National / International News

US official meets Cuban dissidents

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-23 10:07
The most senior US official to visit Cuba in more than 30 years meets leading Cuban dissidents in Havana, at the end of two days of talks in the city.

Mapp races to first bobsleigh gold

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-23 09:57
Invictus Games competitor Corie Mapp wins gold for Great Britain in the first ever para World Cup bobsleigh race.

Pound at new high against euro

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-23 09:51
Investors respond to Mario Draghi's plan to revive flagging eurozone economies by selling the euro, pushing sterling to a seven-year high.

Can Cuba get off US terrorism list?

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-23 09:43
The US and Cuba have begun their historic negotiations to re-establish diplomatic relations, but one US policy remains a stumbling block for Cuba.

Will global temperature rise inspire a behavior shift?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-01-23 09:42

Last year, the world experienced a significant jump -- a rise in global temperature...

2014 was the hottest year on record, and just this week, a group of scientists moved the hands on the Doomsday Clock -- that's when mankind wipes out our own existence at midnight --- to 11:57 pm. That's the closest the clock has been to midnight since the height of the cold war.

One of the main reasons behind the move is climate change. 

But it's still hard to get people to act differently, especially when the consequences for inaction seem so far off in the future. For politicians, creating policy that causes pain in the present and not seeing the payoff directly can seem like a bad decision. 

To explain some of the leaps that global governments and populations have to take to slow and stop climate change, we spoke to Ann Carlson, the co-director of the Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at UCLA Law.

Listen to the whole segment in the player above. 

Khan and Pacquiao in fight talks

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-23 09:37
Amir Khan holds talks with Manny Pacquiao over a potential fight, but Floyd Mayweather remains Pacquiao's priority.

The leap not taken: Wage growth

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-01-23 09:36

Despite creating more jobs, wages are still flat. Median household income in the US is lower now than it was fifteen years ago, and over the last year, the average hourly wage only rose 40 cents. 

So how do we make a leap towards higher wages, as a country? Heather Boushey, executive director at the Washington Center for Equitable Growth joined Marketplace Weekend to talk about how to increase wages, and what's holding us back. 

Listen to the whole segment in the audio player above. 

Woman killed by squatter in her home

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-23 09:31
A squatter who stabbed to death a 70-year-old woman when she returned from holiday is detained under the Mental Health Act.

Peers try to revive 'snooping law'

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-23 09:30
UK net firms have criticised attempts to revive a "snoopers' charter" by adding it into draft legislation currently before the House of Lords.

10 things we didn't know last week

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-23 09:27
Women are almost two thirds more likely to believe in God than men, and other nuggets.

Who Is The New Saudi King?

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-23 09:24

King Salman, 79, presided over the dramatic transformation of Riyadh with a record for good governance, but he is not viewed as a reformer and is unlikely to change the course of Saudi politics.

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Ebola victim on Reddit: 'Only me and my father survived'

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-23 09:15
Boy who recovered from Ebola tells all on Reddit

Bell 'deserves' England ODI record

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-23 08:53
Paul Collingwood says opener Ian Bell "thoroughly deserves" to overtake him to become England's highest ODI run-scorer.

Man 'told grave was for cat and dog'

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-23 08:52
A teenager accused of helping his brother bury his murdered ex-girlfriend was told they were burying "a cat and dog", a court hears.

VIDEO: 'Dogs barely recognisable after abuse'

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-23 08:50
The RSPCA has launched an inquiry after nine dogs were found abandoned on a roadside caked in mud and dirt.

Your Wallet: Financial Crash

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-01-23 08:42

What goes up must come down. Or hit a brick wall. We're talking crashes.

If you have a story about about a time your personal economy crashed, tell us. What happened? How did you make it through?

Send us an email, or reach us on Twitter, @MarketplaceWKND

In pictures: Saudi King Abdullah mourned

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-23 08:40
Ceremony hours after Saudi King's death

Ofsted to inspect academy chains

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-23 08:33
Ofsted is to be allowed to inspect but not judge academy chains, Education Nicky Morgan has said.

Baby rape sailor jailed for 14 years

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-23 08:32
A former Royal Navy sailor has been jailed for 14 years for a series of horrific child sex offences including the rape of a baby.

Will Greek voters make a great leap?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-01-23 08:21

Greek voters are about to make a great leap. Maybe.

Polls suggest that elections this Sunday could bring to power a hard-left party called Syriza

which wants to end the so-called “austerity measures” – the swingeing curbs on public spending rigorously enforced by the outgoing government for years.

Syriza also wants to renegotiate the terms of a bailout Greece got from the IMF and EU.

Quite a shift from the policy of the outgoing government led by the center-right New Democracy Party, which has been careful to play nice with Greece’s creditors.

Lizzie O'Leary spoke to Marketplace’s Stephen Beard in Athens.