Several killed in German train crash
Two passenger trains collide head-on in the German state of Bavaria, with police saying several people have been killed and many others injured. Tue, 09 Feb 2016 08:27:06 GMT
Arrest over Taiwan quake collapse
The developer of a building which collapsed in Taiwan's earthquake on Saturday has been arrested, local media report. Tue, 09 Feb 2016 08:26:42 GMT
Police and vendors clash in Hong Kong
Police have clashed with protesters in the Mong Kok district of Hong Kong during an operation to shut down illegal food stalls. Tue, 09 Feb 2016 05:21:45 GMT
New Hampshire set for key US primary
People in New Hampshire prepare to vote for Democrats and Republicans seeking their party nomination in the first primary of the US presidential race. Tue, 09 Feb 2016 07:29:43 GMT
Treks for mental health care 'must end'
The practice of sending mentally ill adults in England long distances for care is unacceptable and must end, an independent report says. Tue, 09 Feb 2016 00:00:02 GMT
Starbucks employee wins dyslexia case
A woman with dyslexia wins a discrimination case against her employer Starbucks after she was disciplined for falsifying documents. Tue, 09 Feb 2016 05:12:00 GMT
Young 'ignore social media age limits'
More than three-quarters of 10 to 12 year olds in the UK have social media accounts, even though they are below the age limit, a survey for BBC Newsround suggests. Tue, 09 Feb 2016 08:09:07 GMT
Record rise in 'NHS dissatisfaction'
The biggest-ever rise in public dissatisfaction with the NHS was recorded last year, according to a long-running survey. Tue, 09 Feb 2016 00:42:05 GMT
VIDEO: Accused of fraud because of dyslexia
A woman with dyslexia who won a claim for disability discrimination against her employer Starbucks explains how she felt when she was accused of fraud. Tue, 09 Feb 2016 05:13:36 GMT
Making sense of metallic glass
Vitrified metals, or metallic glasses, are at the frontier of materials science research. But much about them remains poorly understood. A team is trying to figure out the rules that govern metallic glass's creation. They are doing this by looking at metallic glasses under extreme pressures. High-pressure research can be used to probe structure on an atomic level and understand a material's state of order or disorder. Mon, 08 Feb 2016 21:38:43 EST
New evidence gives women informed choice in the prolapse surgery debate
New evidence published today highlights benefits and harms of using artificial mesh when compared with tissue repair in the surgical treatment of vaginal prolapse. Slightly better repair with mesh needs to be weighed carefully against increased risk of harms. Mon, 08 Feb 2016 21:37:03 EST
Exposure to air pollution 30 years ago associated with increased risk of death
Exposure to air pollution more than 30 years ago may still affect an individual's mortality risk today, according to new research. Highest risks were seen for respiratory disease, such as bronchitis, emphysema and for pneumonia. Air pollution also affected mortality risk from cardiovascular diseases, such as heart disease. Mon, 08 Feb 2016 21:36:52 EST
Why not recycled concrete?
From paper towels to cups to plastic bottles, products made from recycled materials permeate our lives. One notable exception is building materials. Why can’t we recycle concrete from our deteriorating infrastructure for use as material in new buildings and bridges? It’s a question that a team of researchers is examining. Mon, 08 Feb 2016 18:34:51 EST
As China Tourists Tighten Belt, Retailers Face Unhappy New Year
Watching a lone browser in his Sydney Chinatown shop, Bing Chen is worried business is being squeezed this Lunar New Year by what's ailing the world economy at large - the weakest Chinese economy in 25 years.
In years gone by, Chen would stay open until the wee hours, selling kangaroo skins and Australian wool to crowds of Chinese tourists. But as the Year of the Monkey begins, stores like
Chen's are seeing a drop in trade with newly budget-conscious Chinese either staying home... Tue, 09 Feb 2016 02:35:27 -0500
Japan's Nikkei Sustains Worst Losses Since 2013
Japan's Nikkei index sustained major losses during Tuesday's trading session, a sign that Monday's sell-off in Europe and the U.S. will extend for another day across the globe.
The Nikkei lost a staggering 918 points, or 5.40 percent, at the closing bell, finishing at 16,085 points. It was the Nikkei's biggest drop since June 2013, as investors fled stocks into safe assets as government bonds over fears of a rising yen -- which makes Japanese exports more expensive... Tue, 09 Feb 2016 02:29:36 -0500
SpaceX Rocket Set for Next Flight as Company Boosts Production
Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX, will attempt its second launch of the year this month, as it ramps up production of its Falcon 9 rockets to handle more than $8 billion of business for NASA and commercial companies, officials said.
The next SpaceX launch is scheduled for Feb. 24, its customer, SES SA, a Luxembourg-based satellite communications operator, said on Monday.
"SpaceX is currently completing an extended series of testing and pre-flight validation," SES... Tue, 09 Feb 2016 01:42:24 -0500
Canada Ending Airstrikes in Iraq, Syria
Canada will end its airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Iraq and Syria this month.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Monday he will bring home Canada's six fighter jets by February 22, fulfilling a campaign pledge he made before being elected last year.
He said the U.S.-led campaign of airstrikes is useful for bringing short-term gains, but not for long-term stability for affected communities.
Canada will continue to have surveillance and refueling aircraft... Tue, 09 Feb 2016 01:34:20 -0500
First Ballots Cast in New Hampshire Primary Voting
Voters in three small towns cast their votes in the first minutes of Tuesday, kicking off the presidential primary election in the northeastern U.S. state of New Hampshire.
In Dixville Notch, Ohio Governor John Kasich got three votes, enough to beat the two that went to billionaire Donald Trump in the Republican race. Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders got all four votes for the Democrats.
Kasich and Sanders also won in Hart's Location.
Former Secretary of State Hillary... Tue, 09 Feb 2016 01:30:16 -0500
This Day in History
Tue, 09 Feb 2016 06:00:00 +0100
Zeno Crowned Co-Emperor of Byzantine Empire (474 CE)
A military leader, Zeno married the daughter of Byzantine emperor Leo I in about 466 CE. When Leo I died, Zeno's seven-year-old son Leo II became emperor and Zeno was appointed co-emperor. Leo II died within the year, making Zeno sole emperor. Zeno made peace with the Vandals in Africa, put down a rebellion in Asia Minor, got the Ostrogoths to leave the Eastern Empire, and tried to solve the Monophysite controversy, causing a schism with Rome. Why did Zeno change his name from Tarasicodissa? Discuss
Unprecedented food crisis looms over strife-torn South Sudan, UN agencies warn
South Sudan faces unprecedented levels of food insecurity, with 2.8 million people, nearly 25 per cent of the population, in urgent need of aid, at least 40,000 of them on the brink of catastrophe, at a time when the war-torn country is traditionally most food secure, United Nations agencies warned today. Mon, 08 Feb 2016 09:22:20 EST
Syria: UN relief chief calls on Government to halt attacks displacing 30,000 civilians
The United Nations emergency relief chief today called on the Syrian Government and other parties to honour their duty to protect civilians and allow safe access for aid as tens of thousands of people were reported to have been displaced from Aleppo and elsewhere in the war-torn country's north by heavy Government bombardment. Mon, 08 Feb 2016 00:00:00 EST
All sides in Syria killing thousands of detainees in crimes against humanity, UN reports
Thousands of detainees have been killed while in the custody of the warring parties in Syria over the past four and a half years, with thousands held by the Government beaten to death or dying from torture and anti-Government groups brutalizing and executing prisoners in war crimes and crimes against humanity, a United Nations commission reported today. Mon, 08 Feb 2016 00:00:00 EST
Tue, 09 Feb 2016 06:00:00 +0100
Carmen Miranda (1909)
Miranda was a Brazilian singer and actress who, in the 1930s, was the most popular recording artist in Brazil, where she appeared in five films. Recruited by a Broadway producer, she made her US film debut in Down Argentine Way. Typecast as the "Brazilian Bombshell" and given such caricatural roles as "The Lady in the Tutti-Frutti Hat" in The Gang's All Here, she became the highest-paid female performer in the US during World War II. What was her final film? Discuss
Coldplay lead Super Bowl half-time show
Coldplay, Beyonce and Bruno Mars play to an estimated television audience of 112 million during the half-time show of the Super Bowl in California on Sunday. Mon, 08 Feb 2016 10:06:32 GMT
TV show review after Tweddle injury
Beth Tweddle has surgery on her neck after a fall during Channel 4's The Jump, prompting a safety review of the TV show. Mon, 08 Feb 2016 18:54:02 GMT
Kung Fu Panda rules Super Bowl weekend
Kung Fu Panda, which sees Jack Black return as the voice of high-kicking bear Po, extended its lead at the top of the US box office over the Super Bowl weekend. Mon, 08 Feb 2016 12:01:50 GMT
Adele 'best selling singer' of 2015
Adele is named the world's best selling and most popular music artist of 2015 after 'simply phenomenal' success. Mon, 08 Feb 2016 10:58:41 GMT
Revenant director wins top award
Alejandro Inarritu wins the top prize at the Directors Guild of America (DGA) awards for his film The Revenant, boosting his hopes for the Oscars. Sun, 07 Feb 2016 11:30:25 GMT
Inside Out wins big at Annie Awards
Inside Out is the big winner at this year's Annie Awards for animation, winning 10 prizes including best film. Sun, 07 Feb 2016 14:36:07 GMT
Article of the Day
Tue, 09 Feb 2016 06:00:00 +0100
These marsupials are generally found in the rainforests and mountainous regions of New Guinea and Queensland. They are related to the kangaroos endemic to Australia, with whom they share many similar features, including their large hind legs and long, narrow feet. In contrast to the kangaroo, however, these macropods live in trees, have the ability to move their hind legs independently of one another, and leap great distances from tree to tree. How far can a tree-kangaroo jump? Discuss
Tue, 9 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT
Gunther von Hagens's Body Worlds, a traveling exhibition of preserved human bodies and body parts, has been the subject of controversy since it opened in Tokyo in 1995. Developers claim that the exhibit uses only specimens from willing donors and is intended to educate laymen about the human body, but some see the project as denigrating the deceased, and religious groups have voiced objections to the public exhibition of human corpses. What technique is used to preserve the human tissue?
Mon, 8 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT
Born in the year of the dragon, Bruce Lee grew to become one of the most influential martial artists of the 20th century. His action films sparked the first major surge of interest in Chinese martial arts in the West. Though Lee spent countless hours training and improving his physique, he was also a philosopher and avid reader. He collapsed while working on his final film Enter the Dragon and died a short time later. To what has Lee's sudden death been attributed?
Sachs replaces Conrad as CEO in Zenefits reshuffle
SAN FRANCISCO, California - Cloud-based software maker Zenefits chief executive Parker Conrad stepped down from his role Monday to make way for chief operating officer David Sachs, a PayPal veteran, ... Tue, 09 Feb 2016 18:17:18 +1100
Bank shares hammered in $40b ASX wipeout
After savage falls in banks overseas, shares in the big four Australian lenders dropped 4 per cent or more on Tuesday, dragging the ASX 200 down 2.9 per cent. Tue Feb 09 08:32:26 UTC 2016
VOA English Newscast: 2200 UTC February, 8 2016
From Washington, this is VOA news…
I'm Dave DeForest reporting
The United Nations makes a grim accusation:
U-N investigators say the Syrian government has carried out a huge "extermination" of civilian detainees. The investigation was based on interviews with more than 600 survivors and witnesses in Syria. Here is commission chairman Paulo Pinheiro:
"The Commission concludes that these violations amount to crimes against humanity and war... Mon, 08 Feb 2016 23:12:16 +0000
Times Are Changing in Havana, Cuba
Time seems to stand still in Havana, Cuba’s capital city.
Old men in fedoras smoke cigars and play dominos. Colorful American cars from the 1950s share the road with rusty bicycles. Laundry hangs from the balconies of crumbling mansions. Children who have never used the Internet play soccer on cobblestone streets. The sound of traditional Cuban music drifts from a corner café.
This is the Havana that American tourists dream of—romantic, mysterious, and... Mon, 08 Feb 2016 21:22:18 +0000
Obama Seeks $1.8 Billion to Combat Zika
President Barack Obama is asking Congress for more than $1.8 billion to fight the Zika virus in the United States and other countries.
The White House said Monday that most of the money would be spent in the United States on programs to combat the virus, which is spread by mosquitos. These initiatives include mosquito control programs, vaccine research and health care services for low-income pregnant women.
President Barack Obama urged calm in an interview that aired on Monday.... Mon, 08 Feb 2016 21:00:26 +0000
Citing Betrayal, Some Syrian Rebels Withdraw From Front
After a week-long attack from Russian warplanes, some Syrian rebels are withdrawing from the fight in northern Syria.
The rebels are fighting against forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Some anti-Assad forces have taken shelter in tunnels or bomb-made craters, but some fighters are quitting.
Ahmad is a 20-year-old rebel fighter. He made the decision to withdraw from the fighting. He told VOA about the battles near Aleppo in northern Syria.
“The first day, the... Mon, 08 Feb 2016 20:54:12 +0000
Earthquake Survivors Found in Building in Taiwan
Two people have been rescued from a collapsed 17-story apartment building in Tainan, Taiwan where a powerful earthquake struck Saturday.
Officials say a woman was found under the body of her husband Monday morning. The body of their two-year-old son was found near them. Rescue workers are searching for five other members of the woman’s family.
A man was also found alive. He is reported to be talking to rescue workers.
The powerful earthquake of magnitude 6.4 struck... Mon, 08 Feb 2016 20:52:25 +0000
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