National / International News

EU reaches deal on 2015 budget

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-09 04:29
European Parliament and government negotiators reach a deal on the EU's 2015 budget - a fraught issue amid national budget cuts.

Sun journalist cleared of misconduct

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-09 04:24
Sun reporter Nick Parker is cleared of aiding and abetting misconduct in a public office, but convicted of handling a Labour MP's stolen mobile phone.

Khan not looking beyond Alexander

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-09 04:20
Amir Khan insists his dream fight against Floyd Mayweather is not on his mind ahead of Saturday's bout with Devon Alexander.

Live Blog: Senate Expected To Release Long-Held CIA Torture Report

NPR News - Tue, 2014-12-09 04:19

The report is the most comprehensive account of interrogation techniques used by the CIA after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. The report's release has been controversial

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Greece brings forward key vote

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-09 04:19
The Greek prime minister brings forward the date of a crucial presidential vote in parliament, with markets in Athens tumbling on fears of uncertainty.

VIDEO: Force warned over police kill threat

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-09 04:19
West Midlands Police says it is "business as usual" after receiving an anonymous warning over officers' safety.

President Obama writes Frozen code

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-09 04:09
The US president joined a group of middle-school children taking part in the "Hour of Code" computer education project.

Day in pictures: 9 December 2014

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-09 04:09
News images from around the world: 9 December

US Senate passes Venezuela sanctions

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-09 04:07
The US Senate backs a bill which would impose travel bans and economic sanctions on Venezuelan officials found to have violated protesters' rights.

Real IRA leader fails in release bid

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-09 04:06
Former Real IRA leader Michael McKevitt fails in his bid to be released from prison immediately.

Hospital deaths inquiry launched

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-09 04:05
An independent investigation into the deaths of dozens of elderly patients at Gosport War Memorial Hospital in Hampshire is launched.

The Sony hack continues

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-12-09 04:00
2 executives

In the latest threat from the "Guardians of Peace" (the hackers behind the release of confidential documents from Sony), the group threatened to release the private information of two executives if the company did not "stop immediately showing the movie of terrorism", i.e. 'The Interview'

70 million

The number of users Napster claimed at its peak, in the early years of the new millennium. That's not even accounting for the many other file-sharing services that cropped up during that time. Napster is long dead, but a new Retro Report documentary looks back at the powerful paradigm shift it kickstarted, one the industry is still sorting out: that media online should be free.

300,000 beds

Airbnb currently has about 300,000 more than the number of beds of either Hilton and Marriott. But now the brand is having an identity crisis: when someone stays at an Airbnb rental, there's nothing that distinguishes the experience. It's why the lodging service is launching "Pineapple,"a magazine that will be sent to hosts and bookstores around the world.

56.1 percent

The portion of web ads that don't appear on screen for even a full second, if they appear at all, according to new data from Google. One contributor to this problem is virus-affected computers, Quartz reported, which request ads billions of times without actually displaying them.


When the flu vaccine targets the wrong strain (like it did this year), it means more people will get sick. According to some estimates, businesses spent almost $140,000 more on flu-related costs per 100,000 workers the last time federal scientists made the wrong guess.

9 times

That's how much viewership on YouTube has increased since 2010. Online video hasn't just exploded, it's in the middle of a big bang and it's already produced a staggering number of largely independent and niche producers and channels whose viewership rivals television and movies, but attract young audiences that don't fit the conventional wisdom attached to those media. The New Yorker took a deep dive this week into the lives of YouTube and Vine "creators" and their uneasy relationship with an entertainment industry that sees dollar signs but doesn't know how to grab on to such a rapidly changing business.

Web security firm creating 80 jobs

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-09 03:55
Eighty jobs are to be created in Belfast by American web security firm WhiteHat Security.

VIDEO: BBC under fire in Iraq's Baiji refinery

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-09 03:55
Iraq's armed forces have retaken control of the Baiji Oil Refinery in the north of the country but are still under attack from snipers, as Quentin Sommerville reports.

Checks ordered on 'helicopter fault'

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-09 03:26
Checks are being ordered on some North Sea helicopters after the discovery of a fault which could cause emergency exits to jam.

Ready meals may count in five a day

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-09 03:25
The government is considering adding its "five-a-day" logo to ready meals and tinned foods that contain fruit and vegetables.

French hostage freed in Mali

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-09 03:23
A French hostage seized in Mali more than three years ago, Serge Lazarevic, has been released, French President Francois Hollande announces.

VIDEO: What is a weather 'bomb'?

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-09 03:18
Peter Gibbs explains what is behind the official term for a weather bomb "explosive cyclogenesis"

VIDEO: Sperm whale saved after seven beached

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-09 03:18
Rescuers in South Australia lead a sperm whale into deeper water after it is found in distress near the scene of a rare mass beaching.

Appeal clears ex-gang man of murder

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-09 03:10
A former gang member who was sentenced to life for the shooting of a teenager is cleared of his murder at the Court of Appeal.