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VIDEO: Osborne to announce new forex rules

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-11 14:15
BBC News understands that the Chancellor will use his Mansion House speech to announce that the manipulation of foreign currency markets by bankers will be made a criminal offence.

VIDEO: Can Messi emulate Maradona in Brazil?

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-11 14:13
BBC Sport goes to Argentina to discover whether Lionel Messi can emulate the World Cup achievements of Diego Maradona.

Republicans reeling after Cantor loss

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-11 14:08
Republicans are reeling after House Majority Leader Eric Cantor lost his primary election to a challenger from the party's populist Tea Party wing.

Emirates Nixes Order For 70 Airbus A350s

NPR News - Wed, 2014-06-11 14:07

The Dubai-based airline says the contract for the new planes, which was worth $16 billion, had "lapsed," but did not elaborate.

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VIDEO: BBC meets Karachi attack survivors

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-11 14:02
Three days after a deadly assault on Karachi airport, Mike Wooldridge speaks to survivors from the special airport security force which bore the brunt of trying to contain the attackers.

Trivia: Who was the last PhD economist in Congress?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-06-11 13:56

A trivia question that will perhaps win you a drink at happy hour tonight (but probably only if you're at a weird politico-economic happy hour in Washington, DC).

Dave Brat, now the Republican nominee for Eric Cantor's seat, is a PhD economist. He'll be the only one in Congress.

So here's the question:

Who was the last one?

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Answer: Democrat Tom Lantos from California.

Brazilians suffering mixed World Cup emotions

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-11 13:40
With the World Cup just hours away, not everyone in Brazil has embraced it - but the temperature is rising, writes Ben Smith.

Orlando Steps Up To Make Its Streets More Pedestrian-Friendly

NPR News - Wed, 2014-06-11 13:40

Much of Florida was designed with cars, not people, in mind. Four of the state's metro areas top the nation in pedestrian deaths per capita. Now, planners in Orlando are working hard to change that.

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VIDEO: Who are Iraq's ISIS fighters?

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-11 13:37
James Robbins explains the background and aims of the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Shams (ISIS), which has seized control of Mosul, Iraq's second largest city.

VIDEO: Europe protests over taxi mobile app

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-11 13:32
Transport in several major European cities has been disrupted by strikes by taxi drivers.

Scholes has upset Man Utd - Rooney

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-11 13:32
England striker Wayne Rooney says Manchester United are angered by former team-mate Paul Scholes' criticism of him.

Defending Bergdahl Deal, Hagel Faces Critics On Both Sides Of Aisle

NPR News - Wed, 2014-06-11 13:16

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel testified before the House Armed Services Committee on Wednesday, defending the prisoner swap that freed Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

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In A Rare Act Of Bipartisan Speed, Senate Passes VA Reforms

NPR News - Wed, 2014-06-11 13:08

The Senate has passed a bill to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs. Like a similar bill in the House, the Senate bill gives veterans the option of seeking private care if the VA takes too long and makes it easier to fire VA employees. But the Senate version also spends a lot more money on doctors and hospitals than the House version.

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European cities hit by strikes

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-11 13:06
A strike against a mobile taxi service prompts protests by cab drivers across Europe, while rail services are disrupted by action in France.

To Defeat A Goliath, David Brat Got Help In Conservative Media

NPR News - Wed, 2014-06-11 13:00

NPR media correspondent David Folkenflik looks at the role that conservative media may have played in the upset defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in his Republican primary.

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The rise and fall of Australian slang

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-11 12:55
The rise and fall of Australian slang

Andy Murray column: From leaving Lendl to texting Mauresmo

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-11 12:52
In his latest BBC Sport column, Andy Murray discusses how a text message helped bring him and new coach Amelie Mauresmo together.

VIDEO: E3: Forza takes it up another gear

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-11 12:44
Microsoft is showing off its next Forza racing game at the E3 expo in Los Angeles. Richard Taylor asks if it offers any significantly new.

VIDEO: E3: PS4's steampunk monster-hunt

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-11 12:44
The Order: 1886 aims to deliver a true "next-gen" gaming experience with cinematic visuals set in Victorian London. Richard Taylor meets its developer.

Can You Call Yourself An Environmentalist And Still Eat Meat?

NPR News - Wed, 2014-06-11 12:41

After a Hollywood environmentalist told us the answer to this question was no, we posed it to the followers of the @NPRFood Twitter account. We got a big — and diverse — response.

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