National / International News

VIDEO: The house that is heated by sea water

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-21 21:01
The National Trust is unveiling a new project on Thursday to suck heat from the sea to warm one of its historic homes in North Wales.

Russian 'fury' at Charles, and eBay security - front pages

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-21 21:00
Growing Russian anger at Prince Charles's comments about Vladimir Putin, and concerns about a hacking attack on online auction site eBay are among the stories on Thursday's front pages.

Sea's heat to warm historic house

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-21 20:49
One of the finest old mansions in Wales is making history with a new technology that sucks heat from sea water.

VIDEO: Dozens charged in US child porn raid

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-21 20:28
Special Agent in Charge James Hayes says a police officer, a rabbi and a nurse are among more than 70 people arrested in the US for allegedly sharing child pornography online.

One of two absconded prisoners found

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-21 19:52
One of two men who absconded from an open prison in Cheshire is found, police say.

More Thai talks amid martial law

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-21 19:49
Parties on both sides of Thailand's political divide are to meet for a second day of talks, as martial law continues in the protest-hit nation.

What China gets from the $400 billion Russian gas deal

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-05-21 18:04
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 - 21:00 ALEXEY DRUZHININ/AFP/Getty Images

Russia's President Vladimir Putin (L) applauds during an agreement signing ceremony in Shanghai on May 21, 2014, with Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller (C) and Chinese state energy giant CNPC Chairman Zhou Jiping (R) attending the ceremony. China and Russia signed today a monumental, multi-decade gas supply contract in Shanghai, CNPC said, with reports saying it could be worth as much as $400 billion.

In Shanghai Wednesday, China signed an historic deal with Russia's Gazprom, securing a 30-year natural gas supply for the country. Russia and China have been in discussions over building a pipeline to deliver gas from Siberia to China for more than a decade.

This was the perfect time for China to be at the bargaining table with Russia's Gazprom because of the ongoing unrest in the Ukraine. Russia's government is becoming increasingly nervous about its reliance on selling natural gas to Western Europe and the constant threat of isolation from the West. For Russia, this deal means a more diversified customer bas for its enormous gas supply. For China, the deal means 38 billion cubic meters of natural gas a year starting in 2018 – equal to a quarter of what China currently consumes each year –will be purchased to the tune of nearly $400 billion.

The deal reveals a future where Russia and China are much closer economic partners than they've been in the past.

China is buying so much natural gas through this deal that it could help Beijing in its efforts to clean up China's environment. Much of the air pollution in China is due to burning coal. Natural gas is cleaner burning, and it's likely Russian gas will be replacing some of China's dirtiest coal-fired power plants.

China relies more and more on a diverse array of foreign countries for its energy, and the fact this is a 30-year deal will allow China's government to rest a little easier at night.

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What China gets from the $400 billion Russian gas deal

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-05-21 18:00

In Shanghai Wednesday, China signed an historic deal with Russia's Gazprom, securing a 30-year natural gas supply for the country. Russia and China have been in discussions over building a pipeline to deliver gas from Siberia to China for more than a decade.

This was the perfect time for China to be at the bargaining table with Russia's Gazprom because of the ongoing unrest in the Ukraine. Russia's government is becoming increasingly nervous about its reliance on selling natural gas to Western Europe and the constant threat of isolation from the West. For Russia, this deal means a more diversified customer bas for its enormous gas supply. For China, the deal means 38 billion cubic meters of natural gas a year starting in 2018 – equal to a quarter of what China currently consumes each year –will be purchased to the tune of nearly $400 billion.

The deal reveals a future where Russia and China are much closer economic partners than they've been in the past.

China is buying so much natural gas through this deal that it could help Beijing in its efforts to clean up China's environment. Much of the air pollution in China is due to burning coal. Natural gas is cleaner burning, and it's likely Russian gas will be replacing some of China's dirtiest coal-fired power plants.

China relies more and more on a diverse array of foreign countries for its energy, and the fact this is a 30-year deal will allow China's government to rest a little easier at night.

Loneliness: Beating the curse of old age

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-21 17:58
The scheme that aims to bring comfort to the lonely

Furore over 'sexist' opera critics

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-21 17:52
Stars of the opera world react angrily to a series of reviews criticising the weight of Glyndebourne singer Tara Erraught.

VIDEO: Matadors gored at Madrid festival

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-21 17:40
A major event in Madrid's bullfighting season has been cancelled after all three matadors were gored by bulls.

Tuareg rebels 'defeat Mali army'

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-21 17:38
Tuareg rebels in Mali say they have defeated government forces in heavy fighting for control of the key northern town of Kidal.

TV drama revisits 'optimism' of 1996

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-21 17:19
If the 2008 crash was the end of an era, was 1996 the start?

One month's domestic violence death toll

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-21 17:06
Eight people who died because of domestic violence

VIDEO: Artist's paintings to go on display

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-21 16:56
Hundreds of sketches, paintings and letters belonging to the 18th Century painter Joseph Wright are to go on public display for the first time.

Forest carbon loss 'underestimated'

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-21 16:54
The amount of carbon lost from tropical forests through degradation is being significantly underestimated according to a new study.

Hospital superbug 'shared with pets'

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-21 16:35
Pets can harbour the hospital superbug MRSA and share it with their owners, but health risks are very low, research suggests.

VIDEO: Scans unlock secrets of 'first bird'

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-21 16:25
A new 3D X-ray fossil-scanning technique has produced the clearest images yet of Archaeopteryx, often described as "the first bird".

X-rays shine light on mystery 'bird'

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-21 16:25
A new 3D fossil-scanning technique inspired by Leonardo Da Vinci’s camera obscura has produced the clearest images yet of Archaeopteryx, “the first bird”.

Dozens charged in US child porn raid

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-21 16:10
A police officer, rabbi and a nurse were among more than 70 people arrested by US law enforcement for sharing child pornography through the internet.
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