Regional News

Explosion at Shanghai Garbage Plant

December 5, 2013 6:05 am

A massive explosion at a trash incinerator in Shanghai killed at least one person and injured five on Thursday (December 5), state media reports. Aerial shots of the site broadcast by CCTV showed the 400 square meter plant completely blown apart. The blast occurred at around 3.30pm local time (0730GMT) when an unknown substance ignited, […]

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UK´s Osborne Vindictaed by Growth

December 5, 2013 6:05 am

An unexpectedly strong rebound in economic growth since his budget in March has also given Osborne scope to address rising living costs, the key challenge to the Conservative-led government's re-election in May 2015.

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Jon Mooallem on Living with the Majestic Whooping Crane

December 5, 2013 6:00 am

As a father, Jon Mooallem has watched his daughter's world overflow with animals from toys to her favorite butterfly pajamas. She has inspired him to venture into the field, often taking his daughter with him, to move beyond childlike fascination and make those creatures feel more real. 'Wild Ones' is a tour through our environmental […]

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Man Accused Of Killing Wife, Son With Handheld Crossbow

December 5, 2013 5:28 am

A South Florida man used a crossbow to kill his wife and teenage son in their townhouse, tried to kill a second son who is a student at Florida State University and wound up dead in a motel bathroom, authorities said Wednesday. After a three-hour standoff with police Tuesday night, investigators said the suspect killed […]

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School allegedly tried to ban students from speaking Spanish

December 5, 2013 5:24 am

A Texas middle school has found itself in the middle of a heated controversy over student rights, educational practices, and multiculturalism.  According to KHOU-TV, the principal at Hempstead Middle School is on paid administrative leave after trying to ban students from speaking Spanish in class.  Students say on Nov. 12, Principal Amy Lacey announced over […]

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German FM Meets with Ukraine Protesters

December 5, 2013 5:04 am

It has been two weeks since protesters in Ukraine first took to the streets, demanding that President Viktor Yanukovich step down. On Wednesday night (December 4), thousands were still rallying at the Independence Square in Kiev. German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle met with some of the protesters, and told opposition leaders that the door to […]

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Biden Says U.S. Objects to China Defense Move

December 5, 2013 5:04 am

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden's visit to China has been dominated by discussions about Beijing's new air defence zone. China's wants to secure an area two-thirds the size of Britain. It includes islands which are also claimed by Japan. Biden says he had expressed Washington's objection to such a move.

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Cameron Says Britain Open to Chinese Investments

December 5, 2013 5:04 am

British Prime Minister David Cameron says the United Kingdom is the most open country to Chinese investment, speaking to state broadcaster China Central Television at Shanghai's Jiaotong University.

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Puffin Populations Puffs Up in Farnes, Says Census

December 5, 2013 4:03 am

The Farne Islands off England's northeastern coast…..home to thousands of grey seals and a healthy population of puffins. For conservationists, it's good news. The puffin was thought to be in serious decline just five years ago, but now, it's bouncing back. Head ranger David Steel, says the species has recovered by eight percent over 2008's […]

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Storm Weather Forecast for the UK

December 5, 2013 4:03 am

The BBC's Tomasz Schafernaker's gives a weather report as the UK is hit by winds over 100mph.

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