National / International News

Anelka gesture comic banned from UK

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-03 06:50
The French comedian at the centre of the Nicolas Anelka racism row has been banned from entering the UK, the Home Office says.

PODCAST: Matchmaking in Mexico

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-02-03 06:48

Today, the new Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker will lead her first trade mission abroad. Over the next few days, Pritzker visits Mexico along with business leaders from 17 American companies. And what are some metrics for judging whether one of these trips is worth the money?

Plus, if the lopsided Super Bowl didn't fill your sports needs, just wait a few days. The Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, kicks off Friday. Athletes are pumping themselves up, but so is law enforcement, including those in Russia doing counter-terrorism.  Beyond that, the international crime-fighters at Interpol have a $20 million deal with the International Olympic Committee to crack down on dopers, match-fixers, and corrupt betting schemes.

Meanwhile, if you think your internet bill is high, try paying to keep 680,000 computers online. As schools try to make sure that every student has a computer or a tablet at their disposal, one often overlooked cost is access to the network itself.  The country's second largest school district, Los Angeles Unified, is learning the real costs of connecting students to the world of data. 

Al-Qaida Says It Has No Ties With One Syrian Rebel Force

NPR News - Mon, 2014-02-03 06:42

In a message posted on jihadist websites, al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahiri distances the terrorist network from one of the groups fighting in Syria. There have been rebel vs. rebel clashes there.

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Two killed in Moscow school shooting

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-03 06:37
An armed student who killed a police officer and a teacher at a Moscow school and took fellow pupils hostage, is arrested, Russian police say.

VIDEO: Accurate immigration facts and figures?

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-03 06:30
Immigration statistics cause heated debate inside and outside politics, with disputed claims over the number of those entering and leaving the UK.

Roache jury 'must not be overawed'

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-03 06:20
A judge tells the jury at the trial of Coronation Street actor William Roache they should not be "overawed".

I will not quit Leeds - McDermott

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-03 06:16
Leeds manager Brian McDermott vows not to walk away from the club following a weekend of uncertainty over his future.

South Africa hosts major mining conference amid labor strife

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-02-03 06:05

The big money business in many parts of sub-Saharan Africa is mining, and that industry's annual conference is playing out today against a back drop of labor tensions in South Africa. The BBC's Lerato Mbele joined us from Cape Town to give perspective on how exploration for minerals and other resources is drawing prospectors to the continent.

"Explorers are very busy prospecting and looking for opportunities in countries such as Ivory Coast, inj Mail, in Tanzania, in Ghana," says Mbele, "Those who are looking for oil are in Sudan, Angola, and other such areas."

China, Mbele says, is an increasingly big player in the region as it consumers more and more African resources.

"Never before has mining and the story of commodities been more relevant for Africa's growth and development than it is now," she says, "Unfortunately on the downside, labor unrest has really been the blemish on the prospects and opportunities that exist."

Today's conference, in fact, happens against the backdrop of a strike by platinum workers in South Africa.

"They are saying, 'We go deep below the Earth's surface to mine this resource, it sells at premium prices internationally, the least you can do is pay us what is decent,'" Mbele says, "Unfortunately plantinum mining is a distressed sector."

The economic downturn, among other things, has hurt global demand for platinum, making it difficult for companies to meet the workers demands. But for many of the workers, Mbele says, the issue is one of social justice as well as economics.

Driveway sinkhole woman 'lucky'

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-03 05:39
A family tells how their daughter could have been "buried alive" if she had been in her car when a 30ft (9m) sinkhole appeared.

UK games firms 'stuck in slow lane'

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-03 05:29
The UK games industry is "stuck in the slow lane" while the European Commission investigates planned tax breaks, a trade body warns.

Should you buy shares in Lloyds?

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-03 05:29
The state's shares should soon go on public sale. Should you buy?

Arabic suffix leads net name rollout

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-03 05:24
A new net address written in Arabic script is the first to go live in what will be a huge wave of new suffixes to be launched over the coming months.

Wall of security surrounds Sochi

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-03 05:23
Russia clamps down for Sochi Olympics

VIDEO: Obama And O'Reilly Hit Harder Than Denver And Seattle

NPR News - Mon, 2014-02-03 05:20

The Super Bowl was a super bore if you prefer close contests. Seattle trounced Denver, 43-8. The president's pregame interview with Fox News' Bill O'Reilly was a much more contentious affair.

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Former Nigerian VP joins opposition

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-03 05:17
Nigeria's former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar joins the opposition - the most high-profile in a wave of defections from the governing party.

Day in pictures: 3 February 2014

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-03 05:15
24 hours of news photos: 3 February

El Salvador poll to go into run-off

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-03 05:13
El Salvador's left-wing candidate Salvador Sanchez Ceren has a convincing lead in the presidential polls, which will go into a second round in March.

Arctic icy lakes lose thickness

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-03 05:10
Twenty years of satellite data indicate many more of the icy lakes that dominate Alaska's Arctic coastal plain no longer freeze right through to the bottom in winter.

EastEnders cleared over complaints

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-03 05:10
EastEnders is cleared by broadcasting watchdog Ofcom over complaints about a Muslim character berating her father for dating a "white woman".

AUDIO: Drinking game 'form of bullying'

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-03 05:07
The brother of a man who died after playing a drinking game known as 'NekNomination' has been speaking about the family's tragedy.

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