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Merkel rules out Greek debt relief (Sat, 31 Jan 2015 14:05:39 GMT)
German Chancellor Angela Merkel rejects any cancellation of Greece's debt, saying banks and creditors have already made substantial cuts.

Pension tracing service to expand (Sun, 01 Feb 2015 06:58:07 GMT)
A free service which helps people locate pension pots they have lost track of will triple its number of staff to meet record numbers of enquiries.

Qatar buys 10% stake in BA owner (Fri, 30 Jan 2015 16:55:42 GMT)
Qatar Airways announces a surprise investment in International Airlines Group, the owner of British Airways and Iberia.

Eurozone deflation gathers pace (Fri, 30 Jan 2015 12:10:11 GMT)
Eurozone deflation deepens in January, as prices fall by 0.6% compared with last year, pushed down by lower oil prices.

Nokia name row with London start-up (Fri, 30 Jan 2015 16:59:13 GMT)
Nokia has threatened legal action against a UK start-up over the use of the word "HERE".

US growth slows in fourth quarter (Fri, 30 Jan 2015 15:10:51 GMT)
The economy expanded by 2.6% in the last three months of 2014 - sharply lower than in the third quarter.

Easyjet backs Heathrow expansion (Fri, 30 Jan 2015 13:59:23 GMT)
Budget airline Easyjet says it is in favour of expanding Heathrow airport in a submission to the Airports Commission

Russia cuts interest rates to 15% (Fri, 30 Jan 2015 12:44:22 GMT)
Russia has cut its main interest rate from 17% to 15% because inflation "is stabilising".

Mortgage approvals hint at sales dip (Fri, 30 Jan 2015 11:11:42 GMT)
New figures suggest the recent slowdown in property sales may continue for at least the next few months.

BT earmarks £2bn to pay off deficit (Fri, 30 Jan 2015 13:35:30 GMT)
BT sets aside £2bn to deal with its swelling pension deficit as part of a 16-year plan.

Google agrees privacy policy changes (Fri, 30 Jan 2015 13:39:09 GMT)
The firm will roll out a single, rewritten privacy policy across Europe after coming under fire across the continent.

Men's pay falls 'more than women's' (Fri, 30 Jan 2015 09:02:45 GMT)
Men have seen the real value of their pay fall far more than women in the past few years, according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies.

Honda cuts profit forecast on recall (Fri, 30 Jan 2015 08:14:04 GMT)
Japanese carmaker Honda cuts its profit forecast and sees third quarter earnings drop sharply following a vehicle recall linked to airbags.

Sky to launch mobile phone service (Thu, 29 Jan 2015 16:23:36 GMT)
Pay-TV firm Sky is launching a mobile phone service next year as the battle for a slice of the UK's telecoms market intensifies.

Bill Gates insists AI is a threat (Thu, 29 Jan 2015 18:05:38 GMT)
Microsoft's founder says we should worry that AI escape our control, despite claims to the contrary by a Microsoft Research chief.

Office puts chips under staff's skin (Thu, 29 Jan 2015 17:01:30 GMT)
Rory Cellan-Jones visits a building where microchipped workers gain entry and use photocopiers by holding up their hands - and trials the tech himself.

Shake Shack shares surge on debut (Fri, 30 Jan 2015 22:09:53 GMT)
Shares in US burger chain Shake Shack surge 118% on their New York Stock Exchange debut, valuing the company at $1.8bn.

Energy firm profit margins to rise (Thu, 29 Jan 2015 15:09:04 GMT)
The UK's energy regulator Ofgem says the big energy firms are likely to enjoy a small increase in their profit margins in the coming year.

Pace of house price growth slowing (Thu, 29 Jan 2015 10:21:34 GMT)
House price inflation is continuing to slow, according to the latest results from two leading surveys.

Personal insolvencies at 10-year low (Thu, 29 Jan 2015 11:29:36 GMT)
The number of people being declared insolvent in England and Wales has fallen to its lowest level since 2005.

Denmark, Deutschland and deflation (Thu, 29 Jan 2015 19:06:20 GMT)
Our economics correspondent Andrew Walker explains how developments in Germany and Denmark are hallmarks of strange times in the eurozone.

China tops US for foreign investment (Fri, 30 Jan 2015 02:25:14 GMT)
China overtakes the US as the top destination for foreign direct investment (FDI), for the first time since 2003.

Bank governor warns on eurozone (Wed, 28 Jan 2015 18:55:06 GMT)
Bank of England governor Mark Carney has warned the current structure of the eurozone puts it in an "odd position".

The challenge for copycat China (Tue, 27 Jan 2015 20:11:43 GMT)
Chinese firms are well known for their imitations of Western brands. How can they become more innovative?

The petrolhead and his hit car website (Mon, 26 Jan 2015 00:00:22 GMT)
How 24-year-old car fan Adnan Ebrahim set up Car Throttle, a popular website aimed at young motoring enthusiasts.

Brazil's tribal groups adopt tourism (Thu, 22 Jan 2015 00:01:17 GMT)
Indigenous tribes in Brazil are increasingly turning towards tourism to make their living, but there are concerns that some may be being exploited, reports Donna Bowater from the Amazon.

MOTD remains on BBC TV until 2019 (Thu, 29 Jan 2015 14:49:57 GMT)
The BBC renews its deal to show Premier League highlights on Match of the Day for a further three years.

Football TV sale 'should be halted' (Wed, 28 Jan 2015 19:19:41 GMT)
Virgin Media has asked the broadcasting watchdog Ofcom to halt the auction of Premier League football TV rights until a probe into the process is completed.

England drives global football deals (Wed, 28 Jan 2015 00:24:10 GMT)
Football clubs spent a record £2.7bn in international transfers in 2014, with English football clubs accounting for £795m of the total.

VIDEO: Would you let your firm microchip you? (Thu, 29 Jan 2015 22:35:47 GMT)
A hi-tech office in Sweden offers to implant microchips under the skin of staff in bid to make some simple tasks easier.

BBC Entertainment & Arts News

Actress Geraldine McEwan dies (Sat, 31 Jan 2015 21:09:16 GMT)
Actress Geraldine McEwan, known for playing Agatha Christie sleuth Miss Marple on ITV, has died aged 82, her family says.

Whitney's daughter 'found in bath' (Sat, 31 Jan 2015 19:43:04 GMT)
Bobbi Kristina Brown, daughter of late American singer Whitney Houston, is found unresponsive in a bathtub in a home in Georgia, US police say.

Phoenix Nights actor Robbins 'stable' (Sat, 31 Jan 2015 23:48:50 GMT)
Phoenix Nights comedian Ted Robbins is in a stable condition in hospital after collapsing on stage during a show at Manchester Arena, the venue says.

Brian Blessed pulls out of King Lear (Fri, 30 Jan 2015 16:56:13 GMT)
Actor Brian Blessed pulls out of Guildford Shakespeare Company's production of King Lear on doctor's advice, after collapsing with heart trouble during a performance last week.

Cumberbatch calls for gay pardons (Sat, 31 Jan 2015 13:17:48 GMT)
Benedict Cumberbatch and members of codebreaker Alan Turing's family are among those calling for thousands of men who were prosecuted for being gay to be pardoned.

Louis Armstrong Desert Discs online (Sat, 31 Jan 2015 09:57:52 GMT)
Louis Armstrong's personal copy of his appearance on BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs is among the recordings to be added to the show's online archive.

Piers Linney to leave Dragons' Den (Sat, 31 Jan 2015 13:10:36 GMT)
Digital entrepreneur Piers Linney is leaving Dragons' Den after two series "to pursue other interests".

Suge Knight held over LA death (Fri, 30 Jan 2015 12:43:21 GMT)
Death Row Records founder Marion "Suge" Knight is being held on a murder charge by police after a fatal hit-and-run.

Stage awards honour theatre industry (Fri, 30 Jan 2015 16:24:52 GMT)
The Young Vic in London, Southampton's Nuffield, Liverpool's Everyman and producer Sonia Friedman are among the winners at The Stage's 2015 awards.

Robbie Coltrane taken ill on flight (Fri, 30 Jan 2015 10:11:58 GMT)
Harry Potter actor Robbie Coltrane is admitted to hospital in Florida with flu-like symptoms after falling ill during a flight from London.

Cliff Richard raid on RTS shortlist (Fri, 30 Jan 2015 11:24:26 GMT)
The coverage of a controversial police raid on the home of Sir Cliff Richard is nominated for a Royal Television Society award.

Disney reveals first Latina princess (Fri, 30 Jan 2015 11:06:41 GMT)
Disney's new animated television series Princess Elena of Avalor will feature its first Latina princess.

Danny Dyer: Game of Thrones turned me down three times (Fri, 30 Jan 2015 13:59:55 GMT)
EastEnders star Danny Dyer repeatedly auditioned for hit US show Game of Thrones, but failed to land a part.

Enright made first Irish Laureate (Fri, 30 Jan 2015 11:46:33 GMT)
Booker winner Anne Enright is appointed the first Laureate for Irish Fiction at a ceremony in Dublin.

'Lost' Constable work fetches £3.4m (Thu, 29 Jan 2015 18:43:29 GMT)
A painting bought for £3,500 just 18 months ago sells at auction in New York for £3.4m after John Constable was confirmed as its creator.

'Dippy' makes way for blue whale (Thu, 29 Jan 2015 00:15:01 GMT)
London's Natural History Museum is re-modelling its entrance, moving out the famous Diplodocus skeleton and moving in the bones of a blue whale.

Man killed on Scorsese film set (Thu, 29 Jan 2015 11:52:23 GMT)
One man is killed and two others are injured on the set of Martin Scorsese's latest film set in Taiwan.

Ghostbusters: Female stars confirmed (Wed, 28 Jan 2015 09:45:47 GMT)
Bridesmaids co-stars Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy are to reunite in the all-female Ghostbusters sequel, its director Paul Feig confirms.

Mr Men and Little Miss in film deal (Tue, 27 Jan 2015 16:00:28 GMT)
Film rights for the Mr Men and Little Miss characters are secured by Fox Animation, the studio behind the Ice Age and Rio franchises.

Dappy avoids jail for rules breach (Fri, 30 Jan 2015 13:51:24 GMT)
Former N-Dubz star Dappy avoids a jail term for breaking probation conditions.

Taylor Swift trademarks 'sick beat' (Thu, 29 Jan 2015 12:00:15 GMT)
Pop star Taylor Swift trademarks a number of phrases, including "this sick beat" and "we never go out of style", it is revealed.

Sabbath bassist in bar fight arrest (Thu, 29 Jan 2015 18:01:48 GMT)
Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler is arrested in the United States after a bar fight, police say.

Coronation Street role recast (Thu, 29 Jan 2015 16:45:52 GMT)
Actress Lucy Fallon is to take over the role of Bethany Platt, after another actress was dropped from the same role over an age discrepancy.

MOTD remains on BBC TV until 2019 (Thu, 29 Jan 2015 14:49:57 GMT)
The BBC renews its deal to show Premier League highlights on Match of the Day for a further three years.

Subtitles make live TV 'unwatchable' (Thu, 29 Jan 2015 12:43:54 GMT)
Broadcasting watchdog Ofcom says people relying on subtitles to watch live TV shows have an "inferior" experience.

VIDEO: Music's role in surviving Holocaust (Sun, 01 Feb 2015 09:09:08 GMT)
A service at Westminster Abbey on Sunday will honour work written by prisoners during the Holocaust - and the role that music played in helping some survive

VIDEO: Geraldine McEwan dies aged 82 (Sat, 31 Jan 2015 23:21:50 GMT)
The actress, Geraldine McEwan, best known for playing Agatha Christie's Miss Marple, has died at the age of 82.

VIDEO: Whitney Houston's daughter in hospital (Sun, 01 Feb 2015 03:43:25 GMT)
The daughter of the late singer, Whitney Houston, is recovering in hospital after being found unconscious in a bath at her home.

VIDEO: Guitar 'that changed world' up for auction (Sat, 31 Jan 2015 13:04:15 GMT)
A pioneering Gibson Les Paul Custom guitar, the Black Beauty, is to be auctioned in New York in February.

VIDEO: Fifty shades of manipulation? (Fri, 30 Jan 2015 22:48:10 GMT)
Will Gompertz discusses appropriation - and Fifty Shades of Grey - in his latest blog

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