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Sun, 26 Mar 2017 14:52:54 +0200

Mosul offensive: Iraq denies air strike caused civilian deaths
The Iraqi military blames so-called Islamic State booby-traps for residents deaths.
Sun, 26 Mar 2017 11:35:10 GMT

Alexei Navalny, Russian opposition leader, arrested in Moscow
Alexei Navalny is one of dozens of people arrested in anti-corruption protests across Russia.
Sun, 26 Mar 2017 12:33:04 GMT

Uber suspends self-driving cars after Arizona crash
Images show Uber vehicle on its side after apparent high-impact crash with ordinary driver.
Sun, 26 Mar 2017 07:01:36 GMT

UK warns on encryption after attack
Messaging apps which are encrypted must be accessible to those fighting terror, the home secretary says.
Sun, 26 Mar 2017 12:15:37 GMT

Hong Kong escalator malfunction injures dozens
Dozens of people are injured when an escalator at a Hong Kong shopping centre malfunctions.
Sun, 26 Mar 2017 09:05:50 GMT


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Sun, 26 Mar 2017 14:53:02 +0200

Dozens injured in Wirral explosion
Two people are seriously injured and 32 others are taken to hospital after a blast on Merseyside.
Sun, 26 Mar 2017 12:27:11 GMT

WhatsApp must not be 'place for terrorists to hide'
Messaging apps which are encrypted must be accessible to those fighting terror, the home secretary says.
Sun, 26 Mar 2017 12:15:37 GMT

Car ploughs into drinkers outside Islington pub
Three people have been taken to hospital after the car mounted the pavement and sent bodies "into the air".
Sun, 26 Mar 2017 11:08:35 GMT

Article 50: Brexit deal must meet six tests, says Labour
Labour says it will vote against any deal that does not include a a strong relationship with the EU.
Sun, 26 Mar 2017 11:23:07 GMT

London attacker Khalid Masood acted alone, say police
Khalid Masood killed four people in 82 second but police say nothing suggests more attacks are planned.
Sun, 26 Mar 2017 07:31:38 GMT



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Sun, 26 Mar 2017 14:09:02 +0200

EgyptAir hijack: Man jumps from plane cockpit window
A man was filmed jumping from a hijacked EgyptAir plane cockpit window shortly before the hijacker surrendered.
Tue, 29 Mar 2016 11:46:23 GMT

EgyptAir hijack: Cyprus president laughs off hijacking
Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades has said that the hijacking of the plane that landed at Larnaca was not linked to terrorism.
Tue, 29 Mar 2016 10:42:10 GMT

Armed man shot by police at US Capitol building
Police shot an armed man as he tried to enter the Capitol building visitor centre in Washington DC.
Tue, 29 Mar 2016 01:29:40 GMT

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

Library cuts: How flagship building made savings
Birmingham's new £189m library had to shed staff and reduce hours within two years of opening.
Mon, 28 Mar 2016 23:00:16 GMT


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Sun, 26 Mar 2017 14:55:56 +0200

Swedish hotel chain offers 'divorce refunds'
Couples who divorce after staying at the hotel chain will be reimbursed for their stay.
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:11:50 GMT

New Zealand minister challenged to fight over dirty water
Environment minister challenged by a conservationist angry at new water quality policy.
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 15:48:39 GMT

Puerto Rico baseball fans go blond to back team
What began as a joke is now spreading across the island, ahead of the World Baseball Classic final.
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 05:19:00 GMT

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Sun, 26 Mar 2017 08:54:01 EDT

Clock stars: Astrocytes keep time for brain, behavior
Star-shaped cells called astrocytes, long considered boring, 'support cells,' are finally coming into their own. To everyone's surprise they even play an important role in the body's master clock, which schedules everything from the release of hormones to the onset of sleepiness.
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 19:26:56 EDT

Scientists make new discovery about bird evolution
A team of scientists has described the most exceptionally preserved fossil bird discovered to date, in a newly published article. The new specimen from the rich Early Cretaceous Jehol Biota (approximately 131 to 120 million years old) is referred to as Eoconfuciusornis, the oldest and most primitive member of the Confuciusornithiformes, a group of early birds characterized by the first occurrence of an avian beak.
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 19:26:45 EDT

Electrical 'switch' in brain's capillary network monitors activity and controls blood flow
New research has uncovered that capillaries have the capacity to both sense brain activity and generate an electrical vasodilatory signal to evoke blood flow and direct nutrients to neurons.
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 19:26:30 EDT

Surprising twist in confined liquid crystals: A simple route to developing new sensors
Researchers have found that a class of water soluble liquid crystals, called lyotropic chromonic liquid crystals, exhibited unexpected characteristics that could be harnessed for use in sensors and other potential applications.
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 19:26:27 EDT

An increasing proportion of women who are 60 years of age and older are drinking
Most older Americans drink alcohol. Given that this segment of the population is projected to almost double by 2050, reaching 112 million, in the future, there will likely be many more older drinkers in the United States than currently. Importantly, older individuals are more sensitive to alcohol’s effects than their younger counterparts, and are also more likely to take prescription medications that can interact negatively with alcohol, potentially leading to falls and other injuries. This study examined trends in drinking status among U.S. adults 60 years of age and older.
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 19:23:12 EDT

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Sun, 26 Mar 2017 14:49:15 +0200

New Anxieties As Trump Says Obamacare Will 'Explode'
Americans who have benefited from the Affordable Care Act are feeling some relief at the failure of Republican efforts to repeal it, but they face new anxieties with President Donald Trump tweeting that "ObamaCare will explode." Premiums have risen and major insurers have backed out of the state markets where people can buy insurance online under Obama's signature health care law. But people who say it saved their lives or helped them start a business want lawmakers to fix...
Sun, 26 Mar 2017 08:32:53 -0400

IGAD Leaders to Help Send Refugees Back Home
The leaders of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development regional grouping, meeting in Nairobi Saturday, agreed to facilitate the voluntary return of refugees and address the political and security situation in Somalia. Eight leaders from eastern Africa met in Nairobi to discuss the situation of Somali refugees in the region. The meeting was held two months before the planned Dadaab refugee camp closure by the Kenyan government. Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta insists the...
Sun, 26 Mar 2017 07:51:47 -0400

Thousands of Russians Across the Country Protest Against Corruption
Thousands of Russians took to the streets across the country Sunday to protest against corruption and demand the resignation of Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, in rallies called by opposition leader Alexei Navalny.  News reports say Navalny was detained in Moscow while he was on his way to a rally. The protests appeared to be the largest coordinated outpouring of dissatisfaction since the massive 2011-2012 demonstrations following a fraud-tainted parliamentary election.   As...
Sun, 26 Mar 2017 07:39:13 -0400

Hong Kong’s New Chief Exec Pledges to Unite a Divided Society
Hong Kong has selected Carrie Lam to be the city's first-ever female chief executive, sealing an election that many saw as a foregone conclusion and not a democratic race.   Lam previously served as Hong Kong's chief secretary for administration and was China’s preferred candidate in the race.   While she lagged behind in public opinion polls, she outperformed her two male rivals — former finance secretary John Tsang and retired judge Woo Kwok-hing — claiming 777...
Sun, 26 Mar 2017 07:24:55 -0400

UK Minister: Cost of Wide Access to EU Single Market Not Yet Clear
Interior minister Amber Rudd said on Sunday the British government did not yet know what kind of cost there may be for trying to get the "widest possible access" to the European Union's single market. Prime Minister Theresa May will trigger Article 50 of the EU's Lisbon Treaty on Wednesday, hoping to secure what she calls a "good deal" of close cooperation on the economy and security while being able to control immigration. "I certainly do think that we...
Sun, 26 Mar 2017 07:08:26 -0400

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Sun, 26 Mar 2017 07:00:00 +0200

The Henley Regatta Is Established in England (1839)

Until 1839, the little town of Henley-on-Thames was known primarily as a glass-producing port town. During a town hall meeting that year, Captain Edmund Gardiner proposed holding a regatta, since the growing popularity of rowing could benefit the town. Today, the rowing competition is a world-class competition that draws oarsmen from around the world for five days each summer, with thousands of spectators taking part in its traditions. How did it officially become a "royal" regatta in 1851? Discuss

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 05:00:00 GMT

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Sun, 26 Mar 2017 15:01:19 +0200

Earth Hour 2017: UN joins iconic landmarks 'going dark' to support protecting the planet
The United Nations this evening dimmed the lights at its iconic Headquarters complex in New York and other facilities around the world in observance of the tenth annual 'Earth Hour,' global event to put the spotlight on the issues facing the planet and to inspire millions across the world to live more sustainably.
Sat, 25 Mar 2017 00:00:00 EST

On International Day, UN chief Guterres calls on all to stand in solidarity with detained staff
On the International Day of Solidarity with Detained and Missing Staff, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres highlighted the challenges that UN staff face and urged everyone to ensure that they have the safety they need to help those most in need around the globe.
Sat, 25 Mar 2017 00:00:00 EST

UN envoy calls for urgent measures to protect ceasefire in Syria
Voicing deep concern over recent escalation of fighting in Syria, the United Nations Special Envoy for the country has urged Iran, Russia and Turkey to undertake urgent efforts to uphold the ceasefire which has been in effect since late December last year.
Sat, 25 Mar 2017 00:00:00 EST

Hoping to build with 'incremental, constructive steps' – UN envoy for Syria
Speaking to the media in Geneva yesterday, United Nations Special Envoy for Syria said that he is not expecting miracles, breakthroughs or breakdowns but is hoping to build on the previous rounds of talks on the war-ravaged country with some incremental, constructive steps.
Sat, 25 Mar 2017 00:00:00 EST

International efforts towards Middle East peace must be matched by steps on the ground – UN envoy
Noting that international engagement on reviving the Middle East peace process over the last three months reconfirmed the consensus that the two-state solution is the only means of realizing the national aspirations of both peoples a senior United Nations official called for continued expansion of the momentum into a concrete vision to end the wider conflict.
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 19:04:35 EST World

Debbie expected to hit Townsville early
Tropical cyclone Debbie is expected to slam into Townsville earlier than first forecast, authorities warn.
Sun, 26 Mar 2017 15:01:20 +0200

Turnbull government plummets in new poll
Just eight months after the election support for the Turnbull government has plummeted as Labor takes a 10-point lead, according to a new poll.
Sun, 26 Mar 2017 15:01:20 +0200


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Sun, 26 Mar 2017 07:00:00 +0200

Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld (1794)

Schnorr was a German religious and historical painter and draftsman. As a child, he studied under his father, who was an engraver and painter. In 1817, he went to Rome, where he became associated with the Nazarene movement of painters, who rejected most painting after the Middle Ages and focused primarily on religious subjects for their art. Schnorr is best known for the hundreds of illustrations he created for a pictorial Bible. He also designed the windows of what famous London cathedral? Discuss

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 05:00:00 GMT

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Sat, 25 Mar 2017 22:15:53 +0100

New Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Preview

This Memorial Day, find Sparrow.

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Sat, 25 Mar 2017 21:13:25 +0000

Nearly 100 Justice League Trailer Screenshots and Zack Snyder on the Characters

"It's hard to have a Justice League without Superman"

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Sat, 25 Mar 2017 20:44:47 +0000

Horrors of Child Abuse in 1960’s Never Take Sweets From a Stranger

Early Hammer Horror film is a dark, terrifying examination of the horrors pedophilia

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Sat, 25 Mar 2017 18:15:49 +0000

The New Justice League Trailer is Here!

Justice League will open in theaters on November 10, 2017

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Sat, 25 Mar 2017 15:00:16 +0000

The Third Spider-Man: Homecoming Poster!

The film opens in theaters on July 7

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Sat, 25 Mar 2017 13:08:17 +0000

Four More Adam Sandler Netflix Films are on the Way

Sandler just inked a deal with the streaming service

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Sat, 25 Mar 2017 01:40:32 +0000

Wingmen: Joseph Gordon-Levitt to Direct R-Rated Musical

He and Channing Tatum have been attached to headline together

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Sat, 25 Mar 2017 01:11:40 +0000

Chris Pratt and Kurt Russell are Adorable in New Guardians Instagram Post

Watch them try not to crack up

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Fri, 24 Mar 2017 23:43:57 +0000

Robert Rodriguez Frontrunner to Direct Escape From New York Remake

An new take on the 1981 John Carpenter film

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Fri, 24 Mar 2017 23:31:12 +0000

Disney This Week: Colin Farrell in Dumbo, Guardians 2 & More!

Colin Farrell has joined Tim Burton's live-action Dumbo, plus lots of Guardians 2 news and more!

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Fri, 24 Mar 2017 23:05:11 +0000

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Sun, 26 Mar 2017 14:28:30 +0200

Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds: Fans say goodbye at public service
A Hollywood memorial service celebrates the lives of Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds.
Sun, 26 Mar 2017 04:03:22 GMT

Sienna Miller on why her new role is not 'just a wife'
The actress plays suffragette Nina, the wife of explorer Percy Fawcett, in The Lost City of Z.
Sat, 25 Mar 2017 00:19:07 GMT

Harrison Ford: 'I'm the schmuck that landed on the taxiway'
Harrison Ford explains to air traffic control why he landed on a taxiway, just missing a passenger jet.
Sat, 25 Mar 2017 05:49:20 GMT

Red Nose Day 2017 raises £71m for Comic Relief
The cast of Love Actually, Mrs Brown and Ed Sheeran persuade viewers to part with cash for charity.
Sat, 25 Mar 2017 17:05:03 GMT

Amy Schumer 'bummed' over Barbie film departure
"Scheduling conflicts" rule the Trainwreck star out of the doll's live-action debut.
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:41:08 GMT

Shia LaBeouf Trump protest shut down again after moving to Liverpool
The US actor's art protest lasts just one day in Liverpool after being chased out of the US.
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 14:58:41 GMT

Sheeran says Liberia trip 'hit me hard'
The singer writes about his Comic Relief visit and why he'll never forget the children he met.
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 08:00:51 GMT

Jay Z plans Trayvon Martin TV series and film
The hip-hop star also plans to make a film about the black teenager's 2012 killing.
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 15:37:34 GMT

Downton Abbey's Jessica Brown Findlay opens up about eating disorder
Actress "felt alone" but decided to talk about her struggles with body image in public.
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:15:42 GMT

George Michael: Andrew Ridgeley attacks 'mucky' Channel 5 documentary
Andrew Ridgeley describes a Channel 5 programme about George Michael as "sensationalist & mucky".
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 10:28:34 GMT


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Sun, 26 Mar 2017 07:00:00 +0200

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? Discuss

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 05:00:00 GMT


Found floating in warm seas or washed up on the shore, ambergris is a solid, waxy substance formed in the intestines of sperm whales. Possessing a sweet, earthy odor, it has been used throughout history as a food flavoring and a material for jewelry, though its primary commercial use has been as a fixative in perfumes. However, because ambergris is quite rare and expensive, many of today's perfumes use synthetic replacements. What function does ambergris serve within the whale's digestive tract?

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 05:00:00 GMT

Kayan Neck Rings

The Kayan are a Tibeto-Burman ethnic group known for their unusual tradition of body modification, which consists of coiling lengths of brass around women's necks. The coils are first applied to young girls when they are approximately five years old, and each coil is replaced with a longer one as the weight of the brass pushes the collar bone down and compresses the rib cage. Contrary to popular belief, the neck vertebrae are not actually lengthened. Can wearers remove the rings entirely?

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 05:00:00 GMT

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Mon, 27 Feb 2017 09:06:23 +0200

Moonlight wins best picture Oscar after stunning error
The mistake – only corrected after the producers of La La Land had come on stage – was a stunning end to the film industry's biggest night.
Mon, 27 Feb 2017 07:48:00 +0200

Syrian refugee regrets Merkel selfie
German Syrian sues Facebook for not removing his image from fake ‘terrorism’ news stories.
Fri, 24 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0200

Swedes reflect on integration after Trump's odd remark
Trump is wrong to stigmatise a population because of its ethnic or religious origin, say critics, because socioeconomic conditions play a bigger role.
Fri, 24 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0200

Murder of Kim Jong-un's half brother one week on: What we know
It's been a week since news broke that the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un had been assassinated.
Wed, 22 Feb 2017 09:58:00 +0200

Warning: Canada is not what you think it is, ey
If you assume Canada is a welcoming haven from the bile and divisiveness in the age of Trump, you may be mistaken.
Mon, 20 Feb 2017 16:50:00 +0200

India’s in orbit over record launch of 104 satellites
Last June, India set a national record after it successfully launched a rocket carrying 20 satellites, including 13 from the US.
Fri, 17 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0200

White House tries to insulate Trump from Russia scandal
​The White House battled Tuesday to insulate Donald Trump from a scandal over his top aide's contacts with Russia.
Wed, 15 Feb 2017 12:29:00 +0200

Kim Jong-un's half-brother assassinated in Malaysia, according to South Korean media
Officials in Seoul and Kuala Lumpur could not confirm the death of Kim Jong-Nam, once seen as heir apparent in the North.
Tue, 14 Feb 2017 18:30:00 +0200

Grammys: Adele wins big, Beyoncé delivers powerful speech and performance
Adele on Sunday triumphed once again at the Grammys with five awards for her latest blockbuster album of ballads.
Mon, 13 Feb 2017 09:12:00 +0200

Sahrawis divided by a mined wall
A dangerous physical barrier stands between people wanting to be reunited with their families.
Fri, 10 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0200


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Electronic ban implemented at Dubai Airport on one of the busiest travel weekends of the year for the region

PanARMENIAN.Net - Dubai International Airport and its flag carrier Emirates began implementing a ban on laptops and tablets on direct flights to the US Saturday, March 25, on one of the busiest tra
Sat, 25 Mar 2017 23:07:12 +1100

America had mixed reactions to Health Care bill withdrawal

Among those who have long sought to see Obama's health law dismantled, though, there was disappointment or chin-up resolve that they still could prevail.

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Sat, 25 Mar 2017 14:05:06 +1100

GOP members defect, handing Trump his first major failure as president

WASHINGTON, U.S. - In what came as the first big loss for President Donald Trump, the key health care bill was pulled from consideration, bringing days of efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare to
Sat, 25 Mar 2017 07:43:38 +1100

China captures more than 2,500 fugitives who fled overseas

PanARMENIAN.Net - China captured 2,566 fugitives who had fled to more than 90 countries and regions and recovered 8.6 billion yuan (125 million U.S. dollars) during the "Sky Net" manhunt
Sun, 26 Mar 2017 01:07:07 +1100

Taking a tough stance: Tillerson orders mandatory social media checks on those who have been present in ISIS territories

WASHINGTON, U.S. - In a bid to toughen screening for visa applicants, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has directed U.S. diplomatic missions to identify "populations warranting increased
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 17:01:49 +1100

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Sun, 26 Mar 2017 15:01:25 +0200

The worst rail crossings in Queensland for boom gate strikes
There have been more than 1360 boom strike or level crossing collisions on the Queensland rail network over the past seven years.
Sun Mar 26 12:49:00 UTC 2017

Police find man dead after 10-hour stand-off in Werribee street
A police stand-off with an aggravated burglary suspect in Melbourne's outer west has ended with police discovering the man had died during the siege.
Sun Mar 26 12:45:59 UTC 2017

Sheffield Shield final: Victoria ride luck against South Australia in Alice Springs
Three dropped catches behind square in the hour after lunch proved costly for South Australia as a dancing Marcus Harris helped Victoria ram home their advantage on day one of the Sheffield Shield final. A century from a dancing Marcus Harris helped Victoria ram home their advantage on day one of the Sheffield Shield final as South Australia were made to rue three dropped catches in the hour after lunch.
Sun Mar 26 12:31:39 UTC 2017

Australia v India Test series 2017: Nathan Lyon takes four wickets as Australia, India locked in grim struggle
Nathan Lyon is on the cusp of slaying his subcontinental demons after delivering one of his most important performances to give Australia a shot at a famous series victory in India.
Sun Mar 26 12:28:41 UTC 2017

Raw sewage spill in Brisbane River could warrant fine: Queensland Government
Queensland Government experts will on Monday morning inspect the Queensland Urban Utilities pump station at Eagle Farm which leaked tens of millions of litres of untreated raw sewage into the Brisbane River on Friday night.
Sun Mar 26 12:27:43 UTC 2017
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Sun, 26 Mar 2017 14:45:07 +0200

Political Satire Has a Long Tradition in the US
  Love him or hate him, President Donald Trump has been good for satire. Satire is a kind of humor that makes fun of people, groups or governments. It has been around in one form or another for over 2,000 years. The American TV show Saturday Night Live has been making fun of American presidents since 1975. The show is getting more viewers than any time in over 20 years. The show often has American actor Alec Baldwin wearing a wig with bright orange hair, pretending to be...
Sun, 26 Mar 2017 10:00:02 +0000

Online Degree Programs May Change the Future of Higher Education
  The more than 4,000 colleges and universities in the United States offer many different educational experiences. For hundreds of years, young people have come to these schools to learn new things and find direction in life. But now, with the help of technology, the way knowledge passes from teachers to their students is changing. In February 2016, the Babson Survey Research Group reported that 28 percent of all U.S. college students took at least one class over the...
Sat, 25 Mar 2017 22:05:09 +0000

Indonesia Gives Some Control of Forests to Native Groups
  Indonesian President Joko Widodo gave control of nine forests back to native, or indigenous, groups last December. The move was praised as an important step to recognize and protect forests traditionally held by indigenous Indonesians. However, indigenous groups were disappointed earlier this month when President Widodo did not attend a congress of Indonesian indigenous groups.  Instead, he sent Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya. She said the recent...
Sat, 25 Mar 2017 22:00:41 +0000

After Months of Repairs, Burial Place of Jesus Reopens
A team of scientists and workers has completed repairs on what is said to be the burial place of Jesus Christ in Jerusalem’s Old City. It was the first time that workers have repaired the religious shrine since 1810. The project took nine months to complete. The area reopened to the public on Wednesday. The limestone and marble structure stands at the center of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, one of the world’s oldest religious centers. ​     The...
Sat, 25 Mar 2017 22:00:26 +0000

Farm Terms Are Good for Business
  Now, the VOA Learning English program Words and Their Stories. Today, we are down on the farm! Since the 16th century, the word "farm" has meant "land used for agricultural purposes." But a much older meaning is related to economics. The English word farm comes from the Latin word firma, which means an unchanging payment. Experts say the earliest meaning of "farm" was a yearly payment made on a loan or as a tax. Centuries ago, English...
Sat, 25 Mar 2017 21:58:58 +0000


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