Many feared dead in Libya sinkings
Hundreds of people are feared dead after two boats carrying up to 500 migrants capsize off the Libyan city of Zuwara. Fri, 28 Aug 2015 02:25:34 GMT
Victim's father urges US gun reform
The father of Alison Parker, one of two journalists killed live on air, appeals to US President Barack Obama to push through tougher gun laws. Thu, 27 Aug 2015 22:58:36 GMT
UK jihadist 'killed in drone strike'
A British man described as a "top cyber jihadist" has been killed in a military drone strike in Syria, US officials say. Thu, 27 Aug 2015 18:06:13 GMT
Chinese shares continue recovery
Chinese shares extend their recovery on the last day of a volatile week which started with shock losses that spread fear to global markets. Fri, 28 Aug 2015 01:51:07 GMT
Tap water boiling 'to end soon'
Hundreds of thousands of people in Lancashire should no longer need to boil their tap water to make it safe within the coming week, United Utilities says. Fri, 28 Aug 2015 00:12:18 GMT
Inmarsat set for key rocket launch
UK satellite operator Inmarsat awaits the launch of a spacecraft that will complete its £1bn global telecommunications network. Thu, 27 Aug 2015 23:02:00 GMT
Fear of violence at 'Mr Big' funeral
Armed police will be on standby at the funeral of a man once dubbed Salford's "Mr Big" later, amid fears criminals attending could turn violent. Fri, 28 Aug 2015 02:02:23 GMT
'No NI business as usual' in IRA row
Normal business cannot continue at Stormont until an ongoing political row over the existence of the Provisional IRA is resolved, Northern Ireland's largest party says. Thu, 27 Aug 2015 16:20:30 GMT
VIDEO: The refugees who have fled Syria
The BBC looks at the lives of refugees who have fled the conflict in Syria, now living in the neighbouring countries of Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey. Thu, 27 Aug 2015 22:24:09 GMT
VIDEO: 'Mr President, you need to do this'
The father of slain journalist Alison Parker tells the BBC about the need for gun control in the US to prevent tragedies like Wednesday's shooting. Thu, 27 Aug 2015 22:43:03 GMT
VIDEO: Bolt wiped out by cameraman
Double sprint world champion Usain Bolt is knocked over by a cameraman who loses control of his motorised scooter. Thu, 27 Aug 2015 14:53:01 GMT
VIDEO: Reporting on your colleagues' death
How do you report on your colleagues' death? What about your local rivals? The BBC goes inside one local station reporting on the story closest to home Thu, 27 Aug 2015 23:30:21 GMT
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Astrophysicist find supermassive black holes in quasar nearest Earth
Astrophysicists have found two supermassive black holes in Markarian 231, the nearest quasar to Earth. The discovery of two supermassive black holes -- one larger one and a second, smaller one -- are evidence of a binary black hole and suggests that supermassive black holes assemble their masses through violent mergers. Thu, 27 Aug 2015 15:45:03 EDT
Songbird habitat affects reproduction, survival
A professor who studies birds around the world has discovered trends in how the offspring grow, how parents care for the young and how well the young survive based on where they live. Thu, 27 Aug 2015 15:44:25 EDT
Scientists warn leaders of dangers of thawing permafrost
WHRC scientists have counseled the State Department on policies that could control permafrost thaw, including reducing global carbon emissions from fossil fuel use and deforestation, and limiting emissions of 'black carbon,' sooty particles that darken snow and ice and hasten Arctic warming. Thu, 27 Aug 2015 15:44:13 EDT
Soaking up carbon dioxide and turning it into valuable products
Researchers have incorporated molecules of porphyrin CO2 catalysts into the sponge-like crystals of covalent organic frameworks (COFs) to create a molecular system that not only absorbs carbon dioxide, but also selectively reduces it to CO, a primary building block for a wide range of chemical products. Thu, 27 Aug 2015 15:44:11 EDT
Obama Hails New Orleans Recovery
President Barack Obama has called New Orleans an example of what Americans can achieve when they work together. In a speech Thursday on the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, which devastated the southern city, he praised efforts to rebuild New Orleans, but said more can be done to help its disadvantaged communities. Zlatica Hoke has more. Fri, 28 Aug 2015 00:13:00 -0400
US Student Becomes Yazidi Advocate
The depredations of the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq against monuments, archaeological treasures and thousands of innocent people have drawn outrage from around the world. No group has suffered more than the religious minority known as Yazidis, and an American student who spent time with them in Iraq has become a champion of their cause. VOA's Greg Flakus reports. Fri, 28 Aug 2015 00:02:00 -0400
Kim Skipping WWII Ceremony Shows Troubled China-North Korea Ties
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s decision to skip China’s high-profile military parade marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II indicates a difficult relationship between China and North Korea, experts say.
This week, Chinese Deputy Foreign Minister Zhang Ming told reporters North Korea will dispatch Choe Ryong Hae, secretary of the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party, to the September 3 parade in Beijing. Some 30 world leaders, including Russian President Vladimir... Thu, 27 Aug 2015 22:03:10 -0400
Report: Pakistan on Pace to Become Third-Largest Nuclear Power
Pakistan is building 20 nuclear bombs a year and could become the world's third-largest nuclear power within a decade, according to a new report.
The U.S.-based Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the Stimson Center say Pakistan could possess at least 350 nuclear warheads. Only the United States and Russia would have more.
The report cites Pakistan's perceived need to keep pace with arch rival India.
"If deterrence fails, it appears that Pakistan has no... Thu, 27 Aug 2015 21:44:35 -0400
UN Chief Proposes Team to Investigate Chemical Attacks in Syria
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has proposed the creation of a three-person team to investigate chemical weapons attacks in Syria.
In a letter to the Security Council on Thursday, Ban said the independent panel would try to identify those responsible for using chlorine and other chemical weapons in attacks in Syria.
Earlier this month, the council unanimously adopted a resolution calling for an investigative body to determine who is responsible for the attacks, which have killed or... Thu, 27 Aug 2015 21:34:27 -0400
This Day in History
Fri, 28 Aug 2015 07:00:00 +0200
The Peace Palace Opens in The Hague (1913)
Often called "the seat of international law," the Peace Palace houses the Permanent Court of Arbitration, the Hague Academy of International Law, and the International Court of Justice, which is the primary judicial body of the United Nations. The palace was conceived in the early 20th century and was funded by American industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. To show their support for the project, many nations sent gifts for use or display in the palace, including what items? Discuss
Ban strongly condemns use of chemical weapons and toxic chemicals as weapons in Syria conflict
Deeply disturbed by continuing reports of the use of chemical weapons, as well as the use of toxic chemicals as a weapon in Syria, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today strongly condemned any such use by any party to the conflict and stressed that the entire international community has the responsibility to hold the perpetrators to account. Thu, 27 Aug 2015 16:39:20 EST
Ancient crops to be deposited in Norway’s Arctic seed vault for future generations – UN
As a significant step towards preserving the world’s most important ancient crops for future generations, the head of the United Nations agriculture agency, together with scientists and delegations from Peru, Costa Rica and Norway, today witnessed a ceremony during which potato seeds were deposited to the “safety box” in Arctic seed vault. Thu, 27 Aug 2015 13:49:07 EST
Fri, 28 Aug 2015 07:00:00 +0200
Elizabeth Ann Seton (1774)
Seton was the first native-born US citizen canonized by the Roman Catholic Church. Six years after she founded the Society for the Relief of Poor Widows with Small Children, her husband died, leaving her with five young children. She later opened a free Catholic elementary school and is considered the mother of the US parochial school system. In 1813, she founded the Sisters of Charity, the first US religious order, and served as its superior until her death. Seton is the patron saint of what? Discuss
Final Terry Pratchett book on sale
Fans queue to buy The Shepherd's Crown, the final novel by author Sir Terry Pratchett, which has hit book shops almost six months after his death. Thu, 27 Aug 2015 07:48:29 GMT
SoundCloud to be sued over royalties
Performing Rights Society for Music (PRS) says it will pursue Soundcloud "through the courts" for unpaid royalties. Thu, 27 Aug 2015 16:47:27 GMT
US ruling on Fifty Shades fraud case
A woman who helped publish Fifty Shades of Grey but was defrauded out of royalties could receive $10m after a judge's ruling. Thu, 27 Aug 2015 04:28:07 GMT
Life sentence for US cinema gunman
James Holmes - who was convicted of killing 12 people and wounding 70 others inside Colorado cinema - has been sentenced to life in prison without chance of parole. Wed, 26 Aug 2015 19:25:51 GMT
Sturgeon sets out 'bold' BBC vision
Nicola Sturgeon calls for the BBC to greatly enhance its presence in Scotland, with a new Scottish TV station and a second English-language radio station. Thu, 27 Aug 2015 17:00:54 GMT
Britain 'needs strong TV industry'
Comedy writer Armando Iannucci uses the Edinburgh TV Festival's annual MacTaggart Lecture to call for a stout defence of the BBC and British TV. Wed, 26 Aug 2015 20:34:54 GMT
US TV 'must do better' on diversity
Boardwalk Empire, The Exes and Workaholics are among the worst US TV series when it comes to using female or minority ethnic directors, a report says. Wed, 26 Aug 2015 11:36:24 GMT
BBC boss defends entertainment shows
BBC director of television Danny Cohen defends the corporation's right to make shows like The Voice and Strictly Come Dancing, after criticism over similarities to commercial rivals. Wed, 26 Aug 2015 14:28:50 GMT
Cumberbatch 'magnificent' as Hamlet
Benedict Cumberbatch received an enthusiastic reception from a celebrity-packed audience on the official opening night of Hamlet in London. Wed, 26 Aug 2015 00:25:35 GMT
Article of the Day
Fri, 28 Aug 2015 07:00:00 +0200
The Apple iPod, currently the world's best-selling line of digital audio players, was unveiled in 2001 for the Mac, and in 2002 for Windows. iPods store and play songs in a variety of digital formats, including MP3, Apple Lossless, and AAC. The combination of sound quality, sleek design, and slick user interface, coupled with a bold marketing campaign, has made the iPod a hit. By the end of 2006, over 67 million iPods had been sold. What medical problem may be associated with prolonged iPod use? Discuss
Fri, 28 Aug 2015 05:00:00 GMT
The city of Istanbul, which extends on both the European and Asian sides of the Bosporus strait, is the only city in the world to span 2 continents. Over the centuries, this area has been under Greek, Roman, Ottoman, and Turkish control. One of the great historic metropolises of the world, Istanbul is Turkey's chief city and seaport as well as its commercial, industrial, and financial center. Istanbul is home to Topkapi Palace, the Hagia Sophia, and what other historic sites?
Thu, 27 Aug 2015 05:00:00 GMT
Also known as Alhazen, Ibn al-Haytham was an Arab mathematician, astronomer, and physicist. Optics, perhaps his most significant work, introduced the idea that light rays emanate in straight lines in all directions from every point on a luminous surface. Latin translations of this work influenced both Kepler and Descartes. Alhazen is considered the “father of optics” for his experiments with lenses, mirrors, refraction, and reflection. What lunar phenomenon was named in his honor?
Australia faces tyranny of history
The 1992 victory by land rights campaigner Eddie Mabo will be complete when indigenous people are recognised in the nation's founding document. Fri, 28 Aug 2015 00:00:00 +0200
Trump paints China as the enemy
US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's flawed economic proposals could lead to a trade war – with signficant global fallout. Fri, 28 Aug 2015 00:00:00 +0200
Malaysia PM Razak faces $700m question
Najib Razak has refused to answer questions about vast sums of money paid into his personal bank accounts, in the country's biggest political scandal. Wed, 26 Aug 2015 11:03:00 +0200
Greece's PM Alexis Tsipras resigns
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras announced his resignation and called for snap elections, as he went on the offensive to defend the bailout. Fri, 21 Aug 2015 09:08:00 +0200
Bombing catches junta off-guard
No one has claimed responsibility for the blast in Thailand, with everyone from Islamist groups and the Uighur to a lone operative being blamed. Fri, 21 Aug 2015 00:00:00 +0200
NEW YORK - Remember that 9/11 iconic photo of a woman in business suit covered with dust from head to toe? The woman who earned herself a name of "Dust Lady" has died of stomach cancer after battling ... Thu, 27 Aug 2015 17:22:37 -0400
TORONTO - Goldcorp Inc, the world's most valuable gold miner, Thursday entered into an agreement to acquire 30 percent stake in El Morro copper-gold project in Chile from New Gold Inc for around ... Thu, 27 Aug 2015 17:10:02 -0400
PARIS -- French oil company Total SA said Thursday that it has agreed to sell the 362-km Frigg UK Pipeline and the St. Fergus Gas Terminal in the North Sea to North Sea Midstream Partners for 585 ... Thu, 27 Aug 2015 17:01:31 -0400
TOKYO - US President Barack Obama on Wednesday phoned Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to express his regrets after WikiLeaks claimed Washington had spied on senior Japanese politicians. Obama ... Thu, 27 Aug 2015 00:59:01 -0400
DENVER, Colorado - The curtain came down on the painful trial of the 2012 Colorado movie massacre with the gunman, James Holmes, getting 12 life sentences and the maximum 3,318 years in prison for ... Thu, 27 Aug 2015 01:58:48 -0400
A Horseman in the Sky by Ambrose Bierce
Our story today is called, "A Horseman in the Sky." It was written by Ambrose Bierce.
Carter Druse was born in Virginia. He loved his parents, his home and the south. But he loved his country, too. And in the autumn of eighteen sixty-one, when the United States was divided by a terrible civil war, Carter Druse, a southerner, decided to join the Union Army of the north.
He told his father about his decision one morning at breakfast.
The older man looked... Thu, 27 Aug 2015 20:03:14 +0000
China's Slowing Economy Affects Stock Markets Worldwide
China’s economy again has made news as the country works to deal with a volatile stock market and slowing exports. Those issues have influenced markets around the world.
China’s benchmark stock index, the Shanghai Composite Index has been decreasing since June when it reached a high of over 5,000 points. As of Wednesday, the index had decreased more than 40 percent. Stock prices have lost and gained value sharply.
Financial markets around the world have shown increased... Thu, 27 Aug 2015 20:02:16 +0000
As Many as 50 Migrants Found Dead in a Truck in Austria
As many as 50 refugees were found dead inside a truck in Austria Thursday. An Austrian official confirmed that a truck had been found on a road near the town of Parndorf. He did not say the exact number of people found inside the truck. The victims reportedly suffocated.
The migrants were found on the same day that European leaders met in Vienna to discuss ways to deal with the growing migrant crisis.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel is attending the migrant crisis... Thu, 27 Aug 2015 20:02:15 +0000
Fighting Climate Change Important to President Obama
President Barack Obama remains focused on the fight against climate change even as he fights to win support for the Iran nuclear agreement. For many years, he has called climate change the greatest threat to national security.
At the National Clean Energy Summit earlier this week, the president talked about the growth in solar energy use. Mr. Obama noted that businesses and home owners in the United States now generate 20 times more electricity from the sun as they did in... Thu, 27 Aug 2015 20:01:45 +0000
Book Pages Could Provide Safe Drinking Water
The expression "a thirst for knowledge" may soon have a new meaning for millions of people who have no way to get clean water. Researchers have developed a book with specially treated pages that can make water safe to drink. The researchers say their invention could improve the lives of many in the developing world.
An estimated 600 to 700 million people around the world are at risk of disease or even death because their drinking water is not clean. The water is... Thu, 27 Aug 2015 20:00:23 +0000
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