Russia airspace incursion 'no accident'
Nato Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg says Russia's violation of Turkish airspace over the weekend "does not look like an accident". Tue, 06 Oct 2015 09:03:43 GMT
Ruling threatens Facebook data transfers
The EU's top court rules that a data transfer pact with the US did not do enough to protect people's privacy, causing problems for Facebook. Tue, 06 Oct 2015 07:52:02 GMT
Boy, 11, held for killing girl of eight
An 11-year-old boy in the US state of Tennessee is held on suspicion of shooting dead an eight-year-old neighbour in a row over a puppy. Tue, 06 Oct 2015 03:58:46 GMT
EU lawyer backs UK on migrant benefits
A top EU legal adviser backs the UK government in a court battle with the European Commission over the UK's right to reside test for EU migrants. Tue, 06 Oct 2015 08:36:48 GMT
Oregon gunman 'left behind manifesto'
The man accused of killing nine people at a community college in Oregon had left behind a manifesto detailing his grievances, US media report. Tue, 06 Oct 2015 00:53:27 GMT
High migration bad for society - May
High levels of immigration make it "impossible to build a cohesive society", Theresa May warns, with Prime Minister David Cameron backing her comments. Tue, 06 Oct 2015 08:30:09 GMT
Ruling favours UK prisoner vote ban
The UK's ban on prisoners' rights to vote looks set to continue after a ruling by the European Court of Justice on a case in France. Tue, 06 Oct 2015 09:06:12 GMT
Parents of truants to have benefits cut
Parents in England who refuse to pay fines after their children play truant will have their child benefit docked, David Cameron warns. Tue, 06 Oct 2015 06:56:39 GMT
UK end-of-life care 'best in world'
End-of-life care in the UK has been ranked as the best in the world with a study praising the quality and availability of services. Tue, 06 Oct 2015 08:06:25 GMT
Manhunt after PC killed by stolen truck
A manhunt is continuing for the driver of a stolen pick-up truck which struck and killed a police officer as he attempted to stop the vehicle. Tue, 06 Oct 2015 08:15:40 GMT
VIDEO: Emily Blunt: Hollywood can be pretty brutal
It has been almost 10 years since Emily Blunt's breakout role as the sharp-tongued assistant in The Devil Wears Prada. But the British actress's latest role could not be more different. Tue, 06 Oct 2015 08:48:49 GMT
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Professor gyrates on robotic arm
A university professor in Perth has allowed himself to be gyrated by a giant industrial arm for 30 minutes to demonstrate his latest innovation. Fri, 02 Oct 2015 04:04:44 GMT
In Asia, TPP Sparks Interest and Concern
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe praised the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal agreed to by twelve Pacific Rim countries Tuesday and voiced support for China to join.
“It would contribute largely to our nation's security and Asia-Pacific regional stability, and it would have significant strategic meaning if China joined the system in the future," Prime Minister Abe said at a news conference.
Advocates of the United States-led agreement that would liberalize trade... Tue, 06 Oct 2015 04:28:20 -0400
Israeli Forces Demolish Palestinian Homes in Security Crackdown
Israeli forces on Tuesday knocked down the homes of two Palestinians who carried out deadly attacks in Jerusalem last year before being killed by police.
The demolitions included homes belonging to the families of a man who killed five worshippers and a police officer in an attack on a synagogue and of another man who killed one person with a bulldozer. Israeli forces also sealed off part of a house linked to a Palestinian who shot a Jewish activist.
Prime Minister Benjamin... Tue, 06 Oct 2015 03:30:57 -0400
Bangladesh Pastor Escapes Knife Attack
A Bangladeshi pastor has survived an attempt on his life by three men who came to his home pretending to want to learn about Christianity, police and the victim said Tuesday.
The incident follows the fatal attacks on two foreigners last week in Bangladesh, a predominantly Muslim country that is grappling with violence claimed by hard-line Islamic groups.
The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for last week's attacks, one on a Japanese agricultural worker and the other on an... Tue, 06 Oct 2015 02:39:02 -0400
Burundi Criticizes European Union Sanctions
Burundi’s foreign minister said while his country believes in north-south cooperation, it does not believe in neo-colonialism, imperialism and domination of southern nations by the West.
Alain Nyamitwe said sovereign nations are entitled to make decisions that are in their own national interests.
EU imposes economic sanctions
The European Union last week imposed a travel ban and an asset freeze on four Burundi officials, accusing them of blocking efforts to resolve the country’s... Tue, 06 Oct 2015 01:58:27 -0400
Rocket Attack Hits Aden Hotel Used by Yemeni Government
Attackers fired rockets Tuesday at a hotel in southern Yemen that the government has been using since returning from exile in Saudi Arabia in July.
Officials and residents said the assailants fired three rocket propelled grenades, including one at the gate of the hotel in the southern port city of Aden. Another targeted an area housing pro-government troops from Yemen's Gulf allies.
The officials and residents reported casualties, but there was no immediate information on how... Tue, 06 Oct 2015 01:54:03 -0400
In the 1920s, filmmakers began experimenting with sound effects and music in films. With about 15 minutes of dialogue and songs, The Jazz Singer was the first feature-length film to have synchronized dialogue. Based on the earlier stage play, the film was a landmark in the history of motion pictures, and its release heralded the commercial ascendance of "talkies" and the decline of the silent film era. The first all-talking picture was released a year later. What was it? Discuss
UN chief appoints Philippines national as head of UN internal oversight office
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, following consultations with Chairs of Regional Groups, informed the General Assembly today of his intention to appoint Heidi Mendoza of the Philippines as the new Under-Secretary-General for the Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) for a five-year non-renewable term. Mon, 05 Oct 2015 16:16:02 EST
Extreme poverty to fall below 10 per cent, advancing towards UN goal by 2030 – World Bank
The World Bank announced today that extreme poverty is likely to fall to below 10 per cent this year, “giving fresh evidence that a quarter-century-long sustained reduction in poverty is moving the world closer to the historic goal of ending poverty by 2030” – echoing a top goal set by the newly-agreed United Nations Sustainable Development Agenda. Mon, 05 Oct 2015 16:00:50 EST
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Henri Christophe (1767)
A freed slave, Christophe was a Haitian revolutionary leader who was army chief under Jean-Jacques Dessalines. When Dessalines declared himself emperor, Christophe took part in a successful plot against his life and was elected president of the republic. In 1811, Christophe declared himself king of North Haiti—as Henri I—and created an autocracy patterned after the absolute monarchies of Europe. Engaging in a tyrannical reign, Christophe surrounded himself with lavish wealth. How did he die? Discuss
Clarkson's final Top Gear up for NTA
Jeremy Clarkson's final season on Top Gear has been nominated for a National TV Award and is up against last year's winner Gogglebox. Tue, 06 Oct 2015 02:21:01 GMT
Drama unfolds at Bradford station
Travellers at Bradford Interchange will witness drama unfolding when actors perform a new play around the building, including in the ladies' toilets. Tue, 06 Oct 2015 02:28:40 GMT
Martian blasts to top of film chart
Space thriller The Martian, in which Matt Damon plays an astronaut stranded on Mars, lands at the top of the North American box office chart. Sun, 04 Oct 2015 16:30:46 GMT
Jane Fonda honoured for film career
Actress Jane Fonda is presented with the annual Kirk Douglas Award at the Santa Barbara Film Festival for her contribution to the movie industry. Mon, 05 Oct 2015 11:02:54 GMT
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City of the Dead
A necropolis, Greek for "city of the dead," is a large cemetery or burial ground. The term typically is used in reference to burial grounds that lie in close proximity to centers of ancient civilization. In fantasy literature, the word necropolis takes on a different connotation, often describing cities populated by zombies or the undead. The Hypogeum of Hal-Saflieni, which dates back to 2500 BCE, is probably the world's oldest necropolis. Why did ancient Romans adopt the necropolis? Discuss
Tue, 6 Oct 2015 05:00:00 GMT
Based on a belief in witchcraft, spirits, and demons, a superstition is the irrational idea that an object, action, or circumstance not logically related to a course of events influences its outcome. A common superstition in the Middle Ages was that the devil could enter a person's body during the unguarded moment when he was sneezing. Some believe that the practice of saying "God bless you" began for this reason. What famous theologian accused the papacy of perpetuating superstition?
Mon, 5 Oct 2015 05:00:00 GMT
Malthus was an English economist, sociologist, and demographer. He is best known for his 1798 pamphlet An Essay on the Principle of Population, in which he theorizes that poverty is an unavoidable consequence of population growth. He explained that populations grow at a geometric rate, while the means of subsistence expands arithmetically; thus, war, famine, and disease are necessary checks on population. In later editions, what did Mathus add as a fourth check on population?
Trump would send home Syrian refugees
Republican US presidential front-runner Donald Trump said he would send thousands of Syrian refugees back home if he is elected president in November. Thu, 01 Oct 2015 11:03:00 +0200
Russia's Syria gambit could be a game changer
Reports from the scenes of Russia's air strikes suggest that the targeting of groups other than Isis was deliberate. Yet the detail may not matter. Thu, 01 Oct 2015 00:00:00 +0200
CHARLESTON - South Carolina weather officials warned Monday afternoon that the dangers from the state's unprecedented floods were not over even as 11 weather-related deaths were reported. ... Tue, 06 Oct 2015 01:19:21 -0400
GOLDEN VALLEY, Minnesota - Consumer food giant General Mills has decided to recall 1.8 million boxes of both original and honey nut flavoured Cheerios because cereals labeled gluten-free may contain ... Tue, 06 Oct 2015 01:29:33 -0400
NEW YORK/KABUL - The general responsible for Saturday's US air strike on a Mdecins Sans Frontires (MSF) hospital in Afghanistan's Kunduz said that Afghan forces attempting to retake the city from the ... Tue, 06 Oct 2015 01:22:18 -0400
NEW YORK - US pharmaceutical company Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS) has agreed to pay around $14.6 million to settle charges by the Securities and Exchange Commission that its joint venture in China made ... Tue, 06 Oct 2015 02:00:29 -0400
NEW YORK - An American Airlines pilot who was flying Airbus A320 jet with 152 people on board died suddenly during the flight from Phoenix to Boston Monday, officials said. Co-pilot of the ... Tue, 06 Oct 2015 01:32:41 -0400
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NATO demands an explanation for Russian air incursions.
Turkey has reported multiple incursions by Russian fighter jets into its airspace over two days. Turkish planes escorted the Russian jets from territory along the Syrian border after the breaches on October 3 and 4. A Russian official is blaming poor weather conditions for the incident.
Here is Secretary-General of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg.
“Russia’s actions are not contributing to the security and the stability of... Mon, 05 Oct 2015 21:42:15 +0000
Twelve Countries Reach Trans-Pacific Partnership Deal
The United States, Japan and 10 other countries reached agreement on a huge trade deal Monday. The deal will lower trading barriers and set commercial rules for 40 percent of the world economy.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement was reached in the U.S. city of Atlanta, Georgia, after seven years of negotiations.
For the deal to take effect, it must be approved by national legislatures in all 12 countries. In addition to the U.S. and Japan, the countries... Mon, 05 Oct 2015 20:05:29 +0000
Ireland, Japan, China Scientists Share Nobel Prize for Medicine
The first of the 2015 Nobel Prizes has been announced. Sweden’s Nobel Prize committee says the Nobel Prize for medicine will go to scientists from Ireland, Japan and China.
William Campbell from Ireland and Satoshi Omura from Japan share the prize for their discovery of the drug avermectin. The Nobel committee praised their work on what it calls a “novel therapy.” The treatment fights infections caused by roundworm parasites.
The prize for medicine is also going to Chinese... Mon, 05 Oct 2015 20:03:30 +0000
Western Nations Criticize Russia’s Air Campaign in Syria
Western countries are strongly criticizing Russia for the type of bombs it is reportedly using to strike Syria.
Russia began the airstrikes September 30. Western countries disputed Russia’s targets. Russia said it was bombing Islamic State militant positions. The United States and other nations said the targets were Syrian rebels and civilians who oppose President Bashar al-Assad.
The Russian Defense Ministry released video recordings of Russian warplanes. Western military... Mon, 05 Oct 2015 20:02:49 +0000
US Promises to Investigate Afghan Hospital Attack
The United States military is promising to investigate whether it targeted a hospital in northern Afghanistan.
The medical aid group Doctors Without Borders says at least 22 people died in airstrikes on the hospital. The group, also known as MSF, operates the medical center in the city of Kunduz.
U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter has called the attack Saturday a tragic loss of life. He promised a full and open investigation of the incident.
Secretary Carter admitted... Mon, 05 Oct 2015 20:02:01 +0000
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