National / International News

Egyptian Court Sentences Morsi To Life, And Then To Death

NPR News - Tue, 2015-06-16 03:19

The rulings in Cairo confirm sentences against Mohammed Morsi that were handed down this spring. NPR's Leila Fadel says "the cases have been criticized as show trials with fantastical accusations."

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UKIP's ex-party secretary returns

BBC - Tue, 2015-06-16 03:10
One of the senior UKIP figures who was forced to resign after in-fighting in the party following the general election has returned to his job as party secretary.

Hillsborough dad tried to save girls

BBC - Tue, 2015-06-16 03:10
A father who lost two daughters at the Hillsborough disaster describes how he gave them mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.

Game of Thrones finale seen by 1.7m

BBC - Tue, 2015-06-16 03:00
The Game of Thrones season five finale was watched by two million people on Monday.

PODCAST: Tux rentals tucker out

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2015-06-16 03:00

The Pope weighs in on climate change, and why it's an economic change, as well. Plus, the Army is looking to replace its Humvee with a new vehicle. And that means an opportunity for a defense contractor. Next: it used to be a rite of passage to rent a tuxedo when it came time to go to prom or get married. But the tuxedo rental business may be fading away. We take a look at why.

Lake remembers Romania's revolution

BBC - Tue, 2015-06-16 02:55
Sediment gathered from a lake in Romania reveals the environmental change linked to changes in the political landscape, a study shows.

Making the invisibles in the economy visible

BBC - Tue, 2015-06-16 02:54
Could making the invisible parts of the economy more visible show us that the economy is in better shape than we thought?

Al-Qaida Confirms Its No. 2 Leader Was Killed In U.S. Drone Strike

NPR News - Tue, 2015-06-16 02:48

Nasir al-Wahishi was part of al-Qaida's "old guard," NPR's Alice Fordham reports. He was a veteran of the fighting in Afghanistan and had been Osama bin Laden's personal secretary.

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Hiroshima restores 'A-bomb tram'

BBC - Tue, 2015-06-16 02:43
Hiroshima restores wartime tram

VIDEO: 'Rachel Dolezal needs therapy'

BBC - Tue, 2015-06-16 02:42
Ruthanne and Larry Dolezal, the parents of US civil rights worker Rachel Dolezal, have urged their daughter to seek help for ''personal identity issues''.

Guam - ranked 174 - stun India

BBC - Tue, 2015-06-16 02:35
A country ranked 174 in the world and coached by an ex-Bognor Regis player beats India in a 2018 World Cup qualifier.

Stolen pup back after Facebook hunt

BBC - Tue, 2015-06-16 02:27
A Chihuahua puppy stolen in Harlow is returned after the search for her went viral on Facebook.

South Korea begins Mers plasma trial

BBC - Tue, 2015-06-16 02:22
South Korea begins trials of plasma therapy as the Mers death toll rises to 19.

Deadly Tunisia train and lorry crash

BBC - Tue, 2015-06-16 02:20
At least 17 people are killed and 70 wounded after a passenger train collides with a lorry in Tunisia, officials say.

Heavy metal art for Ai Weiwei show

BBC - Tue, 2015-06-16 02:18
A monumental work by Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei will be the heaviest sculpture ever shown at the Royal Academy of Arts.

Morsi gets life on spying charge

BBC - Tue, 2015-06-16 02:13
Egypt's ex-President Mohammed Morsi has been sentenced to life in prison for spying by an Egyptian court.

UK house price rises slow, says ONS

BBC - Tue, 2015-06-16 02:12
UK house price growth eased in the year to April, partly due to a slowdown in London, official figures have shown.

VIDEO: Michelle Obama greeted with cheers

BBC - Tue, 2015-06-16 02:11
Michelle Obama has been greeted with cheers and applause as she arrived at Mulberry School for Girls in East London.

Lessons learned from the Humvee

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2015-06-16 02:00

 The military is in the market for a replacement for its iconic and ubiquitous vehicle: the Humvee.

The army’s joint light tactical vehicle program — or JLTV — aims to buy around 55,000 of these new vehicles over the next 25 years, says Brian Friel, a government contracts analyst at Bloomberg.

The Humvees are outdated, but they also developed something of a reputation during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and that was for being ill-equipped to deal with IEDs, or improvised explosive devices. The military reacted to the growing threat by fortifying existing Humvees and bringing in MRAPs, or mine-resistant, ambush-proof vehicles.

“The JLTV is seen as the longer-term fix to a problem that was sort of Band-Aid patch,” Friel says. Those battlefield improvisations came as at a cost: they were too heavy.

The new JLTV will get back to basics: light, quick and ubiquitous.  

Lockheed Martin and Oshkosh Defense have submitted bids, and so has AM General, which made the original Humvee.

Byron Callan, an analyst with Capital Alpha, says all bids are not created equal. “Lockheed Martin, you know, this will probably be a picture and a footnote in their annual report if they win it,” he explains.

On the other hand, winning the contract might be make or break for AM General, he says.

 

'Explosive' wildfires rage in Alaska

BBC - Tue, 2015-06-16 02:00
Thousands of people are urged to leave their homes as "explosive" wildfires rage across Alaska, officials say.

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