National / International News

Australia saw hottest year in 2013

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-02 20:05
Australia experienced its hottest year on record in 2013, with temperatures 1.2C above the long term average, the Bureau of Meteorology says.

VIDEO: Is this world's most expensive soap?

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-02 19:07
A Lebanese family-run business claims to have produced the world's most expensive soap infused with gold and diamond powder.

What if US authorities take your laptop?

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-02 18:51
What happens if your laptop is seized at US border?

Snapchat to update app after hack

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-02 18:17
Snapchat will release an updated version of its app after hackers download usernames and phone numbers for 4.6 million accounts.

Many Britons 'fear mortgage arrears'

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-02 18:13
A survey for homelessness charity Shelter suggests a third of Britons expect to struggle to keep up with their housing payments during this year.

Haim: Sound of 2013 winners look back

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-02 17:55
BBC Sound of 2013 winners look back on their year

Consortium Threatens To Pull Plug On Panama Canal Expansion

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-02 17:43

Grupo Unidos por el Canal, made up of Spanish, Italian, Belgian and Panamanian firms, says it will halt work if it doesn't get paid for $1.6 billion in cost overruns in the next three weeks.

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Benefits overpayments being targeted

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-02 17:38
A campaign is being launched to tackle benefit fraud and overpayments in Cardiff and five areas of England.

Facebook sued over message 'scan'

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-02 17:29
Facebook is facing a class action lawsuit over allegations that it monitors users' private messages to profile the sender's web activity.

Winter transport must improve - MPs

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-02 17:27
Better real-time information should be provided to passengers and drivers when bad weather hits the transport system, MPs say.

Spaceman art wins record cover prize

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-02 17:23
A record cover showcasing a painting of an astronaut becomes the second space-based design to win an annual prize for the year's best album artwork.

VIDEO: Obesity in developing world quadruples

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-02 17:18
The number of overweight and obese adults in the developing world has almost quadrupled to around one billion since 1980, a report from a UK think tank says.

Lack of drug data 'extreme concern'

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-02 17:16
The lack of data on the effectiveness of medicines available to doctors and researchers is "of extreme concern" say a group of MPs.

VIDEO: Tyre pressure 'read as you drive'

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-02 17:13
A device that can read tyre pressure as vehicles pass over it

Medicaid Expansion Boosted Emergency Room Visits In Oregon

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-02 16:50

If people have insurance coverage, the theory went, they won't end up in the emergency room as often. But an analysis of Oregon's expansion of Medicaid found that people who gained coverage were 40 percent more likely to go to the emergency room.

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Quiz of the week's news

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-02 16:30
Which anti-obesity scheme made a big impact on the news?

VIDEO: Why is #oomf so popular online?

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-02 16:28
Why is this acronym so popular online?

VIDEO: Meet the Somali masters of ice

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-02 16:27
Meet the African team taking on a surprising winter sport

What will be the big story of 2014?

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-02 16:26
BBC experts on the stories of 2014

How imaginary chess kept one man sane

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-02 16:24
Chess kept Russian human rights activist Natan Sharansky sane throughout his imprisonment by the Soviets, writes David Edmonds.

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