National / International News

Ukraine conflict: Marathon in Minsk

BBC - Fri, 2015-02-13 09:57
Lengthy talks in Minsk have helped press the pause button on the worst East-West crisis since the end of the Cold War, the BBC's Lyse Doucet reports.

Afridi plays down curfew breach fine

BBC - Fri, 2015-02-13 09:49
Pakistan's Shahid Afridi and seven team-mates receive fines for breaching a team curfew before their world cup match against India.

Child's death 'stranger than fiction'

BBC - Fri, 2015-02-13 09:44
The jury in the trial of a mother and her lesbian lover who are accused of murdering her eight-year-old daughter are asked to think that the truth may be "stranger than fiction".

Key match facts: Scotland v Wales

BBC - Fri, 2015-02-13 09:24
Preview of Sunday's international between Scotland and Wales at Murrayfield.

Game theory may come into play in Greek negotiations

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-02-13 09:23

It was mostly calm Friday in Brussels, Belgium, where Greek debt negotiations are continuing.

Those talks have many layers to them, as the new Greek government doesn’t just want another bailout, but also to reverse some of the reforms Athens agreed to during its original bailout. The Greek finance minister is also a professor of game theory, which has prompted all kinds of game metaphors for the negotiations – from chess to poker to chicken, where neither side wants to change course.

“It’s this very fundamental, simple game theory here,” says Adam Lerrick, a scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. But he says Greece only has one card to play – threatening to leave the euro, which it believes would lead to disruption throughout the entire eurozone.

Nick Spiro of Spiro Sovereign Strategy says that card is a lot less valuable than it once was because Greece’s European partners are less worried about its problems spreading to other countries than they used to be.

While European leaders may not be using formal game theories in these negotiations, Bruce Bueno de Mesquita, a New York University politics professor who specializes in game theory, says they’re likely doing a more seat-of-the-pants version of it. He says we all do that, every day. 

Ex dinner lady becomes head teacher

BBC - Fri, 2015-02-13 09:15
A teacher at a Leighton Buzzard school is made head teacher eight years after starting work there as a "dinner lady".

Tax evading tycoon not prosecuted

BBC - Fri, 2015-02-13 09:09
Tax inspectors failed to prosecute a property tycoon who did not submit returns or pay any tax for 24 years, documents seen by the BBC reveal.

VIDEO: Nearly 200 whales beached in NZ

BBC - Fri, 2015-02-13 09:05
Nearly 200 pilot whales have become stranded on New Zealand's South Island at a spot well-known for whale beachings.

Amputee soldier makes racing history

BBC - Fri, 2015-02-13 08:59
Captain Guy Disney becomes the first jockey with an artificial leg to ride over fences in a race in Britain.

Nearly 600 council posts face axe

BBC - Fri, 2015-02-13 08:58
Nearly 600 posts could go and council tax may rise by 5% as Wales' largest authority looks to plug a £41m budget shortfall in 2015/16.

Wiggins is 'where he needs to be'

BBC - Fri, 2015-02-13 08:58
Sir Bradley Wiggins is on track for his tilt at the Paris-Roubaix one-day race despite finishing 78th in Qatar, says Team Sky.

Your Wallet: Tell us your dirty little (work) secrets

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-02-13 08:57

The secrets you keep at work: a lie you got away with, shortcuts you take — maybe even backs you dream of stabbing.

Do you have a story about your hidden workplace self? Tell us! (We won't tell anyone else, we swear!)

Send us an email, or reach us on Twitter @MarketplaceWKND to give us the scoop.

Your Wallet: Secrets

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-02-13 08:57

The secrets you keep at work... a lie you got away with, shortcuts you take, backs you dream of stabbing...

Do you have a story about your hidden workplace self ? Tell us! We won't tell anyone else!

Send us an email, or reach us on Twitter, @MarketplaceWKND

Opening economic doors with early childhood education

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-02-13 08:56

When it comes to economic mobility, the traditional path to betterment is often education.

Education has, for many people, been the key to higher earnings and higher social status. These days, it seems quality education can't start early enough: parents jockey for spots for their toddlers in top schools and politicians debate the merits of universal pre-K.

But for all of the talk about early childhood education, not all that many kids are getting it.

Earlier this year, Education Week released its annual report card on the state of American education. When it comes to our youngest students, the country earned a D+. Less than half of 3- and 4-year-olds are currently enrolled in preschool.

Marketplace's education correspondent Amy Scott spoke with Marketplace Weekend about how early childhood education impacts future economic mobility. 

Listen to the full interview in the media player above.

Governor Puts Moratorium On Pennsylvania's Death Penalty

NPR News - Fri, 2015-02-13 08:53

Gov. Tom Wolf has declared a moratorium on the death penalty in Pennsylvania, taking a stance he had embraced during his recent campaign. Wolf, a Democrat, was sworn in last month.

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Sochi return 'is like coming home'

BBC - Fri, 2015-02-13 08:51
Winter Olympic skeleton champion Lizzy Yarnold is back racing at Sochi, the scene of her triumph 12 months ago.

What's the point of satire?

BBC - Fri, 2015-02-13 08:50
What exactly is the point of satire?

11-year-old boy up for goal award

BBC - Fri, 2015-02-13 08:49
An 11-year-old boy from Northern Ireland is in the running for the Scottish Professional Football League (SPFL) goal of the month award.

10 things we didn't know last week

BBC - Fri, 2015-02-13 08:49
Police horses in one English force can't be called Brian, and more news nuggets

Weekendish: The best of the week's reads

BBC - Fri, 2015-02-13 08:46
A collection of some of the best reads from the BBC News website this week.