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EU referendum unlikely, says Labour
Ed Miliband says an EU referendum is "unlikely" if he wins the next general election, but David Cameron argues that Labour's position makes "no sense whatsoever".
Two dead in NYC building explosion
Two women are dead and 17 injured after an explosion in an apartment building that then collapsed in East Harlem, New York City, police say.
Pistorius smashed door 'on stumps'
Oscar Pistorius was not wearing prosthetic legs when he broke down a door to reach his girlfriend, his murder trial hears from a forensic expert.
G7 warns Russia on 'annexing' Crimea
The G7 group of industrial nations calls on Russia to stop moves to "annex" Crimea, as Ukraine warns of a Russian military build-up at the border.
Missing plane: Last message revealed
Malaysia says the last message from a Malaysia Airlines plane suggests everything was normal on board before it vanished over the South China Sea.
Clifford 'abused teenager in car'
A second alleged victim tells the Max Clifford trial that the publicist sexually abused her in his car when she was 15 and a virgin.
MP 'had to be pulled from young man'
A former Conservative councillor tells a court he saw a man "thrashing around" trying to free himself from MP Nigel Evans on a night out in Blackpool.
PM's belief in Israel 'unbreakable'
David Cameron says his belief in Israel is "unbreakable" as he urges the country's MPs to pursue a deal with Palestinians to end all conflict.
NYC building collapses
Two women were killed in a building collapse in Upper Manhattan on Wednesday, New York City Police said.
Chinese Air Force searches for missing Malaysian jet
Crew members fly a Chinese Air Force aircraft on March 12, over the area above Malaysian seas where the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 lost contact. More countries are joining the multinational operation to locate the jet and the search area has been expanded, now covering 27,000 square miles in the Straits of Malacca and the South China Sea.
Malaysia says last sighting of plane possibly off West Coast
Malaysia's military radar detected what could have been the jetliner missing since Saturday in an area in the northern Malacca Strait, hundreds of miles from the spot where the plane dropped off air traffic screens, the air force chief said on Wednesday.
China sends Qiandaohu supply ship to join search
The Chinese Qiandaohu supply ship left China at 8:00am on Wednesday with the aim of replenishing – transferring fuel and stores - to Chinese ships searching for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet.
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Obama to host new Ukrainian PM
President Barack Obama is hosting the new Ukrainian prime minister at the White House, a gesture aimed at rebuking Russia and cementing the West's allegiance to Ukraine's fledgling government.
Thousands at Turkey teen's funeral
Tens of thousands of people flocked on Wednesday to the funeral of a teenage boy who died from injuries suffered during last year's anti-government protests that swept the country.
Man who spent decades on US death row freed
A man who spent nearly 26 years on death row in Louisiana walked free of prison hours after a judge approved the state's motion to vacate the man's murder conviction in a the 1983 killing of a jeweller.
Ukraine appeals to West as Crimea turns to Russia
Ukraine's government appealed for Western help on Tuesday to stop Moscow annexing Crimea but the Black Sea peninsula, overrun by Russian troops, seemed fixed on a course that could formalize rule from Moscow within days.
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Columbia mall shooter was obsessed with Columbine massacre, police say
The young man who opened fire in the Mall in Columbia in January, killing two people and spreading terror throughout this suburban community, was obsessed with carrying out a massacre similar to that in Columbine, authorities said in their first detailed account of the shootings.
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Obama to order expansion of overtime pay
President Obama plans to order new overtime protections for “millions of workers,” using his executive authority to revise regulations covering who should be paid extra for working more than 40 hours a week.
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Report: Obama to issue executive order expanding overtime pay
President Barack Obama will issue an executive order today expanding the number of people who qualify for overtime pay under federal labor law, according to news reports.
The move would “potentially shift billions of dollars worth of corporate income into the pockets of workers,” the New York Times said on its Web site. The Times quoted Cecilia Muñoz, the director of the White House Domestic Policy Council saying the effort was part of Obama’s pledge to help workers thrive:
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Malaysia aircraft mystery may hinge on “unidentified” radar path
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — The search for a Malaysian passenger jet could hinge on a newly divulged radar plot that suggests the plane veered hundreds of miles off course before vanishing.
Malaysia’s air force chief, Rodzali Daud, said Wednesday that an “unidentified plot” was seen on military radar intermittently for around 45 minutes after Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 vanished from civilian air traffic control systems at 1:30 a.m on Saturday. He said that radar trail ended at a point over ...
Early Lead: Jonathan Martin traded to San Francisco 49ers
Jonathan Martin got a shot at a fresh start in the NFL when the Miami Dolphins traded the offensive tackle at the heart of the Miami Dolphins’ locker-room harassment scandal to the San Francisco 49ers on Tuesday night, just hours after NFL free agency began.
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Fact Checker: Edward Snowden’s claim that he had ‘no proper channels’ for protection as a whistleblower
“I had reported these clearly problematic programs to more than 10 distinct officials, none of whom took any action to address them. As an employee of a private company rather than a direct employee of the U.S. government, I was not protected by U.S. whistleblower laws, and I would not have been protected from retaliation and legal sanction for revealing classified information about lawbreaking in accordance with the recommended process.
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Group claims responsibility for killing Swedish journalist in Afghanistan
KABUL – A more radical militant group has claimed responsibility for killing a Swedish journalist in a brazen raid in the Afghan capital.
The slaying on Tuesday of 52-year-old Nils Horner, who also held British citizenship in Kabul’s diplomatic enclave, has sent a new shock wave for foreigners living there.
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Ukraine appeals to the West as Crimea turns to Russia
SEVASTOPOL/KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine's government appealed for Western help on Tuesday to stop Moscow annexing Crimea but the Black Sea peninsula, overrun by Russian troops, seemed fixed on a course that could formalize rule from Moscow within days.
Thousands flock to Turkish boy's funeral after night of protest
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of mourners chanting anti-government slogans marched through central Istanbul on Wednesday for the funeral of a teenager wounded in street protests last summer whose death has sparked renewed unrest across Turkey.
U.N. appeals to Russia, U.S. to salvage Syria peace talks
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appealed to Russia and the United States on Wednesday to help revive stalled peace talks aimed at ending Syria's three-year-old civil war, saying it was time to put an end to the bloodshed that has torn Syria apart.
Tokyo lawsuit raised red flags on Mt. Gox funding, compliance
TOKYO (Reuters) - Two months before Mt. Gox filed for bankruptcy it was sued by a customer seeking the return of funds in a case that highlights some of the red flags raised in the run-up to the collapse of what was once the world's biggest bitcoin exchange.
'Candy Crush' maker sees up to $7.6 billion IPO valuation
(Reuters) - King Digital Entertainment Plc, maker of hit mobile phone game "Candy Crush Saga," expects to be worth up to $7.6 billion when it goes public this month, looking to take advantage of strong demand for technology investments.
Pistorius smashed toilet door with bat, expert says
PRETORIA (Reuters) - Double amputee Oscar Pistorius was standing on his stumps when he smashed down a locked toilet door to reach his shot girlfriend, a South African police forensic expert said on Wednesday, countering the Paralympic star's assertion he was wearing his prosthetic legs at the time.
Missing jet may have strayed toward Andaman Sea: Malaysian air force
KUALA LUMPUR/PHU QUOC, Vietnam (Reuters) - Malaysia's military has traced what could have been the jetliner missing for almost five days to an area south of the Thai holiday island of Phuket, hundreds of miles from its last known position, the country's air force chief said on Wednesday.
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Chinese President to Visit EU
China's President Xi Jinping will travel to Brussels later this month in the first ever official visit by a Chinese head of state to the European Union institutions.
Bank of Thailand Cuts Rates
Thailand's central bank cut its benchmark interest rate by a quarter-percentage point to support the economy as the country's political crisis continues unabated.
Expert Challenges Pistorius's Testimony
A police forensics expert in the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius has challenged the sport star's account of the night his girlfriend was fatally wounded, testifying that the accused was on the stumps of his amputated legs when he battered his bathroom door with a cricket bat in an attempt to reach her inside.
South Africa Expels Rwandan Diplomats
South Africa's justice minister said his country won't be "a springboard" for illegal activities after his government expelled diplomats over the armed raid on the home of a Rwandan dissident.
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Hands Off My Kid’s iPad
In a recent Huffington Post piece that has now been shared on Facebook more than 345,000 times, pediatric occupational therapist Cris Rowan cites “10 Reasons Why Handheld Devices Should Be Banned for Children Under the Age of 12.” She uses studies to back up her stance, but there’s a problem: The research she highlights, and her characterizations of the findings, make the issue seem far more clear-cut than it really is. Under the guise of “science,” Rowan makes vast generalizations and extrap...
Vitamins Will Not Keep You Out of My Cancer Clinic
As a medical oncologist specializing in gastrointestinal cancers at a research institution, every day I see patients suffering from terminal colorectal cancer who thought they could ignore their doctors’ advice and protect themselves from cancer by taking vitamins and other supplements. The medical literature has repeatedly proven them wrong.
The “Made in China” Fallacy
Every month, we are greeted with trade figures released by the Census Bureau. Over the past decade in particular, those figures have taken on added weight, largely because of the reported trade deficit with China. Month after month, that figure has grown, with barely a pause. In January, the reported deficit with China was a bit under $28 billion.
No Longer Black and White
More than 500 Chinese-Americans angrily protested recently in the rain, outside the offices of California State Assembly member Ed Chau. They were upset about a new effort to repeal California’s ban on affirmative action in university admissions.
The Public Pope
What are popes good for? In the quarter-century I’ve been writing about Catholicism, I’ve learned that popes are good for the pope-arazzi and for a bit of exotica on the nightly news. On occasion, of course, they are good for producing reams of copy. Time’s Man of the Year! The cover of Rolling Stone! Ten thousand words of aggrieved vindication—“A Radical Pope’s First Year,” insists the recent tendentious headline—in The New Yorker! Apparently there is something about popes that a mass media ...
The Senate and the CIA at War
How do you spy on a spy? In the case of Senate investigators, you do it by adopting some of their methods. During the five year investigation into the CIA interrogation and detention program, members of the Senate Intelligence Committee, working in a windowless room at the spy agency’s headquarters, suspected that key documents had been removed from their computer network. Luckily, they had a hard copy. To keep it from being destroyed, Senate sleuths spirited the document from the CIA and put...
We Met in Wasilla
The path to Alaska’s most infamous home ended at a “No Trespassing” sign and a heavy chain. Joe McGinniss, holding the cellphone he’d been using to give me directions, walked to the makeshift gate and pulled it back. I’d brought some salmon, he had a grill, and we planned to eat dinner while the sun set on Wasilla’s Lake Lucy.
How two Iranian passengers managed to board a plane using stolen European passports is far from the biggest mystery surrounding the sudden disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH 370—in fact, it turns out to be one of the least surprising pieces of the otherwise perplexing and tragic story. Last year, airplane passengers boarded planes more than 1 billion times without their passports being checked against Interpol’s Stolen and Lost Travel Documents database, which would have flagged the...
How Long Before Pisa Is Underwater? The Statue of Liberty?
A new study took the long view on the toll global warming and sea-level rises will take on the world’s landmarks, but it also sounded the alarm about for what could happen before 2100. It turns out a full one-fifth of UNESCO heritage sites could be affected.
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My favourite TV show: Match of the Day
Despite the changes wrought by bidding wars, technical improvements, and questionable personal grooming decisions, Match of the Day remains an iconic – and only occasionally infuriating – piece of TV. Mark Lawson salutes its blend of always-original content and comfortingly unchanging punditry
Selecting a best-ever experience of television raises a version of the dilemma faced by every Desert Island Discs castaway when asked to pick a single book: is the intention to nominate a favourite work ...
Max Clifford trial: publicist accused of sexually abusing 15-year-old girl
Woman says she contemplated suicide after Clifford claimed a photographer had taken a picture of her giving him oral sex
A woman has told the trial of Max Clifford that the PR guru ordered her to perform sex acts on him after telling her she could be the next Jodie Foster.
The alleged victim, who gave evidence from behind a screen to protect her identity, said Clifford repeatedly abused her in his car when she was 15.
She told jurors that she contemplated suicide after the defendant claimed a ph...
Rebekah Brooks denies giving evidence from 'prepared script'
Prosecution suggests that ex-NoW and Sun editor must have been 'very much aware' of what her co-defendants were doing
Rebekah Brooks has denied giving evidence from a "carefully presented and prepared script" as prosecutors ended their cross-examination of the former News International chief executive in the phone-hacking trial.
It was put to her that she had a "meteoric rise" through News International from the day she joined as a researcher in 1998 to the day she became chief executive in 200...
The Invisible Woman: why I'm stepping out of the shadows
Writing about fashion for older women has changed my life. It's time my readers met the real me
For some time now, the anonymity thing's been sitting a little uncomfortably on the invisible shoulders. On the one hand my alter ego has a better name than I do, is not shy, and doesn't lisp, but on the other, no one knows where to get hold of me and I have to announce what I'm wearing at conferences so that people can find me. When a reader remarked, "I don't know where to find other protesting mi...
Scotland's deficit of £12bn damages Alex Salmond's case for independence
Fall in North Sea oil revenues last year left Scottish economy with worse annual deficit level than United Kingdom
Alex Salmond's economic case for independence has suffered a significant blow after it emerged Scotland had a £12bn deficit last year following a sharp fall in oil revenues.
Scotland's annual accounts show the country's share of North Sea oil revenues fell by 41.5% in 2012-13, leaving the Scottish economy with a worse deficit level than the UK, with the overspend paid for by the UK...
David Cameron says he would oppose boycott of Israel in speech to Knesset
British PM sets out vision of peace but avoids discussion of upcoming talks as he addresses Israeli parliament
David Cameron has made a heartfelt appeal in the Israeli parliament for its leaders to reach out to their Palestinian partners as he insisted he would oppose any boycott of Israel, even though British official advice is for British businesses not to invest in the West Bank.
In his speech to the Knesset, Cameron made only a passing reference to the issue of Israeli illegal settlements o...
Nigel Evans case: senior Tory MP gives evidence
Conor Burns MP was initially reluctant to give statement on alleged indecent assault at 2003 Tory conference
A senior Tory MP was told he would be hauled before a judge if he refused to co-operate with the police investigation into the former deputy Commons speaker Nigel Evans, a court has heard.
Conor Burns, the MP for Bournemouth West, told Preston crown court he felt very uncomfortable when police warned him he would be brought to court as a reluctant witness if he did not give a statement a...
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Gurlitt Fallout: New Yorker Fights to Regain Family Heirloom
During the Nazi era, David Toren's great-uncle was robbed of his art collection. Now one of the paintings has been recovered in Cornelius Gurlitt's Munich apartment, and Toren is fighting to get it back. But the Germans aren't making it easy.
Help from Germany: Firms Could Soon Provide Gas to Ukraine
Ukraine's dependence on gas from Russia has often been used as a political weapon by Moscow in conflicts with its neighbor. German companies are now considering how Western European gas could be rerouted to Kiev if the Kremlin decides to cut supplies.
Beyond Ukraine: Russia's Imperial Mess
Russia's occupation of Crimea has violated international law and created a new crisis among world leaders. Now the EU and the US are fighting over the best means to address Russia's reawakened expansionary ambitions.
San Marino: Tiny State, Big Baggage
The trial of a former head of state has brought unwanted media attention on the often overlooked San Marino, the world's oldest Republic. The nation, which is already reeling from the financial crisis, is not amused.
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Thousands March in Turkish Teen's Funeral
Tens of thousands of people chanting anti-government slogans marched through central Istanbul Wednesday for the funeral of a Turkish teenager wounded in street protests last summer whose death has sparked renewed unrest across Turkey.Riot police fired tear gas to disperse thousands of protesters in the capital, Ankara, and in the coastal city of Izmir a day after 15-year-old Berkin Elvan's death on Tuesday.Mourners chanted "Berkin Elvan is immortal," "Government...
Panel Opens Probe into South Sudan Atrocities
The head of a newly established commission that will probe atrocities in South Sudan has pledged to leave "no stone unturned" as the panel investigates alleged human rights violations and other abuses.
Former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo spoke on Wednesday, shortly after the five-member African Union commission was sworn in.
Obasanjo said both "Africans and non-Africans" worldwide would be watching how his panel approached its work. He said the panel would...
Malaysia Expands Search for Missing Plane
Malaysia has again expanded the vast area where it is looking for the missing jetliner with 239 people on board, but acknowledges it is likely a search mission rather than a rescue effort.Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said Wednesday that ships and aircraft from 12 countries are now searching more than 90,000 square kilometers of water, looking for a Boeing 777 aircraft that disappeared from air traffic radar screens early Saturday.He said the fifth day of the search is focused on...
Obama Meeting Ukraine's New PM at White House
U.S. President Barack Obama is hosting Ukraine's interim prime minister at the White House Wednesday, as the standoff between Russia and the West over the Ukrainian region of Crimea continues.This is President Obama's first meeting with interim Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk and is meant to underscore U.S. support for the new government and the Ukrainian people. As part of the talks, Mr. Yatsenyuk and President Obama will discuss financial assistance for Ukraine. The U.S. has...
Forensic Analyst: Pistorius Likely Not Wearing Prosthetics When Hitting Door
A South African police forensics analyst says Oscar Pistorius was probably not wearing his prosthetic legs when he used a cricket bat to hit the door through which he fatally shot his girlfriend, an assertion that counters claims made by the athlete.In court testimony on Wednesday, Johannes Vermeulen said he believes Pistorius was on his stumps when he used the bat to try to break open the door last year, after fatally shooting Reeva Steenkamp. The door was set up in the courtroom as...
China Considers Tougher Anti-terror Measures
Lawmakers in China are pushing for a national law to better protect the country from terrorism after a brutal attack earlier this month at a train station in the southwestern part of the country.
The assault at Kunming station occurred just days before the National People's Congress opened in Beijing, and left 29 dead and 143 injured. Critics say the incident underscorres the challenges the country faces in dealing with increasingly frequent unrest in Xinjiang, an area authorities say...
Islamist Militants, Supporters Kill 25 in Syrian Village
Opposition activists say Islamist militants and their local supporters have killed at least 25 people in a village in northern Syria near the Turkish border.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights told VOA that militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) killed 14 fighters from rival rebel groups, at least nine local tribesmen and two children.
The Observatory said at least nine other villagers were missing and suspected to have been killed.
The reported killings...
Roundup: Opinions on Ukraine from American and Foreign Media
The crisis in Ukraine has captured global attention and is generating a wide spectrum of opinion on its causes and solutions. Newspapers, blogs and other media are publishing a variety of commentaries and editorials on what’s to be done and who’s to blame.
Each day, VOA will curate a selection of these editorial opinions, highlight selections, and offer them for our readers’ consideration.
The opinions expressed below are, of course, those of the authors, not the Voice of...
Startups Jostle for Funding, Attention at SXSW
Entrepreneur P.K. Fields was delighted when she won a contest and a chance to pitch her Los Angeles-based startup to a venture capitalist. So delighted, she dropped everything and flew 1,400 miles (2,250 km) on her own dime to the South by Southwest Interactive conference in Austin, Texas, for just 20 minutes alone with
angel investor Dave McClure as he was driven around town in a tiny red-and-black electric BMW i3.
Fields is emblematic of the thousands of entrepreneurs who converge on...
Education Can Help Prevent Obesity
In many middle and low income countries, obesity levels rise along with income. But a new study says the better educated women are -- the better their chances of avoiding obesity.
Dr. Amina Aitsi-Selmi is the lead author of the University College London study. She wanted to know if trends in high-income countries could be found elsewhere.
“We know that in high income countries education and income tend to go together -- and that those who are most educated and have the...