National / International News

Somali soldier executed over murder

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-06 06:14
A firing squad executes a soldier in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, after a military court convicts him of murdering a school pupil last year.

Savile victims seek single inquiry

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-06 06:10
People abused by Jimmy Savile are calling for a single inquiry into how the former presenter evaded justice, but the NSPCC says it is not in favour.

How do Muslim investors know when a company is Sharia friendly?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-01-06 06:01

This week, Marketplace is looking at investors who are using their money to invest in companies that share their values.

IdealRatings is a San Francisco company that helps Muslim investors do just that. Through its screening system, IdealRatings finds stocks and other investment vehicles that comply with Sharia law.

Mohamed Donia, IdealRatings' chief executive officer, says there are many levels at which a company is judged to see if it is a socially responsible buy for Muslim investors.

"You screen for good companies not interested in alcohol or gambling -- even games," he explains. "Then, there is another level of leverage, interest. So, I'll give you an example -- like firearms. There are companies that are selling the firearms, so we look at whether they're getting an income of less than 5 percent from firearms -- typically these companies will pass. If the income level is more than 5 percent, then it is likely to fail."

Donia says a service like the one IdealRatings supplies is essential to Muslims, because too much money is being left on the table as investors worry whether a company complies with Islamic teaching.

"The Islamic finance industry is estimated around $1.5 trillion, growing steadily at 25 percent," Donia says. "Most of that money is in cash accounts, not earning interest, because investors -- they have the fear that they cannot invest the money, so when you provide a screened universe of companies, this would definitely help investors to start investing this kind of money, and also leverage their investments across different regions."

For more about Islamic finance and IdealRatings, click the audio player above.

Fun fair roundabout ride stolen

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-06 05:59
An 18ft trailer containing a children's roundabout fun fair ride is stolen from near a service station in Fife.

German Chancellor Merkel Fractures Hip In Skiing Accident

NPR News - Mon, 2014-01-06 05:57

Angela Merkel suffered the injury while cross-country skiing in the Swiss Alps. She didn't realize she had a fractured hip until she returned to Berlin.

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VIDEO: Should UKIP be in TV election debates?

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-06 05:47
UKIP's rising poll rating means some think the party should be involved in any televised leaders' debates leading up to the 2015 general election.

VIDEO: Driver filmed with hands behind head

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-06 05:44
A motorist caught driving in North Yorkshire with both his hands behind his head is found guilty of dangerous driving.

AUDIO: What became of ex-Woolworths stores?

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-06 05:41
Five years on, what has become of all Woolworth's former stores? Retail analyst Graham Soult has been finding out.

Private jet business picks up speed

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-01-06 05:40

“Fly faster, do more.” That’s what the website for Spike Aerospace’s supersonic business jet reads. The new $80 million dollar aircraft is due out in 2018 and promises to fly from New York to London in just three to four hours.

Corporate plane shame is gone.

“Particularly the perception that as people were losing their jobs and as the economy was tanking, you shouldn’t be out flying around in a business jet,” says Doug Royce, vice president of research and editorial services for aerospace research firm Forecast International. “That’s gone away,” he says.

The market for private jets is worth tens of billions a year, says Royce, but the lower end is still struggling. He says a signal the top of the market is growing is manufacturers like Bombardier and Gulf Stream developing new aircraft.

Robert Mann, president of R. W. Mann, an airline industry analysis and consulting firm says Fortune 500 firms are still the biggest business buyers of private jets. He notes that pilots on private planes can pay twice as much for fuel as commercial airlines. It can be expensive to ship jet fuel to small airports and  large commercial airlines have the luxury of consuming fuel without paying taxes on it.

“The old adage goes speed costs money -- how fast can you afford to go,” he says.

Aerion, developer of another supersonic jet says it has letters of intent for 50 aircraft. The check in date is 2020. 

Whose fault is M&S's stagnation?

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-06 05:39
Whose fault is M&S's stagnation?

After four decades, Delta's DC-9 jets make final landing

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-01-06 05:28

Delta Air Lines is the last domestic carrier to fly the DC-9, and one final Delta flight this Monday afternoon will mark the close of the plane’s nearly half-century run.    

Most passengers about to board Delta flight 2494 from Atlanta to Akron a few days ago had no idea their jet was built during the Carter administration.

When 44-year-old Scott Smith learns of the plane’s age, his face lights up.

“I think it’d be fantastic,” the Canton, Ohio native says.“I remember when I was a little kid I would get those -- they don’t do this anymore -- but you could go to the cockpit and they’d give you these little metal planes. And I’d collect them.”  

A lot’s changed in aviation since then. Like the planes. Today’s jets almost fly themselves, but the DC-9 definitely does not.

Delta Captain Scott Woolfrey will fly the airline’s final DC-9 flight. He said because pilots have to always be “hands-on,” most enjoy the plane more than other commercial aircraft. 

“A lot of pilots here at Delta have a sentimental attachment to the aircraft,” he says. “It was their first right seat check out or first left seat checkout.”  

The DC-9 was designed for short, frequent routes. It brought jet service to most U.S. cities for the first time. Delta launched the airplane 1965, but sold the fleet in the early 90s to smaller carriers. When Delta merged with Northwest Airlines in 2008, Delta got some of the DC-9s back

“It’s been a workhorse,” says Robin Barnes, a Delta flight attendant for three decades. She says interior upgrades mean most passengers can’t tell the plane’s vintage. “The give-away being if you look in the cockpit, the framework is still robin’s egg blue,” she notes. “But they still run great. I’m kind of sorry to see them go. I like working on them.”  

The DC-9’s final domestic passenger flight is number 2014. It takes off from Northwest’s former base -- Minneapolis/St. Paul -- and lands at Delta’s current headquarters in Atlanta.

Supervolcano eruption mystery solved

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-06 05:28
Scientists have made a breakthrough in their efforts to understand what causes so-called supervolcanoes to erupt.

Afghan girl with suicide vest held

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-06 05:28
An Afghan girl as young as eight has been detained wearing a suicide vest in southern Afghanistan, officials say.

12 Years actress up for Bafta award

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-06 05:27
Lupita Nyong'o, who played a cotton picker in 12 Years A Slave, is among the nominees for the Bafta Rising Star Award, along with Dane DeHaan, Will Poulter, Lea Seydoux and George McKay.

Nation's Turning Blue As Temperatures Continue To Plunge

NPR News - Mon, 2014-01-06 05:20

You only need to look at one map to see how cold it's going to be across nearly the whole nation. In the upper Midwest, wind chills will once again be down around 40 degrees below zero. Freezing temperatures are expected as far south as Texas and Florida.

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Rodman in North Korea for match

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-06 05:17
Retired US basketball player Dennis Rodman takes a team to North Korea for a match marking leader Kim Jong-un's birthday.

Ofcom clears Lee Rigby news coverage

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-06 05:16
TV and radio coverage of the killing of Fusilier Lee Rigby in Woolwich did not breach guidelines, despite more than 600 complaints, rules Ofcom.

A cautionary tale of dogs, imposters and North Korea

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-06 05:14
The unreliable Chinese origins of a sensational North Korean story

Two economic powerhouses have a sit down

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-01-06 04:58

This week, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew will be in Germany to meet with his counterpart, Wolfgang Schäuble. On the agenda is the U.S. Treasury's criticism that Germany is putting too much emphasis on selling to the rest of Europe, instead of buying more. The U.S. says this bias toward domestic consumption hurts the rest of Europe, but Germany may not be in the mood to be told what do by the U.S. The BBC's Damien McGuinness reports from Berlin. Click the audio player above to hear more.


Congestion charge may rise by 15%

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-06 04:54
The price of London's Congestion Charge could rise by 15% under new proposals by Transport for London.

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