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Senegal rebels declare a ceasefire

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-30 05:06
A top Senegalese rebel leader declares a unilateral ceasefire in Casamance, raising hopes of ending one of West Africa's longest-running conflicts.

Is this the most boring advert ever made?

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-30 05:05
Leica claims the advert for its new camera is the most boring of all time. Can tedium be an effective marketing tool, asks Jon Kelly.

Amid Violence And Without U.S. Troops, Iraq Votes

NPR News - Wed, 2014-04-30 04:59

Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's party appears to be the strongest going into Wednesday's polls. In a country plagued by bloodshed and sectarian divisions, the vote is testing Iraq to the limits.

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Amid Violence And Without U.S. Troops, Iraq Votes

NPR News - Wed, 2014-04-30 04:59

Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's party appears to be the strongest going into Wednesday's polls. In a country plagued by bloodshed and sectarian divisions, the vote is testing Iraq to the limits.

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Harsh Winter Puts The Brakes On U.S. Economic Growth

NPR News - Wed, 2014-04-30 04:56

First-quarter GDP fell to just 0.1 percent, according to the latest figures from the Bureau of Economic Analysis, which blamed much of the slowing on weather-related factors.

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Arrest in Alves banana racism case

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-30 04:46
Spanish police say they have arrested a spectator suspected of throwing a banana at Barcelona's Brazilian footballer Dani Alves in a match last week.

Care homes: The known and the unknown

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-30 04:42
How widespread is abuse of vulnerable care home residents?

What are zero-hours contracts?

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-30 04:40
What are zero-hours contracts and why do employers use them?

Why Farage not standing matters

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-30 04:30
What Nigel Farage's decision not to stand means for UKIP

Councils to get betting shop powers

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-30 04:24
Councils are to get stronger powers to prevent "harm" being done by a "concentration" of high street bookmakers.

'Pay-by-size' for films in future

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-30 04:23
The future of film releases will radically change in future as viewers pay according to the size of their screen, Dreamworks Animation's boss says.

VIDEO: Speaker on MP's 'illustrious' education

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-30 04:23
The Speaker reminds an MP that she is an "illustrious product of the Cheltenham Ladies' College" over noise at PMQs.

Economic growth in the U.S. stalled this winter

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-04-30 04:19

On Wednesday the government reported GDP numbers. Turns out, January to March showed hardly any growth -- an annual rate of just one-tenth of one percent, way below forecasts. Spending on goods was down, but for services, like healthcare, consumer spending was up. Business investments and exports were down, so it wasn't just the weather. But analysts say more recent data suggest the current quarter will be better.

GDP measures when money changes hands. On this program, we keep track of alternative measures. Chris Hoenig is President of The State of the USA, an outfit that's working with the government to come up with an online, interactive scorecard for how we're doing. He joins Marketplace Morning Report host David Brancaccio to discuss. 

VIDEO: House of Commons

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-30 04:09
The prime minister criticises the Labour leader for focusing on the sale of Royal Mail.

Drug resistance 'global threat'

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-30 04:05
Resistance to antibiotics poses a "major global threat" to public health, according to a report by the World Health Organization.

VIDEO: Mother still unsure where baby ashes are

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-30 04:04
Dorothy Maitland, whose baby's ashes were disposed of by Mortonhall Crematorium, says: "I'm just not sure that my daughter's ashes are there".

Australia Rebuffs Possibility Of Flight 370 Wreckage In Bay Of Bengal

NPR News - Wed, 2014-04-30 04:03

A marine exploration firm says it has found what may be debris from the missing plane in the Bay of Bengal. But the head of search efforts off Australia says his team is "looking in the right place."

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VIDEO: Inside ex-lawyers' chocolate factory

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-30 03:57
As small business output gets a boost, the BBC's Steph McGovern takes a guided tour of British chocolate manufacturers Montezuma's.

Day in pictures: 30 April 2014

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-30 03:50
News photos from past 24 hours: 30 April

VIDEO: Speaker: The Prime Minister has finished

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-30 03:49
David Cameron does not welcome the Speaker's interruption as he mocks Labour's appointment of a US election adviser.
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