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RBS Group expects rise in profit (Fri, 25 Jul 2014 06:38:27 GMT)
Royal Bank of Scotland says it expects pre-tax profits of £2.65bn for the first half of the year but warns of 'bumps in the road ahead'.

BSkyB pays £5bn to create Sky Europe (Fri, 25 Jul 2014 06:41:03 GMT)
BSkyB wants to take over Rupert Murdoch's pay TV companies in Germany and Italy in a move that would create a company with 20 million European viewers.

McDonald's halts nuggets sales in HK (Fri, 25 Jul 2014 01:36:18 GMT)
Fast-food chain McDonald's suspends sale of chicken nuggets in Hong Kong over the out of date meat scandal at a Chinese supplier.

Amazon reports $126m quarterly loss (Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:49:59 GMT)
Amazon reports a loss of $126m in the second quarter and warns of slowing sales.

IMF lowers global growth forecast (Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:50:10 GMT)
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has lowered its forecast for global economic growth this year, from 3.7% to 3.4% but the UK's forecast is raised.

Obama urges action over tax scheme (Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:03:13 GMT)
US President Barack Obama urges lawmakers to end a tax loophole that allows US companies to avoid paying US corporate taxes.

GM profits hit by recall problems (Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:33:05 GMT)
Earnings at the US carmaker General Motors slump because of the cost of vehicle recalls.

Barclays challenges US fraud case (Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:35:28 GMT)
Barclays challenges legal action brought by US prosecutors alleging fraud in its "dark pool" trading operations.

SA to block land sales to foreigners (Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:34:50 GMT)
The South African government is fast-tracking a bill to block land sales to foreigners, which could come into effect in 2019.

Banks face tougher accounting rules (Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:13:20 GMT)
Newly published banking standards could mean banks have to hold significantly more funds to guard against potential loan losses.

Register 'fails to stop cold calls' (Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:02:39 GMT)
Only a third of "nuisance" calls are blocked by a service that allows individuals to opt-out of marketing calls, research has found.

Europe lifts Tel Aviv flights ban (Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:22:06 GMT)
The European Aviation Safety Agency has joined the US in lifting its ban on flights to Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion airport.

UK retail sales continue to grow (Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:20:38 GMT)
The volume of goods sold in the UK's shops, stores and supermarkets continues to grow, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Alstom charged with corruption (Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:21:59 GMT)
Alston Network, a UK subsidiary of the giant French engineering group Alstom, has been charged with corruption by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO).

Unipart Automotive sheds 1,200 jobs (Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:19:09 GMT)
More than 1,200 jobs are lost from Solihull-based car parts firm Unipart Automotive as it goes into administration.

Carbon concerns over wood burning (Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:58:56 GMT)
Burning wood to fuel power stations can create as many harmful carbon emissions as burning coal, according to a government report.

'Risk of debt peril' when rates rise (Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:00:03 GMT)
A "relatively benign" rise in interest rates still has the potential to double the number of households facing debt problems, a think tank has said.

Standard Chartered board backs execs (Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:44:28 GMT)
Standard Chartered bank has backed its chief executive and chairman after media reports that they are under pressure to stand down.

'Act now' on tax credit renewal (Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:11:43 GMT)
Hundreds of thousands of people have a week to renew their tax credits or face losing the payments, HM Revenue and Customs says.

Spanish unemployment below 25% (Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:07:32 GMT)
The unemployment rate in Spain falls below 25% for the first time in two years, as the economy begins to grow.

Herbalife dodges "death blow" (Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:05:55 GMT)
Hedge fund manager Bill Ackman fails to land his promised "death blow" on diet shake company, Herbalife.

British holidaymakers return to Spain (Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:16:49 GMT)
The number of people taking their holidays in Spain reaches record levels, according to the country's tourism ministry.

Bigger payout for power cut victims (Thu, 24 Jul 2014 07:30:29 GMT)
People whose power is cut off for long spells during bad weather will be eligible for much higher compensation payments.

Websites frozen in pension campaign (Thu, 24 Jul 2014 08:19:43 GMT)
Eighteen websites have been suspended and arrests made during a campaign, being revamped on Thursday, against pensions cash "predators".

Watchdog launches full energy probe (Thu, 24 Jul 2014 08:13:31 GMT)
The Competition and Markets Authority launches a full investigation of the UK energy market.

Ghana protests over rising prices (Thu, 24 Jul 2014 22:18:16 GMT)
Thousands of workers across Ghana take to the streets to protest about the rise in the cost of living and call for petrol subsidies to be restored.

China manufacturing growth speeds up (Thu, 24 Jul 2014 02:34:56 GMT)
China's manufacturing activity grows at its fastest pace in 18 months in July, an initial survey by HSBC shows, the latest sign that its economy may be stabilising.

IMF forecasts lower US growth (Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:39:02 GMT)
The IMF is lowering its forecast for US economic growth to a "disappointing" 1.7%, the second downgrade this year.

Business gurus answer your questions (Thu, 24 Jul 2014 23:13:05 GMT)
Three business investors answer our readers' questions about how they judge whether or not to invest in a business venture.

A company born out of frustration (Mon, 21 Jul 2014 22:50:25 GMT)
Easy Taxi founder Tallis Gomes explains how the difficulties of hailing a cab in Rio de Janeiro led him to create his smartphone app.

BBC Entertainment & Arts News

Pet Shop Boys premiere Turing tribute (Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:18:52 GMT)
Pop duo the Pet Shop Boys unveil their latest work, a tribute to wartime code-breaker Alan Turing, at the first of this year's Late Night BBC Proms.

More art found in Gurlitt's home (Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:10:12 GMT)
Two sculptures, possibly by Rodin and Degas, are discovered in the home of the late art hoarder Cornelius Gurlitt in Munich.

Secret Cinema cancels opening night (Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:26:12 GMT)
Fans react angrily after Secret Cinema cancels an immersive screening of Back to The Future with only a couple of hours' notice.

Elton film is from 'birth to rehab' (Thu, 24 Jul 2014 08:41:14 GMT)
Billy Elliot writer Lee Hall says his new biopic about Sir Elton John, starring Tom Hardy in the main role, tells the singer's life story 'from birth to rehab'.

Hacking reporter spared prison (Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:00:57 GMT)
Ex-News of the World and Sunday Mirror reporter Dan Evans is sentenced to a 10-month suspended jail sentence after admitting charges including phone hacking.

Birdman heads Venice gala line-up (Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:26:02 GMT)
Birdman, starring Michael Keaton and Edward Norton, will lead this year's Venice Film Festival line-up.

Commonwealth Games begin in Glasgow (Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:31:01 GMT)
The Queen declares the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow open after a live show featuring a cast of 2,000 and appearances from several famous Scots.

Stars lined up for Edinburgh TV fest (Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:41:41 GMT)
Gary Lineker, John Bishop and Frankie Boyle will be among the celebrities at the 2014 Edinburgh Television Festival, its organisers announce.

Character actress Dora Bryan dies (Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:48:10 GMT)
Dora Bryan, the actress whose career encompassed theatre, film and TV's Last of the Summer Wine, has died near Brighton at the age of 91.

Spider-Man spin-off gets release date (Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:29:55 GMT)
Columbia Pictures announces at San Diego's Comic-Con that the Spider-Man spin-off film will be released in 2016.

Geldof died of heroin overdose (Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:17:52 GMT)
TV presenter Peaches Geldof died of a heroin overdose after relapsing from a period of abstinence, a coroner rules.

Paedophile singer appeal bid refused (Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:34:08 GMT)
Judges throw out an appeal by paedophile rock star Ian Watkins to reduce the length of his jail term for child sex offences.

Duran Duran sue fan club company (Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:13:33 GMT)
Pop band Duran Duran take legal action against the US company charged with running their fan club over unpaid revenues.

'The Force' comes to County Kerry (Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:50:24 GMT)
Could the latest Star Wars movie be about to film off the coast of County Kerry?

Commonwealth edged out of Booker (Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:44:42 GMT)
Commonwealth writers are sidelined from the Man Booker Prize longlist with US authors, including Joshua Ferris and Richard Powers, included for the first time.

Little Big Man author Berger dies (Tue, 22 Jul 2014 09:54:42 GMT)
US author Thomas Berger, whose novel Little Big Man was turned into a 1970 Hollywood movie starring Dustin Hoffman, dies at the age of 89.

Weir named as Master of the Queen's Music (Mon, 21 Jul 2014 23:59:06 GMT)
Composer Judith Weir CBE is to become the first female Master of the Queen's Music.

British films to premiere at Toronto (Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:07:47 GMT)
A trio of major British films are to receive their world premieres at this year's Toronto Film Festival, including Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory of Everything.

Fight Club sequel due in 2015 (Tue, 22 Jul 2014 13:38:10 GMT)
Fight Club author Chuck Palahniuk is writing a sequel that will be published as a 10-part comic book series in 2015.

Downey Jr named top earning actor (Tue, 22 Jul 2014 04:21:49 GMT)
Iron Man star Robert Downey Jr tops the Forbes actors' rich list for the second year, with estimated earnings of $75m (£43m).

Adele wins damages over photos of son (Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:12:45 GMT)
Lawyers representing Adele's two-year old son, Angelo Adkins, accept a five-figure sum in damages to settle a privacy case over paparazzi photos marking his "milestone moments".

Somali musician-MP is shot dead (Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:54:19 GMT)
Popular Somali musician and member of parliament Saado Ali Warsame is shot dead by Islamist militants in the capital, Mogadishu.

Billy Joel to receive Gershwin prize (Wed, 23 Jul 2014 08:25:57 GMT)
Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Billy Joel is to receive the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, the US Library of Congress announces.

BBC trials high-frame-rate TV (Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:41:02 GMT)
The BBC is experimenting with new ways to deliver TV coverage of live events, with a series of trials at the Commonwealth Games.

Fargo gets second series with new cast (Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:21:32 GMT)
Emmy-nominated TV show Fargo is set to return for a second season - without Martin Freeman or any of his co-stars.

Reporter 'made error' at crash site (Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:44:53 GMT)
Sky News reporter Colin Brazier admits he was wrong to handle victims' belongings at the MH17 crash site in Ukraine.

VIDEO: Mark Hamill on new Star Wars (Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:05:31 GMT)
Mark Hamill, who played Luke Skywalker more than 30 years ago, has said it feels like an "unexpected gift" to be back on a Star Wars set.

VIDEO: Cumberbatch on first animated role (Fri, 25 Jul 2014 06:26:19 GMT)
Benedict Cumberbatch has been talking about his first animated role as a Wolf in the film The Penguins of Madagascar

VIDEO: New twist in Banksy mural saga (Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:48:13 GMT)
There are questions over the ownership of the Banksy Spy Booth mural in Cheltenham, as Steve Knibbs reports.

VIDEO: Olympic cauldron secrets revealed (Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:11:00 GMT)
The London 2012 Olympic Cauldron is going on display for the first time in a purpose-built gallery.

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