streams have surprisingly simple topography with smooth, straight and symmetrical form that until now has defied explanation. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:23:14 EDT
Putin: Ukraine Not Interested in Dialogue
Russian President Vladimir Putin says he does not see a desire by the Ukrainian government to settle the conflict in eastern Ukraine through dialogue.
He spoke Friday in the southern Russian city of Sochi following a phone call with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Merkel's office said she stressed the need for full implementation of the cease-fire agreement reached between pro-Russian separatists and Ukraine's government in September.
The Kremlin, for its part, said Putin... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:50:33 -0400
WHO Ramps-up Ebola Vaccine Trials
The World Health Organization has announced – what it calls -an ambitious plan to have hundreds of thousands of doses of Ebola vaccines available by next June. The WHO announced Friday it is speeding up clinical trials of the two leading vaccine candidates.
WHO Assistant Director-General Dr. Marie Paule Kieny unveiled a three-part strategy to fast-track Ebola vaccine development and distribution.
The first phase involves the two most promising vaccine candidates -- one from... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:40:02 -0400
Security Forces: At least 25 Dead in Attack in Egypt's Sinai
At least 25 members of the Egyptian security forces were killed in a car bomb attack on a checkpoint in the Sinai Peninsula on Friday, security sources said.
That number was up from the 10 earlier reported dead.
At least 27 soldiers were injured in the attack in the al-Kharouba area northwest of al-Arish, near the border with the Gaza Strip, sources said.
Eyewitnesses had earlier heard a loud explosion near the Egyptian town of al-Arish in the Sinai Peninsula on Friday... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:58:07 -0400
Islamic State Militants Advance Toward Baghdad
The U.S. military says the Iraqi capital is not under 'imminent threat.' But officials worry the militants' gains will provide a foothold for assaults on Baghdad’s perimeter. VOA's Mike Richman reports. Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:56:00 -0400
EU Leaders Make Headway on Climate, Ebola Fight
European leaders agreed Friday to a billion-dollar funding boost for the fight against Ebola in West Africa, as they wrapped up a summit marked by a key agreement over climate change and divisions on financial issues.
The new European Union assistance for the Ebola fight - 1 billion euros, or about $1.27 billion - amounts to a victory for British Prime Minister David Cameron, who has been pushing the bloc to do more to respond to the deadly outbreak.
He told reporters afterwards he got... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:27:23 -0400
This Day in History
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 07:00:00 +0200
Commercial Concorde Service Suspended (2003)
The Concorde, which began commercial operation in 1976, was the only supersonic passenger jet to provide long-standing service to the public. It was built through a partnership between Britain and France and became a source of national pride among their citizens. The Concorde could cross the Atlantic in just over three hours, but the aircraft was retired in 2003 due to falling demand, rising maintenance costs, and safety issues. What caused the first and only fatal Concorde crash in 2000? Discuss
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 07:00:00 +0200
Rafael Leonidas Trujillo (1891)
Trujillo was president of the Dominican Republic from 1930–38 and 1942–52, but from 1930 onward, even during the periods when he was not officially in office, he retained absolute, dictatorial control over the country. Though he introduced a degree of economic modernization, he was an autocratic and ruthless leader. He stripped his people of their civil and political liberties and pursued a racist policy of anti-Haitianism. What role did the CIA purportedly play in Trujillo's 1961 assassination? Discuss
The Star Wars News Roundup - 10.24.14
The purpose of this roundup is to put the highlights of all things Star Wars from the last week in one location. If you read this each week, you should be able to converse fluently with any Star Wars fan on everything from the latest Star Wars: Episode VII developments to the latest toys. And maybe you'll even share with them something that they might have missed. Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:00:00 -0500
ABC Developing Modern-Day Phantom of the Opera Series Variety is reporting that ABC Studios is in development on a "The Phantom of the Opera" musical series from "Desperate Housewives" creator Marc Cherry that will NOT be affiliated with the long-running Broadway musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Fri, 24 Oct 2014 09:54:00 -0500
Concept Art of Ultron from Avengers Sequel Hits the Web!
In case you hadn't noticed, there's a lot of hullabaloo on the interwebs right now regarding a certain Mr. Ultron, the "misanthropic" baddie seen threatening to murder all of humanity while imitating James Spader during the trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron. We see him in several forms during the clip, but his final iconic metal look was only teased until a convincing piece of concept art began making its rounds around the web today. Check it out below and see if you think it's legit, and compare it to the shots of Ultron in our 75 trailer screengrabs below the image. Fri, 24 Oct 2014 08:59:00 -0500
Cliff Richard police raid 'inept'
The handling of a police raid at the home of veteran pop star Sir Cliff Richard is described as inept by the Commons Home Affairs Committee. Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:10:39 GMT
US network AMC buys into BBC America
US TV network AMC, which aired Mad Men and The Walking Dead, is to take over the running of BBC America after a $200m (£125m) deal with the BBC. Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:27:02 GMT
Lucas to host international Emmys
British comedian Matt Lucas will host the International Emmy Awards ceremony in New York in November. Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:05:36 GMT
Spanish art gems head for UK town
A new art gallery showing major works of art from Spain's "golden age" is to open in a former bank in Bishop Auckland, north-east England. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:39:09 GMT
Knightley to make Broadway debut
British actress Keira Knightley is to make her Broadway debut next year in Therese Raquin, a stage version of Emile Zola's classic novel. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 17:06:38 GMT
One Direction join BBC Music Awards
One Direction, Ed Sheeran and Coldplay are among the acts confirmed to perform at the inaugural BBC Music Awards on 11 December. Fri, 24 Oct 2014 07:36:50 GMT
US returns ancient artefacts to Peru
The US returns about 20 ancient Peruvian artefacts - some more than 1,800 years old - that had been looted from pre-Columbian graves. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 22:53:28 GMT
Singer Alvin Stardust dies aged 72
Singer Alvin Stardust, best known for his hit My Coo Ca Choo, dies aged 72 after recently being diagnosed with metastatic prostate cancer. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 11:47:03 GMT
Article of the Day
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 07:00:00 +0200
If you have ever tested your mettle by visiting a "haunted" cemetery or the site of a local tragedy, you have engaged in what folklorists have, in recent years, termed "legend tripping." Legend trippers—typically teens—visit a tabooed site for the specific purpose of flirting with its purported dangers and testing their courage against its supposed supernatural forces. These excursions are usually undertaken secretly, under cover of darkness. What are some hot spots for legend tripping? Discuss
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 05:00:00 GMT Veni Vidi Vici
Before Julius Caesar was made dictator for life, he engaged in a civil war with his rival Pompey. Caesar started the war by crossing the Rubicon River into Italy, reportedly uttering the words Iacta alea est—"the die is cast." Pompey fled and was eventually killed after Caesar pursued him to Egypt. From Egypt, Caesar went to Syria and Pontus, where in 47 BCE he defeated Pharnaces II with such ease that he reported his victory with the words Veni, vidi, vici—meaning what?
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 05:00:00 GMT
Bayreuth, Germany, is home to this annual festival devoted to the performance of operas by Richard Wagner. Wagner launched the festival in 1876 to showcase a variety of German music and did not intend for his compositions to be the focus. The event was plagued by financial problems in its early years, but survived through state intervention and the support of influential Wagnerians, including Ludwig II of Bavaria and Adolf Hitler. Who did Hitler beg—unsuccessfully—to lead the festival?
BEIRUT, Lebanon - More than 550 people, including 32 civilians, have been killed in a month-long United States-led aerial operation against Islamic State militants in Syria, according to a monitoring ... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:22:07 -0400
BEIJING - China on Thursday criticized countries involved in anti-missile system deployment in the Asia-Pacific region, pointing specifically at a US X-band radar deployment in Kyoto, Japan. ... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:15:55 -0400
DETROIT, Michigan - Carmaker General Motors has posted higher-than-expected in the third quarter riding high on strong demands in North America and China, the company said Thursday. Net revenue in ... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:10:22 -0400
Washington - Rengan Rajaratnam, the younger brother of former hedge fund manager Rajarengan "Rengan" Rajaratnam, who has been convicted and imprisoned for 11 years, has agreed to pay more than ... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:50:36 -0400
SAN FRANCISCO - Google has entered into a partnership with Oxford University to accelerate its research efforts in artificial intelligence on many fronts including image recognition and natural ... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:06:27 -0400
Who Will Be Brazil's Next President?
Brazilians will choose a president Sunday. Two candidates will be on the ballot -- Dilma Rousseff and Senator Aecio Neves. President Rousseff won the most votes in the first round of voting earlier this month. But she did not win a majority of votes, so a runoff election is required.
Ms. Rousseff received almost 42 percent of the 112 million votes on October 5th. She received a majority of votes in 15 of Brazil’s 27 states. Mr. Neves received nearly 34 percent of the votes. He won... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:30:16 +0000
Gunman Identified in Canadian Capital
Police in Canada have identified the suspected gunman in yesterday’s deadly attack in Ottawa as Michael Zehaf-Bibeau.
The 32-year-old man had a criminal record. He had recently converted to Islam. Canadian officials considered him a “high-risk” traveler. They had recently taken his passport from him to prevent him from leaving the country.
Police shot and killed the suspect during the attack Wednesday at Ottawa’s Parliament Hill and National War Memorial. The gunman had killed a... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 21:33:55 +0000
US Police Increase Use of Body Cameras
Police officers in Washington, DC, and New York City are wearing cameras on their bodies as part of a test. The goal of the program is to reduce the use of force by officers and lower the number of criticisms from citizens. But officers in those big American cities are not the first to wear body cameras. Police in many smaller communities are already doing so.
Thirty-two police officers on the Laurel, Maryland police force wear a body camera. Officer Zachary Barry wears his while he... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 19:02:20 +0000
The Californian's Tale by Mark Twain
Our story today is called “The Californian’s Tale." It was written by Mark Twain. Here is Shep O’Neal with the story.
When I was young, I went looking for gold in California. I never found enough to make me rich. But I did discover a beautiful part of the country. It was called “the Stanislau.” The Stanislau was like Heaven on Earth. It had bright green hills and deep forests where soft winds touched the trees.
Other men, also looking for gold, had reached the Stanislau... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 19:01:14 +0000
Oscar de la Renta Dressed First Ladies and Movie Stars
Clothing designer Oscar de la Renta died Monday at his home in the American state of Connecticut. He was 82 years old. His wife said he died of problems related to cancer.
Mr. de la Renta dressed American movie stars and first ladies. Amal Alamuddin chose de la Renta to design the dress she wore to her wedding to George Clooney last month.
Oscar de la Renta was born in Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic, in 1932. His interest in women’s clothing is perhaps... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 19:00:34 +0000
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