National / International News

Ukraine's President Announces Plan For Unilateral Cease-Fire

NPR News - Wed, 2014-06-18 04:25

The break in action is to give armed separatists time to lay down their weapons, President Petro Poroshenko says.

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Lib Dems 'could back EU referendum'

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-18 04:23
Senior Lib Dems are urging Nick Clegg to back a referendum on Britain's EU membership, a source confirms to the BBC.

VIDEO: Tapsell calls for Blair Iraq impeachment

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-18 04:21
Sir Peter Tapsell calls for the impeachment of Tony Blair for allegedly misleading MPs over the 2003 Iraq invasion.

Ex-Sussex player Arif banned for life

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-18 04:08
Former Sussex and Pakistan A seamer Naved Arif is banned for life by the ECB for a breach of its anti-corruption code.

VIDEO: Video 'shows militants near refinery'

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-18 04:01
Amateur video has emerged which purports to show ISIS fighters near the Baiji oil refinery in Iraq.

Amazon likely to unveil new smart phone

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-06-18 04:00

The online retailing giant Amazon is expected to unveil a smart phone at a media event in Seattle today, with tech observers buzzing over the anticipated bells-and-whistles-like 3D features.

But many think the phone will largely function as a handheld shopping cart that you can then fill with more of Amazon's stuff.

“They want you to interact with them five, ten times a day, and the mobile phone is a great way to ensure that Amazon is there whenever you might need something,” says James McQuivey, a media analyst with Forrester Research.

McQuivey says an Amazon phone might also include a built-in payment system that could be used with any retailer.

Colin Gillis, senior technology analyst with the brokerage firm BGC Financial, thinks the phone might well be free. Same goes for the data if you're, say, downloading music from Amazon.

“It's the classic razor and blades. You can have the razor for free as long as you keep buying blades from us,” Gillis says.

Even so, Gillis thinks a smart phone won't bust Amazon out of its low profit margins.

Uruguay will see Baines at his best - Phil Neville

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-18 03:56
BBC pundit Phil Neville says England will keep attacking against Uruguay - and that will suit Leighton Baines’ buccaneering style.

McIlroy opts for Ireland at Olympics

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-18 03:53
Rory McIlroy announces he intends to play for Ireland and not Great Britain at the Olympics in Rio in 2016.

Judge 'did not back paedophile group'

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-18 03:46
Top judge Lord Justice Fulford did not back a paedophile rights campaign, a judicial investigation finds.

VIDEO: In 90 seconds: Who are ISIS?

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-18 03:42
As militant group ISIS take control of Iraq's biggest oil refinery, the BBC explains who the group are and what they represent.

How will Premier League season unfold?

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-18 03:41
Tricky start? Nightmare run-in? Following the release of the Premier League fixtures, find out what your team faces next season.

Day in pictures: 18 June 2014

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-18 03:39
24 hrs of news photos: 18 June 2014

The ‘Maker Movement’ heads to Washington

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-06-18 03:30

Some say that America is becoming a country of paper-pushers; that we aren’t actually making much real stuff anymore. But grassroots designers and fabricators are looking to change that perception. Today these so-called makers are gathering at the White House for a kind of trade fair to promote their businesses and their movement.

Jules Pieri, CEO of The Grommet, who helped shape the event, joins Marketplace Morning Report host David Brancaccio to discuss.

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

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.

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