Coalition holds IS talks in Paris
Foreign ministers from around the world are meeting in Paris to discuss how to defeat Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria. Mon, 15 Sep 2014 08:58:41 GMT
Sweden victor vows no far-right pact
Swedish Social Democrat leader Stefan Lofven says he is ready to start coalition talks after winning elections, but will not work with the far right. Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:07:03 GMT
Abbott governs from indigenous area
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott is spending a week governing the country from a remote indigenous community in the Northern Territory. Mon, 15 Sep 2014 08:27:18 GMT
Scores of migrants 'drown off Libya'
Scores of migrants, mostly from Africa, are feared to have drowned after a boat sinks off the coast of Libya, officials say. Mon, 15 Sep 2014 08:50:01 GMT
Salmond and PM hit campaign trail
Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond and UK Prime Minister David Cameron step up their campaigns ahead of Thursday's independence vote. Mon, 15 Sep 2014 09:08:33 GMT
Hammond discusses plans to tackle IS
Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond attends a summit to discuss plans to tackle Islamic State (IS) militants, following the killing of hostage David Haines. Mon, 15 Sep 2014 08:20:16 GMT
Salmond and PM hit campaign trail
First Minister Alex Salmond and Prime Minister David Cameron are hitting the Scottish campaign trail ahead of Thursday's independence vote. Mon, 15 Sep 2014 08:50:59 GMT
Two Britons 'dead on Thai beach'
Foreign Office looking into reports that two British nationals have been found dead on Thai beach Mon, 15 Sep 2014 08:52:38 GMT
Queen 'moved' by Invictus Games
The Queen tells competitors in the Invictus Games she has been "deeply moved by your courage, determination and talent". Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:12:25 GMT
Phones 4U shops closing for business
Retailer Phones 4U has gone into administration putting 5,596 jobs at risk, as network provider EE joins Vodafone in not renewing its contract. Mon, 15 Sep 2014 08:51:58 GMT
VIDEO: Australian fears over IS at home
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has announced plans to take passports from Australians who may be planning to travel to fight with Islamic State. Mon, 15 Sep 2014 05:05:54 GMT
Samsung accuses LG of damaging goods
A bizarre spat has broken out between South Korean manufacturing giants Samsung and LG, with Samsung accusing its rival of damaging goods in German stores. Sun, 14 Sep 2014 14:00:54 GMT
How evolutionary principles could help save our world
The age of the Anthropocene -- the scientific name given to our current geologic age -- is dominated by human impacts on our environment. A warming climate. Increased resistance of pathogens and pests. A swelling population. Coping with these modern global challenges requires application of what one might call a more-ancient principle: evolution. Fri, 12 Sep 2014 15:21:12 EDT
New math and quantum mechanics: Fluid mechanics suggests alternative to quantum orthodoxy
The central mystery of quantum mechanics is that small chunks of matter sometimes seem to behave like particles, sometimes like waves. For most of the past century, the prevailing explanation of this conundrum has been what's called the "Copenhagen interpretation" -- which holds that, in some sense, a single particle really is a wave, smeared out across the universe, that collapses into a determinate location only when observed. But some founders of quantum physics -- notably Louis de Broglie -- championed an alternative interpretation, known as "pilot-wave theory," which posits that quantum particles are borne along on some type of wave. According to pilot-wave theory, the particles have definite trajectories, but because of the pilot wave's influence, they still exhibit wavelike statistics. Now a professor of applied mathematics believes that pilot-wave theory deserves a second look. Fri, 12 Sep 2014 12:06:34 EDT
US Asks North Korea Pardon, Grant Amnesty for 3 Detained Americans
The United States has asked North Korea (DPRK) to pardon two Americans sentenced to prison terms, after the conviction of 24-year old Matthew Todd Miller of espionage Sunday. A third detained American also faces trial, and Washington has urged Pyongyang to grant amnesty to all three and allow them to return home.
U.S. spokesman Darby Holladay said the United States has requested North Korea pardon both Miller, who was sentenced to six years hard labor by the Supreme Court Sunday, and... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 04:39:46 -0400
Swedish Social Democrats Face Tough Coalition Talks after Election
Swedish Social Democrat leader Stefan Lofven faces a tough task in building a new government after an election on Sunday left the center-left short of a majority in parliament and handed the balance of power to a party that wants to slash immigration.
Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt and his center-right coalition government, in power for eight years, will hand in their resignation on Monday after garnering fewer seats in parliament than the center-left opposition.
The far right... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 04:15:25 -0400
Strong Hurricane Hits Mexico's Baja California Peninsula
Forecasters are warning of days of heavy rain and the potential for life-threatening floods and mudslides as Hurricane Odile moves over the Baja California peninsula in northwestern Mexico.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center said early Monday the storm could drop 15 to 30 centimeters of rain on the resort-packed peninsula before gradually weakening and moving away by late Friday.
The storm made landfall late Sunday near Cabo San Lucas with winds of more than 200 kilometers per hour.... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 02:58:14 -0400
US to Lead Peacekeeping Exercises in Ukraine
The U.S. military is set to lead peacekeeping exercises Monday in western Ukraine involving 15 nations, as President Barack Obama prepares to host Ukraine's president for talks at the White House later this week.
The Defense Department announced the 12-day exercise earlier this month, saying 1,300 personnel would take part, including 200 U.S. soldiers. The deployment is the first involving U.S. ground troops to Ukraine since the crisis began their earlier this year.
The exercise... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 02:18:11 -0400
UN Condemns Deadly Attack on Peacekeepers in Mali
The United Nations has condemned an attack in northern Mali that killed a Chadian soldier and wounded four more of its peacekeepers.
A vehicle carrying the group struck a landmine Sunday near Aguelhoc, in the Kidal region of Mali. A similar attack in the area killed four U.N. peacekeepers earlier this month.
In a statement late Sunday, the U.N. Security Council urged Mali to investigate the attack and said those responsible shall be held accountable.
The Council reiterated its... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 01:01:50 -0400
USA Today was founded as an alternative to the typical newspaper. Initially considered gimmicky, it gradually improved its reputation and increased its circulation and advertising revenues, a particularly impressive feat as few papers were experiencing growth at the time. The features that originally set it apart—colorful graphics, brief stories, and a focus on sports and celebrity—have been adopted by various other papers. With what newspaper does it vie for widest circulation in the US? Discuss
New UN-backed protections for sharks, manta rays enter into effect
Beginning Sunday 14 September, international trade in specimens of five shark species and all manta ray species, including their meat, gills and fins, will need to be accompanied by permits and certificates confirming that they have been harvested sustainably and legally, as new United Nations-backed trade protections go into effect. Fri, 12 Sep 2014 18:32:22 EST
Ban appoints new UN envoy for West Africa
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Mohammed Ibn Chambas as his Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa (UNOWA). Fri, 12 Sep 2014 18:22:33 EST
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James Fenimore Cooper (1789)
Raised in a prosperous family in his father's frontier settlement of Cooperstown, New York, Cooper was the first important American writer to create a vivid myth of frontier life by drawing on the subjects and landscape of his native land. His best-known novels, the Leatherstocking Tales books, feature the frontier adventures of Natty Bumppo and skillfully portray the clash between the frontier wilderness and the encroaching civilization. A bet with whom led Cooper to pen his first novel? Discuss
The Imitation Game Wins the People's Choice Award at TIFF '14
With the 39th Annual Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) coming to an end today, winners were announced for the 2014 iteration of the popular Canadian film festival with the Weinstein Company taking their third win in this category over the past five years with The Imitation Game, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley.
Directed by Scandinavian filmmaker Morten Tyldum, whose adaptation of the Jo Nesbo novel Headhunters appeared at TIFF in 2011, the drama tells the story of Alan Turing, a brilliant mathematician who helped crack the Nazis' elusive Enigma code in order to help end World War II, saving the lives of millions. Turing was also a closeted homosexual whose secret was discovered nearly a decade after the war getting him arrested for indecency.
Oren Moverman's second film as a director Time Out of Mind, starring Richard Gere, received the coveted FIPRESCI award, handed out by a jury of international film critics for the past 23 years. Sun, 14 Sep 2014 12:52:00 -0500
Box Office Results: No Good Deed Does a Pretty Good Deed for Weak Box Office
After a number of down weekends, things picked up at the box office with two new movies, but what should have been a sure-thing sequel was overshadowed by the home invasion thriller, No Good Deed (Sony/Screen Gems), starring Idris Elba and Taraji P. Henson, which took the top spot with an estimated $24.5 million in just 2,175 theaters, averaging over $11,000 per site. The trend of family sequels not doing as well as their original installments continued as Dolphin Tale 2 (Warner Bros.), starring Harry Connick Jr., Morgan Freeman and Ashley Judd, opened weaker than its predecessor with just $16.6 million in 3,656 theaters. Sun, 14 Sep 2014 12:44:00 -0500
Imitation Game wins Toronto top prize
Alan Turing biopic The Imitation Game, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as the British code breaker, wins the People’s Choice award at Toronto Film Festival. Sun, 14 Sep 2014 22:35:53 GMT
Idris Elba movie displaces Guardians
Thriller No Good Deed, starring British actor Idris Elda, ends the four-week reign of Guardians of the Galaxy at the top of the US box office. Mon, 15 Sep 2014 08:47:27 GMT
Crusaders musician Joe Sample dies
US musician Joe Sample, who wrote chart hits including Randy Crawford's Street Life and One Day I'll Fly Away, dies age 75. Sun, 14 Sep 2014 11:45:42 GMT
Amy Winehouse statue unveiled
A statue of singer Amy Winehouse is unveiled in Camden on the anniversary of her birthday. Sun, 14 Sep 2014 13:21:58 GMT
Peter Gabriel honoured at rock awards
Peter Gabriel, the former singer with Genesis, is recognised at the annual Progressive Music Awards for a music career spanning five decades. Fri, 12 Sep 2014 10:20:17 GMT
Actress Morton tells of being abused
Actress Samantha Morton says she was sexually abused by two residential care workers while in a children's home in Nottingham as a teenager. Sat, 13 Sep 2014 17:22:19 GMT
Royal hoax nurse 'took own life'
A nurse who put through a hoax phone call at a hospital where the Duchess of Cambridge was being treated took her own life, a coroner concludes. Fri, 12 Sep 2014 14:09:13 GMT
EastEnders actor John Bardon dies
EastEnders actor John Bardon, who played Dot Branning's husband Jim in the soap opera, dies at the age of 75. Fri, 12 Sep 2014 12:22:39 GMT
Dancer 'safe' with Dave Lee Travis
A Top of the Pops dancer tells a court she felt "safe" with veteran DJ Dave Lee Travis, who denies indecent and sexual assaults. Fri, 12 Sep 2014 17:48:21 GMT
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Mon, 15 Sep 2014 07:00:00 +0200
Rossini was an Italian composer who wrote more than 30 operas as well as sacred music and piano pieces. The son of musicians, he began composing at age 12 and entered Bologna's conservatory just two years later. Into the genteel atmosphere of lingering 18th-century operatic manners, Rossini brought genuine originality marked by rude wit and humor and a willingness to sacrifice all "rules" of musical and operatic decorum. For what two masterpiece operas is he best known? Discuss
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT
Griffith was an American film director best known for his controversial film The Birth of a Nation. Initially an actor, he sold film scenarios to the Biograph Company, which hired him as a director in 1908. In over 400 films for Biograph, he developed filmmaking as an art form with techniques such as the close-up and the scenic long shot, and he collaborated with cinematographer Billy Bitzer to create fade-out, fade-in, and soft-focus shots. In 1919, Griffith co-founded what film company?
Sun, 14 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT
The Fuller Building in New York City was designed in the Beaux-Arts style by Chicago architect Daniel Burnham. Located on wedge-shaped lot, the triangular building resembled the flatirons of its day—hence the nickname—and stood in drastic contrast to the city's other structures. The Flatiron Building was met with skepticism upon its completion in 1902 but has since become a New York icon, and its "point" offices are known for their striking views. What is quirky about the building's bathrooms?
Nato prepares for new security threats
Nato leaders have agreed to boost the military alliance's readiness to meet fresh security threats by setting up a new rapid reaction force. Sat, 06 Sep 2014 11:33:00 +0200
CARACAS, Venezuela - President Nicolas Maduro of Venezuela has reportedly ordered the country's attorney general and public prosecutor to take "actions" against Harvard Economics Professor Ricardo ... Sun, 14 Sep 2014 22:35:05 -0400
PYONGYANG, North Korea - A North Korean court has sentenced an American tourist, Matthew Miller, to six years of hard labour for "hostile acts", according to reports by the state-run KCNA news ... Sun, 14 Sep 2014 22:14:55 -0400
WASHINGTON, DC - US retail sales rose by 0.6% in August, compared to July, driven by spending on cars and healthcare, according to a report by the US Commerce Department, with growth on a yearly ... Sat, 13 Sep 2014 21:48:47 -0400
MOUNTAIN VIEW, California - Google has partnered with two leading app developers in Japan to push their app revenue generation and close a significant gap with Apple, the world's leading app ... Sat, 13 Sep 2014 21:41:09 -0400
ANKARA - US Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday pressed a reluctant Turkey to join the coalition to fight Islamic State militants, even as he ruled out Iran join the grouping. Speaking on a ... Fri, 12 Sep 2014 22:34:23 -0400
Scotland's Independence Vote Is Too Close to Call
The people of Scotland will vote Sept. 18 on whether to stay in the United Kingdom with England, Wales and Northern Ireland, or whether to be an independent country.
Recent public opinion studies suggest that sides for and against independence have almost equal support.
Scotland has been hosting political leaders from London who are urging the area not to vote for independence from Britain.
Last Wednesday, British Prime Minister David Cameron clearly urged the... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:29:08 +0000
UNICEF: Violence Against Children Is Widespread
The United Nations Children’s agency, UNICEF, says violence against children is widespread around the world. The UN agency says about 95,000 young people were murdered in 2012, and 120 million girls have experienced sexual violence. It also says the great majority of victims live in poor and middle-income countries.
Violence against children exists, although we may not always see it. That is the message of a new UNICEF report called “Hidden in Plain Sight.” It examines violence... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:19:40 +0000
Containing Ebola: Window of Opportunity Closing
From VOA Learning English, this is the Health Report.
A top health expert warns that the whole world needs to help deal with what he calls the “first Ebola epidemic the world has known.”
Tom Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, spoke to reporters at the C.D.C. headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. He warns that the Ebola spread in West Africa will expand greatly over the next few weeks. He says a massive global effort is needed now to contain the... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:05:01 +0000
In Kenya, Cities and Towns Are Growing Quickly
Kenya’s towns and cities are growing quickly. Experts estimate at least 100,000 people move to the capital Nairobi every year from rural areas of the country. This has caused high demand for good housing. The Ministry of Housing estimates the city needs at least 200,000 new homes or apartments every year. That, they say, would meet the demand from new people and from those who are already in the city but live in poor conditions.
In 2009, the government estimated more than 3 million... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:02:30 +0000
Video Highlights Domestic Abuse Issue
Twenty-five percent of American women will experience domestic violence, that is, physical abuse by a partner. Most cases are never reported to police. But recently such violence was captured on video tape.
The National Football League, or NFL, player Ray Rice was recorded hitting his girlfriend Janay Palmer, who is now his wife. The NFL dismissed Rice after the full video was released to the public last week. The release has also led to public discussion about... Sun, 14 Sep 2014 00:30:57 +0000
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