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Hackers In China Reportedly Targeted U.S. Federal Workers

NPR News - Thu, 2014-07-10 03:26

According to a report in The New York Times, hackers accessed U.S. government databases in March and apparently targeted files on employees who have applied for top-secret security clearances.

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Bank holds interest rates at 0.5%

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-10 03:11
The Bank of England holds UK interest rates at a record low of 0.5% for another month, and keeps its quantitative easing programme at £375bn.

VIDEO: Israeli village damaged in rocket attack

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-10 03:06
People in the village of Kfar Aza in Israel have escaped unharmed after a rocket attack which saw two missiles land in a workshop and playroom of a house that was unoccupied.

PODCAST: B-list social media stars

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-07-10 03:00

More on what can be learned from the minutes report released by the Federal Reserve from a recent meeting. Plus, tens of thousands of disability claims by vets are going nowhere, as some suspect there is a misunderstanding of how to complete a claim through the VA's online filing system. And with ads popping up on Instagram and Twitter feeds everywhere, a look at how users with modest followings are earning money through their social media accounts.

Fresh landslide at Honduras mine

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-10 02:56
A fresh landslide hits a makeshift mine in Honduras where eight miners remain trapped after a collapse last week.

Seagull swoops in race photo finish

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-10 02:56
Plucky bird causes a flap at Brighton as first to be caught on camera in photo finish of a horse race.

Unionists call for marching inquiry

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-10 02:53
Unionist leaders call on the secretary of state to set up a legal inquiry into marching issues in north Belfast.

Why is Chuck Norris trending in Argentina?

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-10 02:46
Why is action star Chuck Norris trending in Argentina?

Evra asks Man Utd for Juventus move

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-10 02:38
Patrice Evra asks to leave Manchester United but stops short of handing in a transfer request amid interest from Juventus.

Why Coe is set to win BBC race

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-10 02:38
Why Coe is likely to win race for BBC top job

Thousands of workers staging strike

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-10 02:32
Thousands of public sector workers take strike action in protest at a range of issues including pay and pensions.

AUDIO: How May has made it as Home Secretary

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-10 02:30
Danny Shaw looks at Theresa May's record as she becomes the longest-serving Home Secretary for 50 years.

Two men gored in Spanish bull run

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-10 02:30
Two Spaniards have been gored and several other people have been hurt on the fourth day of the traditional running of the bulls festival in Pamplona.

EU court rejects new cannabis claim

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-10 02:27
The EU's top court says designer drugs that mimic cannabis, which are already illegal in many countries, cannot be classed as medicinal.

Insurers to provide clearer quotes

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-10 02:21
Insurance companies are to be forced to provide clearer information on annual renewal quotations, after coming under pressure from consumer groups.

Burundi law to limit church numbers

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-10 02:21
Burundi's parliament passes a bill to curb the "proliferation of churches" in a country where there are more than 500 practising denominations.

AUDIO: Iraqi mortuaries 'struggling to cope'

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-10 02:20
Jeremy Bowen visits Baghdad's main morgue, hearing how it is unable to cope as the city's death toll rises.

VIDEO: World Cup fans killed in Gaza air strike

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-10 02:06
Yolande Knell reports from Gaza where up to 20 people have been killed overnight as Israel carries out air strikes - militants in the area have continued to fire rockets into Israel.

VIDEO: Japan typhoon creates fatal landslide

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-10 02:02
A 12-year-old boy is the latest victim of Japan's Typhoon Neoguri as a landslide crashes through the town of Nagiso destroying buildings in its path.

The long road to doing better business in India

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-07-10 02:00

India’s new Prime Minister Narendra Modi outlined his first budget for the country today. Following his landslide election in May, expectations are high for Mr. Modi's plans to help revive India’s economy and jumpstart development.

But can he do enough to make India a more attractive place for foreign companies and investors? Case in point: remember when those floor-vacuuming robots came out back in 2002? Scott Miller led iRobot’s R&D in India, where he says he navigated bad roads, corruption, and time-consuming piles of paperwork.

"Working in the consumer electronics industry, schedule is everything," Miller explains. "If you miss the main holiday season you have to wait another year and that can have a profound impact on your revenue."

Now, Miller is CEO of Dragon Innovation, which guides hardware companies from prototype to high-volume manufacturing. He says he’d love to go back to India if it gets easier to make things there.

"Having as many people as India does, it could be a very credible alternative to China," he says.

Many analysts are optimistic the Modi government will be able to attract more foreign investment.  

"We’ve definitely seen the financial markets react very positively to his election," says  John Derrick, Director of Research at U.S. Global Investors. "So I think we’re just waiting to see if he can, you know, walk the walk as well as talk the talk."  

Derrick adds that for Prime Minister Modi, it could be a long walk.

 

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