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Sunday, March 24, 2013

White wedding in snowy South Yorkshire

The weather made it an unexpected white wedding for one couple.

James and Julie Swan were able to tie the knot in South Yorkshire despite two days of snow.

Some guests were unable to get to the ceremony due to travelling conditions.

Russian tycoon Boris Berezovsky found dead at his UK home

The exiled Russian tycoon Boris Berezovsky has been found dead at his home outside London.

A police investigation has been launched into the death of the 67-year-old - a wanted man in Russia, and an opponent of President Vladimir Putin.

A former Kremlin power-broker whose fortunes declined under Mr Putin, Mr Berezovsky emigrated to the UK in 2000.

Peng Liyuan China's fashionable first lady

China's new first lady has become a media and internet sensation in her homeland as she accompanies her husband, President Xi Jinping, on a visit to Russia.

Chinese state media, which usually ignore the wives of political leaders, praised the dress sense and hairstyle of Peng Liyuan who is well known to many Chinese as a singer.

Notre Dame gets 'pitch perfect' bells to mark 850 years

The Cathedral of Notre Dame is to celebrate its 850th anniversary with a new set of bells.

They will ring for the first time on Saturday to mark the beginning of the Easter programme.

They will recreate the notes of the original set of bells, which were destroyed in the French revolution.

Aerial video shows cars buried in snow in Cumbria

Aerial footage showed cars, trucks and vans completely buried under snow drifts in Cumbria, after blizzard conditions on Friday and overnight into Saturday.

Snow, sleet and rain have disrupted transport and power supplies in much of the UK.

A number of roads and airports have closed, with many of the weekend's sporting fixtures affected too.

Snow is falling across central and northern parts of the country and it is expected to spread to the South and South East of England.

Has Obama changed America's image in the Middle East

President Obama has left Jordan at the end of a four-day trip that also took him on his first official visit to Israel and to meet Palestinian leaders in the occupied West Bank.

Topics on the agenda included the ongoing conflict in Syria, the situation around the Gaza Strip and easing tensions between Israel and Turkey.

Close shave for shark divers in South Africa

South Africa is one of the worlds most popular destinations to dive with sharks in their natural environment.

This video, caught on camera by Bryan Plummer on his first shark dive, shows the possible dangers entailed.

The divers got more than they had bargained for as the shark completely ignored the bait and went straight for the cage.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Ty Morin Face to face with Facebook friends

Have you ever wondered whether the hundreds of people you share personal photos and stories with on Facebook are really friends - or mere online acquaintances?

Ty Morin, a recent college graduate from the US state of Connecticut, decided there was a big difference between communicating en masse and making a genuine connection with the people important to him.

He decided to travel around the US and beyond to meet all 788 of his Facebook friends face to face. He is recording each meeting for a documentary and photography exhibit on online connections.

Morin hopes his film Friend Request Accepted will help viewers think more deeply about the individuals behind the world's collection of social media profiles.

Seven Komodo dragons born in Indonesia zoo

Seven komodo dragons have been born in a zoo in Indonesia's East Java Province.

The youngsters were hatched as part of an artificial incubation scheme which aims to boost chances of survival by keeping eggs away from the dangers often found in the wild.

The dragons, which are a rare type of carnivorous lizard, can weigh up to 150kg when fully grown and are known as fearsome predators in the wild.

Is this interactive avatar the face of the future

A virtual "talking head" which can express a range of human emotions and could be used as a digital personal assistant has been developed by researchers in Cambridge.

According to its designers, Zoe is the most expressive controllable avatar ever created, and could be used on mobile phones or tablets.

The result of several days filming with an actress, the face can display emotions such as happiness, anger and fear, and changes its voice to suit the user's preference.

Is this interactive avatar the face of the future

A virtual "talking head" which can express a range of human emotions and could be used as a digital personal assistant has been developed by researchers in Cambridge.

According to its designers, Zoe is the most expressive controllable avatar ever created, and could be used on mobile phones or tablets.

The result of several days filming with an actress, the face can display emotions such as happiness, anger and fear, and changes its voice to suit the user's preference.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Iranian leader Ahmadinejad targeted with shoe in Egypt

Security guards have seized a man who tried to hit Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad with a shoe as he visited a mosque in the Egyptian capital Cairo.

Video of the incident shows a man shouting "coward" as he strikes out. It is not clear what the motive was - some reports suggested it was against Iran's support for Syria's government.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Cyprus bailout Parliament postpones debate amid anger

Cyprus's parliament has postponed an emergency session on a controversial bailout deal for the country's banks.

The debate was to happen on Sunday but will now be held on Monday, state media said.

The deal reached with the EU and IMF on Friday has provoked public anger because it would impose a levy on bank deposits of up to 10%.

St Patrick's Day Hovering leprechaun in Chicago

Millions of people around the world are celebrating the patron saint of Ireland on St Patrick's Day.

Seventy iconic world landmarks are turning green to mark the occasion.

In many places festivities were held on Saturday because of religious observances.

Swiss woman 'gang-raped' in central India

The Swiss government has called for a swift investigation into the alleged gang-rape of a Swiss tourist in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh.

The woman was on a cycling trip with her husband.

The couple were camping in a forest when they were allegedly attacked by a group of men.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Edinburgh Zoo pandas 'are preparing to mate'

Keepers at Edinburgh Zoo have taken the first steps to prepare their two giant pandas for this year's breeding season.

Yang Guang and Tian Tian have been allowed to swap enclosures for a short time.

This lets the animals scent mark each other's accommodation ahead of being brought together.

Russia's Plosky Tolbachik spews lava after 30 years

The Plosky Tolbachik volcano in East Russia, is one of 29 on the Kamchatka peninsula, and has been erupting since last November.

Officials have warned people to stay away, but the eruption has led to stunning images of lava flowing through snow.

It is not known how long the eruption will last but it is believed that the volcano had been dormant for 30 years.

The naked truth about The Judas Kiss

Rupert Everett has picked up a best actor nod for his portrayal of Oscar Wilde in David Hare's play The Judas Kiss.

And he has thanked his supporting cast who have had to bare all for their roles, with one cast member appearing naked for 18 minutes of the show.

Johannesburg prison builds mother and baby unit

A South African prison service has been trying to make a better environment for children growing up in jail.

Johannesburg prison's newly built mother and baby unit means that although the mothers are convicted criminals, they have the chance to bond with their children in better conditions.

Female prisoners in South Africa are only allowed to stay with their babies until the age of two.

The children going hungry in America

Child poverty in the US has reached record levels, with almost 17 million children now affected. A growing number are also going hungry on a daily basis.

Duchess delights crowds in Grimsby

The Duchess of Cambridge has spent the day touring Grimsby for a series of solo engagements.

Although fog delayed the royal visitor's arrival the duchess was soon into her stride as she visited the town's Fishing Heritage Centre.

Hugo Chavez death Supporters united in grief

Venezuelan supporters of Hugo Chavez have been reacting to the death of the country's President, who has died aged 58.

Florida sinkhole revealed as house is demolished

Demolition crews in the US have removed a house to reveal a sinkhole which opened last week, killing a man in his sleep.

Rescuers ended their hunt for the body of Jeffrey Bush, 36, whose bedroom was engulfed by the 6m (20ft) hole as he slept.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Does India need a bank for women

The plight of women has been at the centre of heated discussions in India's government ever since the gang-rape and murder of a Delhi-student last December.

Even the finance minister took up the topic of gender during the budget, when he announced a special fund for women's safety and a bank for women, prompting some to call it a "women's budget".

Queen spends second day in hospital with stomach bug

The Queen is spending a second day in hospital where she is being assessed for symptoms of gastroenteritis.

She was taken to London's King Edward VII Hospital from Windsor Castle, where she had been resting, on Sunday. It is her first hospital stay in 10 years.

Florida sinkhole Jeffrey Bush home partially demolished

Demolition crews have partially razed the home of a man presumed dead after he was swallowed up by a sinkhole in Florida.

Rescuers earlier ended efforts to find the body of Jeffrey Bush, 36, whose bedroom was engulfed by the 6m (20ft) hole as he slept on Thursday night.

Inside Microsoft's house of the future

Microsoft invited BBC News to take a first look at its revamped Space of the Future at its headquarters in Redmond, Washington. The facility is used to portray what the firm thinks life might be like five to 10 years in the future.

A lot is riding on its vision being correct.

In a recent interview when chairman Bill Gates was asked if he was happy with the performance of the firm under chief executive Steve Ballmer's rule, he replied: "There are a lot of amazing things that Steve's leadership got done at the company over the last year... but is it enough? No. He and I are not satisfied in terms of breakthrough things that we're doing everything possible.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

How to prevent your children's online spending sprees

Sharon Kitchen got the shock of her life when she discovered her five-year-old son had accidentally run up a £1,700 bill downloading apps on the family's iPad.

It's left many parents wondering how to prevent their children from embarking on similar spending sprees.

Airbus gears up for A350 launch

Airbus, the European planemaker owned by EADS, is preparing to launch its A350 aircraft this year.

The aircraft is a rival to Boeing's 787 Dreamliner, which has been grounded temporarily because of safety concerns.

But Airbus itself has also suffered problems in the past, notably with costly over-runs in building its A380 superjumbo.

Kon-Tiki Norway's most expensive film

In the coming weeks, the most expensive film ever made in Norway, Kon-Tiki, will open up at cinemas around the world.

It is the story of Norwegian adventurer Thor Heyerdahl's 1947 expedition across the South Pacific in a balsa wood raft, a journey of more than 4,000 miles

'Miracle' baby delivered by mother at 27 weeks

Doctors have taken the rare step of describing the premature birth of a baby as "a miracle" after a woman delivered her own daughter at 27 weeks.

Amy O'Riordan went into labour at home, with baby Jessie arriving before paramedics could help.

The infant was born without a heartbeat, but was saved by some quick thinking by her mother.
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