National / International News

Smith pulls out of worlds with virus

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-11 06:41
Commonwealth champion Zoe Smith withdraws from the weightlifting world championships in Kazakhstan because of a virus.

Anguish at South Korea ferry verdict

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-11 06:37
A verdict of negligence on three senior officers of a South Korean ferry that sank in April, killing over 300, angers many victims' relatives as too lenient.

One in 10 sausages 'has hepatitis E'

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-11 06:35
Experts warn one in 10 sausages in England and Wales could lead to a hepatitis E virus infection (HEV) if they are not cooked properly.

VIDEO: China's Xi urges economic integration

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-11 06:32
The formal part of the Apec summit in Beijing has ended but the US and Chinese presidents have been holding private talks, as Martin Patience reports from Beijing.

VIDEO: Veterans attend Menin Gate ceremony

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-11 06:29
Thousands of people attend a ceremony at the Menin Gate to mark the anniversary of the WW1 armistice.

Nigeria fury over US arms refusal

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-11 06:25
Nigeria criticises the US for refusing to sell the government "lethal" weapons to fight militant Islamists as they seize another town.

Syria's disappeared

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-11 06:18
The story of the people snatched from Syria's streets

Why do Indian women go to sterilisation camps?

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-11 06:02
After 11 women die in a botched mass sterilisation attempt in central India, the BBC's Geeta Pandey explains why Indian women go to sterilisation camps.

Rocket bike sets 207mph speed record

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-11 06:01
The pilot of a rocket-equipped push bicycle tells the BBC it was "very scary" to ride the vehicle at 207mph, breaking his previous record.

Sterilization Operations In India Reportedly Kill 9 Women

NPR News - Tue, 2014-11-11 05:56

More than 80 surgeries were performed on women at a government-run camp Saturday; the first death was reported Monday morning.

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Anthony Bourdain And Carla Hill Turbo-Charge D.C.'s Hunger Fighters

NPR News - Tue, 2014-11-11 05:46

Celebrity chefs haven't just made us aware of the latest noshing fashions; they have also spread the word about anti-hunger initiatives like those at the innovative DC Central Kitchen.

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UN concern over Colombia Farc verdict

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-11 05:33
The UN has expressed concern over the sentencing by an indigenous court in Colombia of seven Farc rebels over the murder of two indigenous leaders.

Inquiry into prisoners' tapped calls

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-11 05:32
An investigation into the recording of telephone calls between prisoners and their constituency MPs is ordered by the justice secretary.

One-off repeat for Bellingham's Oxo ad

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-11 05:28
A 1984 Oxo advert starring Lynda Bellingham is to be screened on Christmas Day as a tribute to the actress who died last month.

Trouble Swallowing Pills? Try The 'Pop Bottle' Or The 'Lean Forward'

NPR News - Tue, 2014-11-11 05:28

One-third of people have trouble downing pills, and many skip taking medications as a result. A researcher in Germany says that two techniques help. Really? We tested them ourselves to find out.

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From target man to teacher

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-11 05:21
Former Blackpool and Hull striker Ben Burgess on his decision to swap the changing room for the classroom.

China and U.S. reach agreement on high tech products

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-11-11 05:00

United States Trade Representative Michael Froman announced a "breakthrough" in negotiations with China over high tech products Monday night. The agreement could herald the first major tariff-cutting agreement at the World Trade Organization in 17 years, covering an estimated $1 trillion of products ranging from MRI machines to video game consoles. 

The negotiations concerned an update to the Information Technology Agreement, or ITA, signed in the late 1990s, under which countries agreed to cut tariffs to zero for a list of high-tech products. 

"For high tech products, every country wished to be a leader in that," says Wing Thye Woo, professor of economics at UC Davis and president of the Jeffrey Cheah Institute on Southeast Asia. "So when high tech products started appearing quickly, some countries started putting tariffs on them.

Woo says the ITA didn't follow the model of other free trade agreements: cut tariffs for the entire sector, with certain products singled out as exceptions. 

"You do not say mackerel is not free trade but salmon is free trade," says Woo. "All fish is free trade, unless we specify certain fish."

"This one is the other way around: The following are free trade items, and what is not mentioned is not free trade," he says.

Signatories of the ITA agreed to cut tariffs only for products that fit into certain categories such as computers and data-storage media. 

China signed on to this agreement when it joined the WTO in 2001. "It had to," says Woo. "But then the number of high-tech products kind of exploded."

Efforts to increase the list stalled.

"China was the main opposition on this issue of broadening the Information Technology agreement," says Gary Hufbauer, senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics. China had, for instance, maintained tariffs of up to 25 percent to protect its burgeoning semiconductor industry.

The agreement with the United States could un-stick negotiations with the other 54 economies involved in the ITA negotiations. "The presumption is those other countries will agree because they have been negotiating pretty much alongside the United States," say Hufbauer.

"And I think it foreshadows more agreements on other issues between the US and China," he says. "It’s really a new day."

Morocco will not host 2015 Afcon

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-11 04:40
The Confederation of African Football confirms Morocco will not host the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations but no new venue is announced.

Quiz: Hidden cameras in the classroom

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-11-11 04:40

Harvard researchers secretly photographed more than 2,000 students to study classroom behavior last spring. News reports and other Harvard faculty have called out the study’s questionable ethics. Two years ago Harvard administrators reportedly read the emails of resident deans – you guessed it – in secret.

Harvard researchers studied student behavior with secret cameras. What did they uncover?

You can watch a presentation by one of the photo researchers on YouTube.

Deaths boat was 'pushed to extremes'

BBC - Tue, 2014-11-11 04:38
A powerboat was being "pushed to its extremes" when it turned sharply throwing a family of six into the water and killing the father and a daughter, an inquest hears.