National / International News

Soil Doctors Hit Pay Dirt In Manhattan's Central Park

NPR News - Wed, 2014-10-01 23:59

The urban oasis boasts about 170,000 different types of microbes, recent dirt samples show. That diversity is comparable to a tropical rain forest. About 2,000 species are found only in the park.

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BNP expels ex-leader Nick Griffin

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-01 23:52
The British National Party says it has expelled its former leader Nick Griffin, accusing him of trying to "destabilise" the party.

Ghosts Of The Past Still Echo In Beirut's Fragmented Neighborhoods

NPR News - Wed, 2014-10-01 23:23

Lebanon's civil war ended 25 years ago, but the sectarian divisions that sliced its capital into different enclaves still hold today. Everyone coexists relatively peacefully — most of the time.

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Virgin Money announces float plan

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-01 23:17
Virgin Money, the UK challenger bank partly owned by entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson, announces plans to list its shares on the London Stock Exchange.

China warns on 'illegal' HK protests

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-01 22:34
China issues a warning against "illegal acts" in Hong Kong, as protesters there vow to step up their campaign if the chief executive does not resign.

Argentina bank governor resigns

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-01 22:30
Argentina's central bank governor Juan Carlos Fabrega resigns after less than a year in the job, as the country's economic troubles pile up.

Arson charge over nightclub fire

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-01 22:27
A man is charged with arson following a blaze at the former Majestyk nightclub in Leeds.

Derailed train disrupts services

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-01 22:27
Train services across south east Wales are disrupted after a train left the tracks at Barry in the Vale of Glamorgan.

Stevens to drive for Marussia

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-01 22:21
Britain's Will Stevens will contest the first practice session for Marussia at the Japanese GP, replacing Max Chilton.

VIDEO: Girl gets 3D-printed prosthetic hand

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-01 22:20
A five year-old girl from Inverness who was born without any fingers on one hand has become the first in the UK to be fitted with a bionic limb made using a 3D printer

VIDEO: Up for grabs: Who will win Clacton seat?

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-01 22:14
The BBC's Adam Fleming visits Clacton as the campaigning for the by-election in the town enters its final week.

VIDEO: Warning over alcohol 'pre-loading'

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-01 22:01
A leading accident and emergency doctor, Clifford Mann, has warned there's a "dangerous epidemic" of young people ending up in hospital, after getting drunk on cheap drinks before going out.

'Election starts here' - the papers

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-01 21:25
The prime minister's speech to the Conservative Party conference, in which he promised tax cuts for 30 million Britons, leads most of Thursday's papers.

VIDEO: Top 50 FA Cup goals: Bournemouth shock Man Utd

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-01 21:02
BBC Sport looks back at 50 iconic FA Cup goals in the build-up to the first round proper, which takes place in November.

Giants Send Pirates Packing In Elimination Playoff Game

NPR News - Wed, 2014-10-01 20:51

The San Francisco Giants decisively beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 8-0 in the National League wild-card game Wednesday night in Pittsburgh. The Giants will take on the Washington Nationals on Friday.

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Indian officials take up brooms

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-01 20:34
India launches a nationwide campaign to clean up the country on 2 October, the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, but many of the country's bureaucrats are not happy about it, writes the BBC's Geeta Pandey in Delhi.

Facebook apologises to drag queens

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-01 20:30
Facebook has apologised to transgender and drag queen users whose accounts were deleted for violating its policy on using "real names".

Japan in $617bn 'fat finger' error

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-01 19:48
Japan's stock markets were rattled after a trading error caused more than $600bn (£370bn) worth of orders to be made and then cancelled.

Fry: Drugs different to abuse cases

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-01 19:37
Actor and broadcaster Stephen Fry says there is a "huge moral difference" between historical drug use and cases of sexual abuse.

VIDEO: Hong Kong protests to dent economy?

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-01 19:20
Hong Kong's pro-democracy street protests may deter some mainland Chinese from visiting the city during their 'Golden Week' holiday.
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