EU sets Russia sanctions ultimatum
The EU gives Russia one week to reverse course in Ukraine or face new sanctions, as Ukraine's leader talks of the "point of no return". Sun, 31 Aug 2014 00:14:45 GMT
Pakistan protesters in police clash
More than 250 are injured as police in Islamabad fire tear gas at protesters marching on the residence of Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif. Sun, 31 Aug 2014 00:57:26 GMT
'Slow progress' in Iraq Amerli push
The Iraqi army, Shia militias and Kurdish fighters are reported to be making slow progress in breaking the siege of the Amerli town in the north. Sat, 30 Aug 2014 21:52:08 GMT
Philippine troops in Syria rescued
Thirty-two Philippine peacekeepers trapped by rebels in the Syrian Golan Heights are rescued, and another 40 escape, but 44 Fijians are held hostage. Sun, 31 Aug 2014 01:32:03 GMT
First openly gay NFL player dropped
Michael Sam, the first openly gay player drafted into the National Football League, fails to make the final roster for the St Louis Rams. Sat, 30 Aug 2014 21:03:24 GMT
Missing Ashya King found in Spain
A five-year-old boy with a brain tumour whose parents removed him from hospital against medical advice has been found, police confirm. Sun, 31 Aug 2014 00:10:36 GMT
Fairhead to be BBC Trust chairwoman
Rona Fairhead, former head of the Financial Times Group, is to become the first woman to chair the BBC Trust, replacing Lord Patten in the role. Sun, 31 Aug 2014 01:39:15 GMT
PM warns of terror threat to Europe
The terrorist threat posed by Islamist extremists is as much a concern for countries in mainland Europe as it is for the UK, David Cameron says. Sat, 30 Aug 2014 18:20:14 GMT
Co-op Group votes through reforms
Members of the troubled Co-operative Group vote overwhelmingly in favour of reforming how the business is run. Sat, 30 Aug 2014 17:56:00 GMT
Family in sea search for missing boy
Family members join police in search for missing Isaac Nash, 12, who was swept into the sea off Anglesey while on holiday. Sat, 30 Aug 2014 17:07:36 GMT
VIDEO: Police trial Bond-style tracking darts
A GPS tracking device being deployed by police in Florida enables officers to follow a vehicle without the need for a potentially dangerous high-speed pursuit. Sat, 30 Aug 2014 16:23:39 GMT
VIDEO: Dahl: Charlie chapters discovered
The discovery of new unpublished chapters reveals author Roald Dahl planned to include more children in his classic children's book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory but dropped them from the final version. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 20:26:30 GMT
VIDEO: Jews 'forced' from Guatemala village
Some 230 members of an Orthodox Jewish group begin leaving a village in western Guatemala after a bitter row with the local indigenous community. Sat, 30 Aug 2014 06:16:04 GMT
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Report advocates improved police training
A new report identifies ways to improve the mental health training and education that police personnel receive. "The most important part of the report and what comes after is making sure people living with mental illness are involved in the delivery of training," says one expert. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 17:54:32 EDT
Antidepressants show potential for postoperative pain
Anesthesiologists examine studies where antidepressants were prescribed for pain after surgery. Clinical trials are often used to answer questions about the efficacy of the off-label uses of drugs. In the case of antidepressants, their effects on postsurgical pain continue to be an area of research interest. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 17:54:30 EDT
Efficacy of new gene therapy approach for toxin exposures shown in mouse study
Gene therapy may offer significant advantages in prevention and treatment of botulism exposure over current methods, new research shows. "We envision this treatment approach having a broad range of applications such as protecting military personnel from biothreat agents or protecting the public from other toxin-mediated diseases such as C. difficile and Shiga toxin-producing E. coli infections," said the lead researcher. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 17:53:49 EDT
Vaccine for Ebola? Experts answer questions
To learn more about this outbreak and the creation of new human vaccines, infectious disease experts who have led vaccine studies for such global pathogens as cholera, West Nile virus, dengue, typhoid fever and anthrax speak to reporters and answer questions. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 17:53:45 EDT
Pioneer strategy for creating new materials
Making something new is never easy. Scientists constantly theorize about new materials, but when the material is manufactured it doesn't always work as expected. To create a new strategy for designing materials, scientists combined two different approaches at two different facilities to synthesize new materials. This new strategy gives faster feedback on what growth schemes are best, thus shortening the timeframe to manufacture a new, stable material for energy transport and conversion applications. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 13:59:44 EDT
Syrian Rebels Free Lebanese Troops
An al-Qaida-linked group in Syria tied to missing United Nations peacekeepers released five Lebanese hostages on Saturday.
The four soldiers and one police officer were abducted in early August, when Syria-based militants clashed with security forces in Lebanon.
Three groups, including Al-Nusra Front and the Islamic State group, are holding another 15 Lebanese soldiers and 14 police captive.
The release came hours after a video posted to social media showed the beheading of a... Sat, 30 Aug 2014 20:12:59 -0400
Iraqi, Kurdish Forces Advance on Besieged Northern Town
Iraqi and Kurdish forces have launched a major offensive aimed at liberating a northern town besieged by extremist fighters for more than two months.
Sources say the Iraqi troops and Kurdish Peshmerga fighters were advancing Saturday from four directions on the northern town of Amerli, which has been largely cut off from water, food and other supplies since June.
Armed fighters in the town of 15,000 residents have so far been able to defend against Islamic State militants, who view the... Sat, 30 Aug 2014 19:49:01 -0400
New York 'Town Hall' Urges Obama to Act Alone on Immigration
Undocumented mothers literally stood up for their rights in New York, calling on President Barack Obama to keep his promise for executive action on immigration reform.
At the informal public meeting known as a "town hall," the women said they want the president to use his executive authority to enact reforms without Congress — as he vowed in a late-August speech — and unilaterally end deportations and allow undocumented immigrants to work legally by the end of the... Sat, 30 Aug 2014 19:34:17 -0400
Activists Urge President to Act Alone on Immigration
New York immigration activists are calling on President Barack Obama to unilaterally end deportations and allow undocumented immigrants to work legally by the end of the summer. Daniela Schrier has more from New York. Sat, 30 Aug 2014 18:57:00 -0400
NFL's First Openly Gay Player Released
The first openly gay player selected in the National Football League draft, Michael Sam, has been released by the St. Louis Rams in final roster cuts ahead of the new season.
All NFL teams had to reach a 53-man limit by Saturday, ahead of next week's season openers. Rams officials say the 24-year-old defensive end's fate came down to the team having too much talent on the defensive line.
The seventh-round pick had been cheered by athletes and celebrities, but in the end, Sam... Sat, 30 Aug 2014 18:41:29 -0400
This Day in History
Sat, 30 Aug 2014 07:00:00 +0200
Socialist Revolutionary Shoots Lenin (1918)
Kaplan was a Russian political revolutionary and a member of the Socialist Revolutionaries, a group known for its terrorist tactics. After the Bolshevik party disbanded the long-promised Constituent Assembly, Kaplan sought revenge on leader Vladimir Lenin and shot him three times as he exited a Moscow factory. Kaplan confessed to the shooting and was executed on September 3. Why has it been suggested that Kaplan could not have been responsible for the assassination attempt? Discuss
UN peacekeepers in the Golan come under renewed attack
The United Nations said its peacekeepers in the Golan were attacked by armed elements on Saturday, as efforts continue to achieve the safe release of 44 blue helmets detained on Thursday. Sat, 30 Aug 2014 00:00:00 EST
SAMOA: Apia welcomes thousands for UN conference
Ahead of the official opening of the United Nations conference on small island developing countries, the UN and Samoan flags were raised on Saturday over the site in the capital, Apia, that will host what is considered the largest conference of its kind in the Pacific region. Sat, 30 Aug 2014 00:00:00 EST
Vic cab driver crushed to death
A CABBIE has been fatally crushed between two cars after a minor accident and an elderly woman has died after being hit by a car on Melbourne's roads.
Sun, 31 Aug 2014 00:37:20 GMT
Morrison optimistic of TPV support
IMMIGRATION Minister Scott Morrison is optimistic about the chances of reintroducing temporary protection visas following talks with crossbenchers.
Sun, 31 Aug 2014 00:32:21 GMT
Sat, 30 Aug 2014 07:00:00 +0200
Warren Buffett (1930)
Known for his financial wisdom and his vast wealth, Buffet is the CEO of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. His early investment successes, particularly in buying undervalued companies whose stocks rose quickly, made him extremely rich and earned him the epithet the "Oracle of Omaha." In 2006, he made the commitment to give away his fortune to charity, with the largest contribution—approximately $31 billion—going to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. What is his annual salary from Berkshire Hathaway? Discuss
Liam Neeson Would Reprise Ra's al Ghul on Arrow 'In a Heartbeat' Back at the San Diego Comic-Con, it was revealed that the "big bad" for the upcoming third season of "Arrow" would be none other than Ra's al Ghul. Though casting is still coming together for the character on the series, there is one person who previously played the role and would jump right back in, if he could. Speaking with MTV, Liam Neeson was asked if he had been approached about reprising the role to which he replied. Sat, 30 Aug 2014 07:17:00 -0500
Amazon to Revive The Tick with Patrick Warburton? People.com brings word that cult classic series "The Tick" could be making it way back with original star Patrick Warburton set to reprise his role. The outlet reports that the series could live on Amazon, which has now begun the process of developing their own content, not only with Warburton back in the title role but also series creator Ben Edlund writing and producing the revival. For the time being though, treat this one strictly as a rumor and check back here for future confirmation. Sat, 30 Aug 2014 07:05:00 -0500
Cosplay Photos from Dragon Con 2014!
ComingSoon.net and SuperHeroHype.com are attending this weekends Dragon Con in Atlanta, Georgia and weve posted our first batch of cosplay photos from the event which you can check out by clicking here! Check back later this weekend for even more cosplay photos as well as pictures of the annual Dragon Con parade! Fri, 29 Aug 2014 22:46:00 -0500
Warner Bros. has set Machete Kills screenwriter Kyle Ward on their upcoming Michael Bay-produced adaptation of concept artist Daniel Simon's book Cosmic Motors. The book, subtitled "spaceships, cars and pilots of another galaxy," is described on Simon's official site as follows: Fri, 29 Aug 2014 16:15:00 -0500
Phil Lord and Chris Miller to Reboot The Greatest American Hero for TV
"The Greatest American Hero" is headed back to television with a pilot in the works from the 21 Jump Street and The LEGO Movie team of Phil Lord and Chris Miller! Deadline has the news, reporting that the show is being developed for FOX as an hourlong series. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 16:12:00 -0500
Australian actor Bill Kerr dies
Australian actor Bill Kerr, "the boy from Wagga Wagga" who became one of Tony Hancock's radio sidekicks in the 1950s, dies in Perth aged 92. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 09:44:06 GMT
Dahl draft spills Factory secrets
Little-known characters and incidents that could have featured in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory are released by the Roald Dahl estate. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 17:40:33 GMT
Rivers 'resting' after health scare
US comedienne Joan Rivers, 81, is "resting comfortably" and with her family after reportedly going into cardiac arrest during surgery on her vocal cords. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 08:30:50 GMT
Historic Afghan minaret 'threatened'
One of Afghanistan's architectural marvels, the minaret of Jam in Ghor province, is in danger of collapse, officials tell the BBC. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 15:21:54 GMT
2.6m historic pictures posted online
An academic is posting millions of historic photos and illustrations to Flickr where they can be searched and copied without charge. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 08:18:35 GMT
Gun found at film director's home
Police are called to artist Sam Taylor-Johnson and actor husband Aaron's home after a passer-by spotted a machine gun inside the house. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 13:34:25 GMT
UK online series to air on Oprah
A web series about young people with special needs will air on Oprah Winfrey's network after backing from Game of Thrones producers. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 13:14:08 GMT
Diana's Bake Off exit announced
Great British Bake Off contestant Diana Beard has left the show, but the BBC says her exit was due to illness, not a controversy over the latest episode. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 23:10:08 GMT
Neville's Island moves to West End
A revival of stage comedy Neville's Island will transfer to the West End in October, with a cast led by Adrian Edmundson. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:38:07 GMT
Article of the Day
Sat, 30 Aug 2014 07:00:00 +0200
Art deco is a style of design that originated in French luxury goods shortly before World War I and became internationally popular during the 1920s and 30s. Its name derives from the 1925 Paris Exposition of Decorative Arts, where the style reached its apex. Art deco is characterized by long, thin forms, curving surfaces, and geometric patterning. Works executed in the art-deco style range from skyscrapers and ocean liners to toasters. What are some architectural examples of the art-deco style? Discuss
Sat, 30 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT Nouvelle Cuisine Nouvelle cuisine is a school of French cooking that seeks to bring out the natural flavors of foods and uses light, low-calorie sauces and stocks. Based on the style of chef Fernand Point, it was developed in France in the 1960s and marked a departure from the rich preparations of haute cuisine, which emphasizes butter and cream. Though nouvelle cuisine is less popular today, its influence is still widely felt. What is its approach to food presentation?
Fri, 29 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT
Located between Florida, Bermuda, and Puerto Rico, the Bermuda Triangle is an area in the Atlantic Ocean where a number of ships and aircraft have vanished. Compass issues and violent storms are likely to blame, but some believe the region—also known as the Devil's Triangle, to be rife with paranormal activity and alien abductions. Investigations to date have not produced scientific evidence of any unusual phenomena. What was Flight 19, and what happened to it in the Bermuda Triangle?
Hollande fails the De Gaulle standard
The beleaguered French leader came into office in 2012 as the supposed anti-Merkel. Now she is as strong as ever and he has never looked weaker. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0200
Gaza desolation: Was it worth it?
Israel’s ‘victory’ has left Gaza City in ruins, but the 50-day war has strengthened Hamas’s influence. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0200
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama admitted that "we don't have a strategy yet" on combating the militant jihadist group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) that has been resorting to heinous ... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 21:49:43 -0400
WASHINGTON - The American economy grew stronger than previously estimated in the second quarter, amid surging of corporate profits, according to an official data released Thursday. The fresh data ... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 21:09:49 -0400
WASHINGTON - Internet search giant Google has been privately working for two years to build self-flying vehicles more popularly known as drones, the company revealed Thursday evening. Called ... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 22:43:03 -0400
MEXICO CITY - South Korean automaker Kia Motors Corp. has decided to join a bevy of automakers to set up an assembly plant in the northern Mexican state of Nuevo Leon with an investment of $1 ... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 22:36:07 -0400
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has called for a broad global coalition to combat Islamic State militants, also known as ISIS.
In an article published in The New York Times Saturday, Kerry said ... Sat, 30 Aug 2014 17:01:02 -0400
Go Away! You're Buggin' Me!
Now, the VOA Special English program Words and Their Stories.
There are many American expressions about insects -- like bees, for example. Bees are known as very hard workers. They always appear to be busy, moving around in their homes, or hives. So you might say you were "as busy as a bee" if you spent your weekend cleaning your house.
In fact, you might say your house was a "beehive of activity" if your whole family was helping you clean. You also might say... Sun, 31 Aug 2014 00:30:15 +0000
It's an Emergency in Any Language
In most countries, people can make a telephone call to ask for medical or police help using just three numbers. In the European Union, the number is 1-1-2. Some Asian countries use 9-9-9. In North America, the number is 9-1-1.
Wherever you are in the world, when you call for help, you do not want the person answering to say “I don’t understand you.”
In the United States, most of the workers who answer calls for emergency help speak just one language -- English. But many people in... Sun, 31 Aug 2014 00:15:04 +0000
Conflicts, Ebola Put More Demands on UNICEF
The United Nations Children’s Fund – UNICEF – says August has been its busiest month for emergency airlifts in the past 10 years. The U.N. agency has been sending needed supplies on airplanes to humanitarian crises in not one, but several areas. Shanelle Hall is director of UNICEF’s Fund Supply Division. Her office is in Copenhagen, Denmark.
“For us, there’s been massive need and that’s required a massive response. Many of them have come together at the same time, hitting... Sun, 31 Aug 2014 00:10:05 +0000
Will Technology Drive the Drive-In Out of Business?
More and more movie theaters around the world are replacing older equipment with modern technology. The new equipment heightens the movie-watchers’ experience. The images are sharper, the sound is clearer. But what is happening to the less wealthy and much rarer drive-in theaters around the country? We go to the central state of Indiana to find out.
It is Friday and the sun is setting over LaSalle County. The sunset signals that it is time for another show at the Route 34... Sat, 30 Aug 2014 00:21:58 +0000
Vietnam, We Have a Nutrition Problem
Vietnam has a nutrition problem: too many of its children are underweight. Yet more and more Vietnamese boys and girls are becoming overweight.
The two conditions may appear to be separate, but they are linked. They are both the result of poor diets.
Vietnam has a history of food insecurity. So many Vietnamese eat more than they should because they are fearful of food shortages. And they remember when there were food shortages in the past.
People in other countries do the same... Sat, 30 Aug 2014 00:20:02 +0000
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