South Africa and world mourn Mandela
South Africans and world leaders pay tribute to Nelson Mandela, who led the transition from white minority rule and has died aged 95. Fri, 06 Dec 2013 16:52:35 GMT
Deadly storm lashes northern Europe
Hurricane-force winds and tidal surges kill at least seven people in northern Europe, flood parts of Hamburg and leave thousands of homes without power. Fri, 06 Dec 2013 12:56:09 GMT
Marine 'devastated' at life sentence
A British Royal Marine who murdered insurgent in Afghanistan says he is "devastated" at being given a life sentence. Fri, 06 Dec 2013 17:12:13 GMT
US jobless rate falls to 5-year low
The US unemployment rate fell to a five-year low of 7% in November as firms created 203,000 new jobs, latest figures show. Fri, 06 Dec 2013 16:42:29 GMT
Russia and Ukraine seek partnership
The Ukrainian and Russian presidents hold surprise talks on a "strategic partnership treaty" a week after Ukraine shelved a key deal with the EU. Fri, 06 Dec 2013 16:33:12 GMT
Tidal surge hits UK coastal towns
Severe weather is affecting Britain, with thousands evacuated due to a tidal surge along the east coast and snow alerts in place in Scotland. Fri, 06 Dec 2013 17:19:40 GMT
Queen leads Nelson Mandela tributes
The Queen says she is "deeply saddened" to learn of Nelson Mandela's death and his legacy is a peaceful South Africa. Fri, 06 Dec 2013 15:34:03 GMT
Marine 'devastated' at life sentence
A former Royal Marine who murdered an insurgent in Afghanistan says he is "devastated" at being given a life sentence. Fri, 06 Dec 2013 17:12:13 GMT
UK growth 'hides disappointing news'
Think tank the Institute for Fiscal Studies warns that the increased growth announced in the Autumn Statement is just expected growth arriving early. Fri, 06 Dec 2013 13:26:32 GMT
Prince visits Clutha tragedy scene
Prince Charles visits the scene where nine people died when a police helicopter crashed into a Glasgow pub. Fri, 06 Dec 2013 17:24:54 GMT
VIDEO: Nelson Mandela, in his own words
In 2002, when the BBC was making a two part portrait of Nelson Mandela, David Dimbleby carried out a series of interviews with him. Thu, 05 Dec 2013 22:22:12 GMT
Mandela death: The batik fashion icon
Nelson Mandela is fondly remembered in Indonesia for helping to bring the nation's trademark colourful batik shirts to a global audience. Fri, 06 Dec 2013 16:01:18 GMT
'Dwarfs' fight to be classed as disabled
Amid the strife about Egypt's draft constitution, one group vesting its hopes in the document is the Association of the Rights of Dwarfs. Fri, 06 Dec 2013 11:47:23 GMT
Growing giants: Huge grains of copper promote better graphene growth
To technology insiders, graphene is a certified big deal. The one-atom thick carbon-based material elicits rhapsodic descriptions as the strongest, thinnest material known. It also is light, flexible, and able to conduct electricity as well as copper. Graphene-based electronics promise advances such as faster internet speeds, cheaper solar cells, novel sensors, space suits spun from graphene yarn, and more. Now a research team may help bring graphene's promise closer to reality. Fri, 06 Dec 2013 11:17:17 EST
Scientists discover novel hormone essential for heart development
Scientists have identified a gene encoding a hormone that could potentially be used as a therapeutic molecule to treat heart diseases. The hormone -- which they have chosen to name ELABELA -- is only 32 amino-acids long, making it amongst the tiniest proteins made by the human body. Fri, 06 Dec 2013 10:16:16 EST
Surprising discovery: Skin communicates with liver
Researchers have discovered that the skin is capable of communicating with the liver. The discovery has surprised the scientists, and they say that it may help our understanding of how skin diseases can affect the rest of the body. Fri, 06 Dec 2013 10:16:16 EST
African Nations Discuss Security at Paris Summit
French President Francois Hollande on Friday urged African leaders to establish their own security capabilities to deal with threats in the region.
Addressing a two-day summit with about 40 African leaders in Paris, Hollande said France is prepared to train African solders for peacekeeping missions.
His comments come a day after the U.N. Security Council voted to allow France to double its forces in the volatile Central African Republic (CAR) to 1,200... Fri, 06 Dec 2013 11:25:21 -0500
Mandela Burial Set for December 15 in Hometown
South Africa says Nelson Mandela will be buried Sunday, December 15, in his hometown of Qunu.President Jacob Zuma gave details on the official services and memorials for Mr. Mandela on Friday as South Africans mourned the loss of their former president.Mr. Zuma declared this Sunday to be a day of prayer and reflection in South Africa, and urged the country's people to gather in "churches, mosques, temples, synagogues and their homes" to pray and reflect on Mr. Mandela's... Fri, 06 Dec 2013 10:48:21 -0500
French Troop Reinforcements Arrive in C.A.R.
France has begun sending more troops into the volatile Central African Republic (CAR), with a plan of doubling forces to 1,200 troops over the next few days.
Officials said the CAR was mostly calm on Friday, a day after about 100 people were killed in heavy fighting in the capital, Bangui.
A movement allied with former president Francois Bozize said it carried out attacks Thursday with the goal of overthrowing rebels who seized power in March.
Meanwhile, French... Fri, 06 Dec 2013 10:37:29 -0500
South Sudan Mourns Nelson Mandela
South Sudan on Friday announced three days of mourning following the death of anti-apartheid leader and former South African President Nelson Mandela.
President Salva Kiir, who is attending a conference in France, called for the South Sudanese flag to be flown at half-staff on all public buildings in the country and at diplomatic missions abroad, government spokesman Michael Makuei Lueth told reporters in Juba.
"Mandela’s death is a loss not only for his immediate rainbow... Fri, 06 Dec 2013 10:32:06 -0500
This Day in History
Fri, 06 Dec 2013 06:00:00 +0100
The Banana Massacre (1928)
In December 1928, after a month-long strike to secure better working conditions, United Fruit Company workers from the Colombian town of Ciénaga gathered with their families in the town square to hear a scheduled gubernatorial address. Instead of words they were met with bullets fired by government troops. An unknown number died that day. The government took such decisive—and deadly—action to end the strike partly out of fear that US interests in the United Fruit Company would lead to what? Discuss
UN chief pays tribute to life and legacy of South Africas Nelson Mandela
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed his profound sadness at the passing of Nelson Mandela, extolling the life of the late human rights lawyer, prisoner of conscience, international peacemaker and first democratically-elected President of post-apartheid South Africa as an inspiration for all. Thu, 05 Dec 2013 00:00:00 EST
Central African Republic: Security Council approves new peacekeeping force
Seriously concerned that the new dynamic of violence and retaliation in the Central African Republic (CAR) could divide the country along religious and ethnic lines and potentially "spiral into an uncontrollable situation," the United Nations Security Council today authorized an African-led and French-backed peacekeeping force to quell the spiralling violence. Thu, 05 Dec 2013 00:00:00 EST
Fri, 06 Dec 2013 06:00:00 +0100
Henry VI of England (1421)
Henry VI became king of England when he was not yet nine months old. That same year, the English proclaimed the infant the successor to the French throne, but France did not recognize this. The young monarch grew up to be a mild, honest, and pious man, a patron of literature and the arts. He was, however, also mentally unstable, weak-willed, and politically naive, and this created a power vacuum that his overly powerful ministers vied to fill, eventually resulting in what decades-long conflict? Discuss
Thor: The Dark World Crosses $600 Million Worldwide!
Disney has just released the latest numbers for Marvel Studios' Thor: The Dark World which show that it has officially crossed the $600 million mark at the global box office (Domestic - $188.9 million, International - $411.8 million). This makes it the third Disney release (and second Marvel Studios film) to do so this year, following Marvels Iron Man 3 and DisneyPixars Monsters University . Fri, 06 Dec 2013 18:34:47 +0100
Big Ratings for NBC's The Sound of Music Live
NBC has released the ratings for "The Sound of Music Live!" which starred Carrie Underwood and Stephen Moyer star as Maria and Captain von Trapp. What did you think of the show? Here are the numbers. Fri, 06 Dec 2013 18:34:47 +0100
B.J. Novak Offers Hints for His Character in The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Back in March , director Marc Webb confirmed that "The Office" star B.J. Novak had joined the cast of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 , though he never specified which character he would be playing. In a recent interview with The Huffington Post , Novak offered some hints as to who his character is, saying: Fri, 06 Dec 2013 18:34:47 +0100
Hugh Jackman Unsure About Return as Wolverine
Even though he is already developing a third "Wolverine" film for 20th Century Fox, the man himself Hugh Jackman is seemingly once again having doubts about his return as the character. Speaking with Vanity Fair (via CBM ), he said he was still on the fence about doing the next solo film. Fri, 06 Dec 2013 18:34:47 +0100
New Posters for Lars von Trier's Two-Part Nymphomaniac
Magnolia Pictures announced yesterday the U.S. release dates for Lars von Trier's Nymphomaniac , which will be released as two full-length feature films, and now they have brought online posters for both parts that you can check out below. Fri, 06 Dec 2013 18:34:47 +0100
Entertainment world mourns Mandela
The news of the death of Nelson Mandela breaks during a royal gala screening about the life of the former South African president. Fri, 06 Dec 2013 10:32:27 GMT
Elton John's Russia gigs to go ahead
Russian promoters insist Elton John's concerts will happen this weekend, despite concerns over the country's legal crackdown on gay rights. Fri, 06 Dec 2013 11:30:54 GMT
Stallone to host London Q&A show
Hollywood action star Sylvester Stallone is offering fans the chance to get up close and personal with him in London next month at a one-off show. Fri, 06 Dec 2013 17:15:55 GMT
Hopper work sells for record $40m
A Depression era view of New Jersey by Edward Hopper sells for $40m (£24.4m), setting an auction record for the US artist. Fri, 06 Dec 2013 11:34:57 GMT
Vampire play shocks at Royal Court
A blood-soaked stage version of Swedish vampire story Let the Right One In opens at London's Royal Court and aims to attract more teenagers to the theatre. Fri, 06 Dec 2013 12:51:58 GMT
Charlie to take on Mormon at awards
Big budget musicals The Book of Mormon and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory go up against each other at next year's What's On Stage awards. Fri, 06 Dec 2013 14:02:58 GMT
Channel 4 suffers 2013 ratings slump
Channel 4's overall share of viewing has fallen 11.4% over the past year, while ITV scores first rise in 23 years, figures show. Fri, 06 Dec 2013 13:28:04 GMT
Millionth visitor for the Hepworth
An art gallery in West Yorkshire welcomes its one millionth visitor just two and a half years after opening. Thu, 05 Dec 2013 16:47:57 GMT
Rattle returns for London residency
Conductor Sir Simon Rattle will be returning to London with the Berlin Philharmonic for a major residency in 2015. Thu, 05 Dec 2013 15:42:44 GMT
Article of the Day
Fri, 06 Dec 2013 06:00:00 +0100
Die Brücke—meaning "the bridge" in German—was a group of 20th-century German expressionist artists. Strongly influenced by primitive art, they produced paintings depicting suffering and anxiety and featuring harshly distorted shapes and violent colors. Their desire to create a bridge to the art of the future extended beyond the canvas to their everyday lives. They lived and worked communally, flouting social mores with frequent nudity and the use of young models. What did they use for a studio? Discuss
Fri, 6 Dec 2013 05:00:00 GMT
Bhimbetka Rock Shelters
Possibly inhabited more than 100,000 years ago, the Bhimbetka Rock Shelters are a series of caves in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh that exhibit traces of early human life. Bhimbetka was first recorded in 1888 as a Buddhist site, and since archaeologists began visiting it in the 1950s, more than 700 rock shelters have been identified. They are mainly painted in red and white and depict many everyday activities, such as hunting, dancing, and worshipping. What is "Zoo Rock"?
Thu, 5 Dec 2013 05:00:00 GMT
Shiraz is a southern Iranian city near the extensive ruins of ancient Persepolis—the capital of Persia established by Darius I and plundered by Alexander the Great in 330 BCE. In the 18th century, Karim Khan briefly made Shiraz the capital of Persia, adorning it with fine buildings. Shiraz has long been regarded as an economic and cultural center of Iran, famous for its eponymous wine, gardens, carpets, shrines, and mosques, as well as its poets and philosophers. Which poets are buried here?
Cheetahs on Ice, Champions in Life
Welcome to American Mosaic from VOA Learning English. I'm June Simms.
More and more American children are playing ice hockey. Parents find the sport helps to keep their children physically active and teaches them the value of teamwork. Kelly Jean Kelly reports about a group of young players with a special story to tell.
Early one Saturday morning, David Blaisdell got up before sunrise. He was preparing for his son Christopher’s weekly hockey practice.
Christopher... Fri, 06 Dec 2013 01:30:40 +0000
Protecting Typhoon Survivors From Traffickers
From VOA Learning English this is As It Is.
Welcome back. I’m Caty Weaver.
Thousands of people continue to flee the central Philippines after much of the area was heavily damaged by a powerful storm in early November.
Philippine social services are concerned about the possible mistreatment of people leaving the area -- people who have already lost so much. Today on the program we report on efforts to protect these typhoon survivors from human trafficking... Fri, 06 Dec 2013 00:30:56 +0000
Facial Hair Is Becoming More Popular in the United States
Hello again, and welcome back. I’m Jim Tedder in Washington. For today’s program …something a little different. We will travel across the United States to Los Angeles, California, to examine the latest in men’s fashions. But we’re not looking for new shirts or coats. We will be talking about something that more and more men seem to be doing to improve their looks.
And a little later, we’ll leave the noisy big city in search of the quietest place on... Thu, 05 Dec 2013 00:30:49 +0000
1837 Brings New President, Economic Crisis - The Making of a Nation No. 49: Martin Van Buren Part 1
From VOA Learning English, welcome to The Making of a Nation — our weekly history program of American history for people learning American English. I’m Steve Ember.
Last time, we talked about the election of Martin Van Buren as the eighth president of the United States.
Van Buren had served as President Andrew Jackson’s secretary of state, and later his vice president. Jackson asked his political party, the Democrats, to nominate Van Buren as their presidential... Thu, 05 Dec 2013 00:30:39 +0000
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