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China drilling to go on despite riot

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-15 22:46
China says its oil rig will continue drilling in contested waters in the South China Sea, despite deadly anti-Beijing riots in Vietnam.

India Opposition Wins Landslide, Early Tally Shows

NPR News - Thu, 2014-05-15 22:35

The Congress party, which has been at the center of Indian politics for most of the country's history since independence from Britain, conceded defeat several hours into the vote counting.

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My worst boss was a woman. As was my best boss.

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-05-15 22:12

I've been struggling with both whether and how to write about Jill Abramson's departure from the New York Times, and the broader questions it raises for women in leadership roles.

Yes, we in the media world are obsessed with this story. But the Times still holds sway over our collective imaginations about what it means to do great journalism. So when something blows up there, we're riveted.

And the Times still – even in the digital age – is the paper of record. It's almost a public square where ideas are thrashed out, and even Vladmir Putin writes an occasional op-ed. This is no ordinary office.

So when "brusque," or "pushy," or other words that could describe a man, but so very rarely do, are attached to Abramson, it creates an instant and inescapable echo. Janet Yellen-Angela Merkel-Hillary Clinton-Meg Whitman-Elaine Chao... this? We're doing this again?

We may never know what role gender played in Abramson's firing. Only she and her boss, publisher Arthur O. Sulzberger Jr., are privy to the all the details. A story by The New Yorker's peerless media reporter Ken Auletta says Abramson did indeed complain of lower pay compared to male peers, including the man she replaced.

And the fallout is inescapably gendered, again making women wonder why we (I can't write about this without admitting some personal stake), often feel we have to walk a tightrope the higher we rise at work. Be excellent, but not off-putting. Speak up for yourself and ask for a raise, but don't be too aggressive.

I hashed out some of the contradictions awhile back with the New York Times's own reporter Tara Siegel Bernard for Marketplace Money.

There's been a boom in books about women in the professional world lately. Sheryl Sandberg's Lean In. Katty Kay and Claire Shipman's The Confidence Code. And the target audience is always women. You, female: Here's how you get better at navigating this maze. Here's how you trick the system.

Never you, company. Or you, university. Or you, hospital. That would be harder, of course.

But I do wonder what it would say to little girls if we placed the onus somewhere else but on their shoulders.

Of course it's also possible that Abramson is being painted with gendered language AND was also... not a great boss. And that's one of the trickiest parts of all of this. We can't know because there isn't a way to measure the situation in a vacuum free of gender.

All I know is that one of my worst bosses was female. As was my absolute best. And I know I'd like to see more of them. And then maybe the adjectives won't have quite as much power.

Wiggins retains California lead

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-15 22:11
Britain's Sir Bradley Wiggins maintains his lead of 28 seconds in the Tour of California with three stages remaining.

VIDEO: 'Apocalyptic' scenes as wildfires rage

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-15 21:52
Firefighters beat back parts of the nine blazes raging in southern California, but a flare-up of a wildfire in San Marcos has forced new evacuations.

VIDEO: UK tourists evacuated from Kenya

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-15 21:46
British tourists are being evacuated from Kenya by tour operators Thomson and First Choice following a terrorism warning from the Foreign Office.

VIDEO: World Cup moments: Battiston knocked out

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-15 21:29
BBC Sport counts down 100 of the greatest World Cup moments, as the 2014 tournament in Brazil draws nearer.

BJP leads in India election vote

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-15 21:24
India's main opposition BJP is making hefty gains over the ruling Congress party as votes cast during a mammoth general election are counted.

Survey reveals teenage self-harming

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-15 21:16
One in ten 16-year-olds in Northern Ireland who took part in a new study say they have considered self-harming or taking an overdose.

Funeral for air crash serviceman

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-15 21:15
The funeral takes place for one of two Welsh soldiers killed in a helicopter accident in Afghanistan.

Science under scrutiny - the front pages

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-15 20:30
Some papers examine claims over the publication of research on climate change and statins, while others wonder if Prince Harry is buying a pub.

VIDEO: Bangladesh ferry capsizes in storm

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-15 20:14
A ferry carrying at least 200 people capsizes on a river during a storm in Bangladesh; a number of bodies have been recovered, police say.

VIDEO: Brazil hit by anti-World Cup rallies

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-15 20:10
Brazilian riot police in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro fire tear gas to break up protests against the cost of hosting the football World Cup.

UK fossil fuels 'gone in five years'

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-15 20:01
The UK's proven reserves of oil, coal and gas will run out in little more than five years, a report looking at energy resources warns.

VIDEO: 7,900-bed property to let, south London

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-15 18:47
Stephen Smith reports for Newsnight on London's disused World War Two deep-level air-raid shelters, including one that is available to rent.

'Jail for a day' think tank call

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-15 18:42
Offenders who breach a community sentence should be sent to jail "for a day or two", says a think tank created by Iain Duncan Smith.

California sees wildfire 'flare-up'

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-15 18:06
Firefighters beat back parts of the nine blazes raging in southern California, but a flare-up of a wildfire in San Marcos has forced new evacuations.

Enterprise funds unspent, say MPs

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-15 18:06
MPs say billions of pounds of Government funds set aside to boost economic growth and jobs around the country are still unspent.

London boost for women bishops plan

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-15 17:46
The Diocese of London - one of two Church of England regions not to pass a proposed women bishops law in 2012 - has voted in favour of the latest proposal.

WW1 PoW cemetery restored in Poland

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-15 17:33
Headstones commemorating 39 UK soldiers who died at a prisoner of war camp during World War One are erected in northern Poland.
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