National / International News

Cash-strapped ENO pulls out of Orfeo

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-11 04:20
English National Opera pulls out of a production of Monteverdi's Orfeo as the company prepares for a 29% Arts Council England funding cut.

B&B owner's horror at cannibal death

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-11 04:17
A B&B owner who found Matthew Williams in his room attacking a woman who died in a suspected act of cannibalism tells of the horror she saw.

Breaking the silence on Twitter

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-11 04:12
The UK Parliament, and others who ignored the silence on Twitter

U.S. And China Move Toward Ending Tariffs On High-Tech Gear

NPR News - Tue, 2014-11-11 04:10

The existing tariff system, which adds as much as 25 percent to the cost of American high-tech exports, covers more than $4 trillion in annual trade, the White House says.

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VIDEO: Putin rebuffed by China's First Lady

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-11 03:45
Russian President drapes his blanket across China's First Lady Peng Liyuan, but she declines his help and removes the garment.

VIDEO: How Philae probe will land on comet

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-11 03:36
David Shukman explains how the European Space Agency will attempt to land a small spacecraft on a speeding comet for the first time.

VIDEO: Van Gogh's ear 'brought to life'

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-11 03:24
How an artist brought Vincent van Gogh's ear 'back to life' and allowed people to talk to it

Q&A: Lamar Alexander On Education In The New Congress

NPR News - Tue, 2014-11-11 03:18

The veteran Tennessean is poised to take a leading role on education in the new Congress.

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Murder accused admits sex with girls

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-11 03:06
Angus Sinclair, accused of raping and murdering two teenage girls 37 years ago, admits having sex with them.

Politics And A Food Fight Are Stalling A Major U.S.-Asia Trade Deal

NPR News - Tue, 2014-11-11 03:03

Supporters of expanded trade with Asian nations hoped this week would bring completion of a major deal, but U.S. and Japanese negotiators — and Obama and congressional Republicans — still don't agree.

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PODCAST: Powerful and profitable art

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-11-11 03:00

First up, in China, what's called "Single's Day" is drawing to a close. It's a new-ish celebration that is to single people what Mother's Day is to mother's. But it's now morphed into the day people go online to buy things, often with their office computer. China's Alibaba said sales broke through $8 billion so far today in an orgy of commerce that, if you do the math, dwarfs America's so-called Black Friday. And tech products could soon travel across borders with less baggage as a result of the first major cut in international tariffs in 17 years, and it affects a range of technology products from MRI medical scanners to video games. More on that. Plus, it's Veterans Day in the U.S. and this summer marked 100 years since the outbreak of hostilities that became what was then called The Great War. To commemorate Britain's lost lives, an artist has staged a powerful installation at the Tower of London. It's really popular, and lucrative for veterans' charities.

South Korean Ferry Captain Sentenced To 36 Years

NPR News - Tue, 2014-11-11 02:59

The punishment for the April calamity drew shouts and sharp criticism from victims' family members in the courtroom; many had urged a death sentence.

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'No cover-up found' in abuse review

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-11 02:57
A review finds no evidence that files relating to child abuse by prominent figures were "deliberately or systematically removed or destroyed".

Women's Ashes schedule announced

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-11 02:55
The schedule for the 2015 multi-format Women's Ashes series is announced, with the sole Test taking place at Canterbury.

Mexico protesters block airport

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-11 02:54
Mexicans angry at the handling by the authorities of the disappearance of 43 students in Iguala six weeks ago block Acapulco airport.

VIDEO: Rocket bike breaks speed record

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-11 02:53
A new speed record has been set after Francois Gissy reached 207mph (333kph) on a pushbike.

Violinist Mae banned for four years

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-11 02:52
Vanessa-Mae is banned for four years after it is found violations had taken place during ski qualification for the Sochi Olympics.

Dewani 'changed mind over marriage'

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-11 02:45
A man accused of organising the murder of his wife while on honeymoon told her he changed his mind about marriage, a South African court hears.

Flood alerts as heavy rain continues

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-11 02:38
Flood alerts are in place across parts of Wales as heavy rain continues to fall into Tuesday.

US and China: The great game is on

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-11 02:38
The BBC's China editor Carrie Gracie analyses the rivalry between the two superpowers.