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Investigation after woman raped

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-19 03:34
Police are investigating after a 24-year-old woman was raped in the Govanhill area of Glasgow in the early hours of the morning.

Russia and London: The ties that bind

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-05-19 03:31

Banks, brokers, markets -- London has it all.

Add to that a sturdy legal system and you can begin to understand why it's the financial capital of the world. The city is loved by its locals and foreigners seeking a safe -- and profitable -- haven. 

Jamison Firestone, an American lawyer based in London, has years of experience helping American and European companies do business in Russia. Firestone, who previously lived and worked in Russia, fled the country after his law patner Sergei Magnitsky died in Russian custody when he was arrested on tax evasion charges. Magnitsky's supporters say he was beaten and killed by Russian authorities for calling attention to corruption, something Russian officials deny.

The whole affair is just one example of why Russians are looking to take their money out of Moscow and park it elsewhere, according to Firestone. Click on the audio player above to hear more.

 

Russia and London: The ties that bind

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-05-19 03:31

Banks, brokers, markets -- London has it all.

Add to that a sturdy legal system and you can begin to understand why it's the financial capital of the world. The city is loved by its locals and foreigners seeking a safe -- and profitable -- haven. 

Jamison Firestone, an American lawyer based in London, has years of experience helping American and European companies do business in Russia. Firestone, who previously lived and worked in Russia, fled the country after his law patner Sergei Magnitsky died in Russian custody when he was arrested on tax evasion charges. Magnitsky's supporters say he was beaten and killed by Russian authorities for calling attention to corruption, something Russian officials deny.

The whole affair is just one example of why Russians are looking to take their money out of Moscow and park it elsewhere, according to Firestone. Click on the audio player above to hear more.

 

Chelsea Flower Show gardens unveiled

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-19 03:28
Garden designers are making their final preparations for the opening of the Chelsea Flower Show, with some choosing to mark the centenary of World War One.

South Korea's President Will Disband Coast Guard

NPR News - Mon, 2014-05-19 03:24

President Park Geun-hye announced the changes a bit more than one month after the ferry Sewol sank, killing more than 300 people. It also comes as South Korea prepares to hold national elections.

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Families want yacht search to resume

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-19 03:01
The families of four British sailors missing since their yacht capsized in the Atlantic Ocean appeal to the US Coastguard to resume their search.

China ships evacuate Vietnam workers

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-19 02:48
Two of four ships evacuating Chinese workers from Vietnam set sail, Chinese state media say, after protests over a territorial dispute.

Rail disruption as works overrun

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-19 02:39
Thousands of rail commuters face disruption as overrunning engineering works in Essex force the cancellation of trains.

Robots, the space program and innovation

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-05-19 02:39

A robotics competitions gets underway on Monday at NASA's Kennedy Space Center. College students have to build and design a robot that can dig lunar solid, for example, to be used during a mission to Mars.

Experts say competitions like these help foster innovation and can even help bring ideas to market.

 "That's one area where I think you might be getting neat ideas on the cheap," says Ross Mead, a doctoral student studying robotics at the University of Southern California. 

He says the competitions are exciting and also give companies, or NASA, the opportunity to see problems solved in different ways.

Given the deep budget cuts to NASA, competitions are an especially good idea for the space agency. 

"NASA's leveraging the budget they have with trying to stimulate people working outside of NASA to come up with things that could be really helpful to them," says Tom Kinnear, who teaches entrepreneurship at the University of Michigan. 

But perhaps the greatest reason competitions work Kinnear said, is that people love to win.

VIDEO: Queen's Baton in the British Isles

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-19 02:29
The Queen's Baton Relay tours the Channel Islands as part of the first leg of its trip round the British Isles.

VIDEO: Students living under siege in Syria

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-19 02:28
An agreement has allowed 120 students to leave a besieged refugee camp so they could sit their final exams.

Obama asked to curb NSA surveillance

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-19 02:26
President Obama has been asked to curb the NSA's surveillance after allegations that it targeted hardware made by networking firm Cisco.

'More pupils take tougher tests'

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-19 02:22
The number of pupils taking more stretching tests at the end of primary school has almost doubled in two years, the government says.

VIDEO: 12-hour challenge on the election trail

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-19 02:20
The Sunday Politics sets a 12-hour challenge to catch up with candidates in the 22 May elections.

Children killed in Colombia bus fire

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-19 02:18
A bus in northern Colombia has caught fire, killing dozens of children who were returning from an event at an evangelical church.

World Cup hero Wilkinson to retire

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-19 02:16
World Cup-winning England fly-half Jonny Wilkinson announces he will retire from rugby at the end of this season.

VIDEO: Tearful president's TV apology

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-19 02:15
Korea ferry tragedy prompts overhaul of the country's coastguard service which was heavily blamed for the loss of life

Why Education Is The Most Important Revolution Of Our Time

NPR News - Mon, 2014-05-19 02:03

The ways learning happens in the US are shifting rapidly. We're out to capture learning in its natural habitat, from soccer fields to science labs, boardrooms to bedrooms. Welcome to NPR Ed.

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Ex-IMF boss to sue over film

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-19 01:56
Ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn is to sue US film director Abel Ferrara over his movie allegedly inspired by the politician's sex scandal.

Absconded killer still on the run

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-19 01:41
A killer who absconded from jail while on day release is still being hunted as police arrest another inmate on suspicion of being at large.
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