National / International News

Militants Attack Iraq's Largest Oil Refinery As Sectarian Clashes Spread

NPR News - Wed, 2014-06-18 03:30

Iraq's government is using limited air attacks to strike back at the Sunni group known as ISIS, which now controls large areas of northern Iraq.

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Forty Indians abducted in Iraq

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-18 03:28
Indian authorities confirm that 40 of their citizens have been kidnapped in the violence-hit Iraqi city of Mosul.

Injured Wiggins out of Swiss race

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-18 03:11
Sir Bradley Wiggins is out of the Tour of Switzerland through injury, less than three weeks before the Tour de France.

Rate rise 'could hit Scots recovery'

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-18 03:02
Raising interest rates to counter booming London house prices could hit Scotland's economic recovery, according to an analysis.

PODCAST: Guardians of interest rates

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-06-18 03:00

In advance of the press conference coming out of the Federal Reserve's two-day meeting, a look at what to expect from Chair Janet Yellen. Plus, more on the debut of the amazon phone. Also, while some criticize the U.S. for not making anything anymore, several fabricators and makers head to Washington, D.C. as part of the 'maker movement.'

Meet New Jersey’s tobacco bonds

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-06-18 03:00

And now for a fairy tale about tobacco bonds: once upon a time, it seemed like the clouds had opened up and rained money on many states when the great tobacco company settlement of 1998 was struck.

But like many a lottery jackpot, the $206 billion promised  would only get paid out slowly, over time. Impatient and cash-strapped states then figured out ways to get the money quicker by authorizing special bonds. Investors would lend the states their money, knowing they'd get paid back later when the tobacco settlement money trickled in, plus interest. 

Yet in some places -- New Jersey, for example -- some of those bonds ran into trouble and the investors who bought them weren’t so happy. Although state officials are under no obligation to fix the problem, they are proud of their solution.

But Fortune magazine senior editor-at-large Allan Sloan is not proud of his home state’s solution

Click the audio player above to hear Allan Sloan in conversation with Marketplace Morning Report host David Brancaccio

VIDEO: Food price drop 'sharpest in a decade'

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-18 02:54
Dominic Laurie reports from Bury Market, following ONS figures showing food and non-alcoholic beverages fell by 0.6% year-on-year in May, the sharpest fall in a decade.

VIDEO: 'Noisy wards' could affect recovery

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-18 02:46
Noisy hospital wards could be affecting the recovery times of patients. Jenny Hill finds out how one hospital is ensuring patients get a good night's sleep.

Singer Dappy 'slapped man at club'

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-18 02:44
Former N-Dubz singer Dappy goes on trial accused of slapping a member of the public outside an Essex nightclub.

Murray seeded third for Wimbledon

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-18 02:42
Defending champion Andy Murray will be third seed at Wimbledon, with Novak Djokovic the top seed and Rafael Nadal seeded second.

Murderer loses evidence retest bid

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-18 02:40
A man serving life in prison for murdering his ex-girlfriend loses his fight to have forensic exhibits retested.

Twitter unblocks 'blasphemy' tweets

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-18 02:38
Twitter restores access to tweets that mock Islam and the Prophet Muhammad in Pakistan after previously agreeing to block them.

Nigeria blast hits World Cup viewers

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-18 02:38
A suicide bomber killed at least 21 people in northern Nigeria's Yobe state as they were watching a World Cup match, a hospital source tells the BBC.

Body found on Nairobi airport runway

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-18 02:25
Air traffic at Kenya's main international airport was temporarily suspended after a body was found on the runway.

VIDEO: Dagenham women take centre stage

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-18 02:23
The story of the female machinists' fight for equal rights at Ford's Dagenham plant will soon be subject of a West End musical.

Did Carney jump gun on rate rise?

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-18 02:15
Did Carney jump gun on rate rise?

VIDEO: Indonesians missing after boat sinks

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-18 02:08
A boat carrying 97 Indonesians has sunk off Malaysia, with at least 61 people missing, Malaysian authorities say.

Father guilty of killer's kidnap

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-18 02:05
A court in Paris gives Frenchman Andre Bamberski a one-year suspended jail sentence for ordering the kidnapping of his daughter's killer.

Ghana reject report of player revolt

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-18 02:05
Ghana's Football Association dismisses a report by a Ghanaian radio station of unrest in the squad at the World Cup.

With Iraq back again, are we just hearing re-runs?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-06-18 02:00

We did something the other day that I don’t actually think we’ve ever done before. Not on purpose, anyway. 

We re-ran an interview from the archives: Donald Rumsfeld, from a year or so ago, when he had a new book out that he was pushing.

We try real hard not to repeat ourselves. Real hard. Even if it’s the zillionth story on… I dunno…unemployment or something, we’re gonna try to find a fresh angle and tell you something new. 

But as we were putting the show together this past Friday, it dawned on me that we had an interview with one of the key people on what the United States did in Iraq a decade ago and it was just sitting there waiting to be heard.  Okay, re-heard, but you get my meaning. And with what's been happening over there the past couple of weeks, I figured airing it again would be a better service to our listeners than almost anything else we could do.

So we did.

Now, you could argue that an interview about Iraq has no business being on Marketplace. Or that I was rude and disrespectful to a former secretary of defense. Or that he's an unrepentant neo-conservative who should be in jail. All of those things – and more – were said about that interview (in the 100+ comments on our site and the hundreds of shares and links on Twitter and Facebook). Fine. 

And yes, I completely get and agree with the point Jim Fallows makes --  that those who led us into Iraq, or counseled in favor of war, should do the decent thing and stay quiet right now (he also, recommends those who should be listened to right now).

But when you have the opportunity to ask pointed question, as I did with Rumsfeld, and as Erin Burnett did with Paul Bremmer Monday night on CNN, then I think the obligation is to do exactly that and let people make up their own minds.

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