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Egypt army chief eyes presidency bid

BBC - Sat, 2014-01-11 07:41
Egypt's army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi would run for president if the people request it and the military supports the bid, state media quote him as saying.

Everton sign Republic winger McGeady

BBC - Sat, 2014-01-11 07:37
Everton sign Republic of Ireland international winger Aiden McGeady from Spartak Moscow for an undisclosed fee.

Total 'to invest in UK shale gas'

BBC - Sat, 2014-01-11 07:33
French oil and gas company Total is to invest in the UK's shale gas industry, it is to be announced on Monday.

Hull City 0-2 Chelsea

BBC - Sat, 2014-01-11 07:28
Chelsea move to the top of the Premier League as goals from Eden Hazard and Fernando Torres give them victory at Hull.

Harlequins 13-16 Clermont Auvergne

BBC - Sat, 2014-01-11 07:22
Harlequins' Heineken Cup hopes are dealt a fatal blow as Pool Four leaders Clermont Auvergne hit back to win at The Stoop.

Hundreds Of Thousands Still Without Water In W. Va.

NPR News - Sat, 2014-01-11 07:07

A chemical spill contaminated the local water supply near Charleston. Inspectors found that the company responsible for the spill had not taken any steps to contain it by the time inspectors arrived on Thursday.

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Licence plan 'threatens' teachers

BBC - Sat, 2014-01-11 06:54
Labour's plans to license teachers will be seen as a "threat, not an opportunity", one of the UK's biggest teaching unions warns.

VIDEO: Life and legacy of Ariel Sharon

BBC - Sat, 2014-01-11 06:27
Ariel Sharon was one of Israel's most formidable and controversial figures, who loomed large over more than half a century of turbulent Israeli history. Paul Adams looks back on his life and legacy.

VIDEO: Blaze ravages ancient Tibetan town

BBC - Sat, 2014-01-11 06:23
A fire in the ancient Tibetan town of Dukezong, in China's Shangri-La county, destroys more than 100 buildings causing huge damage.

VIDEO: 'Community spirit' in storm clean

BBC - Sat, 2014-01-11 05:46
Two hundred people volunteered to help with a clean-up of Aberystwyth promenade, a week after it was damaged by storms. Mel Hopkins, one of the supervisors, and volunteers spoke about Saturday's effort.

NI faces 'road safety emergency'

BBC - Sat, 2014-01-11 05:14
Northern Ireland is facing a "road safety emergency" following five fatalities in the past 10 days, the PSNI says.

Ariel Sharon, Whose Life And Career Shaped Israeli History, Dies

NPR News - Sat, 2014-01-11 05:14

The former prime minister, who had been in a coma after suffering a massive stroke in 2006, died on Saturday. Sharon's career spanned the birth of the nation and most of its essential turning points. Israelis had a love-hate relationship with him that was beginning to soften only shortly before his death.

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'Serious damage' in three-boat crash

BBC - Sat, 2014-01-11 05:13
A collision involving three vessels in the English Channel has caused "serious damage", the coastguard says.

Will The Colts Run Out Of Luck Against Patriots?

NPR News - Sat, 2014-01-11 05:00

Saturday's NFL playoffs pits Tom Brady's Patriots against the Colts and the Seahawks against the Saints. Over on the other side of the world, will Serena serve herself into history — again? NPR's Scott Simon talks with Howard Bryant of ESPN.com and ESPN the Magazine, about the sports stories of the week and sports to come.

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Al-Qaida-Linked Group Faces Backlash In Iraq

NPR News - Sat, 2014-01-11 05:00

The al-Qaida-linked Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has played a key role in the war against Syria's government but now faces a major onslaught from other rebel forces. ISIS militants are also under fire in neighboring Iraq. NPR's Scott Simon and correspondent Deb Amos discuss how ISIS arose and what it wants to achieve.

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Israel's Ariel Sharon: A Man Of War's Journey Toward Peace

NPR News - Sat, 2014-01-11 05:00

Israel's former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, who suffered a devastating stroke in 2006 at the height of his political power, died Saturday after spending eight years in a coma. NPR's Scott Simon remembers Sharon with former ambassador Dennis Ross, who has played a leading role in shaping U.S. policy on Israel.

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The Cigarette's Powerful Cultural Allure

NPR News - Sat, 2014-01-11 05:00

Nearly 20 percent of Americans still smoke, in spite of what we know about the dangers. Part of the reason is the allure of a cigarette, so elemental to classic scenes in movies, television shows and books. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Richard Klein, author of Cigarettes are Sublime, about smoking and American culture.

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50 Years After Surgeon General's Warning, Smokers Still Light Up

NPR News - Sat, 2014-01-11 05:00

In the 50 years since the Surgeon General's landmark report on smoking, what's worked to convince people not to smoke, and what hasn't? NPR's Scott Simon talks with Kenneth Warner, professor of public health at the University of Michigan, about cigarette consumption before and after the report.

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Rare Scottish Bird Reveals Its Long-Secret Winter Home

NPR News - Sat, 2014-01-11 05:00

Think you have a long commute? Well it's probably nothing compared to the red-necked phalarope's. NPR's Scott Simon talks to Malcie Smith of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds about their record-breaking migration and how scientists tracked the tiny birds.

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December Jobs Report Has Analysts Flummoxed

NPR News - Sat, 2014-01-11 05:00

The U.S. economy gained just 74,000 jobs in December, according to a disappointing report released by the Labor Department on Friday. Economists had been expecting nearly three times as many jobs. At the same time, the unemployment rate fell slightly, to 6.7 percent. It's not that more jobs were created, though — many of the long-term unemployed just stopped looking.

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