National / International News

Minister stops sandwich shop brawl

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-11 04:03
Defence minister Anna Soubry showed off her diplomatic credentials when she broke up a fight in a cafe.

VIDEO: Which MP was told off for 'lion's roar'

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-11 04:02
The Speaker interrupts David Cameron to warn two MPs about the noise they are making at Prime Minister's Questions.

Amazon halts Lego Movie pre-orders

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-11 04:01
Rows over pricing have halted sales of some books and movies on Amazon.

Uzbek gunmen 'hit Karachi airport'

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-11 03:59
Uzbek militants fighting with the Pakistani Taliban say they carried out Sunday's deadly assault on Karachi's international airport.

Spanish MPs back royal succession

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-11 03:56
The Spanish parliament backs the abdication of King Juan Carlos and accession of his son Prince Felipe by a large majority amid some calls for a referendum.

Wiggins to ride at Commonwealth Games

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-11 03:56
Sir Bradley Wiggins is included in England's cycling team for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

'Stunning': Reactions To Eric Cantor's Election Loss In Virginia

NPR News - Wed, 2014-06-11 03:56

"Dollars don't vote — you do." With those words to his supporters, college professor Dave Brat ousted House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in their primary battle Tuesday night.

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Jury discharged in McPeake trial

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-11 03:55
The jury in the trial of well known Irish traditional musician, Francis McPeake, is discharged.

VIDEO: House of Commons

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-11 03:52
David Cameron rejects calls for an independent oversight body to combat extremism in schools.

Barnes World in Motion rap wows club

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-11 03:48
England star John Barnes wows a local football club in Bristol by performing his famous World Cup rap from Italia 90 at an awards evening.

Six arrests over human trafficking

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-11 03:48
Six people are arrested in London and Peterborough in relation to the human trafficking of up to 100 women, Scotland Yard says.

Teenagers die in party balcony fall

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-11 03:36
Two people die after falling from a sixth floor balcony at a party in south-east London.

Boy, five, dies in road collision

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-11 03:32
A five-year-old boy dies following a collision in north Belfast.

VIDEO: Beetles' sticky legs aid aquatic sex

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-11 03:27
Microscopic footage reveals how tiny plungers on their feet allow diving beetles hang on to a mate underwater.

World's oldest cat dies aged 24

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-11 03:03
The tortoiseshell cat Poppy was born in February 1990 and was officially recognised by Guinness World Records in May.

AUDIO: John Humphrys chats to 'human computer'

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-11 03:01
John Humphrys holds a conversation with computer program Eugene Goostman, said to be the first to have passed the Turing Test.

Big business may try to downplay Eric Cantor's defeat

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-06-11 03:00

Dave Bratt, an economics professor at Randolph-Macon College, has defeated House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in the primary in Virginia’s seventh congressional district.

A defining issue in that campaign was immigration. Bratt accused Cantor of being “soft” on the issue, noting Cantor had voiced support for immigration reform.

Members of the business community, which have backed reform, reacted to the election results in the same way many Americans did. Bill Miller, with the Business Roundtable, a group that represents CEOs in Washington, said the outcome was “pretty shocking.”

“Nobody really saw this coming,” he added.

Miller cautions against Monday-morning quarterbacking, saying it is too early to know what Cantor’s primary defeat will mean for immigration reform. His group’s goal, he says, remains the same: “It’s important to fix this system.”

Miller argues the U.S. needs more visas for high-tech workers a better guest worker program, among other things.

Edward Alden, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, says he expects big business will try to downplay what happened yesterday; instead, they will point to primary victories by pro-reform Republicans, including Sen. Lindsey Graham from South Carolina, and Rep. Renee Elmers from North Carolina.

“They are still pushing very hard for action, but I think they have to be discouraged by this,” Alden says.

There are several new pro-reform groups in Washington backed by business leaders, including FWD.us, which was started by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.

Ali Noorani, who leads the National Immigration Forum, is optimistic the House will tackle immigration legislation this summer.

“Until John Boehner burns down the windmill of immigration reform, we’re still in play,” he says.

VIDEO: Chrissie Hynde on her solo dilemma

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-11 02:51
Singer Chrissie Hynde talks to BBC Breakfast about her new music and why she is glad she is playing solo

Brazil 'ready' for World Cup

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-11 02:36
Brazil is ready, on and off the pitch, for the football World Cup which starts on Thursday, President Dilma Rousseff says in a TV address.

JK Rowling gives £1m to pro-UK group

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-11 02:33
Author JK Rowling makes a £1m donation to help fund the campaign against Scottish independence.

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