National / International News

Masked gunmen threaten Asprilla

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-10 04:15
Faustino Asprilla says he will leave his home in Colombia after being threatened by armed men trying to get money from him.

Peru moves to sue Greenpeace

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-10 04:13
The Peruvian government says it will sue Greenpeace activists for "attacking" a famous desert heritage site after a banner protest was held there.

Somali women die in 'revenge attack'

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-10 04:07
A soldier in Somalia avenges the killing of his wife - also a soldier - by shooting dead five women related to militant Islamists, an official says.

Poland drops kosher slaughter ban

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-10 04:05
A Polish court rules that a ban on the ritual slaughter of animals for the needs of the Jewish community is unconstitutional.

McLaren to name drivers on Thursday

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-10 04:04
McLaren will announce on Thursday whether Jenson Button or Kevin Magnussen will partner Fernando Alonso in 2015.

Uber faces more bans and lawsuits

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-10 04:04
Uber's week just got worse as it faces a lawsuit in California and Los Angeles as well as bans in India, Spain and Thailand.

VIDEO: First UK sci-fi film re-released

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-10 03:42
Britain's first ever sci-fi film, dating back to 1913, has been restored as part of a special project by BBC Arts and the British Film Institute.

Hong Kong students urged to leave

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-10 03:41
Hong Kong's top civil servant Carrie Lam urges students to vacate the streets ahead of the expected clearance of the main protest camp.

Bangladesh oil spill at dolphin site

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-10 03:25
The Bangladeshi navy sends four vessels to deal with an oil spill from a crashed cargo vessel that is threatening a rare dolphin sanctuary.

Cameron: Torture claims 'dealt with'

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-10 03:23
Questions about the interrogation of terror suspects have been "dealt with from the British perspective", Prime Minister David Cameron says.

Pirate Bay goes offline after raid

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-10 03:21
The Pirate Bay, arguably the most well-known website for accessing pirated content, has been taken offline following a police raid in Sweden.

HSBC dismisses head of European forex

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-10 03:14
HSBC has dismissed its head of foreign exchange trading for Europe, Middle East and Africa.

VIDEO: Astronaut sets space challenge

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-10 03:01
UK astronaut Tim Peake has invited members of the public to suggest digital experiments to be carried out in space.

[PODCAST: Redefining currency in the Congo

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-12-10 03:00

First up, oil prices fell to new lows today, after the oil producer's cartel, OPEC, forecast that demand won't be there in the coming year for all the  fossil fuel its members plan to pump. Using the Texas benchmark, crude fell another 2 percent to $62.54 a barrel this morning, and some market analysts say this is the reason share prices are slumping this morning. And Michigan Governor Rick Snyder has now given the okay to end the city of Detroit's emergency status. This represents a milestone in the city's efforts to move out of its financial crisis, and positions Detroit to officially emerge from bankruptcy as early as this week. More on that. Plus, Eastern Congo was once a leading candidate for worst place on earth. War, child soldiers, rape, refugees. But cautiously, the region has entered a period of reconstruction. After all the reporting on the horrors of Eastern Congo over the years, we thought it's time to also look at efforts to get the region back on its feet. One lifeline over the years has been the U.S. dollar, which has operated in the area as alternative currency. But as we find out, the country is now trying to wring those dollars out of its economy.

Bishops call for end to fossil fuels

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-10 02:49
Catholic bishops from around the world are calling for an end to fossil fuel use and increased efforts to secure a global climate treaty.

Officials Set To Dismantle Final 'Occupy' Camp In Hong Kong

NPR News - Wed, 2014-12-10 02:44

After two months of demonstrations, police said they would clear a camp near the government offices in the Central business district. Students planned one last sit in.

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Inspectors close 'dirty' care home

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-10 02:31
A care home in Surrey is shut down after inspectors found it was "unsafe" and residents were "at significant risk of harm".

Malala to receive joint Nobel award

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-10 02:30
Nobel Peace Prize laureates Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi are due to receive their awards in a ceremony in Oslo.

Evidence v public opinion in South Africa

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-10 02:27
Justice is about acquittals as well as convictions, says the BBC's Milton Nkosi, as South Africa's judges dismiss public opinion in high-profile cases.

Adebayor given leave by Tottenham

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-10 02:25
Striker Emmanuel Adebayor is given permission by Tottenham to return to Togo for personal reasons.