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Syria death toll 'more than 191,000'

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-22 07:24
More than 191,000 people have been killed in the Syria conflict up to April, UN says.

VIDEO: Will South Africa go into recession?

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-22 07:20
Lerato Mbele reports on whether South Africa will fall back into recession, ahead of the release of the country's latest GDP figures.

Mercedes duo needed 'hard words'

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-22 07:20
Mercedes say they needed to calm the situation between team-mates Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg in recent weeks.

Three bids remain for bust shipyard

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-22 07:12
Administrators consider three bids for Ferguson Shipbuilders in Port Glasgow, which went bust last week.

Woman 'saw Congo colonel order rape'

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-22 07:09
A woman who was gang-raped and burned in her house tells a DR Congo war crimes trial she saw an army colonel give the orders.

Darling does ice bucket challenge

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-22 07:09
Alistair Darling takes the ice bucket challenge after being nominated by actor James McAvoy.

Painkillers will be tougher to get this fall

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-08-22 06:59

Starting this fall, it will be more difficult to get commonly prescribed painkillers, such as Vicodin.

The Drug Enforcement Administration has announced a new rule that reclassifies drugs containing hydrocodone. That means most consumers will be forced to get their prescription in person — no more over-the-phone refills. 

Dr. Jeffrey Samet at Boston University says abuse of prescription painkillers is a devastating trend.

"It’s linked to addiction and transition to heroin use and people are dying from that," he says. "So, we need to do something."

The question is whether reclassifying the drug is too crude an approach.

The public health risk is clear: the CDC reports more than 16,500 people died from opioid painkiller overdoses in 2010. Mark Fleury, with the American Cancer Society’s lobbying arm, says when it’s harder to get pain pills because of addiction, it’s harder for people that really need pain pills to get them.

“A post-operative cancer patient who has some breakthrough pain from a surgery for example, you are in pain in the middle of the night and you really don’t want to get up and drive to a doctor’s office to get a prescription,” he says.

There is data that shows an increased risk for suicide when someone lives in chronic pain, Fleury says and regulators should use patient usage patterns to determine how easy it is to obtain pain pills instead.

Fed says 'slack' in US jobs market

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-22 06:55
US Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen says there is still "remaining slack in the labour market".

UK won't work with Assad - Hammond

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-22 06:52
Britain will not work with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the battle against Islamic State extremists, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond says.

Researchers hack into Gmail app

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-22 06:47
US researchers say they have been able to hack into Gmail accounts with a 92% success rate by exploiting a weakness in smartphone software.

Eggs, Milk And Ink: Venezuela Wants All Supermarket Shoppers Fingerprinted

NPR News - Fri, 2014-08-22 06:25

The government hopes to clamp down on rampant cross-border smuggling of government-subsidized staples that has caused shortages on the country's store shelves.

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Radical shifts needed to combat IS

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-22 06:23
Radical shifts needed to combat Islamic State

Hamilton dominant in second practice

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-22 06:18
Lewis Hamilton's stunning pace in second practice at the Belgian Grand Prix sees him head team-mate Nico Rosberg by 0.604 seconds.

In Riots Sparked By An Ebola Quarantine, A Teen Is Shot And Dies

NPR News - Fri, 2014-08-22 06:06

Protesters were on the move. Soldiers fired. A teenage boy suffers wounds to both legs. For half an hour, no one could find an ambulance and no one came to care for him.

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Who Owns A Monkey's Selfie? No One Can, U.S. Says

NPR News - Fri, 2014-08-22 06:04

The U.S. Copyright Office says a monkey's photo can't be copyrighted — by the person who owns the camera or by anyone else — because it wasn't taken by a human.

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IS militants 'biggest threat' to US

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-22 05:59
Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq are the most dangerous threat the US has faced in recent years, senior American officials warn.

Europe expands Galileo network

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-22 05:51
Europe puts up the first "full operational capability" spacecraft in the Galileo satellite network - its version of the American GPS system.

Ex-ministers join Commons clerk row

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-22 05:51
Veteran MPs Jack Straw and Margaret Beckett urge further scrutiny of the proposed appointment of the new House of Commons clerk amid a continuing row.

VIDEO: Malaysia's day of mourning for MH17

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-22 05:21
Malaysians are marking the return of the remains of the first 20 victims from the downing of flight MH17 over Ukraine in July.

Insurers Refuse To Cover Some Contraceptives, Despite Health Law

NPR News - Fri, 2014-08-22 05:16

An insurer denied free coverage for NuvaRing, a small birth control device that works for three weeks at a time by releasing hormones similar to those used by birth control pills.

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