Burkina Faso crowds back on streets
Hundreds of people in Burkina Faso gather for a second day to demand the president step down immediately, after he says he will stay on for a year. Fri, 31 Oct 2014 10:32:03 GMT
Key Jerusalem holy site reopens
Israel reopens a key Jerusalem holy site after its temporary closure following the shooting of a prominent Jewish activist. Fri, 31 Oct 2014 08:56:12 GMT
Lawsuit over Malaysia missing plane
Two children whose father was on Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 which disappeared file a lawsuit against the airline and Malaysia's government. Fri, 31 Oct 2014 08:40:12 GMT
Charity warns US on Ebola quarantine
Charity Doctors Without Borders warns some mandatory US state Ebola quarantine measures are having a "chilling effect" on its work. Fri, 31 Oct 2014 04:51:34 GMT
Russia-Ukraine deal secures EU gas
Russia will resume gas deliveries to Ukraine this winter in a deal brokered by the European Union, which will also safeguard supplies to EU countries. Fri, 31 Oct 2014 01:08:33 GMT
Victims to meet abuse inquiry staff
Victims' groups are due to meet officials from a child sex abuse inquiry and are expected to call for inquiry chair Fiona Woolf to resign. Fri, 31 Oct 2014 09:56:49 GMT
Two missing after fireworks blaze
Two people are missing and a man has been arrested after a major blaze at a Stafford fireworks warehouse that left two people in hospital. Fri, 31 Oct 2014 10:32:14 GMT
Police boss in gross misconduct probe
A police chief will face an internal charge of gross misconduct after an allegation of inappropriate behaviour towards women. Fri, 31 Oct 2014 10:15:31 GMT
VIDEO: The makeshift 'protection' for Ebola
The BBC's Anne Soy reports from Ghana, where health care workers in one hospital serving Liberian refugees have had to use rain coats instead of proper protective gear against Ebola. Fri, 31 Oct 2014 06:32:12 GMT
VIDEO: Poppy hijab for Remembrance
A young fashion designer from London has decided to mark Remembrance Day by creating a special "poppy hijab" for Muslim women. Fri, 31 Oct 2014 00:02:27 GMT
VIDEO: 'Rage on the streets' in Burkina Faso
Burkina Faso's President Blaise Compaore says he will stay in power for a year under a transitional government, following a day of violent protests demanding his resignation. Fri, 31 Oct 2014 07:07:42 GMT
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Himalayan Viagra fuels caterpillar fungus gold rush
Overwhelmed by speculators trying to cash-in on a prized medicinal fungus known as Himalayan Viagra, two isolated Tibetan communities have managed to do at the local level what world leaders often fail to do on a global scale -- implement a successful system for the sustainable harvest of a precious natural resource, suggests new research. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:50:59 EDT
They know the drill: Leading the league in boring through ice sheets
Hollow coring drills are used to extract ice cores that can analyze the past atmosphere. Scientists have now documented carbon dioxide in the atmosphere between 23,000 and 9,000 years ago, based on data from an 11,000-foot hole in Antarctica. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:30:48 EDT
Take a walk in the sun to ease time change woes, sleep expert says
Daylight saving time ends at 2 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 2. As clocks turn back one hour, we gain an hour of sleep but often still feel groggy and sluggish. A sleep expert says this change in sleep schedule is exacerbated by our tendency to alter our sleep patterns on the weekends anyway. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:30:44 EDT
Lord of the microrings
Researchers report a significant breakthrough in laser technology with the development of a unique microring laser cavity that can produce single-mode lasing on demand. This advance holds ramifications for a wide range of optoelectronic applications including metrology and interferometry, data storage and communications, and high-resolution spectroscopy. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 15:08:58 EDT
China to Send Elite Army Unit to Help Fight Ebola in Liberia
China will dispatch an elite unit from the People's Liberation Army to help Ebola-hit Liberia, the Foreign Ministry said on Friday, responding to U.N. calls for a greater global effort to fight the deadly virus in West Africa.
Washington has led the international drive to stop the spread of the disease that has killed nearly 5,000 people, sending thousands of troops and committing about $1 billion, but Beijing has faced criticism for not doing enough.
The PLA squad, which has... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 04:18:02 -0400
Lawmaker Blasts US Participation in Cuba Ebola Meeting
One of Washington's most vocal opponents of the Castro brothers' regime in Cuba has blasted the U.S. decision to attend an Ebola conference in Havana this week.
Representative Mario Diaz-Balart called the participation of a mid-level official from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the two-day multinational meeting "a disgrace."
The United States has no official diplomatic relationship with the Communist island nation.
Dr. Nelson Arboleda,... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 03:52:24 -0400
Beijing Holds Conference on Afghanistan
China is hosting an international conference on Afghanistan's security and re-construction, highlighting China's growing role in Afghanistan as U.S. and NATO forces depart.
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani attended the opening ceremony of the ministerial conference of the Istanbul Process on Afghanistan in Beijing Friday.
China has pledged $82 million in aid this year, with another $245 million over the next few years for educational... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 02:52:08 -0400
HK Executive Council Member Likens Protesters to Freed Slaves
Thousands have signed an online petition denouncing reported comments by an HSBC Holdings board member in which she likened Hong Kong protesters' demands for democracy to the emancipation of slaves.
Laura Cha, who is also a member of Hong Kong's policy-making Executive Council, chairwoman of the city's Financial Services Development Council and a member of China's parliament, reportedly made the comments at an event in Paris.
“American slaves were liberated in 1861 but... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 02:30:37 -0400
Amid Unrest, Burkina Faso President Refuses to Resign
Burkina Faso's president has refused to step down, insisting he will stay in power and lead a transitional government that was announced following violent protests.
Hundreds of protesters marched in the capital, Ouagadougou, Friday demanding that Compaore step down, a day after the military dissolved parliament and announced a transitional government.
“We don't want him. We want him out of power. He is not our president,” demonstrator Ouedrago Yakubo told Reuters. The... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 01:53:15 -0400
This Day in History
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 06:00:00 +0100
The Battle of Britain Is Won (1940)
The Battle of Britain was the first major German failure in World War II. The Royal Air Force (RAF), outgunned and outmanned, nevertheless defeated the German Luftwaffe and thwarted Hitler's plan for an amphibious invasion, which he had hoped would end the war quickly. The event was not only a testament to the courage of British pilots, but it also marked the first time a major battle was fought entirely in the air and featured the first use of radar in battle. Who were the "rows of idiots"? Discuss
At UN-backed forum, countries pledge to develop, implement youth policies
The United Nations-backed Global Forum on Youth Policies, which brought together over 700 participants from over 165 countries, concluded in Azerbaijan today with the launch of an outcome document pledging to support countries that are in the process of developing and “elevating” national youth policy. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 17:37:02 EST
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 06:00:00 +0100
Chiang Kai-shek (1887)
After the Qing dynasty was overthrown and a republic established in China, Chiang joined the Kuomintang (KMT)—the Nationalist Party—and rose through the ranks to become commander in chief of the revolutionary army and eventual successor to leader Sun Yat-sen. Under Chiang's direction, the KMT broke with its former allies, the Communists, and began a protracted civil war. Despite some initial success, Chiang ultimately failed, and his government was driven from mainland China to where? Discuss
Perfectly timed for "Devil's Night," independent blogger Sean C.W. Korsgaard has just released an impressively in-depth interview with "The Crow" creator James O'Barr in which O'Barr discusses the new big screen plans for The Crow and details his involvement with the project. Fri, 31 Oct 2014 01:33:00 -0500
An English language remake of Takeshi Furusawa's 2006 horror thriller Ghost Train is on the way. All Nippon Entertainment Works today announced that they have partnered with Depth of Field Productions and Shochiku for the story of a mysterious force that invades an underground commuter train and terrifies its passengers. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 17:18:00 -0500
Earlier this year it was announced that Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and Dark Shadows scribe Seth Grahame-Smith has plans to make his directorial debut with a new big screen adaptation of Ray Bradbury's novel, Something Wicked This Way Comes. The Hollywood Reporter today brings word that Wrath of the Titans screenwriter David Leslie Johnson is now set to draft the project for Walt Disney Pictures. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:14:00 -0500
Blurred Lines dispute to go to trial
A US judge rules the long-running dispute between Marvin Gaye's family, Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams over claims of plagiarism should go to trial. Fri, 31 Oct 2014 10:43:07 GMT
Dench and Watson honoured in LA
Actors Dame Judi Dench, Emma Watson and Robert Downey Junior are among the stars honoured at the Britannia Awards hosted by Bafta in LA. Fri, 31 Oct 2014 09:57:08 GMT
Pirate Bay founder faces jail term
Pirate Bay co-founder Gottfrid Warg could face a lengthy prison sentence after being found guilty of hacking into Danish computers. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:52:50 GMT
Pulitzer-winning poet Kinnell dies
Pulitzer Prize-winning US poet Galway Kinnell, known for his spiritual poems connecting the experiences of daily life to larger forces, dies aged 87. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:11:44 GMT
Ian McKellen given freedom of London
Lord of the Rings star Sir Ian McKellen is given the freedom of the City of London in recognition of his work for gay rights. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 15:49:16 GMT
Young Fathers win Mercury Prize
Edinburgh-based hip-hop trio Young Fathers win the 2014 Barclaycard Mercury Prize with their album Dead. Wed, 29 Oct 2014 23:03:12 GMT
Spacey mourns House of Cards actress
Kevin Spacey pays tribute to actress Elizabeth Norment, who played Nancy Kaufberger, the secretary to his character in US TV drama House of Cards. Wed, 29 Oct 2014 09:11:14 GMT
Collins hands over Alamo artefacts
Singer Phil Collins hands over his large collection of Alamo memorabilia to a Texas museum, calling the donation the end of a six-decade "journey". Wed, 29 Oct 2014 14:39:50 GMT
Arts groups share £100m funding
More than 100 arts groups across the country are to receive regular funding from Creative Scotland, it is announced. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 12:15:12 GMT
Article of the Day
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 06:00:00 +0100
Seattle's Space Needle
At 605 feet (184 m) tall, the Space Needle is the most recognizable landmark in Seattle, Washington. The tower was built for the 1962 World's Fair and now boasts a rotating restaurant, a gift shop, and an observation deck, which afford views of the Cascade Mountains, Mount Rainier, and Elliott Bay. The tower can withstand winds of up to 200 mph (322 km/h) and earthquakes up to 9.1 in magnitude. It also has 25 lightning rods. What two design concepts inspired the structure's unique architecture? Discuss
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 05:00:00 GMT
These small black-and-white mammals are best known for the foul-smelling oily liquid they expel when threatened. Skunks do not make use of this weapon unless severely provoked and then only after raising their tails in a warning display. Most animals quickly learn to avoid skunks because the odor of skunk spray is so strong. In addition to stinking, the spray causes choking and tearing of the eyes. What do researchers believe is essential to successfully neutralizing the skunk smell?
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 05:00:00 GMT
Chocolate is prepared in a complex process from ground, roasted cacao beans. The Maya had a chocolate beverage perhaps as early as 900 BCE, and the Aztecs prized the cacao tree. In the 16th century, Montezuma II served Hernán Cortés a cacao-bean drink called xocoatl—"bitter water"—that Cortés then introduced to Europe. It became a fashionable drink there, and chocolate shops thrived, becoming centers of political discussion. When did London's first chocolate shop open?
UN watchdog demands Israeli abuses be probed
The group urged Israel to respect the rights of Palestinians, and demanded the country probe violations committed during repeated assaults on Gaza. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 14:58:00 +0200
FARMINGDALE, New York - In a gruesome murder-suicide case involving a psychotic patient, a man in a Long Island neighbourhood allegedly killed his mother, slashed the head apart and threw it away, ... Thu, 30 Oct 2014 22:14:08 -0400
MONS, Belgium - Russian jets, including six nuclear bombers, have been detected conducting "significant military maneuvers" in European airspace, representing an "unusual" level of activity that ... Thu, 30 Oct 2014 22:11:31 -0400
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso - Burkina Faso President Blaise Compaore declared a state of emergency and dismissed his government but also said he is willing to hold talks with opposition leaders who ... Thu, 30 Oct 2014 22:05:56 -0400
WASHINGTON - The Navy SEAL Team 6 member who fatally shot Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden in May 2011 is to finally reveal his true identity next month. Fox News will air a two-part documentary on ... Thu, 30 Oct 2014 22:02:56 -0400
WASHINGTON - Apple CEO Tim Cook on Thursday publicly acknowledged he is gay, becoming the highest profile chief executive to come out. The 53-year-old Alabama native broke his years of silence in ... Thu, 30 Oct 2014 21:49:23 -0400
Iraqi Kurdish Fighters Enter Kobani
Syrian activists say the first group of Iraqi Kurdish fighters has arrived in the Syrian town of Kobani. They are to help Syrian Kurds in their battle against Islamic State militants.
A British human rights group said Thursday that about 10 of the fighters from Iraq’s Kurdistan area crossed into Kobani from Turkey. Around 150 fighters in all spent Wednesday traveling across Turkey toward Syria. The Turkish government agreed earlier to let them pass through.
Burkina Faso... Thu, 30 Oct 2014 21:31:28 +0000
The Boy on Graves-End Road by Caty Weaver
Now, the VOA Special English program American Stories.
I'm Pat Bodnar. October thirty-first is Halloween. In the spirit of this ancient holiday, we present a story written by Special English reporter and producer Caty Weaver. It's called "The Boy on Graves-End Road."
Kelly Ryan was making dinner. Her ten-year-old son Benjamin was watching television in the living room. Or at least she thought he was.
KELLY: "Benny-boy, do you want black beans or... Thu, 30 Oct 2014 19:01:19 +0000
Ghana's Bamboo Bikes Hit the Streets
Bicycle frames are usually made out of materials like carbon fiber, steel or aluminum. But in rural Ghana, a businessman has developed another way to make bicycles from a natural product -- bamboo.
Bamboo does not get much respect in Ghana. Farmers think of bamboo as an unwanted plant that needs to be cleared from their land. Construction workers use it to support buildings while they are being built.
But Kwabena Danso thinks bamboo is much more valuable. He... Thu, 30 Oct 2014 19:00:52 +0000
Singapore Film Ban Raises Free Speech Issue
The documentary film, “To Singapore, with Love” tells about political dissidents from Singapore. The official website says the film explores the stories of nine people who left Singapore between the 1960s and the 1980s. It says they fled to escape persecution by the government -- first, from Singapore’s British colonial rulers and, later, by the Singapore government.
The 70-minute-long film has been shown at public events in Britain, India and... Thu, 30 Oct 2014 19:00:29 +0000
Halloween Is Big with Kids and Business
October 31st is Halloween. On that night, children around the United States will wear special clothing and make up their faces to look like frightening creatures. These little vampires, ghosts and witches will walk around their neighborhoods, knocking on doors and yelling “trick or treat.” If the people in the homes do not give them a sweet treat, candy, the children may play a trick on them.
Many homes are also dressed up for Halloween. People hang toy spiders, skeletons and other... Thu, 30 Oct 2014 18:37:21 +0000
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