National / International News

VIDEO: Timelapse of storm in New York

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-04 10:57
ABC News' timelapse video of a thunderstorm passing through New York City on Thursday night.

Amir Khan arrested over assaults

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-04 10:47
Former world light welterweight champion Amir Khan is arrested on suspicion of assaulting two men in Bolton.

France 0-1 Germany

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-04 10:46
Germany progress to a record fourth successive World Cup semi-final as Mats Hummels' header knocks out France.

Ethiopian 'extradited' to death row

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-04 10:33
An Ethiopian opposition leader, sentenced to death while in exile for plotting a coup, has been extradited from Yemen to Ethiopia, his group says.

China levies bribery charges against British drugmaker

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-07-04 10:33

A major scandal engulfing the British pharmaceutical company Glaxo Smith Klein has taken another turn. The Chinese government has accused GSK of systemic bribery and corruption. Its top executive in China is under arrest.

And now, a private investigator Glaxo hired -- who's also been detained -- says he believes these allegations of impropriety are credible.

Marketplace's Stephen Beard has been following the story from London, and says Glaxo's executives recieved emails last year from a self-proclaimed whistle-blower claiming that officials with the company had bribed doctors and hospitals in China to buy Glaxo's drugs at inflated prices. Glaxo investigated the claims, and says that while it uncovered some unrelated fraudulent activity, it did not find any evidence of bribery.

GSK also claims it has been the target of a smear campaign.

"And there does seem to be something in that," says Beard, "Someone, for example, secretly filmed the top Galxo executive in China having sex with a woman who was in that classic tabloid phrase, 'not his wife'."

Beard also says that Glaxo is under a deal of pressure from Chinese authorities to push down the prices it and other Western drug companies charge in the country.

Andrew Halper of the international law firm Olswang spoke to the BBC about how non-Chinese corporations in China are vulnerable.

"Foreign companies don't benefit from cover, they don't benefit from connections," says Halper, "They rarely, if ever, will have that sort of thing to protect them; they're exposed."

The twist in the story, however, is that private-eye who turned on Glaxo to say the charges may have merit.

"After recieving the sex tape, Glaxo hired this private eye to find out who was trying to smear the company," says Beard, "He submitted his report, was then in days arrested by the Chinese authorities. But here is, as you say, the latest wrinkle: It's now emerged, having seen some of the whistle-blowing emails, the investigator thinks those bribery allegations are entirely credible."

Since Glaxo only generates about three percent of its revenue from China, it may not suffer a huge amount of damage from this scandal, in terms of its overall business in the region. But the company may be looking at some collatoral damage as British fraud regulators are opening their own investigation. The Department of Justice is rumored to be taking an interest in the case as well.

Le Tour fever cranks up in Yorkshire

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-04 10:29
The final preparations for the 2014 Tour de France in Yorkshire are under way as cycling fever grips the county.

Iraq's PM vows fight for third term

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-04 10:25
Iraqi PM Nouri Maliki insists he will never give up on his bid for a third term despite criticism that he is divisive, vowing to continue battling rebels.

Germany And Brazil To Face Off In World Cup Semifinals

NPR News - Fri, 2014-07-04 10:20

Brazil ended Colombia's Cinderella story on Friday with a 2-1 win to advance to the World Cup semifinals. On Tuesday Brazil will face Germany, who defeated France 1-0 in the quarterfinal.

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Mountain sold to 'unnamed party'

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-04 09:58
A mountain in the Lake District that was put up for sale earlier this year is sold to an "unnamed party".

SiriusXM Fires Anthony Cumia, Host Of 'Opie & Anthony,' Over Tweets

NPR News - Fri, 2014-07-04 09:55

The satellite radio network said his "racially-charged and hate-filled remarks on social media" are inconsistent with its values. Cumia's tweets came after he was allegedly assaulted in New York.

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VIDEO: Highlights: France 0-1 Germany

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-04 09:54
A first-half header from Mats Hummels gives Germany a 1-0 win over France in their 2014 World Cup quarter-final and books their place in the last four.

VIDEO: Inside the Costa Concordia wreck

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-04 09:54
Italian police have released footage showing the underwater interior of wrecked cruise ship Costa Concordia.

VIDEO: How Yellow Jacks became Red Arrows

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-04 09:46
Red Arrows founder member Squadron Leader Henry Prince shares some of his memories of the aerial display team in their 50th anniversary year.

Rolf Harris jailed for sex assaults

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-04 09:30
Disgraced entertainer Rolf Harris is jailed for nearly six years for 12 indecent assaults on four girls - including one aged just seven or eight.

VIDEO: 'Emotional' to see our son in jail

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-04 09:29
Lois and Juris Greste describe their ''extremely emotional'' visit to a prison in Cairo to see their son, Peter.

Federer sets up Djokovic final

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-04 09:25
Seven-time champion Roger Federer dismantles the big-serving game of Milos Raonic to reach his ninth Wimbledon final.

Mum jailed for toddler bath drowning

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-04 09:09
The mother of a toddler, who drowned in a bath in Hull, is sentenced to three years in prison for his manslaughter.

Training call after restraint death

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-04 08:57
A coroner who investigated the death of a man after he was ejected from a nightclub warns others could die unless police training improves.

Hurricane Arthur loses strength

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-04 08:50
Hurricane Arthur has weakened in strength after hitting North Carolina's barrier islands overnight, causing thousands of homes to lose power.

German Held On Suspicion Of Passing Classified Information

NPR News - Fri, 2014-07-04 08:28

News reports say the unidentified man worked for Germany's spy agency and passed secrets to the U.S. Ties between the countries have been affected by revelations the NSA spied on Germans.

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