National / International News

Fed Pledges To Keep Interest Rates Low For A While

NPR News - Wed, 2014-09-17 12:08

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen took questions from reporters on Wednesday afternoon after the central bank's release of a new policy statement. The Fed said that its bond-buying stimulus program would end next month but it will still be a "considerable time" before short-term interest rates are increased.

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Henning says Syria visit 'worthwhile'

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-17 12:06
Video footage of British hostage Alan Henning - filmed before he was captured by militants in Syria - shows him saying going to the country was "worthwhile".

After A Long Wait, Syrian Rebels Hope The Weapons Will Now Flow

NPR News - Wed, 2014-09-17 11:44

The "moderate" opposition has been losing ground on the battlefield and pleading for weapons from the U.S. for the past couple of years. They are hoping that their fortunes have finally changed.

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Dropping its NFL sponsorship pays off for Radisson

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-09-17 11:42

When was the last time you thought about Radisson Hotels? Probably about a day ago, when the company pulled its sponsorship of the Minnesota Vikings.

What about before that? Hmm.

Turns out the hotel is already benefiting hugely from its decision, getting them more attention than they've had in a while.

According to research firm Amobee Brand Intelligence, Radisson got "enough social, Web and mobile impressions to account for 58 percent of its total online consumption (impressions plus mentions) for the last three months," Adweek reported.

That's a long time.

CORRECTION: The broadcast version of this story incorrectly identified “Amobee Brand Insights.” The company is called Amobee Brand Intelligence.

Scots women face World Cup play-off

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-17 11:38
Scotland miss out on automatic qualification for the 2015 Women's World Cup after losing 2-0 to Sweden.

US Fed to end stimulus in October

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-17 11:38
The US Federal Reserve says it will raise interest rates once a "considerable time" has passed after its stimulus programme ends in October.

Has quantitative easing helped the US economy?

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-17 11:36
What good has quantitative easing done the US?

Can FA plans revive England team?

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-17 11:34
BBC Radio 5 live's Richard Conway asks if reforming work permit rules for players will help revive English football.

From Quebec To Kashmir, Separatists Watch Scotland Vote

NPR News - Wed, 2014-09-17 11:19

Scotland's referendum on independence has implications beyond the borders of the United Kingdom. We take a look at several other regions with breakaway movements.

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Kids' Perception Of Parents' Favoritism Counts More Than Reality

NPR News - Wed, 2014-09-17 11:13

Mom always liked you best. But is that enough of an excuse to start smoking dope? It depends on how teenagers perceive parental preference, a study finds. And also how warm the family is overall.

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3.7 Million Comments Later, Here's Where Net Neutrality Stands

NPR News - Wed, 2014-09-17 11:12

A proposal about how to maintain unfettered access to Internet content drew a bigger public response than any single issue in the Federal Communication Commission's history. What's next?

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Fog hinders helicopter crash inquiry

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-17 11:06
Thick fog hampers investigations into a helicopter crash off the East Yorkshire coast, which left two men dead.

VIDEO: Thai murder police to quiz Britons

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-17 10:47
Police investigating the murders of Hannah Witheridge and David Miller in Thailand say two British men are "possible suspects" and will face questioning.

Zoo owner 'fired rifle' at tiger

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-17 10:46
The owner of a zoo where a tiger mauled a keeper to death describes how he fired a rifle at the animal after the attack.

RFU apologises over shirt design

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-17 10:34
The Rugby Football Union apologises following criticism of the new England kit which incorporates the Victoria Cross emblem.

Woman dies in ambulance in A&E queue

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-17 10:27
A woman dies in an ambulance while waiting in a queue of around 15 emergency vehicles outside a Swansea hospital.

Kosovo 'imams held' in raids on IS

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-17 10:14
Prominent imams are among 15 people arrested in Kosovo as police tackle recruitment for Islamic State (IS) in Syria and Iraq, reports say.

Mass rallies mark referendum climax

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-17 10:03
Both sides in the Scottish referendum campaign hold rallies as they make their final efforts to win over undecided voters.

England Women thrash Montenegro 10-0

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-17 10:00
England emphatically beat Montenegro to finish their 2015 Women's World Cup qualifying campaign unbeaten.

Tax restrictions 'may be scrapped'

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-17 09:57
Welsh Secretary Stephen Crabb says there could be a re-think over rules governing new tax powers for the Welsh government.
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