National / International News

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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Teenager Ko equals LPGA Tour record

BBC - Thu, 2015-04-02 13:42
Lydia Ko equals the LPGA Tour record with her 29th consecutive under-par round in the first women's major of the season.

VIDEO: Party leaders clash in TV debate

BBC - Thu, 2015-04-02 13:32
Seven party leaders have clashed over the NHS, immigration and cutting the deficit in a TV debate.

Bristol Academy Ladies 0-4 Chelsea Ladies

BBC - Thu, 2015-04-02 13:03
Chelsea Ladies record a dominant win against Bristol Academy to continue their perfect start to the WSL 1 season.

Who is Savage's player of the year?

BBC - Thu, 2015-04-02 13:01
With voting for the PFA Player of the Year award about to close, Robbie Savage reveals who he thinks should land the prize.

Drug-Resistant Food Poisoning Lands In The U.S.

NPR News - Thu, 2015-04-02 12:52

Travelers are bringing a nasty bacterial disease to the U.S. and spreading it to others. The bacteria cause bad diarrhea and are tough to treat because they're resistant to the top antibiotic.

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Alabama Man To Be Released After 30 Year On Death Row

NPR News - Thu, 2015-04-02 12:42

Anthony Ray Hinton was convicted in the 1985 murders of two fast-food employees based almost exclusively on ballistics evidence that has since been deemed unreliable.

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Plane lands safely after 'emergency'

BBC - Thu, 2015-04-02 12:39
A civilian aircraft lands safely after being escorted into Prestwick Airport in Ayrshire after suffering technical problems.