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US 'hid Iraq chemical incidents'

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-15 10:24
The Pentagon withheld details of incidents where soldiers were wounded by abandoned chemical weapons in Iraq in 2004-11, a US newspaper says.

Air raids and clashes hit Benghazi

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-15 09:54
Gunfire and air strikes rock Libya's second city, Benghazi, amid an offensive to drive out Islamist militias.

Charity refuses Ashya cash request

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-15 09:29
A charity that received donations to pay for treatment for five-year-old brain tumour patient Ashya King says it will not give money to the boy's family.

VIDEO: How to wear an Ebola protection suit

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-15 09:22
The BBC's Alastair Leithead visited the National Biocontainment Training Centre in Galveston, Texas to try on a bio-hazard suit and see just how hard it is to guarantee the safety of Ebola doctors and nurses.

Ditch 'Blu Tack' funding system

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-15 09:16
First Minister Carwyn Jones calls for a new funding system for Welsh public services to replace a "Blu Tack and cardboard" formula devised in the 1970s.

For A U.S. Hostage Facing Death, Syria Meant A New Life

NPR News - Wed, 2014-10-15 09:08

Abdul-Rahman Kassig went to Iraq as a U.S. soldier and returned to the Middle East to establish his own aid mission. Now he's a captive of the Islamic State in Syria, which is threatening to kill him.

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VIDEO: Mrs Clooney on marriage and marbles

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-15 09:04
The new wife of Hollywood star George Clooney, lawyer Amal Clooney, has had talks with Greek PM Antonis Samaras as part of a campaign to return the Parthenon sculptures from Britain.

Ebola In The United States: What Happened When

NPR News - Wed, 2014-10-15 08:51

Taming Ebola virus is now a challenge for the American health care system. We track the U.S. experience with Ebola from the appearance of an Ebola strain in laboratory monkeys in Reston, Va., in 1989.

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Promote British values, schools told

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-15 08:28
Schools should not shy away from promoting "fundamental British values" to their pupils, says Education Secretary Nicky Morgan.

Rebels clash with al-Qaeda in Yemen

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-15 08:27
Shia Houthi rebels and al-Qaeda militants engage in heavy fighting in southern Yemen, as the rebels seek to expand the territory under their control.

The Texas Road Food Takeover: Smoked, Fried And Tex-Mex

NPR News - Wed, 2014-10-15 08:26

Like the march of fire ants and juniper trees across Texas, a trio of hardy cuisines is edging out the state's gastro-diversity. Classic Lone Star dishes like Frito pie are becoming harder to find.

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Dutch bikers join fight against IS

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-15 08:25
Three members of a Dutch motorcycle club with military backgrounds have gone to Iraq to help Kurds fighting Islamic State, a fellow biker confirms.

What Will Malala's Nobel Peace Prize Mean For Girls' Education?

NPR News - Wed, 2014-10-15 08:25

Although important strides have been made, a children's rights expert says the world has a long way to go before Malala Yousafzai's vision of meaningful education for all is realized.

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Thailand's Leader Hints At Putting Off Return To Democracy

NPR News - Wed, 2014-10-15 08:13

Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha, who seized power in a May coup, had originally said that elections would be held by late 2015. Now he suggests the date could be pushed back.

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Google readies Android Lollipop

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-15 08:01
Google announces that Android Lollipop, the next version of its mobile operating system, will be released on Friday.

Government concern at ticket costs

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-15 08:00
Sports minister Helen Grant tells the BBC that football clubs must not take fans for granted by charging high ticket prices.

The numbers for October 15, 2014

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-10-15 07:31

Another health care worker from Dallas was diagnosed with Ebola Wednesday morning, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are trying to find passengers on a flight she took Monday. The unidentified patient flew from Cleveland to Dallas with about 130 others just before she reported symptoms. The CDC is asking those passengers to call 1-800-CDC-INFO.

Vox has an explainer with five ways you can catch Ebola on a plane, and the many more ways you can't. In short: it's pretty difficult. Here are some other stories we're reading — and numbers we're watching — Wednesday:

130 million

That's how many people subscribe to HBO worldwide. The network — once resistant to cord-cutting and blasé about password sharing — will uncouple its streaming service, HBOGo, from cable packages next year. Time Warner stock rallied at the news.

5,000

The number of chemical weapons secretly discovered in Iraq in the years after the 2003 U.S. invasion, according to an extensive New York Times investigation. The abandoned weapons — and injuries sustained by the soldiers that found them — were reportedly kept hidden until now, even within the military.

$20,000

That's how much Facebook is offering female employees to cover the costs of freezing their eggs, TechCrunch reported. Apple will begin offering the ostensible perk next year. The tech industry has a well-documented gender gap the move is seemingly addressing, but critics say egg freezing is just another way — along with free food, shuttles, laundry, massages and so on — for tech companies to keep employees content and working without distractions.

VIDEO: Bono sorry for free album download

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-15 07:28
U2 frontman Bono has said sorry after their latest album was automatically added to the libraries of all iTunes users around the world

Lib Dem MP Browne to stand down

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-15 07:19
Liberal Democrat MP and former minister Jeremy Browne announces he will stand down at the next general election.

Day in pictures: 15 October

BBC - Wed, 2014-10-15 07:12
24 hours of news images: 15 October

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