National / International News

VIDEO: 'I flew a baby elephant home'

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-04 08:49
When missionary Gary Roberts came across a herd of elephants that had been killed by poachers in Chad, he attempted to rescue the sole surviving calf which he then flew home in his small lightweight plane.

Amnesty says torture rife in Mexico

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-04 08:48
Torture is still rife in Mexico and routinely used to extract confessions, human rights organisation Amnesty International says.

'Spy tapes' given to SA opposition

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-04 08:43
South Africa's opposition leader Helen Zille is handed the "spy tapes" which she hopes will lead to corruption charges being reinstated against President Zuma.

How to blow off steam – and the driver next to you

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-09-04 08:37

Tens of thousands of workers have flooded into rural North Dakota to take jobs created by the state's oil boom. Now, there's a shortage of housing and there's a shortage of restaurants. There's a shortage of workers for non-oil businesses. And at the end of the day, there's not a whole lot to do.

Some guys, though, have brought one hobby with them: tinkering with their pickups and showing them off. Todd Melby talked to a customizer shop about one distinct way to show off.

Listen to his story in the audio player above.

Diesel engines can be tuned so they pour out black smoke. In Williston, North Dakota diesel pickup truck owners turn to Mark Pyatt at Killer Diesel Performance.

Todd Melby

Todd's series "Black Gold Boom" is an initiative of Prairie Public and the Association for Independents in Radio.

How do MPs feel about military action?

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-04 08:17
How do MPs feel about military action in Iraq and Syria?

BP guilty of 'gross negligence'

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-04 08:02
A US judge rules BP was "grossly negligent" and guilty of reckless conduct in the lead-up to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

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.