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Police to make hate crime arrests

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-06 12:14
Police are to review the number of patrols in areas of Belfast where hate attacks have taken place.

The making of Narendra Modi

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-06 12:12
The spectacular rise of Narendra Modi

As States Vote In Primaries, Voter ID Laws Come Under Scrutiny

NPR News - Tue, 2014-05-06 12:03

Voters in eight states are required to show photo IDs. Some experts say the tide is turning toward striking down ID requirements. Others say not so fast.

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'Skull Cracker' sighted in London

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-06 11:58
"Skull Cracker" armed robber Michael Wheatley, who absconded while allowed out of an open prison, has been seen in London say police.

Toronto mayor 'turned back' from US

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-06 11:55
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford turned back from the US shortly after he said he was entering rehab for substance abuse last week, Canadian media say.

Russia rules out fresh Ukraine talks

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-06 11:53
Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov rules out holding a new round of talks in Geneva to defuse the Ukraine crisis unless pro-Russian opposition groups were involved.

Usain Bolt tweets over stolen shoes

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-06 11:52
Olympic Athlete Usain Bolt tweets his 3.3 million followers after running shoes he signed are stolen in Croydon.

20 Years After Apartheid, South Africa Asks 'How Are We Doing?'

NPR News - Tue, 2014-05-06 11:49

The African National Congress should cruise to victory in Wednesday's election. But a party that once represented the new South Africa faces growing criticism for corruption and complacency.

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And the markets breathed again...

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-05-06 11:43

From the Marketplace Datebook, here's a look at what's coming up Wednesday, May 7, 2014:

  • In Washington, the Federal Reserve is scheduled to release its monthly consumer credit report.
  • The Senate Special Aging Committee discusses the fight against cancer.
  • Actor Michael E. Knight of "All My Children" fame turns 55.
  • On May 7, 1824, in Vienna, Beethoven's Ninth Symphony premiered.
  • And the Dow Jones closed above 15,000 for the first time just one year ago.

Most Fitness Apps Don't Use Proven Motivational Techniques

NPR News - Tue, 2014-05-06 11:33

I downloaded the app. So why don't I feel motivated to get out there and run? Researchers say the problem's not entirely me. Many fitness apps don't use behavioral change methods that could help.

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Brazil is not ready to host FIFA

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-05-06 11:31

Brazil takes the international stage in just 37 days, when the first match of the 2014 FIFA World Cup kicks off. Some experts say the country isn't ready, though a part of that isn't exactly a surprise.

"Brazil always does things at the last minute, and the fact that Brazil is so late perhaps could be predicted," says the BBC's Wyre Davis, reporting from Rio de Janeiro. "I think what couldn't be predicted was this 'perfect storm,'" referring to the crowds of unhappy Brazilians protesting in the streets.

The protests, he says, deal with the fact that $15 billion is being spent on the World Cup alone--without any sign of how surrounding communities will benefit.

"A lot of people are saying, 'Well hang on, what do we get out of this?'" he said. "'OK, Brazil might win the tournament, which is good news for us as soccer fans, but where's everything else that was promised?'"

Among the promises, Davies says, are integrated transport and increased infrastructure. This doubt of benefits has led urban planning professor Christopher Gaffney to proclaim Brazil has already lost the World Cup.

"We've concentrated on the wrong projects, we've overbuilt in all these ways. So in the end, it's going to be a big party, but Brazilians will have a hangover for the next generation."

Alibaba files to go public: Yes, it's that big

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-05-06 11:14

UPDATED: Chinese e-commerce conglomerate Alibaba Group filed a Form F-1 registration statement on Tuesday, saying it intended to raise $1 billion in an initial public offering. But analysts say the company will likely raise more in the end -- as much as $20 billion. That would make it the biggest since Facebook raised $16 billion in an IPO in 2012. One note: The company says it sells more stuff, and thus generates more package deliveries every year, than UPS does globally.

Analysts have predicted that all told the company could be valued upwards of $150 to $200 billion. Its high valuation is a factor of its scale, its dominance in the Chinese e-commerce market, and its highly successful monetization of its platform through ad revenue.

As a company, Alibaba is often described as a combination of eBay and Amazon, but you could throw in a little PayPal, Yahoo, and Citigroup too. Alibaba has a sizable role in mobile banking and online advertising technology.

So here is a comparison of Alibaba with those companies for some perspective on just how big it is.

Will Nigeria's abducted schoolgirls ever be found?

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-06 11:05
Will Nigeria's abducted schoolgirls ever be found?

McCann police in Portugal 'activity'

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-06 11:02
Police investigating Madeleine McCann's disappearance say "activity" is to begin soon, amid reports of plans to dig for evidence in Portugal.

VIDEO: Security tight ahead of SA poll

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-06 10:46
Thousands of police officers and soldiers have been deployed in some townships as South Africans prepare to head to the polls on Wednesday.

Hanged teen 'posted online messages'

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-06 10:43
A 14-year-old girl, found hanged in her bedroom, probably posted "vile" messages about herself on a social media website, police tell an inquest.

No More Bromine: Coke, Pepsi Drop Controversial Ingredient

NPR News - Tue, 2014-05-06 10:43

Chemistry is complicated; that includes ingredients in artificially flavored fizzy drinks. Soda makers bowed to pressure to drop brominated vegetable oil, but its safety hasn't been very well studied.

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Lord Patten to stand down from BBC

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-06 10:40
BBC Trust chairman Lord Patten is to stand down on health grounds after major heart surgery, the corporation says.

VIDEO: Helicopter crash bodies repatriated

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-06 10:39
The bodies of five UK service personnel who died in a helicopter crash in southern Afghanistan at the end of last month have arrived back in Britain.

VIDEO: Will Brazil be ready for kick off?

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-06 10:29
The 2014 World Cup is set to begin in Brazil in less than six weeks, but there are serious concerns that some of the venues will not be ready, while other infrastructure projects are also behind schedule.
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