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Chemical use in Syria 'systematic'

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-18 05:19
A team from the world's chemical weapons watchdog believes toxic chemicals such as chlorine are being used in a "systematic manner" in Syria.

U.S. Offshore Wind Energy Area Would Nearly Double Under New Plan

NPR News - Wed, 2014-06-18 05:18

The U.S. Department of the Interior says the new Massachusetts Wind Energy Area would be auctioned off in four leases. It includes more than 1,000 square miles of ocean.

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VIDEO: WW2 secrets on display at Bletchley

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-18 05:15
The work of World War Two codebreakers go on display at a new museum at Bletchley Park, opened by the Duchess of Cambridge.

Afghan president hopeful cries foul

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-18 05:15
Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah demands an immediate halt to vote-counting amid fraud allegations.

VIDEO: Duchess visits Bletchley Park

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-18 05:10
The Duchess of Cambridge visits the home of the World War Two codebreakers at Bletchley Park, to officially open the restored centre.

Fewer Women Are Having Labor Induced Early

NPR News - Wed, 2014-06-18 05:03

Government data show that fewer women are having labor induced before 39 weeks for nonmedical reasons. Advocates say that change is good for the health of babies.

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VIDEO: Mother describes hard shoulder birth

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-18 04:56
A mother and baby from Portsmouth recover after an impromptu birth - on the side of a motorway.

Disabled man shooting 'necessary'

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-18 04:51
The IPCC says the use of a baton round and a firearm on a disabled man was "proportionate, reasonable and necessary".

Final stretch for German cave rescue

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-18 04:41
A marathon bid to rescue an injured man from Germany's deepest cave is nearing its final phase, officials say.

Toddler survives A44 family crash

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-18 04:40
An 18-month-old girl is the sole survivor of a crash involving a fuel tanker, car and van on the A44 which killed her mother and three relatives from Llanidloes.

Japan bans child porn possession

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-18 04:35
Japan bans the possession of child pornography, one of the last developed nations to introduce the prohibition.

VIDEO: Paxman bows out with Boris bike ride

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-18 04:30
Ahead of his last appearance as presenter of BBC Newsnight, Jeremy Paxman asked long-time sparring partner Boris Johnson about London and cycling safety. While sharing a tandem.

Huge increase in Crohn's treatment

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-18 04:28
Some 20,000 young people were admitted to hospital in England last year with Crohn's disease, a 300% rise in 10 years, figures suggest.

Ukraine's President Announces Plan For Unilateral Cease-Fire

NPR News - Wed, 2014-06-18 04:25

The break in action is to give armed separatists time to lay down their weapons, President Petro Poroshenko says.

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Lib Dems 'could back EU referendum'

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-18 04:23
Senior Lib Dems are urging Nick Clegg to back a referendum on Britain's EU membership, a source confirms to the BBC.

VIDEO: Tapsell calls for Blair Iraq impeachment

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-18 04:21
Sir Peter Tapsell calls for the impeachment of Tony Blair for allegedly misleading MPs over the 2003 Iraq invasion.

Ex-Sussex player Arif banned for life

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-18 04:08
Former Sussex and Pakistan A seamer Naved Arif is banned for life by the ECB for a breach of its anti-corruption code.

VIDEO: Video 'shows militants near refinery'

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-18 04:01
Amateur video has emerged which purports to show ISIS fighters near the Baiji oil refinery in Iraq.

Amazon likely to unveil new smart phone

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-06-18 04:00

The online retailing giant Amazon is expected to unveil a smart phone at a media event in Seattle today, with tech observers buzzing over the anticipated bells-and-whistles-like 3D features.

But many think the phone will largely function as a handheld shopping cart that you can then fill with more of Amazon's stuff.

“They want you to interact with them five, ten times a day, and the mobile phone is a great way to ensure that Amazon is there whenever you might need something,” says James McQuivey, a media analyst with Forrester Research.

McQuivey says an Amazon phone might also include a built-in payment system that could be used with any retailer.

Colin Gillis, senior technology analyst with the brokerage firm BGC Financial, thinks the phone might well be free. Same goes for the data if you're, say, downloading music from Amazon.

“It's the classic razor and blades. You can have the razor for free as long as you keep buying blades from us,” Gillis says.

Even so, Gillis thinks a smart phone won't bust Amazon out of its low profit margins.

Uruguay will see Baines at his best - Phil Neville

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-18 03:56
BBC pundit Phil Neville says England will keep attacking against Uruguay - and that will suit Leighton Baines’ buccaneering style.
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