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UK's terror threat level raised

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-29 10:04
The UK's terror threat level is raised from "substantial" to "severe" in response to conflicts in Iraq and Syria, the government announces.

VIDEO: Why has the terror level changed?

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-29 09:55
BBC Security Correspondent Frank Gardner assesses the terror threat to the UK and why it has been changed to severe.

US steps up sanctions over Iran

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-29 09:54
The US has imposed new sanctions on companies and individuals in connection with Iran's nuclear programme.

MSN Messenger to end after 15 years

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-29 09:48
Microsoft's MSN Messenger will be switched off in China in October, bringing a final end to the 15-year-old service.

Dahl draft spills Factory secrets

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-29 09:40
Little-known characters and incidents that could have featured in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory are released by the Roald Dahl estate.

Abercrombie abandons logos to keep up with the trends

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-08-29 09:40

Abercrombie & Fitch, the retailer that's known for its hunky models and clothes that scream "Abercrombie" says it's ditching its logo. From now on, the retailer says its clothes will be logo-free, at least in North America.

It’s an odd twist considering Abercrombie helped create the demand for teen clothing with big logos.

Well, no surprise, teens are fickle, said Barbara Kahn, a marketing professor at Wharton.  

“In general, I think there is a trend that kids are not into logos as they once were because there’s more of an emphasis on showing your own individuality,” Kahn said, adding that it also depends on the logo - and right now Abercrombie’s is out of fashion.

Ronnie Moas, an analyst at Standpoint Research, says the the fast-fashion trend has created a big shift in the teen clothing industry and knocked Abercrombie off its perch. He downgraded the stock in early July. Moas said retailers like Forever 21 and H&M are putting out the newest fashions quickly and cheaply.

“At Abercrombie you’re paying $50-$60-$70 for a dress and at H&M it’s $20,” Moas said.

There’s no logo, so teens can mix-and-match and feel like they’re creating their own, individual style. While this is good news for young shoppers, it’s bad news for retailers, said Simeon Siegel, an analyst at Nomura.

“Leaving the brand premium means your pricing power probably erodes,” Siegel said.

Siegel said it’s not just Abercrombie that's having problems, but all teen retailers that have relied on brands in the past.

Garda paramilitary text claim probed

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-29 09:33
The Irish Justice Minister says she is disturbed by reports that a member of the Garda Siochana (Irish police) texted sensitive information to a paramilitary in Northern Ireland.

Teacher wins child cruelty appeal

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-29 09:20
A special needs teacher wins his appeal against a conviction for assaults against two 12-year-old girls with severe learning difficulties.

Dujardin and Valegro win dressage

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-29 09:11
Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro secure their first freestyle dressage world title for Great Britain in Caen.

Test Ebola drug '100% effective'

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-29 09:00
The only trial data on the experimental Ebola drug ZMapp shows it is 100% effective in monkey studies, even in later stages of the infection.

India's growth hits two year high

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-29 08:52
India's economy grew by 5.7% in the three months to June, its fastest pace in two-and-a-half years, according to an official estimate.

VIDEO: BBC presenter Amroliwala's best bits

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-29 08:49
Presenter Matthew Amroliwala is leaving the BBC's News Channel after 16 years to work at BBC World.

Egged MP suspends campaign tour

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-29 08:39
Labour MP Jim Murphy suspends his Scotland-wide tour ahead of the independence referendum, citing "co-ordinated abuse" from "Yes" voters.

VIDEO: Millions spent on restoring moors

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-29 08:29
Helicopters are being used to help restore peat bogs on moorland in West Yorkshire.

Weekendish: The best of the week's reads

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-29 07:53
Some of the best reads from the BBC News website this week, with your comments.

Rwanda murder plotters found guilty

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-29 07:52
Four men are found guilty of trying to murder Rwanda's former army chief, Gen Faustin Kayumba Nyamwasa, in South Africa in June 2010.

Eurozone anxiety overshadows EU summit

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-29 07:48
Why deciding top jobs is not key to EU summit

Charity boss cleared of two charges

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-29 07:47
A former race equality charity boss is cleared of two counts of fraud but a third charge relating to a cheque for over £9,000 is still outstanding.

VIDEO: Malaysia Airlines to cut 6,000 jobs

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-29 07:43
Malaysia Airlines is to cut 6000 jobs, nearly a third of its staff, as part of a recovery plan following the loss of two planes this year.

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