'Repeat attack' at Jerusalem Gay Pride
Six people are stabbed at a Gay Pride march in Jerusalem and police arrest an ultra-Orthodox Jewish man they say attacked marchers in 2005. Thu, 30 Jul 2015 22:27:17 GMT
Move to end anti-icebreaker protest
The US Coast Guard begins an operation to remove Greenpeace protesters blocking an icebreaker from departing Portland, Oregon. Fri, 31 Jul 2015 01:36:27 GMT
HIV flushed out by cancer drug
HIV can be flushed out of its hiding places in the body using a cancer drug, researchers show. Thu, 30 Jul 2015 23:05:16 GMT
Plane debris to be sent to France
Debris found on an Indian Ocean island is to be sent to France to determine if it is from the missing airliner MH370, Malaysia's PM says. Thu, 30 Jul 2015 21:17:55 GMT
US inquiry into African lion killer
US officials launch an investigation into the killing of a lion in Zimbabwe but say they have been unable to reach the American involved. Thu, 30 Jul 2015 20:54:54 GMT
MoD land could help Calais delays
Ministry of Defence land could be made available to help relieve traffic problems in Kent caused by the migrant crisis in Calais, the BBC understands. Fri, 31 Jul 2015 01:01:53 GMT
Anti-slavery powers come into force
Key parts of new legislation to combat slavery in the UK - including life sentences for people traffickers - come into force in England and Wales. Thu, 30 Jul 2015 23:01:14 GMT
Kids Company charity in police probe
An investigation into a number of allegations of crime involving children's charity Kids Company has been launched by police, the BBC has learned. Thu, 30 Jul 2015 18:25:01 GMT
VIDEO: Robotic playground looks for fun
A team of robotic developers has built an interactive robotic climbing frame, that can roam designated play areas, ready for children to play with it. Thu, 30 Jul 2015 23:03:33 GMT
VIDEO: Experts investigate MH370 wreckage
Sixteen months after Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 vanished, a piece of an aircraft has been found on Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean. Thu, 30 Jul 2015 13:00:31 GMT
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California 'rain debt' equal to average full year of precipitation
A new study has concluded California accumulated a debt of about 20 inches of precipitation between 2012 and 2015 -- the average amount expected to fall in the state in a single year. The deficit was driven primarily by a lack of air currents moving inland from the Pacific Ocean that are rich in water vapor. Thu, 30 Jul 2015 22:00:33 EDT
Organic molecules on comets: Philae's first results from Churi prove surprising
Organic molecules never previously observed in comets, a relatively varied structure on the surface but a fairly homogeneous interior, organic compounds forming agglomerates rather than being dispersed in the ice: these are just some of first results provided by Philae on the surface of comet Churi. These in situ findings, which contain a wealth of completely new information, reveal several differences in comparison with previous observations of comets and current models. Thu, 30 Jul 2015 17:25:18 EDT
Research could lead to protective probiotics for frogs
In research that could lead to protective probiotics to fight the 'chytrid' fungus that has been decimating amphibian populations worldwide, researchers have grown bacterial species from the skin microbiome of four species of amphibians. Thu, 30 Jul 2015 17:23:51 EDT
Wisconsin's Voter ID Law Still Mired In Controversy
Voter ID laws have sparked controversy across the US. More than 30 states enacted laws requiring citizens to show identification before they vote. Against fierce opposition, the state of Wisconsin recently enacted one the most restrictive voter ID laws in country. As Jeff Swicord reports, no one can predict its impact as the 2016 election nears. Thu, 30 Jul 2015 21:05:00 -0400
Gerrymandering Creates Favorable Districts for Candidates
The Voting Rights Act of 1965 ensured federal enforcement of the right to vote for millions of African-Americans in many parts of the southern United States. Correspondent Chris Simkins reports on the current political debate over the practice of intentionally creating voting jurisdictions or districts that favor a candidate or one political party over another. Thu, 30 Jul 2015 21:05:00 -0400
Voting Rights Act Gave Minority Candidates Opportunity to Serve
The Voting Rights Act of 1965 was also a milestone for the American Civil Rights Movement -- creating thousands of black and minority politicians. Correspondent Chris Simkins introduces us to some some elected officials who -- without the Voting Rights Act -- would never have had the opportunity to serve their communities. Thu, 30 Jul 2015 21:05:00 -0400
Cancer Drug Shows Promise in Flushing Out Reservoirs of HIV
Highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) has been a game changer in the battle against HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.
It suppresses the deadly virus to virtually undetectable levels in the blood, so those being treated for HIV can live almost symptom-free for as long as they take the drugs.
However, if a patient stops therapy, there are silent reservoirs of HIV — undetected by the immune system — that spring to life and reignite the virus.
The latest avenue of research... Thu, 30 Jul 2015 20:26:34 -0400
Congress Heads for 5-Week Break With Stacks of Unfinished Business
Congress is heading out for a five-week summer recess in anything but a cheerful vacation mood, leaving behind a pile of unfinished business that all but guarantees a painful fall.
Not long after they return in September, lawmakers must vote on President Barack Obama's nuclear deal with Iran, a brutally divisive issue that many lawmakers expect will dominate voter town halls during their annual August break.
And, as more videos emerge showing disturbing fetal tissue collection... Thu, 30 Jul 2015 19:05:44 -0400
This Day in History
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 07:00:00 +0200
The First Defenestration of Prague (1419)
In 1419, a mob of Czech Hussites stormed the town hall of Prague and killed several members of the town council by throwing them out of a window—an act known as "defenestration." Spurred by discontent at the inequality between the peasants and the Church and nobility, the First Defenestration of Prague led to the prolonged Hussite Wars, which broke out shortly afterward and continued until 1436. What was the Second Defenestration of Prague? Discuss
Marking International Day of Friendship, UN chief hails power of the human spirit
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today praised a Paraguayan man whose “profound vision that the forces of animosity and hatred in our world are no match for the power of the human spirit” led to the creation of the International Day of Friendship, which falls on July 30 every year. Thu, 30 Jul 2015 15:03:30 EST
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 07:00:00 +0200
Fatima Jinnah (1893)
Commonly known in Pakistan as Khatoon-e-Pakistan and Madar-e-Millat—Urdu for "Lady of Pakistan" and "Mother of the Nation," respectively—Jinnah was the sister of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan, and an active figure in the movement for independence from the British Raj. She remained politically active after her brother's death and even ran for president in 1965, though she lost by a narrow margin. What was Jinnah's occupation before she became involved in politics? Discuss
Top Gear: Ex-hosts sign Amazon deal
Former Top Gear hosts Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May sign up to present a new show on Amazon's streaming service. Thu, 30 Jul 2015 16:49:06 GMT
Ai Weiwei denied six-month UK visa
Dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei is refused a six-month visa by the British government amid claims he lied on his visa application form. Thu, 30 Jul 2015 12:26:21 GMT
Rolling Stone sued over rape article
University of Virginia fraternity members profiled in a false Rolling Stone piece about campus rape culture file a lawsuit against the magazine. Thu, 30 Jul 2015 08:28:27 GMT
Gina McKee warns over wasted talent
Actress Gina McKee backs a scheme to give all children in the north-east of England a taste of the arts to make sure young talent does not go untapped. Thu, 30 Jul 2015 08:17:53 GMT
Thunderbirds 'return' for anniversary
Gerry Anderson's Thunderbirds are set to return to the site where they were originally created to mark the show's 50th anniversary. Thu, 30 Jul 2015 05:01:49 GMT
Yoga show fined over cancer claim
Ofcom fines a digital TV channel £25,000 after Yoga for You viewers are told basil leaves and black pepper can prevent cancer. Thu, 30 Jul 2015 11:59:43 GMT
Banksy street art up for auction
Murals believed to have been left by elusive street artist Banksy on walls in Detroit and Bethlehem are to be auctioned in Los Angeles in September. Wed, 29 Jul 2015 14:41:02 GMT
Article of the Day
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 07:00:00 +0200
The Edo Period
Edo, now named Tokyo, was the seat of power during the reign of the Tokugawa shogunate (1603-1867). This period brought much needed stability to Japan. The shogun's national authority, combined with the daimyo's regional authority, permitted the administration of both centralized and decentralized authorities. Literacy spread, farming techniques improved, and interregional trade expanded during this period; nevertheless, the last Tokugawa shogun resigned in 1867 because of what pressures? Discuss
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 05:00:00 GMT
Fenugreek, known also as Methi, is a crop plant grown as a potherb and for the spice made from its seeds. It grows wild from the eastern Mediterranean area to China and is used in a wide variety of foods there. Fenugreek seeds are widely used as a milk producing agent by nursing mothers and recent experiments indicate it may be a useful tool in the fight against cancer and diabetes. In 2009, fenugreek was discovered to be the source of what kind of smell wafting over New York City?
Wed, 29 Jul 2015 05:00:00 GMT
Mazzini was an Italian patriot, revolutionist, and an outstanding figure of the Risorgimento, the era of nationalism and activism that led to Italy's unification. In his youth, he devoted himself to literary and philosophical studies and later joined the Carbonari, a secret society with political purposes. He was imprisoned, went into exile, and founded Giovine Italia, a secret society that pushed for a united Italian republic. How did Mazzini's contributions factor into the formation of the EU?
Mundane reality of martyrs
A group of British youths went to guard duty in Syria - now the last of Portsmouth's self-styled al-Britani Brigade Bangladeshi Bad Boys has died. Fri, 31 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0200
WASHINGTON - A boost in consumer spending has given the American economy a much needed momentum which helped it to expand at a solid pace of 2.3 percent, according to the data released Thursday. ... Thu, 30 Jul 2015 21:57:11 -0400
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. A US dentist, Walter Palmer, has become the target of a torrent of internet rage and criticism for shooting dead a prized lion at a Zimbabwe sanctuary even as there were mounting ... Thu, 30 Jul 2015 00:25:27 -0400
WASHINGTON - The US Federal Reserve said the country's economy and job market have continued to improve since June, and hinted that interest rates could be raised later this year, but missed giving a ... Wed, 29 Jul 2015 23:00:57 -0400
NEW YORK - Health authorities in New York City are tracking an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease, which has killed two people and sickened dozens of others in the South Bronx, the New York Department ... Thu, 30 Jul 2015 01:01:42 -0400
Feathertop by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Our story today is called “Feathertop.” It was written by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Here is Shep O’Neal with the story.
The long cold winter was gone at last. At first the cold nights went away slowly. Then suddenly, the warm days of spring started to come. There was new life again in the earth. Things started to grow and come up. For the first time, green corn plants began to show. They pushed through the soil and could now be seen above the ground.
After the long winter... Thu, 30 Jul 2015 20:03:42 +0000
Taliban Confirms Death of Leader Mullah Omar
Taliban Confirms Death of Leader Mullah Omar
The Taliban officially confirmed Thursday that its founder and leader, Mullah Omar, is dead. The Taliban Supreme Council also named Mullah Akhtar Mansoor as its new leader.
The Taliban did not indicate when Mullah Omar died. On Wednesday, the Afghan government said he died two years ago.
Earlier Thursday, the Pakistani government said Afghan peace talks would be postponed at the request of the Afghan... Thu, 30 Jul 2015 20:01:45 +0000
China Holding Military Exercises in South China Sea
China held a military exercise in the South China Sea this week and will hold another on Saturday. One of the exercises on Tuesday was said to have involved more than 100 ships, including some with nuclear devices.
Chinese state media reported that many ships took part in the “live-fire” exercises on Tuesday. They reported that many aircraft and “several missile launch battalions” with an “unknown number of information-warfare troops” also took part.
China’s defense... Thu, 30 Jul 2015 20:01:13 +0000
Changing Arctic Conditions Threaten Polar Bears
American researchers spent two summers studying polar bears on the Arctic sea ice. They found that sea ice, where polar bears spend much of their lives, is melting faster than experts predicted it would. The researchers say this change in the animals’ home territory is threatening their survival.
The scientists published a report on their study in the journal Science. The report says polar bears face a difficult future unless countries reduce air pollution.
Polar bears... Thu, 30 Jul 2015 20:00:50 +0000
US Student Filmmakers Fight Racial Stereotypes
Over the last few months, a group of American high school students produced a film that explores racial stereotypes. The students wanted to show how problems can result from having ideas about a person based only on his or her race. They also wanted the film to provide possible solutions.
Racial stereotypes are painful
The students all attend Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School in Maryland. It is known locally as BCC. The film is called “I, Too, Am BCC.” It looks at the school's... Thu, 30 Jul 2015 20:00:30 +0000
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