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Council mergers 'disaster' warning

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-20 23:43
Big cuts in the number of Welsh councils would be a "disaster", an ex-Labour council leader warns as leading party figures meet to consider how many local authorities they want.

Woman who invented Kevlar dies

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-20 23:26
Stephanie Kwolek, the inventor of Kevlar, the lightweight fibre used in bulletproof vests and body armour, has died at the age of 90.

Marine conservation 'too slow' - MPs

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-20 22:57
The development of conservation areas to protect the seas around the UK has been too slow, a group of MPs says.

VIDEO: David Blunkett to stand down as MP

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-20 22:06
Former home secretary David Blunkett has announced he will stand down as a Labour MP at the next general election.

Jihadist 'recruiters' unmasked - the front pages

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-20 21:55
Saturday's newspapers are full of news of the Britons trying to lure other Westerners to fight for the militant Isis group in Iraq and Syria.

Man released in Saudi student murder

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-20 21:40
A 19-year-old man, arrested in connection with the death of a Saudi Arabian woman in Essex, is released.

VIDEO: $40m payout in New York jogger case

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-20 21:26
New York City is to pay $40m (£24m) to five men wrongfully convicted in the brutal 1989 rape of a jogger in Central Park.

VIDEO: Ebola outbreak is 'out of control'

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-20 21:24
The charity Medecins Sans Frontieres has said the Ebola outbreak in west Africa is totally out of control.

China police 'kill 13 attackers'

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-20 21:09
An assault on police in Xinjiang results in the death of 13 assailants, the latest incident in the restive Chinese province, officials say.

Presbyterians To Divest As Protest Against Israel

NPR News - Fri, 2014-06-20 19:23

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) on Friday became the most prominent religious group in the United States to endorse divestment as a protest against Israeli policies toward Palestinians.

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IRS scams to look out for

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-06-20 17:20

Just because it's summer doesn't mean that scammers are taking a break. And just because Tax Day is in the rearview mirror doesn't mean the IRS isn't figuring into some of these scams. Marketplace Money guest host David Lazarus is joined by Cameron Huddleston, a contributing editor at Kiplinger.com, to talk about what to watch out for in the latest set of criminal schemes.

Callers claiming to be IRS agents. The IRS initiates contact with taxpayers by mail, not by phone. If you get a call from someone claiming to be with the IRS, don't reveal any personal information or credit-card information because the IRS doesn't ask for payments over the phone. Instead, hang up and call the IRS at 1-800-829-1040 to see if an agent has a legitimate need to contact you.

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How Costa Rica's 'brave bulls' shocked the world

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-20 16:41
Bullish and brilliant - BBC Sport's Ben Smith explains how Costa Rica have become the surprise package of the World Cup.

VIDEO: The Sunni-Shia divide in Iraq

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-20 16:03
How the Sunni-Shia split affects the chaos in Iraq

Horse treatment used in human trials

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-20 16:00
The stem cell treatment that proved a winner in race horses

US boosts aid to cope with migrants

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-20 15:56
The US pledges millions of dollars in aid to Central American countries, believing it will help reduce the growing number of migrants, especially children.

Why is khat about to be banned?

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-20 15:54
Why is the UK banning the leafy stimulant khat?

Poverty Commission: 'End zero hours'

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-20 15:46
A church-backed commission on poverty in Scotland will call for an end to zero hours contracts and a commitment to the living wage.

England should look to the future - Shearer

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-20 15:41
BBC pundit and former England captain Alan Shearer says Roy Hodgson must keep pushing his young players forward.

VIDEO: Both sides of narcotic leaf khat

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-20 15:32
A UK ban on the narcotic leaf khat comes into force next week. What do people living in the communities where khat is used think about the ban?

The man who hoped to die in a railway crash

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-20 15:18
Author Jeremy Clay tells the story of the man who rode the railways, hoping to die in a crash.
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