National / International News

Google deleted a BBC reporter's article. Is it right?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-07-09 13:10

Google decided to do some summer cleaning, removing some unwanted links from their search engines. They're taking their cue from the European Union's highest court's "right to be forgotten" ruling, put in place a few months ago.

One of the articles removed was written by BBC Economics editor Robert Peston in October 2007, about Stan O'Neal, the former Merrill Lynch boss. However, the subject of the article was not the cause of removal.

"These restrictions have been put in place because somebody who left a comment underneath my article no longer wants the world to see his or her comment," Peston says.

The ruling says Google can remove information from its search engine if it's inadequate, irrelevant, no longer relevant or excessive. Peston says there was nothing in the article that met the criteria - and he calls the removal an assault on freedom of the press.

Wheels come off Britain's tour de force

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-09 13:07
British hopes fade in the Tour de France 2014 after dramatic highs and crushing lows in the first few stages.

Gove urges teachers to call off strike

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-09 13:07
Education Secretary Michael Gove is calling on teachers to "reconsider" plans for a strike on Thursday.

On Opposite Sides Of Israeli-Gaza Border, Feeling The Same Fears

NPR News - Wed, 2014-07-09 13:05

The escalating conflict around the Gaza Strip has turned daily routines upside down. A family in Ashkelon, Israel, and one in Gaza City both take shelter — and struggle to keep their children safe.

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Argentina Ditch Dutch On The Way To World Cup Final

NPR News - Wed, 2014-07-09 12:57

Argentina defeated the Netherlands 4-2 in penalty kicks in their World Cup semifinal. The two sides were 0-0 at the end of extra time. Argentina plays Germany in the final on Sunday.

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VIDEO: Contest to find new Swiss anthem

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-09 12:34
A contest is under way to compose a new national anthem for Switzerland, but what makes an ideal anthem?

Boy, 3, found unresponsive in pool

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-09 12:30
A three-year-old boy is airlifted to hospital after being found unresponsive in a swimming pool in Wiltshire.

Do The World Cup's Fluttering Kicks Put Fans' Hearts At Risk?

NPR News - Wed, 2014-07-09 12:17

Researchers found that the number of cardiac emergencies around Munich more than doubled on days when Germany was playing in the 2006 World Cup compared with days when the team was idle.

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What Burritos And Sandwiches Can Teach Us About Innovation

NPR News - Wed, 2014-07-09 12:12

Is a burrito a sandwich? The answer may sound simple to you ... but the question gets at the very heart of a tension that's existed for ages.

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Rape victims 'vilified' online

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-09 12:11
Rape victims are being named and "vilified" online because laws to protect their anonymity are too weak, a House of Lords committee hears.

Corruption Convictions Spell 10 Year Sentence For Former NOLA Mayor

NPR News - Wed, 2014-07-09 12:11

Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for bribery, money laundering and other corruption crimes. The counts on which he was convicted cover a span that includes much of his two terms in office.

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The Plight Of Mosul's Museum: Iraqi Antiquities At Risk Of Ruin

NPR News - Wed, 2014-07-09 12:11

Christopher Dickey, foreign editor for the Daily Beast, speaks to Melissa Block about the dangers facing antiquities in a museum and other archaeological sites in the Iraqi city of Mosul.

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In Germany, A Case Against Another Alleged American Spy

NPR News - Wed, 2014-07-09 12:11

U.S.-German relations were further strained Wednesday over reports that prosecutors in Germany are investigating a German soldier accused of spying for the U.S. It's the second such case in a week.

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Lawmakers Unearth Failures To Investigate Campus Sex Crimes

NPR News - Wed, 2014-07-09 12:11

According to survey results released by Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., many American colleges are breaking the law by failing to respond to sexual assault allegations on campus.

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PM condemns public sector strike

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-09 12:09
People should go to work instead of joining Thursday's public sector strike, David Cameron says, as he pledges to change strike laws.

Husband murdered wife who left him

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-09 11:53
A man is found guilty of murdering his wife - the mother of their two children - by shooting her twice in the back because he could not accept she had left him.

Air checks: What do passengers think?

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-09 11:46
What passengers think of new airport security checks

'Unresponsive' pitch helps no-one

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-09 11:37
England's bowlers battled manfully on an unresponsive Trent Bridge pitch, says correspondent Jonathan Agnew.

VIDEO: Pesticide threat to wild birds

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-09 11:34
New research suggests that a farm pesticide which has been blamed for impacting Britain's bee colonies may also be harming the nation's wild birds.
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