Since 1999, researchers with the Elephant Listening Project have used an acoustic monitoring system to record elephant sounds in the African rainforest. They’ve learnt that elephants use infrasonic
I am Joel Block.And I am Deborah Byrd. Like people, stars are born. They live, and they die. Each year, our Milky Way Galaxy is thought to give birth to about 10 new stars. These stars are born in gr
BBC News with John Jason.Senior officials of the International Monetary Fund have agreed reforms to give a bigger role in decision-making to developing countries. If approved, their combined voting s
A Chinese-born engineer has been sentenced to twenty-four years in prison for conspiring to give American defense secrets to Beijing.The engineer,Chi Mak worked for an American company with navy cont
The British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has announced a plan agreed with the French President Nicolas Sarkozy to help educate children in Africa. Mr. Brown made the announcement with Mr. Sarkozy at t
Leaders from the 27 EU member states are gathering later today in Brussels for a summit expected to focus on climate change, energy security and concerns about the global economy.The EU is seeking to
The flame of the Olympic Torch for the Summer Games in Beijing has been lit in a ceremony in Greece at Olympia where the forerunner of the modern Games originated almost three thousand years ago.Two
BBC news with Cathy Claxton. In the last few minutes, the opposition candidate, Ma Ying-jeou from the Kuomintang party, has claimed victory in Taiwan's presidential election. He said the resul...
More than 17 million people in Taiwan are voting to elect a successor to their pro-independence president Chen Shuibian. Over the past 8 years, Mr Chen has frequently angered Beijing, which has alway
The Iraqi President Jalal Talabani has issued a statement marking the fifth anniversary of the overthrown Saddam Hussein. Mr. Talabani said violence and corruption had become a disease in Iraq. For h
China has announced another substantial increase in military spending in a drive to modernize its armed forces.A parliamentary spokesman said the budget would rise by 17% this year.Daniel Griffith re
Conservative candidates in the general election in Iran have retained control of parliament as had been expected. They do particularly well in the Capital, Tehran, which is seen as the key to parliam
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America's fifth largest investment bank Bear Stearns has been given emergency funding to save it from collapse. Bear Stearns was particularly exposed to the sudden plunge in the value of subpr...