National / International News

Israel's Netanyahu Accepts Invitation To Address Congress

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-22 07:32

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will address a joint meeting of Congress on March 3, three weeks later than he was originally scheduled to speak after an invitation by House Speaker John Boehner.

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Sexton in Ireland Six Nations squad

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-22 07:24
Jonathan Sexton is named in Ireland's opening Six Nations squad even though he is likely to miss the first game in Rome.

VIDEO: Manhole explosion just misses child

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-22 07:12
An explosion in a manhole on a Birmingham street "just missed" a child who was walking nearby.

'Fight segregation' - French PM Valls

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-22 07:09
France has tolerated "ghettoisation" in its deprived suburbs for too long, Prime Minister Manuel Valls says.

Stabbed Brook to make March comeback

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-22 07:03
IBF Welterweight champion Kell Brook will make a comeback in March with a first title defence against Romanian Jo Jo Dan.

Wife 'possessed' by lesbian lover

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-22 07:02
The ex-husband of a woman accused of murdering their eight-year-old daughter tells a court his wife was possessed by her lesbian lover.

Hello, I Must Be Squatting

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-22 07:00

You're a new Peace Corps volunteer in Ghana. A villager comes by. Do you a) give a high five b) nod your head respectfully or c) squat and say "n naa."

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17 years for 'black magic' couple

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-22 06:56
A sadistic couple who bullied a schoolgirl into submission with "black magic" threats before she was raped are jailed for 17 years.

Nigeria urged to delay elections

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-22 06:55
Nigeria's security chief says the electoral commission should delay next month's poll to give more time for voter card distribution.

'No US charges' for Ferguson officer

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-22 06:54
The US justice department will not bring civil rights charges against a white Missouri officer who killed an unarmed black teenager, US media report.

Patient safety concern at busy A&E

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-22 06:46
An unannounced inspection of an under-pressure A&E unit at a north Wales hospital led to concerns for patient safety, a watchdog says.

Fred Talbot 'staged naked orgy'

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-22 06:46
Former TV weather presenter Fred Talbot staged a naked orgy involving 10 drunken schoolboys on a canal barge before later sexually abusing one of them on board, a jury hears.

Caption Challenge: Out of the bag

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-22 06:41
It's the Caption Challenge. Oh yes it is.

Abandoned micro-pig needs new home

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-22 06:34
A lonely abandoned micro-pig believed to have been an unwanted Christmas present is in need of a new "forever" home.

Patriots Coach Bill Belichick Denies Knowledge Of Deflated Footballs

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-22 06:18

His comments come amid reports that 11 of 12 footballs used by the New England Patriots in the AFC championship game were underinflated — an apparent advantage. The NFL is investigating the matter.

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The State of the (Film) Union

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2015-01-22 06:16

The Oscars debates are alive and well this year.

One of the most talked-about films of this Oscars season is "American Sniper," which — despite a $90 million debut weekend at the box office — is receiving mixed reviews from critics, including Grantland's Wesley Morris.

"I feel like there's a second half to the movie that is only hinted at," Morris said. "The intent is to complicate the automatic urge to turn a guy like [Bradley Cooper's character] Chris Kyle into a hero ... and the thing the movie sets out to do, it just doesn't achieve, I think in part because the script isn't that good."

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Morris acknowledges that Hollywood has a diversity problem, saying the Academy needs "to actively invite people of color." But, he says, it's not the sole issue surrounding the nominations. He points to the release timeline of the film "Selma."

"Selma opened on Christmas Day. It went wide on January 9. This is not really enough time to enter the collective cultural consciousness," he said. "It gives people who thought Selma was a possible Oscar front-runner time to mount a campaign against it."

Watch the trailer for "Selma" here:

VIDEO: Quantitative Easing - in 70 seconds

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-22 05:57
BBC News explains the concept of quantitative easing - in 70 seconds.

Ex-Home Secretary Leon Brittan dies

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-22 05:52
Former Home Secretary Leon Brittan has died aged 75 at his home in London, his family say.

Blackberry seeks aid on app making

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-22 05:46
App makers should be required to make software for Blackberry handsets, says the boss of the phone company.

Stranded cargo ship heads for port

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-22 05:45
The Hoegh Osaka cargo ship which has been listing in the Solent since 3 January, is on its way into Southampton Port.