Defiant HK protests on National Day
Thousands gather in Hong Kong for pro-democracy rallies on China's National Day, despite a call by leader CY Leung to work with Beijing. Wed, 01 Oct 2014 13:21:08 GMT
Shell kills four at Donetsk school
A shell blast kills four people at a school in the rebel-held Ukrainian city of Donetsk on the first day of classes, delayed because of the conflict. Wed, 01 Oct 2014 11:56:12 GMT
Armed man shared lift with Obama
US President Barack Obama rode in a lift with an armed security contractor who had assault convictions, in another security lapse. Wed, 01 Oct 2014 13:09:13 GMT
Karadzic takes blame for Serb crimes
Radovan Karadzic sums up his defence saying he takes "moral responsibility" for crimes committed by Bosnian Serbs but denying he ordered killings. Wed, 01 Oct 2014 09:18:55 GMT
Iraq PM opposes Arab strikes in Iraq
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi tells the BBC he "totally" opposes Arab nations joining air strikes against Islamic State in his country. Wed, 01 Oct 2014 13:08:38 GMT
Cameron pledges tax cuts 'for 30m'
David Cameron says a future Conservative government would cut taxes for thirty million people as he delivers his party conference speech. Wed, 01 Oct 2014 13:23:50 GMT
Body find sparks Alice murder probe
The disappearance of teenager Alice Gross is now being treated as a murder inquiry after a "significantly concealed" body is found. Wed, 01 Oct 2014 10:46:08 GMT
Moazzam Begg terror charges dropped
Former Guantanamo Bay detainee Moazzam Begg has seven terror charges against him dropped, including an allegation that he attended a training camp in Syria. Wed, 01 Oct 2014 12:50:33 GMT
Family appeal over Syria case teen
The family of a missing 15-year-old girl who is feared to have travelled to Syria make an appeal for her return. Wed, 01 Oct 2014 12:59:15 GMT
Remains found in Disappeared search
Human remains have been found in a County Meath bog by a team searching for an IRA victim missing for almost 40 years. Wed, 01 Oct 2014 12:19:39 GMT
VIDEO: RAF release video of Iraq attack
RAF jets have carried out their first strikes on Islamic State targets in Iraq, attacking a "heavy weapon position" and an armed pick-up truck. Wed, 01 Oct 2014 06:12:55 GMT
VIDEO: 'Yellow Umbrella Man' HK protest
Paul Zimmerman, who is a Hong Kong local councillor, explains why he took a yellow umbrella to protest at a China National Day reception in Hong Kong. Wed, 01 Oct 2014 12:16:48 GMT
VIDEO: Kurdish weapons 'no match' for IS
Clive Myrie reports from the Kurdish front line in Iraq where the Peshmerga are fighting IS with weapons they say are not up to the job. Wed, 01 Oct 2014 05:09:01 GMT
VIDEO: Japan volcano : Death toll reaches 48
12 more bodies have been recovered by rescue workers from from Mount Ontake, bringing to 48 the number of those killed by Saturday's volcanic eruption. Wed, 01 Oct 2014 13:08:17 GMT
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Satellite measurements reveal gravity dip from ice loss in West Antarctica
Although not designed to map changes in Earth's gravity over time, ESA's GOCE satellite has shown that the ice lost from West Antarctica over the last few years has left its signature. More than doubling its planned life in orbit, GOCE spent four years measuring Earth's gravity in unprecedented detail. Researchers have found that the decrease in the mass of ice during this period was mirrored in GOCE's measurements. Tue, 30 Sep 2014 19:54:28 EDT
U.S., India to collaborate on Mars exploration, Earth-observing mission
In a meeting Sept. 30, 2014 in Toronto, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and K. Radhakrishnan, chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), signed two documents to launch a NASA-ISRO satellite mission to observe Earth and establish a pathway for future joint missions to explore Mars. Tue, 30 Sep 2014 19:49:41 EDT
Rosetta to deploy lander on November 12
The European Space Agency's Rosetta mission will deploy its lander, Philae, to the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on Nov. 12. Philae's landing site, currently known as Site J, is located on the smaller of the comet's two "lobes," with a backup site on the larger lobe. Tue, 30 Sep 2014 19:47:02 EDT
Cold Atom Laboratory chills atoms to new lows
NASA's Cold Atom Laboratory (CAL) mission has succeeded in producing a state of matter known as a Bose-Einstein condensate, a key breakthrough for the instrument leading up to its debut on the International Space Station in late 2016. Tue, 30 Sep 2014 19:45:05 EDT
At Least 10 Killed in Eastern Ukraine Shelling
At least 10 people were killed on Wednesday when shells hit a school playground and a minivan on a nearby street in Donetsk, in eastern Ukraine, city authorities and witnesses said.
A shell hit a playground near school No. 57 on the first day of the school year in Donetsk. No children were among those killed.
Witnesses and city officials told Reuters the four dead included two teachers and a parent.
Terrified children were forced to shelter in the basement as the shelling yielded... Wed, 01 Oct 2014 09:18:24 -0400
US 'Green Card' Lottery Registration Begins
The United States government’s Diversity Immigrant Visa Program opens Oct. 1. The program is known to millions of people around the world as the “green card lottery.”
“Green card” is the unofficial name for the government document used to prove that a person is a legal U.S. immigrant. Green cards are also given to those offered asylum or protection as refugees. And a green card may be given to individuals with family members who are U.S. citizens.
The document is not evidence of... Wed, 01 Oct 2014 08:20:28 -0400
Developments in Ukraine - Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Rebels in eastern Ukraine appear to be successfully closing in on the government-held airport of Donetsk, a strategic victory for the pro-Russian separatists that further undermines a shaky cease-fire in the region. At least 10 people were killed on Wednesday when shells hit a school playground and a mini van in a nearby street in Donetsk in eastern Ukraine, city authorities and Reuters witnesses said. Wed, 01 Oct 2014 08:17:00 -0400
Hong Kong Protests Cloud China’s National Day
As China marked its National Day Wednesday, a defiant gathering of thousands of people in Hong Kong demanding deeper electoral reforms for the port city cast a shadow over Beijing’s celebration.
At a flag-raising ceremony to mark the holiday in Hong Kong, protesters booed and made a “thumbs down” sign as helicopters flew overhead. There were also shouts for Hong Kong’s leader Leung Chun-ying, who was in attendance, to step down.
Hands off for now
For now,... Wed, 01 Oct 2014 07:23:14 -0400
Obama, Netanyahu to Meet with Focus on Iran
President Barack Obama hosts Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for talks Wednesday that are expected to focus on nuclear talks with Iran.
The White House meeting comes days after Netanyahu told the United Nations General Assembly that Iran is trying to trick the world into lifting sanctions while still allowing it to develop nuclear weapons.
He warned that a nuclear-armed Iran would be more dangerous than the Islamic State group operating in Iraq and Syria.
Iran has... Wed, 01 Oct 2014 07:00:18 -0400
The Honeymooners was a short-lived American sitcom based on sketches by comedian Jackie Gleason. It starred Gleason and Audrey Meadows as a struggling working class couple in New York—a drastic departure from other popular comedies of the era that depicted their characters in comfortable, middle-class, suburban environments. Though The Honeymooners was cancelled after just 39 episodes, it has been aired for decades in syndication. What animated TV series did Gleason's show inspire? Discuss
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 07:00:00 +0200
Jimmy Carter (1924)
Carter served as US President from 1977 to 1981. His foreign policy had some success—he mediated the Camp David Accords between Israel and Egypt and signed a treaty with Panama regarding control of the Panama Canal—but his domestic policy was less effective, and oil-related inflation and unemployment hurt his bid for re-election. He has since been active in human-rights causes and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002. In 2007, Carter earned a Grammy Award for best album in what category? Discuss
"You can't out-Heston Chartlon Heston," a long-haired Christian Bale laughed tonight following a presentation of footage from his upcoming Biblical epic, Exodus: Gods and Kings "There's no point in trying!" Tue, 30 Sep 2014 22:40:00 -0500
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Coming to Blu-ray and DVD in December
Paramount Home Media Distribution announced today that Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will be arrive on Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, DVD and VOD on December 16. The movie arrives three weeks early on Digital HD November 25. Directed by Jonathan Liebesman and produced by Michael Bay, the film stars Megan Fox, Alan Ritchson, Jeremy Howard, Pete Ploszek, Noel Fisher, Will Arnett, Danny Woodburn, William Fichtner, Johnny Knoxville and Tony Shalhoub. Tue, 30 Sep 2014 22:39:00 -0500
Ready for More Twilight? Five Shorts are Coming to Facebook
Lionsgate announced today it is teaming with Facebook, the prestigious Women In Film organization, the crowdsourcing platform Tongal and best-selling "Twilight Saga" author Stephenie Meyer to create and manage a social media campaign to develop and produce a series of short films directed by aspiring female filmmakers. Tue, 30 Sep 2014 22:38:00 -0500
New Line Cinema and Warner Bros. Pictures have revealed a new trailer for Horrible Bosses 2, starring Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston, Jamie Foxx, Kevin Spacey, Chris Pine and Christoph Waltz. Tue, 30 Sep 2014 18:34:00 -0500
The Trailer for Syfy's Ascension, Starring Tricia Helfer
Syfy has released the new trailer for their six-hour miniseries "Ascension," premiering on November 24 and starring Tricia Helfer ("Battlestar Galactica"), Brian Van Holt, Andrea Roth, Jacqueline Byers, Brandon P. Bell, Tiffany Lonsdale and PJ Boudousque. Tue, 30 Sep 2014 18:01:00 -0500
SA soap on hiatus after cast sacking
South African soap fans are cut off from the country's most popular programme following the August sacking of its entire cast. Wed, 01 Oct 2014 08:53:05 GMT
AC/DC's Malcolm Young has dementia
Malcolm Young, founding member and rhythm guitarist of AC/DC, left the rock band because he is suffering from dementia, his family confirms. Wed, 01 Oct 2014 09:54:56 GMT
Tom and Jerry carries racism warning
Tom and Jerry cartoons on television are being accompanied by a warning that they may depict scenes of "racial prejudice". Tue, 30 Sep 2014 23:37:02 GMT
BBC World News wins two Emmy Awards
BBC World News America wins two News and Documentary Emmys for its coverage of the conflicts in Syria and the Central African Republic (CAR). Wed, 01 Oct 2014 10:20:56 GMT
Radio and TV host Sheila Tracy dies
Broadcaster and musician Sheila Tracy, who was the first woman to read the news on BBC Radio 4 and presented shows on Radio 2, dies. Wed, 01 Oct 2014 12:52:46 GMT
EastEnders to go live to name killer
The killer of EastEnders character Lucy Beale is to be unmasked during a special live broadcast to mark the soap's 30th anniversary next year. Wed, 01 Oct 2014 09:02:55 GMT
Brooks drops costs application
Former News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks drops her legal bid to recover defence costs for the phone-hacking trial, which ended in July. Wed, 01 Oct 2014 13:04:28 GMT
Morgan 'failed to wear seatbelt'
30 Rock comic Tracy Morgan was not wearing a seatbelt in a car accident that left him badly injured and another passenger dead, according to papers filed in a US court. Wed, 01 Oct 2014 07:45:10 GMT
Marcos art seized in Philippines
Artworks belonging to former Philippine first lady Imelda Marcos are seized by authorities who claim they were acquired with embezzled state funds. Tue, 30 Sep 2014 14:03:41 GMT
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Wed, 01 Oct 2014 07:00:00 +0200
Located in the county of Berkshire, west of London, Windsor Castle has been a principal official residence of British monarchs since the 11th century. The Queen herself is quite fond of Windsor and frequently weekends there. Windsor has the distinction of being the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world. The modern castle, which contains about 1,000 rooms and occupies 13 acres (5 hectares), consists of three "wards"—the upper, middle, and lower. What damaged more than 100 rooms in 1992? Discuss
Wed, 1 Oct 2014 05:00:00 GMT
Opus Dei is a Roman Catholic lay order founded in 1928 in Spain, where it gained support from the government of Francisco Franco after the Spanish Civil War. Roughly one-third of its more than 85,000 members are celibate and live communally. Opus Dei seeks to promote traditional Catholic values and teachings and opposes liberalism and immorality. It also emphasizes preaching to government officials, intellectuals, and business executives. Why has Opus Dei been controversial among some Catholics?
Tue, 30 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT
"Code talkers" were Native American soldiers in the US military who transmitted secret messages using codes based on their native languages. Though code talking was used as early as World War I, it is chiefly associated with Navajo language speakers in the Pacific Theater of World War II. The Navajo code baffled the Japanese, and, according to military officers, was key to the American victory in the Battle of Iwo Jima. What was it about this "code" that made it so difficult to crack?
Hajj pilgrims denounce Isis as a 'virus'
Pilgrims in Mecca denounce atrocities by Isis as 'a virus' threatening the world, but also express concerns about the US-led air war against them. Tue, 30 Sep 2014 12:04:00 +0200
KABUL, Afghanistan - In a significant development, the United States and Afghanistan Tuesday signed a long delayed security pact that will allow American forces to stay in the war-torn country beyond ... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 22:17:47 -0400
LONDON/WASHINGTON - British Royal Air Force Tornado warplanes struck Islamic State targets in Iraq Tuesday for the first time since the UK approved military action against the Sunni jihadist group ... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 22:10:29 -0400
ALBEMARLE, North Carolina - A North Carolina student was shot at Tuesday after an argument with his schoolmate outside their institute early in the morning, police officials said. Police said they ... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 22:23:46 -0400
WASHINGTON After severe criticism from Congress, US Secret Service Director Julia Pierson acknowledged on Tuesday that her agency had failed in executing its plan to protect the White House when an ... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 22:08:25 -0400
BRUSSLES- The European Commission will publish on Tuesday its reasons for opening an in-depth inquiry into the Irish government's tax treatment of Apple, a Commission spokesman said.
The European ... Mon, 29 Sep 2014 17:01:07 -0400
Former US President Jimmy Carter Turns 90
Today -- October 1st, 2014 -- is the 90th birthday of former U.S. President Jimmy Carter. On this program, we look at his very active and interesting life.
“There can be no nobler, nor more ambitious, task for America to undertake on this day of a new beginning."
Jimmy Carter was a peanut farmer, naval officer, state senator and governor of the southern state of Georgia before becoming the 39th president of the United States.
VOA reporter Kane Farabaugh met with Mr. Carter... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 19:00:28 +0000
US 'Green Card' Lottery Registration Begins
The United States government’s Diversity Immigrant Visa Program opens October 1. The program is known to millions of people around the world as the “green card lottery.”
A “green card” is the unofficial name for a government document. It can be used to prove that a person is a U.S. legal immigrant. Green cards are also given to those offered asylum or protection as refugees. And a green card may be given to individuals with family members who are U.S. citizens. The document is not... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 18:44:34 +0000
US Signs Security Agreement with Afghanistan
The United States has welcomed the signing of a Bilateral Security Agreement with Afghanistan. US officials are calling the agreement, “an important step in strengthening the strategic partnership between the two countries.” The signing comes just three months before U.S. and NATO forces are set to officially end military operations in the country.
The International Security Assistance Force has been active in Afghanistan for 13 years. The force, known as ISAF, resulted from the... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 18:37:42 +0000
Lorde Releases Single for 'Hunger Games' Soundtrack
Welcome to American Mosaic from VOA Learning English. I’m Caty Weaver.
Moviegoers now have less than a month to wait for the release of the third Hunger Games movie. “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part One,” will open in theaters across the United States on November 21st.
The soundtrack that goes along with the film will be released a few days before that. Seventeen-year-old New Zealand singer-songwriter Lorde is leading the project. On Monday, she... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 18:18:02 +0000
Hong Kong Protesters, Officials Dig In
Protesters have demonstrated in Hong Kong for a fifth day. The protesters are threatening to expand their campaign for democratic reforms.
Tens of thousands of demonstrators remain camped out along at least four major roads Tuesday. The government has ordered them to leave. Police have largely withdrawn from the area.
Some observers have voiced concern that police may return again in force to clear the streets before China marks its National Day on Wednesday. Even more people... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 13:48:35 +0000
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