Ferry transcript reveals crew panic
The last communications between the South Korean ferry that sank on Wednesday and traffic services reveal panic and indecision by the crew. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 15:05:21 GMT
Russian outrage at Ukraine killing
The Russian foreign ministry expresses outrage at a fatal shooting incident in eastern Ukraine which it blames on Ukrainian nationalists. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 17:12:23 GMT
Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter dies
Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, the US boxer whose wrongful conviction for murder caused an international outcry, dies aged 76. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 16:51:06 GMT
Hostage reporters 'chained' in Syria
Four French journalists who spent 10 months in captivity in Syria were chained to each other and kept in basements without light, one recounts. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 10:11:44 GMT
Abdullah 'extends Afghan poll lead'
Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah has extended his lead over his rival Ashraf Ghani, latest results from the presidential polls suggest. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 15:27:40 GMT
Wilshaw takes charge of Trojan Horse
Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw will take charge of the investigation into claims that some Birmingham schools have been taken over by Muslim hardliners. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 16:58:40 GMT
Archbishop highlights suffering
The Archbishop of Canterbury highlights the suffering of people in conflicts around the world during his Easter Sunday sermon. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 14:56:03 GMT
Queen portrait released for birthday
A portrait of the Queen by celebrated British photographer David Bailey is released to mark the monarch's 88th birthday. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:02:28 GMT
Quango chair resigns over bankruptcy
A businessman appointed by the prime minister to head a multibillion-pound quango steps down after it was revealed that he was bankrupt. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 17:13:52 GMT
Briton killed in Malaysia crash
A British national dies after a double-decker bus reportedly crashes into a ravine in Malaysia. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 15:58:45 GMT
VIDEO: Greek skies light up for Easter
Rival parishes on the Greek island of Chios have marked the evening before Orthodox Easter - by firing hundreds of rockets at each other's churches. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 06:44:35 GMT
VIDEO: Pro-Russians 'shot dead in Ukraine'
Russian media is reporting that up to 5 people were killed after gunmen attacked a checkpoint manned by pro-Russian activists near Sloviansk. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 13:28:54 GMT
VIDEO: More bodies found in ferry search
More bodies have been recovered in the search for missing passengers from a South Korean ferry which capsized and sank with hundreds of people on board. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 02:59:34 GMT
NASA completes LADEE mission with planned impact on moon's surface
Ground controllers at NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif., have confirmed that NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) spacecraft impacted the surface of the moon, as planned, between 9:30 and 10:22 p.m. PDT Thursday, April 17. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 19:37:29 EDT
Immune cells to be tested on the International Space Station
The human body is fine-tuned to Earth's gravity. Scientists are now conducting an experiment on the International Space Station (ISS) to study whether this also applies to human cells. We know the effect of gravity on muscles, bones and joints inside out; it has been studied extensively in medicine for centuries. For a long time, however, exactly how gravity affects the cells remained a mystery. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 09:00:26 EDT
SpaceX-3 launches science cargo to International Space Station
A SpaceX Dragon spacecraft full of NASA cargo, experiments and equipment blazed into orbit Friday, April 18, aboard the company's Falcon 9 rocket. The astronauts aboard the International Space Station will unload the supplies after the Dragon arrives at the orbiting research laboratory. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21:26:43 EDT
Counterfeit contraceptives found in South America
A survey of emergency contraceptive pills in Peru found that 28 percent of the batches studied were either of substandard quality or falsified. Many pills released the active ingredient too slowly. Others had the wrong active ingredient. One batch had no active ingredient at all. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 19:02:03 EDT
Treating depression in Parkinson's Disease patients: New research
Interesting new information has been found from a study on depression and neuropsychological function in Parkinson's disease. The study, which assessed cognitive function in depressed and non-depressed patients with PD, found that the dopamine replacement therapy commonly used to treat motor symptoms of Parkinson's disease was associated with a decline in cognitive performance among depressed Parkinson patients. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:14:39 EDT
South Sudan Urges Sudan to Stop Attacks By Armed Groups
South Sudan has urged Sudan to prevent armed groups -- including rebels loyal to former vice president Riek Machar -- from using its territory to launch attacks against the world’s newest nation, according to Barnaba Mariel Benjamin, South Sudan’s foreign minister.
Benjamin says ongoing communication between South Sudan President Salva Kiir and Sudanese President Omar Hassan Al-Bashir will prevent the “enemies of peace and regional stability” from undermining the warming diplomatic... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 13:21:48 -0400
Ukraine PM: New Soviet Union Would Be "Disaster"
Ukraine's prime minister says Russian President Vladimir Putin may be trying to restore the Soviet Union with the recent annexation of Crimea and pro-Russian unrest in eastern Ukraine.Arseniy Yatsenyuk spoke to NBC television's "Meet the Press" by video link from Ukraine. In the interview, broadcast Sunday, he expressed concern about what he said he believes is Mr. Putin's ultimate goal.Earlier, Russia said it is "outraged" by a deadly shootout in eastern... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 13:15:25 -0400
Death Toll From Sunken South Korean Ferry Nears 60
South Korean divers have entered the sunken ferry Sewol to recover more bodies, as the death toll reached 58 Sunday with 246 still unaccounted for. Most of the victims are high school students.Hundreds of divers, including civilian volunteers, have battled strong undercurrents and poor visibility to enter the submerged ferry, which went down Wednesday with 476 people on board off the southwestern island of Jindo. The Coast Guard said divers were able to smash through a ship's window... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:43:22 -0400
Ukraine PM: New Soviet Union Would Be "Disaster"
Ukraine's prime minister says Russian President Vladimir Putin may be trying to restore the Soviet Union with the recent annexation of Crimea and pro-Russian unrest in eastern Ukraine.Arseniy Yatsenyuk spoke on NBC television's "Meet the Press" Sunday, in a video link from Ukraine. He said restoration of the Soviet Union under Mr. Putin would be "the biggest disaster of this century." Earlier, Russia said it is "outraged" by a deadly shootout in eastern... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:30:27 -0400
This Day in History
Sun, 20 Apr 2014 07:00:00 +0200
Korean Air Flight 902 Shot Down by Soviet Fighters (1978)
Korean Air Flight 902 was a civilian flight attacked by Soviet fighter jets after it violated Soviet airspace and failed to communicate with interceptors. One rocket caused heavy damage to part of the left wing and punctured the fuselage, causing rapid decompression and killing two passengers. After rapidly descending, the plane was forced to make an emergency landing on a nearby frozen lake. What happened when another Korean Air flight accidentally penetrated Soviet airspace in 1983? Discuss
Syria: UN agency warns no food left in besieged Palestinian refugee camp
The United Nations has renewed its demand for unimpeded humanitarian access to the besieged Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk, warning that there is no UN food aid left there as of Saturday given that the recent escalation fighting between the parties to the Syrian conflict has prevented the delivery of desperately needed assistance. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Sun, 20 Apr 2014 07:00:00 +0200
Daniel Chester French (1850)
French was the leading turn-of-the-century American sculptor, known for his elegant academic and historical work. After his first large piece, The Minute Man, was unveiled in Concord, Massachusetts, in 1875, he received many important commissions. His most famous sculpture, executed some four decades later, is the 19-foot-high, seated marble figure of Abraham Lincoln that is the centerpiece of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. What iconic prize medal did French also design? Discuss
Box Office Results: Captain America Fights His Way to a Third Week at #1
Moviegoers seem to have simultaneously gotten smarter and more spiritual over the first quarter of 2014 and that was clearly shown by this week's box office as four new movies opened--two with horrible reviews--and moviegoers decided to stick with the "sure things"--the sequels already in theaters and a movie based on a Christian bestseller--over the Easter weekend. Winning the battle for #1 for a second weekend in a row was Marvel Studios' Captain America: The Winter Soldier with an estimated weekend take of $26.6 million, down just 36% in its third weekend as it crossed the $200 million mark domestically. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 20:23:08 +0200
New Cosplay Photos From WonderCon 2014!
ComingSoon.net/ SuperHeroHype is attending WonderCon 2014 at the Anaheim Convention Center and we now have a fourth batch of cosplay photos for you! You can check out over 70 new photos from the convention at SuperHeroHype . Sun, 20 Apr 2014 20:23:08 +0200
20th Century Fox Previews 20 Minutes of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
The Darryl F. Zanuck theater on the 20th Century Fox Lot was host this past Wednesday to a special sneak preview of director Matt Reeves' Dawn of the Planet of the Apes , hosted by Caesar himself, Andy Serkis. Below, you can check out our account of the 20 minutes of footage screened and then sure to check back in the next few days for exclusive WonderCon interviews with the film's cast and crew! Sun, 20 Apr 2014 20:23:08 +0200
WonderCon: Warner Bros. Previews Its Summer Slate
The second day of WonderCon 2014 launched this morning in Anaheim, California with Warner Bros. Pictures taking the Arena stage to showcase its summer slate, previewing Doug Liman's Edge of Tomorrow , Steven Quale's Into the Storm and Gareth Edwards' Godzilla . Sun, 20 Apr 2014 20:23:08 +0200
WonderCon: New Batman Beyond Animated Short Continues 75 Year Celebration
Fresh from the Warner Bros. panel at WonderCon and continuing the celebration started by Bruce Timm's short last week , WB has debuted a new Batman-themed animated short (via Yahoo! ) celebrating the Dark Knight's 75th anniversary. Directed by artist Darwyn Cooke, the short takes place in the fan-favorite world of "Batman Beyond" and features the return of cast members Kevin Conroy and Will Friedle to the characters they voiced in the 1999 series. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 20:23:08 +0200
New version of Orton play released
A new version of a "shocking play" by Leicester writer Joe Orton is published to include previously unseen material. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 14:54:57 GMT
Colombia to honour Garcia Marquez
Colombia announces its own ceremony to honour author Gabriel Garcia Marquez, who was cremated in Mexico, where he lived for more than 30 years. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 20:41:56 GMT
Article of the Day
Sun, 20 Apr 2014 07:00:00 +0200
Nowadays, the idea of being exposed to asbestos strikes fear in the hearts of most. But just a couple of generations ago, people embraced asbestos-containing materials for their fire-and corrosion-resistant properties. Asbestos—a product obtained from a family of fibrous hydrated silicates—was used in fireproofing, electrical insulation, and various other building materials as well as safety apparel, brake pads, and countless other products. When was it discovered to be a serious health hazard? Discuss
Sun, 20 Apr 2014 05:00:00 GMT
Cryptography concerns the securing of information, often during communication, by translating messages into cipher or code. Ciphering has always been considered vital for diplomatic and military secrecy—the Bible is replete with examples of ciphering, and many figures throughout history have written in ciphers, including Julius Caesar, Charlemagne, Mary Queen of Scots, and Louis XIV. What legal issues and controversies surround cryptography methods in the 21st century?
Sat, 19 Apr 2014 05:00:00 GMT
A rising star in the Tejano music scene, Selena Quintanilla-Pérez went from singing before a captive audience at her father's restaurant to performing for tens of thousands of screaming fans in a few short years. Described as the Madonna of Latin music, Selena had hit after hit on the Latin music charts and won her first Grammy in 1994, at age 22. Tragically, she was shot and killed by the president of her fan club just a year later. What was the motive behind the murder?
Bodies spotted in capsized South Korean ferry
The arrested captain of a South Korean ferry that capsized three days ago with 476 people on board has defended his decision to delay its evacuation. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 10:47:00 +0200
CINCINNATI - An Ohio teacher was fired after he allegedly told a black student who said he wanted to become president that the nation didn't need another black commander in chief. The Fairfield ... Fri, 18 Apr 2014 18:59:39 -0400
DONETSK, Ukraine - Pro-Russian separatists Friday refused to move out of government buildings they have been occupying in eastern Ukraine for the past two weeks, jeopardising a deal worked out ... Fri, 18 Apr 2014 18:55:23 -0400
TOKYO/ WASHINGTON - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday held a telephone conversation with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden on the ongoing trade negotiations between the two countries to promote ... Fri, 18 Apr 2014 18:52:48 -0400
Hillary Clinton names new book Hard Choices
Hillary Clinton has titled her new book as 'Hard Choices', as announced by her publisher recently. According to the book's website, the former US Secretary of State wrote that everyone has faced ... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 08:00:07 -0400
Now, the VOA Special English program Words and Their Stories.
Today’s word is "belittle." It was first used by Thomas Jefferson, the third president of the United States.
Many years ago, a French naturalist, the Count de Buffon, wrote some books about natural history. The books were a great success even though some critics did not like them. Some critics said, “Count Buffon is more of a poet than a scientist.”
Thomas Jefferson did not like what the Count had said... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 00:30:56 +0000
Speaking More than One Language Could Delay Dementia
Hello again, and welcome to As It Is! I’m Jonathan Evans in Washington.
Today on the program, we have great news for all of our listeners. By learning English in addition to your own language, you could delay or prevent many forms of mental decline! Milagros Ardin has the story.
Speaking More than One Language Could Delay Dementia
New research suggests that speaking more than one language may delay different kinds of dementia. That is, the loss of mental ability. In... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 00:30:49 +0000
Farmer Invents New Way to Grow Crops
From VOA Learning English, this is Science in the News. Today, we tell about an American farmer and an unusual device he developed. For 20 years, people around the world have been buying his invention.
Blake Whisenant and his family are farmers. They live in the American state of Florida. For nearly 100 years, Mr. Whisenant’s family has grown fruits and vegetables, and sold them to businesses around the world. The warm weather in central Florida is good for growing crops,... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 00:30:03 +0000
High Tech Aids Search and Rescue
From VOA Learning English, this is As It Is Saturday. I’m Anna Matteo.
Improvements in technology can save lives. Stronger buildings do not fall during storms and earthquakes. Warning systems let people know when tornados or tsunamis are coming. Air travel is safer because of changes in airplane technology.
But even with all of these improvements, disasters, both natural and man-made, will happen. And when they do, finding victims... Sat, 19 Apr 2014 00:30:56 +0000
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