National / International News

Global debts rise $57bn since crash

BBC - Wed, 2015-02-04 15:26
If excessive debts caused the great crash and recession of 2007-08, we should perhaps be concerned by McKinsey's new study that shows global indebtedness has risen by $57bn since then.

VIDEO: Metal band's mercy plea for UK woman

BBC - Wed, 2015-02-04 15:19
The lead singer of heavy metal band Napalm Death, Mark "Barney" Greenway, explains why he wrote an open letter to the president of Indonesia appealing for mercy for British woman Lindsay Sandiford.

London buses hit by 24-hour strike

BBC - Wed, 2015-02-04 15:15
More than six million Londoners are likely to be affected by a 24-hour bus strike which began at midnight.

French prisons fertile ground for Islamists

BBC - Wed, 2015-02-04 15:14
French prisons provide fertile ground for extremists

VIDEO: The world's inequality in 50 seconds

BBC - Wed, 2015-02-04 15:11
A 50-second video explaining how global wealth has resulted in both more and less equality, as part of the BBC's A Richer World season.

A new beginning for Detroit

BBC - Wed, 2015-02-04 15:06
The fight for a new beginning in post-bankrupt Detroit

Flood insurance scheme 'wasteful'

BBC - Wed, 2015-02-04 15:05
Insurance for at-risk families costs other households too much, says report.

Pensions boost and tax avoidance - papers

BBC - Wed, 2015-02-04 15:03
Some papers hail a new law limiting fees charged to pension savers to 0.75% a year, while others focus on comments about "tax dodgers".

VIDEO: Silk Road creator Ulbricht convicted

BBC - Wed, 2015-02-04 14:50
The man accused of operating Silk Road, a deep web market that facilitated drug sales, has been found guilty.

Harper Lee's Friend Says Author Is Hard Of Hearing, Sound Of Mind

NPR News - Wed, 2015-02-04 14:26

News of a second novel has raised concerns that the To Kill a Mockingbird author is being taken advantage of in her old age. But friend Wayne Flynt says Lee, 88, can "understand what's going on."

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VIDEO: Manatees escape cold in Florida waters

BBC - Wed, 2015-02-04 14:13
A group of around 300 manatees have gathered in warmer waters in the Crystal river in Florida to get away from the cold.

Toll In Taiwan's TransAsia Crash Rises To 25

NPR News - Wed, 2015-02-04 14:09

TransAsia Flight 235 was carrying 58 people, 31 of them from China, when it crashed into the shallow Keelung River in Taipei shortly after takeoff on Wednesday.

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Fox profits beat expectations

BBC - Wed, 2015-02-04 13:48
Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox reports better than expected profits, buoyed by the success of films like thriller Gone Girl and The Maze Runner.

US chocolate fans stockpile Cadbury

BBC - Wed, 2015-02-04 13:48
British chocolate lovers in US stock up ahead of import ban

NBC's Brian Williams Admits His Helicopter Took No Fire In Iraq

NPR News - Wed, 2015-02-04 13:46

The NBC Nightly News anchor and his network have for years claimed he was aboard the chopper that was hit and forced down by enemy fire in 2003. Williams now says he made a mistake.

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In Detroit, Jeb Bush Makes A Campaign Must-Stop

NPR News - Wed, 2015-02-04 13:43

While he hasn't declared his 2016 candidacy yet, the former Florida governor spoke Wednesday at a preferred venue for presidential candidates.

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FCC Proposal Would Regulate Internet Like A Public Utility

NPR News - Wed, 2015-02-04 13:27

Supporters of the move say it's the best way to guarantee so-called net neutrality. Opponents believe meddlesome regulators will impose intrusive new rules on Internet service.

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New UN Gaza inquiry chair appointed

BBC - Wed, 2015-02-04 13:25
The UN inquiry into last year's conflict in Gaza continues its work under a new chair, aiming to present its findings on 23 March.

Scientists Want To Trick The Gut Into Burning Fat Without Food

NPR News - Wed, 2015-02-04 13:11

Researchers say they've discovered a way to jump-start fat burning by switching on the digestion process without the presence of food. So far, it has only been tested in mice.

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Pediatricians Pressured To Drop Parents Who Won't Vaccinate

NPR News - Wed, 2015-02-04 13:08

The pressure, doctors say, is mostly coming from other parents who don't want their infants exposed to measles, whooping cough or other serious illness in the pediatric waiting room.

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