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Day in pictures: 14 April 2014

BBC - Mon, 2014-04-14 06:16
News photos from past 24 hours: 14 April

VIDEO: Thousands flee deadly Chile fire

BBC - Mon, 2014-04-14 06:09
At least 12 people die in forest fire sparked over the weekend in the hills around the Chilean city of Valparaiso.

Should demolition of buildings be used as entertainment?

BBC - Mon, 2014-04-14 05:59
Plans to demolish five tower blocks as part of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games opening ceremony have been scotched.

Search For Jet Goes Underwater; Oil Slick Also Being Analyzed

NPR News - Mon, 2014-04-14 05:37

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared March 8. More than a month later, no traces of the plane or the 239 people on board have been found. The focus remains on an area of the southern Indian Ocean.

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For Second Night, Valparaiso Fire Spreads Misery In Chile

NPR News - Mon, 2014-04-14 05:36

At least a dozen people were killed and more than 2,000 homes destroyed by a large fire that wreaked havoc Saturday and Sunday in the city of Valparaiso. Some 10,000 people have evacuated their homes.

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Ofsted is 'broken', teachers claim

BBC - Mon, 2014-04-14 05:14
Teachers accuse England's education watchdog of being broken and not fit for purpose, and call for a charter governing school inspections.

'Banksy' artwork appears near GCHQ

BBC - Mon, 2014-04-14 05:10
The "guerrilla artist" Banksy is believed to be behind a piece of street art depicting shadowy figures eavesdropping - three miles from the Government listening post GCHQ.

Rhys Jones role delay 'betrayal'

BBC - Mon, 2014-04-14 05:07
Calls are made for resignations following a shelved attempt to appoint comedian Griff Rhys Jones chancellor of Cardiff University.

VIDEO: Duke and Duchess on tour in NZ

BBC - Mon, 2014-04-14 04:57
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have met the families of people killed in the Christchurch earthquake of 2011.

Pakistan 'cannibal' re-arrested

BBC - Mon, 2014-04-14 04:56
A man who previously admitted to cannibalism is arrested again, this time on suspicion of cannibalising a young child, Pakistani police say.

Child critical after fall from coach

BBC - Mon, 2014-04-14 04:31
A nine-year-old boy suffers "life-threatening injuries" after falling from a coach on the A47 on Sunday, Norfolk police have said.

Clegg backs new top rate council tax

BBC - Mon, 2014-04-14 04:29
Nick Clegg insists a Lib Dem plan to introduce higher council tax bands for expensive properties is "fully deliverable".

Dozens Dead, Scores Injured After Bomb Blast In Nigeria

NPR News - Mon, 2014-04-14 04:25

The explosion at a bus station near Abuja is thought to be the latest in a string of such attacks by the extreme Islamist group Boko Haram. More than 70 people were killed. More than 120 were injured.

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VIDEO: Theatre group takes the arts to jail

BBC - Mon, 2014-04-14 04:17
When it comes to the arts, one theatre group goes into jails regularly. Their plays touch on themes which affect those inside. And their work with prisoners goes beyond the drama.

VIDEO: Pistorius: 'I did not fire at Reeva'

BBC - Mon, 2014-04-14 04:11
South African athlete Oscar Pistorius breaks down in tears as he is pressed by prosecutor Gerrie Nel about the moment he fatally shot his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.

Arrest over police mortar attack

BBC - Mon, 2014-04-14 04:08
A 44-year-old man is arrested by detectives investigating a mortar bomb attack on police Land Rover in west Belfast last month.

Ex-policeman jailed over child abuse

BBC - Mon, 2014-04-14 04:08
A former police officer is jailed for 11 years after admitting sexually abusing four girls and two boys in Ayrshire and Dumfriesshire.

VIDEO: Zac Efron strips off at award ceremony

BBC - Mon, 2014-04-14 04:05
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire took the prize for best film at the MTV Movie Awards. Watch highlights from the evening

Oil prices steady as Libya woes ease

BBC - Mon, 2014-04-14 03:56
Crude oil prices rise in early Monday trading amid tensions in Ukraine, but fall again after Libyan protesters end their occupation of an oil port.

In China, a city's water, poisoned

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-04-14 03:54

Millions of people in the Chinese city of Lanzhou scrambled to buy bottled water this weekend after the city’s water supply was contaminated with Benzene. Levels of the cancer-causing chemical in the city’s tap water were discovered to be 20 times China’s national limit.

All of this comes as China is coming to grips with the environmental damage caused by decades of unprecedented growth. Lanzhou officials are blaming two explosions – one of them 27 years ago, the other 12 years ago – at oil refineries in the area.

They say these explosions caused oil to slowly seep into the groundwater, and that this sudden rise in levels of Benzene shows the decades-old oil is now contaminating the city’s water supply.

“Nearly 80% of chemical industry is built in densely populated city areas,” said Du Sha of Greenpeace China, “So this type of data shows that currently the chemical industry raises the high risk to the public health. The government should take more prevention and more supervised measures to manage these chemical industries.” 

Many residents of Lanzhou say the local government should have informed the public much earlier than they did about the water contamination. The state media is now reporting that city officials waited nine days to tell the public that their water was contaminated. The Lanzhou government now says water quality in the city is returning back to normal.

 

 

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