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What matters in the world of business, from the US to Asia.




Zimbabwe Ruling Party Urges Mugabe To Quit

Regional branches of Zimbabwe's ruling Zanu-PF party have joined growing calls for President Robert Mugabe to resign. We hear the latest from the BBC's Fergal Keane. Britain could put a tax on one-use plastic food packaging and polystyrene takeaway boxes. Government ministers are asking for evidence on whether a new tax would prevent waste and cut pollution in the world's oceans. Research this week found plastic is widespread in the stomachs of sea creatures, and humans are eating them....

Duration: 00:52:26

House Republicans Pass $1.4tn Tax Overhaul Bill

House Republicans have passed a controversial overhaul of the US tax code that slashes corporate rates. But is the Senate going to go for it? We ask Douglas Holtz-Eakin, President of the advocacy group American Action Forum. Some of the world's biggest investors in Myanmar have been talking to the BBC about their interests in the country. Investments in Myanmar include a seven billion dollar sea port investment by China in Rakhine State - an area recently described by a UN official as a...

Duration: 00:51:26

Zimbabwe: On the Verge of a New Era?

Now under house arrest, Robert Mugabe’s 37-year grip on power in Zimbabwe looks to be loosening after the military took control of the country. We hear from John Robertson, an independent economist based in Harare. As Venezuela struggles with financial turmoil, Moscow has signed a deal to restructure $3.15 billion of the country’s debt. The BBC’s South America Business Correspondent Daniel Gallas has more. Rob Young is joined throughout the programme by Hindustan Times senior editor Madhavan...

Duration: 00:52:29

Australians Decisively Back Gay Marriage

Australians have voted in favour of legalising same-sex marriage in a historic non-binding poll. The vote showed 61.6% of people favour allowing same-sex couples to wed, the Australian Bureau of Statistics said. Phil Mercer brings us the latest live from Sydney. Also on the programme, uncertainty in Zimbabwe as the military take to the streets after a week of political manoeuvreing in the ruling Zanu PF party. We speak to Miles Tendi from Oxford University. Could ride-hailing service Lyft be...

Duration: 00:53:35

Concern at First CO2 Rise in Four Years

Global emissions of CO2 in 2017 are projected to rise for the first time in four years, dashing hopes that a peak might soon be reached. The main cause of the expected growth has been greater use of coal in China as its economy expanded. We report from the UN climate change summit in Bonn, Germany, and find out what's behind the rise in emissions from the lead researcher on today's report, Professor Corinne Le Quere from the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research at East Anglia...

Duration: 00:51:22

Progress Made in Asia Pacific Trade Deal

We assess progress hailed by Canada in talks towards an Asia-Pacific trade deal - and how they have thus far not included the US. With no progress in the latest round of talks between the UK and the rest of the European Union, we speak to a businessman complaining of 'Brexit blight'. We also hear from a courageous American businesswoman speaking out against harassment on Wall Street, who tells us of her personal experiences. Finally, in China it's Singles Day - and the money is rolling in...

Duration: 00:53:34

Asia's Leaders Meet in Vietnam

We hear the latest from the APEC summit in Vietnam, where the focus on business and economics leads the agenda. The BBC's Karishma Vaswani is there and tells us more about what is expected from China and Japan - but also how the US is involved. Illegal fishing is threatening livelihoods in west Africa. The BBC's Joshua Thorpe looks at the daily lives of those involved, and what drives them to do it. And as Delhi suffers a pollution crisis yet again, we look at how damaging air affects...

Duration: 00:52:15

Trump Restricts US Visitors to Cuba

Donald Trump is bringing in new restrictions on Americans visiting Cuba, undoing some reforms led by former President Obama. We assess what impact the changes could have on the island. We look at the mystery surrounding one of the world's biggest internet hacks, where account details were stolen from Yahoo. We hear what the company's former chief executive, Marissa Meyer, has been telling a Senate hearing in the US. And finally, we hear about artificially intelligent machines that are...

Duration: 00:51:36

Trump Heads to China

US President Trump lands in China on Wednesday. The relationship between the world's two biggest economies has recently been fractious: President Trump blames China for some of America's economic woes. The BBC's Beijing correspondent Stephen McDonald, gives us the latest. It's reported that Twenty-First Century Fox has held talks about selling its film and television assets to the Walt Disney Company. We hear more from Matthew Garrahan, global media editor at the Financial Times. The...

Duration: 00:53:26

Paradise Papers: Apple's Secret Tax Bolthole Revealed

The Paradise Papers reveal the lengths taken by the technology giant Apple to minimise the tax it pays on its international profits. We get the latest from BBC Business Editor Simon Jack. US President Donald Trump arrives in South Korea on Tuesday on the latest stop of his Asian tour. Mr Trump and his South Korean counterpart will try to present a firm united front on the North, but there is plenty of apprehension over the President's visit and strategy in Seoul, as the BBC's Mark Lowen...

Duration: 00:51:22

European Arrest Warrant Issued For Carles Puigdemont

A European arrest warrant has been issued for the ousted regional President of Catalonia, Carles Puigdemont. Philip Heymans, crime reporter for VRT, the largest broadcaster in Belgium, considers what might happen next. Also in the programme, with drones becoming ever-popular, Robert Garbett, the head of Drone Major, considers the impact of drones in the sky. We also look back at the big business stories of the week and hear a special report on the way metals are traded in London. Roger...

Duration: 00:52:35

Trump Announces New Tax Reform Package

President Trump's new tax reform proposals have been announced, but Professor Lily Batchelder of New York University Law School is a critic of the proposals. Also on the programme, analysis of Jerome Powell being appointed as the Chair of the Federal Reserve. Richard Collings reports on the the Bank of England's decision to raise interest rates by 0.25%. The BBC's Arts Correspondent Vincent Dowd takes a trip down memory lane and looks back at the birth of the British Blues movement. (Pic...

Duration: 00:52:27

Tech Firms Come Under the Spotlight

On day two of congressional hearings in Washington over the failure of Facebook, Twitter and Google to block Russian propaganda during last year's US presidential election campaign, senior corporate lawyers got a roasting from angry senators. We hear from Buzzfeed's Alex Kantrowitz. We cross to India and hear why the World Bank says it is getting easier to do business there. And we have a report on the development of a more sympathetic kind of robotic intelligence. We are joined throughout...

Duration: 00:52:12

US Questions Social Media Giants over Election Interference

The US Congress investigates Russian interference in the 2016 US election - and hears that 126 million Americans were exposed to politically divisive web content that originated in Russia. We hear how Facebook, Twitter and YouTube are to be questioned over the issue of potentially Russia-funded influence. We also hear the latest on the ground in New York, where people have died after an attack involving a truck driving in to people, with reports of shots being fired. The BBC's Michelle...

Duration: 00:52:37

House Arrest for Two Former Trump Aides

Two men are charged with meddling in the 2016 US election. As Donald Trump's former campaign chief is one of them, we assess where the inquiry is heading. Spain's central government has taken direct control of Catalan institutions, after Catalonia declared independence after a contested referendum. We hear the reaction from businesses in the country. We also assess the increase in the amount of money the TV industry is spending on its soundtracks; Professor Robert Thompson at Syracuse...

Duration: 00:50:56

Catalan Parliament Declares Independence from Spain

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy is dissolving the Catalan parliament and calling snap local elections after MPs there voted to declare independence. The BBC's James Reynolds considers what may happen in days to come and Stephen Brown from Capital Economics discusses the economic impact on Spain. Also on the programme, can a city ever have too many visitors? Edwin Lane goes to Iceland where there are such concerns. And the noise that sickened US diplomats in Cuba - was it just a bunch...

Duration: 00:52:10

Amazon and Alphabet See Sales Surge

Tech giants Amazon and Google's parent Alphabet have posted a surge in sales over the last three months. The BBC's Dave Lee considers what these results say about the health of the economy. Also on the programme, President of Princeton University in the US, Professor Christopher Eisgruber shares how the establishment is overwhelmingly white and middle-class and the challenges faced by the university in trying to overcome this and ensure the student mix is more diverse. German photographer...

Duration: 00:50:50

Raila Odinga Calls for Boycott of Kenyan Elections

As Kenyans prepare to go to the polls again, the leader of the opposition Raila Odinga calls for the public to boycott the election. Kenyan writer and political analyst Nanjala Nyabola considers how much credibility such an election actually has. Also on the programme, the BBC's Devina Gupta talks about what the US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson hopes to achieve during his visit to India and following the death of Fats Domino, Business Matters speaks to Rick Coleman, the writer of the...

Duration: 00:46:53

Republican Senator Lambasts 'Undignified' White House

Deepening divisions in the Republican Party as Arizona senator Jeff Flake says he will not seek re-election amid the current turmoil surrounding the Trump administration. With more than 100 business representatives descending on Washington to try to stop the White House from tearing up the North American Free Trade Agreement, we hear why NAFTA is so important. Also, New Yorker cartoonist Barry Blitt talks about his most controversial works, and what goes through his mind when he draws The...

Duration: 00:48:36

China to Unveil New Leadership Team

As the curtain falls on China's 19th National Congress, we examine President Xi Jinping's legacy as he begins a second term with a new Politburo. Tension over North Korea's nuclear programme has made many South Koreans nervous. We visit an international air show in Seoul, where displays of military might offer reassurance. And, while Catalonia's independence referendum continues to pose questions over Spain's future, it isn't the only region seeking more autonomy. We ask why two of Italy's...

Duration: 00:49:50

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