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Human Rights Watch Researcher Reports ISIS Abuses In Iraq

NPR News - Thu, 2014-07-24 10:26

Letta Tayler recently returned from Iraq, where she documented stories about the militant Islamist group ISIS and abuses by the Iraqi government. She tells Fresh Air what she learned.

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Kearney secures bronze medal for NI

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-24 10:22
NI's Lisa Kearney wins a bronze medal in the -52kg women's judo category after beating Canadian Audree Francis-Methot.

Killers fail to overturn voting ban

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-24 10:22
The UK Supreme Court dismisses a bid to overturn the ban on convicted prisoners being able to vote in the Scottish independence referendum.

Injured Carroll faces four months out

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-24 10:18
West Ham striker Andy Carroll could be out of action for four months after tearing ligaments in his ankle and requiring surgery.

Alistair Brownlee wins triathlon gold

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-24 10:02
England's Olympic champion Alistair Brownlee beats his brother Jonny to gold in the Glasgow 2014 men's triathlon.

Dwarfism boy 'barred from buses'

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-24 09:55
A boy with a form of dwarfism says he has been barred from buses five times in a fortnight in a row over the bike he uses.

More MH17 bodies leave Ukraine

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-24 09:51
Two planes carrying bodies of those killed on board flight MH17 land in the Netherlands, as UK experts start examining data from the two flight recorders.

VIDEO: Note found in World War One kilt

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-24 09:44
A hidden poem written by a Glasgow woman has been found sewn into the folds of a World War One kilt owned by a Southampton academic.

Ex-boyfriend guilty of Jayden murder

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-24 09:42
The ex-boyfriend of pregnant teenager Jayden Parkinson, whose body was found in an Oxfordshire graveyard, is convicted of murder.

MSF allowed to resume Rakhine work

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-24 09:35
Myanmar allows Medecins Sans Frontieres to resume work in Rakhine state, where residents have had almost no access to healthcare since the group was ejected in February.

Wiggins thwarted in gold bid

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-24 09:27
Sir Bradley Wiggins is denied a first Commonwealth Games gold as Australia beat England in the final of the 4,000m team pursuit.

Secret Cinema cancels opening night

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-24 09:26
Fans react angrily after Secret Cinema cancels an immersive screening of Back to The Future with only a couple of hours' notice.

Apology after burns boy turned away

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-24 09:21
A health board apologises after staff at a Gwynedd hospital refused to admit an 11-year-old boy who had burned his stomach with a spilt cup of tea.

Call for end to 'throwaway society'

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-24 09:05
A ban on sending leftover food to landfill is needed to move away from a 'throwaway society', say MPs.

Zoo In Argentina Says 'Sad Bear' Too Old To Go To Canada

NPR News - Thu, 2014-07-24 09:01

The plight of the nearly 30-year-old polar bear, who lost his enclosure mate two years ago, has attracted attention from well-wishers the world over who want him moved.

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Hacking reporter spared prison

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-24 09:00
Ex-News of the World and Sunday Mirror reporter Dan Evans is sentenced to a 10-month suspended jail sentence after admitting charges including phone hacking.

Venezuela trial 'test for democracy'

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-24 08:58
One of Venezuela's main opposition leaders, Leopoldo Lopez, says his trial for inciting violence will "test the quality" of the Venezuelan democracy.

A fund to invest more in rural infrastructure

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-07-24 08:57

Parts of rural America might be getting an infrastructure upgrade.

The Department of Agriculture is partnering with the private sector to launch a new investment fund stocked with $10 billion to go toward rural infrastructure development.

The idea is to bundle projects together so investors can more easily fund them, ranging from schools and hospitals to wastewater treatment facilities or even broadband.

For example, the state of Georgia exports nearly 30 percent of its agricultural products, according to Kent Wolfe, director of the Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development at the University of Georgia.

“In order to get those products to the port and compete on a global basis, we need to make sure that we have an efficient transportation system, requiring additional funds in rails, roadways, and port facilities,” Wolfe says, describing the type of investment his area might benefit from.

Especially in more rural locations, communities simply can’t afford to do these large projects on their own.

“Rural areas often have farmland and lower cost rural housing and that’s about it to tax,” says Larry DeBoer, a professor of agricultural economics at Purdue University. “In order to do a big project, the tax rates you’d need to do this sort of thing at normal interest rates would be quite high.”

CoBank, a national cooperative bank based in Colorado, is putting up the first $10 billion, though the Department of Agriculture is seeking additional funding from other private sources, like pension funds, endowments, and foundations.

The agency will then act as the matchmaker, finding projects for this fund to invest it. Some loans will be all private money, others a mix of private and public funding.

Syrian President Issues New Stamps, But Can't Deliver The Mail

NPR News - Thu, 2014-07-24 08:55

The set of three stamps commemorates Bashar Assad's recent presidential election victory. But what seems like a mundane occurrence says a lot about power in the war-torn country.

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SA teachers 'racially abused pupils'

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-24 08:44
South Africa's Human Rights Commission finds a school guilty of hate speech towards black and mixed-race pupils.
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