Nepal quake relief drive intensifies
Rescue efforts intensify after more than 2,300 die in Nepal's worst quake in more than 80 years, as a powerful aftershock hits the region. Sun, 26 Apr 2015 14:22:15 GMT
Deadly protests in Burundi capital
At least two people die in violent protests in Burundi after the president announces he will seek a third term. Sun, 26 Apr 2015 14:29:02 GMT
Kipchoge and Tufa win in London
Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge wins the men's London Marathon, with Tigist Tufa of Ethiopia victorious in the women's race. Sun, 26 Apr 2015 13:16:48 GMT
Russian twerking video women jailed
A Russian court jails three women for performing a twerking dance in front of a World War Two memorial and posting it online. Sun, 26 Apr 2015 12:37:02 GMT
Baltimore protest turns violent
A protest march in Baltimore a week after Freddie Gray, a black man, died in police custody, turns violent with at least a dozen arrests. Sun, 26 Apr 2015 07:12:28 GMT
Britons caught up in Nepal disaster
A UK couple on their honeymoon, who are among Britons caught up in the Nepal quake, tell of seeing an "avalanche coming straight" for them on Everest. Sun, 26 Apr 2015 14:37:27 GMT
Labour plan to cap rental increases
Private landlords would not be able to increase rents by more than inflation for three years under Labour plans to give tenants more security. Sun, 26 Apr 2015 09:55:47 GMT
Magic of London helped - Radcliffe
Paula Radcliffe says running the London Marathon competitively for a final time was an "amazing" experience. Sun, 26 Apr 2015 13:21:30 GMT
Cameron sets out '100 day' Tory plan
David Cameron says wages, welfare, housing and childcare will be at the heart of the Conservatives' programme for government in its first 100 days if it wins an outright victory. Sun, 26 Apr 2015 02:38:31 GMT
Profit warnings rise on low oil price
Profit warnings from UK-listed companies rose in the first three months of the year despite the improved economic outlook, a report says. Sun, 26 Apr 2015 12:55:01 GMT
PM's 'brain fade' over football team
David Cameron comes under fire from Twitter users after saying in a speech that he supported West Ham - when he is an Aston Villa fan. Sat, 25 Apr 2015 13:44:38 GMT
Scientists develop first liquid nanolaser
Scientists have developed the first liquid nanoscale laser. And it's tunable in real time, meaning you can quickly and simply produce different colors, a unique and useful feature. The laser technology could lead to practical applications, such as a new form of a 'lab on a chip' for medical diagnostics. In addition to changing color in real time, the liquid nanolaser has additional advantages: it is simple to make, inexpensive to produce and operates at room temperature. Fri, 24 Apr 2015 21:31:56 EDT
Team develops faster, higher quality 3-D camera
Inspired by the Microsoft Kinect and the human eye, scientists have developed an inexpensive 3-D camera that can be used in any environment to produce high-quality images. Fri, 24 Apr 2015 21:31:52 EDT
Combined brachytherapy techniques should be 'benchmark' for cervical cancer treatment
The first large international study to investigate the late side-effects of a combination of two forms of brachytherapy to treat cervical cancer has shown that the technique successfully delivers higher radiation doses to the tumor without an increase in treatment-related problems afterwards. New research suggests that the technique should be the 'benchmark' for treatment of the disease. Fri, 24 Apr 2015 21:31:50 EDT
Abe's US Visit to Focus on Controversial Statements
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will make a high-profile visit to the United States this week amid renewed scrutiny of his position on the aggressive policies Japan pursued when it was a colonial power in Asia, in the years leading up to World War Two.
Abe will meet with President Barack Obama at the White House on Tuesday, and he will address a joint meeting of the U.S. Congress, becoming the first Japanese government chief ever accorded such a privilege. The prime minister is... Sun, 26 Apr 2015 10:25:23 -0400
Foreign Governments Tally Citizens in Nepal
Here are details released by some foreign governments on citizens who found themselves in Nepal at the time a strong earthquake hit on Saturday, killing more than 2,200 people.
The 7.9 magnitude quake struck at midday at a busy time of year for the tourism-reliant country's trekking and climbing season, with an estimated 300,000 foreign tourists in the country, several hundred of those on Mount Everest.
Countries are listed in alphabetical order.
Austria: Foreign ministry says... Sun, 26 Apr 2015 10:16:27 -0400
Death of Ukraine Soldier Puts Cease-fire in Question
A fragile cease-fire between Ukrainian government forces and pro-Russian separatists came under renewed pressure Sunday with the Ukrainian military reporting a serviceman had been killed and seven others wounded in rebel attacks.
The casualties, which follow the death on Saturday of another serviceman in shelling in the south east, occurred as the Ukrainian military and the rebels accused each other of violating a peace deal signed in Minsk, Belarus, in February.
The latest violence... Sun, 26 Apr 2015 09:59:45 -0400
HRW: Egypt's Trial of Morsi ‘Badly Flawed’
The trial of former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, deposed by the army and sentenced to 20 years in jail, was "badly flawed" and appears to have been politically motivated, Human Rights Watch said on Sunday.
A court on April 21 convicted Morsi and 12 other Muslim Brotherhood members of violence, kidnapping and torture over the deaths of protesters in 2012. They were acquitted of murder, which carries the death sentence.
The rise to power of the Brotherhood, a decades-old... Sun, 26 Apr 2015 09:48:07 -0400
Togo Begins Vote Count in Presidential Election
Togo's election officials were tallying results Sunday after voting in the presidential election that appeared to have a low turnout and would likely leave President Faure Gnassingbe in power.
Gnassingbe was running for a third five-year term, which would keep his family in power for nearly 50 years. He assumed office in 2005 upon the death of his father, Gnassingbe Eyadema, who ruled the former French colony for 38 years.
Opposition leader Jean-Pierre Fabre, who also ran for... Sun, 26 Apr 2015 09:28:53 -0400
This Day in History
Sun, 26 Apr 2015 07:00:00 +0200
Nazi Gestapo Is Established (1933)
Taking its name from the contraction of Geheime Staatspolizei—German for "Secret State Police"—the Gestapo was the secret police force of Nazi Germany. Created in 1933 by Hermann Goring, the Gestapo operated without civil restraints or judicial oversight, brutally suppressing partisan activities in occupied territories and arresting thousands of Jews, leftists, and other Nazi "enemies," many of whom were sent to concentration camps. How many Gestapo members were there during World War II? Discuss
UN chief welcomes progress in fight against malaria, calls for more work to continue momentum
In a message to mark World Malaria Day today, the United Nations Secretary-General said that better access to insecticide-treated bed nets and greater availability of accurate diagnostics and effective treatment were the main reasons why the UN health agency reported in 2014 that the rate at which people are dying from malaria had halved since the turn of the century. Sat, 25 Apr 2015 00:00:00 EST
Sun, 26 Apr 2015 07:00:00 +0200
I. M. Pei (1917)
Ieoh Ming Pei, better known as I. M. Pei, is a Pritzker Prize-winning Chinese-American architect whose buildings can be seen the world over. In his works, structure and environment are carefully integrated with precise geometric design to create crisp, clear, sculptural edifices. He is known for his sensuous use of materials like marble, concrete, and especially glass—which he used in his pioneering all-glass curtain walls. What controversial Parisian structure did Pei design in the 1980s? Discuss
Harper Lee saves Mockingbird play
Author Harper Lee starts a non-profit company to produce a play of To Kill a Mockingbird in her hometown of Monroeville, after a dispute threatened to end the show. Sun, 26 Apr 2015 11:59:54 GMT
Music boss tops Britain's rich list
Warner Music owner Len Blavatnik is Britain's richest man with a £13.17bn fortune, but the Queen has dropped out of the top 300 for the first time, according to the Sunday Times. Sun, 26 Apr 2015 08:22:33 GMT
Fellowes to adapt Trollope novel
Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes is to adapt Anthony Trollope's Doctor Thorne - one of his favourite novels - for TV. Sun, 26 Apr 2015 09:31:28 GMT
Bruce Jenner: I am a woman
The reality TV star and Olympic gold medallist says he still has male body parts but considers himself female. Sat, 25 Apr 2015 08:53:34 GMT
Native Americans quit Sandler set
Several Native American actors walk off the set of an Adam Sandler comedy, claiming the film is "totally disrespectful" of Apache culture. Fri, 24 Apr 2015 10:40:31 GMT
US child star 'takes own life'
Sawyer Sweeten, the child star of hit US show Everybody Loves Raymond, takes his own life at his family home in Texas. Fri, 24 Apr 2015 10:29:11 GMT
Artist's assistant jailed for theft
A former assistant to US artist Jasper Johns has been sentenced to 18 months in prison after admitting he stole artworks from Johns' Connecticut studio. Fri, 24 Apr 2015 09:29:21 GMT
Grey's 'McDreamy' in dramatic exit
Patrick Dempsey's character Dr Derek Shepherd, known as McDreamy, makes a surprise exit from US medical drama Grey's Anatomy. Fri, 24 Apr 2015 10:55:57 GMT
McGough: 'Children need more poetry'
Poet Roger McGough says not enough children's poetry books are published, as 2015 Children's Poetry Award shortlist is announced. Fri, 24 Apr 2015 15:49:44 GMT
Moore not a fan of demand film trend
Oscar-winning actress Julianne Moore criticises the trend for simultaneous cinema and on demand release dates for films Fri, 24 Apr 2015 12:54:27 GMT
Article of the Day
Sun, 26 Apr 2015 07:00:00 +0200
An Emmy-winning television comedy writer in the late 1960s, Martin began performing stand-up in the early 70s, achieving acclaim as a regular on Saturday Night Live in the late 70s. He recorded several comedy albums, two of them Grammy winners, and starred in TV specials and numerous comedy films. Martin has also found success as a writer of plays and novellas. Which of his novellas was made into a 2005 feature film? Discuss
Sun, 26 Apr 2015 05:00:00 GMT
An heirloom plant is an open-pollinated cultivar that was commonly grown during earlier periods in human history, but which is not used in modern large-scale agriculture. Most food crops are now grown in huge, monocultural plots owned by corporations, and few varieties of each type of crop are grown. The increasing popularity of heirloom gardening can be seen as a reaction to this trend. Why is 1951 a key year for heirloom gardeners?
Sat, 25 Apr 2015 05:00:00 GMT
Gotham City is a fictional city that is best known as the home of DC Comics' Batman character. Gotham is known to be architecturally modeled after New York City, but with exaggerated elements and styles. Gotham also sometimes serves as a nickname for New York, and was first popularized as such by the author Washington Irving. What is Arkham Asylum?
DALLAS, Texas - American Airlines Group reported a revenue drop of US $168 million in the first quarter, but posted record profits for the same period, thanks to record low oil prices. The Fort ... Sun, 26 Apr 2015 01:06:58 -0400
ADEN, Yemen - An convoy of Iranian ships suspected of carrying weapons bound for Yemen and the Houthi rebels fighting the central government has turned north, away from the war-torn country, the US ... Sat, 25 Apr 2015 22:30:43 -0400
MIAMI, Florida - MSC Cruises' ship MSC Divina, which was custom-built for the North American market, will be returned to year-round sailing in the North American cruise market from Miami in 2015. ... Sat, 25 Apr 2015 22:23:35 -0400
WASHINGTON - United States Vice President Joe Biden has promised that America will deliver advanced F-35 fifth-generation fighter jets to Israel next year to help the Jewish state maintain military ... Fri, 24 Apr 2015 22:25:15 -0400
NEW YORK - The Statue of Liberty and Liberty Island were evacuated Friday following a bomb threat, and deemed safe only after a thorough search yielded nothing. US Parks Police received a 911 call ... Fri, 24 Apr 2015 22:25:28 -0400
Nepal Earthquake Kills More Than 2,200, Shakes Mt. Everest
A major earthquake and dozens of powerful aftershocks struck Nepal on Saturday, destroying parts of Katmandu, the capital city. The quake killed more than 2,200 people.
The 7.8-magnitude quake shook Mt. Everest, the highest mountain on Earth. The resulting avalanches buried mountain climbers in their base camps killing at least 17 climbers and injuring many others.
At least 34 people were also killed in India. Five deaths were reported from Tibet. Bangladesh, Bhutan and the... Sat, 25 Apr 2015 22:07:17 +0000
Islam Is the Fastest Growing Religion in the World
Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world, according to a new study. The Pew Research Center spent six years studying the demographics of population and religion around the world. What they found is that as the world population grows between 2010 and 2050, so will Islam.
Christianity and other religions will grow as well, but Islam will grow faster than any other major religion. The numbers of Buddhists are expected to remain the same or even drop a little.
What is... Sat, 25 Apr 2015 20:02:33 +0000
40th Anniversary for Mississippi River Steamboat
During the 1800s, the Mississippi River was crowded with steamboats. The river divided the United States in half, separating the older, more populated eastern states from the West. Steamboats transported goods and people up and down the waterway. But only a few such boats can be seen there today. This month marks the 40th year one of them has been operating on the mighty Mississippi.
Steamboat Natchez was built in 1975. The Natchez is made mostly of steel. Its steam engines... Sat, 25 Apr 2015 20:01:34 +0000
US Senate Committee Approves Trade Promotion Authority Bill
From VOA Learning English, this is the Economics Report.
A United States congressional committee has passed a bill aimed at easing approval of future U.S. trade agreements with other countries. The Senate Finance Committee approved Trade Promotion Authority, also known as “fast track” legislation, on Wednesday. The new version of TPA confirms the power of the president to negotiate trade agreements. The measure sets congressional goals and guidance for trade negotiations.... Sat, 25 Apr 2015 20:00:44 +0000
When It Comes to Money, Black Is Better Than Red
Now, Words and Their Stories, a VOA Special English program about American expressions. I’m Rich Kleinfeldt with some financial words and expressions used in business and the stock market.
Our first expression is “in the red.” It is another way of saying that a business is losing money. In the past, numbers in the financial records of a company were written in red ink to show a loss.
A business magazine recently published a report about a television company. The report said the... Sat, 25 Apr 2015 20:00:12 +0000
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