Three die in Colorado clinic shooting
A shooting at a family planning clinic in the US town of Colorado Springs leaves two civilians and a policeman dead, with the suspected gunman arrested. Sat, 28 Nov 2015 08:50:49 GMT
Russia beefs up defences in Syria
Russia strengthens its anti-aircraft defences in Syria by moving up a cruiser and deploying new missiles at an air base. Sat, 28 Nov 2015 01:31:08 GMT
Japan to resume whaling in Antarctic
Japan decides to resume hunting whales in the Antarctic after a break of more than a year despite a ruling by the International Court of Justice. Sat, 28 Nov 2015 09:32:48 GMT
Pope remembers martyrs in Uganda
Pope Francis celebrates Mass at a shrine where dozens of Ugandan Christians were martyred for their faith on the latest stage of his African trip. Sat, 28 Nov 2015 10:16:36 GMT
McDonnell favours free vote on Syria
Issues such as going to war should be "above party politics", shadow chancellor John McDonnell says, ahead of a potential vote on UK air strikes in Syria. Sat, 28 Nov 2015 08:01:21 GMT
PM 'taking bullying claims seriously'
David Cameron is taking allegations of bullying within the Conservative Party's youth wing very seriously, Downing Street says. Sat, 28 Nov 2015 10:25:47 GMT
Deals unveiled for new Help to Buy Isa
Interest of up to 4% will be paid on new Help to Buy Isas - accounts aimed at helping potential property buyers save for a deposit. Sat, 28 Nov 2015 00:12:16 GMT
Sinkhole security costs top £40k
More than £40,000 has been spent on round-the-clock security near the site of a sinkhole, a council says. Sat, 28 Nov 2015 00:07:45 GMT
VIDEO: Amina Sboui on her topless photo
Tunisian feminist Amina Sboui looks back on the topless photo that made her famous and explains why she decided to publish an such an incendiary image. Fri, 27 Nov 2015 18:22:50 GMT
How can I tell if they're lying?
Sarcasm, white lies and teasing can be difficult to identify for those with certain disorders. For those who suffer from diseases like Alzheimer's or Parkinson's, or neurodevelopmental conditions such as Autism spectrum disorder, identifying white lies may be even harder. But new video inventory may help, say researchers. Fri, 27 Nov 2015 10:26:16 EST
3 Killed in Rocket Attack on UN Base in Northern Mali
Militants have attacked a United Nations base in northern Mali, firing rockets that killed two U.N. peacekeepers and a civilian contractor, according to officials.
A spokesman for the U.N. peacekeeping mission said at least four others were seriously wounded in the early Saturday attack in Kidal.
There is no word on who is responsible for the attack, which follows a militant assault last week on a luxury hotel in Bamako that left 19 people dead.
Two West African militant groups --... Sat, 28 Nov 2015 05:43:58 -0500
Pope Francis To Hold Open Air Mass In Uganda
Over a million people are expected to gather Saturday at a shrine in Uganda, where Pope Francis delivers an open-air mass on the second leg of his African tour.
The mass is being held at a shrine in Namugongo for dozens of now canonized martyrs burned to death by a local king in the late 1800s for refusing to renounce their faith.
Later the pontiff will hold a rally with young people, visit a charity, and meet with local religious leaders as he continues the second day of his visit to... Sat, 28 Nov 2015 01:56:53 -0500
In New York, a Warmer Reception for Syrian Refugees
In the wake of the terror attacks in Paris, politicians and others are calling for a ban — or at least a delay — on the influx of refugees to the United States.
Republican presidential candidates Ted Cruz and Jeb Bush have called on the U.S. to accept only Christian Syrian refugees, not Muslims. Presidential candidate Donald Trump goes one step further, saying he would accept none.
Dr. Ahmad Jaber, president of the Arab-American Association of New York and Dawood Mosque, calls such... Fri, 27 Nov 2015 20:13:05 -0500
Police Commissioner Killed in Togo Clashes
A police commissioner was killed in clashes in northern Togo between police and demonstrators who were protesting against plans to relocate them from a nature reserve that they had settled in, security sources said Friday.
Police fired tear gas Thursday at hundreds of demonstrators who were throwing rocks.
"In the exchange between rocks being thrown and blasts of tear gas, a police commissioner died," the security ministry said in a statement.
Togo has been trying to... Fri, 27 Nov 2015 19:47:30 -0500
Activists: Coalition Fails to Investigate Airstrikes in Yemen
An international rights group accused the Saudi Arabia-led coalition of targeting civilians in Yemen, saying the kingdom and its supporters in the West have failed to provide answers over the killing of civilians in the impoverished country.
A report released by Human Rights Watch on Friday said Saudi fighter jets carried out at least 10 “apparently unlawful” airstrikes in Yemen between April and August 2015, killing 309 civilians and wounding another 414 people.
The report said... Fri, 27 Nov 2015 18:43:10 -0500
This Day in History
Sat, 28 Nov 2015 06:00:00 +0100
Louis B. Mayer Opens His First Movie Theater (1907)
Born in Russia, Mayer immigrated to Canada and then the US with his family and began working in his father's scrap-iron business at 14. At 23, he bought a small nickelodeon in Massachusetts, and by the time he reached his mid-30s, he owned New England's largest movie theater chain. In 1925, he merged his film production company with others to form Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, which, under his leadership, became Hollywood's most prestigious studio. Mayer aspired to have "more stars than" what? Discuss
Ban takes call for action on climate change to Commonwealth summit in Malta
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon took his call for urgent action on climate change to the Heads of Government of the 53-nation, 2.2-billion-people-strong Commonwealth today, declaring that the stars seemed aligned for at last making major progress on the issue. Fri, 27 Nov 2015 16:16:36 EST
Sat, 28 Nov 2015 06:00:00 +0100
Friedrich Engels (1820)
With Karl Marx, Engels was one of the founders of modern Communism. After forming a partnership to promote the socialist movement, the two organized revolutionary movements and collaborated on several works, most notably the Communist Manifesto. Though Marx's personality has overshadowed that of Engels, Engels served as the foremost authority on Marx and Marxism after Marx's death in 1883. Despite his criticism of capitalism, Engels supported Marx's publications by doing what? Discuss
Adele makes history with 800,000 sales
Adele's new album 25 sells more than 800,000 copies in its first week of release - the highest ever figure for a single UK chart week. Fri, 27 Nov 2015 17:48:12 GMT
Taiwanese film tops critics' poll
Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-Hsien's martial arts drama The Assassin is named the best film of 2015 in Sight & Sound magazine's poll of 168 critics. Fri, 27 Nov 2015 11:06:20 GMT
Gemma Arterton to play Nell Gwynn
Gemma Arterton is to take the role of Nell Gwynn when the critically acclaimed play transfers to London's West End. Fri, 27 Nov 2015 11:46:20 GMT
Export bar on rare St Luke painting
The government has placed an export bar on a rare painting of St Luke Drawing the Virgin and Child by artist Dieric Bouts. Fri, 27 Nov 2015 12:57:37 GMT
Jack Garratt wins Brits Critics' Choice
Jack Garratt wins the Brits Critics' Choice prize, awarded to music newcomers due to release their first album in the coming year. Fri, 27 Nov 2015 00:03:47 GMT
Pirate makes film to avoid being sued
A convicted Czech software pirate agreed to make an anti-piracy film in order to avoid being sued by the firms whose software he pirated. Fri, 27 Nov 2015 11:20:19 GMT
DJ's children sue for wrongful death
Three of US DJ Casey Kasem's children and his brother sue the late star's widow for wrongful death in the latest move in a bitter family feud. Thu, 26 Nov 2015 09:40:18 GMT
Jolie supports Cambodia film event
Angelia Jolie is to support Cambodia's film festival by serving as president of the honorary committee at this year's event. Thu, 26 Nov 2015 13:14:36 GMT
Article of the Day
Sat, 28 Nov 2015 06:00:00 +0100
The Mysterious Boulders of Moeraki
The unusually large, spherical Moeraki Boulders that dot a stretch of Koekohe Beach in New Zealand have been the subject of attention since prehistoric times. They range in size from .5 to 2.2 m (1.5 to 6.7 ft) in diameter and are composed of mud, fine-silt, and clay, and are cemented by calcite. Centuries of coastal erosion have exhumed these septarian concretions from the mudstone enclosing them. How many millions of years did it take for the larger Moeraki Boulders to form? Discuss
Sat, 28 Nov 2015 05:00:00 GMT
Debt-ridden farmers, struck by the economic depression that followed the American Revolution, petitioned the Massachusetts state senate to halt foreclosure of mortgages on their property and imprisonment for debt. When the senate failed to undertake these reforms, armed rebels, led by Daniel Shays and other local leaders, forcibly closed a number of debtors' courts. The rebellion, suppressed in 1787, less than a year after it began, prompted the fledgling US government to make what changes?
Fri, 27 Nov 2015 05:00:00 GMT
The craft of bookbinding began simply, with the use of boards to protect parchment manuscripts. By the 2nd century, sheets of parchment were being folded and sewn together. During the Middle Ages, the practice of making fine bindings for these sewn volumes rose to great heights; books were rare and precious articles, and many were treated with exquisite gilded and jeweled bindings. What is the uncommon practice of binding books in human skin, a technique dating back to the 17th century, called?
Russian bear bares fangs at Turkey
The one concrete measure that is likely to have an effect is the announcement that tour agencies are now banned from selling holidays to Turkey. Fri, 27 Nov 2015 00:00:00 +0200
Femicides rock Mexican tourist haven
A string of women have been killed in Mexico’s top holiday destination, but the authorities are trying their best to downplay the murders. Fri, 27 Nov 2015 00:00:00 +0200
Cloned cows to feed China
Chinese company BoyaLife plans on supplementing China's growing demand for beef by producing 100 000 cow embryos a year. Fri, 27 Nov 2015 00:00:00 +0200
PARIS - Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates will be joining a group of developing and developed countries on Monday to announce a multi-billion dollar research and development initiative in clean ... Fri, 27 Nov 2015 18:35:52 -0500
LOS ANGELES Over 40 percent of Americans were using their mobile phones to make online purchases, according to early reports for Thanksgiving Black Friday sales. Software firm Adobe, which tracks ... Fri, 27 Nov 2015 05:30:00 -0500
LONDON/ NEW YORK - UK's largest supermarket chain Tesco has agreed to pay $12 million (8 million pounds) to settle a US lawsuit by owners of American Depositary Receipts (ADRs) over the accounting ... Thu, 26 Nov 2015 19:27:49 -0500
NEW YORK - Disney's cable sports network ESPN has lost seven million subscribers over the last two years, according to a regulatory filing. ESPN, the worldwide leader in sports, Disney's most ... Thu, 26 Nov 2015 17:08:39 -0500
LONDON - Prime Minister David Cameron on Thursday made a strong pitch before his parliamentary colleagues, seeking support for letting the country join airstrikes against the Islamic State in Syria ... Fri, 27 Nov 2015 03:49:48 -0500
Black Friday, Cyber Monday Start Holiday Shopping Season
America’s holiday shopping season started on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving. It is the busiest shopping day of the year.
Retailers make the most money this time of year, about 20 percent to 30 percent of all revenue all year. The National Retail Federation (NRF) says about 136 million people will shop during the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend.
More and more will shop online. In an era of instant information, shoppers can use their mobile phones to... Fri, 27 Nov 2015 21:00:54 +0000
Americans Distrust Their Government, Poll Says
Most Americans don’t have much trust in their government, says a new poll.
Only 19 percent of Americans trust the government “always or most of the time,” the survey by the Pew Research Center finds. Pew says trust levels are among the lowest in surveys of the past 50 years.
The trust level today is a big change from 15 years ago, right after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. At that time, 60 percent of Americans said they trusted the government, Pew... Fri, 27 Nov 2015 21:00:46 +0000
Russian News Media Fakes Stories About US
Did you know the U.S. Ambassador to Russia, John Tefft, once gave a press conference on the moon?
And at center-ice of a hockey game?
And with General Douglas MacArthur when the general landed in the Philippines during World War II?
Well, of course, he was not in any of those places. Tefft was born in 1949, well after World War II ended.
But the U.S. Embassy in Russia tweeted out those fake photos with the help of a computer program. It did that in response to the Russians... Fri, 27 Nov 2015 21:00:06 +0000
'A Princess of Mars,' by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Part Four
Editor's note: This is the fourth in our series of programs called “A Princess of Mars.” The story is from a series of books by Edgar Rice Burroughs.
Last week, we told how John Carter observed a fierce battle between the green Martians and a race of red, human-like creatures. He also saw the beautiful Princess Dejah Thoris being captured after the battle.
A short time later, John Carter, the Princess and their friend, the green Martian woman Sola, attempt to escape... Fri, 27 Nov 2015 20:00:55 +0000
Are You In, On or At? Prepositions that Tell of Time and Place
When English speakers talk about time and place, there are three little words that often come up: in, on, and at. These common words are prepositions that show a relationship between two words in a sentence.
Some prepositions are rather easy for English learners to understand: behind, over, under, next to, etc…
But these little two-letter prepositions seem to create confusion. Here are a few rules to help you understand when to use in, on, and at in a sentence.
For... Thu, 26 Nov 2015 21:16:23 +0000
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