National / International News

Hester named new RSA Insurance boss

BBC - Tue, 2014-02-04 09:12
Stephen Hester, the former boss of Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), has been appointed as the new chief executive of troubled insurance firm RSA.

The Novelist: A Story-Driven Game Of Impossible Choices

NPR News - Tue, 2014-02-04 09:10

The fictional Dan Kaplan is struggling to finish a high-stakes book while balancing the needs of his wife and son. You pull the strings in this family drama by scouring the Kaplans' thoughts and memories. The emotion-driven story is compelling, but is a game about real-life problems actually fun?

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Marketplace Rules Could Hurt Assistance Programs For Costly Drugs

NPR News - Tue, 2014-02-04 09:07

Drugmakers have been criticized for cost-sharing assistance programs that encourage patients to use brand-name drugs instead of cheaper, generic alternatives. The federal government has frowned on the help, but there are expensive medicines for cancer and rheumatoid arthritis that don't have generic equivalents.

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U.S. Borrowing Is Less Of An Economic Worry, At Least For Now

NPR News - Tue, 2014-02-04 09:05

The Congressional Budget Office says the federal budget deficit in fiscal 2014 will shrink to $514 billion — far less than it was at the height of the Great Recession. While the short-term outlook is a bit brighter, the CBO says there's still plenty to worry about in the long term.

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VIDEO: Rural roads may have to close

BBC - Tue, 2014-02-04 09:03
Cornwall Council warns finances are so squeezed they may have to stop maintaining some of their rural roads.

Charlie Chaplin novella published

BBC - Tue, 2014-02-04 09:02
The only known book by Charlie Chaplin, a novella that formed the basis of his 1952 film Limelight, is published 66 years after it was written.

Syria 'to ship chemicals by March'

BBC - Tue, 2014-02-04 08:48
Russia says Syria should ship all its chemical weapons abroad by March, and that the government will attend the next round of peace talks in Geneva.

Support call after rape claim death

BBC - Tue, 2014-02-04 08:41
An urgent review is needed of how victims and witnesses are treated in sex abuse cases, says Greater Manchester's police and crime commissioner.

France opens landmark Rwanda trial

BBC - Tue, 2014-02-04 08:40
Former Rwandan intelligence chief Pascal Simbikangwa goes on trial in Paris on charges related to the 1994 Rwandan genocide in a landmark case.

VIDEO: House of Commons

BBC - Tue, 2014-02-04 08:40
The government wins support for its revised definition of a miscarriage of justice.

Accuser's Video Leads To Sexual Assault Charges For Teacher

NPR News - Tue, 2014-02-04 08:40

After a young California woman posted video of the phone call she made to a former teacher who she says sexually abused her, the clip went viral. Then another alleged victim stepped forward. Now the woman who has been accused faces 16 charges and possibly life in prison if convicted.

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Fuel firms 'ripping off' cash payers

BBC - Tue, 2014-02-04 08:35
Energy companies are being accused of "ripping off" consumers who do not pay their bills by direct debit.

Cape Verde lose their appeal to Cas

BBC - Tue, 2014-02-04 08:35
Cape Verde lose their appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport over their disqualification from World Cup qualifying.

AUDIO: Shearsmith in a League of his own

BBC - Tue, 2014-02-04 08:27
Reece Shearsmith joins Front Row's Mark Lawson to talk about the art of writing dark comedy and a possible reunion for The League of Gentlemen

Man in court over Glasgow shooting

BBC - Tue, 2014-02-04 08:25
A man appears in court charged with attempted murder following an alleged shooting in Glasgow last month.

The allure of searching for hidden 3D images

BBC - Tue, 2014-02-04 08:17
A music video has revived the genre of the autostereogram, better known under the trademark Magic Eye. Could this most 1990s of optical illusions make a comeback, asks Jon Kelly.

Woman denies bullying 'rape' soldier

BBC - Tue, 2014-02-04 08:13
The girlfriend of a soldier accused of raping a Royal Military Police officer found hanged two years later denies bullying her, an inquest hears.

Medieval coin hoard found in field

BBC - Tue, 2014-02-04 08:09
Two men using metal detectors uncover what is believed to be the biggest collection of medieval silver coins ever found in Scotland.

Georgia in Sochi warning to Russia

BBC - Tue, 2014-02-04 08:07
Georgia warns it will act if Russia moves to bolster the independence claims of two breakaway Georgian regions at the Winter Olympics.

Chinese Red Guards Apologize, Reopening A Dark Chapter

NPR News - Tue, 2014-02-04 08:04

During China's Cultural Revolution, communist youth known as Red Guards persecuted, tortured and killed millions of Chinese — so-called enemies of the Communist Party. Now some Red Guards are apologizing publicly in rare examples of open discussion of the party's historic mistakes.

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