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Syria's Assad Sworn In For Third 7-Year Presidential Term

NPR News - Wed, 2014-07-16 03:34

He was declared the winner of last month's election, which outside observers labeled a sham. Syria is in the midst of a civil war that has created a massive refugee crisis.

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VIDEO: 'Why did you demote Gove?' PM asked

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-16 03:33
Labour leader Ed Miliband has asked Prime Minister David Cameron why he demoted Education Secretary Michael Gove.

Day in pictures: 16 July 2014

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-16 03:31
24 hours of news photos: 16 July

Patients scared to complain says MP

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-16 03:22
Patients, relatives, and staff are too scared to speak out about problems in Welsh hospitals warns MP Ann Clwyd.

Israel Warns People To Leave Gaza As Cease-Fire Debate Continues

NPR News - Wed, 2014-07-16 03:19

Those who received the warning in Gaza were given until 8 a.m. local time to leave. The airstrikes that followed targeted Hamas leaders.

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VIDEO: Cher Lloyd sorry for 'bad attitude'

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-16 03:15
Former X Factor contestant Cher Lloyd talks to BBC Breakfast about why she is sorry she had a bad attitude whilst she was in the competition

Assad sworn in for third Syria term

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-16 03:05
Bashar al-Assad is sworn in for a third seven-year term as president of Syria, after an election last month that opponents dismissed as a "farce".

Sex abuser is jailed for 11 years

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-16 03:05
A former scout leader, part-time fireman and sports referee is jailed for 11 years for sex abuse offences.

PODCAST: Unlikely tech friends

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-07-16 03:00

Once notorious enemies, IBM and Apple have announced a partnership, with IBM developing more than 100 business apps for Apple. Plus, with Bank of America's disappointing earnings report, a look at what banks are dealing with this profit reporting season. Also, more on how campaign strategists maximize the effectiveness of email.

Apple and IBM: from flipping the bird to partnership

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-07-16 03:00

There’s a famous picture of Steve Jobs flipping the bird at an IBM sign:

Andy Hertzfeld, one of the original members of the Macintosh team, first published the photo to his Google page.

Then there was an Apple TV commercial depicting IBM as Big Brother from the book, 1984.

An annoucer intones, “On January 24, Apple computer will introduce Macintosh. And you’ll see why 1984 won’t be like 1984.”

But that was when Apple and IBM hated each other, and competed for the desktop computer market. 

Now, Apple needs IBM’s expertise as it tries to get companies to order more iPhones and iPads. Apple and IBM say IBM will develop more than 100 business apps for Apple.

Apple hopes the partnership will answer security concerns, and give CEOs one more reason to buy Apple.

“It's not just - hey the employees prefer it. But it also means, hey, the business advantages might even  be stronger if I go with the Apple solution," says Forrester analyst Frank Gillett.

As for IBM, it gets to be part of a winning team. Plus, IBM’s app designers will have greater access to Apple software. 


Kincora claims 'need to be' examined

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-16 02:45
Allegations that abuse at Kincora Boys' Home in east Belfast was linked to British intelligence services need to be investigated, says a former PSNI assistant chief constable.

VIDEO: Moment missile destroys Gaza house

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-16 02:35
Footage from Gaza shows the moment a house was destroyed by an Israeli missile, as Israel continues its operation to halt Palestinian rocket attacks.

10 great Open moments

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-16 02:34
Tiger Woods' tears, Jean van de Velde's meltdown and Seve's fist-pumps all feature in BBC Sport's great Open moments.

The challenge of funding a community college education

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-07-16 02:30

Federal student loans -- widely regarded as the safest form of education financing because of their low, fixed interest rates and flexible repayment plans -- are out of reach for one million community college students nationwide. That’s according to a new report from The Institute for College Access & Success.

The report says that while community colleges are generally a low-cost way to get a degree or certificate, students can still face roughly $15,000 in annual costs, with tuition and living expenses combined.

The majority of community colleges do offer federal student loan programs. But the report cites big regional differences, with 250,000 students shut out from the programs in California alone.

David Baime with the American Association of Community Colleges doubts the situation needs to change, noting that only 17 percent of community college students take out loans.

Plus, Baime says some schools might be reluctant to offer the loan programs because they fear defaults. High student loan default rates could hurt a college’s ability to secure other forms of federal aid, such as Pell Grants.

The numbers behind a community college education


The number of community college students nationwide who lack access to federal student loans.


The number of African-American community college students lacking access to federal student loans in Alabama, compared to 35 percent of their white peers.


The average tuition and fees for a full-time, full-year community college student, as estimated by the American Association of Community Colleges.


The full cost of one year of attendance at a community college, including tuition, fees, books and supplies, living expenses and transportation, as estimated by The Institute for College Access & Success.

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The number of community college students defaulting on loans within three years of beginning their repayment, according to the American Association of Community Colleges.


The share of community college students who take out loans, according to both groups cited above.

What makes a conference really irritating?

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-16 02:29
What really, really makes a conference irritating?

Mexico restricts soft drink TV ads

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-16 02:17
Mexico is restricting TV advertising for high-calorie foods and soft drinks, as part of its campaign to tackle obesity, the government has announced.

Typhoon batters central Philippines

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-16 02:14
A powerful storm hits the central Philippines, killing at least ten people and forcing thousands of others to evacuate.

TV channel fined £100,000 for violence

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-16 02:10
Media regulator Ofcom fines the Investigation Discovery channel £100,000 for showing a crime series about female killers before the 21:00 watershed.

Jobless up despite employment rise

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-16 02:09
The number of people out of work in Scotland rose by 13,000 to 192,000 over the three months to May, according to official figures.

'Europe's largest' pirate press raided

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-16 02:09
'Significant' numbers of illegal DVDs, CDs and vinyl records seized at underground German factory.
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