National / International News

Sarkozy renames French opposition

BBC - Fri, 2015-05-29 17:47
France's main opposition party, led by ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy, has changed its name from UMP to The Republicans, despite fierce opposition from critics.

VIDEO: Napoleon's life in Lego for anniversary

BBC - Fri, 2015-05-29 17:28
The 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo is to be marked with an exhibition in the Belgian town of Waterloo.

No £100 fine for late tax returns

BBC - Fri, 2015-05-29 17:17
People who have filed late tax returns are to be let off paying a £100 fine for missing the deadline, HM Revenue and Customs has confirmed.

US discovers more anthrax shipments

BBC - Fri, 2015-05-29 17:03
The US military orders a review into how it handles anthrax, after discovering more cases of live anthrax sent to laboratories, including one in Australia.

Remembering WW1's 'khaki cup final'

BBC - Fri, 2015-05-29 16:11
The controversial FA Cup Final of WW1

The Peace Corps wants ... baby boomers?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-05-29 16:06

According to the U.S. Peace Corps, 7 percent of its 6,818 volunteers are over the age of 50, and the international service organization would like to see that double. Retired volunteers, the agency says, bring unique life skills and professional experiences with them that allow them to instantly impact the communities they serve around the world.

Enter John and Rosemary Bottcher from Monticello, Florida, married 47 years. Rosemary, 72, is a retired environmental chemist, and John, 71, was an environmental attorney. They served together from 2011-2013 in Paraguay, where Rosemary taught secondary school and John worked in agricultural economics building sustainable gardens. 

"It was just a grand adventure," Rosemary says. "I just wanted to do something different, because lying about when you're retired can get pretty boring pretty fast." John and Rosemary's decided to join the Peace Corps after visiting their daughter, a volunteer herself, in Guatemala. 


CBS' Bob Schieffer Retires Sunday As Last Of The Old-School TV Anchors

NPR News - Fri, 2015-05-29 15:55

Bob Schieffer, anchor of CBS' Face the Nation, retires Sunday after 46 years at the network. NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says Schieffer is the last among a vanished breed of traditional news anchors.

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FIFA Scandal Has Echoes Of Salt Lake Olympics Corruption Crisis

NPR News - Fri, 2015-05-29 15:42

Officials of both organizations were accused of taking bribes. Leaders of both said they couldn't watch subordinates' behavior. Persistent outsiders found evidence of misconduct.

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Nigerian walks 750km to meet President Buhari

BBC - Fri, 2015-05-29 15:34
Suleiman Hashimu tells the BBC why he walked for 18 days and wore out six pairs of shoes to see the inauguration of Nigeria's president.

Business interests propel change in China's global role

BBC - Fri, 2015-05-29 15:23
The rising number of Chinese nationals working abroad is causing Beijing to adapt its foreign policy in order to protect them, says Jonathan Marcus.

Direct train to Europe

BBC - Fri, 2015-05-29 15:21
Why doesn't the UK have direct trains to Madrid or Berlin?

Cancer link, tax amnesty and Blatter elected

BBC - Fri, 2015-05-29 15:17
The link between obesity and cancer, a tax amnesty, and the re-election of Sepp Blatter make the headlines.

Young players spur us on - Anderson

BBC - Fri, 2015-05-29 15:16
England's record wicket-taker James Anderson credits younger players with giving the England team "a kick up the backside".

Drones take whale survey to the sky

BBC - Fri, 2015-05-29 15:13
How whale science is taking to the skies

Anthrax Was Accidentally Sent To 11 States, 2 Countries, Pentagon Now Says

NPR News - Fri, 2015-05-29 15:12

The numbers are more than the Pentagon's Thursday estimate of nine states and a U.S. Air Force base in South Korea. News organizations named Australia as the other country that received the samples.

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The elusive element that can make bones glow

BBC - Fri, 2015-05-29 15:09
The elusive element that can make body parts glow

VIDEO: Can culture save cities?

BBC - Fri, 2015-05-29 15:08
Hull has announced it will host the Turner Prize when it is City of Culture in 2017 - Will Gompertz asks if art can revive a city's fortunes.

The battle between the veil and the miniskirt

BBC - Fri, 2015-05-29 15:07
The campaigns duelling over women's clothing

Cup Final instant replay app tests

BBC - Fri, 2015-05-29 15:01
Mobile operator EE and the BBC will test a mobile app at the FA Cup final which uses 4G Broadcast technology to offer instant replays to fans in the stadium.

Lung cancer therapy is 'milestone'

BBC - Fri, 2015-05-29 15:00
A lung cancer therapy can more than double life expectancy in some patients, a major trial shows.