National / International News

Is Pfizer's AstraZeneca dream over?

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-19 04:01
Is Pfizer's AstraZeneca dream over?

Times reporter tells of kidnap ordeal

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-19 04:00
Times reporter Anthony Loyd tells the BBC how he was betrayed by a rebel gang in Syria who beat him badly and shot him twice in the ankle.

Tributes for 'inspirational' Brabham

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-19 03:57
Tributes paid to Formula 1's Sir Jack Brabham who has died

£10m Longitude Prize announced

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-19 03:57
A £10m prize is launched to solve one of the modern world's greatest scientific problems - with the public deciding on the challenge.

Man charged in care home abuse case

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-19 03:57
A 62-year-old man is charged with indecent assault against a teenage boy by police investigating historical child abuse in north Wales care system.

Apple apps made to run on Android

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-19 03:54
Android and Apple apps have been shown running side-by-side on the same gadgets thanks to software developed by US computer scientists.

AUDIO: Body to 'promote integrity' in banking

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-19 03:40
Former CBI chief Sir Richard Lambert discusses the introduction of a new independent body to oversee the banking industry.

Investigation after woman raped

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-19 03:34
Police are investigating after a 24-year-old woman was raped in the Govanhill area of Glasgow in the early hours of the morning.

Russia and London: The ties that bind

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-05-19 03:31

Banks, brokers, markets -- London has it all.

Add to that a sturdy legal system and you can begin to understand why it's the financial capital of the world. The city is loved by its locals and foreigners seeking a safe -- and profitable -- haven. 

Jamison Firestone, an American lawyer based in London, has years of experience helping American and European companies do business in Russia. Firestone, who previously lived and worked in Russia, fled the country after his law patner Sergei Magnitsky died in Russian custody when he was arrested on tax evasion charges. Magnitsky's supporters say he was beaten and killed by Russian authorities for calling attention to corruption, something Russian officials deny.

The whole affair is just one example of why Russians are looking to take their money out of Moscow and park it elsewhere, according to Firestone. Click on the audio player above to hear more.

 

Russia and London: The ties that bind

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-05-19 03:31

Banks, brokers, markets -- London has it all.

Add to that a sturdy legal system and you can begin to understand why it's the financial capital of the world. The city is loved by its locals and foreigners seeking a safe -- and profitable -- haven. 

Jamison Firestone, an American lawyer based in London, has years of experience helping American and European companies do business in Russia. Firestone, who previously lived and worked in Russia, fled the country after his law patner Sergei Magnitsky died in Russian custody when he was arrested on tax evasion charges. Magnitsky's supporters say he was beaten and killed by Russian authorities for calling attention to corruption, something Russian officials deny.

The whole affair is just one example of why Russians are looking to take their money out of Moscow and park it elsewhere, according to Firestone. Click on the audio player above to hear more.

 

Chelsea Flower Show gardens unveiled

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-19 03:28
Garden designers are making their final preparations for the opening of the Chelsea Flower Show, with some choosing to mark the centenary of World War One.

South Korea's President Will Disband Coast Guard

NPR News - Mon, 2014-05-19 03:24

President Park Geun-hye announced the changes a bit more than one month after the ferry Sewol sank, killing more than 300 people. It also comes as South Korea prepares to hold national elections.

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Families want yacht search to resume

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-19 03:01
The families of four British sailors missing since their yacht capsized in the Atlantic Ocean appeal to the US Coastguard to resume their search.

China ships evacuate Vietnam workers

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-19 02:48
Two of four ships evacuating Chinese workers from Vietnam set sail, Chinese state media say, after protests over a territorial dispute.

Rail disruption as works overrun

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-19 02:39
Thousands of rail commuters face disruption as overrunning engineering works in Essex force the cancellation of trains.

Robots, the space program and innovation

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-05-19 02:39

A robotics competitions gets underway on Monday at NASA's Kennedy Space Center. College students have to build and design a robot that can dig lunar solid, for example, to be used during a mission to Mars.

Experts say competitions like these help foster innovation and can even help bring ideas to market.

 "That's one area where I think you might be getting neat ideas on the cheap," says Ross Mead, a doctoral student studying robotics at the University of Southern California. 

He says the competitions are exciting and also give companies, or NASA, the opportunity to see problems solved in different ways.

Given the deep budget cuts to NASA, competitions are an especially good idea for the space agency. 

"NASA's leveraging the budget they have with trying to stimulate people working outside of NASA to come up with things that could be really helpful to them," says Tom Kinnear, who teaches entrepreneurship at the University of Michigan. 

But perhaps the greatest reason competitions work Kinnear said, is that people love to win.

VIDEO: Queen's Baton in the British Isles

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-19 02:29
The Queen's Baton Relay tours the Channel Islands as part of the first leg of its trip round the British Isles.

VIDEO: Students living under siege in Syria

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-19 02:28
An agreement has allowed 120 students to leave a besieged refugee camp so they could sit their final exams.

Obama asked to curb NSA surveillance

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-19 02:26
President Obama has been asked to curb the NSA's surveillance after allegations that it targeted hardware made by networking firm Cisco.

'More pupils take tougher tests'

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-19 02:22
The number of pupils taking more stretching tests at the end of primary school has almost doubled in two years, the government says.
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