Solemn ceremony for MH17 victims
The Netherlands receives the first victims' bodies from crashed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in a solemn ceremony at Eindhoven air base. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:42:52 GMT
Hamas ties ceasefire to blockade
Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal says there can be no ceasefire in Gaza without an end to Israel's economic blockade, as fighting continues. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:11:41 GMT
Arizona execution takes two hours
US death row inmate Joseph Wood takes almost two hours to die in Arizona's death chamber, and the state governor orders an inquiry. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:53:19 GMT
Dozens killed in Taiwan plane crash
More than 40 people die when a TransAsia Airways passenger plane crashes after making a failed emergency landing in Taiwan, local officials say. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:56:35 GMT
Commonwealth Games begin in Glasgow
The 2014 Commonwealth Games opening ceremony takes place at Celtic Park in Glasgow, with events starting on Thursday. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:48:01 GMT
Warning over NHS trust finances
Nineteen NHS trusts have been referred to ministers after auditors raised concerns about their financial health. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:04:04 GMT
'Risk of debt peril' when rates rise
A "relatively benign" rise in interest rates still has the potential to double the number of households facing debt problems, a think tank has said. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:00:03 GMT
Four suicides at 'crisis' prison
A Nottinghamshire jail where four inmates killed themselves in less than a year is described as a "prison in crisis" in a report. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:04:58 GMT
Paracetamol for back pain questioned
Taking paracetamol for lower back pain does not improve recovery time or provide any greater pain relief than using a placebo, scientists say. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:55:37 GMT
VIDEO: Last journey of Costa Concordia
The BBC's Alan Johnston reports on the journey so far of the wrecked cruise ship Costa Concordia as it is towed to Genoa for scrapping. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:16:41 GMT
Vasculature of the hive: How honey bees stay cool
Honey bees, especially the young, are highly sensitive to temperature and to protect developing bees, adults work together to maintain temperatures within a narrow range. New research also supports the theoretical construct of the bee hive as a superorganism — an entity in which its many members carry out specialized and vital functions to keep the whole functioning as a unit. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:19:12 EDT
Spinach could lead to alternative energy more powerful than Popeye
Spinach gave Popeye super strength, but it also holds the promise of a different power for a group of scientists: the ability to convert sunlight into a clean, efficient alternative fuel. Physicists are using spinach to study the proteins involved in photosynthesis, the process by which plants convert the sun's energy into carbohydrates used to power cellular processes. Artificial photosynthesis could allow for the conversion of solar energy into renewable, environmentally friendly hydrogen-based fuels. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:20:23 EDT
Chinese National Pleads Guilty to US Arms Smuggling
A Chinese national pleaded guilty in a U.S. federal court in New Mexico Wednesday on charges of trying to smuggle military sensors to China.
Bo Cai faces up to 35 years in prison when he is sentenced at a later date.
Bo worked for a technology company in China when he schemed with his cousin, a student in the United States, to acquire sensors the Pentagon uses for such military purposes as motion control systems.
He flew to the United States, and agents arrested him in Los Angeles... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:45:02 -0400
US Bioterror Lab Director Resigns After Anthrax Scare
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say the director of the laboratory that released anthrax by mistake last month has left the agency.
The CDC said Michael Farrell, the head of its Bioterror Rapid Response and Advanced Technology Laboratory, resigned Tuesday, after a mix-up in June potentially exposed dozens of people to the deadly bacteria.
Potentially 80 government lab workers were exposed to anthrax when samples of the bacteria were released before they were... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:15:11 -0400
Kerry to Stay in Middle East Amid Progress on Gaza Cease-fire
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will spend another day in Egypt Thursday as he works with regional foreign ministers and heads of state to end violence in the Gaza Strip that has killed nearly 700 Palestinians. Thirty four people, mostly soldiers have died on the Israeli side.
A senior State Department official says Secretary Kerry will stay in Cairo at least through Friday morning, because he says there has been "some progress in moving towards" a cease-fire over the last 24... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:40:04 -0400
UN Appeals for $10M in Emergency Food Aid for Gaza
The United Nations' World Food Program is appealing for $10 million in emergency aid to help Palestinian civilians facing food shortages in Gaza.
WFP officials say 115,000 people are in urgent need of food assistance with ready-to-eat meals starting to run out.
There are also shortages of fresh drinking water and electricity.
The WFP says it is airlifting food from Dubai and is also electronically distributing vouchers to civilians to buy food from shops that still have... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:39:45 -0400
Ukraine Rebel Commander Acknowledges Fighters Had BUK Missiles
A powerful rebel leader in Ukraine has confirmed that pro-Russian separatists had an anti-aircraft missile of the type Washington says was used to shoot down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 and it could have originated in Russia.
In an interview with Reuters, Alexander Khodakovsky, commander of the Vostok Battalion, acknowledged for the first time since the airliner was brought down in eastern Ukraine on Thursday that the rebels did possess the BUK missile system and said it could have been... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:13:00 -0400
This Day in History
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 07:00:00 +0200
Prince Andrew, Duke of York, Marries Sarah Ferguson (1986)
Prince Andrew is the third child and second son of Queen Elizabeth II. He has held the title of Duke of York since his marriage to Sarah Ferguson in 1986. Initially, the Duke and Duchess, who had known each other since childhood, appeared to have a happy marriage, but problems soon surfaced—along with tabloid pictures showing the Duchess cavorting with her financial advisor. They were officially divorced in 1996. Where does Prince Andrew sit in the line of succession to the British throne? Discuss
Ethiopia faces wave of refugees from South Sudan, warns UN relief official
South Sudan is the most rapidly deteriorating humanitarian crisis in the world today, according to a senior United Nations relief operations official who made an urgent appeal for desperately-needed funding for Ethiopia, which hosts 180,000 mostly women and children South Sudanese refugees. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:14:27 EST
Iraq: UN envoy demands Islamist forces end ‘horrific terrorist acts’
The top United Nations official in Iraq called today on the Security Council to demand that the Islamist forces – in control of more than a third of the country's territory – cease all hostilities and to ensure that those responsible for "horrific terrorist acts" are held to account. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:13:50 EST
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 07:00:00 +0200
Raymond Chandler (1888)
Chandler was an American novelist who had an immense impact on the detective genre. His well-plotted and brutally realistic novels, among them The Big Sleep, depict the seedy lowlife of Los Angeles and feature Philip Marlowe, a hard-boiled yet honorable private detective who became the prototype for the tough-guy private eye of many subsequent American detective novels. Before beginning his fiction writing career in the 1930s, Chandler held an executive position in what industry? Discuss
Marvel Studios has debuted two concept posters for Avengers: Age of Ultron which they are handing out during Preview Night at the San Diego Comic-Con. You can check them out below! Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:21:00 -0500
Marvel Studios has released (via EW) new concept art for Ant-Man which you can view below! Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:01:00 -0500
Marvel Studios Adds Yet Another Movie to 2018!
It appears that Marvel Studios was not quite done announcing release dates for its upcoming movies just yet. Last week, the studio added five movies to its slate, and today they have announced that May 4, 2018 will see another entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Sony Pictures had previously scheduled The Amazing Spider-Man 4 for the May 4 date, but with today's announcement that The Amazing Spider-Man 3 was being pushed back to 2018, that will no longer be the case. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:09:00 -0500
ComingSoon.net and SuperHeroHype are attending the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con this week and we've got even more photos for you from both inside and outside the convention in our gallery below! Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:27:00 -0500
Character actress Dora Bryan dies
Dora Bryan, the actress whose career encompassed theatre, film and TV's Last of the Summer Wine, has died near Brighton at the age of 91. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:48:10 GMT
Adele wins damages over photos of son
Lawyers representing Adele's two-year old son, Angelo Adkins, accept a five-figure sum in damages to settle a privacy case over paparazzi photos marking his "milestone moments". Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:12:45 GMT
BBC trials high-frame-rate TV
The BBC is experimenting with new ways to deliver TV coverage of live events, with a series of trials at the Commonwealth Games. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:41:02 GMT
Commonwealth edged out of Booker
Commonwealth writers are sidelined from the Man Booker Prize longlist with US authors, including Joshua Ferris and Richard Powers, included for the first time. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:44:42 GMT
Somali musician-MP is shot dead
Popular Somali musician and member of parliament Saado Ali Warsame is shot dead by Islamist militants in the capital, Mogadishu. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:54:19 GMT
Billy Joel to receive Gershwin prize
Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Billy Joel is to receive the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, the US Library of Congress announces. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 08:25:57 GMT
Dog's life for Pudsey film flop
A film based on Pudsey, the dancing dog winner of Britain's Got Talent, flops at the UK box office as Dawn of the Planet of the Apes dominates the weekend. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:28:48 GMT
Paedophile singer appeal bid refused
Judges throw out an appeal by paedophile rock star Ian Watkins to reduce the length of his jail term for child sex offences. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:34:08 GMT
Article of the Day
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 07:00:00 +0200
Human blood is classified according to the presence or absence of specific markers, called antigens, on the surface of red blood cells. The most commonly encountered blood group system is the ABO system, which classifies blood based on the presence or absence of two antigens, A and B. There are four blood types in this grouping, A, B, AB, and O. Type AB indicates the presence of both antigens and O the absence of both. What do the symbols + and – represent in the classification of blood? Discuss
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT
The Hanging Gardens of Babylon
The Hanging Gardens were one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. According to legend, Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar II built the gardens around 600 BCE to soothe his wife, who was homesick for her mountainous homeland. Though extensively documented by ancient historians, no extant Babylonian texts mention the gardens, and there is little physical evidence of their existence. Alternative theories suggest that the gardens were built by the Assyrian king Sennacherib near what modern city?
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT
The sixth king of Babylonia, Hammurabi founded an empire that was eventually destroyed by raids from Asia Minor. He is best remembered for his code of laws, which addresses issues like business and family relations, labor, private property, and personal injuries. Though generally humanitarian, Hammurabi's Code relies on the retributive "eye for an eye" theory of punishment. A nearly complete version of the code, carved on a diorite column, was recovered in 1902. Where can you visit it today?
TEL AVIV/GAZA - The United States upped its diplomatic efforts Wednesday to broker a ceasefire between Hamas and Israel amid continued bombardment of the Gaza Strip by the Israeli military that has ... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:50:03 -0400
TEHRAN With a final agreement on Tehran's nuclear programme still elusive, Iran said that talks with the six world powers would resume in early September. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad ... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:45:21 -0400
WASHINGTON - The US economic growth this year is expected to be a "disappointing 1.7 percent", the International Monetary Fund said Wednesday in its annual report, further lowering its forecast for ... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:39:58 -0400
WASHINGTON - US aerospace and defence giant Boeing Wednesday raised its full-year profit outlook for 2014 with second quarter net profits rising 52 percent to $1.65 billion from the same period last ... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:36:19 -0400
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - Police have arrested three teenage boys and charged them with beating to death two homeless men in Albuquerque, New Mexico, police said Tuesday. The three boys aged 15, ... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:47:44 -0400
Former General Challenges Widodo's Victory in Indonesia
The unsuccessful candidate in the Indonesian presidential election has decided to challenge -- or officially dispute -- the result. Former Army General Prabowo Subianto will ask the country’s Constitutional Court to overturn the vote count.
His spokesman announced his decision on Wednesday. The announcement came a day after the country’s election commission named former Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo the winner of the July 9th vote.
Mr. Subianto said he believes many... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:30:44 +0000
Buchanan Considered One of the Worst US Presidents
From VOA Learning English, this is The Making of a Nation. I’m Kelly Jean Kelly.
And I’m Christopher Cruise.
James Buchanan was sworn in as president in 1857. He was almost 66 years old. At the time, Buchanan was the oldest person ever elected president. He was also the only president who never married.
Buchanan had a successful political career before he became president. But his administration struggled – and failed – to stop the... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:30:31 +0000
Housing Costs Push Hong Kong Residents to the Rooftop
Rising housing prices in Hong Kong are hurting low-income residents. Many people who live in the city are being forced into unsafe and illegal living conditions.
Some Hong Kong residents have built low-cost dwellings on the roofs --top levels -- of high buildings. They may pay rent -- make periodic payments -- for these poor living spaces to owners they do not trust. The dwellings have poor protection against extreme heat and other dangerous weather. And the... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:10:33 +0000
Former Agent Blames Politics for US Immigration Crisis
The American government says people in Central America are coming to the United States because they believe they will be permitted to stay if they claim they are refugees escaping violence.
But this is not true.
A former U.S. immigration officer says actions being taken by Border Patrol agents at the U.S.-Mexico border may be causing people to believe differently.
The Obama administration says as many as 90,000 children might try to enter the United States illegally... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:01:20 +0000
Two Military Jets Shot Down in Eastern Ukraine
The Ukrainian Defense Ministry says two of its military fighter airplanes have been shot down in eastern Ukraine. A Defense Ministry spokesman said Wednesday the planes were struck and fell near Savur Mogila. The spokesman said he did not know what happened to the pilots.
Savur Mogila is not far from where a Malaysian passenger plane was shot down earlier this month. All 298 passengers and crew members were killed in that incident.
The area is a burial place in the Shaktersky area.... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:00:35 +0000
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