National / International News

VIDEO: $1m bill for baby's early arrival

BBC - Wed, 2014-11-19 19:49
A Canadian family is facing a bill of almost $1m (£638,000) from an American hospital, because their daughter was born prematurely while they were on holiday in Hawaii.

Firm to invest £640m in UK shale gas

BBC - Wed, 2014-11-19 19:45
Chemicals giant Ineos is to announce plans to invest up to $1bn (£640m) in shale gas exploration and production in the UK, the BBC understands.

North Korea threatens nuclear test

BBC - Wed, 2014-11-19 19:44
North Korea threatens to conduct a nuclear test in response to a United Nations move towards a probe into the country's human rights violations.

Has China overcome its web paranoia?

BBC - Wed, 2014-11-19 19:33
Can China conquer its internet paranoia?

UK's first 'poo bus' starts running

BBC - Wed, 2014-11-19 18:13
The UK's first bus powered entirely by human and food waste goes into service between Bristol and Bath.

Nokia's brand name merry-go-round

BBC - Wed, 2014-11-19 18:11
Nokia launches a new tablet as Microsoft drops the company's name from another. What does this all mean, asks Rory Cellan-Jones?

Reward offer over 1994 taxi shooting

BBC - Wed, 2014-11-19 18:02
A reward of up to £20,000 is offered ahead of the 20th anniversary of a taxi driver's shooting

German leftists agree historic deal

BBC - Wed, 2014-11-19 18:00
Germany's three left-leaning parties agree a historic deal which will see the first far-left state president since the fall of Communism.

Singapore tops best business ranking

BBC - Wed, 2014-11-19 17:58
Wealthy city-state Singapore has once again topped a ranking of the best places in the world to do business, with the UK ranking only 21st.

'Redeployment,' 'Age Of Ambition' Win National Book Awards

NPR News - Wed, 2014-11-19 17:57

The veteran-penned short story collection and the nonfiction look at modern China and its citizens joined youth literature winner Brown Girl Dreaming and poetry winner Faithful and Virtuous Night.

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Rich countries to meet on Green Fund

BBC - Wed, 2014-11-19 17:54
Representatives from the world's richest countries are meeting in Berlin to pledge money to smooth the way for a global climate change deal.

Obesity 'costing same as smoking'

BBC - Wed, 2014-11-19 17:42
The worldwide cost of obesity is about the same as smoking or armed conflict and greater than both alcoholism and climate change, research suggests.

Legal aid cuts' not thought through'

BBC - Wed, 2014-11-19 17:13
The government did not "think through" its legal aid cuts early enough and "does not know" whether people in need of aid are getting it, a report says.

VIDEO: West Africa's own Ebola anthem

BBC - Wed, 2014-11-19 17:05
West African musicians compete with Band Aid 30

Polling day in Rochester and Strood

BBC - Wed, 2014-11-19 16:59
Voters are set to go to the poll in the Rochester and Strood by-election in Kent on Thursday.

Hunt attacks 'confusing' exam change

BBC - Wed, 2014-11-19 16:56
The changes to A-levels and AS-levels in England are so confusing that the government should write to every school to explain them, says Labour's Tristram Hunt.

Complex jobs 'may protect memory'

BBC - Wed, 2014-11-19 16:41
People with mentally taxing jobs, including lawyers and graphic designers, may end up having better memory in old age, research suggests.

Colombia general 'released soon'

BBC - Wed, 2014-11-19 16:31
Colombia's Farc rebels reach an agreement with the government over the conditions necessary for releasing an army general and four others.

Jimmy Ruffin, Motown singer, dies

BBC - Wed, 2014-11-19 16:13
Jimmy Ruffin, the Motown performer who scored his biggest hit with 1966's What Becomes of the Broken Hearted, dies in Las Vegas at the age of 78.

VIDEO: Gender pay gap shrinks to record low

BBC - Wed, 2014-11-19 16:04
The average full-time pay gap between men and women is at its narrowest since comparative records began in 1997, but is still a difference of 9.4%, official figures show.

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