Missing airliner 'changed course'
Military radar suggests the missing Malaysian airliner turned west, away from its planned route, before disappearing, Malaysia's air force says. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 17:29:13 GMT
CIA 'searched US Senate computers'
The head of the US Senate intelligence committee accuses the CIA of improperly accessing computers used by congressional staff amid an investigation. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 17:58:30 GMT
Libya PM dismissed over tanker row
Libya's parliament dismisses Prime Minister Ali Zeidan after a tanker laden with oil from a rebel-held port reportedly breaks through a naval blockade. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 18:44:29 GMT
EU offers Kiev $700m in trade breaks
The EU offers Ukraine trade breaks worth nearly 500m euros ($694m; £417m) to stabilise its economy, as Russia tightens its military grip on Crimea. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 17:32:09 GMT
Clashes as Turkish boy dies in coma
Clashes erupt in Turkey's two biggest cities after the death of a teenager struck on the head during anti-government protests nine months ago. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 14:51:20 GMT
RMT union leader Bob Crow dies
General secretary of the Rail Maritime and Transport union Bob Crow dies aged 52 of a suspected heart attack. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 19:19:33 GMT
Hospital closure power granted
MPs have voted through a controversial measure in the new Care Bill giving ministers powers to close hospitals., even if they are performing well. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 18:24:28 GMT
Brother hails UK Syria bomber 'hero'
The brother of a British man who blew himself up in Syria last month tells BBC Newsnight that he should be regarded as a hero. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 19:01:22 GMT
Co-op accepts chief's resignation
The Co-operative Group has accepted the resignation of chief executive Euan Sutherland, and named his replacement as chief financial officer Richard Pennycook. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 15:52:10 GMT
VIDEO: Video shows police attack on shoplifter
A Metropolitan policeman has been sentenced to a community order after punching a suspected shoplifter at a shop in Regent's Street, London in November 2012. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 18:08:39 GMT
VIDEO: BBC joins search helicopter flight
As the search continues for a missing Malaysia Airlines plane, the BBC's Alice Budisatrijo has has joined a team on one of the Vietnamese search and rescue helicopters looking for Flight MH370. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 12:23:45 GMT
Improving safety, effectiveness of lithium therapy: Closer than ever
Lithium, one of the oldest and most widely used drugs to treat neuropsychiatric illnesses, such as bipolar disorder, has a serious drawback -- toxicity. In a continued effort to find a safer form of lithium, researchers have discovered that lithium salicylate, an alternative salt form, might be the answer. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 12:43:17 EDT
Gesturing with hands a powerful tool for children's math learning
Children who use their hands to gesture during a math lesson gain a deep understanding of the problems they are taught, according to new research. Previous research has found that gestures can help children learn. This study in particular was designed to answer whether abstract gesture can support generalization beyond a particular problem and whether abstract gesture is a more effective teaching tool than concrete action. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 12:42:51 EDT
Tracking neighborhood eating habits to promote healthier diets
Using checkout grocery data from Montreal neighborhoods as a tool to combat unhealthy food choices, a new study has developed a way for health agencies to track Montreal consumers' food choices, neighborhood by neighborhood. This novel approach could pave the way to better monitoring of consumers' behavior and more targeted efforts to encourage healthier diets.. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 12:42:45 EDT
Restoring order in brain: Brain cells re-established leads to decreased, reversed Alzheimer's symptoms
Researchers have discovered that when they re-established a population of new cells in the part of the brain associated with behavior, some symptoms of Alzheimer's disease significantly decreased or were reversed altogether. While memory loss is a common symptom of Alzheimer's, other behavioral manifestations -- depression, loss of inhibition, delusions, agitation, anxiety, and aggression -- can be even more challenging for victims and their families to live with. The research was conducted on mouse models; it provides a promising target for Alzheimer's symptoms in human beings as well. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 12:42:04 EDT
Suicide Bombers Strike in Syrian Kurdish Town
Amid the ongoing fighting in Syria, suicide bombers have attacked a hotel being used for local administration in the Kurdish town of Qamishli.Sources in Qamishli told VOA's Kurdish service that eight people were killed. A local official said several attackers wearing explosive belts shot guards outside the building, walked in, and hurled grenades before detonating their explosives.There was no immediate claim of responsibility but suspicion fell on the group called Islamic State of Iraq... Tue, 11 Mar 2014 14:59:21 -0400
Malaysian Military Says Missing Jet Was Far Off Course
The Malaysian military says the passenger jet that disappeared last Saturday veered far off course from its intended flight path from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.Officials said Tuesday that radar tracked Flight 370 over the Strait of Malacca, hundreds of kilometers to the west of where civilian air traffic controllers lost contact with it off Malaysia's east coast. The strait is one of the world's busiest shipping routes and separates the western coast of Malaysia and the Indonesian... Tue, 11 Mar 2014 14:56:27 -0400
Yanukovych Says He Remains Ukraine's Leader
Ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych blamed his opponents Tuesday for Crimea's moves to break away from Ukraine and said he remains the country's president and commander-in-chief.Mr. Yanukovych spoke from Rostov-on-Don, Russia, in his second public appearance since he fled Kyiv last month following months of anti-government protests. Denouncing Ukraine's interim authorities as "extremists," the ousted leader called the new government's planned May 25... Tue, 11 Mar 2014 14:29:28 -0400
UN Panel: N. Korea Using Sophisticated Means to Avoid Sanctions
A U.N. panel said North Korea is using sophisticated means to avoid international sanctions imposed by the Security Council.
The report, released Tuesday, said Pyongyang's embassies in Cuba and Singapore are suspected of facilitating the countries banned arms trade, including a shipment of fighter jets and missile parts seized in Panama last year.
The eight member panel also accuses North Korea of using more complicated financial countermeasures to hide illegal deals.
Cho... Tue, 11 Mar 2014 14:14:47 -0400
US Presses Russia to Create Environment for Ukraine Diplomacy
The United States said Tuesday that Russia's responses to U.S. proposals to resolve the Ukraine crisis fail to create the proper environment for a diplomatic resolution.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry spoke to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov Tuesday morning. They discussed Russia's response to questions the United States posed over the weekend that are aimed at finding a diplomatic solution in Ukraine.
"The environment has to be right and the goal must be... Tue, 11 Mar 2014 14:04:05 -0400
This Day in History
Tue, 11 Mar 2014 06:00:00 +0100
Bureau of Indian Affairs Created (1824)
Though the Bureau of Indian Affairs was given jurisdiction over trade with Native Americans and was responsible for protecting them from exploitation, it had little success safeguarding Native American rights and, instead, evolved primarily into a land-administering agency. It now acts as trustee over Native American funds and lands, promotes development, and provides Native Americans with various social services. How was the Bureau involved in a class-action lawsuit against the US government? Discuss
Somalias efforts to build cohesive State require international support, Security Council told
The best hope for peace and stability in Somalia, the Horn of Africa and beyond remains a united, secure and federal Somalia, the top United Nations official in the country told the Security Council today, warning that after a series of attacks against high-profile targets in Mogadishu, insecurity in the capital city poses challenges for Somalis and their international partners. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 00:00:00 EST
Tue, 11 Mar 2014 06:00:00 +0100
Rupert Murdoch (1931)
Australian-American publishing magnate Rupert Murdoch established News Corporation as a holding company, but it has since developed into a worldwide communications empire. Included among the many assets of Murdoch's News Corporation are powerful media holdings in Australia and New Zealand; the prestigious Times of London and other British papers; and the New York Post, TV Guide, and HarperCollins book publishers in the US. What scandal rocked Murdoch's company in 2011? Discuss
SXSW Interview: Neighbors' Nicholas Stoller and Evan Goldberg
ComingSoon.net has an exclusive interview with Neighbors director Nicholas Stoller ( Forgetting Sarah Marshall ) and producer Evan Goldberg ( This is the End ) talking about the new comedy starring Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne as new parents who get into a feud with a neighboring frat house run by Zac Efron. It opens on May 9, but ComingSoon.net sat down with the filmmakers at the SXSW Film Festival where the movie premiered as a "work in progress." Tue, 11 Mar 2014 20:36:48 +0100
eOne Making From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series Available with Top Providers
El Rey Network and Entertainment One Television (eOne) today announced that El Rey's supernatural crime saga "From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series," set to premiere tonight, will be available to consumers in the U.S. via EST with the following partners: Amazon, iTunes, Sony Playstation, Xbox, Vudu, Google Play, Cinemanow, Blackberry and Target Ticket. Each episode will be made available the day after broadcast, starting tomorrow, March 12, 2014. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 20:36:48 +0100
Emma Watson Introduces the New Noah Trailer
Following the first clip , Paramount Pictures has released a new trailer for Darren Aronofsky's Noah which is introduced by Emma Watson. You can watch it below! Tue, 11 Mar 2014 20:36:48 +0100
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Delayed to 2015
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt developers CD Projekt Red have released an open letter to fans on their official Facebook page announcing that in order to deliver a more complete project, they've had to delay the release of the highly-anticipated game from later this year to February of 2015. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 20:36:48 +0100
Obama appears on Two Ferns chat show
US President Barack Obama is interviewed by comedian Zach Galifianakis for spoof chat show Between Two Ferns, following in the footsteps of Justin Bieber and Bradley Cooper. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 13:00:15 GMT
Director Ramsay and producers settle
An agreement is reached between director Lynne Ramsay and producers of Jane Got a Gun, the film she quit days before shooting began. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 18:13:55 GMT
Hollywood: Too few women on screen
A new study shows female characters are "dramatically under-represented" in the top-grossing films of 2013. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 12:16:23 GMT
Queen musical to close in West End
We Will Rock You, the hit musical based on the songs of Queen, is to close in the West End after a 12-year run. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 12:29:02 GMT
Cheryl Cole confirms X Factor return
Pop star Cheryl Cole confirms she is to rejoin ITV's The X Factor, along with the show's creator Simon Cowell, for an 11th series. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 12:04:59 GMT
Susanna Reid wins newsreader award
Susanna Reid, who is moving from BBC Breakfast to ITV, has been named newsreader of the year at the Tric awards. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 17:29:04 GMT
300 sequel storms UK box office
300: Rise of an Empire emulates its North American success with a number one debut on the UK film chart. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 15:41:01 GMT
Swift reclaims 'top earner' crown
Country star turned pop sensation Taylor Swift returns to the top of Billboard's annual list of music money makers, a title she held in 2012 only to relinquish last year to Madonna. Mon, 10 Mar 2014 18:28:37 GMT
George Saunders wins Folio prize
American writer George Saunders is named the first winner of the Folio Prize for his "darkly playful" short stories, Tenth of December. Mon, 10 Mar 2014 19:15:30 GMT
New-look iPlayer unveiled by BBC
The BBC has unveiled an update to its on-demand iPlayer service, which will include several new online-only shows for "a BBC Three audience". Tue, 11 Mar 2014 11:56:52 GMT
Article of the Day
Tue, 11 Mar 2014 06:00:00 +0100
Founded by King Henry VI in 1441, Eton College is an exclusive all-boys' boarding school in Berkshire, England. Alums—known as "Old Etonians"—include Prince William and Prince Harry, many British Prime Ministers, and even J.M. Barrie's Captain Hook. After a competitive exam, Eton names about 14 scholarship students—called "King's Scholars"—each year, for a total of 70 schoolwide. The other students—called "Oppidans"—number more than 1,200. About how old are boys when they start at Eton? Discuss
Tue, 11 Mar 2014 05:00:00 GMT
Stockholm syndrome is a psychological phenomenon in which hostages begin to identify with and grow sympathetic toward their captors. Its name comes from a 1973 bank robbery in Stockholm, Sweden, after which hostages expressed positive feelings toward their captor, despite having been held for 131 hours in a vault. The syndrome received widespread media attention not long after, when well-known kidnap victim Patty Hearst helped her captors rob a bank. What is Lima Syndrome?
Mon, 10 Mar 2014 05:00:00 GMT
The Kit Kat Bar
The original "Kit Kat" comestible was a far cry from the candy bar we know and love today. In the 18th century, mutton pies called kit-cats were served at meetings of London's political Kit-Cat Club. The popular chocolate bar, with its distinct four-fingered shape, was introduced in 1935, after a worker at British confectionary Rowntree suggested the company create a snack that a man could easily take to work. Before being rebranded the "Kit Kat" in 1937, the treat was marketed under what name?
Pro-Russia forces open fire in Ukraine
Pro-Russia troops have used gunfire in seizing a Ukraine military base, while Nato has declared early-warning flights around the east. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 08:32:00 +0200
Countries scour sea for missing Malaysia jet
The disappearance of a Malaysian airliner is an "unprecedented mystery", the civil aviation chief has said, as a massive air and sea search continues. Mon, 10 Mar 2014 15:48:00 +0200
OCALA, Florida - A 13-year-old daughter and her 15-year old boyfriend have been charged with attempted murder and conspiring to kill after they allegedly slashed the throat of the girl's mother, who ... Mon, 10 Mar 2014 19:30:25 -0400
KIEV/WASHINGTON - International tension mounted over the Ukraine crisis as the NATO is to deploy Awacs reconnaissance aircraft to Poland and Romania to monitor the Ukraine border even as Russian ... Mon, 10 Mar 2014 19:23:20 -0400
The United States has stepped up its involvement in the search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370. The plane went missing over the South China Sea on Saturday. More than forty ships and ... Mon, 10 Mar 2014 17:55:08 -0400
Mt. Gox Files US Bankruptcy Opponents Call it a Ruse
Mt. Gox, once the world's largest bitcoin exchange, received U.S. bankruptcy protection on Monday to temporarily halt U.S. legal action against the Japanese company by traders who allege the ... Tue, 11 Mar 2014 09:00:11 -0400
New York’s Chinatown is Changing
Hello again and welcome to As It Is from VOA Learning English! I’m June Simms in Washington.
Many cities around the world are experiencing population growth. And the list of megacities is expanding. Today we tell about the South African city of Johannesburg. For many young people, Johannesburg is an increasingly popular place to call home.
But first, we look at some changes taking place in New York -- the largest city in... Tue, 11 Mar 2014 00:30:13 +0000
Breast Cancer Drug Fights Infection in HIV/AIDS Patients
From VOA Learning English, this is Science in the News. I’m Faith Lapidus.
And I’m Steve Ember. Today on the program, we tell about international efforts to fight a health threat in the West African nation of Guinea. Then, we report on a finding that cold air might be good for your health. But first, we report on a medical discovery. American researchers say a drug used to treat breast cancer may help people who have AIDS or HIV, the virus that... Tue, 11 Mar 2014 00:30:06 +0000
US Military Pivots to the Pacific
Hello, and welcome to As It Is from VOA Learning English!
I’m Jim Tedder in Washington.
United States officials recently fined Asiana Airlines $500,000 for failing to help victims of a plane crash last year. Three people died and more than 180 were injured when the plane hit a seawall while landing in San Francisco, California. US officials say Asiana failed to act quickly to assist the families of passengers involved in the crash. An earlier... Mon, 10 Mar 2014 00:30:20 +0000
The Iwo Jima Memorial and the Famous Photograph that Inspired It
From VOA Learning English, welcome to This Is America. I'm Steve Ember.
Visitors to Washington, DC know about such tourist attractions as the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials…the World War II Memorial…the Washington Monument. But we’d like to tell you today about a very special monument, just across the Potomac River from Washington, in Arlington Virginia. The Marine Corps War Memorial, also called the Iwo Jima Memorial, is one of the largest free-standing statues in the world.... Mon, 10 Mar 2014 00:30:09 +0000
Baloney or Blarney?
Now, the VOA Special English program, Words and Their Stories.
Baloney is a kind of sausage that many Americans eat often. The word also has another meaning in English. It is used to describe something – usually something someone says – that is false or wrong or foolish.
Baloney sausage comes from the name of the Italian city, Bologna. The city is famous for its sausage, a mixture of smoked, spiced meat from cows and pigs. But baloney sausage does not... Sun, 09 Mar 2014 00:30:59 +0000
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