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Obama Wants To Sell Exports To Asia, But Critics Aren't Buying

NPR News - Fri, 2014-04-18 02:40

As the president prepares to travel to Asia, the White House says a trade deal would boost U.S. exports. But opponents say the Trans-Pacific Partnership would hurt the environment and U.S. jobs.

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Pakistan library named 'Bin Laden'

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-18 02:37
An Islamic seminary for women in Pakistan's capital renames its library after Osama Bin Laden, the slain al-Qaeda leader.

Why Mumps And Measles Can Spread Even When We're Vaccinated

NPR News - Fri, 2014-04-18 02:33

A mumps outbreak in Ohio has ballooned to 234 cases, even though the community is well-protected against the virus. One scientist explains why this "vaccine failure" occurs.

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Image released following sex attacks

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-18 02:32
Police investigating two sexual assaults in St Andrews release a CCTV image of a man they want to question.

ICC calls Kenya Ruto trial witnesses

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-18 02:22
The International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague summons reluctant witnesses to testify at the trial of Kenya's Vice-President William Ruto.

'Nothing to hide' over bird deaths

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-18 02:08
A farmer whose properties were raided by police investigating the deaths of 20 birds of prey, calls for more resources to be directed at the investigation.

One fifth of China soil contaminated

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-18 02:06
Almost a fifth of China's soil is contaminated, an official study released by the government has shown.

Will the future economy be driven by purpose or money?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-04-18 02:05

From Good Friday services to the Passover seder and beyond, it's a time of year that is full of reminders that there's more to life than material things. And some business thinkers are catching on. 

Aaron Hurst, author of The Purpose Economy, argues we've entered a new era of people demanding their work add up to something. He joins Marketplace Morning Report host David Brancaccio to discuss. 

Click on the audio player above to hear more. 

 

Easter funeral for Peaches Geldof

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-18 02:04
Peaches Geldof's funeral is to be held on Easter Monday at the church where she was married and her mother's funeral held, her family says.

Why is Good Friday called Good Friday?

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-18 02:03
It is the day when Christians commemorate Jesus Christ's crucifixion. So why is it called Good Friday?

New trade talks spark beef over tariffs

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-04-18 01:38

Japan and the U.S. are having beef over the price of meat.

The U.S. is pressuring Japan to remove import tariffs on pork and beef as part of the Trans-Pacific Partnership — a proposed new free trade agreement being discussed by twelve countries on the Pacific Rim. Next week when President Obama goes to Tokyo this issue will be high on the agenda.

Japan is the world's top importer of pork — Japanese eat expensive tenderloins and cutlets deep fried into crispy katsu.

"Over 25 percent of the U.S. pork is exported, and Japan is our most consistent trading partner," says Bob Ivey, general manager of Maxwell Foods, a major U.S. pork producer that sells to Japan. "So we are very excited about the new trade agreement."

But that agreement won't be easy. Japan has traditionally protected its agricultural commodities. Japanese Wagyu beef is renowned, and their pork industry is one of the world's largest. Still, the U.S. is pushing for much lower import tariffs on its meat.

"That's the U.S. demand. You could say roughly free trade in a little less than a generation," says Gary Hufbauer, senior fellow at the Peterson Institute, and international economics think tank. "This will be one of those down to the wire deals."

If they can't work this out, Hufbauer says Japan could drop out of the agreement altogether.

AUDIO: NHS Trust 'blackened' doctor's name

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-18 01:36
A senior cardiologist, who exposed concerns about patient safety at Walsgrave Hospital in Coventry, has won an unfair dismissal case.

US freeing Iran funds as deal 'kept'

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-18 01:30
The United States is to release frozen Iranian funds, saying Tehran has kept commitments made under an interim deal over its nuclear programme.

VIDEO: How four men can play one piano

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-18 01:18
The Piano Guys talk to BBC Breakfast about their worldwide success thanks to a viral video aimed at drumming up business for a Utah shop

Everest avalanche kills 12 guides

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-18 01:08
At least 12 local guides have been killed after an avalanche on the slopes of Mount Everest, officials in Nepal say.

Trott to take break from cricket

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-18 01:01
England batsman Jonathan Trott is to take a second break from cricket because of a recurrence of his anxiety issues.

In which we DO NOT spoil GoT: Silicon Tally

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-04-18 01:00

It's time for Silicon Tally. How well have you kept up with the week in tech news?

This week we're joined by corporate reporter for Quartz, John McDuling.

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Sacked doctor was unfairly dismissed

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-18 00:56
A sacked heart specialist was unfairly dismissed after raising concerns about patient safety, an employment tribunal rules.

Junior officer 'had Korea ship helm'

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-18 00:55
The third officer was at the helm of the ferry that capsized off South Korea, investigators say, as divers work to access the sunken hull.

VIDEO: Travel tips for the Easter weekend

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-18 00:32
The BBC's Ben Bland gives some tips for travelling during the long weekend.

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