How did FBI unlock dead gunman's iPhone?
The FBI has managed to unlock the iPhone of the San Bernardino gunman without Apple's help, ending a court case, the US justice department says. Tue, 29 Mar 2016 06:22:51 GMT
Tiny bacterium provides window into whole ecosystems
Research on Prochlorococcus, the most abundant life form in the oceans, shows the bacteria's metabolism evolved in a way that may have helped trigger the rise of other organisms, to form a more complex marine ecosystem with overall greater biomass. Tue, 28 Mar 2017 14:53:39 EDT
Elevating women's status lowers dependence on solid fuels
A new research paper finds that in countries where gender inequalities are most pronounced, women are much more likely to be exposed to solid fuel -- including burning from wood, crop wastes, charcoal, and dung -- and its negative consequences. Tue, 28 Mar 2017 14:53:34 EDT
Fairy circles of Namibia: New research helps scientists gain insight
New insights have been gained into one of nature's great mysteries: the fairy circles of Namibia. Numbering in the millions, the so-called fairy circles are in the eastern, interior margin of the coastal Namib Desert, stretching from southern Angola to northern South Africa. They range in size from about 12 feet to about 114 feet, consisting of bare patches of soil surrounded by rings of grass. The origins of the circles have long been debated by researchers. Tue, 28 Mar 2017 14:53:29 EDT
Fears of Islamic State’s Long Game Persist as Caliphate Crumbles
Across much of Iraq and parts of Syria, the Islamic State terror group is in retreat. Yet, Iraqi and U.S. officials tell VOA they have a creeping fear that the larger war is still very much undecided.
To be clear, few worry IS will again be able to make the kind of sudden, massive land grab it did in 2013 and 2014 when, bolstered by tens of thousands of foreign fighters, it captured one Iraqi city after another.
Rather, they fear something more subtle: that the resilient terror group... Tue, 28 Mar 2017 16:45:06 -0400
Brazil Police Raid Brokerage for Allegedly Laundering 'Car Wash' Bribe Cash
Brazil's federal police on Tuesday raided a brokerage in Rio de Janeiro which they allege helped launder money for corrupt former executives of state-run oil firm Petrobras, as part of their sprawling “Car Wash” anti-graft probe.
Police said they searched the offices of the Advalor Distribuidora de Titulos e Valores brokerage firm in Rio, which they allege facilitated the movement of bribes from big construction firms to the then-Petrobras executives, often to their overseas bank... Tue, 28 Mar 2017 16:35:50 -0400
US Wants Venezuela's Cooperation, Not Its Suspension From OAS
As the Organization of American States weighs how to address a political and humanitarian crisis in Venezuela, the United States on Tuesday said it was seeking the South American country's cooperation rather than its "immediate suspension" from the hemispheric group.
Representatives of the OAS Permanent Council gathered at the organization's Washington headquarters, near the White House, to consider how to deal with Venezuela. Its socialist president, Nicolas Maduro, has... Tue, 28 Mar 2017 16:35:19 -0400
Elon Musk's Latest Target: Brain-computer Interfaces
Tech billionaire Elon Musk is announcing a new venture called Neuralink focused on linking brains to computers.
The company plans to develop brain implants that can treat neural disorders — and that may one day be powerful enough to put humanity on a more even footing with possible future superintelligent computers, according to a Wall Street Journal report citing unnamed sources.
Musk, a founder of both the electric-car company Tesla Motors and the private space-exploration firm... Tue, 28 Mar 2017 16:13:40 -0400
EU Peacekeepers Ready to Intervene in Bosnia if New Strife Erupts
The European Union peacekeeping force (EUFOR) in Bosnia warned its political leaders Tuesday that it was prepared to intervene at short notice should violence resume two decades after the end of its ethnic war that killed 100,000 people.
Concerns are rising about increasing instability in the historically volatile Balkans, including secessionist pressures in Bosnia, a parliamentary boycott in Montenegro, and renewed tensions between Serbia and its former province of Kosovo.
"A lot... Tue, 28 Mar 2017 16:11:51 -0400
This Day in History
Tue, 28 Mar 2017 07:00:00 +0200
The Palm Sunday Tornado Outbreak (1920)
In 1920, meteorologists did not have modern forecasting equipment, and there was no storm warning system in place in the US. Thus, when an outbreak of storms began near dawn on March 28, 1920, few were prepared for the devastation that followed. Some 400 people were killed and more than 1,200 injured that day by at least 38 recorded tornadoes in the deep South and the Midwest. Why is it likely that both the total number of tornadoes as well as the actual death toll were underreported? Discuss
DR Congo: UN and regional partners express concern about Kasaï unrest
The United Nations and regional partner organizations today expressed deep concern about the situation in the central Kasaï region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) where at least two United Nations experts disappeared two weeks ago and dozens of police officers were reportedly found dead. Tue, 28 Mar 2017 15:35:22 EST
Belarus: UN expert decries Government’s return to mass violence against peaceful protestors
A United Nations-appointed independent expert on the human rights situation in Belarus has expressed dismay over the Government’s return to the policy of violent mass repression against peaceful demonstrators, non-governmental organizations, journalists and political opponents, and is calling on the authorities there to stop harassment and violence. Tue, 28 Mar 2017 15:20:30 EST
Race on to reach cyclone towns: Qld govt
Roads have been cut around the cyclone-hit north Queensland communities of Bowen, Airlie Beach and Proserpine making it difficult for crews to get in and assess the damage. Tue, 28 Mar 2017 23:16:54 +0200
Five hurt, 300 evacuated in Vic flats fire
A man is in a critical condition with serious burns to his face after a Melbourne apartment block fire led to the evacuation of 300 people. Tue, 28 Mar 2017 23:16:54 +0200
Tue, 28 Mar 2017 07:00:00 +0200
Freddie Bartholomew (1924)
Abandoned by his parents as a baby and raised by a British aunt whose last name he took, Bartholomew was a successful child actor in Hollywood during the 1930s. He appeared in such films as Little Lord Fauntleroy, Captains Courageous, and David Copperfield, which propelled him to fame at the age of 10. After he became successful, his biological parents launched a protracted and expensive court battle to regain custody of the child star that lasted for how long? Discuss
Article of the Day
Tue, 28 Mar 2017 07:00:00 +0200
Named after Zeus, the supreme god of Greek mythology, Zeidae are a family of large, showy fish found in the Atlantic, Indian, and Pacific oceans. Members of the Zeidae family have fairly discoid, laterally-compressed bodies with massive jaws, large eyes, and a conspicuous, crest-shaped dorsal fin containing up to 10 spines. Typically found close to the sea bottom, these edible fish are primarily caught via deep-sea trawling. How do they reproduce? Discuss
Tue, 28 Mar 2017 05:00:00 GMT
The Reading Terminal complex is located in the Market East section of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Completed in 1893, the complex houses a massive trainshed as well as a flourishing market that continues to do business today. At the time of its construction, the terminal's single-span arched-roof trainshed was one of the largest in the world. Now the world's oldest structure of its kind, the trainshed has been declared a National Historic Landmark. What is now housed in the trainshed?
Mon, 27 Mar 2017 05:00:00 GMT
The Nazca Lines
Aerial exploration of the arid tableland surrounding Peru's Palpa valley has revealed a remarkable network of geometric and zoomorphic forms etched in the desert floor. Created by the Nazca, a pre-Incan civilization that flourished from about 200 BCE to about 600 CE, the Nazca Lines span about 200 sq mi (500 sq km). The glyphs are only recognizable as coherent figures from the air, but the Nazca never possessed the technology to view them from that vantage point. Why, then, did they create them?
WASHINGTON, U.S. - In a bid to end the troubles that have struck the Trump administration after the healthcare failure, President Donald Trump will, on Tuesday, unveil his long-promised executive o Wed, 29 Mar 2017 02:39:24 +1100
WASHINGTON, U.S. - President Donald Trump has unveiled a new White House office that would provide its head with sweeping authority to overhaul the federal bureaucracy - and Trump is making his son Mon, 27 Mar 2017 23:13:07 +1100
WASHINGTON, U.S. - In what came as the Trump administration’s latest move to crack down on sanctuary cities that do not assist federal authorities in enforcing immigration laws, Attorney Gene Tue, 28 Mar 2017 05:53:54 +1100
8@eight: Bulls back at the gate
The bulls have taken over again as the US and European market caught a bid with triple digit gains in the DOW and solid gains in the commodities space. The bullish picture for equities remains as the blame game around the failed repeal of the Obama healthcare act and politics in general take a back seat once again to real economic growth. Tue Mar 28 21:01:20 UTC 2017
WHO: Environmental Pollution Kills Millions of Children Every Year
From VOA Learning English, this is the Health & Lifestyle report.
Environmental pollution kills 1.7 million children under the age of five every year worldwide. This is according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The WHO warns that child deaths will increase greatly if pollution continues to worsen.
Dr. Margaret Chan is the WHO Director-General. In a press release statement, Chan said, "A polluted environment is a deadly one – particularly for young... Mon, 27 Mar 2017 22:02:35 +0000
Trump Looks for Win after Healthcare Failure
Last week was a bad one for President Donald Trump.
On Monday, Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey told Congress he had “no information” to support Trump’s claims of being wiretapped by former President Barack Obama. The FBI chief also confirmed that his agency is investigating the Trump-Russian connection.
Then, a bill to replace the 2010 health care law known as “Obamacare” failed. A scheduled congressional vote on the bill to replace the law was... Mon, 27 Mar 2017 22:00:04 +0000
Iraq, US Investigate Mass Civilian Deaths in Mosul
The U.S. led coalition in Iraq says it is investigating reports that coalition airstrikes killed as many as 100 civilians in western Mosul this month.
Military officials called the death of civilians in Iraq's northern city of Mosul "a terrible tragedy."
The U.S. Defense Department has said an early examination showed coalition warplanes attacked at the place where civilians reportedly were killed on March 17.
Iraqi forces, with coalition air support, are... Mon, 27 Mar 2017 21:58:00 +0000
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