National / International News

Queen to make state visit to France

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-03 03:57
The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh are to make a three-day state visit to France in June, says Buckingham Palace.

Al-Qaeda disavows ISIS in Syria

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-03 03:56
Al-Qaeda insists it has no links the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), which has been locked in deadly clashes with rebels in Syria.

Mum: No blame in missing Megan case

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-03 03:51
The mother of a missing student says it appears "no-one is to blame" for her daughter's disappearance.

Costa Rican 'outsider' leads in poll

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-03 03:31
Left-leaning candidate Luis Guillermo Solis has a narrow lead in Costa Rica's presidential election, which is now likely to go into a run-off.

VIDEO: 'Government so slow to react' to flooding

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-03 03:18
Fierce winds, torrential rain and a tidal surge have brought more misery to thousands and there is anger at a perceived lack of action from Whitehall.

Facebook launches Paper app

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-02-03 03:06

Today Facebook releases a new mobile application called Paper. It doesn't really look a lot like Mark Zuckerberg's crowded, blue social network. But, it is part of his empire, and it might help the company keep building engagement by not looking like ... Facebook.

Slate Tech blogger Will Oremus has been reporting on the app and joined us to tell us more.

"This is a really slick-looking app that Facebook just introduced today," says Oremus, "It's a new way to read Facebook, combined with a sort of news reader."

Paper should help filter out much of the distractions found on the main Facebook service: "It's trying to appeal to the people who want less of the random updates about their friends cats and babies, and maybe more of what their friends are talking about that's in the news or what's happening today that's in their area of interest," Oremus says.

With Paper, Facebook is showing that it recognizes that a portion of its userbase is becoming tired of its flagship social network, and the new app is just the latest alternative the company is offering to the original service.

"They've already got Instagram, and they've kept that as a separate entity," says Oremus, "They've built Facebook Messenger, and now they've got Paper, and Mark Zuckerberg on an earnings call that there will be more in store in the years to come."

And speaking of earnings, Facebook has been exceeding expectations recently, thanks to their ability to draw in advertisers and to get users to click those ads. The obvious implication for Paper is its potential as yet another advertising platform.

Turkey protest death police on trial

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-03 02:57
Eight men, including four policemen, go on trial in central Turkey over the death of a student in anti-government protests in June last year.

Mayweather fans to vote on next fight

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-03 02:55
Floyd Mayweather asks his fans to vote whether his next fight should be against Amir Khan or Marcos Maidana.

Stars pay tribute to actor Hoffman

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-03 02:51
Robert De Niro is among actors and filmmakers mourning the sudden death of Philip Seymour Hoffman, 46, who died after an apparent drug overdose.

Thorpe in rehab after police called

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-03 02:50
Five-time Olympic champion Ian Thorpe is treated for depression after being found behaving oddly by Australian police.

Pacific castaway wants to go home

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-03 02:47
A castaway who says he survived more than a year adrift in the Pacific, asks to be taken home after washing up in the Marshall Islands.

AUDIO: Female composers 'lack opportunity'

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-03 02:21
Jude Kelly and Debbie Wiseman discuss the absence of women at the top level in classical music.

People always say the same thing about tattoos

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-03 02:20
The curious case of the tattoo tales repeated again and again for more than a century.

VIDEO: Mine strike overshadows meeting

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-03 02:11
Africa's largest mining conference is being overshadowed by major strike action among South African miners.

S Africa political merger collapses

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-03 02:08
The merger of South Africa's main opposition party and anti-apartheid activist Mamphela Ramphele's party falls apart after just a week.

Gove warned not to rely on 'yes men'

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-03 02:06
Education Secretary Michael Gove is warned by a former Ofsted chief inspector to engage with critics and not surround himself only with "yes men".

Radcliffe targets one final marathon

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-03 02:00
Britain's Paula Radcliffe is targeting one final appearance at the London Marathon and could compete in 2015.

In pictures: Philip Seymour Hoffman

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-03 01:42
The late Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman.

Elderly breast cancer warning

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-03 01:17
One in three breast cancers are in women over the age of 70, warns Public Health England (PHE).

Fracking 'legal blockade' mounted

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-03 01:16
A group of landowners in the Sussex Downs National Park are mounting a "legal blockade" to fracking by writing to an energy firm to deny permission to drill.

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