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VIDEO: China and Russia in huge gas deal

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-21 03:00
China and Russia have agreed a huge gas supply contract in Shanghai after a decade of talks.

Saint or sinner? Cortese fights back

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-21 02:55
Italian Nicola Cortese says he proved the doubters wrong during his five-year reign as chairman of Southampton.

Egyptian Court Sentences Mubarak To 3 Years In Prison For Corruption

NPR News - Wed, 2014-05-21 02:54

Deposed Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak and his sons were charged with embezzling millions of dollars in public funds.

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Toure fuels talk of Man City exit

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-21 02:50
Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure says he does not know which club he will be playing for next season.

FBI 'could hire hackers on cannabis'

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-21 02:41
The FBI's director says the agency is considering hiring cannabis-smoking hackers despite a ban on the drug's use, according to reports.

Italian navy rescues child migrants

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-21 02:38
The Italian navy rescues nearly 1,000 illegal migrants from the seas off southern Italy inside two days, with 170 minors among them.

Actor Roache ready for Corrie return

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-21 02:35
Soap star William Roache is to resume filming on Coronation Street, almost five months after being cleared of rape and indecent assault.

NI21 leaders clash on 'crazy' claim

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-21 02:31
The leader of Northern Ireland newest political party Basil McCrea wants an explanation from his deputy for calling NI21 "crazy" and "dysfunctional".

Man charged in care home abuse case

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-21 02:24
A 74-year-old Wrexham man, Peter Steen, has been charged with seven offences of assault and child cruelty, in an inquiry into historical abuse in children's homes.

Parks in peril

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-21 02:23
Funding cuts have left UK's parks "on the edge of a precipice"

T-Mobile and Univision pitch Latinos a phone plan

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-05-21 02:23

T-Mobile is offering three new cell phone plans that start at $30 a month and include 100 free minutes to some countries in Latin America. T-Mobile’s partner in the plans is Univision, the Spanish language broadcast network.  If you sign up for a new Univision Mobile plan, you’ll get access to exclusive content.

Luis Miguel Messianu, president and chief creative officer at Alma, a Hispanic and multicultural advertising firm in Miami, says the strength of Univision’s brand could help bring success.

"Why would I leave my AT&T plan and move to this new venture if it doesn’t give me additional perks?" he asked.

Messianu notes that Latino consumers want good content and prices, and that others have failed in targeting them in the past, like ESPN, J-Lo and Verizon.

T-Mobile wants Latino consumers, and it's easy to understand why. Messianu calls them "the original social network." A telecom industry analyst, Roger Entner, says Hispanics are spending more on their smart phones than the average. He notes that the market for Latino smartphone users is worth about $30 billion a year in service revenues.

But when it comes to Latinos, T-Mobile will have to overtake AT&T, Verizon and Sprint.

JPMorgan Chase investing in Detroit's community

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-05-21 02:21

JP Morgan Chase's $100 million dollar pledge to invest in the Detroit community follows a $15 million investment by Goldman Sachs late last year.

Robin Boyle, a professor of urban studies and planning at Wayne State University, says the investments don't necessarily signal that Detroit is the new darling of Wall Street, but the funds could help the bankrupt city focus on the future, while city managers grapple with billion dollars of debts. 

Terry Simonette, president and CEO of Capital Impact Partners, a non-profit community development financial institution that is receiving $20 million in loans and $5 million in grant money from Chase, says the group will use the money to help spur development in three Detroit neighborhoods: Northwest, Southwest and Jefferson East.  "As people re-occupy those neighborhoods they need food, bakery, they need coffee shops, they need supermarkets," says Simonette.

VIDEO: Have the political parties been in touch?

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-21 02:16
Birmingham voters are asked about the level of contact from canvassers ahead of Thursday's elections.

How far will tech fitness products run?

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-21 02:16
Are fitness tech products on a road to nowhere?

Voters warned: Don't take selfies

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-21 02:12
Polling station staff will try to stop voters taking selfies on Thursday in case they accidentally break the law.

Two editors leaving Media Wales

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-21 02:06
Editors at two of Wales' newspapers are leaving their jobs, it is announced.

Scotland pick Lamont for Games Sevens

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-21 02:00
International wingers Sean Lamont and Tommy Seymour are included in Scotland's Sevens squad for the Commonwealth Games.

Austen's hidden note linked to novel

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-21 02:00
A handwritten note by author Jane Austen "hidden" for 150 years on the back of a scrap of paper is revealed for the first time.

Couple to be extradited to US later

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-21 01:52
A British couple facing extradition to the US on fraud charges are to be flown out of the UK later, their solicitor confirms.

House sales 'strongest since 2007'

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-21 01:51
Northern Ireland house prices are rising, according to new figures covering the first months of 2014.
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