National / International News

Army kills '300 Boko Haram fighters'

BBC - Wed, 2015-02-18 04:36
More than 300 Boko Haram fighters are killed during a military land and air operation in north-east Borno State, the Nigerian army says.

Clarke named Ryder Cup captain

BBC - Wed, 2015-02-18 04:07
Northern Ireland's Darren Clarke is named Europe's Ryder Cup captain for the 2016 tournament at Hazeltine, USA.

Alien star invaded the Solar System

BBC - Wed, 2015-02-18 04:06
An alien star passed through our Solar System just 70,000 years ago, astronomers have announced.

UK police examine Chelsea fans video

BBC - Wed, 2015-02-18 04:03
UK officers will examine footage appearing to show Chelsea football fans stopping a black man from boarding a Paris train, the Met Police says.

Prosecutors Raid HSBC's Geneva Office Over Suspected Money Laundering

NPR News - Wed, 2015-02-18 04:03

The raid comes a week after leaked HSBC documents showed that the bank's Swiss unit had helped its international clients launder profits and shelter their holdings from their home countries.

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Miffed bride marries wedding guest

BBC - Wed, 2015-02-18 03:46
An Indian bride makes an impromptu decision to marry a guest at her wedding after her groom-to-be has a seizure and collapses.

Google faces Android probe in Russia

BBC - Wed, 2015-02-18 03:46
Search company Yandex files a complaint with Russia's competition watchdog about the restrictions Google places on Android phone-makers.

Mexican star Rojas dies aged 44

BBC - Wed, 2015-02-18 03:33
Lorena Rojas, a popular Mexican actress who starred in more than a dozen soap operas, dies aged 44 following a lengthy battle with cancer.

VIDEO: Ukraine troops retreat from key town

BBC - Wed, 2015-02-18 03:31
The Ukrainian president says his forces are making an "organised" withdrawal from the embattled town of Debaltseve.

Iran urged to halt execution of Kurd

BBC - Wed, 2015-02-18 03:27
Human rights groups urge Iran to halt the planned execution of an Iranian-Kurdish man for offences he is alleged to have committed when he was 17.

Derry bomb was 'mortar type device'

BBC - Wed, 2015-02-18 03:23
A bomb found during a security alert in a housing estate in Londonderry is believed to have been a "mortar type device"

France PM pushes key reforms through

BBC - Wed, 2015-02-18 03:15
French PM Manuel Valls uses an emergency procedure to push through key labour market reforms without a vote by MPs.

Fire breaks out on EastEnders set

BBC - Wed, 2015-02-18 03:12
A fire breaks out on the set of EastEnders a few hours after the soap staged a live broadcast to mark its 30th anniversary.

Rise in Romania and Bulgaria workers

BBC - Wed, 2015-02-18 03:10
The number of Romanians and Bulgarians working in the UK has risen by almost 15% in the past 12 months, official figures show.

Ukraine Withdraws Forces After Fight Over Strategic City

NPR News - Wed, 2015-02-18 03:09

"Some 80 percent of the units have already been pulled out" of Debaltseve, says Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko. He's seeking to punish Russia for the latest violence.

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VIDEO: Lunar New Year: Sheep or goat?

BBC - Wed, 2015-02-18 03:08
BBC News investigates the confusion over whether the Lunar New Year is dedicated to the sheep, ram, or goat.

PODCAST: A good time to be in the air freight industry

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2015-02-18 03:00

The attorney general says the time is approaching to prosecute Wall Street ... or not. Plus, dock workers at West Coast ports haven't had a contract since the end of June and somehow they haven't been working quite as fast. This has caused bottlenecks for months that are starting to really hit factories and retailers across the country. One winner here already: the air freight industry. The International Air Transport Association says global air cargo rose 4.5 percent last year, due in part to the congestion at these shipping terminals. More on that. And fair trade coffee is meant to give smaller growers a larger share of high retail prices. You may have seen other fair trade crafts in hipster boutiques but some of that merchandise is now coming to a department store near you. We head to Guatamala to find out more.

Exiting U.S. Attorney General's last act

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2015-02-18 03:00

Before U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder rides into the sunset—to be succeeded (pending Senate confirmation) by President Barack Obama’s nominee, Loretta Lynch—he is acting the lawman one final time.

In a speech at the National Press Club this week, he said he’s instructed Department of Justice lawyers to decide in the next 90 days whether they can bring viable civil or criminal cases against individual executives for actions that helped precipitate the financial crisis in 2008.

Holder has been criticized for launching few successful fraud or money laundering prosecutions against individuals in the aftermath of the mortgage meltdown. Holder has denied that his department has followed a de facto policy of ‘too big to jail’ in pursuing big banks and their top executives.

Karen Petrou at Federal Financial Analytics says dragging individual executives into court at this point might help deter future bad behavior by bankers.

“If you prosecute a few high-profile individuals and make it clear it’s not good enough to just make speeches about corporate ethics, that could well bring it home,” says Petrou. “That’s as opposed to abstract corporate sanctions which are ultimately paid for by taxpayers and shareholders.”

Under Holder, the DOJ has been aggressive in the past few years in pursuing civil settlements with big banks for alleged financial wrongdoing—levying $36 billion in aggregate penalties against JP Morgan Chase, Citigroup, and Bank of America. 

VIDEO: Chelsea fans' racist abuse on Paris Metro

BBC - Wed, 2015-02-18 02:57
Footage has emerged which appears to show Chelsea football fans preventing a black man from boarding a Paris train.

What exactly is 'game theory'?

BBC - Wed, 2015-02-18 02:51
What is it and why does it matter so much?