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Officials begin arriving for Nato

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-02 07:28
Officials from around the world start arriving in Wales later for the Nato summit which starts in Newport on Thursday.

Ebola 'threatens W Africa harvests'

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-02 07:08
The deadly Ebola outbreak is putting food prices and harvests in West Africa "at serious risk", warns the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation.

Kremlin Disputes Veracity Of Putin's 'I Can Take Kiev In Two Weeks' Quote

NPR News - Tue, 2014-09-02 07:03

The quote was published by an Italian daily, which reported Russian President Vladimir Putin said it during a phone call with European Commission President José Manuel Barroso.

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Abuse case council faces inspection

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-02 07:00
The government is considering conducting an inspection of Rotherham Council in the wake of the child abuse scandal in the town, Home Secretary Theresa May says.

Eric Cantor gets a new job...on Wall Street

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-09-02 07:00

Former House Majority leader, Republican Eric Cantor, lost a June primary to a Tea Party conservative in a surprise upset. 

According to the Center for Responsive Politics, two thirds of former members of Congress end up in the lobbying business. Cantor, however, is doing something slightly different.

He will be vice chairman at boutique investment bank Moelis and Co. He will also be a managing director, and a member of its board. 

What, though, will he be doing?

“Strategic counsel,” according to the firm’s announcement. Cantor comes from a real estate law background, so he won’t be bringing a deep expertise in mergers and acquisitions, for example. But politicians do, it turns out, have skills.

“A politician is a very smart hire,” says Jeanne Branthover, managing partner with Boyden Global Executive Search. “Politicians are very strategic, they’re always looking into the future and looking at what should we do, what shouldn’t we do, what should our image be, our message, our brand."

A politician like Cantor also brings a Rolodex.

“When you think about an investment bank, so much of what they do is wealth and connections, and politicians are connected at very high levels and very important circles,” says Branthover.

“Money is a commodity, access and influence are not,” says Josh Crist, managing director at Crist Kolder Associates, an executive search firm. “Guys who have grown up on the investment side can access money, but may not be able to open the doors that a guy like Cantor can.”

So, for example, if Company A wants to expand by taking over Companies B and C, they might lean on Cantor to work any connections there.

“He’s seen C level, board level access for years given his fundraising responsibilities,” says Crist.

Cantor raised $1.4 million over the past two years, including $5,200 for his own campaign from his new boss, the founder of Moelis and Co, since April 2013.

Gallacher gets Ryder Cup wildcard

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-02 06:55
Europe captain Paul McGinley selects debutant Stephen Gallacher, Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood as his Ryder Cup wildcards.

VIDEO: Free hot meals for primary pupils

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-02 06:40
Pupils up to the age of seven in England will be entitled to a free hot school lunch from this week, when most schools re-open for the new term.

Referendum campaign focus on jobs

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-02 06:39
Both sides in the Scottish referendum debate focus on jobs, just a few weeks ahead of the vote on the nation's future.

Terror suspects held in Saudi Arabia

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-02 06:38
Saudi Arabia's interior ministry says it has arrested 88 people suspected of plotting attacks inside and outside the country.

December date for Autumn Statement

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-02 06:20
George Osborne is to deliver the Autumn Statement, an annual update on the state of the economy, on 3 December.

Pakistan MPs hold emergency session

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-02 05:55
Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif seeks to gain support in an emergency joint session of parliament as protesters on the streets of Islamabad call for his resignation.

After Just Two Years, Huge Atlantic City Casino Shuts Down

NPR News - Tue, 2014-09-02 05:47

It cost $2.4 billion to build the Revel Casino Hotel. Its closure is part of a trend that will reportedly shutter a third of Atlantic City's big gambling halls by the end of September.

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VIDEO: Met Police sells London HQ for £250m

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-02 05:45
The Metropolitan Police has put a £250m price tag on its famous London headquarters, New Scotland Yard.

Neighbour dies as house fire spreads

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-02 05:26
A 91-year-old man dies after a fire at his neighbour's house spread to the pensioner's property in Carryduff, on the outskirts of Belfast

Reunite Ashya with parents - Clegg

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-02 05:25
The deputy prime minister calls for the parents of five-year-old brain tumour patient Ashya King to be freed from custody and reunited with their son.

Africa's farmers face failed seasons

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-02 05:12
African farmers face 'failed seasons' risk as a result of being overwhelmed by climate change, warns a status report on the continent's agriculture.

VIDEO: House of Commons

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-02 05:01
The government is urged to expedite its child abuse inquiry following the Rotherham scandal.

'Bullied' teen will not walk again

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-02 04:56
A vulnerable teenager is told he will never walk again after he fell from a bridge trying to escape bullies.

Sharing Risk Can Help Tame The Cost Of Infertility Treatment

NPR News - Tue, 2014-09-02 04:56

Although some insurance plans are expanding coverage for infertility treatments, most coverage remains skimpy. Shared-risk programs can help couples gain some measure of control.

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Kidnappers broke bones with hammers

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-02 04:55
Six men are jailed for up to 17 years after a man is kidnapped, stripped naked, beaten with hammers and stabbed.
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