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VIDEO: Pharrell Williams on popularity surge

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-27 23:23
Pharrell Williams is the man behind some of the catchiest tunes of the past year - he spoke to BBC Breakfast about his success.

Iron history told in game app

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-27 23:23
The history of Merthyr Tydfil's role in the industrial revolution is being told to children in a game on their mobiles and tablets.

VIDEO: South Korea hospice fire kills many

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-27 23:21
At least 20 people been killed in a fire at a hospice in Janseong county, South Korea.

Farm drugs being used like 'sweets'

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-27 23:17
The use of antibiotics on farms without medical supervision has been condemned at a meeting of the world animal health organisation.

1D members appear to smoke 'joint'

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-27 22:51
A video appears to show Louis Tomlinson and Zayn Malik smoking what they call a "joint" has emerged online.

Health workers hit by payroll glitch

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-27 22:51
Hundreds of health service staff will still not receive their correct pay this month after problems with a new payroll system in use across Northern Ireland's health trusts, according to the union, Nipsa.

Pochettino appointed Spurs manager

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-27 22:46
Tottenham Hotspur appoint Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino as their new manager on a five-year contract.

Prepare for death 'like a wedding'

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-27 22:25
People should prepare for their death in the same way they plan for births and weddings, says the Welsh health minister.

Call to 're-examine' border killings

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-27 22:19
The solicitor for the family of a policeman murdered by the IRA has called on the Irish government to re-examine claims of IRA and Garda collusion in a series of border area killings.

Paediatrician faces child sex charge

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-27 22:18
A paediatrician is charged with engaging in sexual activity with a child and possessing indecent images of children.

Sterling Responds To NBA, June 3 Hearing Still On

NPR News - Tue, 2014-05-27 22:12

LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling argued that there is no basis for stripping him of his team because his racist statements were illegally recorded "during an inflamed lovers' quarrel."

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VIDEO: Fresh Brazil anti-World Cup protests

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-27 22:09
Police in Brazil have fired tear gas at anti-World Cup and indigenous demonstrators in the capital, Brasilia.

The man who makes boxing 'rumble'

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-27 22:03
The master of ceremonies who makes 'boxing rumble'

Obama Delays Review Of Deportation Policies

NPR News - Tue, 2014-05-27 22:03

President Barack Obama has asked his Homeland Security chief to hold off on completing a review of U.S. deportation policies until the end of the summer, senior White House officials said Tuesday.

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VIDEO: Japan police probe body sent by mail

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-27 21:44
Japanese murder detectives are investigating the case of a young woman whose corpse was posted across Japan.

Is China's property market crashing?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-05-27 21:40

Housing sales in China have dropped nearly 10% over last year, and construction starts are down nearly 25%, despite nationwide easing of government restrictions on home buying and lending. The sluggish sector has left many wondering if China’s real estate market slowdown will end with a crash.

“I think that the property crash is underway,” said Anne Stevenson-Yang, research director at J-Capital in Beijing. “Once you lose the consumer’s confidence that there’s going to be price appreciation, then you can’t recover it.”

Stevenson-Yang’s team recently surveyed hundreds of properties in 44 cities throughout China. They found discounts as high as 40% on properties in all but one of those cities. In twelve of the cities they surveyed, developers were offering to finance or forgive down-payments on homes to get around a rule requiring buyers to put 30% down on a home purchase.

“So now the developers in these cities will basically write a contract that says ‘this guy already paid me 30%,’ and then give that to the bank in order to induce it to lend, when really they haven’t paid it at all,” said Stevenson-Yang.

In a country where many people buy property more as an investment rather than a place to live, economists say the threat of a property crash will mean a downturn in China’s consumer spending and will have a ripple effect throughout the world’s second-largest economy.

Skype to get 'real-time' translator

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-27 21:23
Microsoft unveils a "real-time" language translation feature for its internet phone service Skype and eyes a test version by end of this year.

Immigration and prejudice on front pages

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-27 21:07
Concerns over immigration - and Britons' response to it - lead some newspapers, while others focus on claims of in-fighting among Liberal Democrats.

Diabetes patients denied equipment

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-27 21:02
Diabetes patients in Northern Ireland are denied access to essential equipment which would help control their condition.
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