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'Human rights' school bid backed

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-18 10:48
Campaigners are backing a couple who say their human rights were infringed when they were fined for taking their child out of school during term time.

Ballance embarrassed by nightclub snap

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-18 10:43
Gary Ballance says a second successive Lord's ton atoned for the embarrassment of being photographed with his top off.

VIDEO: Garcia's stunning long-range eagle

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-18 10:27
Sergio Garcia holes out with a stunning approach shot on hole two of his second round at the Open Championship at Hoylake.

Dublin woman dies in plane crash

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-18 10:12
An Irish woman is among the victims who died on Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, the Irish government says.

Finding race seat difficult - Wolff

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-18 10:05
Susie Wolff admits it will be difficult for her to achieve her ambition of racing in Formula 1 with the Williams team.

Pope demands justice for Amia attack

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-18 09:36
Pope Francis demands justice for the victims of a bomb attack against the Amia Jewish centre in Buenos Aires 20 years ago, which killed 85 people.

VIDEO: The man who found life in total darkness

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-18 09:27
Dr Robert Ballard, explains why his expedition to the Galapagos rift in 1977, where he discovered life forms exist in total darkness, defined his career.

India strike after Ballance century

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-18 09:26
England's Gary Ballance hits his second Test century of the summer at Lord's, but two late wickets give India the edge.

Thor becomes a lady, and other changes at Marvel

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-07-18 09:25

Marvel announced earlier this week some changes to two of their most prominent characters. A woman will pick up Thor’s hammer and Sam Wilson — a black hero currently known as Falcon — will pick up Captain America's shield.

The current Thor will soon become unworthy of Mjolnir. Only a select few can wield the legendary hammer, and whoever picks it up becomes the new Thor. That change and the new Cap both came naturally from their series' respective writers, says Wil Moss, an editor at Marvel. Moss works with Thor writer Jason Aaron.

"It just kind of sprung from where he was taking the character," Moss said. "Thor has a tradition of other people holding the hammer and being Thor for a while."

Marvel has taken other steps to make its pages more diverse in recent years. When Spider-Man died in the company's separate"Ultimate" line, he was replaced with a black Hispanic teenager. The publisher also introduced an all-female "X-Men" comic last year and relaunched the series "Ms. Marvel" in February with a Muslim, Pakistani-American heroine. These shifts have drawn acclaim, but changes to Thor and Captain America might be the most sweeping and visible yet.

Moss says besides the creative reasons for shaking up these characters, these changes make sense as a way to build a new audience for Marvel.  

"It’s just a way to broaden our audience, to make characters that more people would be interested, to reach different groups of people."

This new Thor might look different, but Moss says she'll quickly jump into the same adventures as her predecessor.

"Right off the bat she's going to be fighting Frost Giants," Moss says. "She's getting right into the thick of things."

VIDEO: Nigeria's boom leaving many behind

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-18 09:21
Nigeria is booming, but a vast gap still exists between the growing middle-class and other Nigerians.

'Many dead' in Nigeria town raid

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-18 09:14
Many people are feared dead after suspected Boko Haram Islamist gunmen attack the town of Damboa in north-eastern Nigeria.

10 things we didn't know last week

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-18 09:12
Babies practise their first word silently for months before saying it, and more nuggets from the week's news.

What To Watch In Israel's Ground Invasion Of Gaza

NPR News - Fri, 2014-07-18 09:11

Israel has unleashed repeated military offensives in the Gaza Strip but has never permanently suppressed Palestinian rocket fire. We look at what is, and isn't, different this time.

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BBC staff strike action called off

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-18 09:04
Strike action by BBC staff planned to disrupt coverage of the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony is suspended after talks.

Row over 'pro-EU' immigration report

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-18 09:00
A report on immigration has caused a row within government because Conservative ministers believed it was too pro-European, Newsnight learns.

VIDEO: Zambia's dynamic Chinese romance

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-18 08:51
China and Zambia have strong trade and business links, but the romance has not been without controversy.

Polar bear boy death 'not neglect'

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-18 08:42
Failures by an expedition company did not cause the death of a British teenager mauled by a polar bear in Norway, a coroner says.

Syrians in prison 'despite amnesty'

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-18 08:34
Many activists in Syria remain in detention despite an amnesty declared last month, a group of 12 human rights and civil society groups says.

Petition to move 'sad' bear to Canada

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-18 08:28
Nearly 200,000 people sign a petition to get a despondent polar bear moved from an Argentina zoo to Canada.

Bulgaria names anti-Israeli bomber

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-18 08:25
A suicide bomber who killed five Israelis in Bulgaria in 2012 had dual Lebanese-French citizenship, investigators say.
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