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The Surprising Wishes Of India's Sex Workers
A researcher found that some of them don't want to be "rescued." And that in one community, sex work is a traditional occupation for married women.
npr.org | 30-Apr-2017 13:00

4 Years After Rana Plaza Tragedy, What's Changed For Bangladeshi Garment Workers?
Four years after the deadliest garment factory disaster, a new report by Human Rights Watch finds that many global apparel companies have not signed a transparency pledge regarding its supply chains.
npr.org | 30-Apr-2017 13:00

What We Learned About The Mood Of Trump's Tweets
How angry or happy were President Trump's tweets during his first 100 days? This last week was not a particularly positive one, according to a sentiment analysis.
npr.org | 30-Apr-2017 13:00

General election 2017: May says Tories would not raise VAT
The prime minister also declines to back David Cameron's 2015 pledge for a "five-year tax lock".
news.bbc.co.uk | 30-Apr-2017 12:51

Gem TV: Iranian CEO Saeed Karimian shot dead in Istanbul
Saeed Karimian, founder of Gem TV, had previously been tried in absentia by a Tehran court.
news.bbc.co.uk | 30-Apr-2017 12:46

Alaska Guessing Game Provides Climate Change Record
Months behind the rest of the country, spring is advancing across Alaska. And a contest that has residents guess the date of river ice breakup is showing a trend toward earlier and earlier melt.
npr.org | 30-Apr-2017 12:44

White House Correspondents' dinner: Six takes from the event
Here's what Mr Trump missed by snubbing the White House press lobby's annual comedy roast.
bbc.co.uk | 30-Apr-2017 12:40

US-Backed Militias Claim Big Advance Against IS in Syria's Tabqa
U.S.-backed militias said on Sunday they had made a big advance in Tabqa, a strategically vital town controlling Syria's largest dam, in their campaign to drive Islamic State from its stronghold of Raqqa, 40km (25 miles) downstream. The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a group of Kurdish and Arab militias, will wait to assault Raqqa until it seizes Tabqa, its military officials have previously said, but it had made only slow progress since besieging the town early this month. In a...
voanews.com | 30-Apr-2017 12:37

Ueli Steck: Everest claims 'Swiss Machine' climber
"Swiss Machine" Ueli Steck dies in an accident while acclimatising for an attempt on a new route.
news.bbc.co.uk | 30-Apr-2017 12:21

David Cameron buys £25,000 garden shed 'to write in'
The former prime minister says he wants to use the shepherd's hut to write a book.
news.bbc.co.uk | 30-Apr-2017 12:18

Ancient Gold Angkorian Jewelry to Return to Cambodia From London
A set of ancient Angkorian gold jewelry that found its way to a London art dealership will be returned to Cambodia after the government intervened to stop a planned sale. The Jonathan Tucker Antonia Tozer Asian Art dealership listed the jewelry in its online catalog, according to a statement from Cambodia’s Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts. The ministry petitioned the dealership in November to return the Angkorian artifacts. They originated in the Khmer empire, a power in...
voanews.com | 30-Apr-2017 11:21

North Korea crisis: Pope urges international mediation
Norway could be among the powers involved in resolving the nuclear stand-off, he suggests.
news.bbc.co.uk | 30-Apr-2017 11:17

Swiss Climber Steck Dies in Fall Near Everest
Famed Swiss climber Ueli Steck was killed Sunday in a mountaineering accident near Mount Everest in Nepal, expedition organizers said.   Mingma Sherpa of the Seven Summit Treks said Steck was killed at Camp 1 of Mount Nuptse. His body has been recovered from the site and been taken to Lukla, where the only airport in the Mount Everest area is located.   It was not clear how Steck died but he was planning to climb 8,850-meter (29,035-foot) Mount Everest and nearby Mount Lhotse...
voanews.com | 30-Apr-2017 11:08

Being A Guinea Pig For Science Can Be A Long, Slow Slog
Brandie Jefferson volunteered for a clinical trial to see if intermittent fasting can help treat multiple sclerosis. Five months in, she realizes that this study won't answer that question.
npr.org | 30-Apr-2017 11:00

A Trauma Nurse Reflects On 'Compassion Fatigue'
Years of treating grievously injured people starts to wear on a person. a trauma nurse in Minneapolis says. She explores "compassion fatigue" in a semi-autobiographical poem.
npr.org | 30-Apr-2017 11:00

US Marines Return to Helmand
The U.S. Marine Corps has returned to Helmand, the restive province in southern Afghanistan where it fought years of bloody battles with the Taliban, to help train Afghan forces struggling to contain the insurgency. Many of the 300 Marines coming to Helmand as part of the NATO-led Resolute Support training mission are veterans of previous tours in the province, where almost 1,000 coalition troops, mostly U.S. and British, were killed fighting the Taliban. Marines face tough...
voanews.com | 30-Apr-2017 10:53

Deadly tornado crosses Texas road
Footage from Canton, east of Dallas, shows one of the tornadoes which have left five people dead.
bbc.co.uk | 30-Apr-2017 10:41

Dozens Hospitalized, Several Killed As Tornadoes Hit East Texas
Pictures show destroyed buildings and flipped cars after a tornado hit the small east Texas city of Canton. The National Weather Service reported multiple tornadoes Saturday in northeast Texas.
npr.org | 30-Apr-2017 10:41

Non-O blood group 'linked to higher heart attack risk'
It may be because of higher levels of a blood-clotting protein in A, B and AB blood groups.
bbc.co.uk | 30-Apr-2017 10:37

Anthony Joshua: Tyson Fury says yes to all-British heavyweight title fight
Tyson Fury says "let's dance" in response to being called out by world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua.
news.bbc.co.uk | 30-Apr-2017 10:33

10 Years Later, Parents of Missing British Girl Hopeful
The parents of Madeleine McCann, the 3-year-old British girl who vanished during a family vacation to Portugal in 2007, say they are still hopeful they will one day be reunited with their daughter as they mark the 10th anniversary of her disappearance.   In an interview with the British media released Sunday, the McCanns said they felt encouraged by progress British police have made in the case in the past five years.    Scotland Yard said last week that, a decade later,...
voanews.com | 30-Apr-2017 10:01

Texas Tornado Leaves Deaths, Dozens Injured
Fatalities have been reported and dozens of people were taken to hospitals after a tornado hit a small city in East Texas, authorities said.   Canton Fire Department Capt. Brian Horton said during a news conference late Saturday that “a number of fatalities” were reported, but that it wasn’t yet clear how many, after powerful storms swept through the community earlier in the evening.   The storms left behind a trail of overturned vehicles, mangled trees and damaged homes in and...
voanews.com | 30-Apr-2017 09:35

Anthony Joshua: What next for the world heavyweight champion?
A rematch with Wladimir Klitschko? An all-British fight with Tyson Fury? Or a unification bout with American Deontay Wilder? BBC Sport examines Anthony Joshua's options.
bbc.co.uk | 30-Apr-2017 09:28

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg joins Ohio family for surprise dinner
Mark Zuckerberg wins over an Ohio family after dropping in for dinner - at 15 minutes' notice.
bbc.co.uk | 30-Apr-2017 09:27

Duterte Drops Mention of South China Sea in ASEAN Statement
The Philippines followed up a summit of Southeast Asian leaders by releasing a final communique Sunday that removed mention of international concerns over China’s “militarization” of newly built islands in the disputed South China Sea, a major concession to Beijing.   The 25-page statement issued by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte following the daylong meeting of leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations he hosted in Manila also made no direct mention of his country’s...
voanews.com | 30-Apr-2017 09:22

Donald Trump attacks US media at 100-day Pennsylvania rally
The president insists he is keeping his election pledges and dismisses criticism as "fake news".
bbc.co.uk | 30-Apr-2017 09:14

‘The Godfather’ at 45: The Trials, Inspiration Behind the Film
Al Pacino was considered too short, Marlon Brando was required to do a screen test, and director Francis Ford Coppola was almost fired. The director and cast of The Godfather reminisced Saturday in a 45th anniversary reunion in New York about the trials, perseverance and inspiration that resulted in the Oscar-winning Mafia movies. Coppola, Pacino, Robert De Niro, Diane Keaton, James Caan, Talia Shire and Robert Duvall watched back-to-back screenings of The Godfather (1972) and The...
voanews.com | 30-Apr-2017 08:25

Trump's Absence Loomed Large At Annual White House Correspondents' Dinner
The gathering of D.C. journalists, which had been a top draw for Hollywood celebrities during the Obama administration, took on a different air this year as the new president decided not to attend.
npr.org | 30-Apr-2017 08:15

Growth Slows in April in China’s Manufacturing Sector
Growth in China’s manufacturing sector slowed in April, official data showed Sunday, pointing to an unsteady recovery in the world’s second-largest economy.    The monthly purchasing managers’ index by the Chinese Federation of Logistics and Purchasing fell to 51.2 in April, lower than the 51.8 recorded in March.    The index is based on a 100-point scale on which numbers above 50 indicate expansion.   National Bureau of Statistics statistician Zhao Qinghe said...
voanews.com | 30-Apr-2017 07:48

Madeleine McCann: Anniversary 'hardest day' for parents
The 10th anniversary of Madeleine McCann's disappearance will be one of the hardest days, her parents say.
news.bbc.co.uk | 30-Apr-2017 07:04

White House Press Corps Dinner More Sober, Less Glitz
The White House press corps gathered Saturday for its annual black-tie dinner, a toned-down affair this year after Donald Trump snubbed the event, becoming the first incumbent U.S. president to bow out in 36 years. Without Trump, who scheduled a rally instead to mark his 100th day in office, the usually celebrity-filled soiree hosted by the White House Correspondents’ Association took a more sober turn, even as it pulled in top journalists and Washington insiders. Most of Trump’s...
voanews.com | 30-Apr-2017 07:03

Trump Invites Philippine President to White House
U.S. President Donald Trump has invited Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte to Washington to discuss various issues, including the threat North Korea presents to regional security. After the two spoke by phone Saturday, a White House statement said, “It was a very friendly conversation, in which the two leaders discussed the concerns of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) regarding regional security, including the threat posed by North Korea.” North Korea test-fired a...
voanews.com | 30-Apr-2017 05:44

Artificial Womb Provides Hope for Premature Babies
Every year, an estimated 15 million babies are born prematurely. It's believed 1 million children die around the world each year of complications of pre-term birth. Researchers at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia may have developed a technology that could change that outlook. VOA's Kevin Enochs reports.
voanews.com | 30-Apr-2017 05:37

EV Manufacturers Expect Surge in Demand
Despite lingering anxiety over their range, interest in electric cars is rising, especially in industrialized countries. Manufacturers say they are improving the mileage by building more charging stations, but the industry is still waiting for a major breakthrough in battery technology. VOA’s George Putic reports.
voanews.com | 30-Apr-2017 05:26

Household food waste level 'unacceptable'
Changing rules on best before dates and the sale of "wonky vegetables" could help cut waste, MPs say.
news.bbc.co.uk | 30-Apr-2017 05:03

Polls: Labour Gains Support, Conservatives Still Lead
Three polls Saturday showed a rise in support for the opposition Labour Party, although the governing Conservative Party maintained a commanding lead. The polls showed the party of British Prime Minister Theresa May remained between 11 and 17 points ahead of Labour, still enough to deliver a clear victory as she seeks a mandate ahead of negotiations over Brexit, set to begin in the summer. However, the polls showed the gap had closed from leads of up to 25 points reported last...
voanews.com | 30-Apr-2017 04:49

School funding: Shorter school week should be considered, say head teachers
Introducing a four-and-a-half day week in England would be a last resort, head teachers say.
news.bbc.co.uk | 30-Apr-2017 04:34

Anthony Joshua beats Wladimir Klitschko - best 5 live commentary moments memes & reaction
Listen to big fight commentary highlights and the best social media reaction as Anthony Joshua beats Wladimir Klitschko to add the WBA world heavyweight title to his IBF crown.
bbc.co.uk | 30-Apr-2017 03:37

Madeleine McCann: Parents mark 10 years since daughter went missing
Kate and Gerry McCann "still hope" to find their missing daughter, a decade after she vanished.
news.bbc.co.uk | 30-Apr-2017 03:32

Senegal to Introduce HPV Vaccine to Battle Cervical Cancer
Cervical cancer is preventable, yet it remains the most common type of cancer in Africa, the World Health Organization says. WHO data show that Senegal currently has one of the world's highest rates of the disease, with over 1,400 new cases diagnosed each year. The country's health officials have stepped up efforts against the disease with a nationwide campaign to vaccinate girls against the virus that causes cancer. On a recent day at the Philippe Maguilen Senghor health...
voanews.com | 30-Apr-2017 03:29

The man who has saved 92 crash victims
Suraj Prakash Vaid rushes to help traffic accident victims in a country where most opt to walk away.
bbc.co.uk | 30-Apr-2017 03:16

Trump: ‘Big Decision’ Coming on Paris Climate Agreement
U.S. President Donald Trump has promised “a big decision” on the Paris climate agreement in the next two weeks. He spoke on his 100th day in office, at a rally in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He spoke in an arena that holds up to 10,000 people where his audience was supportive, greeting him with cheers of “USA! USA! USA!” Early in the president’s speech, a protester was tackled and removed from the audience.  “Get him out of here,” the president said, while the audience...
voanews.com | 30-Apr-2017 03:13

Spanish bravado
The tangled tale of a tapestry heir told he has to leave a Madrid building made famous by Goya.
news.bbc.co.uk | 30-Apr-2017 03:11

Maudie: Biopic of obscure painter becomes surprise hit
Maudie, a film about little-known painter Maud Lewis, has become a surprise hit in Nova Scotia.
news.bbc.co.uk | 30-Apr-2017 03:10

Boy, four, killed after being hit by car in Leeds
The fatal collision was outside a medical centre in Leeds, police say.
news.bbc.co.uk | 30-Apr-2017 03:06

8 White Helmets Rescuers Killed in Syrian Airstrike
Eight Syrian rescuers, known as the White Helmets, were killed Saturday when an airstrike hit their office in rebel-held Hama province, according to the group and opposition activists. The group’s office in Kfar Zeita was hit in the strike, killing the eight volunteers. The group said five bodies had been found and rescuers were continuing to search for others. It was unclear late Saturday who had carried out the attack. The Syrian army, backed by Russia and Iran in the six-year-old...
voanews.com | 30-Apr-2017 03:00

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