Obama pushes Putin on Crimea talks
US President Obama urges diplomacy in a telephone call with Russia's President Putin, who says the Ukraine crisis should not damage relations. Fri, 07 Mar 2014 09:21:09 GMT
Anwar sodomy acquittal overturned
A Malaysian court overturns the acquittal of opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim on sodomy charges, upholding a government appeal. Fri, 07 Mar 2014 10:02:58 GMT
Malaria 'spreading to new altitudes'
Warmer temperatures are causing malaria to spread in the African and South American highlands, traditionally havens from the disease, scientists say. Fri, 07 Mar 2014 01:13:24 GMT
Venezuela expels Panama diplomats
Venezuela expels Panama's ambassador and three others as President Nicolas Maduro accuses the country of meddling amid ongoing opposition rallies. Fri, 07 Mar 2014 05:12:08 GMT
Sochi ready for biggest Paralympics
Russia will welcome the sporting world back to Sochi on Friday when the opening ceremony takes place for the Winter Paralympics. Fri, 07 Mar 2014 06:59:03 GMT
Apology over level crossing deaths
Network Rail offers a "full and unreserved apology" to families bereaved by level crossing accidents, as MPs criticise its handling of deaths in the past. Fri, 07 Mar 2014 09:24:24 GMT
Lawyers stage second cuts walk-out
Thousands of lawyers opposed to legal aid cuts in England and Wales are staging their second walkout this year. Fri, 07 Mar 2014 09:49:25 GMT
Worker dies in Crossrail tunnel
A 43-year-old construction worker is killed down a tunnel at one of the Crossrail construction sites in central London. Fri, 07 Mar 2014 09:18:32 GMT
VIDEO: BBC on board blockaded Ukrainian ship
The BBC's Christian Fraser has gained rare access to the Ukrainian fleet stranded in the Crimean port of Sevastopol, surrounded by Russian forces. Thu, 06 Mar 2014 19:57:51 GMT
VIDEO: Policing 'damaged' by Lawrence probe
The father of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence has expressed his fears that the truth will not emerge from a public inquiry into undercover policing. Fri, 07 Mar 2014 06:09:44 GMT
VIDEO: Clifford 'bullied women into sex'
PR consultant Max Clifford used his contacts with famous people "to bully and manipulate" people into sexual acts with him, a court hears as his trial opens. Thu, 06 Mar 2014 22:43:03 GMT
VIDEO: Obama pushes Putin on Crimea talks
US President Barack Obama urges President Vladimir Putin to seek a diplomatic solution to the Ukraine crisis, as the country prepares to announces its position on the Sochi Winter Paralympics. Fri, 07 Mar 2014 06:43:01 GMT
Complications following surgery predict costly readmissions
The presence -- or absence -- of complications following surgery is a strong indicator of which patients are likely to be readmitted to the hospital in the 30 days following their procedure. Predicting which patients are most likely to experience complications using a simple online tool may allow healthcare professionals to flag patients at high risk of readmission in real time and alter care to reduce expensive trips back to the hospital. Thu, 06 Mar 2014 11:23:01 EST
computers used to 'see' neurons to better understand brain function
A study reveals new information about the motor circuits of the brain that may one day help those developing therapies to treat conditions such as stroke, schizophrenia, spinal cord injury or Alzheimer's disease. In this study, which processed images and reconstructed neuronal motor circuitry in the brain, the researchers collected and analyzed data on minute structures over various developmental stages, linking neuroscience and computer science. Thu, 06 Mar 2014 11:22:59 EST
Earth's mantle plasticity explained
The Earth's mantle is a solid layer that undergoes slow, continuous convective motion. But how do these rocks deform, thus making such motion possible, given that minerals such as olivine (the main constituent of the upper mantle) do not exhibit enough defects in their crystal lattice to explain the deformations observed in nature? Scientists have provided an unexpected answer to this question. It involves little known and hitherto neglected crystal defects, known as 'disclinations', which are located at the boundaries between the mineral grains that make up rocks. Thu, 06 Mar 2014 11:22:28 EST
Misplaced protein causes heart failure
Decreasing the density of microtubules inside heart muscle cells prevents the abnormal localization of a critical protein called junctophilin 2 (JP2), and protects mice from heart failure, new research has found. Conversely, increasing microtubule density causes abnormal localization of JP2, which leads to loss of normal heart cell function and ultimately heart failure. Thu, 06 Mar 2014 10:39:35 EST
Strategies on the Internet to discredit generic drugs
Although there is widespread consensus among the scientific community that the composition of generic drugs is identical to that of brand name drugs, this is not the case among the public. In a four-year study of over 3,000 opinions on Spanish web pages, researchers have identified communication strategies aimed at creating risk perceptions about generic drugs, which may influence the low usage of these drugs. Thu, 06 Mar 2014 10:39:27 EST
Crimean Referendum Stirs Passions
Witnesses and Western analysts say thousands of Russian military personnel have crossed into Crimea since last week, setting off a groundswell of Western condemnation against Russian President Vladimir Putin, and warnings of stiff penalties if Moscow fails to withdraw.
Russian and pro-Russian forces in Crimea continue to consolidate their hold of the region, reinforcing barricades around Ukrainian military bases and scuttling a ship to block the Ukrainian navy.
The military... Fri, 07 Mar 2014 04:34:53 -0500
Indonesia Battles Raging Forest Fires, Takes Heat On Transboundary Haze
Forest fires in the Indonesian province of Riau continue to rage a week after a state of emergency was declared. From Jakarta, the central government makes efforts to fight the flames - and the thorny issue of transnational haze.
Over the past week, the government has employed water-bombing planes and cloud seeding in an attempt to control the fires roaring through Riau’s forests, but a reported 8,000 hectares remains engulfed in flames.
Speaking from Riau’s capital of... Fri, 07 Mar 2014 03:53:06 -0500
Russian Assembly Speaker Pledges Support if Crimea Votes to Join Russia
Russia's upper house of parliament declared that it will support Crimea's decision if the Ukrainian region decides in a referendum to join Russia, RIA Novosti cited the head of the Federation Council as saying.
"If the people of Crimea take the decision in the referendum to join Russia, we, as the upper house [of parliament], will of course support such a decision," Valentina Matviyenko, head of the Russian Federation Council, was quoted as saying.
The... Fri, 07 Mar 2014 02:44:42 -0500
Erdogan: Turkey Could Ban Facebook and YouTube
Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey could ban Facebook and YouTube, which he claims have been abused by his political enemies, after local elections on March 30.
Erdogan is locked in a power struggle with the U.S.-based Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen, a former ally who Erdogan claims is behind a stream of "fabricated" audio recordings posted on the Internet allegedly revealing corruption in his inner circle.
"We are determined on this subject. We will... Fri, 07 Mar 2014 02:28:06 -0500
Obama Phones Putin on Ukraine, Offers Diplomatic Solutions
U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin found little common ground during an hour-long phone call to discuss the crisis in Ukraine.During the call Thursday, the White House says President Obama told Mr. Putin the presence of Russian forces in the Crimean Peninsula is a violation of Ukraine's sovereignty. It is the first known direct contact between the leaders since Russian military personnel appeared in the Ukrainian territory Saturday, following the ouster of... Fri, 07 Mar 2014 01:52:25 -0500
This Day in History
Fri, 07 Mar 2014 06:00:00 +0100
Ellen Turner Abducted in Forced Marriage Ploy (1826)
At just 15 years of age, Ellen Turner, the eligible daughter of a wealthy English mill owner, caught the attention of Edward Gibbon Wakefield. Following his wife's death, he hatched a plan to kidnap and marry Turner, thereby gaining access to her sizeable inheritance. After convincing the mistresses at Turner's boarding school that her father had sent for her, Wakefield abducted the young girl and married her. Turner's family, however, soon had him arrested. What became of Wakefield? Discuss
Ukraine 'a country on edge,' says UN deputy chief, urging dialogue among all parties
Describing strife-torn Ukraine as “a country on edge”, Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson today called for an end to the “provocative rhetoric” that was stoking tensions there, and stressed the readiness of the United Nations to facilitate meaningful dialogue among all the key parties to help ease the crisis. Thu, 06 Mar 2014 00:00:00 EST
South Sudan: UN mission concerned about gunfire near Juba base
Concerned by gunfire near its compound in Juba, the United Nations peacekeeping mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has called on all parties to respect the work and inviolability of UN premises, which are protecting some 43,000 civilians in its sites in the capital. Thu, 06 Mar 2014 00:00:00 EST
Civilian protection stressed as Security Council mulls UN force in Central African Republic
Top United Nations officials today underscored the need for urgent action to confront the myriad challenges facing the Central African Republic (CAR), as the Security Council considered Secretary-General Ban Ki-moons proposals for deploying a peacekeeping mission that will be tasked, first and foremost, with protecting civilians in the strife-torn nation. Thu, 06 Mar 2014 00:00:00 EST
Fri, 07 Mar 2014 06:00:00 +0100
Rudi Dutschke (1940)
Dutschke was an important figure in the Socialist German Student Union and the most prominent spokesperson of the left-wing German student movement of the 1960s, a movement aimed at creating a more democratic society. In 1968, Dutschke survived an assassination attempt, in which a disgruntled anti-communist shot him in the head. Dutschke lived more than a decade before suffering a seizure in the bathtub and drowning on December 24, 1979. How had his shooting disrupted a German newspaper empire? Discuss
FX's Archer Renewed for Two More Seasons
Now in the middle of its fifth season, FX's Emmy and Annie Award nominated "Archer" has just been renewed for a sixth and seventh! The announcement arrived today from Eric Schrier and Nick Grad, Presidents of Original Programming for FX Networks and FX Productions Fri, 07 Mar 2014 11:05:31 +0100
13th Tribeca Film Festival Announces Full Line-Up of Films
It's that time of year again and what's becoming one of New York's premiere film festivals, the 13th annual Tribeca Film Festival (TFF) , is getting ready to kick off the spring, running from April 16 to April 27, with the announcement of the full line of films playing both in competition and outside competition. Fri, 07 Mar 2014 11:05:31 +0100
Sony Pictures Takes Grasshopper Jungle
Sony Pictures has acquired the big screen rights to the recently-released Andrew Smith novel, Grasshopper Jungle . Published just last month, the book is officially described as follows: Fri, 07 Mar 2014 11:05:31 +0100
Playwright Chris Boal to Rewrite Zorro Reboot
Columbia Pictures is moving forward with their proposed reboot of the Zorro franchise. Deadline reports that they've hired playwright-turned-screenwriter Chris Boal (the brother of The Hurt Locker scribe Mark Boal) to rewrite the draft previously scripted by Matthew Federman and Stephen Scaia, in turn based on the 2005 Isabel Allende novel that served as a mock biography of he fictional character. That book is officially described as follows: Fri, 07 Mar 2014 11:05:31 +0100
Wolf takes over Lloyd Webber theatre
The stage versions of Hilary Mantel's historical novels Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies are to transfer in May to the West End theatre currently hosting Andrew Lloyd Webber's latest musical. Thu, 06 Mar 2014 06:51:48 GMT
Tony Robinson wins kids' book prize
Weird World of Wonders: World War II wins Tony Robinson a Blue Peter Book Award, as World Book Day organisers reveal the top 50 life-changing teen reads. Thu, 06 Mar 2014 13:08:59 GMT
Article of the Day
Fri, 07 Mar 2014 06:00:00 +0100
Bonsai, Japanese for "tray planting," refers both to the art of cultivating dwarf trees and to trees grown by this method. Such trees are not naturally miniature—they are kept small with cultivation methods like pruning and tying branches with wire to "train" them. The art originated in China but has been developed primarily by the Japanese. Bonsai may live for a century or more and are passed from generation to generation as valued heirlooms. What harmed many of Japan's bonsai trees in 1923? Discuss
Fri, 7 Mar 2014 05:00:00 GMT
Curling is a team sport in which players slide heavy stones with handles toward a target or "tee." The stones closest to the tee at the end of play earn points. After a stone is hurled, players called "sweepers" use special brooms to sweep the ice ahead of the stone. This affords them some measure of control over the stone's trajectory and allows them to get it closer to the tee or even knock away or block the opposing team's stones. Though curling is very popular in Canada, it originated where?
Thu, 6 Mar 2014 05:00:00 GMT
Iambic Pentameter: Shakespeare's Rhythm
Shakespeare's plays are written largely in iambic pentameter, a poetic meter in which each pair of syllables contains an unstressed syllable and a stressed syllable. It creates a rhythm like that of a human heartbeat: lubb-dupp. Strictly speaking, iambic pentameter refers to five iambs in a row, but poets vary their iambic pentameter a great deal. A common departure is the addition of a final unstressed syllable, which Shakespeare uses in one of his most famous lines. Which line is it?
UN in bid to rebottle cannabis genie
The UN has launched a counteroffensive drug laws around the world, warning that cannabis legalisation poses a danger to public health. Fri, 07 Mar 2014 00:00:00 +0200
EU warns Russia of possible sanctions
If the situation in Ukraine has not been addressed appropriately, EU leaders say the organisation might place resctrictions on Russia. Wed, 05 Mar 2014 11:14:00 +0200
KABUL, Afghanistan - An American airstrike in Afghanistan's restive Logar province left at least five Afghan soldiers dead, in an incident that is likely to further deteriorate testy ties between the ... Thu, 06 Mar 2014 17:23:09 -0500
SEVASTOPOL, Ukraine - Crimean parliament Thursday voted to join Russia but left the final decision with the people, calling a referendum on March 26 whether the Black Sea peninsula should secede from ... Thu, 06 Mar 2014 17:24:16 -0500
FORT BRAGG, North Carolina - A US army general, who previously commandeered troops in Afghanistan, has pleaded guilty to three lesser charges including having an affair with his female captain 17 ... Thu, 06 Mar 2014 17:17:57 -0500
WASHINGTON - Irish drugmaker Endo Pharmaceuticals Thursday received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) approval for its long-acting testosterone injection Aveed, which had been rejected thrice ... Thu, 06 Mar 2014 19:32:23 -0500
SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine - United Nations special envoy Robert Serry Wednesday decided to leave Ukraine after abruptly ending his mission in the crisis-ridden country following a confrontation with armed ... Wed, 05 Mar 2014 17:47:57 -0500
Dams Under Debate in China, Burma and Elsewhere
From VOA Learning English, this is As It Is.
Welcome back. I’m Caty Weaver.
Today on the show: concerns and disputes about dam building projects in Asia.
A major environmental group is worried about possible harm from a dam planned in Laos on the Mekong River. The dam would provide electricity for Laos and neighboring Cambodia. The World Wide Fund for Nature says it is not against the dam completely. It wants to find a better location for... Fri, 07 Mar 2014 02:32:35 +0000
Ellen DeGeneres Makes History at the Oscars and In China
Welcome to American Mosaic from VOA Learning English.
I’m June Simms.
Last week, the show was all about the Oscars. This week we talk about the host of that ceremony, comedian Ellen DeGeneres. She broke an Internet record last Sunday and she’s making history in China too.
Then, we tell about a museum in Virginia that helps tell the story of slavery in America and now has an Academy Award connection.
"We Crashed And Broke... Fri, 07 Mar 2014 00:30:47 +0000
Andrew Jackson Takes on the Bank of the US
From VOA Learning English, welcome to The Making of a Nation, our weekly program of American history for people learning English. I’m Steve Ember.
This week we continue the story of the presidency of Andrew Jackson.
Jackson took office in 1829. He was popular with many voters. They saw him as the symbol of the common man. But Jackson’s first term seemed to be mostly a political battle with his vice president, John C. Calhoun.
As his presidency went on, another struggle began. This... Thu, 06 Mar 2014 00:30:31 +0000
New York Museum Displays Iraqi Jewish History
Hello and welcome back to the program designed to help you learn and improve your American English. I’m Jim Tedder in Washington. Today we are going to make some money! We will visit a place not far from the VOA studios to find out how U.S. paper money is made. We will also learn how officials protect the real money from being imitated by counterfeiters.
But first, the story of some things that may be more valuable than money to some people who once lived in... Thu, 06 Mar 2014 00:30:19 +0000
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