National / International News

Oil price falls on energy forecast

BBC - Fri, 2014-12-12 03:27
The price of Brent crude falls on a report from the International Energy Agency which forecasts weaker demand in 2015.

Robshaw out with shoulder problem

BBC - Fri, 2014-12-12 03:25
England captain Chris Robshaw will be out for three to four weeks with a shoulder injury, his club Harlequins confirm.

Hong Kong protests: Has Beijing won?

BBC - Fri, 2014-12-12 03:24
Carrie Gracie assesses the dwindling Hong Kong protests

Man Utd v Liverpool: Best of enemies

BBC - Fri, 2014-12-12 03:23
Why Man Utd and Liverpool are the best of enemies

VIDEO: Surfer rides 'weather bomb' wave

BBC - Fri, 2014-12-12 03:23
Surfer Garrett MacNamara has tried to repeat his performance of 2011 when he surfed the world's biggest wave at 30 meters high.

Row over MP praise for Gandhi killer

BBC - Fri, 2014-12-12 03:11
An Indian MP apologises in parliament after praising Mahatma Gandhi's killer as a "patriot", the latest gaffe by a politician from the governing BJP.

'Pineapple Express' Pounds West Coast, Sparking Floods, Power Outages

NPR News - Fri, 2014-12-12 03:10

The region is expected to get rain through Friday. Meteorologist say this is the biggest storm the region has experienced since 2009. Twitter users dubbed it #hellastorm.

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Hartson expects long addiction fight

BBC - Fri, 2014-12-12 03:05
Former Celtic and Wales footballer John Hartson says he expects to be going to meetings of Gamblers Anonymous meetings until he is 70.

Yodel to clear backlog over weekend

BBC - Fri, 2014-12-12 03:02
Courier firm Yodel apologises to customers for delays to its parcel deliveries and says it hopes to resume normal service by Monday

PODCAST: Investing in coffee

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-12-12 03:00

First up, the latest chapter in the story of how falling oil prices are affecting the global economy. Plus, profile of a South African investor who was badly burned once by corruption in Congo. But now he’s back, figuring he’s learned a few things.

The Media formerly known as Print

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-12-12 03:00

That was the vote in the House Thursday night, passing a $1.1 trillion spending bill and narrowly avoiding a second government shutdown in as many years. Infighting between House Democrats and the White House nearly derailed the bill, the Washington Post reported, because of some changes to Dodd-Frank embedded in it.


Looking ahead to the weekend, Japan will hold an election on Sunday in the midst of its recession. Polls suggest Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling party could win as much as a two-thirds majority.

0.6 percent

The portion of online holiday deals researched by the site Wirecutter that actually ended up being unusual and hard-to-find anywhere else. A lot of it comes down to old fashioned consumer psychology, the New York Times reported

800 magazines

More than 800 new magazines launched over the past 12 months. So print isn't necessarily dead, but the industry has changed. New technology allows for smaller runs and more specialized titles, like "Guinea Pig Magazine" and "BeerAdvocate."

24 percent

The portion of first-year college students who could estimate their student debt within ten percent, according to a Brookings survey reported by the Upshot. The vast majority of students underestimated the debt they'd end up with.


Man in court over Chhokar murder

BBC - Fri, 2014-12-12 02:44
A man appears in court charged with the 1998 murder of Surjit Singh Chhokar in Overtown, North Lanarkshire.

VIDEO: Man's £5,000 bill after mobile stolen

BBC - Fri, 2014-12-12 02:38
Mattia Busuttil, who had his phone stolen on holiday and subsequently faced a huge bill from Vodafone, speaks to the BBC Breakfast about his experience.

Billings added to World Cup squad

BBC - Fri, 2014-12-12 02:21
Kent wicketkeeper Sam Billings replaces Craig Kieswetter in England's provisional squad for the World Cup.

Uproar over Kenyan anti-terror bill

BBC - Fri, 2014-12-12 02:19
Kenya's parliament passes a bill giving the president and intelligence agencies greater powers to tackle terrorism, despite fierce criticism.

VIDEO: Pixie Lott: 'I miss Strictly'

BBC - Fri, 2014-12-12 02:18
Singer Pixie Lott has told BBC Breakfast that she misses being on Strictly Come Dancing.

BBC to air AFC Wimbledon v Liverpool

BBC - Fri, 2014-12-12 02:11
The FA Cup third round tie between AFC Wimbledon and Liverpool will screened live on BBC television on Monday, 5 January.

AUDIO: Director Lynch rejected Star Wars

BBC - Fri, 2014-12-12 02:07
David Lynch reveals that he had been asked to direct the Star Wars film Return of the Jedi by George Lucas.

BBC Music Awards watched by 3.9m

BBC - Fri, 2014-12-12 02:07
The first BBC Music Awards pulls in an average audience of 3.9m, lower than the Brits, as Ed Sheeran and Pharrell Williams take the main prizes.

World faces 'climate tragedy' - Kerry

BBC - Fri, 2014-12-12 02:00
US Secretary of State John Kerry says the world is "on a course leading to tragedy", as long-running issues threaten a deal between countries at UN climate talks in Lima.