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NI loses £53m over stalled college

BBC - Thu, 2015-06-04 09:25
Northern Ireland loses access to £53m of public money that had been earmarked for a new joint training college for the police, fire and prison services.

Placenta Pills Gain Fans Among New Moms, But Benefits Are Elusive

NPR News - Thu, 2015-06-04 09:18

If Kim Kardashian and Mayim Bialik do it, is it good for you? Pills made from a woman's placenta are being promoted for postpartum depression. But there's no evidence that it helps, a review finds.

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African firms 'should promote women'

BBC - Thu, 2015-06-04 09:14
Africa's leading businesses need to do more to promote women into top positions, a new report says.

All-male Oxford hall to admit women

BBC - Thu, 2015-06-04 09:08
The last all-male academic institution at Oxford University votes unanimously to admit women undergraduate students.

Man has first skull-scalp transplant

BBC - Thu, 2015-06-04 09:05
The first skull and scalp transplant has been performed in a 15-hour operation, say doctors in the US.

PayPal users face robot cold calls

BBC - Thu, 2015-06-04 09:03
PayPal is updating its user agreement in July to force customers to accept automated cold calls from it and its affiliates.

'Terror cell' targeted anti-Islamist

BBC - Thu, 2015-06-04 09:02
Two men who plotted to "randomly" behead Boston police officers had initially planned to target a conservative blogger.

Can life return to normal after a spouse's death?

BBC - Thu, 2015-06-04 09:01
Does life ever return to normal after the death of a spouse?

Will China actually join Obama's trade deal?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2015-06-04 09:00

President Obama says China is “putting out feelers” about joining the big trade deal that’s under negotiation, which will liberalize trade rules for 12 countries around the Pacific, including the U.S., Mexico, Japan — and maybe China.

So what's it going to take the economic powerhouse to actually be part of this agreement? 

"I think it's a question of how open the Obama administration is to giving China enough time to get up to speed on the requirements of this agreement," says Marketplace's China correspondent Rob Schmitz. "China's got the biggest labor force in the world. It's the second-largest economy, so it's going to want to play just as big a role as the U.S. in this agreement if it signs on." 

Schmitz says that a Trans-Pacific free trade deal without China looks, frankly, kind of weak. The East Asian country has been making trade deals with countries on its own continent—and has been trying to "[strengthen] its economic ties" with various South American and European countries.   

"So China's moving on from the familiar trope of 'the rest of the world is trying to contain us,'" Schmitz says.   

Click the audio player above to hear the full interview about the Trans-Pacific Partnership and China's potential role in the deal.  

Money, money, money - those NHS finances

BBC - Thu, 2015-06-04 08:59
It's back to reality for the NHS - and its finances - after the election. What lies ahead?

Great Expectations: Your book summary in under 10 words

BBC - Thu, 2015-06-04 08:56
Your book summaries in under 10 words

Education department's £450m savings

BBC - Thu, 2015-06-04 08:54
The education and higher education budgets face budget savings, as part of a Treasury announcement to bring down public debt.

Orange to pull out of Israel deal

BBC - Thu, 2015-06-04 08:47
The French telecom giant Orange says it will pull out of a deal with an Israeli partner, a day after comments by its boss drew criticism from Israel.

Hobbit first edition sold for £137K

BBC - Thu, 2015-06-04 08:37
A first edition of JRR Tolkien's 1937 novel The Hobbit, with an inscription in Elvish written by the author, sells at auction in London for £137,000.

Russia activist sudden illness fuels poison rumours

BBC - Thu, 2015-06-04 08:26
The sudden, severe illness of Russian opposition activist Vladimir Kara-Murza has raised suspicions that he may have been poisoned.

Newly Identified 'Hellboy' Dinosaur Sported Unique Horns, Scientists Say

NPR News - Thu, 2015-06-04 08:16

The new species, a close relative of Triceratops that was discovered in Alberta, Canada, has large horns above the eyes and a crown-like frill.

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Retrial over US intern Levy's murder

BBC - Thu, 2015-06-04 07:57
A US judge grants the man convicted of killing intern Chandra Levy a retrial, 14 years after her disappearance made headlines.

Terror charges over Kenya massacre

BBC - Thu, 2015-06-04 07:56
Five men are charged in a Kenyan court with 162 counts of terrorism following the deadly assault by militant Islamists on Garissa University College in April.

Pong and Doom enter game Hall of Fame

BBC - Thu, 2015-06-04 07:53
Six computer games, including Pong and Doom, have been inducted into the first Video Game Hall of Fame.

VIDEO: Centenary WI meeting opened by Queen

BBC - Thu, 2015-06-04 07:51
The Queen opens the centenary annual meeting of the Women's Institute (WI) in London.