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Will Canada and the US Strike a Trade Deal?

Will the US and Canada manage to strike a revised deal over NAFTA anytime soon? On Friday White House Economic Advisor Kevin Hassett said the US was getting very close to having to move forward on a deal with Mexico but without Canada. It had wanted a deal between all three nations by the end of this month. Eric Miller, President of the consultancy firm Rideau Potomac Strategy Group, which advises business and government on both sides of the border. He tells us whether Canada, the smaller...


Nike Faces Up To Shareholders

Earlier in the year sportswear giant Nike hired Colin Kaepernick for their adverts. The former American football star caused controversy by kneeling during the national anthem. As a result of the ad campaign some people said they would boycott Nike goods and some even posted videos on Twitter of burning trainers. Now Nike is holding its annual shareholders' meeting, and the company is under scrutiny as never before. We hear from retail analyst Neil Saunders on what might be said. A Canadian...


Brexit: EU Leaders Meet in Salzburg

The UK prime minister, Theresa May, faces the annual conference of her own Conservative Party shortly, but ahead of that she has been trying to put over the message that there is only a choice of her plan called Chequers, or leaving without agreement. Right now she has been meeting fellow EU leaders at a summit in the Austrian city of Salzburg. Jacopo Barigasi, with news website Politico, is in Salzburg. There's been a surge in bike sharing schemes around the world in the last couple of...


Tesla Provides Documents in DOJ Probe

Tesla says it's cooperating with the US Department of Justice following boss Elon Musk's tweets about de-listing. We hear from Dominic Rushie, US business editor for the Guardian. After America ratcheted up the tension in its trade war with China on Monday, Beijing has hit back. We get analysis from Marc Busch, an expert on international trade policy at Georgetown University in the US. We have a report from Sri Lanka on how a government plan for a special economic zone in the south of the...


US Imposes New $200bn Tariffs on China

The US is imposing new tariffs on $200bn worth of Chinese goods as it escalates its trade war with Beijing. We hear from Mark Wu, professor of international trade law at Harvard Law School. So what is the view on this in China? We speak to our Asia Business Correspondent Karishma Vaswani from the World Economic Forum in Tianjin, China. You may have had a Blackberry phone back in the day but today it's a radically different business, focusing on cybersecurity for company systems and...


US and Philippines Brace for Catastrophic Storms

On the show today: Hurricane Florence approaches the US East Coast, as officials warn of the deadly toll it could take. Meanwhile millions are bracing for Typhoon Mangkhut in the Philippines. We will hear from Rachel Lewis Hilburn from WHQR Radio in Wilmington, North Carolina, as well as the BBC’s own Howard Johnson in the Philippines. The Reverend David Schilling is a senior programme director with the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR), a group of religious shareholder...


Apple iPhone XS unveiled alongside fall-detecting Watch

Apple has updated its iPhone X handset with three more powerful models. Connie Guglielmo, Editor-in-Chief of tech news site, CNET, tells us about their latest innovations. We have an interview with Ray Dalio, one of the richest people in the world and founder of hedge fund Bridgewater Associates to discuss his new book about the financial crisis. We travel to Singapore to find out how countries in Asia experienced an extraordinary economic boom after the global financial crisis. Our reporter...


Hurricane Florence: Evacuation underway

More than a million Americans are being evacuated from their homes as hurricane Florence approaches the US East Coast. We hear from Rachel Lewis Hilburn, news director of the WHQR station in Wilmington, North Carolina, directly in the path of the storm. Economist Roger Bootle marks ten years since the Lehman Brothers collapse. Plus we hear about a revival of the traditional penny farthing bicycle, famous for its very large front wheel, and tiny rear wheel. Roger Hearing is joined by Duncan...


Les Moonves resigns from CBS

The head of US media giant CBS, Les Moonves, has resigned with immediate effect following allegations of sexual misconduct. Emily Peck follows the media industry for the Huffington Post she explains the latest response to the news. Plus Jack Ma, founder of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba says he's leaving the firm next year, we talk about Mr Ma's legacy. Also on the programme, how would you like to work a four day week instead of five? The Trades Union Congress in the UK says governments...


Tech Firms Ask for Trump Tariff Protection

Four US companies have warned a new round of taxes on Chinese imports could lead to job losses. Ben Parr, co-founder of technology firm Octane AI, tells us why Dell, Cisco, Juniper Networks and Hewlett Packard are worried. Also in the programme, our reporter in Argentina takes the temperature of the country's economy. Nigeria is one of Africa's biggest economies - and yet a large number of Nigerians still don't have access to a bank account. One bank that's trying to change that is Lagos...


British Airways Probes Customer Data Theft

British Airways says it is investigating "as a matter of urgency" the theft of customer data from its website and mobile app. We get more from Dr Daniel Dresner, from the University of Manchester. In Sweden voters are preparing to elect national and local government representatives on Sunday, but new research shows that opinions are being strongly influenced by fake news. We speak to Freja Hedman of the Oxford Internet Institute about its new report. We have the latest from the confirmation...


US Senate Questions Tech Executives

Senior executives from Twitter and Facebook have been grilled by the US Senate Intelligence Committee answering questions on how they plan to prevent disinformation and meddling in the run-up to mid-term elections in November. Google was also invited, but did not attend after declining to send its chief executive, Sundar Pichai. We get an analysis of what was said today on Capitol Hill from Sarah Frier, Tech Reporter for Bloomberg. A global construction boom is driving demand up for...


Trump Supports Argentina's IMF Loan

The president of Argentina, Mauricio Macri, is one of a select group of foreign leaders to secure the open admiration of Donald Trump. After a 15-minute phone call, Mr Trump said Argentina was going through a trying time - and he strongly encouraged and supported his engagement with the International Monetary Fund to strengthen Argentina's monetary and fiscal policies to tackle the country's current economic challenges. That's a reference to the presence of Argentina's Finance Minister in...


Argentina in Economic 'Emergency'

Argentina is in the midst of an economic emergency. That sobering assessment comes from the country's president, Mauricio Macri. He went on national television to announce a series measures designed to halt a run on the country's currency. The peso has fallen almost 50% against the US dollar this year. Investors are betting Argentina will run out of money, and won't be able to pay back its debts. Luc Cohen who works for the Reuters news agency tells us what Mr Macri’s plan is. Microsoft has...


US-Canada Trade Talks Deadlock

Talks between the US and Canada about amending the North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta) have ended for the week, with no deal in sight. Friday was the original deadline for a deal, but US officials said they would meet their Canadian counterparts again next week in an effort to reach agreement. Does the passing of the deadline matter? We ask David Collins, professor of International Economic Law at City University in London. Coca-Cola has just bought Costa the coffee chain. In a deal...


Argentina Raises Rates As Peso Plummets

The value of Argentina's peso continued to fall on Thursday, plunging by more than 13% despite the raising of a key interest rate to 60%. Argentinian economist Alejandro Tamola gives us his advice for President Macri. The Tata Nano was marketed at the world's cheapest car. But almost 10 years after its launch, production of it has stopped . In June this year only 3 cars were sold in India . So where did it all go wrong? Rahul Tandon reports from Kolkata. Some states in the US have recently...


Crisis Hit Argentina Requests IMF Funds

Argentina is asking the International Monetary Fund to bring forward a $50bn loan. It's a sign of how bad things have got for President Mauricio Macri - the peso has lost 40% of its value so far this year. Will this restore market confidence? We ask Luc Cohen, Argentina correspondent at Reuters. Facebook is increasing its presence in the world of online streaming - but fierce competition from YouTube and Netflix means it will have to carve out a unique identity, as we hear from Louise...


Nafta: Clock is ticking for Canada in US trade negotiations

Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland cancelled a European trip to fly to Washington, DC for trade negotiations on Tuesday for the North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta). Maryscott Greenwood is CEO of the Canadian-American Business Council. She spoke to us just as the first round of talks with the US Trade Representative started. British investments in Africa - there's certainly history there, but is there a future? As British Prime Minister Theresa May makes her first official...


Trump Hails Trade Breakthrough with Mexico

The US and Mexico have reached common ground on key trade terms as pressure mounts to complete renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement. We hear the latest reactions from Megan Cassella is an energy report with Politico in Washington DC. Also on the programme, how transparent can UK companies be to their shareholders, when most of their owners are based in foreign countries which follow different transparency rules? The BBC's Frey Lindsay reports. Plus Uber is making a move...


Zimbabwe's Top Court Affirms Mnangagwa's Election Victory

Zimbabwe's constitutional court has confirmed President Emmerson Mnangagwa's disputed election victory. We bring you the latest. Also, Australia has a new prime minister. Former finance minister Scott Morrison has taken over after Malcolm Turnbull was overthrown in an internal party coup. Then, two YouTube stars are going head-to-head in a boxing match worth millions of dollars. The BBC's Calum MacDonald explains why. Geraldine Doogue of ABC News in Sydney joins presenter Roger Hearing....