Kenya bus gunmen 'want religious war'
The slaughter of 28 people on a bus in Kenya is an attempt to start a religious war, an adviser to President Uhuru Kenyatta tells the BBC. Sat, 22 Nov 2014 22:14:16 GMT
'Big gaps' hamper Iran nuclear talks
Important sticking points remain in talks with Iran, Western powers warn, as negotiations on Tehran's nuclear programme enter their final stages. Sat, 22 Nov 2014 19:10:22 GMT
Tunisia in landmark presidency poll
Tunisia is set to hold its first presidential election since the 2011 "Arab Spring" revolution that triggered uprisings across the region. Sun, 23 Nov 2014 02:45:19 GMT
Flood warnings for US snowmelt
Snowfall in the north-eastern US subsides, but there are now warnings of serious flooding from melting snow as temperatures rise. Sun, 23 Nov 2014 02:44:00 GMT
Hamilton eyes 'biggest day of life'
Lewis Hamilton says Sunday's F1 title showdown with Nico Rosberg in Abu Dhabi will be "the biggest day of my life". Sat, 22 Nov 2014 22:36:12 GMT
Mental health nursing cuts warning
Staff cuts and bed shortages are leaving mental health services "under unprecedented strain", says the nurses' union. Sun, 23 Nov 2014 00:08:02 GMT
May 'bruised' over EU arrest warrant
Home Secretary Theresa May tells Desert Island Discs she was left "battered and bruised" after denying MPs a vote on the European Arrest Warrant. Sun, 23 Nov 2014 01:46:54 GMT
Hamilton eyes 'biggest day of life'
Lewis Hamilton says Sunday's title showdown with Nico Rosberg in Abu Dhabi will be "the biggest day of my life". Sat, 22 Nov 2014 22:36:12 GMT
Labour proposes London buildings sale
The QEII Conference Centre and the Civil Service Club are among four London landmarks that Labour says could be sold off to reduce the deficit. Sun, 23 Nov 2014 04:07:22 GMT
Call to sanction failing universities
It should be easier to remove the degree-awarding powers of universities that fail to meet academic and consumer standards, a report by Which? says. Sun, 23 Nov 2014 00:07:53 GMT
VIDEO: Tributes paid to Alan Henning
The widow of the murdered British aid worker Alan Henning told his memorial service that he was killed "for being what we should be, selfless and caring". Sat, 22 Nov 2014 18:16:00 GMT
VIDEO: Flood fears as US snowfall eases
Snowfall in the north-east of the US is subsiding, forecasters say, but there is now a threat of flooding from rain at the weekend as the snow melts. Sat, 22 Nov 2014 05:37:13 GMT
VIDEO: Dizzy world of aerobatic flying
Mike Bushell has been to visit one British couple who will be going for gold in a motorsport event taking place 600m above earth - aerobatics Sat, 22 Nov 2014 08:09:15 GMT
How the hummingbird achieves its aerobatic feats
Although hummingbirds are much larger and stir up the air more violently as they move, the way that they fly is more closely related to flying insects than it is to other birds. Now, the most detailed, three-dimensional aerodynamic simulation of hummingbird flight conducted to date has definitively demonstrated that the hummingbird achieves its nimble aerobatic abilities through a unique set of aerodynamic forces that are more closely aligned to those found in flying insects than to other birds. Fri, 21 Nov 2014 19:21:52 EST
Rejecting unsuitable suitors is easier said than done
Rejecting unsuitable romantic partners is easy in hypothetical situations, but not so when considering a face-to-face proposition, a new study shows. “When actually faced with a potential date, we don't like to reject a person and make them feel bad, which is not necessarily something that people anticipate when they imagine making these choices,” says the study’s lead researcher. Fri, 21 Nov 2014 14:12:34 EST
New terahertz device could strengthen security
We are all familiar with the security hassles that accompany air travel. Now a new type of security detection that uses terahertz radiation is looking to prove its promise. Researchers have developed a room temperature, compact, tunable terahertz source that could lead to advances in homeland security and space exploration. Able to detect explosives, chemical agents and dangerous biological substances from safe distances, devices using terahertz waves could make public spaces more secure than ever. Fri, 21 Nov 2014 14:12:32 EST
Self-regulation intervention boosts school readiness of at-risk children, study shows
An intervention that uses music and games to help preschoolers learn self-regulation skills is helping prepare at-risk children for kindergarten, a new study shows. Self-regulation skills -- the skills that help children pay attention, follow directions, stay on task and persist through difficulty -- are critical to a child's success in kindergarten and beyond, said a co-author of the new study. Fri, 21 Nov 2014 14:12:30 EST
Tunisians Head to Polls for Presidential Election
Tunisians go to the polls on Sunday to vote for a new president in just the third free election since the 2011 revolution that ended the regime of autocrat Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali.
Nearly 30 candidates are running, but a race has emerged between a veteran ex-Ben Ali official and a rights activist who says the election is a chance to stop the return of old-regime stalwarts.
More than three years after the end of Ben Ali's one-party rule, Tunisia has become a model of transition for... Sat, 22 Nov 2014 21:23:33 -0500
6.8-Magnitude Earthquake Shakes Central Japan
A powerful 6.8-magnitude earthquake shook central Japan on Saturday night, injuring more than 20 and causing several homes to collapse.
The quake was centered near Nagano and was felt as far away as Tokyo. No tsunami warnings were issued.
Rescuers pulled 21 people out of the debris of their wrecked homes.
The quake also temporarily halted high-speed train service, caused several major roads to collapse and shut down others because of landslides.
No damage has been reported at the... Sat, 22 Nov 2014 20:04:21 -0500
US Transfers Saudi Prisoner From Guantanamo Bay Prison
The United States has released another inmate from the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Muhammed Murdi Issa al-Zahrani, who was transferred to Saudi Arabia, spent 12 years at the prison for allegedly fighting for al-Qaida.
The Pentagon said the Saudi inmate was approved for release last month after military, justice and homeland security officials determined he was no longer a threat to the United States.
Zahrani will take part in a rehabilitation program in Saudi Arabia.
He is... Sat, 22 Nov 2014 18:24:22 -0500
Russian Foreign Minister: West Wants 'Regime Change' in Moscow
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has accused the West of seeking a "regime change" in Russia by imposing sanctions because of the Ukraine conflict.
Lavrov said Saturday that prominent figures in Western countries are saying there is a need to impose sanctions that will destroy Russia's economy and incite public protests.
His comments came two days after Russian President Vladimir Putin said his country must prevent a "color revolution," referring to... Sat, 22 Nov 2014 18:09:25 -0500
House Panel: No Wrongdoing by US Military, CIA on Benghazi
A new congressional report concludes there was no wrongdoing by the U.S. military and the CIA in the response to the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, on September 11, 2012.
The attack by Islamic extremists killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.
President Barack Obama's Republican critics allege the White House and State Department lied about the incident and ordered a CIA rescue team not to go into action.
The latest report by the House... Sat, 22 Nov 2014 17:28:43 -0500
This Day in History
Sat, 22 Nov 2014 06:00:00 +0100
President John F. Kennedy Assassinated (1963)
The assassination of John F. Kennedy while he was riding in a presidential motorcade in Dallas, Texas, was a seminal event in American history. The US government's subsequent investigation—dubbed the "Warren Commission"—concluded that Lee Harvey Oswald was the culprit, but the assassination is still widely debated, and many people doubt that Oswald acted alone. Oswald's murder just two days later, while in police custody, further fueled conspiracy theories. Who was the "Babushka Lady"? Discuss
UN chief condemns latest terrorist attack in Kenya
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the brutal killing of 28 people on a bus in Mandera, Kenya in the latest spate of terrorist violence to afflict the East African nation. Sat, 22 Nov 2014 00:00:00 EST
UN agency unveils push to make cooking safe for 10 million people by 2020
Every year, household air pollution from cooking kills over four million people and sickens millions more, the United Nations spotlighted at a New York conference on cookstoves, as it urged Governments to take action to accelerate the adoption of clean cooking solutions. Fri, 21 Nov 2014 17:55:22 EST
Slovenia: UN expert urges focus on ‘vulnerable’ ostracized older persons
Following her first official visit to Slovenia, the United Nations independent expert on the human rights of older persons hailed efforts by the country’s Government in ensuring the enjoyment of all human rights by older persons, but urged authorities to focus on those being ostracized, as they are “the vulnerable of the vulnerable.” Fri, 21 Nov 2014 16:47:51 EST
Sat, 22 Nov 2014 06:00:00 +0100
Rodney Dangerfield (1921)
Best known for his trademark line, "I don't get no respect," Dangerfield was an American comedian and actor who appeared in a slew of movies, including Caddyshack, Easy Money, and Back To School, and even won a Grammy Award for his comedy album No Respect. His Manhattan comedy club, Dangerfield's, remains in operation to this day and has hosted some of the biggest names in comedy. A funnyman even in death, Dangerfield has what inscribed on his headstone? Discuss
O'Keeffe work sets female art record
A floral painting by late US artist Georgia O'Keeffe sells for $44.4m (£28.8m) at auction, setting a record for an artwork by a female artist. Fri, 21 Nov 2014 09:58:45 GMT
Cosby carries on with one-man show
US entertainer Bill Cosby presses on with a series of comic engagements despite mounting allegations that he sexually assaulted a number of women. Fri, 21 Nov 2014 17:21:18 GMT
Cher cancels remaining tour dates
The 68-year-old singer cancels the remainder of her Dressed to Kill tour after doctors advised she needs more time to recover from an ongoing viral infection. Fri, 21 Nov 2014 09:06:27 GMT
Bassey rues Goldfinger 'wrong notes'
Dame Shirley Bassey re-records her hit Goldfinger after 50 years, admitting there were "two wrong notes" in the original James Bond theme. Fri, 21 Nov 2014 08:32:09 GMT
Idris Elba planning Luther album
The 42-year-old Luther star is planning to release an album of music inspired by his BBC detective character. Fri, 21 Nov 2014 16:11:03 GMT
Iglesias wins trio of Latin Grammys
Enrique Iglesias picks up a trio of awards at the Latin Grammy awards, including song of the year for his platinum hit Bailando. Fri, 21 Nov 2014 13:57:48 GMT
Cruz to star in Zoolander sequel
Oscar winner Penelope Cruz is set to star in the sequel to Ben Stiller's cult comedy about a hapless male supermodel. Fri, 21 Nov 2014 12:16:07 GMT
Ladybird drops 'boys and girls' books
One of the leading children's publishers, famed for its classic Peter and Jane reading scheme, is to drop gender branding from its books. Fri, 21 Nov 2014 11:27:02 GMT
Winkleman to return to Strictly
Claudia Winkleman makes her return to Strictly Come Dancing this weekend after her eight-year-old daughter suffered burns at Halloween. Fri, 21 Nov 2014 15:19:58 GMT
Article of the Day
Sat, 22 Nov 2014 06:00:00 +0100
This legendary hero of 12th-century England is celebrated for robbing the rich to help the poor. Chivalrous, manly, fair, and always ready for a joke, Hood reflected many of the ideals of the English yeoman. He is said to have lived in Sherwood Forest with Little John, Friar Tuck, Maid Marion, and his band and is the hero of numerous Middle English ballads and many later stories and plays. There is, however, no evidence that he was an actual historical figure. In what text is he first mentioned? Discuss
Sat, 22 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT
Fireworks, which are generally believed to have been invented by the Chinese, have been used throughout history to celebrate happy occasions. In 1789, George Washington's inauguration was accompanied by a display, and today, fireworks help mark Independence Day in the US, Diwali in India, Bastille Day in France, and New Year's Eve around the world. In 1999, Disney World began launching fireworks with compressed air rather than gunpowder. What are the advantages of this type of launch?
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT
The Monarch Butterfly
The monarch, with its distinctive orange and black pattern, is considered one the world's most beautiful butterflies. In North America, thousands of monarchs gather in autumn and migrate southward, sometimes more than 1,800 miles (2,900 km), and return north in spring. Their ability to return to the same spots over several generations has led scientists to research how circadian rhythm and the position of the sun are involved. What is aposematism, and how do monarch butterflies exemplify it?
ST LOUIS, Missouri - Two men suspected of buying explosives they planned to detonate during protests in Ferguson, Missouri have been arrested and charged with federal firearms offenses. The ... Sat, 22 Nov 2014 19:54:01 -0500
MOSCOW, Russia - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says western sanctions against Russia over its role in Ukraine are aimed at forcing regime change in Moscow. Lavrov made the comments while ... Sat, 22 Nov 2014 19:43:51 -0500
VIENNA, Austria - Secretary of State John Kerry and Iran's top negotiator Javed Zarif Friday left nuclear talks for a possible meeting a day later amid shrinking possibilities of an elusive nuclear ... Fri, 21 Nov 2014 21:56:54 -0500
WASHINGTON - National Security Agency head Admiral Michael Rogers has warned of growing cyber attacks from several foreign countries, including China, targeting critical infrastructure network by ... Fri, 21 Nov 2014 21:52:52 -0500
KIEV - US Vice President Joe Biden on Friday blasted Russia's behaviour in Ukraine as "unacceptable" and said Moscow must uphold its end of a truce in east Ukraine to resolve the conflict that has ... Fri, 21 Nov 2014 21:52:16 -0500
Latin America Catholics Converting to Protestants
Almost 40 percent of the world’s Catholic population, about 425 million people, lives in Latin America. In 2013, for the first time in history, a Latin American, Pope Francis, became head of the Catholic Church.
But a recent study from the Pew Research Center says people in Latin America have increasingly lost faith in the Catholic Church. The study looked at religious beliefs and practices in 18 countries in South and Central Americas and the U.S. territory of Puerto... Sat, 22 Nov 2014 20:02:28 +0000
What's the Matter?
Now, the VOA Learning English program, Words and Their Stories.
The English language has a number of hard-working words. People use these words in many different ways and in many different expressions.
One such example is the word matter. As a matter of fact, matter can mean just about anything. When talking about science, matter is the material or substance that things are made of.
In fact, matter could be one of the most useful words in the English language. But that... Sat, 22 Nov 2014 20:00:33 +0000
Cambodian Opposition Criticize Dependence on Chinese Aid
Cambodian opposition members say they are worried about the country becoming too dependent on aid money from China. The Chinese government recently promised more than $500 million in aid for Cambodia. Cambodian officials need about one billion dollars in foreign aid each year to operate the government. The government has a foreign debt of about nine billion dollars. Son Chhay is with the Cambodia National Rescue Party. He says opposition officials worry about Cambodia owing large... Sat, 22 Nov 2014 20:00:30 +0000
Republicans Promise to Fight Obama on Immigration
Republican Party lawmakers are promising to fight President Barack Obama’s executive order on immigration. The order protects millions of people who have been living in the United States illegally. The president’s announcement immediately angered Republicans in the U.S. Congress.
The order temporarily blocks expulsion of some undocumented immigrants from the United States and gives them work permits. But the immigrants must have been living in the country longer than five... Fri, 21 Nov 2014 18:37:55 +0000
Indonesians Protest Rising Fuel Prices
In Indonesia, rising fuel prices have led some public transportation groups to go on strike.
Joko Suprapto is chairman of the Organization of Land Transport Owners in the city of Solo. He announced that all public transportation there is on strike after Indonesia’s government suddenly cut spending on fuel subsidies. The spending helped to keep fuel prices low. Joko Suprapto wants the government to reconsider the price increase.
He says, “At least give us some kind of help; give... Fri, 21 Nov 2014 18:35:05 +0000
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