More than 80 dead in Ankara blasts
Two blasts at a peace rally in the Turkish capital Ankara kill at least 86 people in the deadliest attack of its kind in recent Turkish history. Sat, 10 Oct 2015 17:04:11 GMT
North Korea 'ready to defend itself'
North Korea's Kim Jong-un says his country could defend itself in any war started by the US, at a mass rally to mark the 70th anniversary of its ruling party. Sat, 10 Oct 2015 12:39:35 GMT
Samoa 33-36 Scotland
Scotland reach the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals after a pulsating triumph over Samoa at St James' Park. Sat, 10 Oct 2015 15:27:22 GMT
Russia and US to hold Syria air talks
Russia will hold more talks with the US on air safety during the two countries' Syrian bombing campaigns, says the Pentagon. Sat, 10 Oct 2015 03:25:19 GMT
Two stabbing attacks in Jerusalem
There have been two new stabbing attacks by Palestinians in Jerusalem, with Israeli police shooting the attackers dead, Israeli officials say. Sat, 10 Oct 2015 14:45:38 GMT
Former chancellor Geoffrey Howe dies
Former chancellor Geoffrey Howe, a key figure in Margaret Thatcher's Conservative government in the 1980s, dies after a suspected heart attack. Sat, 10 Oct 2015 16:03:04 GMT
Ex-M&S boss to lead pro-EU campaign
Lord Stuart Rose, ex-chief executive of M&S, says leaving the EU would be a "leap into the unknown", as he becomes leader of the In Campaign. Sat, 10 Oct 2015 08:42:04 GMT
VIDEO: After the Supreme Leader's show
A parade held to mark the 70th anniversary of North Korea's ruling Workers' Party features a display of the nation's military power. Sat, 10 Oct 2015 16:05:47 GMT
Ductal carcinoma in situ treatments evolve over 20 years, but cancer death rates vary little
Treatment patterns for ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) have shifted since the 1990s, with more U.S. women opting for lumpectomy in combination with radiation rather than single-breast mastectomy, according to a study. But the researchers also found an increased tendency for women to seek removal of both breasts, despite their analysis that cancer survival rates remained similar regardless of the form of treatment. Fri, 09 Oct 2015 10:22:51 EDT
When should pediatric residents consult supervisors on issues that come up after hours?
While resident physicians responsible for the care of hospital patients are always able to call a supervising senior physician for advice on handling situations that may come up, which situations require immediate consultation and which can wait until the next day can sometimes be unclear. A new study finds significant discrepancies between pediatric residents and supervising physicians regarding when supervisors should be called to help with specific after-hours situations. Fri, 09 Oct 2015 10:20:43 EDT
Magnet hospitals better patient experiences may positively enhance reimbursement
A new study shows that Magnet hospitals nationally accredited for nursing excellence have higher patient ratings of care than other hospitals. The study suggests that hospitals seeking to improve patient satisfaction, and qualify for new financial incentives, would be well advised to consider investing in nursing excellence. Fri, 09 Oct 2015 10:20:41 EDT
Scientists pave way for diamonds to trace early cancers
Physicists have devised a way to use diamonds to identify cancerous tumors before they become life threatening. Their findings reveal how a nanoscale, synthetic version of the precious gem can light up early-stage cancers in non-toxic, non-invasive Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scans. Fri, 09 Oct 2015 10:20:35 EDT
Adoption of streamlined breast cancer treatment has stagnated, study finds
It was hoped that the development of accelerated partial breast irradiation would increase the number of early-stage breast cancer patients getting radiation treatment. A new study, however, has found that adoption of the technique has stagnated -- and many women still aren't getting the radiation treatment that could save their lives. Fri, 09 Oct 2015 10:20:29 EDT
Palestinian Stabs Three Israeli Police in Jerusalem
A Palestinian attacker stabbed three policemen just outside the Old City in east Jerusalem Saturday, before police forces shot him dead, police said
One of the police officers was seriously wounded and two others were moderately hurt, authorities said.
The scene of the stabbing is near where a Palestinian teenager stabbed two Israelis before police shot him dead earlier in the day.
A wave of stabbings has rocked Israel in recent days resulting in attacks on civilians and... Sat, 10 Oct 2015 13:10:51 -0400
Greece to Open 5 Migrant Processing Centers on Lesbos
Greece pledged to open five migrant processing centers, during talks with its European Union partners in Athens Saturday.
The first so-called “hotspot” reception center is expected to open in Mitilini of the island of Lesbos in the next 10 days, according to Luxembourg’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Jean Asselborn. Those centers are important for relocating and distributing asylum-seekers in other European countries, Asselbon said.
"In Mitilini, the first receptions centers will... Sat, 10 Oct 2015 12:51:03 -0400
86 Killed in Ankara Bomb Blasts Sat, 10 Oct 2015 12:35:00 -0400
Pakistan Seeks Resumed Afghan-Taliban Talks
Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said Saturday his country has renewed efforts to help reopen Afghan peace talks.
Sharif reiterated that Pakistan’s “intense effort” is aimed at seeking a negotiated settlement to the war in Afghanistan.
“We are trying to bring it [the Afghan reconciliation process] back on track and, God help us, succeed in it,” Sharif told reporters in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore.
He reiterated that Pakistan’s “intense effort” is... Sat, 10 Oct 2015 09:35:13 -0400
Strikes Continues Against IS Terrorists in Syria, Iraq
The U.S.-led coalition targeted Islamic State in Syria with five air strikes on Friday, and also hit the militant group with 20 bombardments in Iraq, according to a statement released on Saturday.
The Combined Joint Task Force said the Syria strikes hit tactical units near al-Hasakah, Ar Raqqah, Manbij, and Mar'a and also destroyed tactical vehicles and a building belonging to Islamic State in those areas. Near Palmyra, a strike destroyed and damaged Islamic State... Sat, 10 Oct 2015 08:58:26 -0400
This Day in History
Sat, 10 Oct 2015 07:00:00 +0200
The Double Tenth Incident (1943)
During the Japanese occupation of Singapore in World War II, several Japanese ships in Singapore Harbor were sunk in an Allied raid. On October 10, or the "Double Tenth," Japanese military police arrested 57 civilian suspects—none of whom had actually been involved in the plot—and tortured them for months. Fifteen of the detainees died. After the war, 21 of the Japanese officers were charged with war crimes, eight were sentenced to death, and six received prison terms. What happened to the rest? Discuss
Everyone is entitled to a life of dignity, Ban says on World Mental Health Day
Everyone has the right to respect and dignity, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has declared in his message on World Mental Health Day, highlighting that people who have mental health and psychosocial disabilities deserve to live with the dignity that is integral to a healthy and fulfilling life. Sat, 10 Oct 2015 00:00:00 EST
Security Council extends UN mission in South Sudan, urges inclusive dialogue towards lasting peace
Extending for two months the mandate of the United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan (UNMISS), the Security Council urged the parties to implement a recent peace deal and adjusting the operation’s activities, requesting the Secretary-General to prioritize the deployment if unarmed unmanned aerial systems and to make available technical assistance for setting up a hybrid court as called for in the peace agreement. Fri, 09 Oct 2015 19:18:28 EST
‘The stakes are high,’ UN chief tells climate finance meeting in Peru
Stressing that financial resources are central to meeting the goals of the transformative 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Agenda, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said that in order to create a low-carbon, climate-resilient future that benefits everybody, allocating appropriate finance is of key importance. Fri, 09 Oct 2015 15:41:19 EST
Afghanistan: UN agency begins humanitarian assistance to families fleeing Kunduz
Afghans who fled fighting in Kunduz have received bread baked from wheat flour fortified with vitamins and minerals along with other food supplies, but the World Food Programme (WFP) is “seriously concerned” about the safety and food security of people remaining in the north-eastern province. Fri, 09 Oct 2015 14:50:41 EST
Sat, 10 Oct 2015 07:00:00 +0200
Helen Hayes (1900)
Hayes was an American actress who began her stage career at the age of five and debuted on Broadway at nine. She went on to star in Broadway productions such as Caesar and Cleopatra and became known as "the First Lady of the American Theatre." She won three Tony Awards, as well as two Academy Awards for her roles in The Sin of Madelon Claudet and Airport. Hayes is one of only a handful of people who have won a Tony, an Oscar, and what other two awards? Discuss
Bieber back on top in singles chart
Justin Bieber becomes only the fourth music artist in UK history to have the same single to hit number one on three separate occasions. Fri, 09 Oct 2015 16:49:42 GMT
Former BBC presenter Hugh Scully dies
Hugh Scully, who presented the BBC's Antiques Roadshow for 19 years, and before that Nationwide, dies at the age of 72. Fri, 09 Oct 2015 17:58:24 GMT
Dismaland on its way to refugee camp
The dismantled Dismaland theme park is on its way to a refugee camp in France after artist Banksy donated it to a group of Bristol volunteers. Fri, 09 Oct 2015 08:07:35 GMT
Bieber wants nude photos taken down
Lawyers for Justin Bieber demand nude photos published of the star need be removed from a US newspaper website. Fri, 09 Oct 2015 09:41:14 GMT
Randy Quaid facing Canadian deportation
Actor Randy Quaid is facing deportation from Canada, having fled to the country in 2010 to escape charges of vandalism to a house in California. Fri, 09 Oct 2015 10:05:39 GMT
Davis calls for more women on screen
Thelma & Louise star Geena Davis has called for more women on screen and more challenging female roles in TV and film. Fri, 09 Oct 2015 10:16:38 GMT
Film honour for Star Wars composer
John Williams becomes the first composer to receive the American Film Institute's Lifetime achievement award in its 44-year history. Fri, 09 Oct 2015 08:05:48 GMT
Bruce Forsyth injured in home fall
Sir Bruce Forsyth has been told by doctors to have complete rest for at least a week after suffering a fall at his home. Fri, 09 Oct 2015 00:08:30 GMT
Syd artwork planned for home city
Pink Floyd's original singer and guitarist is to be honoured with a "creative art installation" in a venue in his home city. Thu, 08 Oct 2015 17:48:46 GMT
Article of the Day
Sat, 10 Oct 2015 07:00:00 +0200
In 1994, Rodin became the first female president of an Ivy League University and was, at one time, the highest paid US university president. During her tenure at the University of Pennsylvania, the school rose to 4th place in the US News & World Report college ranking. She has published more than 200 articles and chapters in academic publications and authored or co-authored 11 books. In 2004, who did Rodin have address the university at commencement? Discuss
Sat, 10 Oct 2015 05:00:00 GMT
Rock, Paper, Scissors
Rock, Paper, Scissors (RPS) is a hand game, often played by children, that is used as a selection method similar to drawing straws. Though seemingly random, an experienced and attentive player can sometimes recognize the behavior patterns of other players and use this knowledge to his advantage. The game involves 3 hand gestures, each representing rock, paper, or scissors. Each gesture beats one of the other two. In 2006, US Federal Judge Gregory Presnell used RPS to settle a court dispute; how?
Fri, 9 Oct 2015 05:00:00 GMT
The Sea Otter
Sea otters are carnivorous, aquatic mammals. Found in and around the kelp beds of the N Pacific, the sea otter is the only exclusively marine species in the otter family. Sea Otters present a rare example of mammalian tool use. They use rocks as tools to pry open food and as weapons to blind their enemies. Hunted to near extinction for their luxuriously dense fur, the otters are now protected under what international treaty?
BRUSSELS, Belgium - The United States has urged NATO to slow down its troop withdrawal from Afghanistan scheduled after 2016 amid indications that the America-led military alliance is willing to ... Fri, 09 Oct 2015 21:39:18 -0400
WASHINGTON House Republicans gather on Friday morning to begin figuring out who is in charge after House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy abruptly dropped out of the race for speaker, shocking his ... Fri, 09 Oct 2015 02:12:30 -0400
WASHINGTON - American officials on Thursday said that four Russian cruise missiles launched from a warship in the Caspian Sea missed their targets in Syria and crashed in Iran causing possible ... Fri, 09 Oct 2015 01:59:17 -0400
WASHINGTON - Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton tried to give her faltering campaign a boost by rejecting the Trans-Pacific Partnership, days after the US and 11 nations gave their nod ... Thu, 08 Oct 2015 16:33:04 -0400
SACRAMENTO, California - An American entrepreneurial journalist and blogger, who once worked as a deputy social media editor for the Reuters news agency, was on Wednesday found guilty of helping a ... Thu, 08 Oct 2015 16:41:57 -0400
Everyday Grammar: When Nouns Act Like Adjectives
Welcome back to Everyday Grammar from VOA Learning English.
The English language has an interesting way of classifying words. We organize words by their function or purpose. These functions are parts of speech. You might find that a noun acts like a verb, as with the word impact. Once you would talk about something having an impact. This is the noun form of impact. Now you can say you want to impact a decision process. That is the verb form of impact.
You know that an adjective... Fri, 09 Oct 2015 21:32:59 +0000
VOA English Newscast: 1900 UTC October 9, 2015
From Washington, this is VOA News.
I'm David Byrd reporting.
The United States decides to stop training opposition Syrian rebels. The Obama administration is "pausing" and "evolving" a $500 million Pentagon-led program to train and equip rebels fighting Islamic State militants.
The operation will shift away from vetting moderate Syrian rebels and training them in Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the UAE (United Arab Emirates).
Instead, the... Fri, 09 Oct 2015 21:02:00 +0000
Kampai! Japan Brings Sake and Sushi to Washington
The Grand Sake Tasting celebrates the native Japanese trees the Japanese government donated to the U.S. in 1912. Each year when the trees bloom pink flowers, thousands of people come to Washington to see them along the Potomac River. Fri, 09 Oct 2015 21:00:21 +0000
China Warns About ‘Provocative’ Moves in South China Sea
China has warned against what it has called “provocative behavior” in the South China Sea.
The warning followed news reports released Thursday. The reports said the United States military is planning to sail warships close to artificial islands China has been building up in the disputed waters.
The reports say U.S. officials have said they are considering sailing warships within about 22 kilometers (or 12 nautical-mile zones) of the artificial islands within the next... Fri, 09 Oct 2015 20:10:21 +0000
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