National / International News

Marine challenges murder conviction

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-10 02:35
A Royal Marine jailed for life for killing an injured Taliban insurgent in Helmand in 2011 is appealing against his conviction and sentence.

Martinez backs Hillsborough tribute

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-10 02:35
The plan to commemorate the Hillsborough disaster by starting games seven minutes late is praised by Everton's Roberto Martinez.

VIDEO: Royal pilot William tries WW1 bi-plane

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-10 02:17
Prince William tried out the cockpit of a World War One bi-plane whilst visiting an aviation museum as part of his trip to New Zealand.

VIDEO: Robbie Coltrane: From art to acting

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-10 02:16
Robbie Coltrane has played Hagrid in the Harry Potter films and won three Baftas for Cracker, but most people do not know that in the 60s his dreams were about art, not acting.

Can Russia be isolated? Not if China has anything to do with it.

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-04-10 02:16

With Ukraine refusing to pay its gas bills to Russia's Gazprom and Europe looking for alternative energy sources, Russia -- it seems -- is on the outs. But now Putin is turning his attention eastward, towards China, and may be finding a friend. 

Ian Bremmer, president of the Eurasia Group, joins Marketplace Morning Report host David Brancaccio to discuss Russia's balancing act and why the country might try to disrupt Ukraine's upcoming elections.

Click on the audio player above to hear the full interview. 

Huge investor demand for Greek bond

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-10 02:10
The sale of long term debt by the Greek government for the first time in five years was eight times over subscribed, the government has said.

Forces 'unprepared' for cybercrime

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-10 01:59
Just three police forces out of 43 in England and Wales have a comprehensive plan in place to deal with a large-scale cyber-attack, a report finds.

Shining Path arrests across Peru

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-10 01:53
Twenty-four people suspected of links to Peruvian militant group Shining Path are arrested, among them lawyers for its jailed founder.

Woman held over Disappeared murder

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-10 01:52
A 57-year-old woman is arrested in west Belfast over the 1972 abduction and murder of mother-of-10 Jean McConville.

Council data law breaches double

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-10 01:49
Councils in Wales broke data protection laws twice as often last year as they did in 2012, BBC Wales learns.

Scotland climb to 22nd in rankings

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-10 01:47
Scotland rise 15 places to 22nd in the latest Fifa rankings following last month's victory in Poland.

VIDEO: Roxy: The dog who was left to die

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-10 01:45
A trainee solicitor from Bristol is jailed for one of the worst acts of dog cruelty the RSPCA has ever investigated

UN denies 'indifference' in S Sudan

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-10 01:42
The UN rejects criticism that it is showing "shocking indifference" towards some 21,000 people sheltering at one of its compounds in South Sudan.

'Selfie' body image warning issued

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-10 01:19
Spending lots of time on Facebook looking at pictures of friends could make women insecure about their bodies, research suggests.

Geldof's body released to family

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-10 01:17
The body of Peaches Geldof is released to her family to allow for funeral arrangements to be made.

2 Pakistani Musicians Gain Fame Singing Political Satire

NPR News - Thu, 2014-04-10 01:16

In Pakistan, it's too dangerous to print your opinion. So it may be surprising that 2 Pakistani musicians are Internet celebrities after releasing songs lambasting the nation's mullahs and military.

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Mourinho fined and warned over conduct

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-10 01:14
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is fined and warned about his future conduct after being sent off against Aston Villa.

Paxman to talk beards in Edinburgh

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-10 01:13
Newsnight presenter Jeremy Paxman will perform one-man show PAXO at this year's Edinburgh Fringe Festival, giving the audience the change to grill him for a change.

Sharp decline in Chinese trade surprise economists

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-04-10 01:12

Speaking at the Bo’ao forum for Asia, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang reassured attendees that China’s economy “has had a smooth start this year, and our overall performance is good.”

 As Li said this, key economic data was released from China showing exports from the world’s second biggest economy had slipped 6.6% in March from a year ago. Imports were down more than 11%.

Both numbers were worse than forecasters predicted. Part of the reason is that a year ago, many Chinese exporters were overstating the value of their shipments in order to bypass China’s strict currency controls. That allowed them to bring more dollars into China with the hopes that the Yuan would appreciate. This year, China’s central bank has pushed down the value of the Yuan, so there’s no longer an incentive for exporters to fake the numbers.

The 11% decline in imports, however, surprised a lot of economists. The month of March is always an important one for China, because it’s the first month after the Chinese New Year, which tends to skew numbers a bit because of the inactivity of the markets.

A decline in imports is a sign that China’s economy is still in slowdown mode. Premier Li acknowledged as much during his speech today. “These problems are not only the result of a complex international environment, but also objective reflections of prominent conflicts that lie deep inside China’s economy, as well as the fact that China’s growth rate is shifting gear,” said Li.



The U.S. needs more energy grids

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-04-10 01:00

The U.S. Senate Energy Committee is meeting to consider the reliability and security of the U.S. electric grid. It's a question that bears asking, considering the entire U.S. runs on just three, large-scale power grids (East coast, West coast and Texas. Go figure). As the saying goes, the bigger they are, the harder they fall. 

At least David Newman, a physics professor at the University of Alaska, thinks so. His research explores how smaller power grids could help avoid massive outages like the 2003 Northeast blackout. Though, he certainly understands the appeal of having a larger grid:

"As you increase the size of the network, you’re increasing the number of places that you can be getting the energy to, and so you make it -- in a sense -- more efficient. But our work showed that it’s actually also potentially a bad thing because what it does is that it allows larger and larger failures of the system."

Newman acknowledges that there's no way to get rid of system failures completely, but with massive outages potentially costing billions of dollars, it's at least worth exploring what size network optimally combines efficiency and security.

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