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East West and Northumberland rail lines get £794m boost (Sat, 23 Jan 2021 00:01:46 GMT)
The government says the funding will connect "left-behind" communities.

Shipping crisis: I'm being quoted £10,000 for a £1,600 container' (Fri, 22 Jan 2021 22:35:50 GMT)
A shortage of shipping containers, rising costs, and congestion at ports are holding back imports from China.

Cladding crisis: 'Delays could bankrupt us' (Fri, 22 Jan 2021 17:26:07 GMT)
Campaigners say a government fund to pay for the removal of dangerous cladding is woefully inadequate.

Climate change: Six questions about the Cumbria coal controversy (Sat, 23 Jan 2021 01:13:03 GMT)
Green groups are calling on the PM to cancel the project - but how was the decision reached?

Body defends action on Covid workplace safety complaints (Fri, 22 Jan 2021 13:27:49 GMT)
The Health and Safety Executive denies being "naïve" about breaches of safety rules.

Brexit: Retailers warn they could burn goods stuck in EU (Fri, 22 Jan 2021 00:59:05 GMT)
UK retailers may abandon goods EU customers want to return because it is cheaper than bringing them home.

Shoppers stuck at home shun new clothes in 2020 (Fri, 22 Jan 2021 11:28:47 GMT)
Clothing was the hardest-hit sector last year, seeing a 25% drop in sales overall.

Brexit: Nissan commits to keep making cars in Sunderland (Fri, 22 Jan 2021 00:07:52 GMT)
The Japanese car maker has told the BBC its Sunderland plant is secure for the long term.

Beckhams pay themselves £21m despite business losses (Fri, 22 Jan 2021 01:15:47 GMT)
The couple paid themselves the sum despite heavy losses at Mrs Beckham's fashion brand.

UK borrowing hits highest December level on record (Fri, 22 Jan 2021 12:41:27 GMT)
Government borrowing hit £34.1bn last month, as the cost of pandemic support measures weighed on the economy.

Premium Bonds operator NS&I 'must work hard to win back customers' (Fri, 22 Jan 2021 01:07:14 GMT)
Its boss apologises after customers were left to wait an average of 20 minutes for calls to be answered.

Next pulls out of race to buy Topshop-brands (Thu, 21 Jan 2021 20:37:13 GMT)
A consortium including the fashion chain will no longer bid to buy Topshop and Topman out of administration.

Google says goodbye to giant internet balloons idea (Fri, 22 Jan 2021 05:09:11 GMT)
Parent company Alphabet is scrapping Loon, a project set up to beam the internet to rural areas.

China falling short of US trade deal targets (Fri, 22 Jan 2021 05:28:41 GMT)
The country agreed to buy $200bn worth of US goods in a trade agreement signed one year ago.

Google threatens to withdraw search engine from Australia (Fri, 22 Jan 2021 16:12:16 GMT)
The tech giant says it will remove its main search function from Australia if it passes a new law.

Covid: Nine million people forced to borrow more to cope (Thu, 21 Jan 2021 13:37:50 GMT)
There is a "widening financial gap" between households because of the pandemic, says the ONS.

Plans to cap fees charged by claims companies (Thu, 21 Jan 2021 13:25:14 GMT)
It follows criticism that firms take a large proportion of compensation for mis-sold financial products.

Uber: London cabbies plan to sue for damages (Thu, 21 Jan 2021 13:26:56 GMT)
Thousands of the capital's taxi drivers have already signed up to the planned group legal action.

Can a Nudge or two make us better savers? (Sat, 23 Jan 2021 01:17:26 GMT)
A government-backed firm is looking for new ways to get people to put money aside for a "rainy day".

'I've never met my team but have lunch with them weekly' (Thu, 21 Jan 2021 00:02:08 GMT)
Some firms are encouraging staff who are working from home to take their lunch breaks together.

How to investigate a firm with 60 million documents (Tue, 19 Jan 2021 00:10:44 GMT)
Artificial intelligence helped investigators in a daunting examination of Airbus's business.

'There is beauty and strength in diversity' (Wed, 20 Jan 2021 00:24:08 GMT)
Elona Mortimer-Zhika, chief executive of Iris Software Group, shares her business advice.

Covid self-employment income support scheme unfair say mothers (Tue, 19 Jan 2021 00:05:45 GMT)
Campaigners are bringing a judicial review for indirect sexual discrimination on Thursday.

A wristband that tells your boss if you are unhappy (Mon, 18 Jan 2021 00:42:10 GMT)
Technology to help our mental wellbeing has grown in popularity during the coronavirus lockdowns.

Will the Trump corporate backlash make a difference? (Sun, 17 Jan 2021 00:23:50 GMT)
After the storming of the US Capitol, Donald Trump is facing "a very different set of calculations".

Can supermarket security guards help with mask rules? (Fri, 15 Jan 2021 21:55:49 GMT)
Supermarkets around the UK are stepping up enforcement of mask-wearing rules.

'It kind of makes debt cool – and it's not' (Fri, 15 Jan 2021 00:04:08 GMT)
Some MPs worry "buy now, pay later" services could be tempting online shoppers into overspending.

Protecting fragile ecosystems from lithium mining (Fri, 15 Jan 2021 00:05:34 GMT)
More lithium is needed to supply the electric car market, but can it be produced in a sustainable way?

BBC Entertainment & Arts News

Larry King: Veteran US talk show host dies aged 87 (Sat, 23 Jan 2021 16:01:48 GMT)
The popular US broadcaster conducted about 50,000 interviews, from Nelson Mandela to Lady Gaga.

Sea shanty: Can viral success make a music career? (Fri, 22 Jan 2021 18:42:33 GMT)
Ex-postman Nathan Evans, TikTok's sea shanty star, lands a music deal, but can his new career last?

Emily Eavis hopes for live-streamed Glastonbury (Fri, 22 Jan 2021 20:25:29 GMT)
The festival organiser also confirms that this year's cancellation won't bankrupt the event.

Covid: James Bond film No Time To Die delayed for third time (Fri, 22 Jan 2021 11:03:21 GMT)
The premiere of No Time To Die, Daniel Craig's final 007 outing, is pushed back again due to Covid.

Emmerdale and Coronation Street 'pause' filming because of pandemic (Fri, 22 Jan 2021 16:21:38 GMT)
Emmerdale has had a Covid outbreak, while Corrie is being halted so scripts can be rewritten.

Mira Furlan: Babylon 5 and Lost actress dies at 65 (Fri, 22 Jan 2021 16:18:56 GMT)
Mira Furlan starred as Minbari Ambassador Delenn in 1990s sci-fi drama Babylon 5.

Framing Britney Spears: Documentary to delve into #FreeBritney case (Fri, 22 Jan 2021 11:27:02 GMT)
The first trailer lands for Framing Britney Spears, which will address the singer's conservatorship.

Mick Norcross: Towie star and businessman dies aged 57 (Fri, 22 Jan 2021 21:43:48 GMT)
Stars of the Essex-based reality show pay tribute to a "true gentleman" and "one of the good guys".

Festival season 'still possible' despite Glastonbury cancellation (Fri, 22 Jan 2021 13:17:20 GMT)
Despite Glastonbury's cancellation, smaller festivals could still go ahead, experts say.

Beckhams pay themselves £21m despite business losses (Fri, 22 Jan 2021 01:15:47 GMT)
The couple paid themselves the sum despite heavy losses at Mrs Beckham's fashion brand.

Covid: Sir Billy Connolly receives his first vaccine jab (Fri, 22 Jan 2021 10:38:15 GMT)
The 78-year-old Scottish comedian received his first dose of the vaccine near his home in Florida.

Virginia Woolf's literary confessions sell for £21k (Thu, 21 Jan 2021 18:54:12 GMT)
The book, contributed to by Virginia Woolf and others, had been valued at between £4,000 to £6,000.

Trump 'prank-called by Piers Morgan impersonator' (Fri, 22 Jan 2021 00:29:05 GMT)
The TV presenter says Mr Trump went on with the conversation, believing it to be Morgan.

TV licence fee decriminalisation decision shelved (Thu, 21 Jan 2021 20:21:15 GMT)
The government publishes its response to a public consultation on licence fee evasion.

Why Sigourney Weaver had to say yes to Call My Agent (Fri, 22 Jan 2021 00:57:55 GMT)
The Hollywood star explains why a role in the hit French comedy series was too good to refuse.

Bridgerton second series 'exciting', says writer (Thu, 21 Jan 2021 15:41:09 GMT)
The author behind the book speaks exclusively to the BBC about the news of a second series.

Amanda Gorman: Inauguration poet calls for 'unity and togetherness' (Wed, 20 Jan 2021 22:02:59 GMT)
The 22-year-old from LA is the youngest poet to perform at a presidential inauguration.

The man who taught Harry Styles his Kindness moves (Thu, 21 Jan 2021 00:02:13 GMT)
Choreographer Paul Roberts on his 'thrill' at working on the Treat People With Kindness video.

Lil Wayne and Kodak Black: Why did Donald Trump grant the rappers clemency? (Wed, 20 Jan 2021 12:52:52 GMT)
Fellow rapper Kodak Black also had his sentence commuted by the outgoing US president.

Baby Done: Comedy film explores misgivings about motherhood (Wed, 20 Jan 2021 00:31:09 GMT)
The film explores feeling mixed about being pregnant and social media pressure on expectant mums.

From Sea Shanty TikTok to a record deal (Fri, 22 Jan 2021 11:01:00 GMT)
Scottish postie Nathan Evans has quit his job and signed to a record label after storming TikTok with sea shanties.

Hollyoaks suicide storyline 'saved my life' (Thu, 21 Jan 2021 00:46:33 GMT)
John opens up to Hollyoaks actor on 5 Live Drive about how a storyline saved their life.

Yellow: K-pop artist Lim Kim bites back against stereotypes (Thu, 21 Jan 2021 00:12:39 GMT)
Lim Kim says her music challenges prejudices about Asian women and attacks Orientalism.

Watch the Joe Biden inauguration poem in full (Wed, 20 Jan 2021 18:41:17 GMT)
Amanda Gorman's powerful reading of her poem was one of the memorable moments at Joe Biden's inauguration.

Clemency Burton-Hill: 'Speech was my thing and then I couldn't do it' (Wed, 20 Jan 2021 11:22:54 GMT)
Presenter Clemency Burton-Hill gives her first broadcast interview, a year after being in a coma.

Magicians mark 100 years of 'sawing woman in half' trick (Sun, 17 Jan 2021 00:00:31 GMT)
Illusionists are celebrating a century since the trick of sawing a woman in half was first performed.

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