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Sun, 20 Apr 2014 19:08:26 +0200

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


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Sun, 20 Apr 2014 19:12:33 +0200

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



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Sun, 20 Apr 2014 18:24:35 +0200

VIDEO: Baby prince meets a Bilby at the zoo
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge continued their royal tour of Australia with a tour of Taronga Zoo accompanied by their son Prince George.
Sun, 20 Apr 2014 06:51:06 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

VIDEO: Archbishop's sermon highlights suffering
The Archbishop of Canterbury has highlighted the suffering of people facing conflict around the world during his Easter sermon.
Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:50:52 GMT


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Sat, 19 Apr 2014 21:43:20 +0200

'War Horse farm' opens up museum
A Devon farm which features in Michael Morpurgo's book War Horse opens a museum dedicated to the story.
Sat, 19 Apr 2014 13:25:03 GMT

Prince re-signs with 'slave' label
Pop star Prince signs a major deal with Warner Bros Records, the label he famously fell out with nearly 20 years ago.
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:49:23 GMT

Rapper debuts album 23 years late
Manchester rapper MC Tunes' second album is to get its public debut, 23 years after it was due to be heard.
Sat, 19 Apr 2014 12:52:13 GMT

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Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:51:40 EDT

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

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Sun, 20 Apr 2014 20:00:10 +0200

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

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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

Sun, 20 Apr 2014 05:00:00 GMT

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Sun, 20 Apr 2014 20:13:22 +0200

UN envoy urges respect for religious freedom after Israeli forces disrupt Easter procession
A top United Nations envoy on Saturday said he was dismayed that a peaceful Easter procession led by Palestinian Christians through Jerusalem's Old City was disrupted by Israeli security forces.
Sat, 19 Apr 2014 00:00:00 EDT

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

OPCW-UN mission reports further progress in eliminating Syria's chemical weapons
Syria has, as of 19 April, removed or destroyed in-country approximately 80 per cent of its chemical weapons material, the head of the Joint Mission of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the United Nations announced today.
Sat, 19 Apr 2014 00:00:00 EDT

Security Council voices outrage at latest attacks against civilians, UN in South Sudan
The Security Council on Friday voiced its outrage at the recent attacks by armed groups in South Sudan that have purposefully targeted civilians as well as the United Nations peacekeeping mission sites and personnel.
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 00:00:00 EDT

Ban returns to airwaves in Central African Republic to call for end to fighting
On the heels of his recent visit to the Central African Republic (CAR), where the deadly rift between Christians and Muslims continues to widen, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today in a radio message appealed to all Central Africans to build a unified country through peace.
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:41:55 EDT World | National Breaking News
Sun, 20 Apr 2014 13:24:56 GMT

Ten die over Easter on Aussie roads
TEN people have died on our roads nationally over the Easter break.

Sun, 20 Apr 2014 13:20:27 GMT

Labor loses 'giant' in Neville Wran
TRIBUTES have flowed in for former NSW premier Neville Wran who has died aged 87.

Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:35:29 GMT


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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

Sun, 20 Apr 2014 05:00:00 GMT

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Sun, 20 Apr 2014 20:23:08 +0200

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! 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

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Sun, 20 Apr 2014 20:03:08 +0200

Stars read leaked Tarantino script
Samuel L Jackson, Bruce Dern and Michael Madsen join Quentin Tarantino for a live reading of a leaked, unproduced film script.
Sun, 20 Apr 2014 11:22:44 GMT

Crouching Tiger prequel set to shoot
A prequel to Oscar-winning martial arts film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon will begin filming later this year.
Sun, 20 Apr 2014 16:09:20 GMT

Paolo Nutini sets 2014 sales record
Scottish singer-songwriter Paolo Nutini tops the charts with Caustic Love, which becomes the fastest-selling album of the year.
Sun, 20 Apr 2014 18:01:28 GMT

Jack White cuts single in four hours
Jack White records and cuts a single in four hours, and claims a world record has been broken.
Sun, 20 Apr 2014 11:35:32 GMT

Alagiah thanks viewers for support
Newsreader George Alagiah says he has been "strengthened" by people's messages after revealing he has bowel cancer.
Sun, 20 Apr 2014 11:38:44 GMT

BBC chief Ian McIntyre dies, aged 82
Ian McIntyre, a former controller of both BBC Radio 3 and BBC Radio 4, has died aged 82.
Sun, 20 Apr 2014 14:38:38 GMT

Miranda 'in Generation Game talks'
Comedian Miranda Hart is in "early talks" with the BBC about a revival of game show The Generation Game.
Sun, 20 Apr 2014 10:35:33 GMT

Oxegen 2014 music festival cancelled
This year's Oxegen music festival, one of the largest in Ireland, will not take place this year,
Sun, 20 Apr 2014 11:30:35 GMT

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


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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?

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 05:00:00 GMT

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Sun, 20 Apr 2014 19:30:56 +0200

Deadly gun attack in Ukraine shakes fragile truce
At least two people have been killed in a gunfight near a Ukrainian city, shaking an already fragile international accord to avert a wider conflict.
Sun, 20 Apr 2014 13:16:00 +0200

SA climbers safe after Everest avalanche as search called off
Reports claim South African climbers are safe after the deadliest ever avalanche on Mount Everest that left at least 13 Nepalese mountain guides dead.
Sun, 20 Apr 2014 13:00:00 +0200

Ukraine PM expresses outrage over anti-Jew pamphlets
Following reports that masked men were seen handing out tracts demanding Jews register or be expelled, Arseniy Yatsenyuk has called for justice.
Sun, 20 Apr 2014 07:07:00 +0200

Death toll from Mount Everest avalanche increases
At least 13 people have been killed in the deadliest accident on the world's highest mountain.
Sat, 19 Apr 2014 16:41:00 +0200

Submarine to complete search for missing Malaysian plane in week
The unmanned Bluefin21 submarine will search a patch of the Indian Ocean seabed for another week, before the search area for MH370 is expanded.
Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:27:00 +0200

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

New sanctions threats as Ukraine stalemate continues
A day after an international deal in Geneva to defuse the East-West crisis in Ukraine, pro-Russian separatists vowed not to end their occupation.
Sat, 19 Apr 2014 08:52:00 +0200

Vice-principal commits suicide as ferry disaster search continues
The vice-principal of a high school whose pupils were on a capsized South Korean ferry has committed suicide as hopes fade of finding survivors.
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:25:00 +0200

East Ukraine separatists stay put despite diplomatic deal
Separatists are holding public buildings in Ukraine, saying they need more assurances about security before complying with an international deal.
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:34:00 +0200

Cancers fell nuclear ore miners
Rio Tinto's Namibian miners are said to be dying of cancers after extracting uranium ore for the British and US military in the 1970s.
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:00:00 +0200


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Black president remark gets Ohio teacher fired from job

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

Pro-Russian rebels refuse to move out of occupied buildings in Ukraine

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

Abe holds talks with Biden as free trade parleys struggle to bridge gaps

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

NYP charges 20-yr-old with hate crime for attack on Sikh professor
The New York police has arrested a 20-year-old man in connection with an attack on a Sikh professor and charged him with a hate crime. Christian Morales was accused of pulling the beard of a Sikh ...
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Sun, 20 Apr 2014 19:32:39 +0200

Blues snap winless streak, lose Judd

Carlton fans would have taken a win of any sort, so cold and dark had the start to their 2014 season become.
Sun, 20 Apr 2014 17:00:00 GMT

Judd was ready: Malthouse

Carlton coach Mick Malthouse has dismissed suggestions Chris Judd's interrupted preparation was a factor in the star veteran's hamstring injury.
Sun, 20 Apr 2014 17:00:00 GMT

Man arrested after children found dead

Two children have died on Easter Sunday in north-east Melbourne, sparking a homicide investigation.
Sun, 20 Apr 2014 09:03:15 GMT

Neville Wran dead aged 87

Long-time NSW premier Neville Wran has died after a battle with dementia. He was 87 years old.
Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:20:46 GMT

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The Coalition's cabinet is the most powerful group of Catholics ever assembled in Australia.
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Sun, 20 Apr 2014 19:32:44 +0200

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

Hopes Decrease in Search for Survivors of South Korean Ferry
Almost 270 people, mostly high school students, are still missing after the South Korean ferry disaster. But hopes of finding more survivors are decreasing. | In the News
Sat, 19 Apr 2014 00:30:24 +0000


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