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An Update From New Orleans

NPR News - Tue, 2014-12-23 10:33

Charter schools, special education, and new preschool funding are among changes for New Orleans schools.

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Record Number Of Britons Are Using Food Banks

NPR News - Tue, 2014-12-23 10:28

Hunger has become one of the biggest issues in British society. A parliamentary report says one problem is welfare benefits, which have been cut under the conservative government.

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VIDEO: 'Beetroot as lipstick won't catch on'

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-23 10:16
In the midst of Russia's current currency crisis, a government senator has been advising the country's women to use beetroot instead of imported lipstick.

Floating Toilets That Clean Themselves Grow On A Lake

NPR News - Tue, 2014-12-23 09:46

A new project places little kayaks filled with aquatic plants under latrines in floating homes on Southeast Asia's largest freshwater lake. So how do the toilets clean the wastewater?

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Gay US blood donor ban 'should end'

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-23 09:40
Gay and bisexual men should no longer be banned from donating blood in the US, a key health body recommends.

FDA To Lift Ban On Gay Blood Donors Celibate For At Least A Year

NPR News - Tue, 2014-12-23 09:39

The agency said it will issue a draft guidance recommending the proposed change in 2015. A ban on gay blood donors has been in effect since the early 1980s when fears about HIV/AIDS were widespread.

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Russia limits firms' dollar holdings

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-23 09:37
The Russian government instructs five firms to limit foreign currency reserves as part of its efforts to stabilise the rouble.

Army chiefs vow anti-Taliban action

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-23 09:30
The army chiefs of Afghanistan and Pakistan agree to co-ordinate operations along their border, a week after Taliban fighters attacked a school in Peshawar.

Balotelli 'naive' over Mario post

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-23 09:30
Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli admits he was "naive" over a social media post that brought him a one-match ban.

Woman hit by car is 'critical'

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-23 09:28
A woman is in a critical condition after being hit by a car in Penarth, Vale of Glamorgan, say police.

Van Gaal 'needs' Ferguson support

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-23 09:17
Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal says ex-manager Sir Alex Ferguson's "belief" in him has made his job easier.

VIDEO: Driver in disabled bay stand-off

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-23 09:14
Matthew Sanders, a driver who wrongly parked in a disabled bay in Birmingham, refuses to leave his car in an attempt to stop it being towed away.

Some Theaters To Show 'The Interview' On Christmas Day

NPR News - Tue, 2014-12-23 08:53

Sony had pulled the controversial comedy that centers on a plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un after ominous threats were made allegedly by a group that hacked the studio's emails.

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Legal bid against Kenya security law

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-23 08:50
Kenya's opposition mounts a legal challenge against a controversial new anti-terrorism law which gives security agencies sweeping powers to detain suspects.

Tributes to man shot dead in car

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-23 08:42
Tributes are paid to a man shot dead as he sat in a car in Sheffield in what police believe was a targeted attack.

US cinemas to screen The Interview

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-23 08:35
A number of cinemas in the US have said they will screen Sony film The Interview on Christmas Day.

VIDEO: Doctor's gloom in Syrian siege city

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-23 08:28
A Red Cross doctor who returned to help treat victims of the Aleppo siege in Syria gives a gloomy assessment of the almost complete breakdown of medical treatment in the city.

WATCH: Monkey Revives Dying Friend At Indian Train Station

NPR News - Tue, 2014-12-23 08:28

A monkey in Kanpur, India, fell unconscious near train tracks after walking on a power line. A (monkey) friend jumped in and proceeded to use techniques of which an EMT would be proud.

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Russia is facing a 'full-blown economic crisis'

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-12-23 08:27

Western sanctions and the dramatic fall in the price of oil have taken a toll on the Russian economy. Russia’s former finance minister, Alexei Kudrin, has warned that the country is facing a "full-blown economic crisis." The BBC’s Moscow correspondent, Steve Rosenberg, tells us how people living in Russia are responding to the turmoil.

Key issues addressed by agreement

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-23 08:22
The Stormont House negotiations tackled a number of contentious issues, although there is less progress on some others.

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