Greek poll winner vows to end 'pain'
Anti-austerity Syriza party leader Alexis Tsipras vows to end Greece's "five years of humiliation and pain" after winning the general election. Mon, 26 Jan 2015 07:12:04 GMT
Obama attends India's Republic Day
President Barack Obama begins the second day of his visit to India by becoming the first US head of state to attend the Republic Day parade. Mon, 26 Jan 2015 07:25:33 GMT
LRA commander due in Hague court
Top Ugandan rebel commander Dominic Ongwen is due to appear at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague to face war crimes charges. Mon, 26 Jan 2015 04:36:14 GMT
US braced for 'historic blizzard'
A "potentially historic blizzard" could dump up to 90cm (3ft) of snow on the US north-east coast, including New York, meteorologists warn. Mon, 26 Jan 2015 07:04:12 GMT
Malaysia Airlines website hacked
A hacker group attacks the official website of Malaysia Airlines, but the company says bookings and user data are not compromised. Mon, 26 Jan 2015 06:59:05 GMT
MPs: Ban fracking on carbon grounds
A committee of MPs has called for a moratorium on shale gas fracking on the grounds that it could derail efforts to tackle climate change. Mon, 26 Jan 2015 00:09:26 GMT
Clare's Law abuse disclosures made
A scheme allowing people to find out if their partner has a history of domestic violence has been used more than 1,300 times, police figures show. Mon, 26 Jan 2015 05:27:22 GMT
First female bishop to be consecrated
The Church of England will consecrate its first female bishop, Reverend Libby Lane, in a ceremony at York Minster later. Mon, 26 Jan 2015 01:41:07 GMT
Heartburn 'could be sign of cancer'
A health campaign is urging people not to ignore heartburn, because it could be a sign of stomach or oesophageal cancer. Mon, 26 Jan 2015 00:06:52 GMT
Hoax call made to David Cameron
Downing Street is to review security procedures after a hoax caller was put through to Prime Minister David Cameron, Number 10 says. Sun, 25 Jan 2015 22:11:02 GMT
VIDEO: Footage shows shot Egypt protester
At least 16 people have been killed in clashes between police and protesters on the fourth anniversary of the uprising that toppled President Hosni Mubarak. Sun, 25 Jan 2015 23:09:45 GMT
VIDEO: Record snowstorm due in eastern US
Weather forecasters in the United Sates are warning that more than one metre of snow is predicted to fall and airlines have already cancelled hundreds of flights. Mon, 26 Jan 2015 05:14:02 GMT
VIDEO: Ancient underwater forest found off UK
BBC Inside Out reveals a 'lost world' with the discovery of a remarkable submerged forest thousands of years old underneath the sea off eastern England. Mon, 26 Jan 2015 00:28:41 GMT
Friends know how long you'll live, study finds
Young lovers walking down the aisle may dream of long and healthy lives together, but close friends in the wedding party may have a better sense of whether those wishes will come true, suggests new research on personality and longevity. Sat, 24 Jan 2015 12:08:13 EST
Relationship between religion and educational attainment
Researchers have long studied and documented the influence religion has on social groups; however, few have examined the role it plays in education. A new research article examines the relationship between religion and educational attainment in the United States. Fri, 23 Jan 2015 19:03:01 EST
The latest fashion: Graphene edges can be tailor-made
Theorists show it may be possible to tune graphene edges by varying heat and force as graphene is fractured. Edge configurations affect graphene's electronic and mechanical properties, which are important for applications. Fri, 23 Jan 2015 19:02:50 EST
'July Effect' doesn’t apply to length of surgery
The "July Effect" -- when newly trained physicians begin their residency at teaching hospitals, potentially increasing the risk of medical errors -- doesn't appear to lengthen surgeries during that month, according to an American study. Fri, 23 Jan 2015 19:01:39 EST
Miss Colombia Takes Miss Universe Crown
Miss Colombia Paulina Vega is the new Miss Universe, after winning the crown at a glitzy pageant Sunday night outside of Miami.
The 22-year-old Vega beat out runner-up Nia Sanchez of the United States and third place Diana Harkusha from Ukraine.
A total of 88 contestants took part in the contest, which is open to women between 18 and 27 years old who have not been married or had a child.
Vega, who studies business administration at a Bogota university, is the first contestant... Mon, 26 Jan 2015 01:39:52 -0500
Anti-Austerity Party Wins Greek Election
A radical leftist party and its 40-year-old leader swept to power Sunday in Greece, outdistancing the conservative New Democracy party led by incumbent Prime Minister Antonis Samaras.
Alexis Tsipras, the chief of the Syriza party, has pledged to end years of austerity polices. However, the outcome of the election likely places Greece in conflict with the European Union and international creditors.
Syriza appears to have fallen just two seats short of the 151 parliament seats... Mon, 26 Jan 2015 01:33:30 -0500
Obama is Guest of Honor at India's Republic Day Parade
Rain did little to dampen the excitement around President Barack Obama's landmark visit to India as thousands of troops took part in a dazzling military parade Monday where he was the guest of honor.
Obama is the first U.S. president to attend India's Republic Day, which celebrates its first constitution as an independent state, taking effect on January 26, 1950.
The U.S. president spent the first day of his 3-day visit Sunday bonding with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi... Mon, 26 Jan 2015 01:27:57 -0500
DRC Spokesman: Election Law Approval Defeat for Opposition
A spokesman for the Democratic Republic of Congo government said Sunday’s senate approval of controversial election legislation was a defeat for opponents of President Joseph Kabila who, he claimed, were planning a coup d’état.
The ruling majority agreed to remove articles in the proposed law that required the completion of a vast census before the 2016 election, a move that the opposition said would have allowed Kabila to extend his stay in power.
Information... Mon, 26 Jan 2015 00:55:50 -0500
Honduran President Hails Drop in Murder Rate
Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez says the deployment of special military police has cut the country's murder rate, one of the world's highest.
In a speech marking his first year in office Sunday, Mr. Hernandez said the murder rate last year fell 23 percent - from 86 to 66 per 100,000 people.
He said the government is having success in battling international drug gangs and organized crime that have infested the country.
President Hernandez thanked police and security... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 20:15:12 -0500
This Day in History
Mon, 26 Jan 2015 06:00:00 +0100
Beaumont Siblings Disappear without a Trace (1966)
The Beaumont children's disappearance from an Australian beach launched what would become one of the largest police investigations in Australian criminal history. On a hot summer day in 1966, nine-year-old Jane Beaumont took her two younger siblings to a nearby beach, but they never returned home. Police investigations revealed that the children had been seen with a strange man and later walking alone, but the case was never solved. In what way did their disappearance change Australian society? Discuss
Mon, 26 Jan 2015 06:00:00 +0100
Douglas MacArthur (1880)
MacArthur is a major figure in US military and diplomatic history. He commanded a brigade in France during World War I and was commander of the Philippine military establishment in the late 1930s, but he is best remembered for the vital role he played in the Pacific theater of World War II and for his command of UN forces during the Korean War. Many Americans viewed MacArthur as a hero, but he was suddenly relieved of his post by President Truman at the height of the Korean War for what reason? Discuss
Birdman given boost in Oscars race
Michael Keaton's film Birdman emerges as a strong contender for the Academy Awards after being given the Producers Guild of America's top prize. Sun, 25 Jan 2015 08:33:01 GMT
Sniper film 'stoking Islamophobia'
The release of the film American Sniper has led to an increase in threats against Muslims in the US, an Arab-American civil rights group says. Sun, 25 Jan 2015 12:21:47 GMT
US talk show pioneer Franklin dies
Joe Franklin, who was a New York TV host for 43 years and is credited by some as having invented the talk show format, dies at the age of 88. Sun, 25 Jan 2015 12:54:53 GMT
Tangerine Dream's Froese dies at 70
Edgar Froese, the founding member of the German ambient electronic group Tangerine Dream, dies in Vienna at the age of 70. Sat, 24 Jan 2015 13:03:06 GMT
Cooper brings Elephant Man to London
Three-time Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper is to play the Elephant Man in London following the critical acclaim he has received for the role on Broadway. Fri, 23 Jan 2015 09:33:22 GMT
Mrs Doubtfire musical in the works
Composer of Disney's Aladdin and Little Shop of Horrors reveals he's working on a musical based on the 1993 film. Sat, 24 Jan 2015 14:17:42 GMT
Sundance opens with Nina Simone film
The Sundance Film Festival in park City, Utah launches its 2015 edition with a documentary about legendary jazz and blues singer Nina Simone. Fri, 23 Jan 2015 11:23:14 GMT
Glitter 'said assault was a secret'
Former singer Gary Glitter sexually assaulted a teenage girl after she had been taken to meet him backstage after a show, a court hears. Fri, 23 Jan 2015 15:48:08 GMT
Scorsese Bill Clinton film 'shelved'
Martin Scorsese's planned HBO TV documentary film on former US President Bill Clinton is shelved indefinitely over control disagreements, according to reports. Fri, 23 Jan 2015 09:07:19 GMT
Article of the Day
Mon, 26 Jan 2015 06:00:00 +0100
Ragtime is a style of American piano music emphasizing syncopation and polyrhythm. Popular in the early 20th century, it was the first form of jazz to exert a wide appeal—thanks, in part, to Scott Joplin and Irving Berlin, its most celebrated composers and performers. In a ragtime composition, the pianist's left hand keeps an accented beat while the right hand plays a fast, bouncing melody that gives the music its powerful forward impetus. What is the likely origin of the name "ragtime"? Discuss
Mon, 26 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT
Film noir is a style of film characterized by low-key lighting, bleak urban settings, and corrupt, cynical characters who find themselves entangled in the criminal underworld. This dark genre, which gave rise to the film archetypes of the hardboiled private detective and the femme fatale, was especially popular in Hollywood in the 1940s. Classic examples of film noir include The Maltese Falcon and The Big Sleep. Who first coined the term film noir, and what does it mean?
Sun, 25 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT
The Black Watch
The Black Watch—or Royal Highland Regiment—is a Scottish infantry regiment of the British Army. Its first companies were originally raised in 1725 to occupy and watch the rebellious Scottish highlands, in order to keep the peace. The regiment was formed about 15 years later and became known as the Black Watch, after the dark colors of the regimental tartan. In 2006, a military reorganization made the Black Watch the 3d Battalion of the Royal Regiment of Scotland. What is the regiment's motto?
Zuma: Saudi king a mediator and peacemaker
?President Jacob Zuma has sent condolences to the family of Saudi Arabian King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud following news of his death on Friday. Sat, 24 Jan 2015 09:29:00 +0200
HOUSTON, Texas - A NASA probe called New Horizons is to start photographing the icy world of Pluto from 200-million km away, after travelling 5-billion km over the course of nine years to get near ... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 19:07:08 -0500
NEW DELHI, India - The United States and India have announced a breakthrough in talks to allow American companies to supply India with civilian nuclear technology. The announcement of the ... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 18:34:53 -0500
ATLANTA, Georgia - Bomb threats on Twitter against two US flights on Saturday prompted North American air defense fighter planes to be scrambled to accompany them to their destination in Atlanta, ... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 19:51:20 -0500
DENVER, Colorado - A 19-year-old Colorado woman has been sentenced to four years in jail after pleading guilty to trying to support the ISIS militant group. Shannon Conley, a Muslim convert, was ... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 18:26:11 -0500
BELLEVUE, Washington - Expedia Inc has puchased online travel agency Travelocity from technology company Sabre Corp for US $280 million, the companies announced in a statement Friday, reflecting ... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 18:10:03 -0500
Australian Open 2015: Will Nick Kyrgios be a great champion or another Gael Monfils?
For all the questions that Nick Kyrgios has already answered during his exhilarating run to the Australian Open quarter-finals, in the locker-room, apparently, others remain. Four-time major winner Jim Courier senses a peer sentiment that combines immense respect for the 19-year-old's outrageous talent with uncertainty about what will happen next. Mon Jan 26 07:28:13 UTC 2015
Actors bring humour to new sex education resource
A new teaching kit for Victorian schools hopes to breathe new life into awkward sex education classes by including advice on how to use condoms from well-known Australian actors. Mon Jan 26 07:24:42 UTC 2015
Poll Call: Monday January 26, 2015
Welcome to Poll Call, our daily live blog that we'll be bringing you in the lead-up to the January 31 state election. Send tips, questions or feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org Mon Jan 26 07:23:14 UTC 2015
Experts Decide Ethiopia Has Best Coffee
An international group of coffee experts has rated Ethiopia’s coffee as the best in the world. Coffee is a top export for the country. But at home, it is a source of national pride. Ethiopians feel good about their coffee, and enjoying a drink with friends is a longstanding tradition.
International coffee experts travel the world to find the best tasting cup of coffee. They keep returning to Ethiopia. Some people say the climate produces quality beans. Morton Wennersgarrd is a... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 20:01:39 +0000
Labor Groups Criticize Abuses in Thai Fishing Industry
Labor and anti-trafficking groups are calling for more action to reduce rights abuses in Thailand’s profitable fishing industry. The fishing industry often depends on workers from neighboring countries.
The Thai government is taking steps to stop the abuses. But problems remain for an industry long dependent on low-cost labor.
Thailand is the third largest... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 20:00:37 +0000
Vietnamese Officials Worried about Political Blog
A new blog is providing information for Vietnamese who want to learn about the hidden workings of their country’s politics. The name of the person responsible for the blog has yet to be made public.
The website is called Portrait of Power, or Chan Dung Quyen Luc in Vietnamese. It publishes documents and photographs said to show corruption among some cabinet officials and their families. The blog has recorded almost 14 million visits since it was launched a month ago.
Pham... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 20:00:31 +0000
S. Korean Businesses Want to Ease Trade Restriction with North
Business leaders in South Korea are urging President Park Geun-hye to ease trade restrictions with North Korea. South Korea put the restrictions in place in 2010 after the sinking of a South Korean warship. Pro-business groups believe that expanding trade and investment will help their businesses and contribute to long-term peace and security on the Korean peninsula. A group called “The Emergency Response Committee of Inter-Korean Economic Cooperation” says it represents more than 140... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 20:00:08 +0000
Should Schools in US Recognize Muslim Holidays?
As religious minorities increase in the United States, some want public schools to close not only on Christmas, but also on their religious holidays. The issue is being debated in Montgomery County, Maryland, near Washington, D.C. It has become a difficult issue for local school boards, which set education policy in cities or towns. Unlike in many countries, in the United States public schools are under the control of local officials -- not state or federal governments.
In... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 20:00:57 +0000
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