National / International News

Gove rebuts US author ban claims

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-27 07:45
Education Secretary Michael Gove has hit back at "culture warriors" who he says have wrongly accused him of banning American novels at GCSE level.

Florida's IQ Limit For Death Penalty Isn't Constitutional, Supreme Court Says

NPR News - Tue, 2014-05-27 07:44

In a reversal of a state court, the justices say Florida's rule ignores norms in the psychiatric profession. The opinion also cites the Eighth Amendment barring cruel and unusual punishment.

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VIDEO: Farage: Meeting was 'business as usual'

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-27 07:40
The UKIP leader, Nigel Farage, has emerged from a meeting in Brussels saying that nothing appears to have changed in Europe - despite the results of the elections.

PODCAST: Women and minorities ignored by VC

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-05-27 07:27

This week is Hurricane Awareness Week, which precedes the official start of the hurricane season. While storms like Hurricane Sandy are still unusual, protecting populated coastal areas like New York City is a technological challenge.

Innovation requires brains, but also requires money -- and the early money often comes from venture capitalists. But all too often minority and women innovators miss out on venture capital funding.

VIDEO: Football clubs tackle overweight fan

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-27 07:21
Eleanor Bradford reports from Scotland, where a special programme that lets fans train at their favourite football club has proved highly effective at boosting health.

Obama Plans To Leave Residual Force Of 9,800 In Afghanistan

NPR News - Tue, 2014-05-27 07:19

The number is in line with what military officials had asked for. The United States will end America's longest-running war in 2014 and expects most of the residual force out of the country by 2016.

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Art In A Jar 2: Details, Details

NPR News - Tue, 2014-05-27 07:13

Can you find the masterpiece in the mass of pieces?

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US court in IQ death penalty ruling

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-27 07:11
The US Supreme Court rules states cannot only use an intelligence test score to determine whether a death row prisoner is eligible to be executed.

DUP's Diane Dodds re-elected as MEP

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-27 06:57
Diane Dodds of the Democratic Unionist Party is re-elected as a Member of the European Parliament.

Apple devices 'hijacked for ransom'

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-27 06:51
Several users of Apple devices in Australia have reported that their phones have been "hijacked" - with a message demanding money.

States Consider Using Medicaid To Pay College Health Plan Premiums

NPR News - Tue, 2014-05-27 06:50

Students who are covered by Medicaid could get access to a wider network of doctors and hospitals, as well as mental health services, if they get care through their school's health plan.

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Supreme Court Rules In Favor Of Secret Service In Free Speech Case

NPR News - Tue, 2014-05-27 06:50

Anti-Bush protesters claimed the Secret Service violated their First Amendment rights because they moved them away from the president. The Court said there was a security reason for doing so.

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Pakistan woman stoned outside court

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-27 06:46
A Pakistani woman is stoned to death by her relatives outside Lahore High Court for marrying against their wishes.

VIDEO: Oil workers film tornado escape

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-27 06:45
A group of oil workers have escaped a tornado, moments before it struck their camp in North Dakota, in the US.

IMF warns banking reform is too slow

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-27 06:40
Banking reforms aimed at preventing another financial crisis have failed to make sufficient progress, the head of the IMF has warned.

With A Heavy Hand, Chinese Authorities Crack Down On Mourners

NPR News - Tue, 2014-05-27 06:20

After a terror attack in northwestern China, mourners left flowers at the scene and citizens took to social media and called for an evening protest. The government saw this as a threat.

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Thai anti-coup minister arrested

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-27 06:18
Soldiers detain a prominent minister in the ousted Thai government who emerged from hiding to criticise last week's coup.

Bombing hits Baghdad Shia mosque

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-27 06:14
At least 17 people were killed when a suicide bomber blew himself up at a Shia mosque in the centre of Baghdad, Iraqi officials say.

MH370 spur to 'better ocean mapping'

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-27 06:10
Scientists welcome news of MH370 data release

Royal phone books 'storm in teacup'

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-27 06:08
The sale of royal telephone directories to the former royal editor of the News of the World was a "storm in a teacup", the jury at the phone-hacking trial hears.
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