National / International News

VIDEO: Learning maths the Chinese way

BBC - Fri, 2014-11-21 02:59
Around 60 Chinese maths teachers come to Britain, to try to pass on some of the techniques which have helped Chinese pupils come top of global league tables.

A blacker fiscal hole?

BBC - Fri, 2014-11-21 02:59
Ten days before the Autumn Statement, the government still looks set to overshoot its borrowing target for the year, even though October's deficit is slightly lower than year earlier.

Warnings on 'complex' Android virus

BBC - Fri, 2014-11-21 02:59
Hundreds of thousands of Android phones have been infected with malware that uses handsets to send spam and buy event tickets in bulk.

Moeen hits 21-ball 50 in England win

BBC - Fri, 2014-11-21 02:57
Moeen Ali hits a rapid fifty and takes three wickets as England win their opening warm-up game against Sri Lanka A.

Wigan fine Flower for Hohaia punch

BBC - Fri, 2014-11-21 02:57
Ben Flower is found guilty of gross misconduct by Wigan following his dismissal for punching in the 2014 Super League Grand Final.

Mali doctor dies from Ebola virus

BBC - Fri, 2014-11-21 02:55
A doctor has died in Mali after treating a patient who sparked a second wave of the deadly Ebola virus in the country.

AUDIO: School fails inspection on Islamic society

BBC - Fri, 2014-11-21 02:45
A Church of England school previously graded outstanding is expected to be put into special measures over concerns about a sixth-form Islamic society.

Biden in Ukraine as tensions rise

BBC - Fri, 2014-11-21 02:40
US Vice President Joe Biden meets senior Ukrainian leaders in Kiev amid warnings from Russia against arms supplies to the government.

U.S. Transfers 5 Guantanamo Detainees To Georgia, Slovakia

NPR News - Fri, 2014-11-21 02:36

Four of them become the first Yemeni detainees to be transferred since 2010. There are still 143 men at the American prison in Guantanamo.

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VIDEO: YouTube builds studios for internet stars

BBC - Fri, 2014-11-21 02:27
YouTube is investing millions of dollars to set up professional studios which are free to use for anyone who has at least five thousand subscribers.

Ladybird drops 'boys and girls' books

BBC - Fri, 2014-11-21 02:27
One of the leading children's publishers, famed for its classic Peter and Jane reading scheme, is to drop gender branding from its books.

Arsenal tried to sign Messi - Wenger

BBC - Fri, 2014-11-21 02:22
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger confirms that he tried to sign Lionel Messi from Barcelona alongside Cesc Fabregas.

£30K policing bill for boxing match

BBC - Fri, 2014-11-21 02:14
More than £30,000 was paid out of the public purse towards the cost of policing a world title fight in Belfast earlier this year, the Police Service of Northern Ireland confirms.

VIDEO: Fire engulfs factory in Sydney

BBC - Fri, 2014-11-21 02:04
A large fire engulfed a factory in western Sydney, Australia, forcing some residents to move from the area.

AUDIO: Mark Thomas on 'police snooping'

BBC - Fri, 2014-11-21 02:00
Comedian and writer Mark Thomas is among six journalists taking legal action because they believe the Metropolitan Police is monitoring them and keeping information on a database that deals with extremists.

Cutting interest rates on student debt

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-11-21 02:00

Wells Fargo has launched a loan modification program for student loan customers who are delinquent on their loans or facing a new financial hardship.

The bank’s John Rasmussen estimates, 600 to 1,000 borrowers will qualify to have their interest rates cut by the end of 2015. He says the company wants to have long-term relationships with its customers.

Kevin Jacques, a professor at Baldwin Wallace University, says the program makes financial sense, too, since it may mean borrowers will continue to make payments instead of defaulting. 

For more on this story, click the media player above.

Inflating art ... No, not Koons' balloon animals

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-11-21 02:00

In honor of Marketplace's 25th anniversary, we're looking at some of the surprising ways prices have changed over the last quarter century.

Today, we're looking at art. Specifically, the prices of art considered so fine it's worth millions. 

Blake Gopnik is critic-at-large for Artnet News, and a contributor to the New York Times. He joined us to talk about thinking of art as an investment, and how some works have seen their value jump by 700 percent in 25 years.

Click the media player above to hear Blake Gopnik in conversation with Marketplace Morning Report host David Brancaccio.

For troubled Detroit, could immigration help?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-11-21 02:00

On Thursday evening, President Barack Obama announced a plan to use his executive authority to roll out major reforms to the nation’s immigration policy.

Among other things, the action offers temporary legal status to some 5 millions illegal immigrants, along with an indefinite reprieve from deportation.

In the Midwest, immigrants have been sought after as a way to sustain metro economies winnowed by decades of out-migration.

Earlier this year, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder and Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan sent a letter to President Obama to earmark 50,000 visas for workers agreeing to live in Detroit.

Immigration is viewed as one of the few tools available to bring Detroit’s economy back from the brink.

“Immigrants, including those who don’t have a formal education, can really be important to the labor force and to sustaining and revitalizing Detroit neighborhoods,” says Steve Tobocman, Director of Global Detroit, and economic development non-profit.

Tobocman says immigration reform could help reverse the trends of population loss and a rapidly aging workforce. Other outcomes would directly affect future workers.

“It could have a huge impact is on kids,” says Sherrie Kossoudji, an economist at the University Of Michigan School Of Social Work.

“One of the things some of us have always argued is that immigration reform could be on the biggest anti-poverty programs we’ve ever had.”

Kossoudji says granting legal status has been show to increase wages by 6 percent, creating all kinds of spillover benefits for families, consumer spending and tax revenue.



Silicon Tally: Tweetin' Turkey

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-11-21 02:00

It's time for Silicon Tally! How well have you kept up with the week in tech news?

This week, we're joined by Marty Van Ness, supervisor of the Butterball Turkey Talk-Line, for a food-themed Silicon Tally.

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Hamilton sets pace at title decider

BBC - Fri, 2014-11-21 01:59
Lewis Hamilton is fastest ahead of Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg in first practice at the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.