National / International News

Syria's Army On The Verge Of Retaking The Country's Largest City

NPR News - Wed, 2014-07-16 11:06

Rebels captured the eastern half of Aleppo, the country's biggest city, two years ago. Now President Assad's army looks likely to drive them out in what would be a major blow to the opposition.

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Cutesy robot Asimo gets upgraded

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-16 10:48
Honda's Asimo robot has grown up - its latest upgrade gives it enhanced intelligence, added dexterity and the ability to run 5.6mph.

VIDEO: Centenarians remember WW1 100 years on

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-16 10:40
BBC News hears from two of the centenarians at a special tea party held to mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War One.

'Escort' denies killing Google exec

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-16 10:40
A woman alleged to be a prostitute pleads not guilty to injecting a Google executive with a lethal dose of heroin on his yacht.

Man 'interested in children as food'

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-16 10:39
A nurse who allegedly planned to meet a 14-year-old girl so he could kill and eat her told police he found children interesting as a food source, a court hears.

Democratic Effort To Override Hobby Lobby Ruling Fails

NPR News - Wed, 2014-07-16 10:35

A bill to require employers to pay for birth control did not pass a procedural vote in the Senate. The vote may have been held largely to put GOP senators on record on the issue.

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Pundits' picks: Who will win the 2014 Open?

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-16 10:33
Who will win the 2014 Open at Hoylake?

Cory Booker Wants To Help Ex-Offenders Be Economically Productive

NPR News - Wed, 2014-07-16 10:27

Sens. Cory Booker and Rand Paul have proposed legislation that would overhaul the American criminal justice system. For more about the REDEEM act, guest host Jacki Lyden speaks with Booker.

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Arts Program Makes Israeli And Palestinian Youth Hopeful For Future

NPR News - Wed, 2014-07-16 10:27

The most recent violence between the Israelis and Palestinians has affected young people on both sides of the conflict. Guest host Jacki Lyden learns how one group is using art to foster peace.

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Diamond crushed to Saturn's extremes

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-16 10:21
Diamond, nature's hardest material, has been crushed to record extremes using the "world's biggest laser".

Don't Fire The Comcast Guy, Says Caller Who Tried To Cancel

NPR News - Wed, 2014-07-16 10:20

The man whose frustrating call to Comcast went viral says the customer service rep should not be fired. Ryan Block says the problem he encountered is far more systemic than one person.

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Not So Offal: Why Bone Soup, A 'Perfect Food,' Tastes So Meaty

NPR News - Wed, 2014-07-16 10:09

After a taste of Singaporean sup tulang, we felt compelled to unpack what makes marrow so profoundly delicious. A biochemist says its unique combination of volatile compounds create a wallop of umami.

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Bergdahl retains civilian lawyer

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-16 10:03
Ex-Taliban captive Sgt Bowe Bergdahl retains his lawyer amid an ongoing Army investigation into his 2009 disappearance from a base in Afghanistan.

'Threats' made to Cyril Smith police

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-16 10:01
A friend of Cyril Smith made "veiled threats" to a senior detective investigating sex abuse claims against the Liberal MP, a report reveals.

'Abused children' rescued in Mexico

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-16 09:51
Mexican police rescue more than 450 children they believe were abused at a children's home in the western state of Michoacan.

School meals may face 'difficulties'

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-16 09:38
Nick Clegg admits primary schools may have "difficulties" in providing free meals for under-sevens, as councils and schools complain about the impact on their budgets.

VIDEO: UK heat linked to Pacific storm

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-16 09:33
How can a super typhoon in the Northwest Pacific spark off thunderstorms in the UK? Peter Gibbs explains.

Gaza deaths pass 200 amid more fire

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-16 09:29
The death toll from nine days of violence between Israel and Gaza militants passes 200, as four Palestinian children die in a strike on a beach.

Night vision fighter helmet unveiled

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-16 09:28
A new helmet that allows pilots to see in the dark via an integrated night vision camera is unveiled at the Farnborough Airshow.

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