Israel and Hamas agree new truce
Israel and Hamas agree to an unconditional 72-hour humanitarian ceasefire to begin on Friday morning, after 24 days of fighting between the two sides. Fri, 01 Aug 2014 00:22:59 GMT
Multiple Taiwan gas blasts kill 22
A series of gas explosions in the southern Taiwanese city of Kaohsiung kills at least 22 people and injures more than 200 others. Fri, 01 Aug 2014 00:39:02 GMT
Sudan 'apostasy' woman arrives in US
A Sudanese woman who fled to Italy after being spared a death sentence for renouncing Islam has arrived in the US. Fri, 01 Aug 2014 00:46:28 GMT
WHO sounds alarm over W Africa Ebola
The World Health Organization and presidents of West African nations affected by the Ebola outbreak are to announce a joint $100m response plan. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:49:24 GMT
Forensic scientists reach MH17 site
International forensic scientists reach the site of the flight MH17 crash in east Ukraine after the government halts military operations for a day. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 14:28:35 GMT
Therapies hope for major DNA project
A project aiming to revolutionise medicine by unlocking the secrets of DNA is under way in centres across England. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 23:01:58 GMT
Whistle-blowers often victimised - MPs
The treatment of employees in public services who raise concerns about wrongdoing is often "shocking", a group of MPs says. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 23:08:31 GMT
Edinburgh Festival Fringe begins
Thousands of performers from across the world are in Edinburgh for the start of the world's biggest arts festival. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 23:31:57 GMT
Appeal over CBBC actor's killing
Police hunting for a man wanted over the stabbing of a children's TV actor offer a £10,000 reward for information leading to his arrest and prosecution. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 23:21:05 GMT
Exam body to check 'extra help' data
The exams regulator Ofqual is to collect information on how many private school students receive extra time in exams, compared with state pupils. Fri, 01 Aug 2014 00:22:46 GMT
VIDEO: Rare contact with remote Amazon tribe
A group of previously isolated indigenous people from the Amazon has come face to face with a settled community of villagers for the first time in the Brazilian state of Acre, according to authorities. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 16:19:24 GMT
VIDEO: Fighting hampers MH17 investigation
Heavy fighting between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russia rebels around Donetsk has prevented international experts from reaching the MH17 plane crash site. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 23:22:25 GMT
VIDEO: The rise and rise of video blogs
Members of the 'millennial generation' are finding ways to earn a living from skills they learned not at school, but on social media. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 11:11:29 GMT
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Lead in teeth can tell a body's tale, study finds
Your teeth can tell stories about you, and not just that you always forget to floss. The discovery could help police solve cold cases, an investigator has said. For instance, if an unidentified decomposed body is found, testing the lead in the teeth could immediately help focus the investigation on a certain geographic area. That way, law enforcement can avoid wasting resources checking for missing persons in the wrong places. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 11:09:46 EDT
Hubble shows farthest lensing galaxy yields clues to early universe
Astronomers have unexpectedly discovered the most distant galaxy that acts as a cosmic magnifying glass. Seen in a new image as it looked 9.6 billion years ago, this monster elliptical galaxy breaks the previous record holder by 200 million years. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 11:09:44 EDT
Pervasive implicit hierarchies for race, religion, age revealed by study
As much as social equality is advocated in the United States, a new study suggests that besides evaluating their own race and religion most favorably, people share implicit hierarchies for racial, religious, and age groups that may be different from their conscious, explicit attitudes and values. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 10:25:26 EDT
Effect of loud noises on brain revealed in study
Prolonged exposure to loud noise alters how the brain processes speech, potentially increasing the difficulty in distinguishing speech sounds, according to neuroscientists. Exposure to intensely loud sounds leads to permanent damage of the hair cells, which act as sound receivers in the ear. Once damaged, the hair cells do not grow back, leading to noise-induced hearing loss. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 10:25:24 EDT
Monoamine oxidase A: Biomarker for postpartum depression
Postpartum mood swings are correlated with high monoamine oxidase A binding, a study shows. For most women, the birth of their baby is one of the most strenuous but also happiest days in their lives. The vast majority of women experience a temporary drop in mood for a few days after birth. These symptoms of "baby blues" are not an illness; however, in some cases they can represent early signs of an imminent episode of depression: in 13 percent of mothers, the emotional turmoil experienced after childbirth leads to the development of a full-blown postpartum depression. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 10:25:20 EDT
Snowden Asks to Stay in Russia
Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden has applied to renew his political asylum status in Russia.
The temporary political asylum Snowden received last July was good only through midnight Thursday.
A lawyer in Russia representing Snowden said he can stay in the country at least until there is a decision on his application, and perhaps longer.
Russian authorities declined to say anything about an application, declining even to confirm an application from... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 21:30:54 -0400
Philadelphia Laundry Succeeds by Being Green
When Gabriel Mandujano opened Wash Cycle Laundry in Philadelphia four years ago, the 26-year-old social innovator had three goals in mind: making a profit, developing community and staying green. Four years later, he has not only succeeded in achieving these goals, but he is expanding the business as well.
It is hard not to notice them on the streets. Wearing bright orange T-shirts, Wash Cycle Laundry cyclists pick up and deliver laundry around Washington, pulling big... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:16:25 -0400
Washing Company is Green and Competitive
When Gabriel Mandujano opened Wash Cycle Laundry in Philadelphia four years ago, the 26-year-old social innovator had three goals in mind: making a profit, developing community and staying green. As Faiza Elmasry tells us, four years later, he has not only succeeded in achieving these goals, but he is expanding the business as well. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:06:00 -0400
Huge Gas Explosions Kill 15, Injure Hundreds in Taiwan
A series of massive gas explosions ripped through Taiwan's port city of Kaohsiung late Thursday, killing at least 15 people and injuring more than 200 others.
Taiwan's Premier Jiang Yi-huah said at least five explosions shook the city of 2.8 million residents, and that hundreds of soldiers were helping in rescue efforts.
Taipei's Central News Agency quoted President Mah Ying-jeou as linking the blasts to gas leaks in the sewage system of the city's Cianjhen... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 19:30:51 -0400
US to Evacuate at Least 1 American Ebola Victim from West Africa
An American aid worker who became sick with the Ebola virus in West Africa is returning to the United States within the next several days.
Hospital officials at Emory University confirmed the patient would be treated in a special isolation unit there, but declined to identify the person.
The university hospital in Atlanta, Georgia has one of only four such facilities in the United States, and has worked with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, to set up the special... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 19:01:43 -0400
This Day in History
Thu, 31 Jul 2014 07:00:00 +0200
Daniel Defoe Placed in a Pillory (1703)
Although Defoe achieved literary immortality with the novel Robinson Crusoe and is called the father of modern journalism, he also produced eloquent, witty, often audacious tracts on public affairs during his prolific writing career. After Defoe's publication of a pamphlet that ruthlessly satirized the High Church Tories, he was arrested and placed in a pillory. According to legend, what did Defoe's pillory audience throw at him instead of the customary harmful and noxious objects? Discuss
At UN-backed summit, least developed countries urge enhanced partnerships, aid commitments
At the closing today of a conference in Cotonou, Benin, ministers, senior Government officials and United Nations representatives called on donor countries to fulfil their commitments and go even further, by allocating at least 50 percent of their overseas development assistance (ODA) and “aid for trade” disbursement, to the world’s least developed countries (LDCs). Thu, 31 Jul 2014 18:42:54 EST
UN, US announce Gaza parties agree to 72-hour humanitarian ceasefire
All parties have agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire in the conflict in the Gaza Strip, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and United States Secretary of State John Kerry announced on Thursday, culminating the latest diplomatic push to end the deadly violence that has gripped the tiny enclave for nearly a month. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 12:44:06 EST
Thu, 31 Jul 2014 07:00:00 +0200
J.K. Rowling (1965)
Joanne Kathleen Rowling is the author of the Harry Potter book series, which has been credited with sparking an interest in reading at a time when children were thought to be abandoning books. She parlayed the series into a global brand, including the popular movie adaptations, worth an estimated $15 billion. All seven volumes of the series have broken sales records, and the last four have been the fastest-selling books in history. Where was Rowling when she first conceived the story? Discuss
Universal Pictures has set dates for two of its major 2016 releases. The Snow White and the Huntsman prequel, The Huntsman, will hit theaters on April 22, 2016 while Alex Kurtzman's The Mummy will move from that date to June 24, 2016.
Now playing in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, Woody Allen's latest, Magic in the Moonlight, begins its expansion this weekend, bringing fans a "Pygmalion"-influenced look at love and magic with an ensemble cast that includes Colin Firth, Emma Stone, Jacki Weaver and Hamish Linklater. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 15:06:00 -0500
Met Opera in late union talks
The Metropolitan Opera in New York says it hopes last minute negotiations with unions over a pay dispute will avoid a staff lockout. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 17:20:31 GMT
Make-up 'godfather' Dick Smith dies
Oscar-winning make-up artist Dick Smith, who memorably transformed Marlon Brando into Vito Corleone in The Godfather, has died aged 92. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 21:14:02 GMT
Israeli show cancelled after protest
An Israeli show at the Edinburgh Fringe is cancelled after only one performance following a protest by a pro-Palestinian group. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 10:06:19 GMT
US TV producer Halmi dies aged 90
Prolific US television producer Robert Halmi Sr, whose work won dozens of Emmy Awards, dies at the age of 90. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 08:54:17 GMT
Article of the Day
Thu, 31 Jul 2014 07:00:00 +0200
Duncan was a pioneer of modern dance. Though born in the US, she was never very popular there. It was in Europe where she achieved great acclaim. An innovator and liberator of expressive movement, Duncan rejected the conventions of classical ballet and gave lecture-demonstrations of what she called "the dance of the future." Inspired by the drama of ancient Greece, she danced barefoot while wearing revealing Greek tunics and flowing scarves. How did her fondness for scarves lead to her death? Discuss
Thu, 31 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT
Seismology is the scientific study of earthquakes—their origins, geographic distribution, and effects. Much of what we now know about the composition of the Earth and its internal structure comes from seismologic research. In recent years, seismologists have focused intense efforts on developing ways to predict earthquakes in hopes of minimizing casualties caused by seismic events. Unfortunately, a reliable method has yet to be developed. Why were six seismologists recently indicted in Italy?
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT
Zen is the Japanese name for a branch of Buddhism originally practiced in China. Legend states that an Indian monk named Bodhidharma traveled to China and declared to Emperor Wudi that meditation, not good deeds, is the path to enlightenment. Bodhidharma himself is said to have sat in constant meditation for nine years. His teachings—which emphasize breaking through the boundaries of logical thought—developed fully in Japan by the 12th century, where they came to be called Zen. What is "zazen"?
Eid marked by sorrow in the Gaza Strip
As many people around the world celebrated the end of Ramadan, in Gaza Strip - battered by weeks of fighting - the holiday was marked by tears. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:23:00 +0200
Hamas agrees to 24-hour Eid truce
Hamas has agreed to observe a 24-hour humanitarian truce after initially rejecting such an offer by Israel. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 13:18:00 +0200
Iraq, a nation in peril
The Iraq government is trying to reverse a three-way split of the country. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 11:11:00 +0200
Israel agrees to extend Gaza truce
Israel has extended the 12-hour truce by four hours after international powers called on it and Palestinian militants to extend the ceasefire. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 17:57:00 +0200
Marriage falls out of favour in Europe
Experts blame the economic crisis and changing social attitudes for the decline in weddings among young Europeans, as well as the falling birth rate. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0200
WASHINGTON - In a historic move, House Republicans are set to vote late Wednesday to authorize Speaker John Boehner's lawsuit against President Barack Obama for what they see as executive ... Wed, 30 Jul 2014 21:00:31 -0400
PHOENIX, Arizona - A woman passenger died in mysterious circumstances Wednesday while onboard a US Airways flight from Honolulu to Phoenix, authorities said. Officials said that the woman, in her ... Wed, 30 Jul 2014 21:03:26 -0400
WASHINGTON - The United States economy has logged more than expected growth in the second quarter, growing at a four percent annual rate after a sluggish winter, officials said Wednesday. The ... Wed, 30 Jul 2014 20:40:40 -0400
BUENOS AIRES/NEW YORK - Argentine Economy Minister Axel Kicillof hurried to New York on Tuesday to join last-ditch negotiations with a court-appointed mediator as the South American nation worked to ... Wed, 30 Jul 2014 20:54:25 -0400
TOKYO / NEW YORK - The Japanese automaker Toyota Motors Corporation emerged as the top seller in the first half of 2014 with a record sales tally of 5.1 million vehicles, a 3.8 percent increase ... Wed, 30 Jul 2014 21:46:11 -0400
Artist Turns Plastic Bags Into Art
Welcome to American Mosaic from VOA Learning English. I’m Caty Weaver.
Making art with found materials is not a new idea. Recycled paper, cloth and metal goods can become important pictures and sculptures. An artist near Washington, D.C. just had her recycled art on exhibit at the Prince George’s African American Museum and Cultural Center in Maryland. She uses a material found in every American home.
June Simms reports.
Plastic bags are not costly to... Fri, 01 Aug 2014 00:30:18 +0000
More Africans Seek Education in China
Tens of thousands of Africans are studying in China. The country provides students with financial assistance for education to develop skills that Africa needs most. And the system makes friends in Africa for the Chinese.
Violet Bwalya of Zambia is among the increasing number of Africans who are receiving financial help to study in China. She registered at Tongji University in Shanghai in September, 2013. The school is among the top universities in the country.
At a... Fri, 01 Aug 2014 00:10:31 +0000
Vietnam Uses Rap Music to Report the News
The Vietnamese media industry is changing as it faces growing competition from the Internet. One website has come up with a way to reach out to young people. It uses rap music to report the news.
That was the rap version of a report about the end of football’s World Cup in Brazil. To date, there have been nearly 20 editions of Rap News Plus. Most of the programs include stories covered in Vietnam’s traditional media.
Rap News Plus is published mainly... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:30:44 +0000
Dred Scott Ruling Opens the Whole Country to Slavery
From VOA Learning English, this is The Making of a Nation. I’m Kelly Jean Kelly.
And I’m Christopher Cruise.
Early in 1857, the United States Supreme Court announced one of its most important rulings: the case of a man named Dred Scott.
The ruling reversed an earlier law. And, it increased the country’s bitter dispute in the country about whether slavery should be legal.
Who was Dred Scott?
Dred Scott was born a slave in the southern state of... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:30:19 +0000
Liberia Closes Most Borders to Contain Ebola
Last weekend, the president of Liberia announced measures to try to contain the Ebola virus. President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said that her country is closing most of its borders. The few entry points that will remain open are Monrovia’s international airport, a provincial airport and three major over-land border crossings. She said all these entry points will have prevention and testing centers. She added that the Liberia Airport Authority will inspect all... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:05:15 +0000
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