National / International News

VIDEO: Wearing a hijab for Lent

BBC - Thu, 2015-04-02 15:21
A Christian woman's 40-day experiment

Quiz of the week's news

BBC - Thu, 2015-04-02 15:18
Whose cat is a millionaire in its own right?

A truly dangerous meeting of minds

BBC - Thu, 2015-04-02 15:17
The talk attended by three men who went on to bomb London

VIDEO: Leaders' debate: The highlights

BBC - Thu, 2015-04-02 15:15
The leaders of seven political parties have clashed over the economy, immigration, health and Britain's future in the first televised election debate.

The faces of prostitution in Australia

BBC - Thu, 2015-04-02 15:12
The women who are proud to be prostitutes

Easdale targets action against King

BBC - Thu, 2015-04-02 15:11
Sandy Easdale says individuals rather than Rangers would be targeted in any legal action over their Stock Exchange delisting.

House prices 'boosted' near Waitrose

BBC - Thu, 2015-04-02 15:06
Having a Waitrose near where you live - as every middle-class person knows - increases the value of your home, claims Lloyds Bank.

Child heart surgery deaths 'halved'

BBC - Thu, 2015-04-02 15:04
Children's heart surgery in the UK, often the source of controversy, has improved significantly, a report has concluded.

Lack of school places 'tipping point'

BBC - Thu, 2015-04-02 15:02
Councils are warning that two in five councils will not have enough primary school places by next year.

Fallout from leaders' election debate

BBC - Thu, 2015-04-02 15:00
The papers are quick off the mark to react to the party leaders' televised election debate, and there is another Lottery winner on the front pages.

Death of the hidden Easter egg?

BBC - Thu, 2015-04-02 15:00
Is this the end of the hidden Easter egg?

Hamilton on diving; Daley on cars

BBC - Thu, 2015-04-02 14:59
Police, pop auditions and pain for Bill Clinton: 10 things you probably didn't know about Lewis Hamilton and Tom Daley.

Debate clash over Scots cash claim

BBC - Thu, 2015-04-02 14:34
The Scottish first minister hits back at claims that too much cash "comes over Hadrian's wall" during the ITV leaders' debate.

Nixon's 'Western White House' Up For Sale

NPR News - Thu, 2015-04-02 14:16

Hom Sotheby's International has listed the 5.45-acre oceanfront estate for $75 million. President Nixon bought the property early in his presidency, and lived there after resigning from office.

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China, the economy and Xi Jinping's strategy

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2015-04-02 14:13

Few economies in the world are more closely watched than China’s. It is the second-largest and fastest-growing economy, so there's a lot of attention being paid to who 's running things. Chinese President Xi Jinping is the most authoritarian leader the country has seen since since Mao Zedong.

Jinping is making a clear effort to accumulate all of the formal structures of power in China. He is the head of the party, the head of the military and the head of the state. He has taken control of the police and the courts, and he even runs all of the most important committees on foreign affairs and government restructuring.

Although Jinping is taking over every structure of power in the country, he polls pretty well because of his anti-corruption campaign and patriotism.

"His success, failure and legacy will rest on his ability to re-engineer the Chinese economy for a new chapter," says Evan Osnos, who wrote about Jinping’s rise to power for the New Yorker. "So that it’s driven more by entrepreneurship [and] innovation, and less than by, simply, infrastructure and exports."

In order to do that, Jinping has to win some pretty big political fights, which is why he is accumulating power so fast and so brutally.

While many people who watch China from the outside see an economic force and growth, Jinping sees a serious corruption problem, environmental pollution and unrest. He feels like it is up to him to rescue the communist party from this series of threats.

VIDEO: Gunmen storm Kenya university

BBC - Thu, 2015-04-02 14:00
The number of people killed in an attack by al-Shabab Islamist militants on a university in north-eastern Kenya has risen to 147, government officials say.

VIDEO: Leaders' debate: The worm's results

BBC - Thu, 2015-04-02 13:57
Ahead of the leaders' debate the pollsters IPSOS Mori gathered a special audience for the BBC to watch the exchanges and give their instant reactions to what was said.

Americans Support Iran Talks, But Doubt They'll Prevent A Weapon

NPR News - Thu, 2015-04-02 13:57

President Obama said "solid majorities support a diplomatic resolution" with Iran. That's true to an extent. When you scratch beneath the surface, it's more complicated.

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No game changer? Well, perhaps one

BBC - Thu, 2015-04-02 13:47
BBC political editor Nick Robinson examines the leaders' performances in Thursday's debate, how the TV event might affect both the election and the future of UK politics.

Mourning The Matzo: Iconic N.Y. Factory To Leave Former Jewish Hub

NPR News - Thu, 2015-04-02 13:47

It's the end of an era: After nearly a century, the Streit's matzo factory is leaving Manhattan's Lower East Side. This Passover will be its last there. Streit's plans to move to a new factory.

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