National / International News

Islamic State suffers setback in Kobane but battle continues

BBC - Tue, 2015-01-27 10:36
The loss of Kobane is a significant setback for Islamic State - but the BBC's Jim Muir looks at whether it also a sign that the tide is turning against the jihadist group.

Broad sorry for minimum wage tweet

BBC - Tue, 2015-01-27 10:30
England fast bowler Stuart Broad has apologised after making comments about the minimum wage on Twitter.

Underage girl rapist dies in prison

BBC - Tue, 2015-01-27 10:30
A 71-year-old man convicted of a series of rapes on underage girls has died in prison, the Scottish Prison Service confirms.

VIDEO: Up close: Britain's longest train

BBC - Tue, 2015-01-27 10:25
A look at Britain's longest train, a ballast cleaner train, which is helping replace old ballast on rail tracks between Norwich and London.

Rising social care cost concerns

BBC - Tue, 2015-01-27 10:00
As the UK population gets older, Alison Holt explains why the rising cost of social care can't be ignored.

Child soldiers freed in South Sudan

BBC - Tue, 2015-01-27 09:55
A South Sudanese militia has released 280 child soldiers as the first step in a process to free 3,000, the UN's children agency says.

Houthis release Yemen leader's aide

BBC - Tue, 2015-01-27 09:52
Shia Houthi rebels in Yemen free the chief of staff of President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi who they abducted 10 days ago.

US shares hit by weak earnings

BBC - Tue, 2015-01-27 09:43
US stocks fall sharply following a string of disappointing company results.

VIDEO: Auschwitz survivor's emotional appeal

BBC - Tue, 2015-01-27 09:37
Auschwitz survivors have been speaking at a ceremony to mark the 70th anniversary since the liberation of the Nazi death camp.

Koch brothers' 2016 war chest is $889 million

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2015-01-27 09:29

Conservatives Charles and David Koch's big Monday announcement: A network of political groups the brothers back plans to spend $889 million ahead of the next election. To put that in context, this would put their political organization in league with the two major parties financially. Their spending goal would be more than twice what the Republican National Committee spent in 2012. 

The news comes out of the Freedom Partners annual winter meeting held outside of Palm Springs, California.

"We’re talking about a few hundred people here who have committed to give money to this network ahead of the campaign," says Marketplace’s David Gura.

Much of that money will go to ads, but the Koch brothers have also heavily invested in data and technology.

So what does all of this money – being raised by a private organization and being spent by a private organization – say about the fate of the two national parties: Democrats and the Republicans?

"They’ve both got to be worried," says Gura. "You’ve got these outside groups who are setting the message, they’re controlling the message to an extent, and I think even more fundamentally, they’re doing things that parties used to do or that they have been doing. I mentioned the ground game and collecting data – that was the providence of parties for a really long time."

VIDEO: Where is NY 'snowmageddon'?

BBC - Tue, 2015-01-27 09:20
There has been heavy snowfall across the north-east of America but the predicted chaos in some areas has not been as bad as expected as Laura Trevelyan reports

Tsipras names new Greek cabinet

BBC - Tue, 2015-01-27 09:19
Greek PM Alexis Tsipras forms a new cabinet with Yanis Varoufakis as finance minister and right-winger Panos Kammenos as defence minister.

Obama Meets New Saudi King, Balancing Human Rights, U.S. Interests

NPR News - Tue, 2015-01-27 09:11

The president cut short his visit to India to travel to Saudi Arabia. There, he met King Salman, who ascended to the throne last week following the death of Salman's half-brother, Abdullah.

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Stoke's Bojan ruled out for season

BBC - Tue, 2015-01-27 08:50
Stoke City striker Bojan Krkic is ruled out for the rest of the season with an anterior cruciate ligament injury.

'Devil jibe' doctor struck off

BBC - Tue, 2015-01-27 08:34
A GP who told a patient the devil was "having a go" at her is struck off the medical register for "deplorable conduct".

Unison calls off strike by NHS staff

BBC - Tue, 2015-01-27 08:29
Unison calls off a planned strike for its NHS members in England which was scheduled for 29 January.

Litvinenko lawyer accuses Russia

BBC - Tue, 2015-01-27 08:26
Ex-Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko was murdered for trying to "expose the corruption" at the heart of Russia's "mafia state", his family's lawyer claims.

Egypt activists lose final appeal

BBC - Tue, 2015-01-27 08:17
Three Egyptian activists lose their final appeal against three-year prison sentences they were given last year for violating an anti-protest law.

MPs to quiz Chilcot over Iraq delays

BBC - Tue, 2015-01-27 08:16
The head of the Iraq Inquiry is to be questioned by MPs next month about why its report is to be delayed until after the election.

Does the (care) cap fit?

BBC - Tue, 2015-01-27 08:09
A cap on care costs is being introduced in England. But many people will not benefit from it - and those that do could still end up paying for their care even when they hit it.