National / International News

Israeli spy agency veterans protest

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-12 07:25
Dozens of veterans of an elite Israeli military intelligence unit say in a letter that they will no longer serve in operations against Palestinians.

New evidence against dead paedophile

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-12 07:23
Detectives investigating historical abuse at north Wales children's homes say a paedophile head teacher who died in prison would have faced fresh charges.

'Metal shards' hold MH17 crash clue

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-12 07:18
The investigation into the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 searches for clues in 25 pieces of metal recovered from bodies and debris.

VIDEO: House of Commons

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-12 06:49
Tory MP John Baron asks an urgent question on the government's response to Islamic State.

Week in pictures: 6-12 September 2014

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-12 06:49
Some of the best news photos from around the world

The numbers for September 12, 2014

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-09-12 06:45

Oscar Pistorius could face 15 years behind bars following his conviction for culpable homicide in the death of his girlfriend last year. It's equivalent to a manslaughter conviction, The New York Times reported, ruling that Pistorius was negligent when he shot Reeva Steenkamp through a bathroom door. He was acquitted of a murder charge Thursday. Pistorius won't be sentenced until next month.

Here are some other stories we're reading — and numbers we're watching — Friday morning.


 The price of Brent crude oil in London on Thursday. Foreign Policy reports oil prices are at their lowest point in the past year and falling, despite numerous crises tearing through the Middle East.


 The number of people sharing "Game of Thrones" via BitTorrent during one sample week earlier this year, making "Thrones" the most pirated TV show of that week by far. This number is relevant again Friday amid reports from Quartz and others that HBO could offer its streaming service, HBO Go, to customers separate from cable packages. 

$9 million

How much Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen is donating to U.S. efforts to combat the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, Reuters reported. The donation will be made through Allen's foundation, which already committed $2.8 million last month. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation also promised to give $50 million to U.N. efforts this week.


Because it's Friday: That's the age of Fortune contributor Sabrina Lane. Sabrina has written an open letter to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, pleading with him to not change "Minecraft" — her favorite game — after Microsoft buys its maker.

In pictures: Oscar Pistorius verdict

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-12 06:28
Pictures from the verdict

VIDEO: Theatre climbs high for farm show

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-12 06:09
An unusual theatrical performance is underway on the slopes of Snowdon, where the audience is invited on a 6km hike to see the work of sheep farmers interpreted in music, poetry and dance.

Pistorius could compete at Rio 2016

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-12 05:55
Oscar Pistorius will be allowed to compete at the 2016 Paralympic Games if he is not in jail, the IPC reveals.

How will Falcao fit in at Man Utd?

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-12 05:08
Football pundits and journalists give their suggestions on how new striker Radamel Falcao will fit into the Man Utd team.

Ian Paisley: From Dr No to Dr Yes

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-12 05:07
Ian Paisley: From Dr No to Dr Yes

VIDEO: Oscar Pistorius 'a free man for now'

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-12 04:59
South African athlete Oscar Pistorius has been found guilty of culpable homicide after the judge found he killed his girlfriend by mistake but has remained on bail.

Gillespie praises 'ruthless' Tykes

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-12 04:59
Yorkshire coach Jason Gillespie hails his side as worthy winners of the County Championship title.

VIDEO: English Democrats: The SNP for England?

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-12 03:40
English Democrats chairman Robin Tilbrook is asked if his party is the closest thing to an English SNP.

Day in pictures: 12 September

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-12 03:40
News images from around the world: 12 September

Mauritania adopts Western weekend

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-12 03:22
Mauritania adopts a Saturday-Sunday weekend to make the most of the European business week.

Cuba to send doctors to Ebola areas

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-12 03:03
Cuban health officials say they are deploying 165 health workers to help tackle the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

PODCAST: Walmart's new wardrobe

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-09-12 03:00

Almost two years after Superstorm Sandy hit the East Coast, killing 72 people and causing $50 billion in damage, thousands of people may be asked to return some or all of the money they received from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, FEMA. And Walmart is putting in a new dress code for its employees, but they're not calling it a uniform. And that can create hardships for employees expected to pay for their new clothing. Plus, as Marketplace celebrates its 25th birthday this year, we are looking at the weird, delightful and destructive ways that prices have changed during that quarter century. But before our series gets to those, let's get a snapshot on what inflation is, exactly. 

AUDIO: Discovery sheds light on chromosomes

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-12 02:37
A discovery about how egg and sperm cells are formed has shed new light on how genes are passed to the next generation.

Progress for giant laser instrument

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-12 02:07
The Advanced Ligo instrument, a laser "ruler" built to measure the traces of gravitational waves, is progressing at amazing speed, scientists say.