National / International News

Education department accounts warning

BBC - Wed, 2015-01-21 05:30
The National Audit Office issues an "adverse opinion" on the accounts of the Department for Education, saying they are "not true and fair".

Google's Stake In SpaceX Puts It Closer To Goal Of Internet Access For All

NPR News - Wed, 2015-01-21 05:17

Elon Musk's SpaceX received a $1 billion investment from Google and Fidelity, which now own slightly less than 10 percent of the firm. SpaceX is currently valued at $10 billion.

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Feeling Gloomy? Maybe Things On Earth Aren't As Bad As You Think

NPR News - Wed, 2015-01-21 05:06

That's the view of Michael Elliott, head of Bono's anti-poverty group One and a delegate to Davos, where leaders and activists are gathering this week to hash out solutions to the world's ills.

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VIDEO: Snow falls across England and Wales

BBC - Wed, 2015-01-21 05:05
Snow has been falling across the midlands and the north of England, as well as north Wales.

Shanghai Fires 4 Officials Over Fatal New Year's Eve Stampede

NPR News - Wed, 2015-01-21 04:59

Investigators said the officials were off enjoying a banquet at an opulent Japanese restaurant during the stampede along the city's waterfront that killed three dozen people and injured 49 others.

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Federer wins despite finger problem

BBC - Wed, 2015-01-21 04:53
Roger Federer recovers from a mystery hand problem and the loss of the first set to beat Simone Bolelli at the Australian Open.

Laser-etched metal 'bounces' water

BBC - Wed, 2015-01-21 04:53
By etching grooves into metal with high-powered lasers, physicists create a surface that repels water to the extent that droplets bounce away.

Cameroon 'frees German hostage'

BBC - Wed, 2015-01-21 04:52
Cameroon says its military has freed a German hostage kidnapped in Nigeria by the Islamist militant group Boko Haram.

Campbell considered ending career

BBC - Wed, 2015-01-21 04:47
DJ Campbell says he thought about retiring and reveals his family were verbally abused as he fought spot-fixing claims.

Sri Lankan ex-general given amnesty

BBC - Wed, 2015-01-21 04:40
Leading Sri Lankan opposition figure Sarath Fonseka is acquitted of all charges filed against him by the former government of Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Palestinian Stabs At Least 11 Israelis Aboard Tel Aviv Bus

NPR News - Wed, 2015-01-21 04:16

Three of those stabbed were seriously wounded. The gunman was shot in the leg while trying to escape. No group has yet claimed responsibility for the incident, which Israel is calling a terrorist act.

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VIDEO: Young songwriter's plea for a job

BBC - Wed, 2015-01-21 04:05
After dropping out of university, budding 23-year-old musician Sherika Sherard was out of work for eight months, so wrote a song about it.

Weir named in GB marathon team

BBC - Wed, 2015-01-21 04:01
Paralympic champion David Weir heads a six-strong GB team for the April's IPC World Championship marathon in London.

A lucky chancellor

BBC - Wed, 2015-01-21 04:01
Inflation and expectations of interest rate rises are shrinking at the perfect time for the government.

NI water industrial action suspended

BBC - Wed, 2015-01-21 04:00
The industrial dispute at NI Water has been suspended and unions are recommending the latest offer to their members.

SNP to vote on English health laws

BBC - Wed, 2015-01-21 04:00
The leader of the SNP tells the BBC that her MPs will vote on English health matters if it helps to protect the NHS in Scotland.

Are machine-written signatures binding?

BBC - Wed, 2015-01-21 03:58
TV chef Gordon Ramsey has lost a court case hinging on the use of a "ghostwriter" machine. But what is it?

Day in pictures: 21 January 2015

BBC - Wed, 2015-01-21 03:55
Images from around the world: 21 January

Protests after Turkey police jailed

BBC - Wed, 2015-01-21 03:54
The sentencing of two Turkish police officers over the death of a demonstrator in 2013 has provoked protests in Kayseri province.

VIDEO: Bahrain jails activist over tweets

BBC - Wed, 2015-01-21 03:54
A prominent democracy campaigner in Bahrain has been sentenced to six months in jail, for insulting the government on Twitter.