National / International News

Why Does The U.S. Like Iraq's Kurds But Not Syria's?

NPR News - Tue, 2014-09-23 05:34

The U.S. urgently needs allies on the ground in Syria. Yet it has given no sign that it's willing to work with Kurdish militias who are already fighting the Islamic State group in Syria.

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'Chubby' Brown is fined at hospital

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-23 05:23
Comedian Roy "Chubby" Brown is handed a parking ticket at a hospital minutes after handing over a £5,000 cheque to help cancer patients.

Broadband voucher scheme overhauled

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-23 05:20
A scheme aimed at getting subsidised fast broadband out to businesses is to be overhauled following low take-up.

Turkey hints at Iraq hostage swap

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-23 05:07
Turkey's President Erdogan does not deny reports that 49 hostages, mostly Turks, were freed by Islamic State (IS) as part of a prisoner swap.

The next big banking scandal?

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-23 05:06
Could this be the next big banking scandal?

VIDEO: NHS staff to help in Ebola areas

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-23 04:55
The World Health Organization has warned the number of people with the Ebola virus could reach 20,000 by November if swift action is not taken now.

AUDIO: Manic Street Preachers music 'hard-wired'

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-23 04:54
The Manic Street Preachers have been talking to John Wilson for the new series of Mastertapes, to be broadcast on Radio 4 in November.

AUDIO: Space inflation and a physics bet

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-23 04:45
One of the biggest scientific claims of the year has received another set-back, putting the result of a bet between two significant physicists in jeopardy.

VIDEO: Syrian refugees need urgent care

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-23 04:45
The UN refugee agency says Turkey urgently needs help to care for 130,000 Syrian refugees who have crossed the border in recent days.

ISIS Purportedly Releases New Video Of British Hostage

NPR News - Tue, 2014-09-23 04:41

In the second of a promised "lecture series," freelance photographer John Cantlie warns that Western governments "are hastily marching toward all-out war in Iraq and Syria."

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£104k public cash lost in bank fraud

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-23 04:39
Public funds totalling £104,000 were paid into a fraudulent bank account and are "highly unlikely" to be recovered, a Welsh assembly committee hears.

AUDIO: How black can black be?

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-23 04:10
A material dubbed the darkest substance on earth is being used creatively by internationally acclaimed artist Sir Anish Kapoor.

McIlroy has outgrown me - McDowell

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-23 03:54
Graeme McDowell admits Rory McIlroy's four majors and world number one status may mean the end for their Ryder Cup partnership.

VIDEO: 'Top swap' scheme launched in Moscow

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-23 03:45
Steve Rosenberg reports on how Muscovites can swap their tops for more pro-Russian t-shirts.

Day in pictures: 23 September

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-23 03:40
News images from around the world: 23 September

Second video of UK hostage released

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-23 03:03
A second video is released showing British journalist John Cantlie, who is being held hostage by Islamic State (IS) militants.

PODCAST: The climate change odd couple

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-09-23 03:00

Stock markets around the world are having a downbeat day so far, in part because that's what tends to happen in September, but also because of a new signs of trouble for Europe's economy. A survey of business activity in the 18 countries that use the Euro suggests recovery there is stalling. Plus, there's news today the Obama Administration is cracking down on what are called "inversions," the controversial maneuver of acquiring foreign companies to save U.S. tax. Targeted are the special loans that make these acquisitions possible. President Obama and republicans and democrats in congress agree that what's need in the longer run is tax reform. Yet that's a process that doesn't seem to be moving forward any time soon. That got federal budget watcher Stan Collender doing the math on an unconventional solution. And among the many announcements coming out of Climate Week in New York comes this news of strange bedfellows: A partnership between some leading environmental non-profits, including the Environmental Defense Fund, and five oil companies.

VIDEO: Radio query reveals garden cannabis

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-23 02:40
Patricia Hewitson from Exmouth, Devon, unwittingly grew a 5ft (1,5m) tall cannabis plant from a pack of bird seeds - but her error was only revealed when she contacted a radio phone-in show.

VIDEO: Many Islamabad state schools closed

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-23 02:18
Weeks after the start of term, many state schools in the capital, Islamabad, are still closed, after being taken over by police drafted in to deal with ongoing political protests.

VIDEO: Ricky Tomlinson: United We Stand

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-23 02:08
The story of actor Ricky Tomlinson's jail term in the 1970s has been turned into a play called United We Stand.

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