National / International News

VIDEO: Woman dead in garden 'beheading'

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-04 07:45
A woman is found dead after a suspected beheading in the garden of a north London house.

France faces huge bill over warship

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-04 07:30
France stands to lose at least 1bn euros (£800m) after suspending delivery of a Mistral naval assault ship to Russia, officials say.

VIDEO: Testing out Lumia's flash trick

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-04 07:26
BBC technology reporter Dave Lee tests out the new flash function on Microsoft's Lumia smartphones, aimed at improving pictures taken in low light.

We must learn from India - Moeen

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-04 07:19
All-rounder Moeen Ali says England must learn from India's style of play to help turn around their dismal one-day form.

ECB cuts rates and launches stimulus

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-04 07:16
The European Central Bank lowers its benchmark interest rate to 0.05% as it looks to kick-start the flagging eurozone economy.

As fast-food workers strike, unions get redefined

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-09-04 07:00

Fast-food workers in more than 100 cities plan to walk off the job Thursday. The goal is a higher wage: $15 an hour. The Service Employees International Union, the SEIU, is backing the workers.

“They are not giving up until they are heard, and $15 and a union becomes a standard of practice in all fast-food restaurants in the United States,” says Mary Kay Henry, the union’s president. Corporations argue that would be bad for business.

The SEIU has spent millions of dollars getting the word out, but it has also asked home-care workers, a group it recently unionized, to strike in solidarity with the fast-food workers.

“I think it is part of the redefinition of what a union really is and how unions operate,” says Thomas Kochan, a professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

According to Ruth Milkman, a sociologist at The Graduate Center, CUNY, this push for a higher minimum wage is part of “a comprehensive campaign with lots of different pieces” born out of necessity.

“The traditional approach to unionization that SEIU and other unions have used isn’t really working too well these days, and they recognize that, and they are interested in experimenting with new approaches and new methods,” she says, noting that less than 7 percent of private-sector employees are unionized.

The real question, argues Harry Holzer, a labor economist at Georgetown University, is: “Is there really pressure on employers to raise wages?” Sure, a daylong strike affects the bottom line, but, he points out, that is nothing compared to what it would cost them to raise wages and offer better benefits.

European Central Bank cuts interest rates

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-09-04 07:00

Very few were predicting the European Central Bank would cut interest rates today, but cut they did. The benchmark rate went from a super-low 0.15 percent to just 0.05 percent. 

Brenda Kelly, Chief Market Strategist at London-based IG Group, joined us to offer some context on the surprising move.

Click the media player above to hear Brenda Kelly in conversation with Marketplace Morning Report host David Brancaccio.

VIDEO: Teens run riot at US detention centre

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-04 06:35
Six teenagers are still being sought by Police in Tennessee after they escaped from a juvenile detention centre.

Al-Qaeda's battle of jihadi brands

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-04 06:34
Why India move makes al-Qaeda look desperate

VIDEO: House of Commons

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-04 06:15
MPs call for a ban on the sale of puppies and kittens in pet shops.

VIDEO: Migrants scale Calais security fence

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-04 06:06
Mayor of Calais Natacha Bouchart has said that her city was being "taken hostage" by more than 1,000 migrants attempting to cross the English Channel from France.

Dinosaur titan's big bone haul

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-04 05:18
Fossils unearthed in Argentina represent the most complete giant sauropod dinosaur ever discovered.

Day in pictures: 4 September 2014

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-04 04:11
News images from around the world: 4 September

VIDEO: 'Today we met the president'

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-04 03:55
Two pupils at Mount Pleasant Primary school in Newport were picked to read a welcome to President Barack Obama when he visited with Prime Minister David Cameron before the Nato summit started.

VIDEO: Mother of five stabbed to death

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-04 03:44
Hampshire Police have named a woman found stabbed to death in the New Forest as 47-year-old mother of five Penelope Anne Davis.

Your pictures: Summer

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-04 03:35
Readers' photos on the theme of "summer"

Caption Challenge: Red alert

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-04 03:29
It's the Caption Challenge. Oh yes it is.

'Bodies littering' Nigerian town

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-04 03:19
Bodies remain littered on the streets of a northern Nigerian town two days after it was seized by militant Islamists, a lawmaker tells the BBC.

Five tips for solving your own crimes

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-04 03:15
Lack of resources means police are telling people to investigate their own crimes.

Stolen nudes prompt changes at 4Chan

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-04 03:08
The image-sharing site at the centre of the celebrity image leaking scandal has vowed to comply with US laws and actively remove stolen pictures.