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Exactly what does the phrase Boko Haram mean?

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-13 02:21
Militant Islamist group Boko Haram has gained notoriety with the kidnapping over more than 200 schoolgirls in Nigeria. What precisely does the group's name mean?

Deep-sea 'graveyard' discovered

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-13 02:19
The discovery of a deep-sea graveyard is shedding light on the fate of dead ocean giants, scientists report.

Turtles learn from drift experience

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-13 02:12
Scientists try to understand why adult turtles select the migration destinations they do by combining ocean-current and satellite-tracking information.

Stalking victim 'failed by police'

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-13 01:58
A stabbing victim makes a complaint about police who logged 125 reports of stalking before she was attacked, but "failed to act".

Parents reveal school run fears

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-13 01:46
Over two fifths (41%) of parents are aware their child has had a near-miss traffic accident on their journey to or from school, says a transport charity.

VIDEO: Mortensen on playing the bad guy

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-13 01:33
Lord of the Rings star Viggo Mortensen has stepped away from Middle Earth for his latest role - playing a 1960s con artist in Two Faces of January.

US warns Beijing on South China Sea

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-13 01:27
US Secretary of State John Kerry warns China that the introduction of a drilling rig into seas disputed with Vietnam is "provocative".

AUDIO: 'Many more midwives needed'

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-13 01:18
Louise Silverton and Maureen Treadwell discuss draft guidelines that suggest healthy women should be encouraged to give birth in a midwife-led unit or at home.

Tributes paid to rugby great McLeod

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-13 01:06
Tributes are paid to Scottish rugby great Hugh McLeod, from Hawick, who has died at the age of 81.

Three river death kayakers named

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-13 01:05
Three men from the same family who were killed after going kayaking together in the River Tyne are named.

A canary in the coal mine... and in your Mac

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-05-13 01:00

Canaries can be useful creatures. Coal miners used to bring them into the mines as a warning sign of methane or carbon monoxide. A dead canary meant the miners needed to get out of there pronto.

Now a clever loophole in the rules regarding NSA requests for information is letting companies warn their customers in the same way a little yellow bird might signal trouble. 

It's called a "warrant canary", and several major companies like Apple have already used it in their "transparency reports."

The idea is that while the NSA can enforce rules on companies to not tell their customers when their information has been acquired, it is still within a company's rights to tell their customers what they haven't been asked. If a transparency report gets released without a statement saying that the NSA has not requested information, then a customer can infer that the request has been made.

The idea originated from a public library that posted a sign on its door each day saying that the Government had not yet asked for any information on the patrons. The insinuation was that if ever the library did not post the sign, it meant that the NSA had made a request.

According to Jonathan Zittrain, Professor of Law at Harvard and co-founder of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, it's not only a clever way to let customers know if their information may have been acquired by the NSA, but also a way for the private sector to agitate Government agencies on the issues involved in privacy.

"To mix my fowl, it’s a game of chicken played with a warrant canary. Under the first amendment, it may well be much more dicey for the government to insist that a company lie rather than to tell a company it may not speak."

UN appoints first woman commander

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-13 00:51
For the first time, a woman will command a UN peacekeeping force, as Norway's Major General Kristin Lund is appointed to lead troops in Cyprus.

VIDEO: Play therapy to help brain scans

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-13 00:45
A pilot scheme is helping young people have a brain scan without being sedated by teaching them about it through play.

Heathrow and Gatwick unveil plans

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-13 00:44
Heathrow and Gatwick airports both unveil revised expansion plans as they attempt to secure permission to build the UK's next runway.

Suspended nurses inquiry 'alarming'

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-13 00:44
Calls for "no stone to be left unturned" are made after confirmation that seven hospital nurses have been suspended amid allegations of falsifying records.

VIDEO: Spain politician shot dead in public

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-13 00:26
A top politician in northern Spain has been shot dead in public and two women have been arrested.

Miliband focus 'on issues not polls'

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-13 00:26
Ed Miliband says he is focusing on "the issues that matter" after two polls put Labour behind the Conservatives.

Cole omission a risk, admits Hodgson

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-13 00:22
England boss Roy Hodgson admits there is an element of risk in his decision to overlook Ashley Cole for his World Cup squad.

Repaired Rothko is back on display

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-12 23:59
Mark Rothko's painting Black on Maroon painting goes back on public display at Tate Modern, 18 months after it was vandalised with graffiti.

India shares at record high on polls

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-12 23:48
Indian stock markets rise to a record high after exit polls suggest Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party is on course to win the general election.
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