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Congo warlord sentenced to 12 years

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-23 07:29
The International Criminal Court sentences ex-Congolese militia leader Germain Katanga to 12 years in prison for aiding and abetting war crimes.

'No evidence' Rolf Harris at events

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-23 07:23
No independent evidence exists to prove entertainer Rolf Harris was at events where he allegedly groped two girls, a court hears.

Ghostbusters car stops the traffic

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-23 07:18
There's something strange in the neighbourhood in Surrey - a replica of the 1959 Cadillac ECTO-1 ambulance from the movie Ghostbusters.

Man had 255,000 child sex images

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-23 07:08
A man who admitted having more than 250,000 indecent images of children on his computer is given a suspended prison sentence.

Photographing the Monaco Grand Prix

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-23 07:00
A photographer's take on the Monaco Grand Prix

VIDEO: On the ground with Thai protesters

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-23 06:59
The BBC's Jonah Fisher watches as the Thai army arrives at a protest against the coup in Bangkok.

Bid to withdraw £10m fraud plea

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-23 06:55
Scottish businessman Michael Voudouri is bidding to change the guilty plea he entered in a £10m VAT tax fraud case in 2012.

VIDEO: Immune children aid malaria fight

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-23 06:53
An antibody produced by children who are naturally resistant to malaria could lead to an effective vaccine for the disease, scientists report.

Murray has decided on next coach

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-23 06:40
Wimbledon champion Andy Murray tells the BBC that he has already chosen who he wants to be his next permanent coach.

Mental Illness Can Shorten Lives More Than Chain-Smoking

NPR News - Fri, 2014-05-23 06:40

People don't think about mental illnesses as life-threatening, once you exclude suicide. But a review of almost 2 million people finds that common problems like postpartum depression take a toll.

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London's complexity through an American eye

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-05-23 06:39

There are startling reasons why London’s wealth distribution caught our eye from the states: the five wealthiest families in the U.K. have more money than the poorest 20 percent of the population. By 2020, an estimated 800,000 children will be living below the poverty line. London was recently passed over by New York and Singapore to claim the top spot as the city in the world with the most economic clout. 

Marketplace explored the growing income inequality in the U.K. and London over a week’s time. As income inequality has become a primary economic concern in the U.S., especially in the aftermath of the Great Recession, Marketplace has focused reporting in recent months on what income inequality’s impact is on how we work and live. But we also wanted to see what our neighbors across the pond had to say about living in a society where unequal wealth distribution is the norm.

First, we learned that London’s real estate has skyrocketed in value, making realtors happy, and critics crying “bubble.” Sound familiar, Americans?

We saw, too, how poor Londoners are being priced out of neighborhoods they live in and were raised in, and even wealthy residents are concerned. We toured the bustling markets across the city in an everyday adventure filled with bright citrus and fresh fish.

We ended the week with a report from 30-feet below ground level in the notorious sewers of London. There’s a campaign underway to build a new super sewer system to replace the current one that frequently overflows into the Thames River.  We took a tour of London's sewers, which have a surprisingly excellent way of exposing what Londoners keep and discard in a shifting economy. 

Even though there are a lot of concerns about its economic progress, London still has some things going for it: the PwC Cities of Opportunity Index (PDF) noted the city still “finishes first in technology readiness, economic clout and city gateway – all measures of its stature as a thriving centre of the world economy.”

We leave you with musical inspiration from our trip: 

Is The Tea Party Finished?

NPR News - Fri, 2014-05-23 06:39

Where insurgents arose with a clear claim to being Tea Party favorites, they have lost. In many cases, they have flat-lined weeks before the primary.

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Sinai militant group leader killed

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-23 06:36
Shadi al-Menei, the purported head of Sinai Islamist militant group Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, has been killed, Egyptian security officials say.

Terror man's family to keep home

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-23 06:28
A judge rules that the £200,000 family home of a man convicted of terrorism offences cannot be seized as a criminal asset.

We Look Amazing In These Gowns

NPR News - Fri, 2014-05-23 06:23

Animator Steve Cutts brings to life part of Obama speechwriter Jon Lovett's commencement address. You will never look at a commencement gown the same way again.

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Patient set on fire during operation

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-23 06:18
A Teesside NHS trust investigates how a patient's stomach was seriously burned when he was set on fire during an operation at the University Hospital of North Tees in Stockton.

Why London wants Chinese and Muslim investment

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-05-23 06:17

London is heart of the global economy, according to a new survey out this week. But can the city hang on to its position? The BBC’s Andrew Walker joins Marketplace Morning Report host David Brancaccio to discuss how U.K. politicians are working to attract business from the growing economies of China and the Muslim world. Click on the audio player above to hear more.

French mayor 'castrated and killed'

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-23 06:16
The mayor of a village in northern France has been castrated and killed by a man who accused him of having an affair with his wife, reports say.

AUDIO: EU introduces new holiday pay rules

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-23 05:59
The European Court of Justice has ruled that employers must include commission when they calculate holiday pay.

VIDEO: Ukraine's 'babushkas' go viral

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-23 05:51
The Ukrainian granny who chased away armed separatists
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