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VIDEO: House of Commons

BBC - Mon, 2014-03-24 02:59
MPs are raising issues in a general debate before the forthcoming adjournment.

Massaro feared world title chance had gone

BBC - Mon, 2014-03-24 02:52
England's Laura Massaro thought her golden chance to win a first world squash title had slipped away in Sunday's final.

Miliband warned: Don't play it safe

BBC - Mon, 2014-03-24 02:50
Think tanks urge Ed Miliband not to "play it safe" in the 2015 manifesto, as polls suggest Labour's lead is narrowing.

Kenya church attack: Two more die

BBC - Mon, 2014-03-24 02:35
Two more people die after Sunday's attack on a church near the Kenyan port of Mombasa, officials say, taking the total number of deaths to six.

8 Known To Have Died, But Mudslide's Toll May Go Much Higher

NPR News - Mon, 2014-03-24 02:30

In Washington state, a county official says scores of people remain unaccounted for. A wall of mud swept across the Stillaguamish River on Saturday into a community north of Seattle.

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Workless household numbers falling

BBC - Mon, 2014-03-24 02:26
The number of UK households where no adult aged 16 to 64 is in work has continued to fall, official figures show.

Police incompetent, says acid victim

BBC - Mon, 2014-03-24 02:19
A woman left scarred when her friend attacked her with acid accuses Scotland Yard of incompetence, saying they initially claimed she had done it to herself.

PODCAST: China, the U.S. dollar, and learning to code

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-03-24 02:04

In the past two weeks, we've seen the most rapid fall in China's currency in decades, apparently due to some financial engineering by central bankers in Beijing. But it's a new week and the "Great Fall" seems to have stopped. The U.S. dollar fell about 0.5 percent on Monday. 

Apple is reportedly in talks with the cable and internet giant Comcast about a new streaming and on-demand TV service.  According to the Wall Street Journal, Comcast might be persuaded to offered a private instead of a shared channel for all the data required. 

And in partnership with the New York Times, we're exploring the changing face of work in America. Today we take a look at some mid-career switchers who are learning to write software, that is to say, learning to "code."

 

Stranger danger in the 18th Century

BBC - Mon, 2014-03-24 02:04
The era when children were forced to read 'conduct books'

Ukraine crisis: The weakness of Europe

BBC - Mon, 2014-03-24 01:58
Europe reluctant to get into trade war with Russia

Twitter #music pulled from App Store

BBC - Mon, 2014-03-24 01:43
The artist and song discovery service is pulled from Apple's App Store and will close on 18 April.

Flight MH370: Richard Westcott Q&A

BBC - Mon, 2014-03-24 01:27
Ask the BBC's Richard Westcott your flight MH370 questions

China wants explanation on US spying

BBC - Mon, 2014-03-24 01:23
China demands a clear explanation from the United States following reports that it infiltrated the servers of the Chinese telecoms giant, Huawei.

Woods gun murder suspect arrested

BBC - Mon, 2014-03-24 01:20
A 31-year-old man is arrested on suspicion of the murder of a man who was found dead in woods in Leeds after being shot.

Missing plane: China spots 'objects'

BBC - Mon, 2014-03-24 01:15
A Chinese plane spots possible debris as more nations join the search for the missing Malaysian plane in the southern Indian Ocean.

Natural gas could help Cyprus' economic growth

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-03-24 01:00

It's been one year since the second largest bank in Cyprus, Laiki Bank, was shut down leading to a $13 billion European Union bailout.  The country's financial services sector was a big part of the economy and its resulting overhaul lead many bank depositors to lose a chunk of their savings. The BBC's Lucy Burton joins Marketplace Morning Report host David Brancaccio to explain how the country is doing one year later -- and how it hopes to recover. 

From Marketplace.org, a look at previous coverage about Cyprus:

-Lessons from Cyprus: How to work without cash
-How the Cyprus crisis has some thinking of Bitcoin
-Where will money launderers go after Cyprus

The economic benefits of attending the G-8 summit

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-03-24 01:00

The future of the G-8 is in question, as seven of its eight members meet in the Netherlands. Russia, which annexed Crimea last week, didn't get an invite.

According to Ian Hurd, an associate professor of political science at Northwestern University, Russia could lose its permanent membership.  

"I think there is a lot of value in symbolic terms to having a seat at the table," Hurd says.

But Eswar Prasad, a professor of international economics at Cornell University, says the G-8's influence has waned, and the G-20, which includes emerging economies, has become more important. There's an irony here, he says.

"This particular grouping takes on more significance when it excludes somebody," Prasad says, "rather than when it includes somebody."

Starbucks is expanding serving alcohol and small plates

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-03-24 01:00

The coffee giant Starbucks has announced plans to expand the number of shops that sell the alcoholic beverages from several dozen today to 40 by the end of the year. With this come practical costs like liquor licenses, training staff, washing dishes – but former Starbucks executive John Moore, who runs the marketing consultancy Brains on Fire, says here’s the big concern: "There is an old saying that is so true. There is no ‘and’ in brand.’ If you try to stand for everything, you ultimately stand for nothing,” he says.

This beer and wine move comes after Starbucks spent hundreds of millions to expand its reach into juice, baked goods and tea. The risk, says Moore, a diluted brand – a word no coffee company ever wants to touch.

25 Years After Spill, Alaska Town Struggles Back From 'Dead Zone'

NPR News - Mon, 2014-03-24 01:00

The tiny fishing town of Cordova, Alaska, has weathered disruption in every facet of life since an oil tanker ran aground in 1989, spilling millions of gallons of oil into Prince William Sound.

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Student loans face timebomb - Labour

BBC - Mon, 2014-03-24 00:55
The coalition faces a "student loans timebomb" which could prove "catastrophic" for the Lib Dems, Labour warns.

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