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Could Russia and China become Boeing's competitors?

Could Russia and China launch planes to compete with Boeing in the aircraft market? Following the Ethiopian Airlines accident last week when a Boeing 737 Max crashed just after take-off, aviation analyst Sally Gethin tells us how other market players could soon become major competitors. As Brazil's President Bolsonaro travels to Washington this week to meet with President Trump, our reporter Daniel Gallas analyses what the historic meeting is likely to mean for the two countries. And our...


New Zealand Attack Suspect Appears in Court

The main suspect in the mosque shootings that killed 49 people in New Zealand on Friday has appeared in court on a single murder charge. Australian Brenton Tarrant, 28, appeared in the dock in a white prison shirt and handcuffs. Further charges are expected to be made against him. We get reaction from Wellington and hear how the media in New Zealand are reacting to one of the darkest days in the country's history. There has been a major change in China's laws on foreign investment. The...


UK seeks Brexit delay

British politicians have voted overwhelmingly to delay the UK's departure from the EU. But with no clear strategy, what's next? Also in the programme, are customer service standards slipping? Author and expert Martin Newman thinks so. And the BBC's Steffan Powell walks us through the titles vying for best video game at the Bafta awards. Presenter Roger Hearing is joined throughout the programme by Jyoti Malhotra, editor, national and strategic affairs at the Print website in Delhi. And NPR...


Boeing Grounds 737 Max Fleet

Boeing has grounded its entire global fleet of 737 Max aircraft after investigators uncovered new evidence at the scene of the fatal Ethiopian Airlines crash; we hear from Dr Todd Curtis, an aviation risk assessment expert at Also in the programme, MPs have rejected the UK leaving the EU without a deal. We get analysis from our economics correspondent. Nigerian online retailer Jumia is set to become the first African startup to list on the New York Stock Exchange, Irwin Stelzer...


British PM suffers new Brexit defeat

British lawmakers have voted by a majority of 149 against Theresa May's EU withdrawal deal. We get reaction from John Longworth, chairman of pro-Brexit group Leave Means Leave and Allie Renison, from the Institute of Directors. We also hear from Clemens Fuest, who heads the Institute for Economic Research in Munich; and what is the reaction amongst businesses in Northern Ireland? John Campbell is the BBC's business editor in Belfast. Professor Raghuram Rajan who has recently been linked to...


'Legally-Binding' Changes to Brexit Deal Agreed

Theresa May and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker reveal "legally-binding" changes to the Brexit deal. Theresa May said the deal means the UK regains control of its laws and enables the UK to make an independent trade policy. She acknowledged that there was a clear concern in Parliament over the Northern Ireland backstop. We hear from George Parker, political editor of the Financial Times. British engineer Sir Tim Berners Lee, the man credited with inventing the World Wide...


Mass Blackouts in Venezuela

Mass blackouts have plunged much of Venezuela into darkness; we hear from Mary Beth Sheridan from the Washington Post who's in Caracas. Norway's $1tn sovereign wealth fund is expected to sell some of its oil and gas holdings. Richard Milne is the Nordic and Baltic correspondent for the Financial Times, and tells us what's behind the fund's decision. On International Women's Day, we hear from serving military officer Debs Taylor, who was the inspiration for the latest in a series of gender...


Former Trump campaign chief jailed for fraud

US President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort has been sentenced to 47 months in prison for tax and bank fraud. He was convicted last summer of hiding millions of dollars of income from his political consulting in Ukraine. Also in the show, Chinese tech giant Huawei has filed a lawsuit against the US government over restrictions on its products. Morocco is ranked as one of the most popular tourist destinations in Africa but it's also one of the worst for gender...


The US Trade Deficit Increases

The US trade gap with the rest of the world jumped to a 10-year high of $621bn last year. Our regular economic commentator, Susan Schmidt, Head of US Equities at Aviva Investors, assesses how big a blow the widening trade gap is for President Trump. The extradition case of Meng Wanzhou - Chief Financial Officer of the Chinese telecoms giant Huawei, and daughter of the company founder - continues to be a stop-start affair. We get the latest from North America Tech Reporter, Dave Lee and we...


Pressure grows on Canadian PM

A series of resignations from the government of prime minister Justin Trudeau have caused a major crisis. It all centres on a construction firm - one of the biggest companies in Canada - LNC Lavalin. It has been claimed the company bribed officials in Libya, and Trudeau's government then put illegitimate pressure on prosecutors not to take the company to court. Robert Fife, Ottawa Bureau Chief of the Globe and Mail newspaper, gives us the latest. A man who died in India last week took with...


China's annual National People's Congress begins

China's biggest political event of the year is underway. Anyone who's anyone in local and national Chinese politics is gathering in Beijing. So what are the things to look out for? We ask Professor Mary Gallagher, Director of the Center for Chinese Studies at the University of Michigan in the US. Nine months ago the US communications giant AT&T bought TimeWarner for $85.4 billion, but it has taken until now for the merger to get final legal approval . The Trump administration fought hard...


New York group asks Amazon to reconsider campus plan

A group of New York business, political and community leaders have asked Amazon to reconsider its decision to scrap plans for a new campus in the city. The BBC's Michelle Fleury has the story from New York. After that, Iranian users of Apple's IOS mobile operating system have lost access to applications made in Iran, depriving them of the local equivalents of Uber and Deliveroo, as well as banking services. An Iranian tech expert speaks with the BBC's Frey Lindsay. Plus, we'll have a view on...


Pakistan to release captured Indian pilot

Pakistan will release a captured Indian pilot as a "peace gesture" on Friday, Prime Minister Imran Khan has said. Mr Khan revealed the decision in parliament, saying that Pakistan was focused on de-escalation. India's military welcomed the Pakistani move, though Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has so far not commented. North Korea's foreign minister says Pyongyang's position will not change even if the US seeks further talks. Ri Yong Ho was speaking after a summit in Vietnam between US...


President Trump's former lawyer calls him a liar, conman and cheat

Donald Trump has been accused by his former lawyer, Michael Cohen, of knowing in advance that hacked Democratic Party e-mails were going to be released during the 2016 election. We get the latest on his dramatic testimony to Congress from Politico's Daniel Lippman. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will begin their second day of talks in Hanoi in a few hours. The BBC's Jonathan Head is in Hanoi watching for us. India has demanded the release of a fighter pilot shot...


Trump and Kim Jong-un hours from second meeting

The second summit between the leaders of the United States and North Korea is about to get under way in the Vietnamese capital, Hanoi. We get the latest from the BBC's Jonathan Head. Pakistan says it will respond "at the time and place of its choosing" after India launched strikes against militants in Pakistani territory. So what next in this standoff between two nuclear-armed nations? Mehmal Sarfaz a journalist based in Lahore, gives us her view. As more and more companies offer monthly...


Iran's foreign minister announces resignation

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has said he is stepping down, in a surprise announcement posted to his Instagram account. Signs of a power struggle in Tehran? A question for Ahmad Majidyar of the IranObserved Project at the Middle East Institute in Washington. CEO of Tesla Elon Musk is in trouble with the Securities and Exchange Commission again. Last year he posted a tweet promising to take his company private, then promised not to post potentially market-moving tweets without...


Clashes as Venezuela aid row intensifies

Two people are killed and others are injured as civilians confront troops at the border with Brazil. Venezuela's President Nicolás Maduro has closed the border amid a row over humanitarian aid. The BBC's Katy Watson has the latest. As shares in one of the world's biggest food companies drop by nearly 30%, are we losing a taste for processed food? We get analysis from Tara Lachapelle, a columnist with Bloomberg Opinion. Should more women run the world? IMF chief Christine Lagarde discusses...


Is China blocking Australian coal?

A number of harbours in northern China, including Dalian, are said to be refusing Australian coal altogether. What could it mean for one of Australia's most lucrative exports? Also in the programme, can you profit from being attacked? Police in Chicago say the actor Jussie Smollett filed a fake claim he suffered a homophobic attack because he was 'dissatisfied with his salary'. We hear from Britain's largest airport Heathrow, where stockpiling is underway in case of a no-deal Brexit. Should...


The US and China resume trade talks

The world's two largest economies enter the next stage of high-level talks on Thursday, as President Trump's deadline of 1st March inches ever closer - the day he's threatened to start imposing tariffs on Chinese imports. How well are these talks going? We ask Ankit Panda, senior editor at international affairs magazine The Diplomat. There's 11 weeks to go until the general election, but will South Africa's budget reverse the government's shaky economic record? Economist George Glynos joins...


Bernie Sanders to run again for president

The left-wing senator confirms he will run again in next year's US presidential election. We speak to Jeff Stein, a reporter with the Washington Post, about Mr Sanders' campaign programme. Europe's largest bank, HSBC, reports lower than expected results. We discuss what's behind the group's "undeniably weak" fourth quarter. And we hear what Japan is doing to improve living and transport for its rapidly ageing population. Nigel Cassidy is joined throughout the programme by Alexis Goldstein,...