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01 April 2015
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Mercedes-Benz: Quality That Lasts Over a Century
On March 31, 1901 the Mercedes 35 HP, which is regarded as the world’s first modern car, was marketed. The car was designed in Germany by Wilhelm Maybach and Paul Daimler and produced by Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft (DMG).
Gotcha! 10 Pranks to Turn Your Friends Into 'April Fools'
April Fool’s Day is fast approaching and it provides a rare opportunity for prank lovers to play jokes on their oblivious victims. Here is a list of entertaining home and office practical jokes that may lead to a day full of laughter with friends or to, possibly, even losing a few of them.
Eiffel Tower Celebrates Anniversary: 10 Things You Didn't Know About the Iron Lady
On March 31 th the iconic Eiffel Tower, the Iron Lady of Paris, celebrates its 126th birthday.
Beautiful Sights of Russia: Olkhon Island in Lake Baikal
Olkhon Island is the largest island in Lake Baikal, and the fourth-largest lake-bound island in the world. It is one of the most scenic locations in eastern Siberia, as well as an important spiritual place to the indigenous Buryat people.
Moscow Dances Indian Style
The 9th All-Russian Indian Dance Competition was held in Moscow on March 29, 2015. The contest was part of the Holi Mela 2015 - Festival of Colors celebration.
Forest Punk: Rusting Glory of Vintage Cars
Time moves on, and cars that were once considered hip eventually become obsolete and are discarded. Photographer Dieter Klein spent a great deal of time and effort exploring the woods and plains, finding abandoned vintage cars that have gradually become one with nature.
Soyuz Spacecraft Lifts Off With Historic ISS Expedition Aboard
A Soyuz TMA-16M spacecraft carrying a new expedition to the International Space Station (ISS) successfully blasted off into space from the Baikonur launch facility on March 27, 2015.
When World Goes Dark: Earth Hour 2015
Earth Hour 2015 was held on March 28, from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in each location's local time, in cities all over the world. The event is held annually worldwide, encouraging individuals, communities and business enterprises to display their commitment to the planet.
The Pride of Syria: Female Warriors Defending Damascus
The Syrian female Republican Guard commando battalion was created about a year ago. The unit consists of 800 female soldiers, nicknamed the 'Lionesses of Defense' who are deployed in the suburbs of the Syrian capital to defend the city against insurgents.
All the World's a Stage and Most of Us Should See These Theatres
World Theatre Day was initiated in 1961 by the International Theatre Institute (ITI) and is celebrated annually on the 27th March by ITI Centers and the international theatre community. Here is a list of ten spectacular theatres whose history, tradition and character attract millions of art-lovers from around the globe.
This Week in Pictures
Cherry blossoms bloom and rockets blast off into space while tragedies take place around the world. Here's a collection of photos depicting some of last week's most noteworthy events.
Yemeni Capital Sanaa After Airstrikes
At 00:00 local time on March 26, Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allied countries launched a military operation involving airstrikes in Yemen against Houthi militants.
Bangkok International Motor Show 2015
The Bangkok International Motor Show is one of the largest car shows in Asia. The 2015 event kicked off on March 24. The motor show features the latest cars and motorcycles in the industry, including advances in car design and technologies. The show will run until April 5, 2015.
Deadly Germanwings A320 Сrash in French Alps
On March 24, 2015, a Germanwings Airbus A320 crashed in the French Alps en route from Barcelona to Dusseldorf. Accoring to reports, 150 people were on board of the plane, including 144 passengers and six crew members.
Germanwings Airbus A320 Crash in Southern France
Albino Animals: How to Stand Out From the Crowd
Being one of a kind does have its disadvantages, especially for albino animals, who despite being exotically beautiful and unique, are especially vulnerable to predators and sun burns.
When History Teaches Nothing: Anniversary of NATO Bombing of Yugoslavia
On March 24, 1999 the NATO military operation against the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia began. The operation sought to stop human rights abuses in Kosovo, but was not authorized by the UN.
When Cherry Blossoms Bloom in Tokyo
In what is one of the most beautiful yearly events in the entire world, cherry blossoms began to bloom in the Japanese capital of Tokyo. The first flowers appeared on Monday on the cherry tree at the Yasukuni Shrine.
Riot Cops: When the Law Breaks Down
As protests rage in various corners of the world, the sight of police officers in full riot gear becomes more and more common on TV news. Here's a collection of photos depicting the men who are often called to face up to protesters and angry mobs.
Top 10 Celebs Who Insured Their Body Parts for Millions
While ordinary people usually take out an insurance policy on their property or lives, celebrities often take it to a whole new level. Here's a list of ten celebrities who reportedly insured parts of their bodies for crazy amounts of money.
Wonders of Nature: Forests of the World
In 2012, the 21st day of March was established as the International Day of Forests at the UN General Assembly.
US Senate Blocks UN Arms Trade Treaty - State Department Official
CERN Large Hadron Collider Back on Track Following Tech Glitch
'Unprecedented Openness': US Press Struggles for Access Under Obama
Over 60 Children Killed in Yemen During Past Week - UNICEF
US Aid Package to Syria Insufficient to Stabilize Front-Line States
Ukraine 'Lost Without Trace' Five Indian Warplanes During Planned Upgrade
Islamic Republic of Texas? How Jade Helm Could Be a Mock Invasion of Iran
One Dead, Two Shot in Attack on NSA HQ in Fort Meade
US Accuses China of 'Creating a Great Wall of Sand'
How Vietnam Became the Pressure Point of Obama's 'Pivot to Asia'
Gotcha! 10 Pranks to Turn Your Friends Into 'April Fools'
How Cargoes Are Delivered to ISS
Has the recent spate of airline crashes changed your attitude to air travel?
Yes, it has. I’ll think twice before I buy a flight next time.
No, it hasn’t. Flying is one of the safest forms of transport.
I’ve always been afraid of flying, but have no other choice