National / International News

BT faces tough new broadband tests

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-15 03:52
Regulator Ofcom will regularly assess whether BT's wholesale and retail prices for broadband are fair, it says.

Poor left behind, archbishops warn

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-15 03:48
The Archbishops of Canterbury and York call for a rethink of the way poverty is addressed in the UK, and urge a greater take-up of the living wage.

Gerrard loan return 'conceivable'

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-15 03:47
Steven Gerrard could return to Liverpool on loan after his move to LA Galaxy, says chief executive Ian Ayre.

All you need to know about Afcon 2015

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-15 03:47
From a president giving away tickets to a fan protest over selection, all you need to know about the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.

Caption Challenge: Bear witness

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-15 03:41
It's the Caption Challenge. Oh yes it is.

Men charged over Randalstown murder

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-15 03:39
Three men appear in court charged with the murder of Nelson Cheung in County Antrim last week.

VIDEO: Huge waves lash Saltcoats train line

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-15 03:37
Video footage shows huge waves pounding the train line in Saltcoats on the Ayrshire coast.

Stars set for Brit nominations show

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-15 03:34
Sam Smith and Ed Sheeran are expected to dominate nominations for the 2015 Brit Awards when they are revealed on Thursday.

Clegg slams 'stupid' Lib Dem tweet

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-15 03:33
Nick Clegg calls a "Je suis Palestinian" tweet by one of his MPs "crass, stupid, offensive and highly insensitive".

VIDEO: Can Xiaomi take a bite out of Apple?

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-15 03:30
The BBC's Ceila Hatton attends the launch of Xiaomi's latest device - and finds more than one similarity to a certain US tech giant.

Ashley offers £10m loan to Rangers

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-15 03:02
Newcastle owner Mike Ashley is ready to provide a loan of £10m to Rangers but wants security of Ibrox and Murray Park.

PODCAST: The Franc and the Euro

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2015-01-15 03:00

The giant retailer Target of Minneapolis said today it's closing down operations in Canada and has filed for bankruptcy protection to cover its North of the border operations. More on a move that could put more than 17,000 Canadians out of work. Plus, another major cross-border story developing today: Switzerland's currency surged 17 percent today, causing headaches for all sorts of Swiss exporters from wristwatches to cuckoo clocks. This after the Swiss Central Bank without warning gave up on trying to keep the euro-linked closer to the Swiss Franc. And at the big car and truck show going on in Detroit, the top honor in the car category went to Volkswagen's Golf, which comes in all sorts of flavors, from electric to diesel to muscle. But don't let that small car fool you.

Target to close its stores in Canada

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2015-01-15 03:00

Target Corp said on Thursday that it will cease operations in Canada and has filed for bankruptcy protection for its Canadian subsidiary.

Target has really struggled since its launch in Canada just a few years ago in 2013. The company said last November that it would review the future of its Canadian business after the holiday season.

Huge supply chain problems left Canadian stores thinly stocked, disappointing shoppers who had anticipated Target’s move into Canada where the discount retail space has been dominated by Walmart.

Target currently has 133 stores in Canada, employing 17,600 workers. 

According to a Target press release, if a court approves it, the company would create a trust fund of $59 million for its employees, giving them a minimum of 16 weeks of compensation. The company says its Canadian stores would remain open during liquidation.

In the U.S., Target is actually performing better than expected. The company said Thursday same-store sales at its U.S. locations increase by 3 percent in the fourth quarter, thanks to more online purchases and store visits than predicted.   

Belgium Arrests Man Suspected Of Selling Weapons To Paris Gunman

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-15 02:54

The man is now charged with arms trafficking. Local reports say the man sold one of the Paris suspects ammunition for his weapon.

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'Grow backbone' broadcasters - Clegg

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-15 02:41
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg says broadcasters should push ahead with the TV election debates despite David Cameron's refusal to take part.

VIDEO: Rapturous Philippines welcome for Pope

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-15 02:35
Pope Francis arrives in the Philippine to a rapturous welcome, ahead of a five day official visit.

German GP at Hockenheim - Ecclestone

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-15 02:34
Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone says the 2015 German grand prix will be held at Hockenheim despite a contract with Nurburgring.

Alastair Campbell assault denial

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-15 02:17
Former Labour spin doctor Alastair Campbell denies reports he spat at and assaulted a 61-year old after claims published on social media by MP George Galloway

Southgate extends England U21 deal

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-15 02:16
England Under-21s boss Gareth Southgate agrees a one year contract extension, which will keep him in the job until 2017.

Diana play 'clunky' and 'clueless'

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-15 02:04
A controversial new play about Princess Diana's death is called "patchy", "confused" and "clueless" by reviewers.