National / International News

VIDEO: US death row detainee walks free

BBC - Fri, 2015-04-03 18:11
A man who spent almost three decades on death row in the United States has been freed after years of fighting to prove his innocence.

Interactive: Waterloo treasures

BBC - Fri, 2015-04-03 17:50
Take an interactive tour of rarely seen objects from the battle

The legal struggle over Europe's veil bans

BBC - Fri, 2015-04-03 17:15
A decision in Germany to overturn a ban on headscarves for teachers is the latest in a number of court cases over the wearing of veils by Muslim women. Nuno Ferreira looks at the legal situation in Europe.

Is Easter still about religion for most?

BBC - Fri, 2015-04-03 17:08
Many of us say we have no religion, but Caroline Wyatt believes there is a hunger for some kind of spiritual meaning in life.

Chinese soldiers: let them eat pickles?

BBC - Fri, 2015-04-03 17:01
Why people in China are worried about their soldiers' diet

Ukraine prospects for peace: People on the edge of war

BBC - Fri, 2015-04-03 16:52
Ukrainians hanging in the balance of a shaky ceasefire

Magna Carta squatters 'not wanted'

BBC - Fri, 2015-04-03 16:50
Runnymede squatters face eviction before Magna Carta events

How is lost luggage found?

BBC - Fri, 2015-04-03 16:48
Some passengers jetting away for Easter will lose their luggage. Why does this happen and how are passengers reunited with their bags?

Readers on where they would be happiest living

BBC - Fri, 2015-04-03 16:43
Readers on where they would be happiest living

Poaching the creature that's more valuable than gold

BBC - Fri, 2015-04-03 16:42
The deadly battle for the animal more valuable than gold

VIDEO: Pope presides at Good Friday prayers

BBC - Fri, 2015-04-03 16:37
Pope Francis has highlighted the persecution of Christians in Africa and the Middle East during a Good Friday sermon in Rome.

EastEnders duo in spin-off show

BBC - Fri, 2015-04-03 16:30
EastEnders couple Kat and Alfie Moon are to star in their own spin-off series.

Fun Fact Friday: The thirst is real in California

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-04-03 16:00

Amy Scott uncovers the week that was with Cardiff Garcia of the blog FT Alphaville and Linette Lopez of Business Insider.

What else did we learn this week at Marketplace?

Fun Fact: Agriculture accounts for nearly 80 percent of water consumption in California. 

This week Jerry Brown ordered the first mandatory water cuts in California history. However, the mandate was directed towards urban use even though agriculture accounts for more than half of California's water consumption.

California drought prompts 25 percent mandatory cutbacks

Fun Fact: MSNBC host Rachel Maddow studied political science as a Rhodes Scholar in 1995.

The Rhodes Trust, organizers of the Rhodes scholarship program, announced plans this week to expand its reach to China. We took a look at the financial gains to be made by both the program coordinators and participants in China.

Rhodes Trust plans global scholarship expansion

Fun Fact: More than 150,000 international students are getting a degree in Germany today, including over 4,000 Americans.

It's a series you can't miss- in which we look at why a growing number of students are getting their degrees in other countries like Germany, where taxpayers pick up the tab for college tuition. Would you pay higher taxes to make higher education free? Take our poll.

American students head to Germany for free college

Fun Fact: A new office layout could increase attendance to over 90 percent.

Amidst news that Facebook is planning to put thousands of its workers into one mile-long room, we looked at whether an open plan layout was in fact more conducive to a productive work environment. GlaxoSmithKline tried this out and saw their attendance jump from 40 percent to over 90 percent. But it's not all about the open plan office.

The rise of the open-plan office


Pope decries killing of Christians

BBC - Fri, 2015-04-03 15:50
Pope Francis condemns what he calls the "complicit silence" about the killing of Christians, at a Good Friday service in Rome.

Sarah Brady, Gun Control Activist, Widow Of James Brady, Dies

NPR News - Fri, 2015-04-03 15:35

Brady, whose work helped passed the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act , died of pneumonia on Friday. She was 73.

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Explosion in Mali capital kills one

BBC - Fri, 2015-04-03 15:26
A blast at a house in the Malian capital Bamako kills one and injures two others, with suspicions that it may have been a bomb.

'Panic attacks' over school tests

BBC - Fri, 2015-04-03 15:18
A teachers' union says some pupils are self-harming and having panic attacks linked to the pressures of national tests.

Labour to pledge new homes fund

BBC - Fri, 2015-04-03 15:16
Ed Miliband is to unveil a Labour plan to encourage banks to fund 125,000 new homes for first time-buyers in England.

Houthi rebels pushed back in Aden

BBC - Fri, 2015-04-03 15:12
Shia Houthi rebels are pushed back in the Yemeni city of Aden while another port city, Mukalla, falls to al-Qaeda militants.

Public 'back tax rises to fund NHS'

BBC - Fri, 2015-04-03 15:07
A majority of people in Britain support tax rises as a way of funding the NHS ahead of cuts to other public services, a poll shows.