National / International News

Osborne sets 18 March Budget date

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-17 07:15
Chancellor George Osborne is to deliver his last Budget of the Parliament on 18 March 2015, weeks before the election.

Taliban kill 10 in Afghan bank raid

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-17 07:12
Ten people are killed and many more wounded as Taliban militants attack a bank in the southern Afghan province of Helmand, officials say.

A Tweet On Women's Veils, Followed By Raging Debate In Saudi Arabia

NPR News - Wed, 2014-12-17 07:11

A prominent ultra-conservative figure says that face veils for women are not mandatory. Now everyone is weighing in on the hottest topic in the kingdom.

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Couples tango for Pope in Rome

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-17 07:07
Hundreds of couples dance a mass tango in Rome's St Peter's Square in honour of Pope Francis' 78th birthday.

Oil price forces new Nigeria budget

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-17 07:06
The prolonged slump in the price of oil forces oil-export dependent Nigeria to revise its budget plans, prompting its currency to fall to a record low.

Fifa investigator Garcia resigns

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-17 07:05
Fifa's independent ethics investigator Michael Garcia resigns in protest over the handling of his World Cup bidding report.

McCoist remains Rangers manager

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-17 07:03
Ally McCoist remains manager of Rangers after a meeting with board members despite having handed in his notice.

Parties' EU election spend revealed

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-17 07:00
UKIP spent almost as much as the Conservatives at this year's European elections - while the Lib Dems outspent Labour, Electoral Commission figures show.

Ben Haenow heading for number one

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-17 06:59
Ben Haenow is heading for Christmas number one as he increases his lead in the midweek charts, just three days after winning the X Factor.

The legal confusion over perpendicular parking

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-17 06:56
Is it legal to park at a right angle to the kerb?

Machete double killer jailed for life

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-17 06:53
A man who beat his ex-partner to death with a machete, hammer and screwdriver and slit his baby daughter's throat is convicted of murder.

Cuba, U.S. Agree To Prisoner Release Including American Alan Gross

NPR News - Wed, 2014-12-17 06:50

Signaling what could be a major shift in U.S. relations with Cuba, Gross, who has been jailed in Cuba for five years, will be released, while the U.S. will release three Cubans.

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Polls Show Cuban-American View On U.S.-Cuba Relations Is Nuanced

NPR News - Wed, 2014-12-17 06:50

For years, Cuban-Americans in Miami supported punitive policies against Cuba. But, after Obama's election, that view has moderated.

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Castrogiovanni punished for rant

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-17 06:47
Toulon's Martin Castrogiovanni is fined and given a suspended ban for his rant to the media.

How many attacks on schools around the world?

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-17 06:45
There have been almost 10,000 attacks on education in recent years

The surprising calm emerging from Russia's rouble crisis

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-17 06:41
The surprising calm emerging from the rouble crisis

US and Cuba seek to normalise ties

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-17 06:35
US and Cuba are to start talks to normalise diplomatic ties in a historic shift in relations, US administration officials say.

Historical abuse inquiry announced

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-17 06:18
The Scottish government announces a statutory public inquiry into the historical sex abuse of children in care.

Royal Assent for Wales tax powers

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-17 06:10
A bill that hands tax-raising powers to the Welsh government has received Royal Assent and become law.

Government to sell more Lloyds shares

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-17 06:03
The government announces that it is to sell more of its shares in Lloyds Banking Group