National / International News

VIDEO: Is cheap oil good or bad for India?

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-16 17:08
India is one of the biggest oil importers, but is the low price of crude all good news for the country and its people?

How do immigrants forge a sense of identity?

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-16 17:04
The Paris attacks have raised the question of how immigrants deal with identity and a sense of belonging, says BBC social affairs reporter John McManus.

Saving Bosnia's past from the ashes

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-16 16:49
Saving Bosnia's history from the ashes

Shakespear of Arabia

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-16 16:40
The dashing captain who died too soon to be Lawrence of Arabia

Pope visits typhoon-hit Tacloban

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-16 16:02
Pope Francis will meet survivors of Typhoon Haiyan, which killed more than 7,000 in 2013, in Tacloban on the second day of his Philippines visit.

Toy trains from the past 200 years

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-16 15:59
The childhood fascination that has endured nearly 200 years

Mikaeel Kular: Vigil being held

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-16 15:52
A vigil for three year old Mikaeel Kular from Edinburgh whose body was found a year ago is being held later.

Making curry the Victorian way

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-16 15:39
Putting a Victorian curry recipe to the test

Backlash over police sniper training

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-16 15:31
US police officers are being criticised for using mug shots of black suspects for target practice at a shooting range in Florida.

Adventurers in a class of their own

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-16 15:31
Why are so many British explorers privately educated?

Trojan Horse review 'farcical'

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-16 15:15
A review into how the Department for Education dealt with concerns over extremism in Birmingham schools is 'farcical', a headteacher tells the BBC.

Food tax 'would fund public health'

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-16 15:10
A fifth of VAT raised on unhealthy foods should go back to councils to fund health and leisure facilities, the Local Government Association says.

Poor sleep 'link to teen drink risk'

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-16 15:07
Poor sleep in teenage years could be an early warning sign for alcohol problems, illicit drug use and regretful sexual behaviour, according to US research.

VIDEO: Does art imitate life, or life imitate art?

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-16 15:01
In this week's vlog, Will Gompertz considers the question of whether art imitates life, or life imitate art.

Most pupils 'never shower' after PE

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-16 15:01
More than half of secondary school boys and two-thirds of girls never shower after PE, A study suggests.

A quasi-healthy job market for 2015

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-01-16 14:56

The economy is now consistently producing more than 250,000 jobs per month. Unemployment hit 10 percent at the pit of the recession, but it has now fallen to 5.6 percent – and there's no reason to think it won't keep  improving for a while.

Yet the labor market still has some pain points: Long-term unemployment is higher than at any time since World War II, millions are not even looking for work and real wages are stagnant for most Americans.

Still, it's hard to call it a "sick" or "still-recovering" economy with unemployment this low and job-creation this strong.

"Unfortunately, for many, the purpose of work is survival," says William Rodgers, a Rutgers University economist who studies the changing American workforce. The economy  is producing too many jobs that pay the bare minimum, Rodgers says, and don't offer a way up the economic ladder. Work should offer more, he says.

"If we're creating workplaces where people aren't paid enough to meet their families' needs, aren't able to enjoy themselves, be creative – that's lower productivity, that's lower economic growth," Rodgers says. 

The post-recession employment landscape has been fundamentally altered because of the financial crisis, labor-saving technology and perpetual corporate cost-cutting, according to Susan Lambert, a University of Chicago professor of social work. 

One key change, Lambert says: the rise of part-time low-paid jobs, often temporary, with unpredictable schedules and too few hours. She says this "just in time" type of staffing is spreading in retail, manufacturing, academia, journalism and beyond.

"People have a greater sense of insecurity," says Lambert. "It makes it very difficult for people with unpredictable, unstable schedules to maintain employment. Because at some point often they have to decide: their kids or their job."

But these employment trends are not some post-recession "new normal," counters Douglas Holtz-Eakin, an economist with the American Action Forum.

"The degree to which the world is fundamentally different – this gets floated about every five years, and it's always overstated to a great extent," Holtz-Eakin says. "A very bad recession and financial crisis didn't change the fundamentals of how economies grow and the way people benefit from economic growth." 

VIDEO: Video of SpaceX rocket crash landing

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-16 14:46
The inventor and entrepreneur Elon Musk has shared video footage of the moment his SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket crashed into a floating spaceport.

I am treated differently - Mourinho

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-16 14:38
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho insists he and Chelsea are treated differently, as he contests a disciplinary charge.

'Continent on edge' - front pages

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-16 14:34
Counter-terror measures across Europe are once again on some front pages, while other papers focus on financial matters.

Mexico arrest over missing students

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-16 14:21
Mexican police arrest Felipe Rodriguez, accusing of being involved in the murders of 43 students missing from Iguala since September.