National / International News

Is it always racist to black up your face?

BBC - Thu, 2014-06-26 04:13
Is it always racist to black up your face?

Standard Chartered warns on profits

BBC - Thu, 2014-06-26 04:06
Standard Chartered says first-half operating profits will be 20% lower than a year earlier, blaming a slump in income from its financial markets business.

'No Savile abuse at city hospital'

BBC - Thu, 2014-06-26 03:54
There is no documented evidence to back-up claims Jimmy Savile inappropriately touched a patient at Cardiff Royal Infirmary in the 1960s, a report finds.

Sensors help smartphone security

BBC - Thu, 2014-06-26 03:53
Researchers develop a smarter "kill switch" for phones that knows when your handset is in the hands of a thief.

Missing teen's mum in 'closure' plea

BBC - Thu, 2014-06-26 03:52
The mother of a teenager who has been missing since 1989, and is believed to have been murdered, says all she wants is "closure".

How much sugar do we eat?

BBC - Thu, 2014-06-26 03:52
Exactly how sweet is what you're eating?

Somali militants attack siege town

BBC - Thu, 2014-06-26 03:49
At least two international peacekeepers are killed in an Islamist militant attack on a town in central Somalia which has been under siege since March.

VIDEO: Hacker T Dog meets Andy Murray

BBC - Thu, 2014-06-26 03:48
BBC's Hacker T Dog meets defending Wimbledon champion Andy Murray who is a well known dog lover.

VIDEO: Wrong on Brooks, but no apology - Watson

BBC - Thu, 2014-06-26 03:47
Tom Watson who previously claimed Rebekah Brooks knew about News International hacking, says he was wrong about her.

Caption Challenge: Shelling out

BBC - Thu, 2014-06-26 03:40
It's the Caption Challenge. Oh yes it is.

Ghana send Boateng and Muntari home

BBC - Thu, 2014-06-26 03:38
Ghana expel Kevin-Prince Boateng and Sulley Muntari from their World Cup squad for alleged indiscipline.

VIDEO: House of Commons

BBC - Thu, 2014-06-26 03:33
A minister reveals the scale of abuse carried out by Jimmy Savile on NHS premises.

Serial rapist 'may never be freed'

BBC - Thu, 2014-06-26 03:30
A man faces a lengthy jail term after he admits assaulting and raping four girlfriends over a 20-year period.

Man, 73, missing on holiday in Crete

BBC - Thu, 2014-06-26 03:23
A 73-year-old Denbighshire man has gone missing while on holiday on the Greek island of Crete, prompting a police investigation.

Reports Of New Fighting Rattle Ukraine's Truce As Kerry Urges Russia To Help

NPR News - Thu, 2014-06-26 03:23

Russian state news media report explosions in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kramatorsk. Secretary of State John Kerry says Russia could face sanctions if it doesn't help end the violence.

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VIDEO: Iraqi PM welcomes Syrian air strikes

BBC - Thu, 2014-06-26 03:21
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki confirms to the BBC that Syria has carried out air strikes on Isis fighters on the Syria-Iraq border.

Oil Off The Coast Of Ibiza? Protesters Don't Want To Know

NPR News - Thu, 2014-06-26 03:15

Spain is weighing a plan to allow oil exploration near the party island of Ibiza. Opponents fear the move could threaten the environment and tourism, but finding oil could also be an economic boost.

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Day in pictures: 26 June 2014

BBC - Thu, 2014-06-26 03:04
24 hours of news photos: 26 June 2014

In Flanders Fields, Europeans Still Learning How To Get Along

NPR News - Thu, 2014-06-26 03:03

On the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I, EU leaders will meet at Flanders Fields Museum. They'll have an opportunity to reflect on what can happen when nations fail to find common ground.

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Millennials kick up soccer's popularity

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-06-26 03:00

The team is called Sacramento Republic FC -- The FC stands for football club (even Sacramento’s booster club also has a European flavor).

But they -- the mostly young people in their twenties in the stands -- call themselves the Tower Bridge Brigade. They stand, sing, and chant all game long.

“I grew up watching soccer,” says fan Ana Garza. “I grew up listening to soccer, I grew up with a soccer ball in my crib.  The whole thing is just exciting.”

Sacramento Republic plays in the USL. The league is a notch below Major League Soccer, where U.S. superstar Clint Dempsey plays for the Seattle Sounders. But don’t tell Sacramento Republic fans they’re second-tier. The team has sold out several games in a 20,000-seat stadium.

So why are these mostly young fans so revved up?

“If you just look at the numbers the average person, the average person when they graduate high school, at least in the Sacramento has played seven years of soccer,” says team owner Warren Smith.

Smith says he has actually been surprised by the extent of the crowds. But he knew all those young soccer players and their parents could support a team.

“They’re familiar with it. They understand it. They have played it. And so if they play it, that is one of the first indicators that they will buy a ticket," says Smith.

Sports economist Patrick Rishe says the reason professional soccer is growing is because it’s connecting with millennials.  

“I think it’s just a natural progression of people being interested in soccer,” says Rishe. “It’s been a popular youth sport for a long time. And now NBC has this deal with the English Premier League, so now we can see regularly the top quality soccer league in the world.”

Some say Republic FC’s early success at the gate and on the field could bump the team up a notch to Major League Soccer. But on a recent night, they were losing 1-0 to Arizona United SC.  

Brian Trainer, one of the leaders of the Tower Bridge Brigade says it time to get louder: “We’re going to keep singing, and it might happen right here, I’m hoping for it. Here we go, here we go…”

And just then, Republic FC booted through the game-tying goal. The assist, more or less, came from its fans in the stadium.

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