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IMF wary of third Greek bailout (Thu, 30 Jul 2015 18:29:44 GMT)
The International Monetary Fund is wary of any financial contribution to a third Greek bailout and is unlikely to provide funds at the first stage.

Celebrity fitness chain to go public (Thu, 30 Jul 2015 21:56:07 GMT)
SoulCycle, the indoor cycling fitness chain with a celebrity following in the US, including David Beckham and Lady Gaga, plans to float on the stock market.

Drivers unclear over emergency numbers (Thu, 30 Jul 2015 23:06:21 GMT)
Motorists crossing the Channel are confused about which three-digit number to dial in an emergency, the RAC is claiming.

Google to defy French privacy ruling (Thu, 30 Jul 2015 20:32:15 GMT)
Google is to defy a French ruling that the "right to be forgotten" should be applied globally and not just in Europe.

Police end icebreaker bridge protest (Fri, 31 Jul 2015 04:52:17 GMT)
Greenpeace activists are removed from a bridge in Portland, Oregon, allowing an icebreaker to join an Arctic oil drilling operation.

Facebook builds drone for net access (Thu, 30 Jul 2015 21:24:21 GMT)
The social network Facebook announces it has built its own drone to bring internet connectivity to remote parts of the world.

US economic growth picks up to 2.3% (Thu, 30 Jul 2015 16:04:21 GMT)
The US economy grew at an annualised pace of 2.3% in the three months to June, official figures show.

UK now Santander's biggest market (Thu, 30 Jul 2015 13:13:37 GMT)
The UK has become Santander's most profitable market, generating just over a fifth of the bank's profits in the first half of 2015.

EDF loses 266,000 UK customer accounts (Thu, 30 Jul 2015 12:52:40 GMT)
Energy firm EDF lost 266,000 UK customer accounts in the past year as more consumers chose to switch their gas and electricity suppliers.

British Gas owner cuts 6,000 jobs (Thu, 30 Jul 2015 10:31:33 GMT)
Energy firm Centrica says it is cutting 6,000 jobs, as it reports a doubling of profits at its British Gas business.

Royal Dutch Shell cuts 6,500 jobs (Thu, 30 Jul 2015 10:45:23 GMT)
Oil giant Royal Dutch Shell says it has shed 6,500 jobs as part of cost-cutting plans.

RBS reports £153m first-half loss (Thu, 30 Jul 2015 11:36:18 GMT)
Royal Bank of Scotland, which owns NatWest and Ulster Bank, reported a loss for the first six months after setting aside more money for repaying customers and potential legal settlements.

Shop ditches 'unexpected item in bagging area' (Thu, 30 Jul 2015 14:25:04 GMT)
The supermarket is getting rid of six self-service checkout phrases which shoppers find really annoying.

Top Gear: Ex-hosts sign Amazon deal (Thu, 30 Jul 2015 16:49:06 GMT)
Former Top Gear hosts Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May sign up to present a new show on Amazon's streaming service.

VIDEO: Johnny Marr on Japan's music scene (Thu, 30 Jul 2015 23:49:23 GMT)
Johnny Marr, a founding member of The Smiths, says Japan's music scene is "less weird" than it used to be.

VIDEO: Is Asia facing a tech bubble? (Thu, 30 Jul 2015 23:30:47 GMT)
The BBC's Asia business correspondent Karishma Vaswani looks at whether the region is facing a technology bubble.

VIDEO: Robotic playground looks for fun (Thu, 30 Jul 2015 23:03:33 GMT)
A team of robotic developers has built an interactive robotic climbing frame, that can roam designated play areas, ready for children to play with it.

VIDEO: Flight MH370: The search so far (Thu, 30 Jul 2015 17:02:59 GMT)
A large part of an aeroplane wing has washed up on a beach on the French island of Reunion. Experts think it belongs to a Boeing 777, raising hopes that it could help in the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

VIDEO: 'My greenhouse made of sash windows' (Wed, 29 Jul 2015 23:04:26 GMT)
Architect student Rachael Taylor tells the story of her community greenhouse, made out of recovered sash windows.

VIDEO: Why Facebook is cashing in on video (Thu, 30 Jul 2015 10:13:27 GMT)
Facebook highlights the increasing importance of video, saying that usage continues to grow.

VIDEO: RBS boss 'dealing with past issues' (Thu, 30 Jul 2015 13:15:45 GMT)
RBS chief executive Ross McEwan says decisions the bank made a decade ago are still holding it back, as RBS reports a £153m half-year loss in profits.

VIDEO: When will US interest rates rise? (Thu, 30 Jul 2015 01:33:01 GMT)
The US central bank, the Federal Reserve, kept rates on hold at its latest meeting. When might they rise?

NASL football looks to kick-start expansion (Thu, 30 Jul 2015 23:08:51 GMT)
The US football division seeking inspiration from the 1970s

From boom to bust in Swiss border towns (Thu, 30 Jul 2015 23:25:18 GMT)
From boom to bust in Swiss border towns

'Phone farmers' reaping the benefits (Thu, 30 Jul 2015 23:13:39 GMT)
The tech helping Kenyan smallholders reap rich rewards

Problems with a huge survey (Thu, 30 Jul 2015 02:01:30 GMT)
It's not just the tiny surveys with questionable methodology that cause problems.

Why do offshore tax havens still exist? (Wed, 29 Jul 2015 23:17:23 GMT)
Why 'sunny places for shady people' continue to thrive

Rio's favelas get Olympics B&B fever (Wed, 29 Jul 2015 23:18:45 GMT)
Rio's favelas to accommodate visitors to 2016 Olympics

Reaching the parts others cannot teach (Tue, 28 Jul 2015 23:07:04 GMT)
Reaching those others cannot teach

Self-driving cars are a distant prospect (Mon, 27 Jul 2015 23:03:54 GMT)
What's putting the brakes on driverless cars?

BBC Entertainment & Arts News

Top Gear: Ex-hosts sign Amazon deal (Thu, 30 Jul 2015 16:49:06 GMT)
Former Top Gear hosts Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May sign up to present a new show on Amazon's streaming service.

Apprentice star's family 'shattered' (Fri, 31 Jul 2015 03:20:10 GMT)
The sister of former Apprentice contestant Stuart Baggs says the family's world has been "shattered apart" by his sudden death.

Tower poppies tour venues revealed (Thu, 30 Jul 2015 10:02:41 GMT)
Thousands of the Tower of London ceramic poppies are set to go on display in northern England this year.

Ai Weiwei denied six-month UK visa (Thu, 30 Jul 2015 12:26:21 GMT)
Dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei is refused a six-month visa by the British government amid claims he lied on his visa application form.

Zayn Malik signs solo record deal (Thu, 30 Jul 2015 05:28:13 GMT)
The former One Direction singer posts a picture of him signing a contract with RCA Records.

Rolling Stone sued over rape article (Thu, 30 Jul 2015 08:28:27 GMT)
University of Virginia fraternity members profiled in a false Rolling Stone piece about campus rape culture file a lawsuit against the magazine.

Twitter troll to pay Lord Sugar £100 (Thu, 30 Jul 2015 16:21:15 GMT)
A 17-year-old boy is told to pay Lord Sugar £100 for racist abuse on Twitter.

Yoga show fined over cancer claim (Thu, 30 Jul 2015 11:59:43 GMT)
Ofcom fines a digital TV channel £25,000 after Yoga for You viewers are told basil leaves and black pepper can prevent cancer.

Gina McKee warns over wasted talent (Thu, 30 Jul 2015 08:17:53 GMT)
Actress Gina McKee backs a scheme to give all children in the north-east of England a taste of the arts to make sure young talent does not go untapped.

Banksy street art up for auction (Wed, 29 Jul 2015 14:41:02 GMT)
Murals believed to have been left by elusive street artist Banksy on walls in Detroit and Bethlehem are to be auctioned in Los Angeles in September.

Thunderbirds 'return' for anniversary (Thu, 30 Jul 2015 05:01:49 GMT)
Gerry Anderson's Thunderbirds are set to return to the site where they were originally created to mark the show's 50th anniversary.

Bookmakers suspend Bond song betting (Wed, 29 Jul 2015 08:19:17 GMT)
A leading bookmaker is refusing to take bets on which artist will record the next James Bond theme song after one customer tried to place a £15,000 wager on Radiohead being selected.

Man Booker Prize announces longlist (Wed, 29 Jul 2015 11:26:15 GMT)
The 13 books longlisted for this year's Man Booker Prize are announced, with previous winner Anne Enright among those in contention.

Star Trek costume under the hammer (Thu, 30 Jul 2015 13:37:22 GMT)
A costume worn by actor Leonard Nimoy in Star Trek is expected to fetch up to £70,000 when it goes up for auction in September.

Emmerdale to offer location tours (Wed, 29 Jul 2015 12:55:23 GMT)
TV soap Emmerdale submits plans for visitor tours of its location in the grounds of Harewood House.

VIDEO: UK refuses Ai Weiwei six-month visa (Thu, 30 Jul 2015 22:00:51 GMT)
Ai Weiwei is refused a six-month visa by the British government amid claims he lied on his visa application form.

VIDEO: How to blow up a car (in the movies) (Wed, 29 Jul 2015 23:10:59 GMT)
Visual effects artists Mike Kelt and Emily Pooley share the secrets of blowing up cars, faking wounds and shooting people for film and television.

VIDEO: Marlon Brando in his own words (Wed, 29 Jul 2015 23:13:18 GMT)
Listen to Me Marlon is a new documentary portrait of the Hollywood star Marlon Brando based on some 200 hours of previously unreleased audio recordings of him.

VIDEO: Iris Apfel: 'Dressing up should be fun' (Tue, 28 Jul 2015 23:03:10 GMT)
Newsnight speaks to fashion icon Iris Apfel

VIDEO: The secret of adult colouring books (Tue, 28 Jul 2015 23:08:09 GMT)
Colouring books for adults are topping bestseller lists. Scottish illustrator Johanna Basford tells us the secrets of her success.

VIDEO: 'You can never grow tired of Beethoven' (Tue, 28 Jul 2015 04:50:33 GMT)
Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes talks about his appearance at the BBC Proms

VIDEO: Will gamers flock to Angry Birds 2? (Tue, 28 Jul 2015 10:48:15 GMT)
Rovio Entertainment, creators of the smash hit mobile game Angry Birds, are set to release their new game, Angry Birds 2, as Jeremy Howell reports.

VIDEO: Bill Cosby accusers speak to magazine (Tue, 28 Jul 2015 03:48:00 GMT)
Thirty-five of the women who have accused Bill Cosby of rape or sexual assault have been interviewed by New York Magazine.

How to become a Great British Baker (Tue, 28 Jul 2015 13:56:07 GMT)
How do you make it onto the Great British Bake Off?

How I write songs, by Lianne La Havas (Mon, 27 Jul 2015 02:33:16 GMT)
Singer-songwriter Lianne La Havas reveals her secrets

Proms: Pianist's 'intense' relationship with Beethoven (Sun, 26 Jul 2015 09:13:10 GMT)
Proms ends pianist's intense relationship with one composer

Robyn: Finishing an album in the face of death (Fri, 24 Jul 2015 00:16:46 GMT)
How do you finish an album when your co-writer dies?

Top books: one young reader's verdict (Fri, 24 Jul 2015 15:26:07 GMT)
One child's verdict on teacher's must-reads

The Taylor Swift fakes on the Chinese internet (Fri, 24 Jul 2015 06:19:34 GMT)
With so many Taylor Swift counterfeits in China, who will buy the real thing?

Inside Out's emotional journey (Wed, 22 Jul 2015 23:28:20 GMT)
Inside Out takes Amy Poehler on emotional journey

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