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Fri, 27 Feb 2015 22:03:09 +0100


Star Trek legend Nimoy dies at 83
Leonard Nimoy, who played Mr Spock in Star Trek, has died at the age of 83, his family says.
Fri, 27 Feb 2015 20:08:43 GMT

Most-wanted Mexico drug lord held
Mexican security forces confirm the arrest of the country's most wanted drug lord - Knights Templar chief Servando 'La Tuta' Gomez.
Fri, 27 Feb 2015 18:50:20 GMT

Snatched baby found after 17 years
A South African girl has been found 17 years after she was stolen from her mother shortly after being born in a Cape Town hospital.
Fri, 27 Feb 2015 15:21:02 GMT

Extremists 'not radicalised by MI5'
Extremists like the Islamic State militant known as 'Jihadi John' are not radicalised through contact with security services, ex-MI6 chief Sir John Sawers says.
Fri, 27 Feb 2015 17:50:48 GMT

US-Bangladesh writer hacked to death
A US-Bangladeshi blogger whose campaigning for a secular society in Bangladesh angered Islamists is hacked to death on a street in the capital Dhaka.
Fri, 27 Feb 2015 15:16:00 GMT

 
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Fri, 27 Feb 2015 21:56:24 +0100


Extremists 'not radicalised by MI5'
Extremists like the Islamic State militant known as 'Jihadi John' are not radicalised through contact with security services, ex-MI6 chief Sir John Sawers says.
Fri, 27 Feb 2015 17:50:48 GMT

Gary Glitter jailed for 16 years
Former pop star Gary Glitter is jailed for 16 years for sexually abusing three young girls between 1975 and 1980.
Fri, 27 Feb 2015 14:11:53 GMT

Labour pledges £6,000 tuition fees
Ed Miliband says £9,000 tuition fees in England have been a "disaster" and promises Labour would fund a reduction by cutting tax relief on high earners' pensions.
Fri, 27 Feb 2015 18:38:14 GMT

Spy watchdog 'taken in' by spies
Tory MP David Davis accuses Sir Malcolm Rifkind's Intelligence and Security Committee of being taken in by the "glamour" of spying and failing to do its job properly.
Fri, 27 Feb 2015 18:28:38 GMT

Priest found guilty of sex abuse
A Catholic priest is found guilty of sexually abusing a teenage boy at a children's home in west London.
Fri, 27 Feb 2015 16:29:51 GMT


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Fri, 27 Feb 2015 20:41:04 +0100


VIDEO: Star Trek's Leonard Nimoy dies
Leonard Nimoy, the actor who played Mr Spock in the US science fiction series Star Trek, has died at the age of 83.
Fri, 27 Feb 2015 17:39:07 GMT

VIDEO: The dress question stressing the world...
A debate has raged on social media over the colour of a dress which looks different to different people.
Fri, 27 Feb 2015 13:53:27 GMT

VIDEO: Ukraine's most-feared volunteers
The strategically important city of Mariupol is being defended not only by regular Ukrainian army troops but also by fighters who swear allegiance to the Azov Battalion.
Fri, 27 Feb 2015 13:22:09 GMT

AUDIO: Ex-MI6 chief on 'Jihadi John' claims
The former head of MI6, Sir John Sawers, defends the security services amid criticisms they failed to stop Mohammed Emwazi - known as "Jihadi John'" - from joining Islamic State.
Fri, 27 Feb 2015 17:12:30 GMT

VIDEO: Mexico catches most wanted drug lord
Katy Watson describes how the net closed in on Mexico's most wanted drug lord Servando "La Tuta" Gomez who was captured on Friday morning.
Fri, 27 Feb 2015 19:39:46 GMT


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Fri, 27 Feb 2015 17:44:27 +0100


Dutch town terrorised by rogue owl
Residents of the Dutch town of Purmerend are advised to take umbrellas out at night after a rogue owl leaves man requiring stitches to head wounds.
Wed, 25 Feb 2015 17:36:41 GMT

Rare bear cub found outside circus
A rare two-week-old Asiatic black bear cub is found abandoned in a box outside a Russian circus.
Fri, 27 Feb 2015 16:12:51 GMT

Caucasus Fifty Shades fans evade ban
A North Caucasus city which decided not to ban Fifty Shades of Grey sees an influx of people to watch it.
Fri, 27 Feb 2015 11:54:43 GMT


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Fri, 27 Feb 2015 16:36:01 EST


Mystery of the reverse-wired eyeball solved
Counter-intuitively, in vertebrates photoreceptors are located behind the neurons in the back of the eye. Now physicists explain why the neural wiring seems to be backwards.
Fri, 27 Feb 2015 13:10:18 EST

Drug research, development more efficient than expected
Despite ever increasing regulation in drug approval and the rising costs of research, drug research and development remains unexpectedly efficient, a new shows. To investigate the efficiency in the development of new drugs, the researchers analyzed a data set consisting of new drugs approved by the FDA. They looked at efficiency indicators that could potentially positively influence the approval of new drugs.
Fri, 27 Feb 2015 13:10:16 EST

Employees become angry when receiving after-hours email, texts
People who receive electronic correspondence from work after hours become angry more often than not and that can interfere with their personal lives, a new study from a management researcher shows.
Fri, 27 Feb 2015 13:10:10 EST

How were fossil tracks made by Early Triassic swimming reptiles so well preserved?
That swim tracks made by tetrapods occur in high numbers in deposits from the Early Triassic is well known. What is less clear is why the tracks are so abundant and well preserved. Paleontologists have now determined that a unique combination of factors in Early Triassic delta systems resulted in the production and unusually widespread preservation of the swim tracks: delayed ecologic recovery, depositional environments, and tetrapod swimming behavior.
Fri, 27 Feb 2015 13:10:08 EST

Enhancing studies on a possible blood biomarker for traumatic brain injury
New technology could help advance blood biomarker capabilities for improved diagnosis, treatment and prognosis of traumatic brain injury (TBI). An estimated 1.7 million Americans suffer a traumatic brain injury each year, and an estimated 5.3 million individuals -- approximately two percent of the U.S. population -- are living with disability as a result of TBI. Traumatic brain injuries can occur from even the slightest bump or blow to the head.
Fri, 27 Feb 2015 13:09:18 EST


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Fri, 27 Feb 2015 22:47:15 +0100


Sierra Leone Woman Takes in Orphans for Classes, Meals
With schools closed for months because of the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone, the country is trying to find other ways to educate children, including daily broadcasts. But orphans present a particular challenge. A Freetown woman is helping to meet that challenge by opening her home to orphans and other vulnerable children and giving them classes and free meals. Each day in Anne-Marie Caulkner's home, the children are taught subjects like math and English. The resources are basic —...
Fri, 27 Feb 2015 16:03:46 -0500

Who Joins the Islamic State and Why
What do "Jihadi John" and three men arrested in the United States this week have in common? Other than their alleged interest or participation in the Islamic State group, psychologists say perhaps not much. "There is never, ever one single factor that explains why people go," said John Hogran, a professor at the University of Massachusetts in Lowell who studies the psychology behind terror movements and the people who join them. "It's religion, it's...
Fri, 27 Feb 2015 15:19:58 -0500

WHO: World Remains Volatile Despite Influenza Breakthroughs
The world is better prepared for an influenza pandemic than ever before, but it remains highly vulnerable to possible outbreaks, the World Health Organization [WHO] said Friday. “Nothing about influenza is predictable, including where the next pandemic might emerge and which virus might be responsible,” the United Nations health agency said in a seven-page report on influenza or flu as it is commonly called. A variety of flu viruses are co-circulating and exchanging genetic material...
Fri, 27 Feb 2015 15:06:51 -0500

Intense Exercise Program Not Just for Athletes
An exercise routine common among athletes may also help people with chronic disease. That’s what 61-year old Canadian Michael Van Ziffle discovered when he enrolled in a study at the University of British Columbia's Okanagan campus that would train and monitor his progress with an exercise workout called HIIT, short for High Intensity Interval Training. Exercise is beneficial at any time, at any age.  It is known to regulate weight and protect against heart disease, certain...
Fri, 27 Feb 2015 15:00:17 -0500

The Correspondents
The Correspondents is VOA’s weekly discussion of the world’s top stories, as seen through the eyes of our dedicated reporters in the US and around the globe. Hosted by Mil Arcega, our panel of journalists goes beyond the headlines to give listeners and viewer real context and understanding of what’s driving the story.
Fri, 27 Feb 2015 15:00:00 -0500


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Fri, 27 Feb 2015 06:00:00 +0100

Dominican Republic Gains Independence from Haiti (1844)

Occurring in the midst of the Dominican Republic's turbulent 19th-century history, the 1844 revolt that overthrew French-Haitian rule established an independent republic with a presidency that was, in turns, held by Pedro Santana and Buenaventura Báez. Each president at one point tried to bring stability to the country through foreign rule—the former through Spain and the latter through the US. During what period did the US occupy the island nation and establish a military government there? Discuss

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT


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Fri, 27 Feb 2015 22:48:04 +0100


Ban reiterates condemnation of Boko Haram attacks, urges efforts to combat terrorist threat
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today reiterated his strong condemnation of the continuing indiscriminate and horrific attacks by Boko Haram against civilian populations in Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria.
Fri, 27 Feb 2015 16:43:46 EST

Urging international action, UNESCO chief condemns ISIL’s ‘cultural cleansing’ in Iraq
The head of the United Nations agency mandated to protect heritage sites has reiterated her dismay at the “destructive fury” exhibited by militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in their recent assault on the Mosul Museum.
Fri, 27 Feb 2015 15:49:55 EST

Partnerships ‘central’ to post-2015 agenda, says UN Economic, Social Council President
Partnerships involving Government, the private sector, civil society, academia and philanthropic organizations will prove central to implementation of the new development agenda, the President of the United Nations Economic and Social Council said this morning as he opened a special event on Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships at UN Headquarters in New York.
Fri, 27 Feb 2015 15:22:25 EST

‘Women must be at the decision-making table at all levels’ UN tells high-level meeting in Chile
The world must unite to end violence and discrimination against women and girls, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged at a high-level event in Chile on women and decision-making at a today, citing that progress over the past two decades has been made slow and uneven.
Fri, 27 Feb 2015 14:34:50 EST

Mali: UN, partners launch humanitarian appeal as relief efforts continue
The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has joined with partner agencies to launch a multy0million dollar appeal for urgent funding for aid operations in Mali amid the country’s ongoing crisis, a spokesperson said today.
Fri, 27 Feb 2015 14:10:18 EST



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Fri, 27 Feb 2015 19:35:37 GMT


Baird government safe for now: poll
THE Baird government is on track to remain in power at next month's NSW election, according to the latest Newspoll.







Fri, 27 Feb 2015 19:31:07 GMT

Committee recommends changes to data laws
THE joint intelligence and security committee has recommended changes to the government's data retention laws, but backs records being kept for two years.







Fri, 27 Feb 2015 12:25:12 GMT




 

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Fri, 27 Feb 2015 06:00:00 +0100

David H. Hubel (1926)

In 1981, neurobiologist David Hubel and his research partner, Torsten Wiesel, received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their research in the area of visual perception and their discoveries concerning information processing in the visual system. Their observations of the various nerve impulses and nerve cells responsible for different types of visual stimuli opened the door for the understanding and treatment of what ailments? Discuss

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT

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Fri, 27 Feb 2015 22:25:08 +0100


A&E Goes Psycho with Two Teasers for Bates Motel Season 3

Bates Motel Season 3 premieres on Monday, March 9

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Fri, 27 Feb 2015 20:21:42 +0000

CBS’ Supergirl Casts Past Supergirl and Superman!

Helen Slater and Dean Cain have joined the cast in mystery roles!

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Fri, 27 Feb 2015 19:55:09 +0000

Two New Game of Thrones Season Five Clips Are Here

Plus, a new teaser poster for the upcoming season, premiering April 12 on HBO!

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Fri, 27 Feb 2015 18:39:13 +0000

New Poster for The CW’s iZombie Debuts

The comic adaptation debuts March 17 after "The Flash"

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Fri, 27 Feb 2015 18:33:16 +0000

Leonard Nimoy Dies at the Age of 83

The legendary Star Trek actor Leonard Nimoy played the role of Spock for nearly five decades

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Fri, 27 Feb 2015 18:06:58 +0000

Star Wars to be Retold Via LEGO in Disney XD Special

C-3PO and R2-D2 will retell the full saga in the 5 episode limited series

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Fri, 27 Feb 2015 17:54:24 +0000

Tom Ellis Cast in Title Role of FOX’s Lucifer

The Vertigo adaptation has a pilot order with Len Wiseman set to direct

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Fri, 27 Feb 2015 17:31:29 +0000

Nick Fury, Thor and Black Widow Character Posters for Avengers: Age of Ultron!

The Joss Whedon-directed film debuts May 1

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Fri, 27 Feb 2015 17:16:27 +0000

First Look at Eddie Redmayne as The Danish Girl

The recent Oscar winner plays trans painter Einar Wegener/Lili Elbe in Tom Hooper's biopic

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Fri, 27 Feb 2015 15:38:03 +0000

The Star Wars News Roundup – 2.27.15

A look at the latest The Force Awakens rumors, the standalone movies, Star Wars Rebels, and more

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Fri, 27 Feb 2015 15:27:09 +0000


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Fri, 27 Feb 2015 22:04:32 +0100


Star Trek legend Nimoy dies at 83
Leonard Nimoy, who played Mr Spock in Star Trek, has died at the age of 83, his family says.
Fri, 27 Feb 2015 20:08:43 GMT

Robin Williams' daughter speaks out
Zelda Williams says there is "no point" in seeking any explanation for why the comedian took his own life last August.
Fri, 27 Feb 2015 13:14:53 GMT

Harrison Ford back for Blade Runner
Harrison Ford will reprise his role as police officer Rick Deckard in the forthcoming Blade Runner sequel, it is confirmed.
Fri, 27 Feb 2015 10:42:10 GMT

Gary Glitter jailed for 16 years
Former pop star Gary Glitter is jailed for 16 years for sexually abusing three young girls between 1975 and 1980.
Fri, 27 Feb 2015 14:11:53 GMT

Madonna 'suffered whiplash' at Brits
Pop star Madonna says she suffered whiplash as a result of her "nightmare" accident at Wednesday's Brit Awards.
Fri, 27 Feb 2015 08:30:08 GMT

Stolen Picasso returned to France
A Picasso painting smuggled into the US last December, disguised as a Christmas parcel, is being returned to its home in France.
Fri, 27 Feb 2015 11:38:55 GMT

Actress's $150,000 Oscar dress stolen
A $150,000 designer dress worn by actress Lupita Nyong'o at this year's Oscars is stolen from a Hollywood hotel.
Thu, 26 Feb 2015 22:41:56 GMT

Cut music to 'an hour a day' - WHO
People should listen to music for no more than one hour a day to protect their hearing, the World Health Organization suggests.
Fri, 27 Feb 2015 14:27:20 GMT

Spectre plot about 007's childhood
James Bond director Sam Mendes reveals Spectre's storyline will focus on 007's back story growing up as an orphan.
Fri, 27 Feb 2015 11:14:50 GMT

Steve Strange funeral to be held
The funeral of New Romantic star Steve Strange will be held in Porthcawl next month, his friend says.
Fri, 27 Feb 2015 20:31:28 GMT


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Fri, 27 Feb 2015 06:00:00 +0100

Château Mouton Rothschild

Château Mouton Rothschild is an estate in southwestern France that is regarded as one of the producers of the world's greatest wines. In the mid-20th century, Baron Rothschild decided to have each year's label designed by a famous artist of the day, and since then the wine's labels have become collectibles. Twice in the history of the special labels, two designs have been used in the same year. The first time, the Baron liked two submissions equally and used both. What happened the second time? Discuss

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT

Papiamento

Papiamento is a Spanish-based creole language with Portuguese, Dutch, and English influences that is now primarily used in the Caribbean islands of Aruba, Bonaire, and Curaçao. It developed in the Netherlands' possessions in the West Indies and possibly arrived there with African slaves, who used it to communicate with Portuguese slave traders. Its name is thought to come from papear, the Portuguese word for "chatter.” Approximately how many people speak Papiamento today?

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT

Zorro

Zorro, Spanish for "fox," is a fictional character created by Johnston McCulley. The masked swordsman made his first appearance in The Curse of Capistrano, serialized in a pulp magazine in 1919. Zorro's true identity is Don Diego de la Vega, a nobleman who lives in Spanish-era California and disguises himself in a mask to protect the common people from tyrannical officials. It has been noted that Zorro was actually one of the original inspirations for what comic strip action heroes?

Wed, 25 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT


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Fri, 27 Feb 2015 23:48:07 +0200


Protesters want justice for the murder of Avijit Roy
Protesters rallied in Dhaka, denouncing the murder of prominent American blogger Avijit Roy, and chanting "raise your voice against militants".
Fri, 27 Feb 2015 17:30:00 +0200

Protocols that bend at ethnicity
Palestinian teen Malak al-Khatib confessed to throwing stones but it seems she was intimidated.
Fri, 27 Feb 2015 00:00:00 +0200

Obama snubs Netanyahu to hamper re-election
The White House is making its anger clear about the Israeli leader's intention to attack US-Iran policy.
Fri, 27 Feb 2015 00:00:00 +0200

Hijabs off for a flash of freedom
Masih Alinejad is not opposed to the hijab, but she has created a Facebook page because she wants people to have the freedom to choose.
Fri, 27 Feb 2015 00:00:00 +0200

Street artist Banksy interprets Gaza strife with irony
British artist Banksy makes comment on Gaza's privations in a satirical mini-video that depicts the war-torn strip as a peculiar utopia.
Thu, 26 Feb 2015 16:53:00 +0200

UN climate official resigns over sexual harassment claims
Rajendra Pachauri has denied any wrongdoing, and claims that his email account and cellphone were hacked.
Tue, 24 Feb 2015 14:27:00 +0200

Isis abducts at least 90 from Christian villages in Syria
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the militants carried out raids on villages inhabited by the ancient Christian minority west of Hasaka.
Tue, 24 Feb 2015 11:35:00 +0200

US jury orders Palestinian groups to pay bombing victims $218.5m
A jury found two groups liable for six shootings and bombings between 2002 and 2004 in the Jerusalem area.
Tue, 24 Feb 2015 09:26:00 +0200

Turkish military enters Syria to evacuate troops
Hundreds of armed Turkish forces have entered Syria to evacuate troops guarding an Ottoman tomb.
Sun, 22 Feb 2015 09:37:00 +0200

Ukraine on back foot as key city falls
Ignoring a ceasefire, pro-Russian rebels have forced Kiev's soldiers to flee the strategic Debaltseve rail hub in eastern Ukraine.
Fri, 20 Feb 2015 00:00:00 +0200



 


 
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Wall Street records best month since 2011
The S&P 500 posted its best monthly gain since October 2011 on Friday, but US stocks ended lower for the day as US economic growth slowed more sharply than initially thought in the fourth quarter.
Fri Feb 27 21:39:54 UTC 2015

A trade deal's corporate giveaway
Australia and Japan have well-developed, well-respected legal systems, and multinational corporations navigate those systems every day, but ISDS would pre-empt their courts too.
Fri Feb 27 21:38:19 UTC 2015

AB de Villiers wallops Jason Holder in World Cup battle of captains
South Africa captain AB de Villiers says he felt like he was one step ahead of the West Indies bowlers after blasting a memorable century at the SCG on Friday.
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This is becoming the World Cup of the singular, explosive individual performance. No game has been safe when the likes of Brendon McCullum, Chris Gayle, or even Afghanistan's number ten and eleven are at large. The realm of possibility has been widened.
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Improve Your Public Speaking With Body Language
Today, we return to the subject of successful public speaking centering on the physical message of presentation. Some call this ‘body language.’ Charles LeBeau is a professor of public speaking and has written several books about how to do it well. Mr. LeBeau tells VOA that body language includes posture, eye contact and gestures - how you move your hands or arms. “For the physical message, a lot of non-native presenters are going to have problems with posture, and eye...
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Pakistan Literary Festival Stands Up to Violence
  The Pakistani city of Lahore recently held a three-day literary festival. The event looked a lot like literary festivals in many other cities. But for some Pakistanis, its importance went beyond works of poetry and prose. For them, the show symbolized a fight against violent extremism. Pakistan has seen a rise in violent extremism in the past 10 years. Thousands of civilians have died in bomb attacks. People have been targeted and killed for expressing liberal ideas in...
Fri, 27 Feb 2015 20:00:53 +0000

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