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
Devastating decline for the giraffe
Over 700 newly recognized bird species have been assessed for the latest update of The IUCN Red List of Threatened SpeciesTM, and 11% of them are threatened with extinction. The update also reveals a devastating decline for the giraffe, driven by habitat loss, civil unrest and illegal hunting. The global giraffe population has plummeted by up to 40% over the last 30 years, and the species has been listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List. Thu, 08 Dec 2016 16:24:55 EST
Mobile money lifts Kenyan households out of poverty
Mobile-money services have had notable long-term effects on poverty reduction in Kenya -- especially among female-headed households -- and have inspired a surprising occupation shift among women, outlines a new report. Thu, 08 Dec 2016 15:19:20 EST
Strained US-Philippine Ties Show Signs of Improvement
Relations between the United States and one of its oldest allies, the Philippines, show signs of returning to normal after a crisis in September when the president in Manila demanded Washington withdraw military support and talked of a deeper break in ties with the superpower.
U.S. President-elect Donald Trump congratulated Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte in a call this month on his deadly campaign to squelch the drug trade, according to the Philippine side. The government of U.S.... Fri, 09 Dec 2016 03:40:31 -0500
Trump Campaign Spent Less Than Clinton
U.S. President-elect Donald Trump put $66 million of his own money into the presidential campaign, according to disclosures filed Thursday night.
Federal Election Commission reports say that in the final days of the campaign, Trump spent $94 million dollars, while his opponent, Hillary Clinton - who had a larger campaign fund than Trump - spent $132 million in the last days of the race to the Oval Office.
Still, the brash billionaire beat out the former secretary of state in a stunning... Fri, 09 Dec 2016 03:07:55 -0500
US Defense Secretary Makes Unannounced Visit to Afghanistan
U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter arrived in Afghanistan Friday for a holiday season visit to thank American troops for their service to the nation.
Carter is scheduled to receive an update on NATO and U.S. efforts to support Afghan security forces and meet with senior Afghan officials, including President Ashraf Ghani.
In addition to several engagements with U.S. troops deployed to Afghanistan, in meetings with Gen. John Nicholson, commander of NATO's Resolute Support mission and... Fri, 09 Dec 2016 02:27:07 -0500
South Korea Parliament Votes to Impeach Park
The South Korean National Assembly has voted to impeach President Park Geun-hye.
With 234 members voting Friday for impeachment in the 300-seat parliament, the measure gained more than the two-thirds majority support needed.
The stunning and sudden collapse of Park’s presidency was caused by recent allegations that a multi-million dollar influence peddling scandal was being run out of the Blue House.
After the vote, Chung Se-kyun, the speaker of the National Assembly, urged the... Fri, 09 Dec 2016 02:26:19 -0500
Khan Academy Providing Free Online Education to People Worldwide
The Khan Lab School, founded by Salman Khan, is an experimental school in Silicon Valley, California, that disrupts the conventional educational model. His Khan Academy, which offers free online education to anyone, anywhere, is reaching out to tens of millions of learners through its online lectures. VOA reporter Saqib Ul Islam visited Khan to find out more. Fri, 09 Dec 2016 02:13:00 -0500
This Day in History
Fri, 09 Dec 2016 06:00:00 +0100
John Birch Society Founded (1958)
The John Birch Society was founded in 1958 by Robert H. Welch, Jr., a retired candymaker, to combat communism and promote ultraconservative causes in the US. It was named for an American missionary and army intelligence officer killed by Chinese communists in 1945, considered by the society the first hero of the Cold War. Its membership reached more than 70,000 in the 1960s. Since then, it has promoted many objectives, including pressing for the US to withdraw from what organization? Discuss
Myanmar must strengthen effort to diffuse tension in Myanmar – UN Special Adviser
The Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Myanmar, Vijay Nambiar, said today that the UN is “seriously concerned” by the developing situation in Northern Rakhine state and has called on the security forces to act in accordance with the “rule of law and accepted international norms,” and to exercise caution in avoiding disproportionate responses that could cause violence to civilians. Thu, 08 Dec 2016 16:59:45 EST
Comment sought on WA’s forced rehab laws
Draft legislation that would force West Australians with severe methylamphetamine or alcohol addiction to undergo rehabilitation have been released for public comment. Fri, 09 Dec 2016 10:29:08 +0100
Four NSW teachers sexually abuse student
A man has told the abuse royal commission of his outrage at learning one of four teachers who molested him in the 1970s had been made principal of the school he was going to send his child to. Fri, 09 Dec 2016 10:29:08 +0100
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William Whiston (1667)
Whiston was an English clergyman and mathematician. He won favor through his New Theory of the Earth and in 1701 was made deputy to Sir Isaac Newton, whom he succeeded as a professor of mathematics at Cambridge. Well known as a preacher, Whiston aroused opposition by proclaiming his opinions about early Christianity, and in 1710 he was dismissed from the university for heresy. In 1736, he caused widespread panic when he predicted that what would bring the world to its end within the year? Discuss
Article of the Day
Fri, 09 Dec 2016 06:00:00 +0100
The Incense Route
The Incense Route was a series of important ancient trade routes linking Egypt to India by way of Arabia. The incense trade flourished between the 3rd century BCE and the 2nd century CE, during which time these routes played a vital role in the transport of frankincense and myrrh from Arabia; spices, ebony, and textiles from India; and wood, feathers, hides, and gold from East Africa. Spectacular evidence of the ancient trade can be seen in 16th-century BCE Egyptian frescos that depict what? Discuss
Fri, 9 Dec 2016 05:00:00 GMT
Calligraphy, a term derived from the Greek word for "beautiful writing," is a form of artistic writing practiced by cultures throughout the world for millennia. Calligraphic works can range from functional, hand-lettered inscriptions to abstract fine art pieces. Regarded in China and Japan as the greatest of the visual arts, calligraphy also figures prominently in Islamic art, which forbids the depiction of human and animal forms. What kind of glyphs are found carved into structures in Mexico?
Thu, 8 Dec 2016 05:00:00 GMT
The historical referents of the term "assassin," the Hashshashin were a secret society of Ismaili Shia Muslims who specialized in politically motivated killings of Crusaders and Muslim rulers. Much of the lore surrounding the feared sect, which originated in Persia and was active from 1090 to 1272, stems from Marco Polo's likely fictional account of his visit to the city of Alamut in 1273. What drug is believed to be the root of the term "Hashshashin," and what was its connection to the sect?
NEW YORK, U.S. - People were just coming to terms with Donald Trump's shock victory in the U.S. presidential elections, when Time magazine topped it by awarding him 'Person of the Year' Thu, 08 Dec 2016 23:53:51 +1100
WASHINGTON, U.S. - Retired Marine Corps General John Kelly, 66, will be secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, which includes agencies that protect the president, respond to disasters, e Thu, 08 Dec 2016 22:39:20 +1100
WASHINGTON, U.S. - U.S. president-elect Donald Trump has been embroiled in controversy over his massive business dealings and been forced to face questions over potential conflicts of interest betw Wed, 07 Dec 2016 19:32:15 +1100
John Glenn, First American to Orbit Earth, Dies at 95
Astronaut John Glenn, the first American to orbit the earth, has died.
Glenn was 95. He was admitted to the James Cancer Hospital at Ohio State University more than a week ago.
John Glenn was the last surviving member of a group known as "the Mercury Seven," test pilots who, in 1959, were chosen to become America’s first astronauts.
President Barack Obama released a statement about Glenn's death. "Our nation has lost an icon and Michelle and I have... Fri, 09 Dec 2016 01:33:27 +0000
UN Report: Young Girls Still Face Gender Inequality
A new United Nations report says a lack of education for girls in developing countries may be partly to blame for a rise in poverty worldwide.
The U.N. released its 2016 State of the World Population Report last week in Jordan's capital, Amman. The writers examine the well-being of 10-year-old girls as signs of success or failure of a country's development.
The report says most of the world's 10-year-old children live in developing countries. In many areas,... Thu, 08 Dec 2016 21:35:27 +0000
Therapy Pig Brings Relief to Stressed Travelers
This is What’s Trending Today:
Have you ever heard the expression “when pigs fly?”
It is a saying people use to express that something is very unlikely to happen – as unlikely as pigs growing wings and flying like a bird!
For example, a person who hates riding roller coasters might tell a friend: “I’ll go on that ride with you when pigs fly.”
Well, one pig in San Francisco may not be flying. But she is helping people relax before they fly in a plane.
LiLou is a small pig... Thu, 08 Dec 2016 21:32:55 +0000
Introducing English Verb Tenses
Editors note: This is the first of a four-part series on verb tenses. Click here for part two.
For VOA Learning English, this is Everyday Grammar.
Today we are going to give you a basic overview of the verb tense system in English.
Verb tenses tell us how an action relates to the flow of time.
There are three main verb tenses in English: present, past and future. The present, past and future tenses are divided into four aspects: the simple, progressive, perfect and... Thu, 08 Dec 2016 21:28:18 +0000
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