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PPS 'discriminated against 15 women'

BBC - Wed, 2014-03-26 09:54
Fifteen senior female prosecutors successfully sue the Public Prosecution Service for sex discrimination.

PODCAST: Facebook buys Oculus, and its headaches

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-03-26 09:53
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 10:26 ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images

Attendees wear Oculus Rift HD virtual reality head-mounted displays as they play EVE: Valkyrie, a multiplayer virtual reality dogfighting shooter game, at the Intel booth at the 2014 International CES, January 9, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Orders for expensive, longer-lasting things went up briskly last month with durable goods up 2.2 percent. That's a nice enough sign, but it might not be more than that. David Kelly, the chief global strategist with JP Morgan-Chase joined us to discuss.

Meanwhile, Facebook shelled out $2 billion in cash and stock for a company that makes a headset that lets users look around digital environments. The 20-month-old company, Oculus, is viewed as a potential leader in the virtual reality gaming industry. Some users though, report an issue with Rift that could impact its growth: motion sickness.

Plus: Where’s the beef? As a nation, we might really need to know that. For the first time in more than a century, Americans are eating more chicken than beef. Why is poultry taking flight?

Marketplace Morning Report for Wednesday, March 26, 2014by David BrancaccioPodcast Title: PODCAST: Facebook buys Oculus, and its headachesSyndication: All in onePMPApp Respond: No

BT broadband tops UK complaints list

BBC - Wed, 2014-03-26 09:40
The UK's communications regulator says broadband provider BT is top of its quarterly list for complaints for the first time.

Kerry flies to Amman for Abbas talks

BBC - Wed, 2014-03-26 09:34
US Secretary of State John Kerry interrupts a trip to Europe to press Palestinians and Israelis to extend their peace talks as a deadline looms.

Labour stops Clwyd giving evidence

BBC - Wed, 2014-03-26 09:24
Opposition parties condemn Labour AMs for preventing Labour MP Ann Clwyd from being invited to appear before the assembly's health committee.

Thousands of schools shut by strike

BBC - Wed, 2014-03-26 09:24
Thousands of schools in England and Wales closed for a day, as teachers joined rallies and picket lines in a strike over pay, pensions and conditions.

Syrian aid that hits home

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-03-26 09:15
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 11:44 Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Refugees from Syria collect blankets and supplies from the UNHCR as they arrive at the Za’atari refugee camp on January 30, 2013 in Mafrq, Jordan.

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The war in Syria has sparked one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world. Millions of people have fled their homes and are in need of assistance.

Humanitarian organizations say raising money for victims of a complex conflict can be a challenge, particularly when compared to a dramatic natural disaster.

"In the case of the Haiti earthquake, Oxfam America was able to raise over $30 million from the American public," said Noah Gottschalk, a senior humanitarian policy advisor with Oxfam. "Most recently, with Typhoon Haiyan, we we've raised over $6 million. In the case of Syria, we've raised less than $1 million."

Syria's conflict, by the numbers

2,551, 712 | refugees registered with the UNCHR

221,791 | refugees in Iraq

587,308 | refugees in Jordan

135,451 | refugees in Egypt

985,346 | refugees in Lebanon

6,500,000 | displaced inside of Syria

9,300,000 | in need of aid inside Syria

100,000+ | killed (Mar '11 - Sept '13) The UN stopped updating the death toll in Syria in September, 2013, citing difficulties with obtaining accurate numbers.

3 million | living in hard-to-reach areas inside of Syria

240,000 | living under siege

Some aid groups have begun a new approach: attempts to "bring the conflict home" to donors, by asking them to imagine if it was them -- or their children -- who needed help.

Save the Children released this video, of a young girl whose life is shattered by war. She is British, not Syrian, and it is set in London, not Damascus. The video has 26 million views so far, and donations to Save the Children's peer-to-peer network more than quadrupled upon its release.

SOS Children's Villages, meanwhile, saw a video produced by the organization's Norwegian chapter go unexpectedly viral. "Would you give Johannes your jacket?" the video asks, and shows strangers interacting on hidden camera with a shivering boy alone at a bus stop on a winter day in Oslo. The video was intended for Norwegian viewers, but to date it has 13 million viewers from across the world. What was expected to be a small, local appeal has instead raised more than $350,000.

Marketplace for Wednesday, March 26, 2014by Noel KingPodcast Title: Syrian aid that hits homeStory Type: FeatureSyndication: Flipboard BusinessSlackerSoundcloudStitcherBusiness InsiderSwellPMPApp Respond: No

Bin Laden's son-in-law convicted

BBC - Wed, 2014-03-26 09:14
Osama Bin Laden's son-in-law Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, who was al-Qaeda spokesman after 9/11, is found guilty of terrorism at his New York trial.

Time for R&A to Open its doors to women

BBC - Wed, 2014-03-26 09:10
Royal and Ancient's vote on admitting women is welcome step into the 21st century, writes BBC golf correspondent, Iain Carter

AU brands CAR militia an 'enemy'

BBC - Wed, 2014-03-26 09:06
African Union (AU) peacekeepers in the Central African Republic will treat the anti-balaka militia as enemy combatants from now, their commander says.

Photo: Pothole Tries To Eat Pothole Repair Truck

NPR News - Wed, 2014-03-26 08:50

Winter weather that doesn't seem to want to end has done its damage to roads across much of the nation. In Michigan, one road-repair crew saw its truck sink into one tough pothole.

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Schools shut as teachers strike

BBC - Wed, 2014-03-26 08:49
Almost half of schools in Wales are closed or partially shut as teachers strike over pay and conditions.

MPs approve annual welfare cap

BBC - Wed, 2014-03-26 08:45
MPs overwhelmingly back government plans to cap the amount of money the UK spends on welfare each year.

Syrian aid that hits home

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-03-26 08:44

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The war in Syria has sparked one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world. Millions of people have fled their homes and are in need of assistance.

Humanitarian organizations say raising money for victims of a complex conflict can be a challenge, particularly when compared to a dramatic natural disaster.

"In the case of the Haiti earthquake, Oxfam America was able to raise over $30 million from the American public," said Noah Gottschalk, a senior humanitarian policy advisor with Oxfam. "Most recently, with Typhoon Haiyan, we we've raised over $6 million. In the case of Syria, we've raised less than $1 million."

Syria's conflict, by the numbers

2,551, 712 | refugees registered with the UNCHR

221,791 | refugees in Iraq

587,308 | refugees in Jordan

135,451 | refugees in Egypt

985,346 | refugees in Lebanon

6,500,000 | displaced inside of Syria

9,300,000 | in need of aid inside Syria

100,000+ | killed (Mar '11 - Sept '13) The UN stopped updating the death toll in Syria in September, 2013, citing difficulties with obtaining accurate numbers.

3 million | living in hard-to-reach areas inside of Syria

240,000 | living under siege

Some aid groups have begun a new approach: attempts to "bring the conflict home" to donors, by asking them to imagine if it was them -- or their children -- who needed help.

Save the Children released this video, of a young girl whose life is shattered by war. She is British, not Syrian, and it is set in London, not Damascus. The video has 26 million views so far, and donations to Save the Children's peer-to-peer network more than quadrupled upon its release.

SOS Children's Villages, meanwhile, saw a video produced by the organization's Norwegian chapter go unexpectedly viral. "Would you give Johannes your jacket?" the video asks, and shows strangers interacting on hidden camera with a shivering boy alone at a bus stop on a winter day in Oslo. The video was intended for Norwegian viewers, but to date it has 13 million viewers from across the world. What was expected to be a small, local appeal has instead raised more than $350,000.

VIDEO: Outrage as Danish zoo kills lions

BBC - Wed, 2014-03-26 08:39
A zoo in Denmark that provoked outrage after putting down a healthy giraffe has killed a family of four lions to make way for a new young male lion.

Bid to lift Twitter ban in Turkey

BBC - Wed, 2014-03-26 08:34
A court in Turkey orders the suspension of a controversial ban on the social media site Twitter but it could be weeks before it takes effect.

UK soldier faces terror charge

BBC - Wed, 2014-03-26 08:23
A British soldier is to be charged with explosives and terrorism offences, prosecutors say.

US 'Burger King baby' meets mother

BBC - Wed, 2014-03-26 08:20
A woman who was abandoned in 1986 as a newborn in a US fast-food restaurant bathroom finds her birth mother after launching a social media search.

Family seek Chinese activist's body

BBC - Wed, 2014-03-26 08:06
The family of Cao Shunli, a Chinese activist who died in police detention, have been denied access to her body, Amnesty International says.

From streets of Ghana to World Cup - via Glentoran

BBC - Wed, 2014-03-26 08:03
How a Belfast club launched the career of a Ghanaian star

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