[VOA规范英语]Conservationists Clash With Japanese Whalers in Southern Ocean2010-01-31
An environmental group says one of its boats was split in two and taking on water after a collision with a Japanese whaling ship in Antarctica.
[VOA规范英语]Suicide Bomber Strikes in Kashmir as Drones Attack in Northwest Pakistan2010-01-31
A suicide bomber has struck a military facility in Pakistan-administered Kashmir, killing at least four soldiers and wounding 11 others. This is the second incident in the region within a month, fueling fears Taliban militants are expanding their subversive activities.
[VOA规范英语]Our World – 2 January 20102010-01-31
This week on a special edition of "Our World," some of our favorite stories of the past year ... including a high-tech wrinkle to that humblest of building materials, concrete ... a robotic approach to harvesting hard-to-harvest crops ... and – during efforts to restore oyster populations in the Chesapeake Bay – some surprising facts about the bi-valves:
[VOA规范英语]Obama Cites Intel Failures In Attempted Airline Attack2010-01-31
U.S. President Barack Obama says the United States had enough information to uncover the plot to blow up a Detroit-bound airliner on Christmas Day, but failed to put all the bits and pieces of intelligence together. Mr. Obama spoke after a long meeting with his Cabinet and national security team.
[VOA规范英语]Israel's Defense Minister Receives Death Threats2010-01-31
An Israeli concession on Jewish settlements has prompted death threats against a senior official.
[VOA规范英语]Guinea Unions Threaten Year-Long Strike Over Political Crisis2010-01-31
Labor leaders in Guinea are threatening to stage a year-long strike if the military government does not resolve the country's political crisis. There is still no official word on the health of Guinea's military leader, more than one month after he was shot in the head.
[VOA规范英语]Exciting US Women's Ice Hockey Tournament Expected in Vancouver2010-01-31
The United States Women's Olympic ice hockey team will be relying on a mixture of youth and experience as they prepare for the 2010 Winter Games this February in Vancouver, Canada. Women's squads from eight different nations will be battling for the gold medal.
[VOA规范英语]American Comedians in the Middle East2010-01-31
American comedian Dean Obeidallah says he hopes the American Standup Comedy Festival in Amman will continue to grow every year, and that its central message – that people of different backgrounds can laugh and live together – will keep winning grateful applause.
[VOA规范英语]African Countries Step Up Airport Security Measures2010-01-31
Reaction to the attempted bombing of a U.S. airliner on Christmas Day has been mixed among the six African nations with direct air links to the United States.
[VOA规范英语]Bobsledder Holcomb Gains New View on Life2010-01-31
American bobsled driver Steve Holcomb knows what it is to be a champion. He and his crew took the four-man World Championship last February in Lake Placid, New York. But Holcomb almost lost his chance at Olympic success to a congenital eye disease. A revolutionary operation has given Holcomb the chance to compete in Vancouver and see the world in a whole new way.
[VOA规范英语]Actor-Director Orson Welles Casts Long Shadow in Daughter's New Memoir2010-01-31
Actor and director Orson Welles was just 26 years old in 1941 when he wrote and directed his first film, Citizen Kane. A dark, cinematically daring biopic in which Welles also starred, Citizen Kane is considered by many critics to be the greatest film ever made. To this day, Orson Welles remains a Hollywood icon.
[VOA健康报导]How Loneliness Can Infect Social Networks2010-01-30
Loneliness has been linked to depression and other health problems. Now, a study says it can also spread. A friend of a lonely person was fifty-two percent more likely to develop feelings of loneliness. And a friend of that friend was twenty-five percent more likely to do the same.
[VOA规范英语]WFP Ends Food Aid to 1 Million Somalis2010-01-30
The World Food Program is pulling its operations out of much of rebel-controlled Somalia, affecting some 1 million in-need Somalis. The food aid organization is citing "unacceptable demands" from the Islamist insurgent group al-Shabab that reached a breaking point in the form of a January 1 rebel-issued ultimatum.
[VOA规范英语]US Revoking Visas After Detroit Airliner Incident2010-01-30
The State Department said Tuesday it has revoked U.S. travel visas for a number of individuals after a Nigerian man with a visa to travel to the United States tried to bring down a jetliner over Detroit December 25. Officials say the number of revocations is not large and that the United States wants to remain a welcoming country for legitimate business and tourist travelers.
[VOA规范英语]Drafting of New Constitution to Begin in Zimbabwe2010-01-30
The formal process of consulting the Zimbabwean people on a new constitution is to begin next week. But civic groups for weeks have been training activists to educate communities about the new charter and how to propose ideas for it.
[VOA规范英语]Christmas Day Attack Highlights US Intelligence Gaps2010-01-30
The 2001 attacks, in which terrorists hijacked airliners to use as guided missiles, sparked a major overhaul of the U.S. intelligence community.
[VOA规范英语]Record Ransom Frees Hijacked Tanker off Somali Coast2010-01-30
A record ransom payment has secured the release of a massive oil tanker seized in November by Somali pirates. Piracy attacks off the coast of Somalia nearly doubled in 2009 from the previous year.
[VOA规范英语]Will Moscow-Kiyv Ties Improve After Ukrainian Election?2010-01-30
Public opinion surveys indicate current President Viktor Yushchenko is trailing several other candidates as the country prepares to vote in presidential elections Sunday, January 17. The two front runners are former Yushchenko ally and prime minister, Yulia Tymoshenko, and Viktor Yanukovich, leader of the "Party of Regions" in the Ukrainian parliament.
[VOA规范英语]Al-Qaida Denies Local Commander Killed in Yemen Attack2010-01-30
A statement attributed to al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula is challenging Yemen's claim it killed a top militant commander and five other members of the local terror offshoot.
[VOA规范英语]Aid Flow to Haitians Improving2010-01-30
U.S. and U.N. officials say the flow of aid to destitute Haitian earthquake survivors is improving, despite continued looting, gang activity, and scuffles on the streets of Port-au-Prince.
[VOA规范英语]WHO Says H1N1 Swine Flu Pandemic Not Over2010-01-30
The Director-General of the World Health Organization, Margaret Chan say the H1N1 Swine Flu Pandemic is not as serious as anticipated. But, she says this is no time to relax, as the Pandemic is not over. Chan spoke at the opening of WHO's weeklong Executive Board meeting in Geneva.
[VOA规范英语]Indonesia Uses 'Soft Approach' to Contain Terrorist Threat2010-01-30
Terrorism tied to Islamic fundamentalism seems to be on the rise in many parts of world -- from Yemen and Pakistan in the Middle East to Southern Thailand and the Philippine island of Mindanao in Southeast Asia.
[VOA规范英语]Guinea's Camara Backs Interim Government, Calls for Calm2010-01-30
Guinea's injured military leader is calling on his supporters to back plans for a transitional government.
[VOA规范英语]Avatar Takes Key Honors at Golden Globes2010-01-29
The science fiction fantasy was named best drama and the filmmaker was honored as best director. The honors from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association are considered the start of the award season in Hollywood.
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