Virgin spacecraft crash kills pilot
At least one person is dead and another injured after Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo space tourism craft crashes in California. Fri, 31 Oct 2014 21:43:07 GMT
Burkina Faso's president resigns
Burkina Faso's President Blaise Compaore resigns following violent protests, with army chief Honore Traore taking over as head of state. Fri, 31 Oct 2014 17:49:39 GMT
Iraqi Kurds 'in Kobane to fight IS'
Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighters cross the Turkish border to help defend the Syrian town of Kobane from Islamic State militants. Fri, 31 Oct 2014 21:28:20 GMT
UN chief defends Ebola aid workers
UN chief Ban Ki-moon says discrimination against humanitarian workers who return home from the Ebola crisis in West Africa is "unacceptable". Fri, 31 Oct 2014 18:31:36 GMT
China makes 'biggest cash haul'
Anti-corruption investigators in China confirm the finding of the equivalent of $33m in cash at an official's home - the biggest such haul to date. Fri, 31 Oct 2014 14:53:19 GMT
VIDEO: Baby pandas wrestle with their keeper
A breeder in China's Chendgu province was trying to give these two baby pandas medicine instead of their usual bamboo leaves- and they were having none of it. Fri, 31 Oct 2014 12:23:55 GMT
VIDEO: The makeshift 'protection' for Ebola
The BBC's Anne Soy reports from Ghana, where health care workers in one hospital serving Liberian refugees have had to use rain coats instead of proper protective gear against Ebola. Fri, 31 Oct 2014 06:32:12 GMT
VIDEO: Poppy hijab for Remembrance
A young fashion designer from London has decided to mark Remembrance Day by creating a special "poppy hijab" for Muslim women. Fri, 31 Oct 2014 00:02:27 GMT
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Brazil football club to open cemetery
Brazilian football club Corinthians is to open a cemetery for supporters who want to be buried close to their favourite players. Fri, 31 Oct 2014 05:00:26 GMT
French town bans clowns after scares
A mayor in the south of France bans clown disguises for a month, starting on Halloween, after several violent incidents involving teenagers dressed as clowns. Fri, 31 Oct 2014 11:08:23 GMT
Pompeii relic returned 50 years on
A woman from Canada hands back a stolen piece of the ruins of Pompeii more than 50 years after she put it into her bag. Fri, 31 Oct 2014 16:26:40 GMT
Himalayan Viagra fuels caterpillar fungus gold rush
Overwhelmed by speculators trying to cash-in on a prized medicinal fungus known as Himalayan Viagra, two isolated Tibetan communities have managed to do at the local level what world leaders often fail to do on a global scale -- implement a successful system for the sustainable harvest of a precious natural resource, suggests new research. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:50:59 EDT
They know the drill: Leading the league in boring through ice sheets
Hollow coring drills are used to extract ice cores that can analyze the past atmosphere. Scientists have now documented carbon dioxide in the atmosphere between 23,000 and 9,000 years ago, based on data from an 11,000-foot hole in Antarctica. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:30:48 EDT
Take a walk in the sun to ease time change woes, sleep expert says
Daylight saving time ends at 2 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 2. As clocks turn back one hour, we gain an hour of sleep but often still feel groggy and sluggish. A sleep expert says this change in sleep schedule is exacerbated by our tendency to alter our sleep patterns on the weekends anyway. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:30:44 EDT
Lord of the microrings
Researchers report a significant breakthrough in laser technology with the development of a unique microring laser cavity that can produce single-mode lasing on demand. This advance holds ramifications for a wide range of optoelectronic applications including metrology and interferometry, data storage and communications, and high-resolution spectroscopy. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 15:08:58 EDT
Iraqi Kurds Join Syrian Kurds in Fight for Kobani
A convoy of 150 Iraqi Kurdish fighters have crossed from Turkey into Syria to bolster Syrian Kurds defending the city of Kobani from Islamic State militants.
Kurdish civilians lined the road leading to the border crossing Friday, cheering the pershmerga fighters who responded with victory signs and holding rifles over their heads.
This is the first time Turkey has allowed an armed force to cross its border into Syria. The United States has been frustrated that Turkey, a fellow NATO... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 17:16:19 -0400
Zambia Workers Group ‘Concerned’ over Power Struggle
The leader of Zambia’s Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) has expressed concern about the ongoing power struggle within the ruling Patriotic Party (PF) even before the burial of deceased President Michael Sata.
Leonard Hikaumba said the power struggle is an affront to the people of Zambia, and undermines the cultural sensibilities and respect that should be accorded the late president.
“It’s very disappointing that leaders at that level can ignore and put aside our values customary... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 16:57:16 -0400
Wilderness Awaits in the Okefenokee Swamp
When you look at it on a map, the Okeefenokee Swamp seems too close to the Atlantic Ocean’s white sandy beaches and Florida’s golf courses and theme parks to be a wilderness area.
That proximity led to an ill-conceived plan at the beginning of the 20th century to drain the 180-thousand hectare wilderness and reclaim it as farmland. Developers dug a 19-kilometer long canal, right into the center of the swamp, called the Suwanee Canal. But the project failed: it had engineering problems,... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 16:30:56 -0400
Wilderness Awaits in the Okefenokee Swamp
Fifty years ago, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Wilderness Act designating some federally owned lands as wilderness areas. These large tracts of land had few roads or buildings, offered opportunities for outdoor recreation, and were important because of their educational, scientific or historical value. One such pristine area is the Okefenokee Swamp, a 180-thousand hectare wilderness located in the southeastern part of the United States in the state of Georgia. Fri, 31 Oct 2014 16:26:00 -0400
Kerry, Iranian FM to Hold Nuclear Talks in November
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will hold talks next month with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif as the deadline for an agreement on Iran's nuclear program approaches.
The State Department says Kerry will meet with the Iranian diplomat in Oman on November 9 and 10. European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton will also be part of the talks.
Iran and the so-called P5 plus 1 (the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council and Germany) face a November... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 16:22:16 -0400
This Day in History
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 06:00:00 +0100
The Battle of Britain Is Won (1940)
The Battle of Britain was the first major German failure in World War II. The Royal Air Force (RAF), outgunned and outmanned, nevertheless defeated the German Luftwaffe and thwarted Hitler's plan for an amphibious invasion, which he had hoped would end the war quickly. The event was not only a testament to the courage of British pilots, but it also marked the first time a major battle was fought entirely in the air and featured the first use of radar in battle. Who were the "rows of idiots"? Discuss
Secretary-General establishes eminent panel to review UN peace operations
The world is changing and United Nations peace operations must change with it if they are to remain an indispensable and effective tool in promoting international peace and security, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, announcing a new blue ribbon panel to assess the current and future needs of the Organization’s peacekeeping architecture. Fri, 31 Oct 2014 14:55:01 EST
Hot conditions spark total fire ban
NSW is set to swelter at the weekend. Temperatures are expected to reach up to 39 degrees and a total fire ban has been issued for parts of the state.
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 21:15:13 GMT
Albany Anzac events attract thousands
A SYMBOLIC departure of naval warships from Albany is just one event being held at the southern WA town this weekend as part of Anzac commemorations.
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 21:09:13 GMT
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 06:00:00 +0100
Chiang Kai-shek (1887)
After the Qing dynasty was overthrown and a republic established in China, Chiang joined the Kuomintang (KMT)—the Nationalist Party—and rose through the ranks to become commander in chief of the revolutionary army and eventual successor to leader Sun Yat-sen. Under Chiang's direction, the KMT broke with its former allies, the Communists, and began a protracted civil war. Despite some initial success, Chiang ultimately failed, and his government was driven from mainland China to where? Discuss
X-Men Gambit Spinoff Starring Channing Tatum Moving Forward
20th Century Fox has hired RoboCop co-writer Josh Zetumer to write the script for Gambit, the "X-Men" spinoff that has Channing Tatum attached to star. He will also produce with his Free Association partner Reid Carolin, The Donners Company's Lauren Shuler Donner, and Genre Films' Simon Kinberg. Fri, 31 Oct 2014 15:31:00 -0500
BBC refuses to make Top Gear apology
The BBC's Head of TV refuses to make a formal apology over a Top Gear special filmed in Argentina, after demands from the country's ambassador. Fri, 31 Oct 2014 15:27:44 GMT
French radio station catches fire
A major fire forces the evacuation of the French national radio building in Paris but there are no immediate reports of casualties. Fri, 31 Oct 2014 13:08:49 GMT
Harris loses conviction appeal bid
Entertainer Rolf Harris loses the first round of a legal challenge against his conviction for indecent assaults. Fri, 31 Oct 2014 14:38:29 GMT
Blurred Lines dispute to go to trial
A US judge rules the long-running dispute between Marvin Gaye's family, Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams over claims of plagiarism should go to trial. Fri, 31 Oct 2014 10:43:07 GMT
Dench and Watson honoured in LA
Actors Dame Judi Dench, Emma Watson and Robert Downey Junior are among the stars honoured at the Britannia Awards hosted by Bafta in LA. Fri, 31 Oct 2014 09:57:08 GMT
Paddington author to make film cameo
Paddington Bear creator Michael Bond is to make a cameo appearance in the film that will bring his beloved character to the big screen for the first time. Fri, 31 Oct 2014 15:43:22 GMT
Allman dropped from film legal claim
Singer Gregg Allman is dropped from legal action filed by the family of a camera assistant killed on the set of his biopic Midnight Rider. Fri, 31 Oct 2014 11:32:34 GMT
Bend It Like Beckham set for stage
A musical version of the hit 2002 British comedy film Bend It Like Beckham is to open in the West End next year. Fri, 31 Oct 2014 12:07:57 GMT
Pirate Bay founder gets jail term
Pirate Bay co-founder Gottfrid Warg sentenced to three-and-half years in prison after being found guilty of hacking into Danish computers. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:52:50 GMT
Article of the Day
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 06:00:00 +0100
Seattle's Space Needle
At 605 feet (184 m) tall, the Space Needle is the most recognizable landmark in Seattle, Washington. The tower was built for the 1962 World's Fair and now boasts a rotating restaurant, a gift shop, and an observation deck, which afford views of the Cascade Mountains, Mount Rainier, and Elliott Bay. The tower can withstand winds of up to 200 mph (322 km/h) and earthquakes up to 9.1 in magnitude. It also has 25 lightning rods. What two design concepts inspired the structure's unique architecture? Discuss
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 05:00:00 GMT
These small black-and-white mammals are best known for the foul-smelling oily liquid they expel when threatened. Skunks do not make use of this weapon unless severely provoked and then only after raising their tails in a warning display. Most animals quickly learn to avoid skunks because the odor of skunk spray is so strong. In addition to stinking, the spray causes choking and tearing of the eyes. What do researchers believe is essential to successfully neutralizing the skunk smell?
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 05:00:00 GMT
Chocolate is prepared in a complex process from ground, roasted cacao beans. The Maya had a chocolate beverage perhaps as early as 900 BCE, and the Aztecs prized the cacao tree. In the 16th century, Montezuma II served Hernán Cortés a cacao-bean drink called xocoatl—"bitter water"—that Cortés then introduced to Europe. It became a fashionable drink there, and chocolate shops thrived, becoming centers of political discussion. When did London's first chocolate shop open?
UN watchdog demands Israeli abuses be probed
The group urged Israel to respect the rights of Palestinians, and demanded the country probe violations committed during repeated assaults on Gaza. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 14:58:00 +0200
FARMINGDALE, New York - In a gruesome murder-suicide case involving a psychotic patient, a man in a Long Island neighbourhood allegedly killed his mother, slashed the head apart and threw it away, ... Thu, 30 Oct 2014 22:14:08 -0400
MONS, Belgium - Russian jets, including six nuclear bombers, have been detected conducting "significant military maneuvers" in European airspace, representing an "unusual" level of activity that ... Thu, 30 Oct 2014 22:11:31 -0400
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso - Burkina Faso President Blaise Compaore declared a state of emergency and dismissed his government but also said he is willing to hold talks with opposition leaders who ... Thu, 30 Oct 2014 22:05:56 -0400
WASHINGTON - The Navy SEAL Team 6 member who fatally shot Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden in May 2011 is to finally reveal his true identity next month. Fox News will air a two-part documentary on ... Thu, 30 Oct 2014 22:02:56 -0400
WASHINGTON - Apple CEO Tim Cook on Thursday publicly acknowledged he is gay, becoming the highest profile chief executive to come out. The 53-year-old Alabama native broke his years of silence in ... Thu, 30 Oct 2014 21:49:23 -0400
China’s Constitution Receives New Attention
The People’s Republic of China established its current constitution more than 30 years ago. Now, the constitution is getting newfound attention under the leadership of Chinese President Xi Jinping. At a recent meeting, top-level officials spoke about building up the rule of law in China. The Communist Party has announced plans for a national day each year to celebrate the constitution. And Chinese officials will promise to defend its rules when they take office.
The... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 19:03:04 +0000
More US Hispanic Women Convert to Islam
Latinos are one of the fastest growing groups in the Muslim religion. The Pew Research Center says about six percent of American Muslims are Latino. And women make up a little more than half of the new converts -- the people who have changed their religion to Islam.
On a recent Friday, men listened to their imam at Masjid Miami Gardens in Miami, Florida. This clergyman spoke about forgiveness.
On the upper level of the Gardens, the women watch through glass. They hear... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 19:00:25 +0000
Iraqi Kurdish Fighters Enter Kobani
Syrian activists say the first group of Iraqi Kurdish fighters has arrived in the Syrian town of Kobani. They are to help Syrian Kurds in their battle against Islamic State militants.
A British human rights group said Thursday that about 10 of the fighters from Iraq’s Kurdistan area crossed into Kobani from Turkey. Around 150 fighters in all spent Wednesday traveling across Turkey toward Syria. The Turkish government agreed earlier to let them pass through.
Burkina Faso... Thu, 30 Oct 2014 21:31:28 +0000
Singapore Film Ban Raises Free Speech Issue
The documentary film, “To Singapore, with Love” tells about political dissidents from Singapore. The official website says the film explores the stories of nine people who left Singapore between the 1960s and the 1980s. It says they fled to escape persecution by the government -- first, from Singapore’s British colonial rulers and, later, by the Singapore government.
The 70-minute-long film has been shown at public events in Britain, India and... Thu, 30 Oct 2014 19:02:52 +0000
The Boy on Graves-End Road by Caty Weaver
Now, the VOA Special English program American Stories.
I'm Pat Bodnar. October thirty-first is Halloween. In the spirit of this ancient holiday, we present a story written by Special English reporter and producer Caty Weaver. It's called "The Boy on Graves-End Road."
Kelly Ryan was making dinner. Her ten-year-old son Benjamin was watching television in the living room. Or at least she thought he was.
KELLY: "Benny-boy, do you want black beans or red... Thu, 30 Oct 2014 19:01:56 +0000
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