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World wildlife populations 'plummet'

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-29 13:29
The global loss of species is even worse than previously thought, with wildlife populations halving in just 40 years, a report says.

AUDIO: 'I mistook Hertford gig for Hereford'

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-29 13:20
Comedian Seann Walsh describes the moment he realised he had travelled to Hereford, instead of Hertford, for a gig.

Israel points to Iran as main threat

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-29 13:17
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warns that a nuclear Iran is a bigger threat to the world than Islamic State (IS) militants.

Spanish Court Blocks Catalonia's Independence Vote

NPR News - Mon, 2014-09-29 13:17

Spain's central government in Madrid had appealed to the court to stop the vote, which had been approved with strong support from Catalonia's parliament and local governments.

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VIDEO: Where will Osborne find the money?

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-29 13:08
Robert Peston looks at how much George Osborne has to save to eliminate the UK's deficit and where he might find the money.

Argentina 'in contempt' of US court

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-29 12:50
A US judge rules that Argentina is in contempt of court for refusing to obey an order to repay the debt it owes to two US hedge funds.

Brazil hotel hostage crisis ends

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-29 12:48
An apparently armed man who held a hotel employee hostage in Brazil's capital, Brasilia, surrenders to police after a seven-hour stand-off.

Pressure all on Man City - Cole

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-29 12:34
Roma's Ashley Cole says the Italian side are underdogs as they prepare to face Manchester City in the Champions League.

At U.N., Iceland Announces Men-Only Conference On Gender Equality

NPR News - Mon, 2014-09-29 12:33

During a speech in front of the General Assembly Gunnar Bragi said the conference would focus on violence against women and would be "unique" because only men and boys are invited.

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Yellowstone drone crash pilot fined

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-29 12:26
A US judge fines a Dutch tourist more than $3,000 (£1,850) for crashing a drone into a hot spring in Yellowstone National Park.

VIDEO: False widow bite leads to amputation

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-29 12:26
A woman has had her finger amputated - and told she was within hours of death - after being bitten by a false widow spider.

Who Will Win The 2014 World Series?

NPR News - Mon, 2014-09-29 12:26

If the oddsmakers are right, two Los Angeles teams will be the only ones left standing when the World Series begins in late October. But back east, some fans are pulling for a Beltway Series.

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Hannah suspect 'linked to 2009 case'

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-29 12:12
Police searching for missing student Hannah Graham say there is a forensic link between suspect Jesse Matthew and another unsolved murder case.

Supermarkets launch petrol price cut

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-29 12:07
Three major UK supermarkets are to cut the prices of petrol and diesel by up to 5p, starting on Tuesday.

Silicon: Imagine life without glass

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-09-29 11:49

For the next installment in the BBC’s Justin Rowlatt's microscopic look at the economy: the silicon revolution.

Not only is silicon one of the major components in computer chips, but it’s also found in your windows, mirrors and wine glasses.

"Silicon is the basis of glass," Rowlatt says. "We think of the silicon revolution being computers. But actually one of the very early technological revolutions was glass."

Listen to the full conversation in the audio player above.

 

A Doctor Turned Mayor Solves A Murder Mystery In Colombia

NPR News - Mon, 2014-09-29 11:46

When Rodrigo Guerrero took office, he was shocked by the murder rate. It seemed logical to blame the drug cartels. But his epidemiologist's eye led him to a different culprit.

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4 Years Of Lessons Learned About Drugmakers' Payments To Doctors

NPR News - Mon, 2014-09-29 11:36

American doctors received at least $1.4 billion in payments from drug companies last year. What did the companies get for their money?

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Spider-bite bug 'like horror film'

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-29 11:19
A woman has a finger amputated - and is told she was within two hours of death - after being bitten by a false widow spider.

VIDEO: 'Funny' parody mash-ups legalised

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-29 11:18
Changes to UK law come into force this week allowing people to use copyright material from films, TV shows and songs in order to parody them.

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