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New York's 'Night Of Birmingham Horror' Sparked A Summer Of Riots

NPR News - Fri, 2014-07-18 15:52

The shooting death of a black teenager by a white police officer in New York City led to six days of rioting in Harlem and Bedford-Stuyvesant — the first in a series of violent protests in 1964.

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VIDEO: The problem with sex education in India

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-18 15:31
Indian minister's views on sex education inspire satire

UK anti-piracy action set to begin

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-18 15:29
People in the UK who persistently pirate music and movies will soon start getting emails warning them that their actions are illegal.

JK Rowling plans crime book spree

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-18 15:24
JK Rowling's crime novels written under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith will eventually outnumber her Harry Potter books, she reveals.

Up to our necks in a diabolical element

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-18 15:19
The diabolical element we are piling up for the future

Why sprinters are muscly and climbers are wiry

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-18 15:17
Why cyclists who fly uphill do not have thighs like these

Five names to inspire at Glasgow 2014

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-18 15:12
From a cyclist who lost 60 of his family in the Rwandan genocide to a Pakistani squash player who pretended she was a boy.

Thousands attend gay pride parade

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-18 15:06
Thousands attend Glasgow's annual celebration of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender culture.

Iraqi Christians flee from Mosul

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-18 14:56
Christians flee the Iraqi city of Mosul after Islamist militants threatened to kill them unless they converted to Islam or paid a "protection tax".

Chelsea spending complete - Mourinho

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-18 14:46
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho says his side will not buy anyone else this summer after signing left-back Filipe Luis.

White House Fetes 54 Kids With Serious Cooking Chops

NPR News - Fri, 2014-07-18 14:26

First lady Michelle Obama hosted winners of the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge, a recipe contest for kids tied to her Let's Move Campaign. But Friday's event wasn't all cheerleading for healthy food.

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How businesses in Murrieta are coping with immigration protests

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-07-18 14:17

Earlier this year, the town of Murrieta California started positioning itself as a culturally diverse and economically strong oasis in the California desert. About an hour north of San Diego, the bedroom community is trying to lure companies in the tech and medical fields. But then, a wave of undocumented immigrants began crossing the border in Texas, some 800 miles away.

Soon, US Immigration and Custom Enforcement officers brought hundreds of those undocumented immigrants to the federal detention in Murrieta. And with that, anti-illegal immigration protests broke out, giving the city a huge public relations black eye.

To see how the business community is responding to all the bad press, we spoke with Kim Davidson, Murrieta’s Business Development Manager. 

Click play above to hear how immigration and immigration protests affect Murrieta.

VIDEO: China orchestra in Proms for first time

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-18 14:12
The BBC Proms the world's biggest music festival started on Friday including for the first time the China Philharmonic Orchestra.

VIDEO: Huge rise in Gaza displaced, says UN

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-18 13:46
The number of people in Gaza seeking sanctuary from the conflict with Israel nearly doubled on Friday, the UN says.

Wrap-up: The Day's Events In Eastern Ukraine And Gaza

NPR News - Fri, 2014-07-18 13:46

Audie Cornish and Robert Siegel offer a summary of what's now known about the two big stories of the day: the shot-down Malaysian jet, and the mounting Israeli ground invasion in the Gaza Strip.

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What we know about Buk missiles

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-07-18 13:45

It's likely that the missile that downed the Malaysia Airlines plane yesterday was a relic of the Cold War era known as a "Buk."

Here’s what we know about the Soviet-era missile system:

What is a Buk missile?

The Buk is a surface-to-air missile that can shoot down airplanes flying up to 13 miles off the ground. 

It looks like the lower half of a tank or truck, with a few anti-aircraft missiles on the top and was developed by the Soviet Union in the early 1970s.

What does "Buk" mean, anyway?

Buk means “Beech Tree” in Russian. During the Cold War, NATO’s code name for the Buk was "the Grizzly.”

How many of them exist?

There are several hundred Buk missile systems out in the world today, in the hands of about a dozen countries, says arms control expert Igor Sutyagin with the Royal United Services Institute in London. Russia, Ukraine and other former Soviet republics are known to have them. Syria, which has bought weapons from Russia for years, has also been known to own the systems.

Who has them now?

There is no official registry of where each Buk system is, but the United Nations and the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute keep lists that attempt to keep track of these and other weapons.  Individual countries also try to track the weapons through their own intelligence agencies.

How could one have ended up in Ukraine?

There are a few theories on the origins of the Buk missile system that allegedly shot down the Malaysian passenger jet. The Ukrainian military inherited some Buks after the Soviet Union collapsed. It's possible that pro-Russian rebels captured one from the Ukrainian army. Or, it could have come from a Russian military commander, either through official channels or on the black market. 

Why do weapons from that era end up in different places? 

It’s not uncommon for old weapons from Russia and the U.S. to have second and third lives beyond their original owners. Military officials sell old equipment to other countries, often at bargain prices.

“The United States is anxious in many cases to provide allies with military capabilities that don’t bust their budget,” says Bruce Bennett, Senior Defense Analyst with the Rand Corporation. The sales are legal, and governments aren’t required to report the movements of those weapons around the globe, though the UN and SIPRI both try to keep track.

It’s even more difficult to know how many smaller, less conspicuous Soviet-era weapons are circulating around the world's conflict zones illegally. 

Inside Gaza And Under Israeli Fire, A Family Tries To Stay Safe

NPR News - Fri, 2014-07-18 13:41

The Israeli army's invasion on the margins of the Gaza Strip has already wreaked havoc and injury for Gazans. A day in the life of the Abu Tawila family illustrates that stark and tragic reality.

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Part of Ukraine rebel city 'retaken'

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-18 13:40
Ukraine's defence minister says the south-eastern part of the rebel-held city of Luhansk has been retaken by government forces.

Surviving An Adult World In Fairy Tales, And Real Life

NPR News - Fri, 2014-07-18 13:35

Since October thousands of children attempting to cross the U.S.-Mexico border have been taken into custody. Author Kate Bernheimer recommends a book to help reflect on the lives of these children.

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Weekly Wrap: Duck hunting and the Fed

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-07-18 13:33

Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal discussed the week that was in business and the economy with the Wall Street Journal's John Carney and chief economist at Redfin Nela Richardson

Listen to their conversation in the audio player above.

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