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Red Bull 'can upset Mercedes fight'

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-19 09:45
Sebastian Vettel believes Red Bull could upset the Mercedes title battle in this weekend's Singapore Grand Prix.

His Camera Takes Us To The World 'We Must Preserve'

NPR News - Fri, 2014-09-19 09:44

In the new exhibit "Genesis," the noted photographer Sebastiao Salgado shares his vision of "a kind of state of humanity of the planet," from Amazon tribes to frozen Siberia.

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Is the Internet taking us back in time? The return of handmade goods

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-09-19 09:43

Jody Rice fell in love with needlework as a child. After an unfulfilling series of jobs in film, Rice decided to quit her 9-5 life.

Her online business of digital patterns may sound modern, but Jody feels her colorful, geometric graphics actually get back to where cross-stitch started, thousands of years ago. Jody lives off her business full time, and connects to an entire community who appreciate her reinterpretation of this ancient form of decoration. 

Click play above to hear her story

Ronaldo bid possible, says Van Gaal

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-19 09:43
Man Utd boss Louis van Gaal says a bid for Cristiano Ronaldo is possible but doubts Real Madrid will sell the forward.

White House Announces Campaign Against Campus Sexual Assault

NPR News - Fri, 2014-09-19 09:41

In unveiling the "It's On Us" campaign aimed at preventing attacks on college campuses, President Obama said such violence is "an affront to our basic humanity."

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Will Jack Ma’s quirkiness play in the U.S.?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-09-19 09:35

There’s no two ways about it. 

Jack Ma is a quirky guy.

From dressing up like Lady Gaga, to belting out the "Lion King" theme song, to revealing on CNBC that his hero is, the decidedly fictional, Forrest Gump.

Jack Ma is Jack Ma. 

And Jack Ma is not the buttoned up (or turtle-necked up) CEO that we’re accustomed to.

But don’t let his antics fool you.

"Everyone seems to underestimate Jack Ma," says Porter Erisman, former Alibaba VP and director of the documentary 'Crocodile in in the Yangtze.'

He calls Jack Ma "incredibly  innovative, very visionary."

Ma is also ambitious. And to achieve his goal of reaching an audience outside of China, some think he'll need to tone his antics down a bit.

"The particular quirky flamboyance that he has historically displayed seems to sell very well there," says Max Wolff, an economist at Manhattan Venture Partners, which helped institutional investors get Alibaba shares. "It won't sell quite as well for a global audience."

But Ma’s flash doesn't seem to be scaring off investors today. Even though the company is set up in such a way that Ma will be in control, not shareholders.

Clock ticking for 'maverick' Groves

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-19 09:33
After the hype of his fights with Carl Froch, a humble George Groves knows another defeat will dent his bid for further pay-days.

Alibaba Shares Surge On First Day Of Trading

NPR News - Fri, 2014-09-19 09:32

Shares of the Chinese e-commerce giant opened at $92.70 a share on the New York Stock Exchange today, making it the biggest initial public offering in U.S. history. They were priced at $68 a share.

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VIDEO: Salmond 'formidable' - Miliband

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-19 09:31
Ed Miliband has described SNP leader Alex Salmond as a "formidable politician", and pledged for change in the way the country is governed.

Rotherham child services boss quits

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-19 09:21
Joyce Thacker, the director for children's services at Rotherham council, resigns in the wake of the abuse report scandal.

Guilty plea in US embassy bombings

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-19 09:14
An Egyptian man accused of helping to plan the 1998 bombings of US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania pleads guilty in a New York court.

Police seize £350,000 cocaine haul

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-19 09:13
Police arrest a man after seizing £350,000 in drugs during a raid in Rhondda Cynon Taf.

Is Diego Costa the real deal?

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-19 09:11
Is Chelsea's Diego Costa the real deal?

Pro-gay mosque opens in Cape Town

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-19 09:07
A Muslim academic opens a gay-friendly mosque in South Africa, despite receiving death threats and criticism from parts of the Muslim community.

Sierra Leone begins Ebola lockdown

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-19 08:58
A three-day curfew is under way in Sierra Leone to enable health workers to find and isolate cases of Ebola, but critics warn it will achieve little.

10 things we didn't know last week

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-19 08:52
The most efficient work break is 17 minutes, and other nuggets.

Cameron: Let's build a better UK

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-19 08:50
PM David Cameron says it is time for millions of voices in England, Wales and Northern Ireland to be heard after Scotland votes to stay in the UK.

VIDEO: Glass ceiling sheds light on artworks

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-19 08:50
The Wallace Collection's Great Gallery, which contains paintings by masters including Rubens, Velazquez and Titian, has reopened after a £5m refurbishment.

VIDEO: What could Act Two hold? In 60 secs

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-19 08:45
The stage is still set for change after the independence vote, not just in the Scotland, but the rest of the UK.

Go Figure: The week in numbers

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-19 08:44
The week's big numbers visualised.
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