Young Iranians arrested for being 'Happy'
2014-05-31 18:50:03 UTC
It is not the first time the question of Iran's social mores has hit the headlines. Six young Tehranis got into trouble after their contribution to an internet phenomenon – a lip-synched dance to an innocent pop song, Happy – went viral on YouTube...
Ageing: The girls who never grow older
2014-07-28 07:12:56 UTC
A handful of girls seem to defy one of the biggest certainties in life: ageing. Virginia Hughes reports on the families wrestling with a condition they can’t explain, and the scientist who believes that these children could hold the key to immorta...
Man catches baby falling from building
2014-05-23 16:46:02 UTC
A dramatic video shows the moment a man caught a one-year-old baby who fell from a second-storey window in a southern Chinese city.
The baby, apparently looking for his mother during a heavy thunderstorm, climbed out on to the ledge, said a ven...
Cat saves boy from dog attack in California
2014-05-17 21:08:56 UTC
A young boy had a lucky escape when a neighbour's dog attacked him while playing on his bike.
The family cat pounced on the dog and chased him off.
Katy Hastings reports.
Call To Action: 'Arrogance' of ignoring need for sleep
2014-05-16 20:26:48 UTC
Scientists from Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard, Manchester and Surrey universities warn cutting sleep is leading to "serious health problems".
They say people and governments need to take the problem seriously.
Cancer, heart disease, type-2 diab...
Monica Lewinsky returns to 'burn the beret and bury the blue dress'
2014-05-07 02:54:56 UTC
Nearly two decades after her name became synonymous with scandal, impeachment and one infamous blue dress, Monica Lewinsky is writing publicly about her affair with President Bill Clinton for the first time.
“It’s time to burn the beret and bur...
Fashion designers Dolce & Gabbana sentenced to 18 months prison for tax fraud
2014-05-04 07:57:42 UTC
AN Italian appeals court on Wednesday upheld a tax fraud conviction for Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, the founders of the world-famous fashion label Dolce & Gabbana, sentencing them to a suspended 18-month jail term.
The designers stood acc...
A skirmish between Apple and a French publisher
2014-05-09 10:37:04 UTC
I wonder how many fewer copies French author Bénédicte Martin's book La femme would have sold had her publishers opted for a subtler, more abstract cover design. The image they chose to illustrate her disquisition of "Woman 2013" is a striking chi...
Carlos Queiroz’s European infusion has Iran thinking upset at 2014 World Cup
2014-04-11 19:45:12 UTC
Playing in a World Cup Group F containing Argentina, Nigeria and Bosnia was always going to be difficult, even before Iran’s lack of warm-up games factored into the equation.
After qualifying last June, Iran played their first preparation game ...
Bayern Munich blow Manchester United away after Patrice Evra's strike
2014-04-10 05:51:35 UTC
Among all the disappointments for Manchester United, nothing will jar so much as the knowledge that, briefly, they had this game under their control. They will be anguished about the speed at which everything unravelled, leaving them with an uncom...
Try thinking of yourself as a pea, instead of a human
2014-04-10 05:42:06 UTC
For those concerned about climate change, the ultra-conservative Heartland Institute offers up a calming solution: try thinking of yourself as a pea, instead of a human. Peas in a lab sprouted faster with extreme concentrations of carbon dioxide, ...
Stolen Gauguin painting 'hung on factory worker's wall'
2014-04-02 16:32:16 UTC
Stolen paintings by Paul Gauguin and Pierre Bonnard hung on an Italian factory worker's kitchen wall for almost 40 years, police have revealed.
Now worth at least 10.6m euros (£8.8m), they were stolen from a collector's London home in 1970 and ...
Jimmy Carter on the road for 'A Call to Action'
2015-08-13 06:20:31 UTC
Former President Jimmy Carter is on an impressive publicity tour as he promotes his new book, “A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power." The book addresses worldwide discrimination and violence against women and girls, covers the im...
Soccer player’s life saved by opponent in scary incident
2014-03-31 21:08:40 UTC
Dnipropetrovsk's Georgian midfielder Jaba Kankava possibly saved Dynamo Kiev midfielder Oleh Husev's life with his fast reactions after a potentially deadly incident during a Ukrainian top flight match at the weekend.
In the 22nd minute of Sunday...
Jimmy Carter: Fight worldwide 'abuse of women and girls'
2014-03-29 20:27:17 UTC
Jimmy Carter is making a "call to action" over discrimination and violence against women, addressing issues from female genital mutilation to child marriage in a new book out in the US this week.
The 39th US president writes in A Call to Action...
Vitamin A deficiency during pregnancy hurts immune development
2014-03-23 07:08:13 UTC
Adequate vitamin A intake during pregnancy is needed for offspring to fully develop an immune system and fend off disease, researchers working with mice report March 19 in Nature.
Vitamin A is plentiful in egg yolks, fish, carrots, yellow sweet...
Guinea confirms deadly mystery epidemic as Ebola
2014-03-22 23:27:38 UTC
Local experts had not been able to identify the disease, the symptoms of which are diarrhea, vomiting and bleeding, since they were first identified some six weeks ago. However, lab samples were sent to scientists in the French city of Lyon, who c...
London 'draining life' from rest of UK economy
2014-03-19 07:49:00 UTC
LONDON (AP) — There's London. And then there's the rest of the U.K.
A tale of two Britains has increasingly emerged since the Great Recession. While the government trumpets the country's recovery from the financial crisis and its status as the ...
'Chocolate' pills for heart health
2014-03-17 20:16:15 UTC
It won't be nearly as much fun as eating candy bars, but a big study is being launched to see if pills containing the nutrients in dark chocolate can help prevent heart attacks and strokes.
The pills are so packed with nutrients that you'd have...
Friend: Pistorius fired guns in public
2014-03-12 02:56:06 UTC
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — Oscar Pistorius fired guns in public in the months before he killed his girlfriend — once out of a car sunroof on a road and once in a crowded restaurant, a onetime friend said at the athlete's murder trial Tuesday, d...
New food labels would highlight calories and sugar
2014-02-27 08:12:10 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Those "Nutrition Facts" labels that are plastered on nearly every food package found in grocery stores are getting a new look.
Calories would be in larger, bolder type, and consumers for the first time would know whether f...
Dyslexia unscientific and lacks meaning, warn academics
2014-02-27 06:41:25 UTC
Dyslexia may not exist, warn academics. Experts at Durham and Yale Universities are calling for the term ‘dyslexia’ to be abandoned because it is unscientific and lacks meaning.
Millions of children may have been wrongly diagnosed as dyslexic aft...
Sochi cleans up as world leaves Olympics behind
2014-02-24 09:10:46 UTC
SOCHI, Russia (AP) — By the busload, the world's athletes and visitors rolled toward Sochi's airport and took off for home Monday, fresh from a Winter Games experience that many Russians pronounced a smashing success and that the Olympic movement'...
265 Anne Frank books vandalized in Tokyo libraries
2014-02-22 08:31:38 UTC
TOKYO (AP) — Anne Frank's "The Diary of a Young Girl" and scores of books about the young Holocaust victim have been vandalized in Tokyo public libraries since earlier this year.
The damage was mostly in the form of dozens of ripped pages in th...
Jansrud leads super-combi downhill; Kostelic 7th
2014-02-14 08:23:58 UTC
KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) — Kjetil Jansrud of Norway was fastest in the downhill portion of a spring-like Olympic super-combined Friday, with Ivica Kostelic of Croatia best positioned among the slalom specialists in seventh.
The slalom leg ...