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Iraq Debates Law That Would Allow Men To Marry 9-Year-Old Girls

NPR News - Tue, 2014-05-13 10:48

The Iraqi Cabinet has approved the measure and sent it to Parliament for a vote. Opponents say it would be a major setback for a country that has mostly secular laws.

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Man held over Claudia Lawrence case

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-13 10:37
A 59-year-old man from York is arrested on suspicion of murdering chef Claudia Lawrence, who has been missing since 2009.

How Sega broke Nintendo's monopoly on video games

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-05-13 10:34

Chances are, if you've ever played a video game in your life, you've heard of Sonic the Hedgehog, Super Mario, or both.

Before they started appearing in video games together, though, their parent companies were a whole lot less friendly, sparking what is now widely known as the "console wars."

In the early '90s, Nintendo was a video game giant, holding 90 percent of the market. Sega, meanwhile, was fighting other companies for the other 10 percent. 

"And they got absolutely whooped," says Blake Harris, author of the book "Console Wars: Sega, Nintendo, and the Battle That Defined a Generation". "Things weren't going well until [then-CEO of Sega] Tom Kalinske* took over, and a certain blue hedgehog began to change their fortunes."

That certain blue hedgehog was part of Sega's strategy to knock Nintendo down a peg or two.

"To take down Nintendo, they really wanted to create a Mario-killer," Harris said. "So they held an internal mascot contest, and the selection that won was this hedgehog that was called Mr. Needlemouse originally."

And, for a few years, it worked. Sega went from holding just five percent of the domestic video game market to 55 percent at one point. Mr. Needlemouse, later rechristened as Sonic the Hedgehog, is still as pervasive as ever. Sega, on the other hand, not so much.

"As much as we remember Sega as successful on this big battle against Nintendo in America, Sega in Japan never surpassed 25 percent," he said. "I think there was enmity, jealousy, and spite at times, which led to Sega cutting off the nose to spite the face. And that spite really led to Sega's downfall."

*CORRECTION: In a previous version of this story, Tom Kalinske's last name was misspelled. The text has been corrected

Court to probe UK Iraq abuse claims

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-13 10:33
An initial investigation into claims that UK forces abused Iraqi detainees is to be opened by the International Criminal Court.

US beats France for wine drinking

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-13 10:23
The US overtakes France to become the world's biggest market for wine, according to figures from the International Organisation of Vine and Wine.

Games ticket 'fiasco' website closed

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-13 10:22
The organisers of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow close the ticket website and phoneline until technical problems can be resolved.

'Troops killed' in Ukraine ambush

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-13 10:14
Seven Ukrainian soldiers and one pro-Russian insurgent have reportedly been killed in an ambush in the eastern Donetsk region, reports say.

Kenya bans buses with tinted windows

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-13 10:09
Kenya's police chief David Kimaiyo orders the seizure of commuter buses with tinted windows in an attempt to prevent attacks by militants Islamists.

Court battle over Bob Marley songs

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-13 10:06
The High Court in London begins hearing arguments in a copyright dispute over 13 songs by late Jamaican reggae icon Bob Marley, including No Woman, No Cry.

Lord Trimble 'hurt' over On the Runs

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-13 09:49
Former first minister and Ulster Unionist leader David Trimble says he was shocked and hurt that Tony Blair kept him in the dark about a secret process to deal with On the Runs.

Fundraiser's condition declines

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-13 09:47
The condition of Staffordshire fundraiser Stephen Sutton has deteriorated in the past 24 hours, his family confirms.

A week to make you miss manners

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-05-13 09:46

From the Marketplace Datebook, here's a look at what's coming up Wednesday, May 14:

In Washington, the Labor Department releases the Producer Price Index for April.

Macy's is scheduled to report quarterly earnings.

Hold that door, dude. National Etiquette Week continues.

On May 14, 1973, America's first space station was launched into orbit. Skylab was a home away from home for three crews.

And she recently won an Oscar for her work in "Blue Jasmine." Cate Blanchett turns 45.

Pfizer takeover 'could delay' drugs

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-13 09:35
The chief executive of AstraZeneca warns that new drug development could be hit if it were taken over by Pfizer, but Business Secretary Vince Cable says blocking a takeover is "tricky".

England set for hurt, says Whitehall

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-13 09:35
There is a "high probability" England will miss the later stages of the World Cup, a government document says.

Two new 'potential' US Mers cases

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-13 09:33
Two Florida healthcare workers who came in contact with a confirmed Mers case are being tested for the virus after beginning to show flu-like symptoms.

Juninho joins BBC team for Brazil

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-13 09:26
Former Brazil and Middlesbrough midfielder Juninho joins the BBC punditry team for this summer's World Cup finals.

Harris 'relationship not consensual'

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-13 09:22
A woman who accuses TV entertainer Rolf Harris of assaulting her from when she was a teenager denies "making up" the allegations.

Nigeria 'ready' for Boko Haram talks

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-13 09:21
The Nigerian government is ready to negotiate with Boko Haram for the release of more than 200 abducted schoolgirls, a minister tells the BBC.

Police chief suspended over claims

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-13 08:54
A police chief is suspended following "serious allegations" of inappropriate behaviour towards female officers and staff.

4 Workers Killed In Turkish Mine Explosion

NPR News - Tue, 2014-05-13 08:49

An unknown number are missing following the explosion and fire at a coal mine in western Turkey. The accident was the latest in a long series of mining disasters in the country.

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