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Hacking reporter spared prison

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-24 09:00
Ex-News of the World and Sunday Mirror reporter Dan Evans is sentenced to a 10-month suspended jail sentence after admitting charges including phone hacking.

Venezuela trial 'test for democracy'

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-24 08:58
One of Venezuela's main opposition leaders, Leopoldo Lopez, says his trial for inciting violence will "test the quality" of the Venezuelan democracy.

A fund to invest more in rural infrastructure

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-07-24 08:57

Parts of rural America might be getting an infrastructure upgrade.

The Department of Agriculture is partnering with the private sector to launch a new investment fund stocked with $10 billion to go toward rural infrastructure development.

The idea is to bundle projects together so investors can more easily fund them, ranging from schools and hospitals to wastewater treatment facilities or even broadband.

For example, the state of Georgia exports nearly 30 percent of its agricultural products, according to Kent Wolfe, director of the Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development at the University of Georgia.

“In order to get those products to the port and compete on a global basis, we need to make sure that we have an efficient transportation system, requiring additional funds in rails, roadways, and port facilities,” Wolfe says, describing the type of investment his area might benefit from.

Especially in more rural locations, communities simply can’t afford to do these large projects on their own.

“Rural areas often have farmland and lower cost rural housing and that’s about it to tax,” says Larry DeBoer, a professor of agricultural economics at Purdue University. “In order to do a big project, the tax rates you’d need to do this sort of thing at normal interest rates would be quite high.”

CoBank, a national cooperative bank based in Colorado, is putting up the first $10 billion, though the Department of Agriculture is seeking additional funding from other private sources, like pension funds, endowments, and foundations.

The agency will then act as the matchmaker, finding projects for this fund to invest it. Some loans will be all private money, others a mix of private and public funding.

Syrian President Issues New Stamps, But Can't Deliver The Mail

NPR News - Thu, 2014-07-24 08:55

The set of three stamps commemorates Bashar Assad's recent presidential election victory. But what seems like a mundane occurrence says a lot about power in the war-torn country.

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SA teachers 'racially abused pupils'

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-24 08:44
South Africa's Human Rights Commission finds a school guilty of hate speech towards black and mixed-race pupils.

Knife hidden in bra killer jailed

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-24 08:40
A woman who stabbed a businessman in the neck in his car is jailed for eight-and-a-half years for his manslaughter.

Criticising Israel, avoiding anti-Semitism

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-24 08:34
Can you criticise Israel without being anti-Semitic?

MH17 crash: Abandoned crime scene

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-24 08:29
Where are the investigators for the MH17 crash?

VIDEO: More MH17 victims flown to Netherlands

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-24 08:17
More remains are flown to Netherlands from Ukraine, but it could be months before all two-hundred-and-ninety-eight victims are identified.

Lampard joins MLS side New York City

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-24 07:59
Former Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard joins Major League Soccer side New York City FC on a two-year deal.

VIDEO: Bill Gates talks Africa with the BBC

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-24 07:56
Bill Gates calls for an improved audit of international aid in Africa, to ensure it achieves its aims.

Flying car hits first floor of house

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-24 07:56
A car careers off the road and flies through the air, smashing into the first floor of a house in Lincolnshire.

Government 'loses £700m NHS IT case'

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-24 07:55
Taxpayers could be hit with a £700m bill after the government reportedly loses a legal fight with Fujitsu.

IMF lowers global growth forecast

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-24 07:50
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has lowered its forecast for global economic growth this year, from 3.7% to 3.4% but the UK's forecast is raised.

When Federal Privacy Laws Protect Hospitals Instead Of Patients

NPR News - Thu, 2014-07-24 07:43

A 1996 law has been cited to scold a mom taking a picture of her son in a hospital and to keep information away from police investigating a possible rape at a nursing home.

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Ukraine's Prime Minister Quits After Allies Withdraw From Coalition

NPR News - Thu, 2014-07-24 07:42

The Svoboda and Udar parties pulled out of the governing coalition, prompting Arseniy Yatsenyuk's decision. Parliament's speaker said it was up to the two parties to name a temporary prime minister.

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Nibali wins stage to all but seal Tour

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-24 07:38
Italy's Vincenzo Nibali underlines his superiority by winning final mountain stage to all but wrap up the overall victory.

A&E units miss 12-hour wait targets

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-24 07:37
The 12-hour waiting time target for Northern Ireland A&E units was breached more than 700 times between April and June, according to the latest figures.

Barclays challenges US fraud case

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-24 07:35
Barclays challenges legal action brought by US prosecutors alleging fraud in its "dark pool" trading operations.

GM profits hit by recall problems

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-24 07:33
Earnings at the US carmaker General Motors slump because of the cost of vehicle recalls.
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