Deal struck to calm Ukraine crisis
Russia, Ukraine, the US and the European Union say all sides have agreed to steps to "de-escalate" the crisis in eastern Ukraine at talks in Geneva. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:31:44 GMT
Weather blights S Korea ferry search
Bad weather, murky water and strong currents are hampering the search for about 280 people missing after a South Korean ferry sank. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:32:28 GMT
Artists have unique brain structure
Artists' brains are structurally different to non-artists in areas relating to fine motor movements and visual imagery, a study finds. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:35:53 GMT
Pistorius forensic tests challenged
The tests carried out by a forensic expert for Oscar Pistorius' murder trial are rigorously challenged by the state prosecutor in South Africa. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:50:29 GMT
Co-op Group reports £2.5bn loss
The Co-operative Group reports losses of £2.5bn, the worst results in its 150-year history, after what its chief executive calls a "disastrous" year. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:01:32 GMT
Female MPs shunning PMQs - Bercow
Some female MPs have stopped attending Prime Minister's Questions because it is so "bad", says Speaker John Bercow. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:53:22 GMT
Channel Tunnel train delay 'chaos'
Hundreds of Channel Tunnel rail passengers are stuck at stations after a series of problems caused delays. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:20:48 GMT
Abu Hamza 'used cover of religion'
A radical cleric extradited from the UK "used the cover of religion" to hide his part in a global terror campaign, a prosecutor in New York says. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:46:44 GMT
VIDEO: Pistorius trial shown prosthetic leg
The prosthetic leg belonging to Oscar Pistorius has been shown to the court during his murder trial. He denies murder, claiming he mistook Reeva Steenkamp for a burglar. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:35:57 GMT
VIDEO: PMQs 'so bad' female MPs avoid it
The Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow has said several seasoned female MPs have told him the weekly Prime Minister's Questions is so rowdy they no longer take part. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:38:28 GMT
VIDEO: Speedy bird remains on the run
A large bird that looks similar to an ostrich and can run at a speed of up to 40mph is on the loose in the Home Counties after it inexplicably escaped from a field. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:39:42 GMT
VIDEO: Three killed in clashes at Ukraine base
Three people were killed in a raid on a base in eastern Ukraine overnight, the country's interior minister says, as the US, Russia, the EU and Ukraine begin crisis talks in Geneva. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:04:20 GMT
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More, bigger wildfires burning western US over last 30 years
Wildfires across the western United States have been getting bigger and more frequent over the last 30 years. The total area these fires burned increased at a rate of nearly 90,000 acres a year -- an area the size of Las Vegas, according to the study. Individually, the largest wildfires grew at a rate of 350 acres a year, the new research says. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:12:29 EDT
First potentially habitable Earth-sized planet confirmed by Gemini and Keck observatories
The first Earth-sized exoplanet orbiting within the habitable zone of another star has been confirmed by observations with both the W. M. Keck Observatory and the Gemini Observatory. The initial discovery, made by NASA's Kepler Space Telescope, is one of a handful of smaller planets found by Kepler and verified using large ground-based telescopes. It also confirms that Earth-sized planets do exist in the habitable zone of other stars. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:19:46 EDT
Thinnest membrane feasible has been produced
A new nano-membrane made out of the 'super material' graphene is extremely light and breathable. Not only can this open the door to a new generation of functional waterproof clothing, but also to ultra-rapid filtration. The new membrane just produced is as thin as is technologically possible. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:19:15 EDT
Alternative identification methods for threatened species urged
With global climate change and rapidly disappearing habitat critical to the survival of endangered species, there is a sense of urgency to confirm the return of animals thought to be extinct, or to confirm the presence of newly discovered species. Researchers want to change how biologists think about collecting 'voucher' specimens for species identification, suggesting current specimen collection practices pose a risk to vulnerable animal populations nearing extinction. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:19:13 EDT
Jews Ordered to Register in Eastern Ukraine
Leaflets have been distributed in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, where pro-Russian militants have taken over government buildings, telling Jews they must "register" with the local authorities or face consequences.The leaflets purport to come from the Donetsk People's Republic, a self-proclaimed, unrecognized breakaway authority that seeks to join Russia. The Donetsk Republic press office denied any involvement in the matter.Jews emerging from a synagogue say they were... Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:13:17 -0400
Colombian Novelist Garcia Marquez Dies at 87
Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Colombian author whose beguiling stories of love and longing brought Latin America to life for millions of readers and put magical realism on the literary map, died on Thursday. He was 87.
A prolific writer who started out as a newspaper reporter, Garcia Marquez's masterpiece was "One Hundred Years of Solitude," a dream-like, dynastic epic that helped him win the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982.
Garcia Marquez died at his home in Mexico... Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:47:27 -0400
Diplomats Announce Deal on Ukraine De-Escalation Plan
Top diplomats from Ukraine, Russia, the European Union and the United States have agreed on a set of measures to ease mounting tensions in eastern Ukraine.U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, speaking Thursday in Geneva, said the measures include disarming pro-Russian militants occupying buildings in eastern Ukraine and the return of the buildings to their legitimate owners.A joint statement from the four powers says amnesty will be granted to protesters who surrender weapons and leave the... Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:31:21 -0400
Copts in Diaspora Worry About Future in Egypt
Around 10 percent of Egypt’s population belong to the Coptic faith, making them the largest Christian minority in the Middle East. But they have become targets of violence since the revolution three years ago. With elections scheduled for May and the struggle between the Egyptian military and Islamists continuing, many Copts abroad are deeply worried about the future of their ancient church.
The Coptic faith is reputed to be as old as Christianity itself. And its rituals are as... Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:29:44 -0400
Concern Over Attacks on Middle East Christians Grows in Washington
Human rights groups say attacks against Christians in the Middle East have multiplied in the aftermath of the Arab Spring and are triggering an exodus from the region. And Christian activists in the U.S. say President Barack Obama is not doing enough to prevent it.
Last year, the bloody crackdown on a Muslim Brotherhood protest camp in Cairo drew international condemnation.
But less attention was paid to the many Egyptian churches that were attacked in the days that... Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:06:40 -0400
This Day in History
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 07:00:00 +0200
Peace Treaty Ends 335 Years' War (1986)
When hostilities between the Netherlands and the Isles of Scilly, an archipelago located off the southwest coast of England, ended, the warring parties recalled their troops, and the conflict was forgotten. Without a treaty declaring its end, however, the 1651 war peacefully became the world's longest, technically lasting 335 years. Despite questions regarding the validity of the declaration of war, peace was officially declared in 1986. What 45-minute war is considered the world's shortest? Discuss
South Sudan: Ban strongly condemns attack on UN mission base in Jonglei state
Amid escalating violence in northern and central South Sudan, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon strongly condemned todays attack on civilians and peacekeepers at the UN mission base in Bor, the war-torn capital of Jonglei state, by a mob of armed civilians who forced their way into the facility and opened fire on displaced persons sheltering inside. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:20:36 EDT
On first visit to Gaza, UN official calls for end to Israeli blockade
On his first official visit to the Gaza Strip, the new head of the United Nations agency assisting Palestinian refugees across the Middle East underscored the need to lift the seven-year Israeli blockade and end the "illegal collective punishment" unleashed on the population there. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:59:48 EDT
UN-Arab League Envoy urges fresh talks with besieged Syrians, authorities
Regretting the abrupt halt in talks between the Syrian authorities and the negotiating committee representing civilians and fighters trapped in the Old City of Homs, United Nations-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi today urged all the parties to return to the negotiating table and complete the deal that had been on the verge of being signed. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:55:20 EDT
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 07:00:00 +0200
Nikita Khrushchev (1894)
In the power struggle that followed Joseph Stalin's death, Nikita Khrushchev emerged as leader of the USSR. He became First Secretary of the Communist Party in 1953 and the Soviet premier five years later. He was highly critical of Stalin's rule and oversaw many reforms. Jovial in manner and often deliberately uncouth, he had a brash, extraverted style of diplomacy that became his trademark. Before his removal from office, the Communist Party accused him of mishandling what event in 1962? Discuss
The CW Announces Summer 2014 Premiere Dates
The CW today announced its schedule for Summer 2014, including the premieres of unscripted documentary series "Famous in 12," comedies "Backpackers" and "Seed," magic series "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" and "Masters of Illusion," all-new episodes of "Whose Line is it Anyway?" and the return of "Beauty and the Beast". Thu, 17 Apr 2014 22:46:00 +0200
Wormwood: Gentleman Corpse Headed to TV as Animated Series
The recently put together IDW Entertainment has announced a new partnership with George Lopez and his Travieso Production Company to bring Ben Templesmith's outlandish comic series Wormwood: Gentleman Corpse to television as an animated series. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 22:46:00 +0200
Interview: Mark Webber Commits 13 Sins
Actor Mark Webber talks to ComingSoon.net about starring in Daniel Stamm's 13 Sins , as well as working on his third movie as a director, The Ever After , co-written and co-starring his wife Teresa Palmer. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 22:46:00 +0200
Michael B. Jordan to Headline Men Who Kill
Michael B. Jordan has added another project to his rapidly-expanding list of big screen credits. Variety reports that the Chronicle and Fruitvale Station star will headline Men Who Kill for 20th Century Fox. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 22:46:00 +0200
Author Gabriel Garcia Marquez dies
The Nobel prize-winning Colombian author Gabriel Garcia Marquez dies in Mexico aged 87, a source close to his family says. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:22:28 GMT
BP Portrait Award shortlist unveiled
Three artists are shortlisted for the BP Portrait Award 2014, for work featuring a homeless man, a reluctant mother and a mature fashionista. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:48:04 GMT
George Alagiah treated for cancer
BBC News presenter George Alagiah is diagnosed with bowel cancer and will take a break from broadcasting while he receives treatment. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:13:34 GMT
Leigh and Loach selected for Cannes
Veteran British directors Mike Leigh and Ken Loach see their new films selected for competition at this year's Cannes Film Festival. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:52:05 GMT
Salsa legend Cheo Feliciano dies
Puerto Rican salsa singer and composer Cheo Feliciano dies in a car crash in his native island aged 78. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:09:03 GMT
Rock band AC/DC are 'not retiring'
AC/DC confirm they will continue making music, following news guitarist and founder member Malcolm Young is taking a break from the band due to ill health. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 08:43:27 GMT
Bryan Singer sex abuse claim 'absurd'
Claims that X-Men director Bryan Singer sexually abused a teenager in 1999 are dismissed as "completely without merit" by the film-maker's lawyer. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 08:57:40 GMT
Mrs Doubtfire sequel in the works
A sequel to hit 1993 comedy Mrs Doubtfire is on the cards, with actor Robin Williams and the writer behind Elf on board. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 10:09:45 GMT
MF Husain's last works to be shown
The final nine paintings made by one of India's most famous artists, MF Husain, will be shown in public for the first time this summer at London's V&A. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 10:41:34 GMT
Removed Banksy taken to city museum
The Banksy picture at the centre of a row over ownership is moved from a youth club by police and taken to Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:15:06 GMT
Article of the Day
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 07:00:00 +0200
Aloe Vera Aloe vera is just one of hundreds of species of aloe plant native to the drier parts of Africa, but it is perhaps the best known thanks to its purported medicinal properties. The mucilaginous gel obtained from the leaves of the Aloe vera plant is widely used to help treat burns and dry skin conditions and has also been used internally as a stimulant laxative. Still, the literature is mixed on the effectiveness and safety of these extracts. What health problems might they cause? Discuss
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 05:00:00 GMT
February's birthstone, amethyst, is the violet or purple variety of quartz. The gemstone's name comes from the Greek amethustos, meaning not intoxicated, a reference to the ancient belief that the stone could ward off drunkenness. The ancient Greeks and Romans wore amethysts and made drinking vessels of them for this reason. The stone is associated with a number of other superstitions as well, being regarded as a love charm, a potent sleep aid, and what else?
Wed, 16 Apr 2014 05:00:00 GMT
Two large volcanoes and the plain between them make up Oahu, the third largest and most densely populated Hawaiian island, nicknamed the "Gathering Place." Honolulu, Hawaii's state capital and main deepwater marine port, occupies the southeast end of the island, not far from Pearl Harbor, while the North Shore possesses some of the world's most renowned surfing spots. Oahu draws around five million visitors each year. Instead of cardinal directions, locals use what terms to describe locations?
How the fact-checkers are changing journalism
Fact-checking news organisations have sprung up on every continent, gaining attention in places ranging from Egypt to South Africa, Chile and France. Sun, 13 Apr 2014 08:56:00 +0200
Snowden the 'traitor' looms over Pulitzers
The United States is polarised over whether newspapers that exposed the extent of the NSA's spying network should be lauded or condemned. Sun, 13 Apr 2014 06:17:00 +0200
NEW YORK - A controversial police wing that spied on Muslims in the US has been disbanded, according to the New York Police Department. The NYPD's Demographics Unit also known as Zone Assessment ... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:06:52 -0400
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - The Saudi intelligence chief, known as Bandar Bush for his close ties with the former United States president, has been removed "at his own request", media reports said ... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:01:52 -0400
DONETSK, Ukraine - On a day of rapid development, pro-Russian militias commandeered six armored carriers from the Ukrainian Army and drove them to the central square in Slovyansk, while pro-Russian ... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 19:59:36 -0400
BOSTON - Emotional scenes marked the memorial ceremonies held in Boston Tuesday as survivors, family members of those killed and hundreds others gathered to mark the anniversary of the deadly bombing ... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:55:26 -0400
LAS VEGAS, Nevada - The Arizona woman who allegedly threw a shoe at Hillary Clinton last week has been charged on two accounts of criminal act that entail at least a year in prison if convicted. ... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:21:11 -0400
Supreme Court Rules in Amistad Slave Ship Case
From VOA Learning English, welcome to The Making of a Nation — a weekly program of American history for people learning American English. I’m Steve Ember in Washington.
Last time, we talked about the Amistad case. The Amistad was a slave ship from Cuba. In 1839, it appeared off the eastern coast of the United States. The Africans on the ship had killed white crew members, including the captain. They demanded to go back home, to Africa. But the two... Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:30:42 +0000
Kenya Moves Forward with Nuclear Power Plans
Hello. Let’s do it again. I’m Jim Tedder in Washington with the program that helps you learn and improve your American English. At the same time, we give you important details about things happening in our world …As It Is.
On today’s program, Kenya looks to the future in hopes of solving energy needs. But one proposal is causing problems. We’ll tell you why.
Then we will hear from the United Nations concerning the need for food aid in... Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:30:14 +0000
Are You Hardcore Enough for CrossFit?
From VOA Learning English, this is the Health Report.
In the United States we love to try new ways to exercise. And when an exercise program promises to help us lose weight or get fit, it can become very popular, very quickly. It becomes an exercise trend.
One such popular exercise trend is CrossFit. The number of CrossFit centers, or gyms, has doubled every two years. And not just in the United States.
What began in... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:30:22 +0000
Boko Haram Suspected in Nigeria Terror Attack
Hello, and welcome back to another edition of the program that helps you learn and improve your American English. I’m Jim Tedder in Washington. Today we hear about another terrorist attack in Nigeria. Officials fear Boko Haram rebels are getting stronger.
Then we will examine events that are taking place during the holiest week in the Christian calendar.
We are here to help you 7 days a week, on the Internet, on radio, and on television. ... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:30:02 +0000
Smoking is the Leading Cause of Preventable Death
From VOA Learning English, this is Science in the News.
I’m Anna Matteo.
And I’m Christopher Cruise.
This week we talk about smoking -- a preventable cause of cancer.
This year, the United States marked the 50th anniversary of the government’s first report on smoking and health. The then-Surgeon General Luther Terry wrote that first report. It linked cigarettes to lung cancer and heart disease. The year was 1964. At that time, more than 40... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:30:25 +0000
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