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RBS sorry for 'incorrect' evidence (Mon, 24 Nov 2014 01:07:24 GMT)
Royal Bank of Scotland apologised for giving incorrect evidence to a parliamentary hearing, letters released by the Treasury Committee reveal.

New computer spying bug discovered (Sun, 23 Nov 2014 18:32:53 GMT)
Computer security firm Symantec discovers what it says is one of the most sophisticated pieces of malicious software ever seen.

Business confidence at five-year low (Mon, 24 Nov 2014 02:50:48 GMT)
Global business confidence slipped to five-year low in October, according to a survey of 6,100 companies from Markit Economics.

Asia shares higher on China rate cut (Mon, 24 Nov 2014 03:02:44 GMT)
Asian stock markets traded higher as investors cheer an interest rate cut in China and the European Central Bank's vow to fight deflation.

Price wars lead to food firms closing (Sun, 23 Nov 2014 21:23:46 GMT)
A supermarket price war is behind a sharp rise in the number of firms involved in food production folding, new research claims.

BA plane in second unplanned landing (Sun, 23 Nov 2014 19:24:11 GMT)
A London-bound British Airways plane makes a second unscheduled landing at Shannon Airport within three days.

Labour suggests London buildings sale (Sun, 23 Nov 2014 13:08:05 GMT)
The QEII Conference Centre and the Civil Service Club are among four London landmarks that Labour says could be sold off to reduce the deficit.

New web data powers plan for police (Sun, 23 Nov 2014 16:14:26 GMT)
A law forcing communications firms to keep details that could help identify criminals using the internet is being planned by the home secretary.

RBS admits error in stress test data (Fri, 21 Nov 2014 18:05:14 GMT)
State-backed bank Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) says a data error means it only just passed a European stress test of its balance sheet.

Aviva and Friends Life discuss merger (Fri, 21 Nov 2014 18:33:16 GMT)
Aviva and Friends Life are in talks about a possible £5.6bn merger deal, the two insurance companies have said.

Wave power firm in administration (Fri, 21 Nov 2014 21:45:22 GMT)
Wave power technology firm Pelamis is calling in administrators after failing to secure development funding.

Labour warns over pension charges (Sat, 22 Nov 2014 05:30:54 GMT)
Labour urges the government to ensure people taking advantage of new pension freedoms next April are not ripped off by financial firms.

China rate cut spurs global markets (Fri, 21 Nov 2014 17:11:13 GMT)
A cut in interest rates in China and comments from Europe's Central Bank chief spur US markets on to fresh highs

Public borrowing at £7.7bn in October (Fri, 21 Nov 2014 12:49:38 GMT)
Government borrowing fell to £7.7bn in October, official figures show, down £0.2bn from a year earlier.

Delta swaps Boeings for Airbus jets (Fri, 21 Nov 2014 10:03:57 GMT)
American airline Delta replaces its old Boeing planes in a $14bn order for 50 Airbus wide-body jets powered by Rolls Royce engines

Dyson: 'Keep engineers in Britain' (Fri, 21 Nov 2014 12:27:31 GMT)
James Dyson tells the BBC it's important to keep engineers in Britain to produce hi-tech exports, as he announces a £1bn investment in research and development.

India tea workers kill boss over pay (Sun, 23 Nov 2014 15:04:02 GMT)
Workers at a tea plantation in eastern India beat and stab the owner to death in a row over pay arrears.

Holy trademark! Batman v Valencia (Fri, 21 Nov 2014 13:29:23 GMT)
La Liga giants Valencia are facing a fight to be allowed to use a bat symbol on their crest - from the creators of Batman.

Treasury revises debt recovery plans (Fri, 21 Nov 2014 12:14:48 GMT)
Taxpayers will have longer to appeal before HM Revenue and Customs can raid their bank accounts for unpaid taxes, under revised plans released by the Treasury.

More IT glitches for RBS customers (Fri, 21 Nov 2014 16:43:10 GMT)
Some Royal Bank of Scotland customers suffer from problems using cards in stores and at cash machines, the day after the bank was fined £56m for its 2012 IT meltdown.

Gender pay gap shrinks to record low (Wed, 19 Nov 2014 15:31:41 GMT)
The average full-time pay gap between men and women is at its narrowest since comparative records began in 1997, but is still a difference of 9.4%, official figures show.

Body to 'accelerate' wave power (Sat, 22 Nov 2014 17:50:13 GMT)
A new body to encourage development in wave energy technology is announced the day after one wave power company called in the administrators.

UK retail sales rise 0.8% in October (Thu, 20 Nov 2014 12:50:32 GMT)
UK retail sales rise 0.8% October compared with September, and is 4.3% up on October 2013, according to official figures.

China's factory activity stagnates (Thu, 20 Nov 2014 05:15:47 GMT)
Activity in some of China's factories and workshops hits a six month low in November, a fresh survey shows.

UAE's female fashion designers (Thu, 20 Nov 2014 00:10:46 GMT)
As more Emirati women enter the private sector, a growing number are going into fashion design, reports Verity Ratcliffe from Dubai.

Afghan businesses hope for change (Tue, 18 Nov 2014 20:17:16 GMT)
The new government in Afghanistan says it wants to make it easier to do business in the country - but will things change?

Ex-convict turned chef cooks up social change (Mon, 17 Nov 2014 21:19:01 GMT)
A former convict turned entrepreneur is looking to give other ex-offenders in Singapore a new lease on life through his restaurant chain Eighteen Chefs.

Bournemouth plan 18,000 expansion (Sun, 23 Nov 2014 14:28:44 GMT)
Bournemouth chairman Jeff Mostyn says the club are looking to expand the Goldsands Stadium to 18,000.

Scala to assess 'corruption' reports (Thu, 20 Nov 2014 19:41:11 GMT)
The head of Fifa's Audit and Compliance Committee is to evaluate reports into alleged World Cup corruption.

Premier League faces TV rights probe (Tue, 18 Nov 2014 12:47:50 GMT)
Ofcom opens an investigation into how the Premier League sells live TV media rights for its football matches following a complaint from Virgin Media.

BBC Entertainment & Arts News

Band Aid single storms to number one (Sun, 23 Nov 2014 19:59:37 GMT)
Band Aid 30's Do They Know It's Christmas? debuts at number one in the UK singles chart after selling more than 312,000 copies last week.

CBeebies star is youngest Bafta winner (Mon, 24 Nov 2014 02:43:19 GMT)
Nine-year-old actress Cherry Campbell, the star of CBeebies show Katie Morag, becomes the youngest-ever winner at the Bafta Children's awards.

Blind Massage in Golden Horse sweep (Sun, 23 Nov 2014 12:58:09 GMT)
Chinese-French film Blind Massage picks up six awards at Taiwan's 51st Golden Horse awards.

Emeli Sande: New Band Aid song needed (Sat, 22 Nov 2014 20:17:42 GMT)
Despite saying her own lyrics were turned down, the singer says the project is "from a place of respectful intent".

'Hitler' painting fetches $161,000 (Sat, 22 Nov 2014 20:23:34 GMT)
A watercolour thought to be painted by Adolf Hitler sells at an auction in Nuremberg, Germany, for 130,000 euros (£103,000; $161,000).

Cosby defends rape claims silence (Sun, 23 Nov 2014 13:18:05 GMT)
US entertainer Bill Cosby defends his silence over allegations of sexual assault, describing accusations he drugged and raped women as "innuendo".

Breaking Bad spin-off to air in February (Sat, 22 Nov 2014 12:59:35 GMT)
The show will debut in the US with Netflix streaming it across Europe shortly after.

O'Keeffe work sets female art record (Fri, 21 Nov 2014 09:58:45 GMT)
A floral painting by late US artist Georgia O'Keeffe sells for $44.4m (£28.8m) at auction, setting a record for an artwork by a female artist.

Bassey rues Goldfinger 'wrong notes' (Fri, 21 Nov 2014 08:32:09 GMT)
Dame Shirley Bassey re-records her hit Goldfinger after 50 years, admitting there were "two wrong notes" in the original James Bond theme.

Lily Allen rejected Band Aid invite (Sun, 23 Nov 2014 14:34:52 GMT)
The singer said "there's something a bit smug" about the charity single.

Cosby carries on with one-man show (Fri, 21 Nov 2014 17:21:18 GMT)
US entertainer Bill Cosby presses on with a series of comic engagements despite mounting allegations that he sexually assaulted a number of women.

Idris Elba planning Luther album (Fri, 21 Nov 2014 16:11:03 GMT)
The 42-year-old Luther star is planning to release an album of music inspired by his BBC detective character.

Monty Python tune tops funeral songs (Fri, 21 Nov 2014 11:45:16 GMT)
Monty Python's Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life has become the most popular tune to play a UK funeral.

Green Cross Code Man back on screen (Fri, 21 Nov 2014 12:51:37 GMT)
Darth Vader actor David Prowse is reviving his role as the Green Cross Code Man 40 years after he first declared: "Stop, look and listen".

Ladybird drops 'boys and girls' books (Fri, 21 Nov 2014 11:27:02 GMT)
One of the leading children's publishers, famed for its classic Peter and Jane reading scheme, is to drop gender branding from its books.

Hockney 'working harder than ever' (Thu, 20 Nov 2014 07:03:52 GMT)
Artist David Hockney says that he "works all the time" and is "still discovering things" at the age of 77.

Brian Cox creates pioneering 3D show (Wed, 19 Nov 2014 07:03:15 GMT)
TV physicist Brian Cox and the visual effects team behind Gravity are to create a new 3D live show using a cutting-edge augmented reality system.

Cruz to star in Zoolander sequel (Fri, 21 Nov 2014 12:16:07 GMT)
Oscar winner Penelope Cruz is set to star in the sequel to Ben Stiller's cult comedy about a hapless male supermodel.

Graduate director Mike Nichols dies (Thu, 20 Nov 2014 14:06:56 GMT)
Mike Nichols, who won an Oscar for directing the 1967 film The Graduate, has died aged 83.

Taylor Swift scores US chart first (Thu, 20 Nov 2014 10:32:51 GMT)
Taylor Swift becomes the first female singer to succeed herself at the top of the US Billboard Hot 100 song chart.

Cher cancels remaining tour dates (Fri, 21 Nov 2014 09:06:27 GMT)
The 68-year-old singer cancels the remainder of her Dressed to Kill tour after doctors advised she needs more time to recover from an ongoing viral infection.

Iglesias wins trio of Latin Grammys (Fri, 21 Nov 2014 13:57:48 GMT)
Enrique Iglesias picks up a trio of awards at the Latin Grammy awards, including song of the year for his platinum hit Bailando.

Motown singer Jimmy Ruffin dies (Thu, 20 Nov 2014 06:08:50 GMT)
Jimmy Ruffin, the Motown performer who scored his biggest hit with 1966's What Becomes of the Broken Hearted, dies in Las Vegas at the age of 78.

Winkleman to return to Strictly (Fri, 21 Nov 2014 15:19:58 GMT)
Claudia Winkleman makes her return to Strictly Come Dancing this weekend after her eight-year-old daughter suffered burns at Halloween.

Detective Luther to make comeback (Thu, 20 Nov 2014 11:32:45 GMT)
Detective drama Luther is making a comeback for two episodes, as part of a raft of new drama commissions on the BBC.

BBC presenter caught speeding on bike (Thu, 20 Nov 2014 13:34:12 GMT)
BBC presenter Jeremy Vine receives a ticking off from police for speeding on his bicycle in Hyde Park.

VIDEO: Bonneville: Bears, Obamas and the BBC (Sun, 23 Nov 2014 15:08:47 GMT)
Actor Hugh Bonneville tells Andrew Marr about the spice of Nicole Kidman, the future of W1A and the past of Downton Abbey.

VIDEO: Ferguson protests inspire local artist (Sat, 22 Nov 2014 17:56:43 GMT)
Artist Howard Barry explains how the mass demonstrations in the aftermath of the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson inspired him.

VIDEO: YouTube studios for internet stars (Fri, 21 Nov 2014 11:27:26 GMT)
YouTube is investing millions of dollars to set up professional studios which are free to use for anyone who has at least five thousand subscribers.

VIDEO: Addy on BBC1 domination (Fri, 21 Nov 2014 10:56:58 GMT)
Mark Addy talks about his roles in current BBC1 dramas 'Atlantis' and 'Remember Me', and working alongside Michael Palin

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