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US steps up sanctions over Iran

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-29 09:54
The US has imposed new sanctions on companies and individuals in connection with Iran's nuclear programme.

MSN Messenger to end after 15 years

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-29 09:48
Microsoft's MSN Messenger will be switched off in China in October, bringing a final end to the 15-year-old service.

Dahl draft spills Factory secrets

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-29 09:40
Little-known characters and incidents that could have featured in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory are released by the Roald Dahl estate.

Abercrombie abandons logos to keep up with the trends

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-08-29 09:40

Abercrombie & Fitch, the retailer that's known for its hunky models and clothes that scream "Abercrombie" says it's ditching its logo. From now on, the retailer says its clothes will be logo-free, at least in North America.

It’s an odd twist considering Abercrombie helped create the demand for teen clothing with big logos.

Well, no surprise, teens are fickle, said Barbara Kahn, a marketing professor at Wharton.  

“In general, I think there is a trend that kids are not into logos as they once were because there’s more of an emphasis on showing your own individuality,” Kahn said, adding that it also depends on the logo - and right now Abercrombie’s is out of fashion.

Ronnie Moas, an analyst at Standpoint Research, says the the fast-fashion trend has created a big shift in the teen clothing industry and knocked Abercrombie off its perch. He downgraded the stock in early July. Moas said retailers like Forever 21 and H&M are putting out the newest fashions quickly and cheaply.

“At Abercrombie you’re paying $50-$60-$70 for a dress and at H&M it’s $20,” Moas said.

There’s no logo, so teens can mix-and-match and feel like they’re creating their own, individual style. While this is good news for young shoppers, it’s bad news for retailers, said Simeon Siegel, an analyst at Nomura.

“Leaving the brand premium means your pricing power probably erodes,” Siegel said.

Siegel said it’s not just Abercrombie that's having problems, but all teen retailers that have relied on brands in the past.

Garda paramilitary text claim probed

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-29 09:33
The Irish Justice Minister says she is disturbed by reports that a member of the Garda Siochana (Irish police) texted sensitive information to a paramilitary in Northern Ireland.

With Homegrown Technology, Israel Becomes Leading Arms Exporter

NPR News - Fri, 2014-08-29 09:22

Israel's recurring wars with its Arab neighbors have resulted in a weapons industry that keeps coming up with new technologies, which can then be sold abroad.

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Teacher wins child cruelty appeal

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-29 09:20
A special needs teacher wins his appeal against a conviction for assaults against two 12-year-old girls with severe learning difficulties.

VIDEO: Quentin Blake's secrets of drawing

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-29 09:17
Illustrator Quentin Blake describes how he brought Roald Dahl's characters from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to life.

Dujardin and Valegro win dressage

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-29 09:11
Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro secure their first freestyle dressage world title for Great Britain in Caen.

Experimental Drug Saves Monkeys Stricken With Ebola

NPR News - Fri, 2014-08-29 09:09

Even when monkeys were near death, an Ebola treatment called ZMapp was able to save them. The drug has been used in a few people, but the limited supply has been exhausted.

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Missing boy's 'life is in danger'

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-29 09:06
The health of a five-year-old boy taken from hospital by his parents against medical advice will deteriorate rapidly as the battery on his feeding system is likely to have run out, police say.

The Most Bizarre Bits To Come Out Of The Trial Of Virginia's Ex-Governor

NPR News - Fri, 2014-08-29 09:02

At issue are serious allegations of corruption, but the trial has also unveiled some unfortunate details of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's personal life.

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Test Ebola drug '100% effective'

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-29 09:00
The only trial data on the experimental Ebola drug ZMapp shows it is 100% effective in monkey studies, even in later stages of the infection.

Ambulance trust fined for slowness

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-29 08:59
The East of England Ambulance Service is fined £1.2m over failures to meet emergency response times.

India's growth hits two year high

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-29 08:52
India's economy grew by 5.7% in the three months to June, its fastest pace in two-and-a-half years, according to an official estimate.

VIDEO: Japanese art projected onto human faces

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-29 08:49
Japanese artist Nobumichi Asai has created a new work that involves projecting his designs onto a human face

VIDEO: BBC presenter Amroliwala's best bits

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-29 08:49
Presenter Matthew Amroliwala is leaving the BBC's News Channel after 16 years to work at BBC World.

Egged MP suspends campaign tour

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-29 08:39
Labour MP Jim Murphy suspends his Scotland-wide tour ahead of the independence referendum, citing "co-ordinated abuse" from "Yes" voters.

More defectors to UKIP 'odds on'

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-29 08:36
Further Conservative MPs are "more likely than not" to defect to UKIP, says the party's treasurer Stuart Wheeler.

VIDEO: Millions spent on restoring moors

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-29 08:29
Helicopters are being used to help restore peat bogs on moorland in West Yorkshire.
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