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VIDEO: Deadly gun battle on Mariupol streets

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-09 07:21
At least 20 pro-Russian protesters have been killed in violence in the south of Ukraine, the country's Interior Minister has said.

'Killer robots' to be debated at UN

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-09 07:19
The use of killer robots will be debated for the first time at the United Nations Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons.

Nigeria schoolgirl abductions: Five questions

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-09 07:14
... And four other questions about Nigeria's abducted schoolgirls

Syria troops move into Homs Old City

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-09 07:11
Syrian government troops move into previously rebel-held areas of Homs - once a hub of the revolution - after the evacuation of rebel forces.

Friday's gossip column

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-09 07:09
Barcelona rival Arsenal for Martinez, Liverpool make bid for Lallana, Inter want Torres and Cole wanted by Monaco.

National's outdoor venue sheds name

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-09 07:07
A new name is being sought for The Shed, the National Theatre's temporary space which launched last year.

GDP 'close to pre-crisis level'

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-09 06:58
The UK economy is close to regaining its pre-financial crisis size, according to research organisation NIESR.

Heathrow congestion charge proposed

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-09 06:56
People travelling to Heathrow Airport by car could have to pay a congestion charge if the airport's proposed third runway is built.

US politicians question Pfizer bid

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-09 06:52
US governors raise concerns about job losses in the US and senators threaten to close a tax loophole that Pfizer hopes to use.

I'm like a supply teacher - Sherwood

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-09 06:41
Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood compares himself to a supply teacher and says uncertainty over his job is creating a lack of respect.

Killer denies Elaine Doyle murder

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-09 06:39
A man who murdered a teenage girl in Kilmarnock tells the Elaine Doyle murder trial that he did not kill the 16-year-old in Greenock.

Noah beats Jacob as top US boys name

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-09 06:36
Jacob has lost its spot as the most popular name for newborn American boys after 14 years, knocked from its place by Noah, the government says

NPR Names Jarl Mohn As Its New CEO And President

NPR News - Fri, 2014-05-09 06:34

Jarl Mohn currently serves on the boards of several organizations, including Scripps Networks Interactive and Southern California Public Radio. He will be NPR's fourth leader since the start of 2009.

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VIDEO: Three Queens gather for anniversary

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-09 06:22
Three luxury ships have met in their home port of Southampton to mark the 10th anniversary of liner, Queen Mary 2.

Teacher who smuggled drugs banned

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-09 06:20
An art teacher who was jailed for smuggling "highly damaging" class A and B drugs is banned from the classroom.

Mackay apologises to Vincent Tan

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-09 05:59
Former Cardiff City boss Malky Mackay apologises "without reservation" to the man who sacked him, club owner Vincent Tan.

What common food buzzwords actually mean

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-05-09 05:56

If you're seeking ways to make your diet just a bit healthier, you've probably heard the classic argument that organic food is better for you, and that you shouldn't touch GMOs with a ten-foot-pole.  

But as New York Times columnist Mark Bittman argues, you're probably focusing on the wrong ideas.

"With 'organic,' I think the word is ill-defined," he says. "There's nothing wrong with the desire to eat organic food, but focusing on the word 'organic' as if it were a panacea is a problem. With GMOs, it's the opposite--there's nothing particularly good about them, but on the other hand, to be afraid of them is a way stronger reaction than necessary."

Bittman argues in his latest column that it's not about how the label describes the food we put in our diets.

"Eating organic food is maybe preferable--whether it's nutritionally superior is questionable--but it's a secondary consideration," he said. "The primary consideration is what's in your diet. It's not about whether you can afford to eat organic, it's about whether you can afford to eat better. And for 80 or 90 percent of the people in the United States, the answer to that is yes."

But Bittman, who supports going fully vegan before 6 p.m. in his new book, cautions against lumping "veganism" into the same "healthy" category.

"Veganism implies healthy, but you can eat Oreos and Coke and still be vegan," he said.

Tests seek evidence of Syria torture

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-09 05:45
Experts on the use of chemicals for torture are to conduct tests on the body of a British surgeon who died in custody in Syria.

Hamilton supreme in second practice

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-09 05:41
Lewis Hamilton sets a searing pace to head Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg in second practice at the Spanish GP.

What's Your Major? 4 Decades Of College Degrees, In 1 Graph

NPR News - Fri, 2014-05-09 05:36

What is the mix of bachelor's degrees awarded today? And how has it changed since 1970?

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