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VIDEO: How to regulate crowdfunding?

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-02 00:08
Entrepreneurs have been looking to the general public for cash to get their start-up businesses going, in 2014 regulators in Europe and the US are set to bring in rules.

'Simple swaps' for healthy meals

BBC - Wed, 2014-01-01 23:48
A new public health campaign in England is urging families to make simple foods swaps such as switching to low fat spreads.

"A communist party casino" - Despite the lift of IPO ban in China, investors remain unhappy

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-01-01 23:44

It’s the first trading of the New Year at Shenyin Wanguo stock brokerage house in Shanghai. A gray haired man everyone calls ‘Old Chen’ watches stock prices along the floor-to-ceiling trading board. On the Shanghai stock exchange, red numbers -a symbol of communism- are good. Green numbers mean share prices are falling. "Look at the board!" screams Chen. "It’s the first day of the year and it’s all green! This is a casino - A communist party casino! We can’t possibly win against them. I gotta stop coming here," he mutters, still staring at the board.

This is not the response from investors China’s government was hoping for when they reopened the market to new listings. Securities analyst Qian Qimin says China will have to do a lot more to restore investor confidence. "The rate of return investing in stocks in China is lower than the bank deposit rate," says Qian. "Insider trading also continues to be a big problem."

Back on the trading floor, trader Jin Demin says investing in stocks in China is hopeless in a country where the markets are controlled by the state. Jin says when US stocks go up, China’s drop. When US stocks drop, China’s drop further.

Blues Musician Tabby Thomas Dies At 84

NPR News - Wed, 2014-01-01 23:30

Thomas was probably best known for opening Tabby's Blue Box in Baton Rouge, La. The club attracted blues-lovers from across the globe.

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WRU meet to consider its next move

BBC - Wed, 2014-01-01 23:27
The WRU board meets on Thursday to consider its next move in the row that could see the four regions break away.

Airport railway services resume

BBC - Wed, 2014-01-01 23:23
A major rail link between Gatwick Airport and London reopens after a week of closures for maintenance work.

VIDEO: Revolution for soft tissue repairs?

BBC - Wed, 2014-01-01 23:03
Researchers at Oxford University have developed a new implant which they say could improve the success rates after surgery to repair soft tissue injuries.

VIDEO: New push to inspire healthy habits

BBC - Wed, 2014-01-01 22:56
Families are being urged to remove fatty and sugary foods from their diets, in a new campaign by Public Health England.

VIDEO: Rescue under way for ice-bound ship

BBC - Wed, 2014-01-01 22:52
A passenger on board ice-bound research vessel Akademik Shokalskiy, stuck in the Antarctic, has been describing the start of a rescue operation.

VIDEO: The Palestinians fighting in Syria

BBC - Wed, 2014-01-01 22:46
Up to 30 young men from the Gaza strip have travelled to Syria to fight in the conflict there, as the BBC's Yolande Knell reports.

VIDEO: Is this the best day to find love?

BBC - Wed, 2014-01-01 22:43
The first few days of January are peak season for dating companies, the 2nd of January 2013 was one of the busiest days ever for new members to sign up to online dating sites.

Hyundai and Kia hit by sales outlook

BBC - Wed, 2014-01-01 22:40
Shares of Hyundai and affiliate Kia Motors dip more than 5% after the South Korean carmakers issue their weakest growth forecast in nearly a decade.

Interest rates rise 'to be delayed'

BBC - Wed, 2014-01-01 22:24
Hard-pressed Northern Ireland homeowners should expect a delay in interest rate rises in 2014, according to the chief economist at Danske Bank.

Rail rage and Sherlock surprise - the papers

BBC - Wed, 2014-01-01 21:57
Several papers focus on the rising price of rail tickets, while others - but not all - enjoy the twist at the start of the latest series of BBC drama Sherlock.

VIDEO: Skier treated on Schumacher ward

BBC - Wed, 2014-01-01 21:13
A British-based man injured while skiing in France has spoken of his surprise at being treated on the same ward as ex-Formula One driver Michael Schumacher.

Balloon to disputed islands crashes

BBC - Wed, 2014-01-01 20:41
Japan's Coast Guard says it has rescued a Chinese man whose hot air balloon crashed as he was trying to fly to a group of disputed islands.

Portugal's Baby Bust Is A Stark Sign Of Hard Times

NPR News - Wed, 2014-01-01 19:38

The birth of a baby is a joyous occasion, and an increasingly rare one in Portugal, where the birthrate has dropped 14 percent since the economic crisis began. The poorest state in Western Europe faces a demographic time bomb as its population ages, the workforce shrinks and youth are unemployed or going abroad.

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VIDEO: S Sudan refugees 'living under trees'

BBC - Wed, 2014-01-01 19:22
Aid agencies have warned tens of thousands of people forced out of their homes because of fighting in South Sudan are in desperate need of help.

'Syrian Electronic Army' hacks Skype

BBC - Wed, 2014-01-01 19:17
The social media platforms of Skype are hacked by a group claiming to be the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA).

Ice hampers Antarctic air rescue

BBC - Wed, 2014-01-01 19:13
Sea ice conditions are likely to delay plans to take passengers off a research vessel stranded in the Antarctic for a week, officials say.

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