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Bergdahl moved to outpatient care

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-23 08:45
The US soldier held captive for five years by Taliban-linked militants has moved to outpatient care on a Texas military base.

Haass in peace process progress call

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-23 08:43
Former US diplomat Richard Haass urges politicians in Northern Ireland to "show leadership" in dealing with outstanding peace process issues.

Plan to promote British values

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-23 08:43
Action will be taken against schools in England which discriminate against girls under new government plans to promote British values.

Sudan death sentence woman 'freed'

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-23 08:18
A Sudanese woman sentenced to death for abandoning her Islamic faith has been freed from jail, her lawyer tells the BBC.

Man 'buried Jayden in uncle's grave'

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-23 08:01
Teenager Jayden Parkinson was killed by her violent ex-boyfriend and buried in his uncle's grave, a jury hears.

Google Glass eyewear on sale in UK

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-23 08:01
Google is putting its Android-powered Glass eyewear on sale in the UK, making it only the second country to get the kit after the US.

Top Malaysian Court Upholds Ruling On Who Can Use 'Allah'

NPR News - Mon, 2014-06-23 08:01

A lower court decided last year that only Muslims can use the word to describe God. But the government now says the ruling applied only to the Catholic newspaper that brought the case.

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Christian Woman Escapes Death In Sudan Over Conversion

NPR News - Mon, 2014-06-23 08:01

Meriam Ibrahim, 27, says she was raised an Orthodox Christian after being born to a Muslim father. A court ordered her release Monday, throwing out a death sentence.

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Google Glass apps for non-geeks

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-23 08:00
What apps could make Google Glass useful to average user?

VIDEO: Google Glass comes to UK

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-23 07:59
Rory Cellan-Jones talks to Ivy Ross, the new project leader for Google Glass, as it launches in the UK.

Cave given world heritage status

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-23 07:59
A prehistoric cave in southern France featuring 1,000 drawings dating back to 36,000 years ago, is inscribed on Unesco's World Heritage list.

#FreeAJStaff: The hashtag in numbers

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-23 07:57
The hashtag in numbers

Toddler's fire death inquest opened

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-23 07:56
An inquest is opened and adjourned into the death of a toddler who died following a house fire on the anniversary of her brother's cot death.

Peer urges tougher terror curbs

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-23 07:51
The UK should reintroduce tougher measures to further restrict terror activities, says Lord Carlile, a former independent reviewer of terrorism laws.

No bid for Women's World Cup in England

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-23 07:24
The FA will not bid to stage the 2019 Women's World Cup and the U20 Women's World Cup in 2018 in England.

U.S. Court Releases Obama Administration's 'Drone Memo'

NPR News - Mon, 2014-06-23 07:19

The memo explains the administration's legal reasoning for launching a drone attack on an American citizen overseas.

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Hollywood's influence on politics

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-06-23 07:14

Celebrities endorsing politicians--and, indeed, the idea of politicians becoming celebrities themselves--goes back a lot further than you might think.

"It's always been driven by a mix of obsession and fascination with power, the desire to be seen with the celebrity that is politics," says Timothy Stanley, author of the book "Citizen Hollywood: How the Collaboration Between LA and DC Revolutionized American Politics." 

But in the late '20s and early '30s, Stanley says, it was mostly driven by "hard-headed business decisions."

"People do make money out of this connection," he said.

Hollywood has always been able to raise a large amount of money for political campaigns throughout its history -- $13 million in one month during the 2012 Presidential campaign, Stanley says.

These days, however, he argues that Hollywood has had a poisonous impact on politics. A lot of it started with the election of one John F. Kennedy, and his father's ambitions to make one of his children President of the United States.

"When [Joe Kennedy] wants Jack to run for the Presidency, where does he send him to learn charm and star power? He sends him to Hollywood," Stanley said. "And the Kennedys discovered that what it required was being seen with beautiful people, it was going to expensive events, and developing that Camelot glamour."

It's this commitment with charm and star power, Stanley says, that has diluted American politics.

"I always find it sordid that you could drop names and get elected based on the people you're seen with," he said. "It's not healthy for a constitutional republic to have that kind of glamourization of its political leaders."

As Stanley points out below, there's a point where having star power for the sake of having star power doesn't help your case.

VIDEO: House of Commons

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-23 07:14
Iain Duncan Smith insists the full roll-out of Universal Credit is expected by 2017.

VIDEO: Pilot, 91, flies his first Spitfire

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-23 07:07
A 91-year-old former fighter pilot took the controls and looped the loop when he was given the chance to fly his first Spitfire.

In pictures: US football heartbreak

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-23 07:06
Many USA fans could barely believe it as a last-gasp equaliser by Portugal denied them a World Cup victory that would have put them in the last 16.
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