National / International News

Consortium Threatens To Pull Plug On Panama Canal Expansion

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-02 17:43

Grupo Unidos por el Canal, made up of Spanish, Italian, Belgian and Panamanian firms, says it will halt work if it doesn't get paid for $1.6 billion in cost overruns in the next three weeks.

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Benefits overpayments being targeted

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-02 17:38
A campaign is being launched to tackle benefit fraud and overpayments in Cardiff and five areas of England.

Facebook sued over message 'scan'

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-02 17:29
Facebook is facing a class action lawsuit over allegations that it monitors users' private messages to profile the sender's web activity.

Winter transport must improve - MPs

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-02 17:27
Better real-time information should be provided to passengers and drivers when bad weather hits the transport system, MPs say.

Spaceman art wins record cover prize

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-02 17:23
A record cover showcasing a painting of an astronaut becomes the second space-based design to win an annual prize for the year's best album artwork.

VIDEO: Obesity in developing world quadruples

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-02 17:18
The number of overweight and obese adults in the developing world has almost quadrupled to around one billion since 1980, a report from a UK think tank says.

Lack of drug data 'extreme concern'

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-02 17:16
The lack of data on the effectiveness of medicines available to doctors and researchers is "of extreme concern" say a group of MPs.

VIDEO: Tyre pressure 'read as you drive'

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-02 17:13
A device that can read tyre pressure as vehicles pass over it

Medicaid Expansion Boosted Emergency Room Visits In Oregon

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-02 16:50

If people have insurance coverage, the theory went, they won't end up in the emergency room as often. But an analysis of Oregon's expansion of Medicaid found that people who gained coverage were 40 percent more likely to go to the emergency room.

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Quiz of the week's news

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-02 16:30
Which anti-obesity scheme made a big impact on the news?

VIDEO: Why is #oomf so popular online?

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-02 16:28
Why is this acronym so popular online?

VIDEO: Meet the Somali masters of ice

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-02 16:27
Meet the African team taking on a surprising winter sport

What will be the big story of 2014?

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-02 16:26
BBC experts on the stories of 2014

How imaginary chess kept one man sane

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-02 16:24
Chess kept Russian human rights activist Natan Sharansky sane throughout his imprisonment by the Soviets, writes David Edmonds.

How fasting changed my body for the better

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-02 16:23
How fasting changed my body for the better

VIDEO: Syrian band sings on Damascus streets

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-02 16:22
A group of Syrian musicians is becoming hugely popular by giving impromptu performances in the busiest streets of Damascus, singing traditional Arabic songs.

House price predictions for 2014

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-02 16:15
Experts' predictions for house prices in 2014

Developing world obesity quadruples

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-02 16:04
The number of overweight and obese adults in the developing world has quadrupled to almost one billion since 1980, a UK think tank says.

'Exceptional weather' to hit UK

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-02 16:00
A period of "exceptional weather" is set to hit the UK, the environment secretary says, as severe flood warnings are issued for south-west England, Gloucestershire and Wales.

VIDEO: Bibles seized over 'Allah' row

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-02 15:55
More than 300 Bibles from the Bible Society have been seized by Islamic authorities in Malaysia because they use the word Allah to refer to God.

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