National / International News

21,000 get free pre-school places

BBC - Sat, 2014-04-05 04:50
Thousands of parents are told the outcome of their application for a free pre-school place.

VIDEO: David Cameron hails tax changes

BBC - Sat, 2014-04-05 04:45
David Cameron has written to more than a million businesses and charities to urge them to check if they are entitled to a £2,000 National Insurance break.

Biker dies in police van crash

BBC - Sat, 2014-04-05 04:36
A motorcyclist dies in a collision with a police van in Cumbria.

Chinese Ship Reportedly Detects 'Pulse Signal' In Search For Airliner

NPR News - Sat, 2014-04-05 04:35

A search ship has detected an ultrasonic pulse on a frequency used by black box recorders, according to China's state-run Xinhua news agency.

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Newbie Urban Gardeners May Not Be Aware Of Soil's Dirty Legacy

NPR News - Sat, 2014-04-05 04:18

More and more city dwellers are trying their hand at urban gardening. Most know to be wary of lead in their soil, a report finds, but they're clueless about how to avoid other types of contaminants.

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Ecuador volcano spews huge ash plume

BBC - Sat, 2014-04-05 04:11
A volcano just south of Ecuador's capital Quito has erupted, creating a spectacular plume of ash, several kilometres high.

To sign or to speak

BBC - Sat, 2014-04-05 04:04
Why one man was inundated with messages over signing

'In Paradise,' Matthiessen Considers Our Capacity For Cruelty

NPR News - Sat, 2014-04-05 03:36

At 86, Matthiessen has written what he says "may be his last word." In Paradise, a novel about a visit to a Nazi extermination camp, caps a career spanning six decades and 33 books.

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For Syrian Refugees, 'Life Has Stopped'

NPR News - Sat, 2014-04-05 03:36

Syrian refugees have flooded into Lebanon since the war began. The UN said this week that 1 million refugees are now in the country. NPR's Scott Simon and Alice Fordham discuss the impact.

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With Modern Election, Voters Make A Break From Old Afghanistan

NPR News - Sat, 2014-04-05 03:36

Afghans voted for a new president Saturday, with only scattered violence. NPR'S Renee Montagne tells NPR's Scott Simon that the vote reflects the country's tug between tradition and modernity.

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'Muse Of Painting' Came To Churchill's Rescue — And Bush's

NPR News - Sat, 2014-04-05 03:36

Portraits of world leaders painted by former President George W. Bush go on exhibit in Dallas on Saturday. He took up the hobby after he read Winston Churchill's essay, "Painting as Pastime."

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Argument May Have Led To Fort Hood Shooting

NPR News - Sat, 2014-04-05 03:36

Officials at Fort Hood, Texas, are investigating an argument that may have led to a shooting spree there this week. They are moving away from a focus on the suspect's mental health issues.

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Bringing Death To The Shopping Mall: Selling Caskets At The Kiosk

NPR News - Sat, 2014-04-05 03:36

Malls have long been the place to "shop till you drop." In Southern California, Forest Lawn, a funeral industry leader, has made them places to shop before you drop.

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Afghans Vote In Large Numbers Despite Risks

NPR News - Sat, 2014-04-05 03:36

After a campaign marred by violence, Afghans voted Saturday in presidential elections for what's to be the first ever democratic transfer of power. Results are not expected for some time.

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VIDEO: Baby accused of 'planning murder'

BBC - Sat, 2014-04-05 03:21
A young boy, said to be only nine months old, has appeared in court in Pakistan on charges of planning a murder, threatening police and interfering in state affairs.

Kurt Cobain's hometown no 'nirvana'

BBC - Sat, 2014-04-05 03:19
Kurt Cobain's town ambivalent over grunge star, 20 years after death

MP defends Miller aide over recording

BBC - Sat, 2014-04-05 03:13
A Conservative MP defends a government adviser after claims she invoked the Leveson Inquiry to influence coverage of the culture secretary's expenses.

Burglary victims locked in rooms

BBC - Sat, 2014-04-05 03:09
A family and a pensioner are locked in rooms during separate burglaries at houses in County Antrim.

VIDEO: Window smashed at Afghan polling station

BBC - Sat, 2014-04-05 02:46
Karen Allen reports from a female polling station in northern Afghanistan, where the presidential elections are underway.

Priests and nun kidnapped in Cameroon

BBC - Sat, 2014-04-05 02:39
Two Italian priests and a Canadian nun have been kidnapped by unidentified gunmen in Cameroon, Italy's foreign ministry and media reports say.
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