National / International News

Chancellor Osborne's cat hit by car

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-08 06:31
Chancellor George Osborne's cat Freya is recovering after being hit by a car outside Downing Street.

Drogba quits international football

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-08 06:27
Chelsea's Ivory Coast forward Didier Drogba has announced his retirement from international football.

State Abortion Laws Face A New Round Of Legal Challenges

NPR News - Fri, 2014-08-08 06:24

State legislatures have passed laws that require doctors to have hospital admitting privileges to perform abortions. Some courts are now saying these laws are unconstitutional.

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VIDEO: Boring town and Dull village twinned

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-08 06:16
Glenn Campbell meets Boring residents of a town in America that has a special relationship with Dull people in Scotland.

Week in pictures: 2-8 August 2014

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-08 06:15
Some of the best news, sport and entertainment images

Markets rattled by air strike fears

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-08 05:55
Stock markets are rattled, while the prices of oil and gold rise, as worries grow about the impact of conflicts in Iraq and Ukraine.

Pembs staff walk out in payments row

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-08 05:51
Some staff at Pembrokeshire council walk out in protest over unlawful payments made to its chief executive.

Chermoula: From North Africa To The White House To Your Table

NPR News - Fri, 2014-08-08 05:51

Guests at the U.S.-Africa Summit were served beef with a Moroccan spice blend. We asked food mavens Marcus Samuelsson and Paula Wolfert to share their recipes. So now you can dine like a diplomat!

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Russia arrests Ukrainian officers

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-08 05:50
Investigators in Russia announce the arrest of five Ukrainian army officers for alleged war crimes as fighting rages over the border in eastern Ukraine.

Dueling Afghan Presidential Candidates Agree To Resolve Election Dispute

NPR News - Fri, 2014-08-08 05:46

The two men, who agreed to cooperate on forming a new, national unity government, made the announcement after meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

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Search death decision family anger

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-08 05:37
The family of a man killed in a police search react with anger to the news no charges are to be brought against officers over his death.

Afghans sign unity government deal

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-08 05:35
Afghanistan's rival presidential candidates sign a deal to form a national unity government after weeks of feuding.

Making online education more like iTunes

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-08-08 05:30

As MIT sees it, education is a lot like the record business used to be: still producing albums, when  people would rather download songs one at a time.

To put it another way, instead of offering semester-long classes, professors need to start offering individual lessons and letting students pick which ones they want.

“The very notion of a ‘class’ may be outdated,” says a new report from an MIT task force on the future of the school. “Much like a playlist on iTunes, a student could pick and choose the elements of a calculus or a biology course offered across [MIT’s online platform] to meet his or her needs.”  

The report notes that 25 percent of professors and 40 percent of students believe classes could benefit from this “modular” approach.

MIT is not the only school thinking this way.  The University of Wisconsin began offering MOOCs this year that offer shorter, more narrowly focused segments.

Also recommended by the MIT task force:

  • Continue to expand online and blended-learning options.
  • Expand the school’s certification program for online courses.
  • Develop ways to use game-based learning in classes.
  • Attract a more diverse group of students to MOOCs– more than 70 percent are male.
  • Make the school more affordable.
  • Admit more students.


Ban for risky level crossing driver

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-08 04:58
A driver who sped across a south Wales rail crossing as the barriers closed is banned from driving for 12 months.

Weekly Wrap: Blame geopolitics

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-08-08 04:41

Felix Salmon of Fusion and Jo Ling Kent of Fox Business News talk with about geopolitics, economics and where the two shall meet. 

Pensioner had guns in his basement

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-08 04:38
A 76-year-old first offender who left guns "gathering dust" in his basement is warned he could face a five-year jail sentence.

VIDEO: Rio mayor promises great Olympics

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-08 04:36
With just two years to go, Julia Carneiro sat down with Mayor Eduardo Paes to discuss what impact the 2016 Olympic Games will have on the city.

6ft WW1 poppy stolen from roundabout

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-08 04:30
A giant commemorative poppy sculpture commemorating the beginning of World War One is stolen from a Berkshire roundabout.

Paragliders trapped in boat rigging

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-08 04:26
A south Wales father and son are left stuck in a boat's rigging while paragliding on holiday in northern Cyprus.

Iraq refugees need urgent help - UN

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-08 04:22
UN official says emergency aid drops by the US are helping refugees trapped by Islamist militants, but warns that more needs to be done.

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