Shia protesters storm Iraq parliament
Hundreds of Iraqi Shia Muslim protesters storm Baghdad's fortified Green Zone, breaking into parliament, prompting a state of emergency to be declared. Sat, 30 Apr 2016 16:20:42 GMT
Iran moderates win back parliament
Run-off elections give moderates and reformists a working majority in the Iranian parliament for the first time in more than a decade. Sat, 30 Apr 2016 16:24:07 GMT
Kenya sets fire to huge ivory stockpile
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta sets fire to a huge stockpile of ivory in an effort to show his country's commitment to saving Africa's elephants, but the move has its critics. Sat, 30 Apr 2016 14:04:35 GMT
Hundreds detained as German party meets
German police detain about 400 left-wing demonstrators who were trying to prevent people entering a right-wing party conference in Stuttgart. Sat, 30 Apr 2016 14:50:10 GMT
Mosque collapse kills 15 in Somalia
A mosque under refurbishment collapses during Friday prayers in the Somali capital Mogadishu, killing at least 15 people and injuring 40. Sat, 30 Apr 2016 14:59:05 GMT
Livingstone stands by Hitler comments
Ex-London mayor Ken Livingstone stands by his comments made amid a row about anti-Semitism in the Labour party, saying "I never regret saying something that's true". Sat, 30 Apr 2016 13:51:32 GMT
Industrial action threat over academies
Head teachers threaten industrial action over plans to force all state schools in England to become academies, after heckling the education secretary at their conference. Sat, 30 Apr 2016 16:40:02 GMT
RAF strikes on IS 'kill 996 since 2014'
Nearly 1,000 members of the Islamic State group have been killed in RAF air strikes in Iraq and Syria in the last 18 months, MoD figures indicate. Sat, 30 Apr 2016 15:12:59 GMT
Gucci warns HK shops on funeral fakes
Luxury goods maker Gucci sends warning letters to Hong Kong shops selling paper versions of its products to be burned as ritual funeral offerings. Fri, 29 Apr 2016 05:24:49 GMT
Forming fogbows: Study finds limit on evaporation to ice sheets, but that may change
Although the coastal regions of the Greenland Ice Sheet are experiencing rapid melting, a significant portion of the interior of that ice sheet has remained stable -- but a new study suggests that stability may not continue. Researchers found that very little of the snow and ice on the vast interior of the ice sheet is lost to the atmosphere through evaporation because of a strong thermal 'lid' that essentially traps the moisture and returns it to the surface where it refreezes. Fri, 29 Apr 2016 19:28:32 EDT
What lies beneath West Antarctica?
New research provides the first look into the biogeochemistry, geophysics and geology of Subglacial Lake Whillans, which lies 800 meters (2,600 feet) beneath the West Antarctic Ice Sheet. Fri, 29 Apr 2016 19:28:16 EDT
Airstrikes in Aleppo Kill at Least 5 People
About 30 airstrikes by Syrian government warplanes and helicopter gunships hit rebel-held areas of the northern city of Aleppo Saturday killing at least five people.
According to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, nearly 250 civilians have died in shelling, rocket fire and air raids in the contested city since April 22. Among those killed were at least 50 people in a hospital that was hit in an airstrike.
The surge of violence comes as the International Committee of... Sat, 30 Apr 2016 12:07:28 -0400
Kyiv Sees No Elections in Eastern Ukraine Until Russians Leave
A top Ukrainian official said that elections in eastern Ukraine are only possible after Ukraine's sovereignty is renewed in the region and the Russia's presence is eliminated in those territories.
A deputy speaker of the Ukrainian Parliament, Oksana Syroyid, told VOA Friday that from the Ukrainian perspective, any elections under current conditions would legitimize those who occupy Ukrainian territory. It would mean giving them legitimacy and bringing them to Ukrainian politics,... Sat, 30 Apr 2016 10:40:19 -0400
Sadr Supporters Storm Iraqi Parliament
Supporters of Iraq’s mercurial Shi’ite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr have stormed the Iraqi parliament, after entering Baghdad’s government-controlled “Green Zone.” A Saturday session of parliament to approve members of a new government had been called off for lack of a quorum earlier in the day.
Hundreds of mostly young Muqtada al-Sadr supporters chanted and waved Iraqi flags inside parliament after breaking through barriers and entering the government-controlled “Green Zone.” The action... Sat, 30 Apr 2016 10:07:35 -0400
Rescue Operation Brings Circus Lions from Peru to S. Africa
An animal rights group rescued more than 30 lions from abuse at circuses in Peru and Colombia and flew the animals to South Africa Friday in what it called the largest-ever airlift of lions.
Animal Defenders International (ADI), an American-based non-profit group, said almost all of the animals were abused while in captivity — some are declawed and have broken teeth. Another is missing an eye. Others, still, have health problems like parasites and disease, according to ADI President... Sat, 30 Apr 2016 09:57:27 -0400
White House Hosts International Jazz Day Concert
"Jazz is perhaps the most honest reflection of who we are as a nation. Because after all, has there ever been any greater improvisation than America itself?," said U.S. President Barack Obama, who with his wife Michelle, hosted the fifth annual International Jazz Day Concert at the White House.
The concert Friday will be broadcast across America Saturday — International Jazz Day — as an ABC television network special and streamed around the world by the United Nations... Sat, 30 Apr 2016 09:31:25 -0400
This Day in History
Sat, 30 Apr 2016 07:00:00 +0200
The Fall of Saigon (1975)
On April 30, 1975, Saigon, the largest city in Vietnam and the capital of South Vietnam, was captured by the National Liberation Front and the People's Army of Vietnam. The event marked the end of the Vietnam War (1955-1975) and the reunification of Vietnam under communist rule. The city lost its status as the country's capital and was renamed after what Vietnamese Marxist revolutionary leader and late president of North Vietnam? Discuss
Sat, 30 Apr 2016 07:00:00 +0200
Eugen Bleuler (1857)
Bleuler was a Swiss psychiatrist who in 1908 introduced the term "schizophrenia." While studying schizophrenic patients, Bleuler concluded that the disease was not one of dementia, a condition involving organic deterioration of the brain, but one consisting of a state of mind in which contradictory tendencies exist together. He argued, against the prevailing opinion, that such patients were not incurable. "Schizophrenia" replaced what term for the disease? Discuss
John Wayne Day scrapped over race row
Plans to declare 26 May as John Wayne Day in California are rejected in a State Assembly vote over racist comments the actor made in a Playboy interview. Fri, 29 Apr 2016 10:13:52 GMT
Article of the Day
Sat, 30 Apr 2016 07:00:00 +0200
The gallbladder is a small sac that stores and concentrates bile, a bitter fluid that aids in the emulsification of fats. In some people, small, pebble-like masses composed chiefly of cholesterol, calcium salts, and bile pigments form in the gallbladder or bile ducts. The presence of gallstones can lead to painful obstruction or infection and is sometimes treated with cholecystectomy, the surgical removal of the gallbladder. How does a procedure called lithotripsy break up gallstones? Discuss
Sat, 30 Apr 2016 05:00:00 GMT
Grapeshot is a cluster of small iron balls loaded into a canvas bag and fired from a cannon. When a grapeshot-loaded cannon is fired, the balls disperse at a high velocity, causing devastation similar to that of a scaled-up shotgun. This ammunition was especially effective against infantry massed at close range and was used until the early 19th century, when it was largely replaced by metal-cased canister shot. Which pirate was killed by a blast of grapeshot?
Fri, 29 Apr 2016 05:00:00 GMT
Rhyta are ancient, hornlike drinking vessels that often feature a wide mouth and a pierced, pointed bottom. This design allows a rhyton to function as both a scoop for liquids contained in a larger storage vessel and, when the hole at its base is unstoppered, as a pouring device. Rhyta are often shaped like animal heads or horns and can be simple ceramic constructions or ornate showpieces decorated with precious metals and stones. What animal was frequently depicted on the rhyta of Minoan Crete?
'Lemonade' Flavors Beyonce's Tour Opening
Beyonce opened her Formation World Tour to a full house on April 27 in Miami, Florida.
The pop superstar started the show with songs from her album "Lemonade,'' released just a few days earlier. The album release also came with a special television program starring Beyonce on the cable station HBO.
Much of “Lemonade” appears to be tied to Beyonce's life. Lyrics like, "Are you cheating on me?'' raised questions of whether her... Fri, 29 Apr 2016 21:06:40 +0000
Report: Press Freedom Declines to Lowest Point in 12 Years
A new report says freedom of the press declined worldwide last year to its lowest point in more than ten years.
Freedom House, a group that supports freedom and democracy, said only one person in seven lives in a country where reporters’ safety is guaranteed, and where media are not restricted or pressured by the government.
The report says media freedom worldwide has declined for the past 12 years. Jennifer Dunham of Freedom House described several reasons for the... Fri, 29 Apr 2016 21:05:14 +0000
Bison: America's New National Mammal?
This is What’s Trending Today….
The bald eagle is the only “national” animal of the United States.
But that could soon change.
The U.S. government may soon recognize the bison as the national mammal.
This week, both houses of Congress approved a bill called the “National Bison Legacy Act.” The bill would officially recognize the wild animal as the national mammal.
The measure now goes to President Barack Obama. If he signs the bill, it becomes a law.
Bison,... Fri, 29 Apr 2016 21:02:31 +0000
Italy: NATO Force to Deploy in Mediterranean
Italy says an international force aimed at limiting the number of people sailing from Libya to Europe could be ready by July.
Some observers are worried that the number of people arriving in Europe could jump because travel by land through Greece and the Balkans remains blocked.
Most of the new arrivals are migrants. They have fled their home country and chosen to go overseas, usually for economic reasons.
Libyan security forces raided a home in the city of Tripoli... Fri, 29 Apr 2016 21:00:45 +0000
The Purloined Letter by Edgar Allan Poe
Our story today is called "The Purloined Letter." It was written by Edgar Allan Poe. Poe is generally known for his horror stories. This is the third of three stories he wrote about Auguste Dupin and how he solves crimes. The story is about a stolen letter. It first appeared in 1844 in a yearly magazine. It was reprinted in many publications, newspapers and books. This is one of Poe's stories that influenced the... Fri, 29 Apr 2016 21:00:05 +0000
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