National / International News

Manchester United 3-1 Newcastle United

BBC - 1 hour 31 min ago
Wayne Rooney scores twice and creates a goal for Robin van Persie as Manchester United secure an easy win over Newcastle.

Azerbaijan raids US radio station

BBC - 1 hour 51 min ago
Prosecutors in Azerbaijan raid the offices of a radio station in the capital, Baku, which is funded by the US government.

Saudi Women Reportedly Referred To Terrorism Court For Driving

NPR News - 2 hours 6 min ago

The two women were arrested as they tried to cross the border from UAE, where they had legally obtained driver's licenses. The two also are said to have been active online against the ban.

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VIDEO: Munster v Leinster

BBC - 2 hours 10 min ago
BBC Alba coverage with English language commentary of the Pro12 match.

Officers hurt following Antrim arson

BBC - 2 hours 24 min ago
Two Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) officers are treated in hospital for the effects of breathing in smoke following an arson attack at a flat in Antrim.

West Bromwich Albion 1-3 Manchester City

BBC - 2 hours 36 min ago
Manchester City score three first-half goals and survive a snowstorm as they beat West Brom to stay three points behind Premier League leaders Chelsea.

Bolton Wanderers 2-1 Blackburn Rovers

BBC - 2 hours 37 min ago
Ex-England striker Emile Heskey scores from the bench on his Bolton debut and inspires them to victory against Blackburn.

Probe into double death at house

BBC - 2 hours 45 min ago
An investigation is under way after a man and a woman were found dead at a house in West Sussex on Christmas Day.

Ukraine and rebels trade prisoners

BBC - 3 hours 6 min ago
Pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine begin exchanging scores of prisoners with the Ukrainian government near the rebel-held city of Donetsk.

Sony and Microsoft fight ... the Lizard Squad

Starting on Christmas Eve, Microsoft's Xbox Live and Sony's PlayStation Network suffered outages that lasted through Christmas Day and beyond. By the morning of the 26th, XBox was said to be back online, but judging by the continued grumpiness on Twitter, PlayStation Network was still not working.

A group called Lizard Squad posted messages on Twitter, taking responsibility.

Lizard Squad, a group of so-called "black hat" hackers, has a history of attacking gaming networks. In those earlier attacks, Lizard Squad used what’s called D-Dos or Distributed Denial of Service attacks, in which hackers send a bunch of essentially fake online traffic to a website or a service and bring it down by overwhelming the system.

No one is saying that these hacks are related to the earlier attacks on Sony Pictures that President Obama has blamed on North Korea. But it does come at an inopportune moment for the company.

Of the many tweets on the subject, perhaps the most amusing come from someone with a fake Kim Jong-Un account. Starts by quoting a headline from the tech blog Gizmodo: “Xbox Live and PSN are still messed up” and ends: “It wasn’t me, PEACE”


Cardiff Blues 17-23 NG Dragons

BBC - 3 hours 31 min ago
Gutsy Newport Gwent Dragons hold out for a Pro12 win over Cardiff Blues in dreadful conditions at Cardiff Arms Park.

VIDEO: Charity 'dippers' North Sea plunge

BBC - 3 hours 34 min ago
Hundred of people braved a dip in the North Sea off the Norfolk coast on Boxing Day to help raise money for charity.

Urgent talks call over City Link

BBC - 4 hours 2 min ago
A union demands "urgent talks" with ministers and administrators about the collapse of the UK parcel delivery service City Link.

VIDEO: Boxer Khan in Pakistan school pledge

BBC - 4 hours 4 min ago
The boxer Amir Khan has arrived in Pakistan to lend his support to the victims of the Peshawar school shooting massacre, in which 141 people, including 132 children, were killed.

PODCAST: How the hacker stole Christmas


Christmas is always a busy day for Microsoft XBox and Sony Playstation's servers, as people unwrap their new game consoles and try to log on. But in what may be the Grinch move of the season, hackers claim to have orchestrated a digital attack that's been slowing or halting those gaming networks since yesterday. 

Want to not make friends or influence people in a bar? Try going on about trade policy. But NAFTA and other trade agreements may have altered the texture of American business and the job market more than any other set of policies. And there are new trade agreements in the works that could play prominently in our coverage in 2015.  

And, some airlines these days are now trying to make life in coach a bit less contemptuous, with fluffier head-rests and bigger video screens. But as Sam Hartnett reports this is happening even as some of the seats are getting smaller.

Turkey Frees Teenager Who 'Insulted' The President

NPR News - 4 hours 35 min ago

The most recent crackdown on President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's critics is proof for many that Turkey is veering toward authoritarianism.

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Ukrainian Peace Talks Put On Hold

NPR News - 4 hours 37 min ago

The talks that began on Wednesday were expected to be continued today in Minsk. Belarus, which is hosting the dialogue, declined to comment on the reason.

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Silviniaco Conti in King George win

BBC - 4 hours 40 min ago
The favourite Silviniaco Conti dominates to make it back-to-back wins in the King George VI Chase at Kempton.

Brentford 2-4 Ipswich Town

BBC - 4 hours 43 min ago
Two goals from Daryl Murphy help Ipswich Town beat Brentford and move top of the Championship table.

Man dies after Boxing Day road crash

BBC - 4 hours 44 min ago
A 37-year-old man from County Fermanagh dies following a one-vehicle road crash.