National / International News

Warnings over smart device privacy

BBC - Tue, 2015-02-10 03:53
People who use smart devices that monitor what they do will have to get used to giving up some privacy, warns a top technologist.

No central record of school governors

BBC - Tue, 2015-02-10 03:48
Despite heightened scrutiny of school governors after the Trojan Horse scandal, it emerges that the education department has no central list of governors' identities.

Requests for Twitter user data surge

BBC - Tue, 2015-02-10 03:43
Twitter's latest transparency report reveals a surge in government requests for data and the removal of certain posts.

VIDEO: Fatberg found blocking Cardiff sewer

BBC - Tue, 2015-02-10 03:42
A 3ft wide deposit of fat is found blocking a sewer beneath the streets of Cardiff.

Ofsted 'lacked focus' to spot abuse

BBC - Tue, 2015-02-10 03:40
Ofsted inspectors lacked the focus to target child abuse in Rotherham because they did not understand the scale of the problem, a former watchdog director tells MPs.

Foxes boss Pearson avoids FA charge

BBC - Tue, 2015-02-10 03:30
Leicester boss Nigel Pearson avoids an FA charge over a clash with James McArthur but is reminded of his responsibilities.

Damages for France baby mix-up

BBC - Tue, 2015-02-10 03:25
The families of two French girls accidentally switched at birth 20 years ago are awarded nearly €2m (£1.5m) in damages.

City watchdog not told about HSBC

BBC - Tue, 2015-02-10 03:10
Martin Wheatley, head of the Financial Conduct Authority, says his organisation was not told about the HSBC tax allegations before they emerged in the media.

Great Teachers: We Had Our Say, Now It's Your Turn

NPR News - Tue, 2015-02-10 03:03

From social media, comments on the blog and email — here are a few stories of your great teachers.

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ISIS Seen Profiting From Informal Money System In Spain

NPR News - Tue, 2015-02-10 03:02

The extremist group ISIS is exploiting an informal finance network in Spain to pay its fighters, according to Spanish intelligence officials. The system is often used by immigrants to transfer money.

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PODCAST: What's old is new again

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2015-02-10 03:00

First up, what we can learn from counting the number of job postings in America. Plus, we take a look at what role schools and  colleges play in regulating vaccinations. A big issue for both is the costs of enforcement. And we're talking here about wallpaper. Yes, the stuff you painstakingly peeled from your walls over the past few decades is once again cool. 

Herd immunity, explained

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2015-02-10 03:00

Reports from Southern California over the weekend suggest that at least some of the people who are against vaccinating their children against measles have changed their minds. People living in areas where an unusually high proportion of the population are not vaccinated are rushing to doctors' offices and clinics and demanding vaccine for their kids - even though they were staunch anti-vaxxers in the past. One big reason for this is that in these districts, because so many people aren't vaccinated, the concept of herd immunity doesn't apply.

How does herd immunity work? Marketplace senior editor and resident explainer Paddy Hirsch explains the theory of herd immunity in less than two minutes in this colorful, amusing video. 

 

Head injuries could get TV replays

BBC - Tue, 2015-02-10 02:57
Video replays could be expanded throughout the game to include head injuries after George North's suspected concussion.

Public 'in dark' on police changes

BBC - Tue, 2015-02-10 02:56
The public are being "left in the dark" when massive changes are made to the way police in Scotland work, the Scottish Conservatives say.

Man remanded over pensioner attack

BBC - Tue, 2015-02-10 02:54
A 25-year-old man appears in court charged with assaulting disabled pensioner Alan Barnes outside his Gateshead home.

Panama bans construction on wetlands

BBC - Tue, 2015-02-10 02:41
A new law comes into effect in Panama which will protect a key area of wetlands in the Bay of Panama, home to migratory shorebirds

Picasso's handyman accused of theft

BBC - Tue, 2015-02-10 02:25
Pablo Picasso's electrician and his wife go on trial accused of having £50m worth of the artist's work, which they claim was a gift by the late artist's wife.

Three Welsh men killed in Bath crash

BBC - Tue, 2015-02-10 02:20
Three men from south Wales are killed, along with a four-year-old girl, after a truck crash in Bath, Somerset.

Tories auction shoe shopping with May

BBC - Tue, 2015-02-10 02:10
Shoe shopping with Home Secretary Theresa May and tea with London Mayor Boris Johnson are among the lots auctioned at a Conservative Party fundraiser.

Australia in 'extinction calamity'

BBC - Tue, 2015-02-10 02:02
The introduction of the fox and cat from Europe is having a devastating impact on native mammals in Australia, say scientists.

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