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Vokes recalled for Wales' Euro bid

BBC - Wed, 2015-03-18 03:04
Striker Sam Vokes returns for Wales, but they are without James Chester for the Euro qualifier in Israel on 28 March.

French crash victims to be flown home

BBC - Wed, 2015-03-18 03:01
The bodies of eight French nationals, including three sports stars, who died in a helicopter crash in Argentina are to be repatriated.

Letter To White House Tested Positive For Cyanide, Secret Service Says

NPR News - Wed, 2015-03-18 02:57

The envelope arrived Monday; the agency did not announce to whom the letter was addressed. Further tests are being conducted to confirm the results.

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SDLP reject poll pact with Sinn Féin

BBC - Wed, 2015-03-18 02:51
The SDLP rejects Sinn Féin's call for a general election pact after Northern Ireland's two biggest unionist parties agreed to support a single candidate in four constituencies.

Clark set to win 100th England cap

BBC - Wed, 2015-03-18 02:48
England prop Rochelle Clark will become the joint most-capped player of all time when she wins her 100th cap against France.

Football fans 'right-to-buy' backed

BBC - Wed, 2015-03-18 02:45
MSPs on a Holyrood committee have backed plans to allow fans the right to buy their football clubs.

Sierra Leone vice-president sacked

BBC - Wed, 2015-03-18 02:43
Sierra Leone's Vice-President Samuel Sam-Sumana has been sacked for seeking political asylum in the US embassy, the president's office says.

Bank unanimous on rate decision

BBC - Wed, 2015-03-18 02:30
Bank of England policymakers feared that the risk of a strong pound could make low inflation persistent, minutes from their latest meeting show.

NI benefits claimants fall by 1,700

BBC - Wed, 2015-03-18 02:30
The number of people claiming unemployment benefit in Northern Ireland falls by 1,700 in February.

Chung Ling Soo posters on sale

BBC - Wed, 2015-03-18 02:25
Vintage posters on sale

Chernobyl: Containing the world's worst nuclear accident

BBC - Wed, 2015-03-18 02:21
Our science editor David Shukman inspects the colossal dome being constructed to house the crippled Chernobyl nuclear power station.

Bolivia withdraw from Nigeria match

BBC - Wed, 2015-03-18 02:17
Bolivia cancel a friendly away to Nigeria over security fears, delaying Super Eagles goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama's 100th cap.

VIDEO: The story of the economy since 2010

BBC - Wed, 2015-03-18 02:13
Ahead of the final coalition Budget, the BBC looks back at the economic story of the government.

Sunderland review Johnson suspension

BBC - Wed, 2015-03-18 02:07
Sunderland are to review their suspension of midfielder Adam Johnson following an extension to his police bail.

Would Automatic Voter Registration Increase Turnout?

NPR News - Wed, 2015-03-18 02:03

A new law in Oregon is designed to make voting easier. Advocates are looking to it to increase turnout, but that might not necessarily be the result.

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VIDEO: Cheap drug destroying SA townships

BBC - Wed, 2015-03-18 02:02
A cheap, highly addictive drug called nyaope is destroying impoverished townships in South Africa.

Fighting the "nerd" stereotypes

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2015-03-18 02:00

HBO's "Silicon Valley" is about a lot of things: being an underdog, funding a business, succeeding in a competitive field. But it's also about being a techie, and the way in which the world sometimes labels you a "nerd." And as actor and comedian Thomas Middleditch points out, television and film have not always been kind when portraying nerds. 


We caught up with him on the streets of Austin during SXSW Interactive. For his part, Middleditch is proud of the research that goes into accurately portraying Silicon Valley. For him, it means the poking fun at the people in the tech industry is earned. And if anyone engrossed in start-up culture is paying attention, he also points out they can learn a lot from improv comedy when it comes to improving their approach to working with others.

Click below for an extended cut of our conversation with Thomas Middleditch:

Silicon Valley premiered at last year's SXSW Interactive conference, and is gearing up for a season 2 premiere on April 12th. 

'Partridge for Top Gear' petition

BBC - Wed, 2015-03-18 01:55
A petition calls on the BBC to hire Alan Partridge as the new presenter of Top Gear.

UK unemployment falls to 1.86m

BBC - Wed, 2015-03-18 01:52
The number of people out of work in UK fell by 102,000 to 1.86 million in the three months to January, official figures show.

Scottish unemployment up by 6,000

BBC - Wed, 2015-03-18 01:45
Unemployment in Scotland rose by 6,000 between November and January to stand at 162,000, according to official figures.