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This week's movers and shakers

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-23 04:59
This week's business movers and shakers

The pros and cons of transatlantic free trade

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-05-23 04:55

U.S. and European Union officials wrap-up the latest round of talks today as they negotiate a free trade deal called the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.

Boosters like Fran Burwell with the Atlantic Council see an economic upside for the U.S. economy.

“Every state gains in terms of its exports to the EU. There will be about 740,000 new jobs created in the United States over 10 years,” says Burwell.

Environmental activists like Michelle Chan with Friends of the Earth see a potential downside.

Chan says, “This transatlantic trade deal will really focus on deregulation. With the idea being that environmental and public health protections themselves can be construed as barriers to trade.”

Manila and Jakarta agree on border

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-23 04:46
The Philippines and Indonesia settle a 20-year dispute by agreeing on where the maritime border between the two countries should be.

VIDEO: Climber films Nepal crevasse fall

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-23 04:45
American climber Dr John All has relived his experience after falling into a crevasse on a Himalayan mountain in Nepal.

VIDEO: Behind the scenes at R1 Big Weekend

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-23 04:42
Take a look behind the scenes at Big Weekend before the event kicks off.

Top 10 nuisance call subjects named

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-23 04:34
Nuisance phone calls are increasingly related to offers of home improvement work, although PPI remains the most common subject, the regulator says.

Canada Loses Fight Against EU Ban On Seal Products

NPR News - Fri, 2014-05-23 04:33

The WTO has rejected Canada's appeal of a ban keeping pelts and other products from the country's seal hunt from being imported into Europe. The ban was brought on moral grounds, the EU says.

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Richard III reburial court bid fails

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-23 04:25
Distant relatives of King Richard III lose their High Court battle over where his remains should be reburied.

Murray to face Golubev in French Open

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-23 04:16
Britain's Andy Murray is drawn against world number 55 Andrey Golubev in the first round of the French Open.

Day in pictures: 23 May 2014

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-23 04:12
News photos from past 24 hours: 22 May

Hillsborough jury visits stadium

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-23 04:10
The jury at the Hillsborough inquests is taken to the Sheffield stadium for a site visit.

Tennessee brings back electric chair

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-23 04:10
Tennessee approves a bill that would allow the electric chair to be used in executions if lethal injection drugs are unavailable.

Basil McCrea denies allegations

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-23 04:05
The leader of NI21, Basil McCrea, reveals that he is facing claims of inappropriate sexual activity.

Mortar Attack Hits Election Rally In Syria, Killing 21

NPR News - Fri, 2014-05-23 04:00

Activists say that after the attack, warplanes dropped leaflets with a message to rebels: "You have 10 hours to surrender: either leave your arms and return to the bosom of the nation, or go to hell."

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ESPN UK fined £120,000 by Ofcom

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-23 03:55
Sports TV channel ESPN is fined £120,000 by media regulator Ofcom for failing to provide enough audio description on its programmes.

Children left 'at risk of harm'

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-23 03:53
"Widespread and serious" failures in Birmingham's Children's Services department are continuing to leave children at risk of harm, says Ofsted.

Thai Military Detains Ousted Prime Minister, Bans Negative Press

NPR News - Fri, 2014-05-23 03:37

After meeting with leaders of the ousted government Friday, the army detained former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra. The junta has installed several rules aimed at keeping public order.

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Book News: NASA Has Free E-Book On Decoding Extraterrestrial Messages

NPR News - Fri, 2014-05-23 03:37

Also: Amazon has removed the "Buy" buttons from a number of Hachette titles; Hassan Blasim's short story collection The Iraqi Christ has won the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize.

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Land ownership reforms proposed

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-23 03:27
There should be an upper limit on the amount of land held by private owners in Scotland, a government-commissioned study recommends.

eBay faces investigation over breach

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-23 03:17
eBay is facing investigations in the US and the UK over its huge data breach which led it to ask 145 million customers to reset their passwords.
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