National / International News

Most Cuban-Americans Oppose Embargo, Poll Finds

NPR News - Tue, 2014-06-17 11:59

The Florida International University poll, conducted since 1991, also showed a large majority want to reestablish diplomatic ties with the island.

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US 'hoarder' crushed by clutter

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-17 11:53
A Connecticut woman has been crushed to death after the weight of her ceiling-high clutter collapsed the ground floor of her home.

Death kick killer guilty of murder

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-17 11:45
A man is convicted of murdering his girlfriend's two-year-old daughter after kicking her so hard he ruptured her liver at the family's Cambridgeshire home.

PM to oppose Juncker 'to the end'

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-17 11:32
David Cameron pledges to oppose "to the end" the candidacy of former Luxembourg leader Jean-Claude Juncker to be European Commission president.

VIDEO: Orgreave officer calls for review

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-17 11:31
An ex-policeman who was on duty during one of the most violent clashes of the 1984 miners' strike wants an inquiry into how police handled its aftermath.

Foreign banks ask China: Where's our copper?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-06-17 11:24

As if confidence in China’s cooling economy wasn’t bad enough, big foreign banks are now worried they’ve fallen victim to an elaborate commodities scam.

When a U.S. bank decides on whether to give you a business loan, it looks at things like profitability and future cash flow. In China, banks focus on one thing: collateral.

"So that means you have something valuable and you give it to the bank provisionally, and they can take it if you don’t pay back your loan," says J-Capital’s Anne Stevenson-Yang.

Chinese companies often use things like copper or aluminum as collateral. It’s helped secure $160 billion worth of loans in the past few years. But in the Chinese port of Qingdao recently: a discovery of commodities-backed loan shenanigans.

"People found out that the same batch of copper had been taken to more than one bank to take out a loan," says Sijin Chen, commodities analyst for Barclays.

Chen says China’s government has tried to clean up this practice in the past, but "these government-driven initiatives are never going to be successful if the banks don’t think it’s a risky business."

They do now.

Foreign banks like Standard Chartered and Citigroup have sent their people to Qingdao to see if these warehouses of copper actually exist. So far, the government is too busy with an investigation to let them check. Stevenson-Yang says this fake-commodities scam is just the latest problem for China’s economy.

"China is deflating and everybody’s running around trying to make their particular asset valuable or shore up their particular loan, but the fact is it’s like taking your kickboard and holding it up against a tsunami."

Her message to foreign banks in China: You’re going to need more than a kickboard.

Tide traffic lights to cut rescues

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-17 11:17
Tide-powered traffic lights are to be used on an island causeway in a bid to stop walkers being cut-off and warn them when it is safe to cross.

Pipeline Explosion In Ukraine Could Be 'Act Of Terrorism'

NPR News - Tue, 2014-06-17 11:12

A section of the main conduit for Russian natural gas going to Europe exploded and caught fire on Tuesday, a day after Moscow and Kiev failed to reach a deal on gas payments.

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Tanker, van and car in A44 crash

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-17 11:05
A fuel tanker, van and a car have been involved in a serious crash on the A44 near Aberystwyth which has closed the road in both directions.

Belgium 2-1 Algeria

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-17 10:52
Marouane Fellaini and Dries Mertens score as Belgium come from behind to beat Algeria in World Cup Group H.

MPs back knife crime jail term plan

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-17 10:49
MPs back the imposition of mandatory jail terms on any adult convicted in England or Wales of a second offence involving a knife.

Post GM recall: How heavy is your key chain?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-06-17 10:42

General Motors has announced yet another recall, this time for 3.4 million vehicles with a defect in the cars' ignition switches. According to the company, the keys can come out of postion if they carry too much weight.

The seemingly small defect could have deadly consequences for affected drivers. A statement from GM said the ignition switches could switch out of the "run" position if the key has excess weight and the car "experiences some jarring event," like hitting a pothole. In that circumstance, the vehicle's engine would shut off, potentially disabling power steering and causing drivers to lose control. To top it all off, the defect could also disable the vehicle's airbags.

GM says it will fix the issue, which covers seven models from years ranging between 2000 and 2014, by issuing new keys that are resistent to the problem.

Car Talk has addressed this problem. So has the urban legend-debunking site snopes.com.

But really, how many car keys are too many? Do you have some unsusually large or heavy keyrings of your own? Maybe you make up for your lack of a key collection with some creative fobs?

Show us or tell us about your keychain by tweeting a pic to @Marketplace or commenting below.

Here are some of the responses we recieved on Twitter:

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VIDEO: Roadblock after Kenya attack

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-17 10:38
Anne Soy reports from the Kenyan town of Mpeketoni, where more than 60 people have been killed in two days.

Poland launches wiretapping probe

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-17 10:38
Poland launches a probe into the wiretapping of high-level officials, including the head of the central bank and interior minister, prosecutors say.

Two arrests over NHS patient death

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-17 10:19
Two people are arrested after the death of an 88 year old patient who was found with "serious and unexplained" injuries at a south Wales hospital.

Deadly clashes at cleric's Lahore HQ

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-17 10:17
At least eight people are killed in clashes between Pakistani police and supporters of a prominent Islamic scholar in the city of Lahore.

The Maker Movement makes it to the White House

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-06-17 09:53

From the Marketplace Datebook, here's a look at what's coming up Wednesday, June 18:

In Washington, a Senate Committee discusses "Aggressive E-Cigarette Marketing and Potential Consequences for Youth."

The Federal Reserve wraps up a two-day meeting on interest rates.

FedEx releases quarterly earnings.

A House subcommittee on Aviation holds a hearing on "Airport Financing and Development."

And it's a celebration of tinkerers and their cutting edge tools. Makers, innovators, and entrepreneurs of all ages are at the White House for its first-ever Maker Faire.

VIDEO: Highlights: Belgium 2-1 Algeria

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-17 09:53
Dries Mertens strikes late as Belgium come from a goal down to beat Algeria 2-1 in their 2014 World Cup Group H clash in Belo Horizonte.

VIDEO: Is Britain's Brazilian-themed food very Brazilian?

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-17 09:49
Supermarkets have been stocking up on Brazilian-themed produce. We asked a real Brazilian to check whether they are the real thing.

VIDEO: 'Diseased meat may go undetected'

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-17 09:47
Hygiene inspectors have told the BBC that more diseased meat could end up in sausages and pies because of changes to EU rules governing safety checks in slaughterhouses.
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