February 2014

Record-breaking magician David Blaine dazzles BBC staff

American magician and endurance stuntman David Blaine wowed BBC executives and office workers yesterday afternoon with an impromptu performance of card tricks at London's New Broadcasting House.The 40-year-old New Yorker was in town to tie-up a deal w ...

Protestors in Venezuela and Ukraine organise through Zello app

From Kiev to Caracas, protestors are taking their indignation to a walkie-talkie app, but some may be running into government roadblocks.Zello allows smartphone users to send short voice messages from person to person or to a limited group of people. Some ...

Top Africans condemn Uganda's new anti-gay law

Ugandan leader Yoweri Museveni has trumpeted his signing into law of a harsh bill that punishes gay sex with up to life in prison is about protecting African culture from Western interference. But prominent voices on the continent have contradicted him and ...

Journalists demand action after Ukraine murder and attacks

Headline-grabbing violence that toppled the president of the Ukraine is said to have claimed the lives of more than 80 people - most of them protesters. Police and security staff have also been killed. What has not made world news is the murder of a journa ...

Paper forced to climb down over untrue migrants story

British tabloid newspaper the Daily Mail has been forced to retract claims made about flights and buses being “fully booked” by economic migrants from Romania and Bulgaria. As restrictions on workers from the EU accession countries were s ...
Hansen Unplugged: Celebrating our differences (Dale Hansen - WFAA)

Popular US sports presenter attacks homophobia in the NFL

Dale Hansen, an American TV sports broadcaster on ABC’s Dallas affiliate station WFAA, delivered a scathing commentary about homophobia in the National Football League (NFL), while giving support to its black, draft candidate Michael Sam who recently ...

World leaders support campaign to save elephants

Huge pressure is mounting on African countries that have failed to effectively crack down on poachers who kill elephants for their precious tusks.British campaigners say the illegal trade in ivory has put the biggest beasts in the wild on the list of enda ...

Under fire Sochi sponsors 'writing Tweets for Olympic stars'

Between photos and insights about their Olympic experience in Russia, some Olympians are turning over their social media accounts to sponsors, agreeing to quotas of postings on Twitter and Facebook and letting other people send commercial messages in thei ...

How UK government plans to sell your medical records

Just how safe are your medical records? Pretty safe, surely – this is sensitive stuff and it’s private, right? Well, yes – but for how long?If the government gets its way, from May this year your family's patient-identifiable data wi ...

Missing indigenous women and a US media blackout

On July 5, 2013, Hanna Harris, a member of the Northern Cheyenne tribe, was reported missing by her family in Lame Deer, Montana, US. After search efforts by community members and law enforcement, she was found dead five days later. While there was some c ...

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