National / International News

Are Scotland's new tax and spending powers fair?

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-27 03:03
Possibly the most important economic decisions relating to Scotland's new powers, on the size of the grant Scotland will receive in future and how much it can borrow, are yet to be taken.

Thirteen men jailed for child abuse

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-27 02:36
Thirteen men are convicted of running an inner city sex ring that involved the abuse, rape and prostitution of teenage girls in Bristol.

Allen abuse trial majority direction

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-27 02:33
The judge in the case of a former Wrexham children's home boss found guilty of 26 sex charges says he will accept a majority decision on the remaining 12 charges.

VIDEO: McBusted: 'Making it up as we go along'

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-27 02:07
It started out with an impromptu gig performance and led to a UK tour that sold out within minutes - it's been a busy year for McBusted.

AUDIO: Schizophrenia assumptions challenged

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-27 02:07
A report published on Thursday challenges received wisdom about the nature of schizophrenia.

Berry wins lifetime book accolade

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-27 02:03
Great British Bake Off judge Mary Berry wins an outstanding achievement award at the Specsavers National Book Awards

EU votes to push Google break-up

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-11-27 02:00

Update: The European Parliament voted in support of breaking up Google Thursday morning. The text has been updated to reflect this.

Google is facing pressure in Europe to stop promoting its own products and services in its search results.  Lawmakers in the European parliament voted Thursday to press the search and tech giant to break up those services.

The was spearheaded by Spanish lawmaker Ramon Tremosa, who insists he and his colleagues are Google fans.

“We like Google, we use Google, I use Google everyday on my iPhone.” Tremosa says. “But Google has a monopoly, a 95 percent share of the search engine market in Europe, and it’s unfair when links to its own products and services come top in its own search results. It’s unfair to European competitors and consumers.”

Thursday’s parliamentary vote is non-binding, it won’t force Google to break up. But Kevin Poulter of the law firm Bircham Dyson Bell says the resolution is aimed at the European Commission, which after four years  is still carrying out an antitrust probe into the company.

“What the parliament is trying to do is apply that little bit more pressure to the commission.” Poulter says. “The European parliament is starting to swing their weight around and saying ‘We want some action taken.'”

That action could be punitive. The European Commission has the power to fine Google up to 10 percent of its $50 billion annual turnover .

Google says it has made three “offers of remedies” to the commission, but all three were rejected.

EU votes to push Google break-up

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-11-27 02:00

Google is facing pressure in Europe to stop promoting its own products and services in its search results.  Lawmakers in the European parliament vote Thursday  on whether Google should be forced to unbundle some of its services.

The vote has been spearheaded by Spanish lawmaker Ramon Tremosa, who insists he and his colleagues are Google fans.

“We like Google, we use Google, I use Google everyday on my iPhone.” Tremosa says. “But Google has a monopoly, a 95 percent share of the search engine market in Europe, and it’s unfair when links to its own products and services come top in its own search results. It’s unfair to European competitors and consumers.”

Thursday’s parliamentary vote is non-binding, it won’t force Google to break up. But Kevin Poulter of the law firm Bircham Dyson Bell says the resolution is aimed at the European Commission, which after four years  is still carrying out an antitrust probe into the company.

“What the parliament is trying to do is apply that little bit more pressure to the commission.” Poulter says. “The European parliament is starting to swing their weight around and saying ‘We want some action taken.'”

That action could be punitive. The European Commission has the power to fine Google up to 10 percent of its $50 billion annual turnover .

Google says it has made three “offers of remedies” to the commission. But all three were rejected.

Egyptian coffin sells for £13,500

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-27 02:00
An ancient Egyptian sarcophagus found propped up in an Essex drawing room sells for twice its guide price at auction.

Keeping everyone fed over the holidays isn't easy

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-11-27 02:00

The holidays are always a busy time for food pantries. The recession and federal cuts to food aid have made things busier. Some organizations were gathering food for the holidays as early as last spring. 

For a look at how food pantries are adapting and handling the demand, we traveled Traverse City, Michigan, home to one of the state's largest food pantries.

Sinn Féin man among four arrested

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-27 01:59
A Sinn Féin councillor is among four people arrested by police investigating paramilitary activity in County Londonderry.

Indian girls 'killed themselves'

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-27 01:40
Two Indian teenagers found hanged in May took their own lives, federal investigators say, contradicting reports they were gang-raped and murdered.

Gwent criticised over domestic abuse

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-27 01:29
Gwent Police is criticised for "risks" in the way it handles domestic abuse, and needs to improve in other areas, a report finds.

VIDEO: Why can't comedians show MPs in action?

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-27 01:24
The strict guidelines that cover broadcasting Parliamentary footage need to be updated says John O'Farrell.

Greek services paralysed by strike

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-27 01:15
A 24-hour general strike over austerity measures shuts schools and public offices in Greece and heavily disrupted transport.

Hughes injury 'incredibly rare'

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-27 01:01
The injury that claimed the life of Australia batsman Phillip Hughes has been described as "incredibly rare".

VIDEO: Crayon craze: Can adults colour in?

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-27 01:00
Adult colouring-in books are outselling cookery books in France. But will it catch on in the UK too?

Man drives car at school pupils

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-27 00:57
Police say an incident where a car mounted the pavement and was driven towards seven secondary school pupils could have ended in "catastrophe".

What Scotland deal would mean for UK

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-27 00:48
A report saying Scotland should set its own income tax rates will bring demands for change across the UK, says James Landale.

England pick Twelvetrees at centre

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-27 00:45
Gloucester centre Billy Twelvetrees will start for England against Australia on Saturday as Owen Farrell moves to the bench.

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