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VIDEO: 'More action on domestic violence'

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-28 07:17
New laws on domestic violence would be introduced by a Labour government to prevent abusive partners avoiding prosecution, the shadow home secretary has said.

Domestic murder negligence claim

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-28 07:16
The family of a woman who made 999 calls for help before she was stabbed to death by her boyfriend, seeks a negligence claim against two police forces in the Supreme Court.

Driver dies at classic car race

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-28 07:15
A driver dies after an accident during a classic car race at Silverstone racetrack in Northamptonshire.

Theatre translation app launched

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-28 07:12
A smartphone app to help theatre-goers follow plays in other languages is being launched by a theatre company in Wales.

France offers Iraq Christians asylum

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-28 06:59
France says it is ready to offer asylum to Iraqi Christians forced to flee by Islamic State militants holding the Iraqi city of Mosul.

Court Orders Russia To Pay Former Yukos Shareholders $50B

NPR News - Mon, 2014-07-28 06:52

The Permanent Court of Arbitration called Russia's seizure of the oil company "devious and calculated." The ruling, one of the largest such awards, adds to tensions between Moscow and the West.

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William and Kate seen at Games

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-28 06:48
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry have been spotted enjoying the action at Glasgow 2014.

Gecko sex satellite back in touch

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-28 06:47
Fears recede over the fate of a Russian space satellite carrying gecko lizards as part of a sex experiment, after ground control restores contact.

Rain, hail and lightning cause chaos

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-28 06:47
Lightning strikes, hail, torrential rain and flash flooding cause homes to be evacuated and bring road and rail transport to a standstill.

David beats Massaro to win squash gold

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-28 06:44
Malaysia's Nicol David beat England's Laura Massaro in three games to win the Commonwealth gold for the second time.

Family's trauma after dog kills pet

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-28 06:41
A family say they have been left traumatised after their pet dog was killed by another dog in their back garden.

Liberia shuts borders to curb Ebola

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-28 06:40
Most border crossings in Liberia are closed and communities hit by an Ebola outbreak face quarantine to stop the virus spreading.

Dollar Tree To Buy Family Dollar In $8.5 Billion Deal

NPR News - Mon, 2014-07-28 06:26

The deal will unite two of the United States' biggest discount stores. Dollar Tree will pay $74.50 for each share of Family Dollar and said it would run the company as a separate brand.

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For Muslims In Gaza, End Of Ramadan Marred By Fighting

NPR News - Mon, 2014-07-28 06:08

The Muslim holiday Eid marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan and is usually a time for family celebration. This year, it also marks three weeks since the current war in Gaza started.

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Man City & Italy racism claims probed

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-28 06:03
Fifa looks into claims a Manchester City player was racially abused in Croatia, and that an Italian official made racist comments.

Dollar Tree buys Family Dollar (yes, for more than $1)

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-07-28 06:00

Dollar Tree announced on Monday that it is buying rival discount chain Family Dollar for approximately $8.5 billion in cash and stock. The combined company will have 13,000 stores in the U.S. and Canada.

The deal promises big cost-savings as operations are consolidated. Both companies have reported earnings that underperformed analysts’ predictions in recent quarters. Family Dollar has also been under pressure from investor/activist Carl Icahn, who has called for the chain to be sold.

During the recession, consumers flocked to these super-discount stores. But now, says economist Chris Christopher at IHS Global Insight, consumers’ balance sheets are improving, and moderate to middle income families may be drifting away from the deepest discounts.

“Wages are starting to gain a bit of traction,” says Christopher. “And in addition, there is a little bit of migration of people from the discount stores to the middle-tier retailers.”

Christopher says the super-discount stores — all of Dollar Tree’s items sell for $1 or less; Family Dollar has a wider range of goods reaching slightly higher price-points — can’t raise prices very much. So their margins are being squeezed as inflation starts to pick up at the wholesale and retail level.

Nigerian state bans cars during Eid

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-28 05:42
Vehicles in Nigeria's north-eastern Borno state are banned for three days during Eid festivities because of fears of a Boko Haram attack.

Uneasy calm in Gaza after UN call

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-28 05:40
Sporadic fighting in Gaza punctuates the relative calm that has followed a UN call overnight for an immediate ceasefire as a Muslim festival begins.

Death crash driver in police pursuit

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-28 05:22
A driver who knocked down and killed a boy on a footpath eight years ago is back in jail after leading police on a high-speed pursuit.

Teacher banned for ice punishment

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-28 05:20
A teacher who punished pupils by making them put ice cubes in their underwear is banned from teaching.
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