Tourist dies in Machu Picchu taking photo
The body of a tourist is recovered from a ravine in the Peruvian Andes after he fell while taking pictures of himself near the Machu Pichu site. Fri, 01 Jul 2016 00:24:06 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
Artificial pancreas likely to be available by 2018
The artificial pancreas -- a device which monitors blood glucose in patients with type 1 diabetes and then automatically adjusts levels of insulin entering the body -- is likely to be available by 2018, conclude authors of a new paper. Thu, 30 Jun 2016 21:45:03 EDT
Tracking brain atrophy in MS could become routine, thanks to new software
The loss of brain tissue, called brain atrophy, is a normal part of aging, but multiple sclerosis (MS) accelerates the process. Such atrophy is a critical indicator of physical and cognitive decline in MS, yet because measuring brain atrophy is expensive and complicated, it’s done primarily in research settings. That may be changing, say scientists. Thu, 30 Jun 2016 16:37:56 EDT
Telomere length is indicator of blood count recovery in treatment of Acute Myeloid Leukemia
The chemotherapy treatments necessary to treat Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) in children can be grueling on the body, and can cause health-related complications during therapy, as well as long down the road after remission. Children receiving chemotherapy for AML receive 4 to 5 intensive chemotherapy courses, and while some children recover quickly from each course, others may take several months or more, which increases their risk for life-threatening infections. Thu, 30 Jun 2016 15:53:56 EDT
Report: US Sailors' Detention by Iranian Forces ‘Wholly Preventable'
A Navy investigation into the detention of 10 U.S. sailors by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps earlier this year has found the incident could have been prevented. Pentagon correspondent Carla Babb reports on the series of failures by both the Navy and the Iranian military as the crew traveled from Kuwait to Bahrain. Thu, 30 Jun 2016 21:43:00 -0400
US House to Vote on Gun Legislation, Ryan Says
The Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives will vote next week on a bill aimed at keeping guns out of the hands of suspected terrorists.
A week after Democrats staged a nearly 26-hour sit-in demanding a vote on gun control measures, Speaker Paul Ryan told fellow Republicans of the vote in a conference call Thursday.
Ryan said the House would vote on a broad bill that will include measures to prevent radicalization and recruitment by extremist groups, as well as a... Thu, 30 Jun 2016 21:18:25 -0400
Researchers: Estimate of Americans Identifying as Transgender Doubled
On a day when the Pentagon announced it is lifting its ban on transgender men and women openly serving in the U.S. military, a research institute in California announced findings that the number of men and women identifying as transgender has doubled over the last 10 years.
Jody Herman, a public policy scholar at the Williams Institute at the University of California at Los Angeles, told VOA Thursday that the results are from people self-reporting on U.S. government surveys. She said... Thu, 30 Jun 2016 21:15:07 -0400
Montreux Jazz Festival Celebrates 50th Edition
The Montreux Jazz Festival kicked off its 50th birthday edition Thursday night, marking its half-century with a nod to its origins.
Charles Lloyd, an American saxophonist who performed at the first edition in 1967, opened the celebrations at the Montreux Casino with his New Quartet — accompanied by Jason Moran on piano, Reuben Rogers on bass and Eric Harland on drums.
"It's a beautiful thing, 50 years. ... It was just a village when I came here. I was a little boy then,"... Thu, 30 Jun 2016 20:58:34 -0400
In Egypt, Sissi's Reputation Fades as Problems Mount
It is a hot afternoon in the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan and the New Cairo clubhouse is empty. Hisham Genena, Egypt's erstwhile corruption tsar, settles in a corner. "It's quiet here," he says. "We can speak freely."
It has been a long way down for Genena, a former policeman and judge who was appointed to head Egypt's corruption watchdog in 2012 and is now on trial, accused of defaming the state by exaggerating the scale of public sector... Thu, 30 Jun 2016 20:20:57 -0400
This Day in History
Thu, 30 Jun 2016 07:00:00 +0200
Charles Julius Guiteau, Assassin of US President James A. Garfield, Hanged (1882)
At the deadlocked 1880 Republican national convention, Garfield was nominated as a compromise candidate for president, with Chester A. Arthur chosen for vice president to appease the "Stalwart" faction of the party. However, after Garfield became president, he passed over the Stalwarts in his appointments, creating a bitter rivalry. Guiteau, who unreasonably expected to be offered a diplomatic post, shot Garfield and said, "I am a Stalwart and Arthur is president now!" When did Garfield die? Discuss
Thu, 30 Jun 2016 07:00:00 +0200
Robert Ballard (1942)
Ballard is an American oceanographer and marine geologist. While working at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Research Institution, he pioneered the use of deep-diving submersibles, took part in the first manned exploration of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, and discovered warm water springs and the unusual animal communities that grow up around them in the Galápagos Rift. He is best known for his dramatic discovery of the wreck of the Titanic in 1985. What other notable wrecks has Ballard located? Discuss
Article of the Day
Thu, 30 Jun 2016 07:00:00 +0200
Characterized by their corkscrew-like shaft, Solomonic columns draw their name from the Biblical description of the two columns that famously flanked the entrance to the Temple of Solomon in Jerusalem, built in the 10th c BCE. According to tradition, that temple was the source of a set of columns brought to Rome by Constantine the Great in the 4th c CE for the original St. Peter's Basilica, where several of the pillars still remain. These columns are now believed to have originally stood where? Discuss
Thu, 30 Jun 2016 05:00:00 GMT
The Disappearance of the
The world's most famous case of art theft—the removal of the Mona Lisa from the Louvre in 1911—was solved when museum employee Vincenzo Peruggia tried to sell the painting to a gallery in Italy. He had kept the masterpiece in his apartment for two years after having simply walked out of the museum with it hidden under his coat. What famous painter—some of whose own sketches would be stolen more than 50 years later—was questioned before Peruggia was caught?
Wed, 29 Jun 2016 05:00:00 GMT
Zhou Tong, the Archer
Zhou Tong was the archery teacher of famous Song Dynasty general Yue Fei. Zhou certainly led an impressive life, however, it was the publication of a fictional biography of Yue Fei during the Qing Dynasty that made Zhou into a local hao, or folk hero. Zhou's fictional exploits have since been chronicled in films, comic books, and even his own modern fictional biography. What unorthodox ritual did Yue Fei engage in to mourn his former teacher after Zhou's death in 1121?
Scotland starts drive to remain in EU
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says country may hold another secession referendum following Britain's vote to leave the intergovernmental bloc. Sat, 25 Jun 2016 14:13:00 +0200
No sympathy for Brexiters on social media
Netizens around the globe took to social media to express their astonishment with the #Brexit outcome, and they did not disappoint. Fri, 24 Jun 2016 18:36:00 +0200
'Watershed' moment for drone regulation
New legislation eases drone use, but unmanned craft cannot hover over groups of bystanders and must remain within clear sight of operator. Fri, 24 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0200
Rodrigo Duterte Takes Office in the Philippines
The new president of the Philippines has promised to be “relentless” in the fight against crime.
Rodrigo Duterte was sworn in Thursday. He won the office on his promise to defeat crime and corruption within six months.
Duterte is known for carrying out strong policies to crush crime as mayor of Davao, the country’s second largest city.
During his swearing-in speech in Manila, the leader defended his methods for cutting crime.
“I know that there are some... Thu, 30 Jun 2016 23:00:09 +0000
Activists Critical of Latest Human Trafficking Report
Activists are voicing concerns about a new United States government report on human trafficking.
The State Department released its 2016 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report Thursday.
Secretary of State John Kerry spoke to reporters at the department’s headquarters. He said human trafficking remains a major problem in some areas of the world.
Human trafficking has been described as organized criminal activity in which human beings are treated as possessions. The new... Thu, 30 Jun 2016 21:27:12 +0000
Could Have, Would Have, and Should Have
From VOA Learning English, this is Everyday Grammar.
Today we will take a look at the modal verbs could have, would have and should have. These past tense modals are useful for expressing your present feelings about a past decision (or other action).
Could have, would have, and should have are sometimes called “modals of lost opportunities.” They work like a grammatical time machine. The simple past just tells what happened. Past modals tell what could have, would have, and... Thu, 30 Jun 2016 21:05:30 +0000
Report: Women Prisoners Tortured in Mexico
Five years ago, police stopped Veronica Razo on a street in Mexico City and took her to federal prison.
She was beaten, tortured with electrical shocks and raped. Today, she is still awaiting the finish of her trial.
She is one of a large number of women who were tortured after their arrest, according to a report by Amnesty International.
The rights group said its report is based on meetings with or statements from 100 women who were jailed in Mexico. All of them reported... Thu, 30 Jun 2016 21:04:29 +0000
Iceland Soccer Team Continues to Surprise at Euro 2016
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International soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal said the Iceland soccer team at the UEFA Euro 2016 tournament was “not going to do anything.”
His comments came after Iceland tied Ronaldo’s Portuguese team 1-1 in the first week of the tournament.
Then Iceland tied Hungary. Then, it beat Austria. And Iceland advanced to the elimination rounds of the tournament.
Few expected Iceland to make it that far.
American comedian and television... Thu, 30 Jun 2016 21:00:38 +0000
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