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Most China cities fail air test

BBC - Tue, 2015-02-03 03:44
The Chinese government says only eight of the country's 74 biggest cities met its own basic air quality standards in 2014.

Energy price sites earn £30 a switch

BBC - Tue, 2015-02-03 03:43
The big five energy comparison sites have admitted they earn up to £30 in commission every time a customer switches provider

UN alarm over 'IS logo' on food aid

BBC - Tue, 2015-02-03 03:43
The UN says it is "extremely concerned" by pictures which appear to show the logo of the Islamic State militant group on its food aid to Syria.

'No diversity quota' for EastEnders

BBC - Tue, 2015-02-03 03:40
EastEnders boss Dominic Treadwell-Collins says he will not bring minority characters into the BBC soap just to fulfil diversity quotas.

Froch vacates IBF world title

BBC - Tue, 2015-02-03 03:39
Carl Froch vacates his IBF super-middleweight belt, and avoids a fight against mandatory challenger James DeGale.

UN Gaza probe head quits over 'bias'

BBC - Tue, 2015-02-03 03:35
The head of a UN inquiry into last year's conflict in Gaza resigns amid Israeli allegations of bias over his former work with the PLO.

Russian pilots kidnapped in Darfur

BBC - Tue, 2015-02-03 03:29
Two Russian pilots working for UN peacekeeping mission in Sudan's Darfur region have been kidnapped, Russia says.

Google and Uber may become rivals

BBC - Tue, 2015-02-03 03:18
Uber announces plans to research driverless cars while a report claims Google is considering launching a lift-hailing service

Web rallies around walking commuter

BBC - Tue, 2015-02-03 03:11
Donations flood in for a Detroit, Michigan, man who walks 21 miles as part of his daily commute after a newspaper tells his story.

Britain Set To Vote On '3-Parent Baby' Law Tuesday

NPR News - Tue, 2015-02-03 03:10

While the technique is often referred to by the shorthand "three-parent baby," the controversial process uses nuclear DNA from two parents and the mitochondrial DNA of a third donor.

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PODCAST: When BP earnings seem like BS

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2015-02-03 03:00

This morning, the oil company BP reported no profits, but instead a loss of nearly $1 billion. Yet BP's stock price in London went up 2 percent. That's because while BP lost money, it didn't lose more money. Which brings up the question, are earnings reports just Rorschach tests? Also, there's a new study today saying we are now paying 15 percent of our medical bills out of pocket. More on that. And when the topic is children and money, the focus is often on consumption. But Ron Lieber, personal finance columnist for the New York Times says when teaching about money, don't forget the giving-it-away option.

Drug-delivery engineer wins £1m prize

BBC - Tue, 2015-02-03 02:59
A pioneer of medical technologies that have benefited millions of people is the latest winner of the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering.

Lost chunk of historic computer found

BBC - Tue, 2015-02-03 02:59
Efforts to recreate one of the earliest computers are aided by the recovery of a part of the original machine, which had been bought to create bookshelves.

President requests $18.5bn for Nasa

BBC - Tue, 2015-02-03 02:52
US President Obama seeks to raise funding for Nasa in the Federal Year 2016 to $18.5bn (£12.3bn).

Bad hospital report 'had 300 errors'

BBC - Tue, 2015-02-03 02:47
A damming report of a privately-run hospital that is due to be returned to the NHS contained 300 factual errors, its chief executive says.

Outrage at French 'no Jews' job ad

BBC - Tue, 2015-02-03 02:45
An advert for a job in graphic design in France is withdrawn after complaints about a clause stipulating "not Jewish".

French police arrest terror suspects

BBC - Tue, 2015-02-03 02:35
Terror raids in Paris and Lyon lead to the arrest of eight men suspected of recruiting fighters for Islamist militants in Syria.

HS2 Bill tackles the nitty-gritty

BBC - Tue, 2015-02-03 02:31
Members of the public put their concerns over HS2 to MPs

VIDEO: Footage exposes abattoir cruelty

BBC - Tue, 2015-02-03 02:31
One man has been sacked and three others have had their operating licences suspended after hidden cameras filmed alleged mistreatment of animals at a North Yorkshire slaughterhouse.

Litvinenko 'did not poison himself'

BBC - Tue, 2015-02-03 02:24
Former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko did not accidentally kill himself after handling nuclear material, his widow tells the inquiry into his death.

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