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Mon, 22 Dec 2014 09:15:55 +0100

Tunisia candidate refuses to concede
Caretaker leader Moncef Marzouki refuses to admit defeat in Tunisia's presidential election after exit polls suggest a win for Beji Caid Essebsi.
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 06:26:07 GMT

New York killer boasted to onlookers
The gunman who shot dead two New York policemen told people "watch what I'm going to do" shortly before the killings, police say.
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 02:24:56 GMT

NHS to 'unlock secrets' using DNA
A new genetics project could help "unlock a series of secrets about devastating diseases" including cancer and rare genetic disorders, the NHS says.
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 05:33:41 GMT

S Korea holds cyber drill after hack
South Korea's nuclear plant operator is to conduct drills testing its ability to withstand a cyber-attack, after a data leak and threats from a hacker.
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 04:03:11 GMT

Driver attacks French pedestrians
A driver shouting the Islamic phrase "God is great" in Arabic runs down pedestrians in the French city of Dijon, injuring 11, French media say.
Sun, 21 Dec 2014 23:36:20 GMT


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Mon, 22 Dec 2014 09:00:57 +0100

NHS to 'unlock secrets' using DNA
A new genetics project could help "unlock a series of secrets about devastating diseases" including cancer and rare genetic disorders, the NHS says.
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 05:33:41 GMT

Child abuse inquiry overhaul urged
Dozens of child abuse survivors urge the government to scrap an inquiry into historical abuse and replace it with a more powerful body.
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 07:51:21 GMT

Man shot dead while sitting in car
A man is shot dead and another is injured when a gunman opens fire at their stationary car in Sheffield city centre.
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 07:50:33 GMT

Street light cuts attacked by Labour
Street lights are being switched off or dimmed to save money in three quarters of England's council areas, according to Labour Party research.
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 00:44:56 GMT

Job creation likely in 2015 says CBI
Half of UK firms plan to expand their workforce next year, with more permanent jobs being created than temporary ones, the CBI business lobby group says.
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 06:56:52 GMT



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Mon, 22 Dec 2014 09:00:36 +0100

VIDEO: Tsunami: Pictures from then and now
This collection of photographs shows the redevelopment of some areas affected by the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami.
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 00:03:52 GMT

VIDEO: Family appeal for 'co-existence'
The family of a New York police officer fatally shot on Friday appeals to the city's communities to "find an amicable path to peaceful co-existence".
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 02:06:01 GMT

VIDEO: Life in Cape Town's notorious gang area
South Africa has one of the highest murder rates in the world and drugs and gun crime fuel the cycle of violence in the Cape Flats, an area notorious for gangs.
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 06:47:33 GMT

VIDEO: £2m raised after dogs' home fire
Almost £2 million has now been raised for Manchester Dogs' Home after a fire in September that saw 50 animals die.
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 08:00:19 GMT

VIDEO: Elton and David's social media marriage
Sir Elton John and his partner David Furnish have officially married, nine years after they held their civil partnership ceremony.
Sun, 21 Dec 2014 23:33:12 GMT


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Fri, 19 Dec 2014 20:33:06 +0100

Kazakh villages in guard wolf craze
Villagers in Kazakhstan are increasingly buying wolves to guard their land.
Wed, 17 Dec 2014 14:49:32 GMT

Helsinki 'lacks luxury hotels'
Finnish capital loses out on chance to host music awards show, because there aren't enough swanky hotels for stars.
Wed, 17 Dec 2014 12:36:34 GMT

NZ police apologise to Irish
Police say sorry for wrongly identifying a driver as Irish based on his accent, when he is actually from Auckland.
Wed, 17 Dec 2014 10:52:24 GMT

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Sun, 21 Dec 2014 17:24:01 EST

Televised medical talk shows: Health education or entertainment?
Millions of viewers around the world watch the televised medical talk programs 'The Dr. Oz Show' and 'The Doctors' for medical advice, but how valuable are the recommendations they receive? In a first of its kind study, researchers have examined the recommendations given on those two shows to see if there is believable evidence to back up the claims presented. The results were revealing.
Sat, 20 Dec 2014 23:35:54 EST

Polymorphism, bacteria inside us help dictate inflammation, antitumor activity
A common polymorphism can lead to a chain of events that dictates how a tumor will progress in certain types of cancer, including a form of breast cancer as well as ovarian cancer, according to new research. The research reveals a more explicit role about the symbiotic relationship humans have with the various bacteria that inhabit our body and their role during tumor progression.
Sat, 20 Dec 2014 23:35:52 EST

Lost memories might be able to be restored, suggests research into marine snail
New research indicates that lost memories can be restored, according to new research into a type of marine snail called Aplysia. The findings offer some hope for patients in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease.
Sat, 20 Dec 2014 10:41:33 EST

First direct evidence that a mysterious phase of matter competes with high-temperature superconductivity
Scientists have found the first direct evidence that a mysterious phase of matter known as the "pseudogap" competes with high-temperature superconductivity, robbing it of electrons that otherwise might pair up to carry current through a material with 100 percent efficiency.
Sat, 20 Dec 2014 10:41:04 EST

New species found in the deepest trench on Earth
Researchers have returned from the first detailed study of the Mariana Trench aboard Schmidt Ocean Institute's research vessel Falkor. The expedition set many new records, including the deepest rock samples ever collected and the discovery of new fish species at the greatest depths ever recorded.
Sat, 20 Dec 2014 04:05:44 EST

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Mon, 22 Dec 2014 09:18:30 +0100

Former US Diplomat Calls for Free, Fair Elections in Ethiopia
Former US Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Herman Cohen said Ethiopia should not be afraid to have free and fair elections or a free press.  Cohen said the government is doing good things that it can win an election on, such as creating jobs, carrying on infrastructure development and boosting trade. But he cautioned that the government has made no move to implement his suggestions.  “Ethiopia, I believe, should open up more toward...
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 02:33:34 -0500

Economic Issues Whip Up Israelis in ‘Chocolate Pudding’ Election
Israel's high cost of living is set to dominate a March 17 election that could shake up Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's coalition, with voter anger symbolized by an overpriced dessert. In a country where the influence of small parties makes elections notoriously hard to forecast, many experts still expect right-wing leader Netanyahu to keep power. But the focus on domestic policy and economics, rather than on security and Palestinian peacemaking, means the outcome is even more...
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 02:01:12 -0500

Incumbent Candidates Struggle in Liberia’s Senate Elections
The chairman of Liberia’s Elections Commission has said the commission will begin announcing provisional results of Saturday’s special senatorial election late Monday or Tuesday. Unofficial results released by news organizations show a rough day at the polls for incumbents, particularly those of the ruling Unity Party supported by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.   Rodney Sieh, publisher and managing editor of FrontPage Africa, said that if the unofficial provisional results...
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 01:58:20 -0500

Pakistani Minister Warns of Further Attacks
Pakistan's Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan warned of further attacks after a Taliban assault on a school in Peshawar last week left 141 dead, including 132 children. In response to the attack Pakistan lifted a moratorium on the death penalty and has so far executed six militants, with more expected to follow. None of those hanged has anything to do with the December 16 school rampage, and some Pakistani commentators have said the executions are intended to divert...
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 01:12:20 -0500

Senior Chinese Leader to Visit Vietnam Amid Sea Tension
A senior Chinese leader will visit Vietnam this month, China's state media said on Monday, amid tension between the neighbors over competing claims in the South China Sea. Yu Zhengsheng, who heads a largely ceremonial advisory body to China's parliament but is ranked fourth in the Communist Party leadership, will be going at the invitation of Vietnam's Communist Party, the official Xinhua news agency said. It provided no other details. Anti-Chinese violence flared in...
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 00:19:32 -0500

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Mon, 22 Dec 2014 06:00:00 +0100

US Bans Trade with All Foreign Nations (1807)

In the midst of the Napoleonic Wars, US Congress passed legislation banning trade between its ports and foreign nations. The Embargo Act was meant to pressure England and France to remove restrictions on commercial trading with neutral nations that they imposed in their war with each other. Napoleon had earlier decreed that no French ally or neutral nation could trade with Britain, and Britain had retaliated by blockading the northern European coastline. Did the embargo have the desired effect? Discuss

Mon, 22 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT

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Mon, 22 Dec 2014 09:19:27 +0100

In Guinea, as Ebola spread slows, Ban pledges UN support towards total eradication
Cautioning that much remains to be done to wipe out Ebola in Guinea, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today that joint national, regional and global efforts have “significantly” slowed the spread of the deadly virus, giving hope to thousands of people and providing space for communities to look ahead to socio-economic recovery.
Sat, 20 Dec 2014 00:00:00 EST

On International Day, Ban urges human solidarity to build new sustainability agenda
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon marked Human Solidarity Day today by calling for joint action to craft and take forward a new, inlcusive development agenda that eradicates poverty, protects the planet and ensures dignity for all.
Sat, 20 Dec 2014 00:00:00 EST

'Suffering an enormous human cost', civilian casualties up nearly 20 per cent in 2014 – UN
Civilian casualties in Afghanistan increased by nearly 20 per cent in 2014 compared to the previous year and are expected to rise to a figure over 10,000 by end of December – for the first time since the UN mission in the country began keeping record in 2008.
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:53:05 EST

Central African Republic: Security Council appeals to rebels to lay down arms
The United Nations Security Council has strongly condemned the recent resurgence of violence in the Central African Republic (CAR) and reiterated its appeal to all parties to the conflict to “immediately and permanently” lay down their arms, release all children from their ranks, and embark upon the path of dialogue as the only viable means towards achieving lasting peace.
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:36:05 EST

North Pole: Santa swamped by millions of letters
With Christmas less than a week away, Santa and his helpers have been busy receiving stacks of letters from children around the world, according to the United Nations postal agency, which estimates the total this year will climb above 7 million.
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 14:42:15 EST World | National Breaking News
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 07:59:23 GMT

Royal Adelaide Hospital delays confirmed
THE new Royal Adelaide Hospital will be delayed and cost more than expected, the South Australian government says.

Mon, 22 Dec 2014 07:54:09 GMT

Cuts to ease WA's $1.3 billion deficit
THE West Australian government has announced a $1.3 billion budget deficit - the state's first in 15 years.

Mon, 22 Dec 2014 07:48:09 GMT


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Mon, 22 Dec 2014 06:00:00 +0100

Jean Racine (1639)

Though Racine bore substantial criticism from his contemporaries, he is now considered one of France's "big three" 17th-century dramatists, along with Corneille and Molière. Racine's tragedies are a prime example of French classicism, and his Alexandrine verse is considered exceptional in its harmony, simplicity, and elegance. His Andromaque, about the tragic folly of passionate love, earned him recognition as France's leading tragic dramatist. What created a rift between him and Molière? Discuss

Mon, 22 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT

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Sun, 21 Dec 2014 23:25:27 +0100

Margot Robbie and Will Smith Come into Focus on Two New Posters

Catch the conman tale February 27, before both stars assemble for DC Comics' Suicide Squad

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Sun, 21 Dec 2014 21:07:23 +0000

Watch Mike Myers Bring Back Dr. Evil on SNL!

Insight on the recent terrorist hack from the Austin Powers supervillain

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Sun, 21 Dec 2014 20:10:52 +0000

The Hobbit Finale Tops the Box Office with $90 Million

Night at the Museum and Annie underperform with less than $20 million

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Sun, 21 Dec 2014 17:29:40 +0000

Kate Winslet Enters Negotiations for Untitled Steve Jobs Biopic

She'll headline the Danny Boyle film opposite Michael Fassbender and Seth Rogen

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Sat, 20 Dec 2014 21:31:36 +0000

NBC Shifts Constantine’s Time Slot Starting with Mid-Season Premiere

The series will return January 16

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Sat, 20 Dec 2014 18:39:29 +0000

Check Out Over 25 Images from the Series Premiere of Marvel’s Agent Carter

The series debuts January 6 with a two hour episode!

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Sat, 20 Dec 2014 18:19:53 +0000

Bradley Cooper is a Hero in a New American Sniper Clip

The Clint Eastwood film hits theaters in a limited release December 25, everywhere January 16

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Sat, 20 Dec 2014 05:58:51 +0000

Hotel Transylvania 2 Delivers its Own Holiday Video!

From Sony Pictures Animation, Drac, Mavis and Jonathan

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Sat, 20 Dec 2014 02:25:48 +0000

Here’s Exactly What’s Going on Right Now with The Interview

President Obama's thoughts on the matter and Sony Pictures' response suggest the film is on the way!

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Sat, 20 Dec 2014 01:11:34 +0000

A New Animated Video Offers Christmas Greetings from The Babadook!

"How the 'dook Stole Christmas" features the return of Jennifer Kent's terrifying creature

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Fri, 19 Dec 2014 23:46:09 +0000

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Mon, 22 Dec 2014 08:08:20 +0100

Elton John and David Furnish marry
Sir Elton John and his partner David Furnish convert their civil partnership to a marriage - with the musician documenting the day on the Instagram website.
Sun, 21 Dec 2014 19:34:33 GMT

Actress Billie Whitelaw dies aged 82
Acclaimed actress Billie Whitelaw, who starred on stage and screen and worked in close collaboration with Samuel Beckett, dies in London.
Sun, 21 Dec 2014 23:18:27 GMT

Austrian crooner Udo Juergens dies
Udo Juergens, one of the best-known pop stars in the German-speaking world and winner of Eurovision in 1966, dies at the age of 80.
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 05:41:02 GMT

US mulls putting NK on terror list
The US is considering putting North Korea back on its terrorism sponsors list, President Barack Obama says, after a cyber-attack on Sony Pictures.
Sun, 21 Dec 2014 14:27:26 GMT

Photographer Jane Bown dies aged 89
UK photographer Jane Bown, known for her portraits of the Queen, the Beatles and Samuel Beckett among many others, dies aged 89.
Sun, 21 Dec 2014 18:40:27 GMT

Lord Sugar names his tenth Apprentice
Amstrad founder Lord Sugar names Australian businessman Mark Wright as his latest business partner, at the climax of BBC One's The Apprentice.
Sun, 21 Dec 2014 22:01:20 GMT

Ferguson bows out of US talk show
Scots-born comedian Craig Ferguson hosts his last edition of US talk show The Late Late Show after a run of 10 years.
Sat, 20 Dec 2014 16:32:26 GMT

Caroline Flack wins Strictly title
Television presenter Caroline Flack and partner Pasha Kovalev are voted winners of Strictly Come Dancing, beating singers Frankie Bridge and Simon Webbe.
Sat, 20 Dec 2014 21:02:47 GMT

Morricone regrets Eastwood rejection
Renowned Italian film composer Ennio Morricone tells the BBC's Will Gompertz that he regrets turning down the chance to compose music for Clint Eastwood.
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 17:03:20 GMT

SXSW sued by crash victims' families
The families of the victims of a fatal car crash at this year's South by Southwest (SXSW) festival in Texas are suing its organisers.
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 11:19:43 GMT


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Mon, 22 Dec 2014 06:00:00 +0100

The Lily of the Valley

The lily of the valley, or Convallaria majalis, lives in shady places and has delicate bell-shaped, fragrant white flowers that grow on a stalk between two shiny leaves. This common garden plant is a symbol of humility in religious paintings. It has also long been used medicinally for cardiac disorders—even though it contains poisonous substances and has been labeled unsafe by the US Food and Drug Administration. The lily of the valley is the national flower of what country? Discuss

Mon, 22 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT


Flamingos are large pink or red wading birds with long necks and webbed feet. They live in large flocks throughout the Eastern and Western Hemispheres. Flamingos have several quirky traits, such as an oddly-shaped bill specially adapted to strain food—aquatic plants, shellfish, and frogs—from muddy water in marshes and lagoons. Flamingos also have the unusual ability to stand on one leg with the head laid on the back for hours. What typically dictates the vibrancy of a flamingo's color?

Sun, 21 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT

What Is Organic Food?

Growing health consciousness has caused organic food to skyrocket in popularity. Proponents of organic farming claim that it yields more nutritious, safer, and tastier food because it is not prepared with the synthetically compounded fertilizers, pesticides, hormones, medicated feed, and chemicals that are often used in food processing. Food whose ingredients are at least 95% organic by weight may carry the "USDA ORGANIC" label. Who is credited with coining the term "organic farming"?

Sat, 20 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT

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Mon, 22 Dec 2014 10:19:31 +0200

N Korea offers assistance to US into Sony cyber attack
In a move to prove it had nothing to do with the cyber attack on Sony Pictures, North Korea offers its efforts to investigate the matter with the US.
Sat, 20 Dec 2014 13:53:00 +0200

Mosque and state embrace in Egypt
Despite cracking down on fundamentalists, the country's rulers base their support on Islam.
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +0200

Extremists' massacre of desperation in Pakistan
The Taliban is under pressure to prove itself as groups splinter off and the army moves in.
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +0200

Hopes of normalcy between the US and Cuba at last
Restoring normal diplomatic relations offers an opportunity for the US and Cuba to engage on equal terms for the first time in their troubled history.
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +0200

USA announces 'historic' opening with Cuba
The Unites States is about to re-establish diplomatic ties within months. The last three of the Cuban Five are to be released in a prisoner swap.
Wed, 17 Dec 2014 19:53:00 +0200

Church of England appoints first woman bishop amid debate
Even though the Church of England has been deeply divided on the issue of women bishops, the Church has appointed Libby Lane as its first.
Wed, 17 Dec 2014 14:11:00 +0200

#IllRideWithYou campaign aims to overcome Islamophobia after Sydney attack
Muslims who fear public retribution after an extremist attack in Sydney are being supported by ordinary people in solidarity against Islamophobia.
Wed, 17 Dec 2014 11:24:00 +0200

Dalai Lama: Hardliners influencing Xi on Tibet autonomy
The Tibetan spiritual leader says Chinese President Xi Jinping was ready to discuss autonomy, but hardliners in the government were preventing this.
Wed, 17 Dec 2014 10:45:00 +0200

Parents in Pakistan prepare for mass burial of children
The burial of those killed in a Taliban attack is under way and a former ambassador to the US says Pakistan has been too apologetic about the Taliban.
Wed, 17 Dec 2014 08:27:00 +0200

Over 120 Pakistanis killed in Taliban high school attack
At least 126 people, most of them children, have been killed after Taliban gunmen stormed a school in Pakistani, taking hundreds of students hostage.
Tue, 16 Dec 2014 13:45:00 +0200


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Sharpton joins Obama in condemnation of New York police deaths

NEW YORK, New York - US President Barack Obama has 'unconditionally' condemned the killing of two New York City police officers Saturday. Liu Wenjin and Raphael Ramos, Asian and Hispanic ...
Sun, 21 Dec 2014 20:18:30 -0500

Obama says North Korea may be put back on terror list following Sony hack

WASHINGTON, DC - US President Barack Obama in a CNN interview Sunday refused to be drawn into calling North Korea's alleged cyber-attack on Sony Pictures an act of war, instead characterising it as ...
Sun, 21 Dec 2014 20:00:42 -0500

Fuel in the US now costs the same as during the financial crisis

HOUSTON, Texas - The average price of a gallon of fuel in the United States fell 25 cents during the past two weeks, according to a Lundberg survey released Sunday. The price of fuel in the US has ...
Sun, 21 Dec 2014 19:49:03 -0500

US cruise line shares soar on Cuban cruise possibility

MIAMI, Florida - Shares in the world's three largest cruise lines saw big gains this week as investors anticipated that improving relations between the US and Cuba could lead to new opportunities for ...
Sun, 21 Dec 2014 19:34:32 -0500

Castro hails Obama move to thaw tensions but says will not stray from Communism

HAVANA, Cuba - Cuban President Raul Castro has welcomed a recent US move to normalise bilateral relations, but stressed that his country will not change its political system from the communist ...
Sat, 20 Dec 2014 22:02:22 -0500

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Mon, 22 Dec 2014 09:19:38 +0100

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ANNE DAVIES: I met the hostage-taker recently. Ominously, he told me he did not think giving speeches would be enough.
Tue, 16 Dec 2014 01:11:10 GMT

'We are so proud of our beautiful boy Tori'

The manager of the Lindt Chocolat Cafe was one of two people killed during Monday's siege.
Wed, 17 Dec 2014 02:58:18 GMT

'This pen is my gun'

Three days after losing bid to overturn conviction, Man Haron Monis took 17 people hostage.
Tue, 16 Dec 2014 21:13:33 GMT

Lawyer, mother of three killed

Sydney barrister who was top of high school class, bar exams dies in cafe siege.
Tue, 16 Dec 2014 21:03:25 GMT

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Breaking: Reports of a bomb threat at the Department of Foreign and Affairs and Trade.
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Mon, 22 Dec 2014 09:19:39 +0100

How the US Deals with its Sexual Assault Problem
Sexual assault – sexual attack -- happens in countries all around the world. Recent news reports about gang rapes in India and sexual violence at universities have pushed the issue into intense public attention. Many Americans are dealing with the problem.  They are hearing and reading about the issue, from awareness and activism at colleges to programs to fight it at the highest levels of government. Lindsay Aramayo is taking a self-defense class at a college just outside...
Sun, 21 Dec 2014 20:01:08 +0000

Helping California’s Homeless
  Earlier this month, California police cleared what was said to be the largest homeless encampment in the United States. About 200 homeless people were living at the camp in San Jose, California. Officials said police officers and city workers acted because the area was unclean. The homeless people were living near Silicon Valley, the country’s high technology center. Some people there have made millions, even billions of dollars from high-tech devices and services. But...
Sun, 21 Dec 2014 20:00:30 +0000

Cambodian, Thai Rice Voted Best in the World
  For the third straight year, the World Rice Conference has voted Cambodian rice as the world’s best. This year Cambodia shares the award with Thailand. Cambodia produced just one percent of the world’s rice in 2012. It is trying to increase that amount. The award may help. The country’s rice industry is small and not well-organized. As a result, large amounts of unmilled, or unprocessed, rice is sent to Thailand and Vietnam where it is sold for a higher price. But rice is...
Sun, 21 Dec 2014 20:00:14 +0000

The History of Christmas in America
  In the first half of the 19th century, Christmas was a very different kind of holiday than it is today. People did not have a set way of celebrating. Christmas was not even an official holiday yet. So, communities around the country honored the day in different ways. Some observed Christmas as an important Christian religious day, honoring the birth of Jesus. Others celebrated the day with parties, music, drinking and eating. And, some communities did not celebrate the day...
Sun, 21 Dec 2014 20:00:07 +0000

Is China Starting to Live its Dream?
A recent poll by The New York Times shows that fewer and fewer people in the United States believe in the “American dream.” The poll asked the question: Do you believe you can start out poor in this country, work hard and become rich? Only 64 percent of Americans said “yes.” Trust in the American dream may be disappearing. But halfway around the world, a new dream has been gaining strength – the Chinese dream. To be exact: Xi Jinping’s Chinese dream. In his November 2012...
Sat, 20 Dec 2014 20:01:32 +0000


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