National / International News

Mladic war crimes defence begins

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-19 05:27
The defence in the genocide and crimes against humanity trial of former Bosnian Serb army chief Ratko Mladic opens its case in The Hague.

Day in pictures: 19 May 2014

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-19 05:22
News photos from past 24 hours: 19 May

VIDEO: PA calls for football chief's resignation

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-19 05:17
Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore is coming under increasing pressure to resign, following sexist comments he made in a series of leaked private emails.

AT&T’s $48.5 billion bid for your everything

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-05-19 05:16

AT&T is buying satellite TV company DirecTV in a $48.5 billion deal. Like so many other media mergers, the news has executives and Wall Street analysts tossing around corporate buzzwords. There’s the old favorite “synergy,” of course. But “bundle” is the key word for this proposed combination.

“They can bundle this with a broadband product and offer a bundle of voice, video and broadband, which they haven’t been able to do in a lot of their footprint up until now,” says Jonathan Chaplin at New Street Research.

Grabbing America’s biggest satellite provider allows AT&T to expand its move to sell more services on one bill nationwide.

If the deal goes through, AT&T would be the second largest American pay TV operator. Its 26 million customers would be just behind a combined Comcast-Time Warner Cable, which would have 30 million if its own proposed merger goes through.

AT&T is already offering significant concessions, enough that Wall Street expects regulators will let its deal go through.

Mark Garrison: Media mergers tend to be heavy on corporate buzzwords. Synergy is an old favorite. Bundle is popular these days and Jonathan Chaplin at New Street Research says this deal is bundle-icious.

Jonathan Chaplin: They can bundle this with a broadband product and offer a bundle of voice, video and broadband, which they haven’t been able to do in a lot of their footprint up until now.

AT&T wants to sell you everything on one bill. Grabbing America’s biggest satellite provider lets them do that nationwide. If all goes through, AT&T will be the second largest pay TV operator. That means regulators will take a close look. Chaplin and other analysts believe AT&T’s offer to make concessions will be enough.

Chaplin: This is a deal that’s gonna get through.

DirecTV’s Latin American business is also a factor, says Macquarie senior analyst Amy Yong.

Amy Yong: That is a clear growth opportunity for AT&T over the next few years.

The companies expect the deal to close within a year. In New York, I'm Mark Garrison, for Marketplace.

AT&T, DirecTV And Finding A Prom Date: Reactions To Merger

NPR News - Mon, 2014-05-19 05:14

"It's kind of like trying to find a date before the prom," one analyst says of consolidation in the media industry. Some experts are criticizing the deal's strategy and potential impact on consumers.

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Redgrave to star on screen in Midwife

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-19 05:03
Vanessa Redgrave, who narrates BBC One series Call the Midwife, is to appear as a mature Jennifer Worth on screen for the first time.

AUDIO: Mother's grief after ambulance mix-up

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-19 05:02
A mother describes the pain of losing her daughter to asthma, when an ambulance went to the wrong address.

Harrison's guitar sells for £390,000

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-19 05:00
An electric guitar played by The Beatles' George Harrison sells for $657,000 (£390,000) at auction in New York.

Russia Says It Has Ordered Its Troops Away From Ukraine Border

NPR News - Mon, 2014-05-19 04:55

This is the second time Russia says it is moving its troops, but NATO says it has yet to see a significant shift in the position of Russian forces.

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Pakistan drops case against FBI man

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-19 04:52
A court in Pakistan orders charges to be dropped against an American FBI agent who was arrested for carrying ammunition in his luggage.

Omani official jailed for corruption

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-19 04:49
A former Omani minister is sentenced to three years in prison for corruption, the most senior government figure to be convicted in the sultanate.

AUDIO: Tough year behind Ryanair profit drop

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-19 04:46
Ryanair's full-year profits have fallen for the first time in five years.

Exam stress tackled by bubble wrap

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-19 04:44
University students have ordered hundreds of metres of bubble wrap to burst as a way of relieving exam stress.

VIDEO: Do all parties have off-message members?

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-19 04:38
UKIP says the longer-established parties are not facing scrutiny over the behaviour of candidates and councillors.

Man jailed for pub brawl killing

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-19 04:38
A Hereford father-of-four is jailed for three years after killing a man with a single punch during a pub brawl.

VIDEO: The poster that 'soaks up' pollution

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-19 04:31
A giant poster has been put up in Sheffield to help remove pollution from the air

Lack of radiation records criticised

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-19 04:30
Experts investigating radioactivity at Dalgety Bay say it is unacceptable that the UK does not have comprehensive records of potentially contaminated land.

Harris 'introduced girl to kissing'

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-19 04:27
Entertainer Rolf Harris told a girl he wanted to "introduce" her to kissing when she was 11 or 12 years old, a jury hears.

Woman stabbed and four children hurt

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-19 04:20
A man is arrested after a woman is found fatally stabbed and four children injured at a house in West Yorkshire.

Kearney misses out on Ireland tour

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-19 04:15
Leinster winger Dave Kearney misses out on Ireland's tour to Argentina after suffering a knee injury in the Pro12 win over Ulster.

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