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Secret video of 'exhausted workforce' in Chinese factory making Apple products

bbc.co.uk — A BBC investigation for Panorama has exposed poor working conditions in factories making Apple products in China. The undercover team secretly filmed the iPhone production line and found Apple's promises to protect workers were routinely broken. One undercover reporter - making parts for Apple computers - had to work 18 days without a day off.
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Apple 'failing to protect Chinese factory workers'

bbc.co.uk — Poor treatment of workers in Chinese factories which make Apple products has been discovered by an undercover BBC Panorama investigation. Filming on an iPhone 6 production line showed Apple's promises to protect workers were routinely broken. It found standards on workers' hours, ID cards, dormitories, work meetings and juvenile workers were being breached at the Pegatron factories.
Dec 18, 2014

RT @BBCPanorama: Undercover #Panorama investigation finds poor treatment of workers in Chinese factories which make Apple products bbc.co.uk/news/business-…

Dec 18, 2014

RT @BBCRoryCJ: bbc.co.uk/news/business-… Apple's broken promises to Chinese workers - undercover investigation by Panorama. More at 9pm on BBC1

Dec 18, 2014

bbc.co.uk/news/business-… Apple's broken promises to Chinese workers - undercover investigation by Panorama. More at 9pm on BBC1

Dec 18, 2014

RT @DaveLeeBBC: Apple has broken its promises to improve working conditions, a @BBCPanorama investigation finds. bit.ly/13gpazK

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Boko Haram unrest: Nigerian militants 'kidnap 100 villagers'

bbc.co.uk — Militants have stormed a remote village in north-eastern Nigeria, killing at least 33 people and kidnapping dozens, a survivor has told the BBC. The attack happened on Sunday but news has only just emerged, after survivors reached the city of Maiduguri.
Dec 18, 2014

Horrific. "@BBCBreaking: At least 100 people kidnapped by suspected Boko Haram militants in north-eastern Nigeria....bbc.in/1zzhKDD

Dec 18, 2014

RT@BBC News - Boko Haram unrest: Nigerian militants 'kidnap 100 villagers' bbc.in/1GuvHWx

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Historic shift in US-Cuba ties

Dec 17, 2014

Have you been following our coverage of this historic day in US-#Cuba relations on our live page? bbc.co.uk/news/live/worl…

Dec 17, 2014

RT @BBCBreaking: Cuban President Raul Castro: "We have agreed to reestablish diplomatic relations with US" bbc.in/1wZqZz2 pic.twitter.com/zx8qKkIYR1

Dec 17, 2014

RT @BBCBreaking: Cuban President Raul Castro: "We have agreed to reestablish diplomatic relations with US" bbc.in/1wZqZz2 pic.twitter.com/zx8qKkIYR1

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'Ice pancakes' found floating on the River Dee

bbc.co.uk — "Ice pancakes" the size of dinner plates have been found floating on the River Dee in Scotland. The strange discovery was made by members of The River Dee Trust at a place called the Lummels Pool at Birse in Aberdeenshire.
Dec 18, 2014

RT @BBCScotlandNews: Strange "ice pancakes" the size of frisbees have appeared on a Scottish river bbc.in/1wOqVyP pic.twitter.com/dAaDatDAH2

Dec 18, 2014

RT @BBCScotlandNews: Strange "ice pancakes" the size of frisbees have appeared on a Scottish river bbc.in/1wOqVyP pic.twitter.com/dAaDatDAH2

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North Sea oil industry 'close to collapse'

bbc.co.uk — The UK's oil industry is in 'crisis' as prices drop, a senior industry leader has told the BBC. Oil companies and service providers are cutting staff and investment to save money. Robin Allan, chairman of the independent explorers' association Brindex, told the BBC that the industry is "close to collapse".
Dec 18, 2014

North Sea oil industry 'close to collapse' says industry leader bbc.co.uk/news/business-…

Dec 18, 2014

North Sea oil industry 'close to collapse' - my story on BBC website bbc.co.uk/news/business-…

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Sony hack: White House views attack as security issue

bbc.co.uk — The Sony hack that forced the cancellation of a major film release is being viewed as a national security matter, the White House says.
Dec 18, 2014

RT @BBCBreaking: Sony hack that forced cancellation of film release being treated as a national security matter, the White House says bbc.in/1zB8hwD

Dec 18, 2014

RT @BBCBreaking: Sony hack that forced cancellation of film release being treated as a national security matter, the White House says bbc.in/1zB8hwD

Pakistan school attack: Pupil back in bloodied uniform

bbc.co.uk — Pakistan is marking three days of mourning following the Taliban attack on a school in Peshawar on Tuesday. Prayer vigils are being held nationwide, with Pakistani embassies across the world lowering their flags to half-mast and opening books of condolences.

MH17 plane crash: Family's pain at wait for answers

bbc.co.uk — The family of a Briton killed in July's MH17 air crash have told of their pain at still not knowing what happened. Ben Pocock, 20, of Keynsham, near Bristol, was one of 298 people killed when the Malaysia Airlines plane came down in eastern Ukraine, near Russia.
Dec 18, 2014

BBC News - MH17 plane crash: Family's pain at wait for answers bbc.in/1wPXRa7

Dec 18, 2014

Tonight on #newsnight....the family of Ben Pocock, killed when MH17 was shot down over UKraine, speak for first time. bbc.co.uk/news/uk-305334…

Dec 18, 2014

RT @bbclaurak: Must watch: family of Ben Pocock, who was killed in MH17 crash, talks to @KirstyWark-full interview at 2230 bbc.co.uk/news/uk-305334…

Dec 18, 2014

Must watch: family of Ben Pocock, who was killed in MH17 crash, talks to @KirstyWark-full interview at 2230 bbc.co.uk/news/uk-305334…

Sir Bradley Wiggins: Inside the mind of a world-class cyclist

bbc.co.uk — Sir Bradley Wiggins knows a thing or two about overcoming the physical and mental challenges in sport. The 34-year-old has a joint-British record seven Olympic medals, including four golds, across the track and road, and won cycling's biggest stage race, the Tour de France, in 2012.
Dec 18, 2014

RT @mattslaterbbc: Brad Wiggins on training over Christmas, bluffing, being sledged by @lancearmstrong & the perils of panache http://t.co/…

Dec 18, 2014

Inside the mind of Brad Wiggins. Quite a big subject. Good piece. Clearly not a fan of Steve Peters and his chimp! bbc.in/1At3oUC

Dec 18, 2014

RT @mattslaterbbc: Brad Wiggins on training over Christmas, bluffing, being sledged by @lancearmstrong & the perils of panache http://t.co/…

Dec 18, 2014

RT @mattslaterbbc: Brad Wiggins on training over Christmas, bluffing, being sledged by @lancearmstrong & the perils of panache http://t.co/…

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World Pie Eating Championships: Humble pie for Wigan chef after pie mix-up

bbc.co.uk — The World Pie Eating Championships were thrown into turmoil when it emerged that a work experience chef sent the wrong pies to the event. Organisers said the snacks - double the correct size for the contest - should have gone to a divorce party but were sent to Harry's Bar in Wigan in error.
Dec 18, 2014

Wigan pie eating championship in turmoil after the correct pies were accidentally sent to a divorce party bbc.in/1wIbKsc

Dec 18, 2014

The World Pie Eating Championships in Wigan have been controversially thrown into turmoil (via @jamjam23) m.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-englan…

Dec 18, 2014

RT @BBCEngland: Bungling bakers plunge world pie eating championships into chaos with wrong pies bbc.in/1wmGq2h pic.twitter.com/8D2wMzFEC1

Dec 18, 2014

Favourite story of the dayRT @BBCNews World Pie Eating Championships ends in controversy after "dangerous" pie mix-up bbc.in/1zAuNWv

World Service- Future Voices

careerssearch.bbc.co.uk — We're starting a work experience scheme based in the World Service languages. The World Service is one of the world's leading news broadcasters - we have twenty-nine languages at the moment, including English. The World Service Group, all the international parts of the BBC, has a weekly audience of over 265 million people around the world.

Child abuse inquiry: Police investigate three alleged murders

bbc.co.uk — London police investigating three alleged murders at places including military establishments in child abuse inquiry
Dec 18, 2014

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Dec 18, 2014

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Dec 18, 2014

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Dec 18, 2014

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Kenya security bill: MPs brawl as measures approved

bbc.co.uk — Kenya's parliament has been forced to adjourn after angry opposition MPs disrupted government plans to push through a tough new security bill. MPs shouted, sang and shredded copies of the bill, warning that Kenya was becoming a "police state". Four lawmakers were assaulted as they were ejected from the Speaker's gallery, unconfirmed reports said.

The Interview: Things that should outrage North Korea more than a Seth Rogen film

bbc.co.uk — Sony's film The Interview has been pulled after hackers threatened a 9/11 style attack on any cinemas which screened the comedy. The movie, which stars Seth Rogen and James Franco, features a fictional plot to assassinate Kim Jong-un. A leaked scene from the film showed the leader's head engulfed in a slow-motion fireball.

Lancashire parish meeting ends in brawl over grazing rights

bbc.co.uk — Pictures have emerged of a brawl at a parish meeting in Lancashire earlier this week. Tempers flared at the Briercliffe Parish Council Allotments Committee meeting over the right of a resident to graze her sheep on land belonging to the parish council. Joe Inwood reports.
Dec 18, 2014

It's all going off on the allotment sub-committee MT @Moonbootica parish meeting ends in brawl over grazing rights - bbc.co.uk/news/uk-305363…

Dec 18, 2014

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Obesity 'could be a disability' - EU courts rule

bbc.co.uk — Obesity can constitute a disability within European law, the EU's highest court has ruled. The European Court of Justice was asked to rule on the case of a male childminder who says he was sacked for being too fat. The court said that if obesity could hinder "full and effective participation" at work then it could count as a disability.

Putin seeks to ease fears over Russian economic crisis

bbc.co.uk — President Vladimir Putin is set to hold his end-of-year news conference amid a growing economic crisis in Russia. The annual event, which lasted more than four hours last year, will be broadcast live on Russian television. It is expected to be dominated by debate over the rouble, with Russia's national currency struggling to cope with falling oil prices and sanctions.

Whodunnit? The Mystery of the Sony Pictures Hack

bbc.co.uk — It has become the whodunnit that is gripping Hollywood without a penny being spent on production. Now The Mystery of the Sony Pictures Hack - which already had all the ingredients for a major Hollywood film - has taken a new twist as the movie at the heart of the row is pulled.