Algerian jet missing on Sahara route
Algeria's national airline, Air Algerie, says it has lost contact with one of its planes flying from Burkina Faso, with 116 people on board. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:01:14 GMT
UN warns of 'dire' Gaza situation
UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos expresses extreme concern at the situation in Gaza, warning that residents are running out of food and water. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:36:40 GMT
'Apostasy' woman flies out of Sudan
A Sudanese woman who was spared a death sentence for renouncing Islam has flown to Italy after more than a month in the US embassy. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:44:50 GMT
More MH17 bodies to leave Ukraine
Another 74 bodies from the MH17 plane crash are due to leave Ukraine, as UK experts are to start examining data from the two flight recorders. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:29:18 GMT
Poland 'helped in CIA rendition'
Poland violated the human rights convention and helped the CIA's rendition of terror suspects, the European Court of Human Rights finds. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:55:33 GMT
Met investigated 18 justice campaigns
The Met Police collected information on 18 justice campaigns - including that of Jean Charles de Menezes - a report into a now defunct undercover unit says. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:04:52 GMT
Experts to examine MH17 flight data
UK investigators are due to start examining a second black box flight recorder from downed flight MH17, after downloading "valid data" from the first. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 08:53:51 GMT
Competition begins at Glasgow 2014
Competition begins in 12 separate sports as the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games gets under way after Wednesday night's opening ceremony. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:44:41 GMT
Hacking reporter spared prison
Ex-News of the World and Sunday Mirror journalist Dan Evans is sentenced to a 10-month jail sentence, suspended for a year at the Old Bailey, after admitting charges including phone hacking. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:54:02 GMT
Privacy regulator to get more money
The Information Commissioner's Office is to receive more funding so it can monitor the implications of the controversial new "emergency" data law. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:57:55 GMT
VIDEO: Ukraine village 'shelled by forces'
Natalia Antelava gains access to a village where one woman apparently died, and another was badly injured, when it was allegedly shelled by Ukrainian Grad rockets. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 06:07:53 GMT
VIDEO: Last journey of Costa Concordia
The BBC's Alan Johnston reports on the journey so far of the wrecked cruise ship Costa Concordia as it is towed to Genoa for scrapping. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:16:41 GMT
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'Big picture' thinking doesn't always lead people to indulge less, study says
Buy the latest electronic gizmo du jour, or use that money to fix a leaky roof? Go out with friends, or stay home to catch-up on work to meet that looming deadline? And after you've finished that big project, do you treat yourself to a slice of chocolate cake or settle for a piece of fruit? Self-focus plays an important role in how consumers make decisions, says new research from a business professor. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:20:52 EDT
Gaza Violence Continues as Officials Search for Cease-Fire
Israel's military continues to hit the Gaza Strip with airstrikes and tank fire, while Hamas rockets fly into Israel amid efforts to secure a cease-fire to end the fighting.
Palestinian health officials said the Israeli attacks killed at least 20 people early Thursday. They put the total death toll at 718 people since Israel began its campaign to halt Hamas rocket fire on July 8. Thirty-two Israeli soldiers have died.
The Israeli military reported multiple rockets being... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 06:51:17 -0400
Health Advocates Urge Better Education to Curb China’s AIDS Infections
China has a relatively low prevalence of HIV positive citizens, with fewer than point-one (0.1) percent of adults infected. But the number of AIDS cases continues to rise, and health advocates blame a lack of education and prevention.
The number of people with HIV in China is fairly low given the size of the population. According to official statistics, 800,000 Chinese are living with HIV, but health officials are concerned about a rise in HIV transmission, particularly among... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 06:41:43 -0400
Air Algerie Flight Goes Missing
An Air Algerie flight carrying 116 people has disappeared during a trip from Burkina Faso to Algiers.
Algeria's official news agency said air traffic controllers lost contact with the plane about 50 minutes after it took off from Ouagadougou on what is typically a four-hour flight.
Algerian sources say the last contact with the plane came while it was flying over northern Mali.
The plane is owned by a private Spanish airline, Swiftair. A Swiftair statement said there were... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 06:12:49 -0400
Sudanese Woman Spared Death Sentence Flown to Italy
A Sudanese woman who was spared a death sentence for converting from Islam to Christianity, and then barred from leaving Sudan, was due to arrive in Italy on Thursday, an Italian government official said.
Meriam Yahya Ibrahim, 27, was on a plane accompanied by Italy's vice minister of foreign affairs, Lapo Pistelli, according to the official who asked not to be named.
“Mariam, the young Christian woman held in Khartoum after being condemned to death for apostasy, should be arriving... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 04:55:23 -0400
This Day in History
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 07:00:00 +0200
Mary Queen of Scots Is Deposed (1567)
Mary Stuart was Queen of Scotland from 1542 to 1567. She was forced to abdicate the throne after her husband, Lord Darnley, was murdered and she was implicated in the plot. Mary then fled to England, where she faced a murder inquiry and became a prisoner of the English government. After conspiracies to put her on the throne of England were uncovered, she was tried for treason and ultimately beheaded. Some say her executioners asked for her forgiveness. What is she said to have replied? Discuss
Ethiopia faces wave of refugees from South Sudan, warns UN relief official
South Sudan is the most rapidly deteriorating humanitarian crisis in the world today, according to a senior United Nations relief operations official who made an urgent appeal for desperately-needed funding for Ethiopia, which hosts 180,000 mostly women and children South Sudanese refugees. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:14:27 EST
Iraq: UN envoy demands Islamist forces end ‘horrific terrorist acts’
The top United Nations official in Iraq called today on the Security Council to demand that the Islamist forces – in control of more than a third of the country's territory – cease all hostilities and to ensure that those responsible for "horrific terrorist acts" are held to account. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:13:50 EST
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 07:00:00 +0200
Simón Bolívar (1783)
Bolívar was a South American revolutionary leader whose actions earned him the title of "El Libertador." He defeated the Spanish in 1819, was made president of Greater Colombia—which comprised modern Colombia, Panama, Venezuela, and Ecuador—and helped liberate Peru and Bolivia. He declared himself dictator in hopes of unifying the region but was less successful at ruling countries than at liberating them, and he resigned in 1830, dying shortly thereafter. Why was Bolívar's body exhumed in 2010? Discuss
The Hollywood Reporter brings word today that American Mary directors Jen and Sylvia Soska have been tapped to helm the big screen adaptation of Painkiller Jane. Created by Jimmy Palmiotti and Joe Quesada back in 1995, the film is set to be produced by Palmiotti through his Paperfilms banner along with Stephen L'Heureux of Solipsist Films. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:12:00 -0500
Having previously released concept art for director Duncan Jones' Warcraft movie, Legendary Pictures has now debuted the logo for the March 11, 2016 release at the San Diego Comic-Con. You can check out the official version as well as a photos we took on the floor of the convention below. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:51:00 -0500
Commonwealth Games begin in Glasgow
The Queen declares the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow open after a live show featuring a cast of 2,000 and appearances from several famous Scots. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:31:01 GMT
Elton film is from 'birth to rehab'
Billy Elliot writer Lee Hall says his new biopic about Sir Elton John, starring Tom Hardy in the main role, tells the singer's life story 'from birth to rehab'. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 08:41:14 GMT
Pet Shop Boys premiere Turing tribute
Pop duo the Pet Shop Boys unveil their latest work, a tribute to wartime code-breaker Alan Turing, at the first of this year's Late Night BBC Proms. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:18:52 GMT
Duran Duran sue fan club company
Pop band Duran Duran take legal action against the US company charged with running their fan club over unpaid revenues. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:13:33 GMT
Birdman heads Venice gala line-up
Birdman, starring Michael Keaton and Edward Norton, will lead this year's Venice Film Festival line-up. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:26:02 GMT
Character actress Dora Bryan dies
Dora Bryan, the actress whose career encompassed theatre, film and TV's Last of the Summer Wine, has died near Brighton at the age of 91. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:48:10 GMT
Geldof died of heroin overdose
TV presenter Peaches Geldof died of a heroin overdose after relapsing from a period of abstinence, a coroner rules. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:17:52 GMT
Adele wins damages over photos of son
Lawyers representing Adele's two-year old son, Angelo Adkins, accept a five-figure sum in damages to settle a privacy case over paparazzi photos marking his "milestone moments". Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:12:45 GMT
BBC trials high-frame-rate TV
The BBC is experimenting with new ways to deliver TV coverage of live events, with a series of trials at the Commonwealth Games. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:41:02 GMT
Article of the Day
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 07:00:00 +0200
The Lincoln Cent
When the Lincoln one-cent coin made its initial appearance in 1909, it marked a radical departure from the accepted styling of US coins. No regularly circulating US coin had ever featured a portrait of a real person before, but public sentiment stemming from the 100th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's birth was strong enough to outweigh tradition. Sculptor Victor David Brenner was invited to participate in the formulation of the new design when which president chose him for the commission? Discuss
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT
Human blood is classified according to the presence or absence of specific markers, called antigens, on the surface of red blood cells. The most commonly encountered blood group system is the ABO system, which classifies blood based on the presence or absence of two antigens, A and B. There are four blood types in this grouping, A, B, AB, and O. Type AB indicates the presence of both antigens and O the absence of both. What do the symbols + and – represent in the classification of blood?
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT
The Hanging Gardens of Babylon
The Hanging Gardens were one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. According to legend, Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar II built the gardens around 600 BCE to soothe his wife, who was homesick for her mountainous homeland. Though extensively documented by ancient historians, no extant Babylonian texts mention the gardens, and there is little physical evidence of their existence. Alternative theories suggest that the gardens were built by the Assyrian king Sennacherib near what modern city?
TEL AVIV/GAZA - The United States upped its diplomatic efforts Wednesday to broker a ceasefire between Hamas and Israel amid continued bombardment of the Gaza Strip by the Israeli military that has ... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:50:03 -0400
TEHRAN With a final agreement on Tehran's nuclear programme still elusive, Iran said that talks with the six world powers would resume in early September. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad ... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:45:21 -0400
WASHINGTON - The US economic growth this year is expected to be a "disappointing 1.7 percent", the International Monetary Fund said Wednesday in its annual report, further lowering its forecast for ... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:39:58 -0400
WASHINGTON - US aerospace and defence giant Boeing Wednesday raised its full-year profit outlook for 2014 with second quarter net profits rising 52 percent to $1.65 billion from the same period last ... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:36:19 -0400
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - Police have arrested three teenage boys and charged them with beating to death two homeless men in Albuquerque, New Mexico, police said Tuesday. The three boys aged 15, ... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:47:44 -0400
Former General Challenges Widodo's Victory in Indonesia
The unsuccessful candidate in the Indonesian presidential election has decided to challenge -- or officially dispute -- the result. Former Army General Prabowo Subianto will ask the country’s Constitutional Court to overturn the vote count.
His spokesman announced his decision on Wednesday. The announcement came a day after the country’s election commission named former Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo the winner of the July 9th vote.
Mr. Subianto said he believes many... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:30:44 +0000
Buchanan Considered One of the Worst US Presidents
From VOA Learning English, this is The Making of a Nation. I’m Kelly Jean Kelly.
And I’m Christopher Cruise.
James Buchanan was sworn in as president in 1857. He was almost 66 years old. At the time, Buchanan was the oldest person ever elected president. He was also the only president who never married.
Buchanan had a successful political career before he became president. But his administration struggled – and failed – to stop the... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:30:31 +0000
Housing Costs Push Hong Kong Residents to the Rooftop
Rising housing prices in Hong Kong are hurting low-income residents. Many people who live in the city are being forced into unsafe and illegal living conditions.
Some Hong Kong residents have built low-cost dwellings on the roofs --top levels -- of high buildings. They may pay rent -- make periodic payments -- for these poor living spaces to owners they do not trust. The dwellings have poor protection against extreme heat and other dangerous weather. And the... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:10:33 +0000
Former Agent Blames Politics for US Immigration Crisis
The American government says people in Central America are coming to the United States because they believe they will be permitted to stay if they claim they are refugees escaping violence.
But this is not true.
A former U.S. immigration officer says actions being taken by Border Patrol agents at the U.S.-Mexico border may be causing people to believe differently.
The Obama administration says as many as 90,000 children might try to enter the United States illegally... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:01:20 +0000
Two Military Jets Shot Down in Eastern Ukraine
The Ukrainian Defense Ministry says two of its military fighter airplanes have been shot down in eastern Ukraine. A Defense Ministry spokesman said Wednesday the planes were struck and fell near Savur Mogila. The spokesman said he did not know what happened to the pilots.
Savur Mogila is not far from where a Malaysian passenger plane was shot down earlier this month. All 298 passengers and crew members were killed in that incident.
The area is a burial place in the Shaktersky area.... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:00:35 +0000
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