National / International News

Russia Puts Its Troops On 'Full Combat Alert'

NPR News - Sat, 2014-06-21 04:14

The move is seen as another show of force by Russia as tensions with Ukraine continue to mount. It comes after reports of violence spilling over into the Russian-Ukraine border.

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Hate crime motive probed over attack

BBC - Sat, 2014-06-21 04:12
Police are investigating whether an assault on two men in Lisburn, County Antrim, was a hate crime.

Plan to tackle phone blackspots

BBC - Sat, 2014-06-21 04:11
Mobile phone operators could be made to share networks in rural areas where signals are weak, under plans being considered by ministers.

Motorcyclist dies in A449 collision

BBC - Sat, 2014-06-21 04:08
A motorcyclist has died in a collision with a car in Monmouthshire, say Gwent Police.

Labour MP Blunkett to stand down

BBC - Sat, 2014-06-21 04:06
Former home secretary David Blunkett announces he will stand down as a Labour MP at the next general election in 2015.

An Urban Stonehenge For The New World

NPR News - Sat, 2014-06-21 03:58

Around the world, civilizations have been fascinated by the solstice. In the first of our series, Summer Stargazing, NPR's Scott Simon talks to astronomer Jackie Faherty about Manhattanhenge.

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Chicago Girl Designs A Parkinson's-Proof Cup

NPR News - Sat, 2014-06-21 03:58

Lily Born, 11, has designed a spill-proof cup for people with Parkinson's disease. She and her dad, Joe Born, talk with NPR's Scott Simon about the invention she's named Kangaroo Cups.

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Suburban D.C. Bear Gets Social Before Getting Relocated

NPR News - Sat, 2014-06-21 03:58

A bear that was found walking around Bethesda, Md., has been returned to his natural home. But not before gaining a moment of Internet fame with two fake Twitter accounts created on his behalf.

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With IRS, Email Lost Could Be More Alarming Than A Cover-Up

NPR News - Sat, 2014-06-21 03:58

A former IRS director's missing emails reminded some of the gap on Richard Nixon's Watergate tapes. Columnist Megan McArdle tells NPR's Scott Simon the disappearance indicates bigger problems within the agency.

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Iraq Turmoil Reignites A Decade-Old Debate

NPR News - Sat, 2014-06-21 03:58

NPR's Scott Simon talks with political correspondent Tamara Keith about the reaction to President Obama's decision to send up to 300 military advisers to Iraq.

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Will U.S. Military Advisors Be Enough To Secure Iraq?

NPR News - Sat, 2014-06-21 03:58

President Obama says he'll send military advisers to Iraq, but not combat forces. NPR's Scott Simon talks to retired Army Col. Derek Harvey about whether that's enough to help regain stability.

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Trump Stands Firm On Giant Chicago SIgn

NPR News - Sat, 2014-06-21 03:58

Donald Trump and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel are warring over a sign on the side of a skyscraper bearing Trump's name. The mayor wants it removed, but Trump has emphatically said no, via the media.

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Report Of Drone Crashes A 'Record Of Calamity'

NPR News - Sat, 2014-06-21 03:58

More than 400 U.S. military drones have been involved in major crashes around the world since 2001. NPR's Scott Simon reflects on the news, which was revealed in a Washington Post investigation.

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Palestinian Hunger Strikers Begin 3rd Month Of Protest

NPR News - Sat, 2014-06-21 03:58

Scores of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli custody have been on a hunger strike for almost two months, trying to change the system that allowed them to be held without being charged.

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Shiites Step Up To Arm Against Sunni Militias

NPR News - Sat, 2014-06-21 03:58

Iraqi security officials say Sunni militants have seized a Syrian border crossing in Iraq. NPR's Scott Simon gets an update on the situation from NPR's Alice Fordham in Baghdad.

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VIDEO: Historic white horse gets paint job

BBC - Sat, 2014-06-21 03:41
A white horse carved on the slope of a hill near Kilburn in North Yorkshire is being repainted by volunteers.

Man arrested over festival death

BBC - Sat, 2014-06-21 03:36
A 31-year-old man is arrested on suspicion of murdering a man attacked at Manchester's Parklife Festival.

Firefighters stage fresh strike

BBC - Sat, 2014-06-21 03:31
Firefighters in England and Wales are on strike for seven hours in an ongoing row with the government over pensions.

Wylfa B Japan delegation criticised

BBC - Sat, 2014-06-21 03:19
Campaigners criticise Anglesey council for spending taxpayers' money on sending a delegation to Japan to build relationships with the firm behind the new Wylfa B power station.

Valencia signs new Man Utd contract

BBC - Sat, 2014-06-21 03:16
Manchester United winger Antonio Valencia agrees a new three-year contract with an option to extend to June 2018.
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