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Update: Trump Threatens 'Big Problems' for Iran

4/24/2018
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Donald Trump has warned Iran about restarting its nuclear programme. The French President, Emmanuel Macron, who is visiting the US on a state visit has proposed a new deal to curb Iran's military power. We speak to Trita Parsi, a president of the National Iranian American Council based in Washington about how loosening some sanctions has impacted investment in Iran. We get a markets update from Joe Saluzzi, co-manager of trading at Themis Trading in New Jersey. Also in the programme, it's...

Duration:00:16:51

Oil at $75 as Iran Sanction Fears Mount

4/24/2018
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The price of Brent crude oil has hit its highest level in more than three years. Amir Paivar is business editor for the BBC Persian service, and explains how US president Donald Trump's concerns over the Iran nuclear deal partly explain the rise. And we get wider context from our regular economic commentator, Roger Bootle of Capital Economics. Also in the programme, it's the fifth anniversary of the Rana Plaza garment factory disaster in Bangladesh. We find out how much safety standards for...

Duration:00:26:27

Update: Macron Arrives in the US for Bilateral Talks

4/23/2018
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Emmanuel Macron and Donald Trump are expected to discuss the Iran nuclear deal and trade. Alice Pannier, an Assistant Professor of International Relations at Johns Hopkins University in Washington tells us about different perspectives of the two leaders. Alphabet, the parent company of Google, has reported strong quarterly results. Dan Ives, head of technology research at GBH Insights explains what's behind the success. Peter Jankovskis from Oakbrook Investments in Chicago gives us an update...

Duration:00:14:02

Ukraine Gang Hid Wealth in London Flats

4/23/2018
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A BBC investigation has found evidence an organised crime gang invested in the UK. The BBC's Andy Verity explains the story. Also in the programme, we hear why bloggers in Tanzania say they could be forced to shut down their sites, as the government introduces an expensive new licensing scheme. The British consumer champion Martin Lewis tells us why he's suing Facebook for defamation, after dozens of fake adverts featuring his face and name appeared on the social network. We find out why the...

Duration:00:26:31

Nicaragua Scraps Social Reforms Amid Violent Protests

4/22/2018
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President Daniel Ortega has renewed calls for the private sector to engage in talks and has called for an end to the violence. We speak to Marcos Gonzalez, a reporter for BBC Mundo based in Miami. The candidate from Paraguay's ruling Colorado Party, Mario Abdo Benitez, is tipped to win the country's presidential election. Laurence Blair is a freelance journalist currently in the capital Asunción and gives us the background on the country's economy. Also in the program, what's it like to come...

Duration:00:22:58

Wells Fargo Hit By Record $1bn Penalty

4/20/2018
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US bank Wells Fargo Wells Fargo has been fined a billion dollars for charging its customers for services it didn't provide. We get analysis from Chris Low of FTN Financial in New York as well as his take on the day's trading on Wall Street.

Duration:00:07:15

Australian Bank Inquiry Ousts Executive Amid Fee Scandal

4/20/2018
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The head of Australia's largest wealth manager, AMP, has resigned. Peter Ryan is senior business correspondent for ABC in Australia, and explains how AMP had been charging fees for services it did not provide. Also in the programme, the South African president Cyril Ramaphosa has returned home early from the Commonwealth conference in London to deal with unrest in the North Western Province. The BBC's Pumza Fihlani in Johannesburg gives us the background. We have a report from Paris on a...

Duration:00:27:03

IMF Issues Warning On Global Debt

4/19/2018
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The International Monetary Fund says that high global debt is a concern. The BBC's Kim Gittleson gives us the latest from the IMF and World Bank Spring Meeting in Washington DC. All three key US share indices fell on Thursday. Cary Leahey of Decision Economics in New York tells us why.

Duration:00:08:29

UK Plastic Straw and Cotton Bud Ban Proposed

4/19/2018
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A consultation is being undertaken to consider a UK ban on plastic straws and cotton buds. Rebecca Newsom is head of politics at Greenpeace UK, and gives us her reaction. And we hear about efforts in India to get rid of plastic products. Also in the programme, as the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting gets underway in London, our regular economic commentator Roger Bootle of Capital Economics considers the economic impact of the organisation. Entrepreneur Elon Musk has advised his...

Duration:00:27:05

Cuba Nominates Castro Replacement

4/18/2018
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The parliament in Cuba has picked Miguel Díaz-Canel as the sole candidate to succeed the 86-year-old Raúl Castro as president - bringing six decades of Castro nearly to an end. We hear from the BBC's Will Grant in Havana. And Saudi Arabia has screened its first Hollywood film for almost 40 years. Anu Anand reports. Plus we hear the latest on the US markets from Doug McIntyre of 24/7 Wall Street.

Duration:00:13:35

Cuba Lawmakers Meet to Choose Raul Castro's Successor

4/18/2018
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Cuba's National Assembly is meeting to choose a successor to president Raul Castro. We find out about the country's economic prospects from BBC Havana correspondent, Will Grant. Also in the programme, following yesterday's engine explosion and emergency landing of a Southwest Airlines jet, Chris Jasper, aviation expert at Bloomberg News in London, tells us what is known about the cause. The sandwich chain Pret A Manger has seen some of its adverts banned over a claim that its products are...

Duration:00:27:10

Update: Trump Talks Korea with Japanese PM

4/17/2018
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The US President has welcomed the Japanese Prime Minister to his Florida resort, saying the two countries are united over North Korea. But can Shinzo Abe secure an exemption on steel tariffs? Also in the programme, shares in Netflix hit a company life-time high on Tuesday after the online video streaming service reported a rise in subscriber additions for the fourth straight quarter. We get analysis from Joe Saluzzi of Themis Trading in New Jersey. Plus, the World Bank releases a five-year...

Duration:00:10:58

Macron Sets Out His Vision for the EU

4/17/2018
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France's president Emmanuel Macron has laid out his vision for the future of the EU. We ask Delphine O, member of parliament for Mr Macron's La Republique En Marche party, how much support the president's proposals are likely to have across Europe. Also in the programme, we hear why Europe's highest court has ruled that the Polish government has broken EU law by allowing logging in one of the continent's last primeval forests. As China and Russia face new claims over digital spying from the...

Duration:00:27:06

US Considers New Russia Sanctions

4/16/2018
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Tensions between the US and Russia escalate as Washington considers new sanctions. James Nixey is head of the Russia programme at Chatham House, and tells us what might be announced. Also in the programme, advertising giant WPP's chief executive Sir Martin Sorrell has stepped down. Clare Beale is global managing editor of the advertising business magazine, Campaign, and considers Sir Martin's legacy. We hear how an online rebellion in China has forced one of the country's social media...

Duration:00:26:53

Long Serving Advertising Boss Steps Down

4/15/2018
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The world's largest advertising agency, WPP, is losing its chief executive, Sir Martin Sorrell. He spent 33 years at the helm of the media giant. We ask analyst Alex De Groote what's next for the company. Also, Renault-Nissan is investing $1.6 billion in Russia's biggest car marker, AvtoVaz. With rising economic and military tensions, we ask Professor David Bailey from Aston Business School for his assessment. And with the Commonwealth Heads of Government group set to meet in London this...

Duration:00:22:57

Bonus Podcast: Death in Ice Valley

4/15/2018
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A special preview of the brand new podcast Death in Ice Valley. An unidentified body. Who was she? Why hasn’t she been missed? A BBC World Service and NRK original podcast, investigating a mystery unsolved for almost half a century. Episode One was released on 16 April 2018 and new episodes will be released every Monday. Search for Death in Ice Valley wherever you find your podcasts.

Duration:00:03:12

Shipping Industry Reaches Climate Agreement

4/13/2018
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Discussions have been taking place this week in London at the meeting of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) to agree a global strategy to reduce carbon emissions. For the first time, the industry has agreed to halve greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. John Kornerup, head of sustainability strategy at Maersk, has been at the talks and tells us more. One of the founding fathers of the gambling industry in Macau - Stanley Ho - has retired at the very grand old age of 96. Ben Bland of...

Duration:00:25:32

Tensions Rise Between U.S. and Russia

4/12/2018
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Relations between Russia and the West have deteriorated in recent weeks and the conflict in Syria is leading to fears of real military action. The U.S. joined Britain in imposing sanctions on Russia, amid the suspected poisoning of a former spy. Now, Washington and Moscow are weighing up further sanctions - but how much economic might can the Kremlin wield? We ask Elina Ribakova, chief economist at Deutsche Bank. There's been a victory for green campaigners in New Zealand, where Prime...

Duration:00:26:19

Zuckerberg Congress Testimony - Day 2

4/11/2018
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The boss of Facebook is being questioned for a second day by politicians over the misuse of user data. Could this mean that social media companies will face tougher regulation in future to tackle issues like fake news and foreign political interference? Michelle De Mooy, from the Center for Democracy and Technology in Washington DC, gives us her view. A snap presidential election is underway in the oil rich nation of Azerbaijan. Tural Ahmed-zade from the BBC Azeri service tells us what's...

Duration:00:26:27

Update: Facebook Chief Faces Congress

4/10/2018
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As Mark Zuckerberg testifies before U.S. congress following the data-sharing crisis, we get analysis from Selina Wang, technology and business reporter at Bloomberg. Plus we get a US financial markets update from Mark Kepner at Themis Trading in New Jersey.

Duration:00:16:06

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