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AUDIO: Widow: 'We felt safe in St Lucia'

BBC - Tue, 2014-01-21 07:51
The wife of Roger Pratt has said that she has been touched by "considerable kindness" after her husband was murdered off the Caribbean island of St Lucia.

PODCAST: Oil demand booming

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-01-21 07:44

A new International Energy Agency report out Tuesday says global oil demand will rise by 1.3 million barrels per day this year, higher than its previous forecast. That number tells a story about the global economy and will also have impact in America.

The annual meeting of the World Economic Forum kicks off this week, in Davos, Switzerland. The global elite -- executives, politicians, media moguls, and academics -- will gather in the Alps for a four-day confab. This year, one of the items on the agenda is inequality. 

We’ve all heard of websites like Kickstarter, where you can donate to projects you believe in. Well what if, instead of just donating, you could go online and buy an equity slice of a small business? This crowdfunding of investment is what the JOBS Act is trying to promote. And it’s how one real estate company in Washington D.C. wants to shake up local development.

UAE jails 30 over 'Brotherhood ties'

BBC - Tue, 2014-01-21 07:37
A court in the UAE sentences 20 Egyptian and 10 Emirati Islamists to up to five years in prison after convicting them on national security charges.

Djokovic 'satisfied' with Becker

BBC - Tue, 2014-01-21 07:35
World number two Novak Djokovic says he is satisfied with the early progress being made under new head coach Boris Becker.

60 children unhurt after bus crash

BBC - Tue, 2014-01-21 07:33
Sixty primary school children are taken to hospital after a collision between a coach and a lorry in Newport but later discharged.

Report Details Alleged 'Systematic' Killing By Syria's Assad

NPR News - Tue, 2014-01-21 07:28

The report by three former war crimes prosecutors is based on what are said to be thousands of photographs of dead prisoners that allegedly were smuggled out by a Syrian defector. The revelation comes just ahead of Syrian peace talks set to begin in Switzerland.

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Crime stats: The truth is out there

BBC - Tue, 2014-01-21 07:22
Can crime statistics be relied upon?

VIDEO: Syria crisis - Geneva II explained

BBC - Tue, 2014-01-21 07:18
Syria peace talks in Geneva explained - in 60 seconds.

Manager Ince sacked by Blackpool

BBC - Tue, 2014-01-21 07:10
Championship side Blackpool sack manager Paul Ince after less than a year in charge at Bloomfield Road.

What growing global oil thirst means for economy

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-01-21 07:09

A new International Energy Agency report out Tuesday says global oil demand will rise by 1.3 million barrels per day this year, higher than its previous forecast. That number tells a story about the global economy and will also have impact in America.

“It’s definitely a positive sign,” Fadel Gheit, an Oppenheimer managing director and senior energy analyst. “Higher demand for energy in general and for crude oil in particular is an indication the global economy is back on track.”

More oil demand means more shipping and more production and hopefully more jobs. On the down side, more oil use and production also means higher environmental impact.
America is having an oil boom, but energy companies can only profit so much. Current law allows export of only a tiny fraction of crude. As the domestic boom continues, expect a stronger push to change that.

“The producers who are producing that are saying, well, gosh, let us export,” explains Sarah Emerson, president of Energy Security Analysis, Inc. “So 2014, in that sense, is a bit of a tipping point.”

Now that America’s using more and more of its own oil, more companies here will be looking to sell abroad.

Mark Garrison: There are lots of ways to read a boost in oil demand. Here’s one, from Oppenheimer senior energy analyst Fadel Gheit.

 

Fadel Gheit: It’s definitely a positive sign. Higher demand for energy in general and for crude oil in particular is an indication the global economy is back on track.

 

More oil demand means more shipping and more production, hopefully more jobs. On the down side, more oil use and production also means higher environmental impact. America’s having an oil boom, but energy companies can only profit so much. Current law allows export of only a tiny fraction of crude. As the domestic boom continues, expect a stronger push to change that. Sarah Emerson is president of Energy Security Analysis, Inc.

Sarah Emerson: The producers who are producing that are saying, well, gosh, let us export. So 2014 in that sense is a bit of a tipping point.

Now that America’s using more and more of its own oil, more companies here will be looking to sell abroad. I’m Mark Garrison, for Marketplace.

Parrot in Belarus election bid

BBC - Tue, 2014-01-21 07:04
Meet the pet that was running for office in Belarus

Thailand imposes state of emergency

BBC - Tue, 2014-01-21 06:54
The Thai government imposes a 60-day state of emergency in Bangkok and the surrounding provinces, from Wednesday, to cope with unrest.

Scotland 'had a glacier up to 1700s'

BBC - Tue, 2014-01-21 06:52
A glacier was still in place in Scotland within the last 400 years - 11,000 years less than previously thought - say scientists.

Pakistan jets bomb Taliban positions

BBC - Tue, 2014-01-21 06:48
Pakistani military aircraft bomb suspected Taliban positions in North Waziristan, following a wave of attacks against security forces.

Vatican cleric 'laundered millions'

BBC - Tue, 2014-01-21 06:44
A senior Italian cleric, already on trial over fraud claims, has also been charged with laundering millions through the Vatican bank, police say.

Drax protesters' convictions quashed

BBC - Tue, 2014-01-21 06:41
The convictions of 29 people sentenced after a power station protest where an undercover police officer was working are quashed.

Badger cull farms 'need to prepare'

BBC - Tue, 2014-01-21 06:32
Farmers and landowners across the UK are urged to prepare applications for badger control licences prior to any nationwide cull being confirmed.

Lloyds accused of 'bad faith'

BBC - Tue, 2014-01-21 06:31
Lloyds Banking Group and the government have been accused of acting in "bad faith" in the way they handled the sell-off of 600 Lloyds bank branches.

A former high-frequency trader turned critic

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-01-21 06:29

Marketplace Tech continues our Wall Street technology series with a look at high-frequency trading, where powerful computers can make hundreds of thousands of trades in milliseconds, making big money off tiny stock price differences. Dave Lauer is a former high-frequency trader, but he's now a critic of the business. He explains why to Marketplace Tech guest host Mark Garrison. Click the audio player above to listen to the interview.

Travis assault 'caused years of hell'

BBC - Tue, 2014-01-21 06:24
A woman woman who was allegedly assaulted by former BBC DJ Dave Lee Travis says the incident left her frightened to leave the house alone.

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