National / International News

Cambrils: 'I never imagined this happening here'

BBC - Thu, 2017-08-17 23:13
Residents of Cambrils describe the scene after the attack.

Is globalization in decline?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2017-08-17 22:48
The idea of more open, global trade has been sold as necessary for economic success. Yet today we hear calls to "build a wall" and to break up trading partnerships. Turns out we've seen the pendulum swing between free trade and protectionism many times before. Our series Trade Off looks at key moments when trade barriers have been built up or torn down and at globalization's winners and losers.  Earlier this week, negotiators from the U.S., China and Mexico met around a table to reopen talks on NAFTA — one of the trade agreements President Trump promised to overhaul during his campaign, along with the rest of the way the U.S. does business with the world. But does all this hostility toward globalization mean the world will see less of it?  Probably not, says Pankaj Ghemawat. He is a professor at IESE Business School and New York University's business school, and he studies globalization for a living. Ghemawat is the lead author of the DHL Global Connectedness Index, which tracks data on cross-border flows of trade, capital, information and people to paint a picture of globalization and to monitor changes. He joined us to talk about whether global trade is losing steam. David Brancaccio: For most of my adult life, borders were dissolving and goods and people were moving more freely across the globe. Now you have Brexit in Europe, and we have moves under Donald Trump to harden U.S. borders. Is globalization done, do you think? Pankaj Ghemawat: Well, that's certainly what a lot of people are saying, and I think I'll sound the contrary note here: The sentiments have moved around more than the actual numbers. Globalization, so far in the last 12 to 18 months, has been going sideways. It hasn't nosedived nearly as sharply as public sentiment or the tone of media coverage actually has.  Related "We make German cars, in America" Have we reached peak trade? Brancaccio: But clearly something's different with Brexit [and with] Trump administration['s] moves towards greater protectionism. It's a different chapter in globalization if indeed globalization isn't going away. Ghemawat: We are unlikely to live in a world in which globalization goes to zero. Given that, it's important for business people and others to make some contingency plans about what does happen if we get a hard Brexit, or what does happen if the NAFTA re-negotiations, whenever they conclude, do lead to a significant raising of barriers. But I think it's very, very silly to either plan for a world of either total free trade or a trade-free world. Brancaccio: Think globalization gets too much of the blame for the stagnation that many middle-class people feel in the developed world? Ghemawat: I think that that's something that most academic economists would agree on, which is quite rare, in fact. [To understand why that is] compare the Netherlands and the U.S. The Netherlands has trade exposure roughly six times the U.S. level. Given that, and given that the Dutch still managed to preserve a more reasonable income distribution, I look at what's going on in the U.S., where clearly there are some major distributional concerns, and point to the fact that if the U.S. really isn't one of the world's most trade-intensive countries, [it] probably [has] something to do with domestic policy and changes in technology that plays as large, if not a larger role, in the outcomes that we're observing. 

England v West Indies: Day-night Test cricket brings little change

BBC - Thu, 2017-08-17 22:21
Pink balls and floodlights hint at a brave new world as day-night Test cricket gets under way in the UK, but will television still be king?

News Daily: Carnage in Barcelona

BBC - Thu, 2017-08-17 21:34
Your morning briefing for 18 August 2017.

Who are BBC Radio 1's new DJs?

BBC - Thu, 2017-08-17 21:28
The station is to trial four new presenters in its weekend line-up during September.

NI golfer Joe Rooney scores two holes-in-one

BBC - Thu, 2017-08-17 21:28
The odds of an amateur golfer hitting two holes-in-one in the same round are 67 million to one.

Premier League predictions: Danny Murphy predicts Manchester United title win

BBC - Thu, 2017-08-17 21:21
Match of the Day's Danny Murphy reveals his tips for the Premier League title, who will win the golden boot, and the summer's best signing so far.

Floyd Mayweather: Conor McGregor was dirty when sparring Paulie Malignaggi

BBC - Thu, 2017-08-17 21:15
Floyd Mayweather says Conor McGregor used illegal punches in his controversial sparring session with Paulie Malignaggi.

South Africa Puts A 'Red Alert' At Its Borders For Zimbabwe's Grace Mugabe

NPR News - Thu, 2017-08-17 20:07

A 20-year old South African model accusing Zimbabwe's First Lady of beating her with an extension cord has rejected a proposed cash settlement, according to her legal team.

(Image credit: Phill Magakoe /AFP/Getty Images)

Mother wins MoD apology over 'Snatch' Land Rover death

BBC - Thu, 2017-08-17 20:00
After a 12-year legal battle, Sue Smith finds justice for her son who died in a Snatch Land Rover in Iraq.

WATCH: Protesters Try To Surrender In Solidarity With Confederate Statue Topplers

NPR News - Thu, 2017-08-17 19:55

Upward of 100 people showed up at a courthouse in Durham, N.C., to support the people arrested for tearing down a Confederate monument. Then, they tried to turn themselves in, saying, "Arrest me too!"

(Image credit: Jonathan Drew/AP)

Australia citizenship: Sixth MP in eligibility trouble

BBC - Thu, 2017-08-17 19:04
A government senator refers herself to the nation's High Court over her UK dual citizenship.

Can vehicle attacks be prevented?

BBC - Thu, 2017-08-17 18:40
In just over a year Europe has seen seven attacks where vehicles have been used as weapons. Security correspondent Gordon Corera looks at what authorities are doing about it.

Reality Check: Are 15,000 transgender people serving in the US military?

BBC - Thu, 2017-08-17 17:51
The figure was widely quoted when President Trump announced plans to ban transgender military personnel, but is it right?

Can vehicle attacks be prevented?

BBC - Thu, 2017-08-17 17:37
In just over a year Europe has seen seven attacks where vehicles have been used as weapons. Security correspondent Gordon Corera looks at what authorities are doing about it.

7 days quiz: Which ice cream flavour is under threat?

BBC - Thu, 2017-08-17 17:19
A weekly quiz of the news, 7 days 7 questions.

'Upskirting': It happened to me

BBC - Thu, 2017-08-17 16:46
After Gina Martin took a stand against 'upskirting', we asked if readers had ever experienced it. They had.

The masseuse who pulled my arm out

BBC - Thu, 2017-08-17 16:45
When Angela treated herself to a massage she forgot to mention her hidden disability, resulting in the masseuse getting a surprise of her own.

Spanish police 'stop second attack' after 13 killed in Barcelona

BBC - Thu, 2017-08-17 16:43
Spanish police kill four attackers in Cambrils after an earlier car attack in Barcelona left 13 dead.

USS Fitzgerald: US Navy to discipline dozen sailors

BBC - Thu, 2017-08-17 16:25
The destroyer was damaged in a collision off Japan in June, in which seven sailors were killed.