National / International News

VIDEO: Passenger plane springs internal leak

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-02 15:19
A double-decker Qantas Airways flight bound for Australia sprung a leak and was forced to return to Los Angeles, airline officials have said.

Why US will conquer world football

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-02 15:13
Five reasons why US will win World Cup - some day

'It's about effort, not bare skin'

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-02 15:03
The very serious business of cosplay - and bare skin

Tackle food waste and feed the world

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-02 15:02
Tackle food waste and help feed the world

Millions at risk in South Sudan

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-02 15:01
Some four million people in South Sudan are likely to face critical food shortages next month, British aid agencies warn.

South Sudan in pictures: Threat of famine

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-02 15:00
Warnings of a widespread famine in South Sudan

VIDEO: 'A challenge to reduce wasted food'

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-02 15:00
Working mother Tara Sherbrooke explains why she finds it a "challenge" to reduce the amount of food she wastes.

VIDEO: Shia militia: 'We are thirsty to fight'

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-02 14:58
The Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has offered an amnesty to militants willing to "return to their senses" and abandon the Isis-led insurgency.

How Dark Chocolate, Not Milk Chocolate, May Help Blood Flow

NPR News - Wed, 2014-07-02 14:50

In a small study, people with peripheral artery disease who ate dark chocolate could walk farther than those who ate milk chocolate. Compounds in dark chocolate may make it easier to keep moving.

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No electricity in Indonesia, but there's Facebook

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-07-02 14:36

Indonesia has a population of 240 million people — 64 percent of whom live on less than $2 a day, and 33 percent of whom live without electricity. And yet, somehow, 64 million Indonesians - including those without electricity - are on Facebook. 

In Elizabeth Pisani's new book, "Indonesia, Etc.", she talks about the country's changing economy and culture. Pisani has lived on and off in Indonesia for about 25 years, working as a journalist and an epidemiologist. In her book, she writes about how places that she once knew are changing rapidly, growing in population and experiencing an increase in the bourgeoisie culture. 

Along with Facebook, the people of Indonesia are big on social media and high-tech gadgets such as iPhones. Pisani says that while the country is quickly evolving, it is having a hard time finding its footing in the modern world:

"Even if we had a more educated and industrious workforce, we would probably still not be able to use them effectively because of that underinvestment in infrastructure." 

That lack of investment in infrastructure also affects the country's politics. According to Pisani, there has been a massive decentralization over the last 15 years. Today, there are about 500 different governments. In the past, all dictates came from one central location — Jakarta, Indonesia's capital.

We talked with Pisani about Indonesia's future. To hear her theory on how this country manages to function, listen to the full interview in the audio player above.

Libya retakes seized oil terminals

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-02 14:35
Libya's government says it has resumed control of two eastern oil terminals, Ras Lanuf and Sidra, that were seized by rebels last year.

Should gay men and lesbians be bracketed together?

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-02 14:26
What does this set of initials actually mean?

Storm Arthur threatens 4 July plans

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-02 14:17
US government forecasters issue a hurricane warning along the east coast, as Tropical Storm Arthur threatens to soak Fourth of July celebrations.

VIDEO: Taking a body to a burial at sea

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-02 14:14
BBC Newsnight is given rare access to a burial at sea and undertaker John Lister explains how the process works.
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