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Average two-year mortgage rate falls below 6% (Fri, 08 Dec 2023 11:10:58 GMT)
Mortgage providers have been cutting rates, but many homeowners still face a payment shock.

CosMc's: Customers flock to McDonald's new retro drinks brand (Sat, 09 Dec 2023 00:36:39 GMT)
CosMc's, named after an obscure company mascot, is a bid for the speciality drinks market.

US jobless rate falls to lowest level since July (Fri, 08 Dec 2023 14:51:17 GMT)
Employers added a better-than-expected 199,000 jobs in November, despite efforts to cool the economy.

Edinburgh Reforms: City shake-up branded 'damp squib' by MPs (Fri, 08 Dec 2023 09:53:00 GMT)
The Treasury Committee says much of what was promised by the chancellor has not materialised.

Microsoft's links with OpenAI to be examined by competition watchdog (Fri, 08 Dec 2023 17:12:03 GMT)
The Competition and Markets Authority will consider if links between the two could be considered a merger.

Google admits AI viral video was edited to look better (Fri, 08 Dec 2023 13:13:09 GMT)
Instead of the AI responding to voice and video, it was fed text prompts and still images.

Chinese garlic is a national security risk, says US senator (Fri, 08 Dec 2023 16:14:00 GMT)
Rick Scott says Chinese garlic grown in sewage is unsafe and poses a threat to national security.

Nationwide: 500 Swindon head office workers at risk of redundancy (Fri, 08 Dec 2023 16:40:47 GMT)
The announcement affects the building society's head office in Swindon, a spokesman said.

Mobile phones: Firms face £3bn legal claim for overcharging (Fri, 08 Dec 2023 08:55:40 GMT)
Lawsuit alleges Vodafone, EE, Three and O2 overcharged existing customers for their mobiles.

Disney: Elon Musk calls for boss to be fired over ad spat (Fri, 08 Dec 2023 15:36:16 GMT)
It comes a week after the multi-billionaire launched a profane attack on advertisers that left X.

Oxfam shop and office workers strike for first time (Fri, 08 Dec 2023 00:00:42 GMT)
The walkout is over pay with some staff at the anti-poverty charity reporting having to use foodbanks, a union says.

Train strikes: When are the walkouts in December? (Fri, 08 Dec 2023 00:01:07 GMT)
It is the last in a wave of rolling strikes affecting different train companies on different days.

ScotRail consults customers on ending alcohol ban (Fri, 08 Dec 2023 06:31:43 GMT)
The online survey comes three years after restrictions were introduced to stop the spread of Covid-19.

Shopping with cash rises for first time in a decade (Thu, 07 Dec 2023 11:05:50 GMT)
People are using notes and coins as a way of budgeting while prices rise, says the British Retail Consortium.

McDonald’s unveils US CosMc's trial and global expansion (Thu, 07 Dec 2023 17:56:30 GMT)
The fast-food giant pilots CosMc's and plans to open about 10,000 McDonald's globally by 2027.

Anger as Nationwide orders workers back to office (Thu, 07 Dec 2023 17:15:00 GMT)
Nationwide - which has its HQ in Swindon - tells staff to work in offices at least two days a week.

Lego Fortnite: Gaming giant launches Minecraft rival (Thu, 07 Dec 2023 15:37:40 GMT)
The new co-operative survival game mode sees players crafting items with Lego bricks.

House prices rise again as mortgage rates ease (Thu, 07 Dec 2023 09:43:57 GMT)
Prices rose 0.5% last month, Halifax says, and there are signs activity in the market is picking up.

ChatGPT tool could be abused by scammers and hackers (Thu, 07 Dec 2023 00:04:10 GMT)
A cutting-edge tool from Open AI appears to be poorly moderated, allowing it to be abused by cyber-criminals.

Jacob Rees-Mogg's investment management firm to close (Thu, 07 Dec 2023 13:40:41 GMT)
The fund manager co-founded by the MP is winding down after reports it had lost its largest client.

South East Water pays £2.3m dividend amid watchdog probe (Thu, 07 Dec 2023 14:17:49 GMT)
Ofwat is investigating South East Water over service to customers and record in maintaining supply.

Tobacco giant sees sunset for US cigarette business (Wed, 06 Dec 2023 23:29:12 GMT)
British American Tobacco said it could no longer value the business as if it had an infinite life.

AOG Technics: UK fraud body makes arrest in aircraft parts probe (Wed, 06 Dec 2023 17:43:46 GMT)
It has launched a criminal investigation into alleged fraud at aircraft parts supplier AOG Technics.

EU to delay tariffs on UK electric cars until 2027 (Wed, 06 Dec 2023 13:03:34 GMT)
It comes after EU and UK carmakers said they were not ready for the change in post-Brexit trade rules.

Mortgage problems ease but many face ‘price shock’ (Wed, 06 Dec 2023 13:50:12 GMT)
The Bank of England says fewer households will struggle to keep up with mortgage payments than previously thought.

Travel giant considers leaving London Stock Exchange (Wed, 06 Dec 2023 10:12:54 GMT)
If Tui de-lists its shares it would be another blow to the UK's ability to attract big business.

The people creating digital clones of themselves (Thu, 07 Dec 2023 00:05:22 GMT)
Business leaders and experts are making online copies of themselves to answer the questions they get.

Homeserve founder: 'This earring helped me build my £4bn business' (Wed, 06 Dec 2023 00:06:40 GMT)
Richard Harpin, co-founder of Homeserve, explains how an earring taught him an early business lesson.

What do employers expect staff to know about AI? (Tue, 05 Dec 2023 00:13:32 GMT)
More and more jobs require employees to work with generative AI - but what does that mean?

Forest City: Inside Malaysia's Chinese-built 'ghost city' (Tue, 05 Dec 2023 05:20:08 GMT)
Built during the Chinese property boom, Forest City is a stark reminder of the crisis in the sector.

BBC Entertainment & Arts News

Benjamin Zephaniah on racism, refusing an OBE and football (Sat, 09 Dec 2023 01:22:23 GMT)
The performance poet on some of the issues he felt most passionately about during his lifetime.

Shane MacGowan: Tribute to 'trailblazer' at Tipperary funeral (Fri, 08 Dec 2023 20:11:58 GMT)
The late Pogues singer is hailed as a poet as family, fans and famous friends mourn him in Tipperary.

Tributes and dancing at MacGowan's funeral (Fri, 08 Dec 2023 20:55:59 GMT)
Family and friends paid tribute to the lead singer of The Pogues, at his funeral in County Tipperary.

Ryan O'Neal, Oscar-nominated star of Love Story, dead at 82 (Sat, 09 Dec 2023 00:25:13 GMT)
The Oscar-nominated actor was also known for What's Up, Doc?, Paper Moon and TV soap Peyton Place.

Doctor Who: Yasmin Finney on fandom, family and online trolls (Sat, 09 Dec 2023 01:04:30 GMT)
The 20-year-old stars as a trans character in the new series after her breakout role in Heartstopper.

Wham!, Mariah Carey and The Pogues lead flood of Christmas songs in UK top 40 (Fri, 08 Dec 2023 18:04:26 GMT)
Last Christmas is back at number one, followed by Mariah Carey and The Pogues with Kirsty MacColl.

Taylor Swift's Eras tour brings in 'staggering' $1.04bn (Fri, 08 Dec 2023 22:26:58 GMT)
The singer raked in the money faster than anyone and averaged one of the highest prices per ticket.

Omid Scobie: Endgame draft text to blame for royal naming error (Fri, 08 Dec 2023 18:57:15 GMT)
Omid Scobie says he included the names in an earlier version of the text of Endgame.

Game Awards 2023: Baldur's Gate 3 wins game of the year (Fri, 08 Dec 2023 09:14:10 GMT)
The Wonka star announces Baldur's Gate 3 has won Game of the Year at the popular ceremony.

Prince Harry loses battle to get Mail on Sunday libel defence thrown out (Fri, 08 Dec 2023 11:25:47 GMT)
The Duke of Sussex has taken the newspaper's publishers to the High Court in a libel case.

Cheltenham pantomime removes song after vegan backlash (Thu, 07 Dec 2023 20:11:39 GMT)
The Everyman Theatre said it "respects all of our audiences' views and comments".

Bobby Brazier: 'Strictly is a blessing and a lesson' (Fri, 08 Dec 2023 06:12:26 GMT)
The Essex actor has reached the semi-finals of Strictly Come Dancing with partner Dianne Buswell.

Paul O'Grady: Entertainer named Peta's person of the year (Fri, 08 Dec 2023 13:45:38 GMT)
The posthumous award is for his "lifelong determination to make the world a kinder place for animals".

Disney: Elon Musk calls for boss to be fired over ad spat (Fri, 08 Dec 2023 15:36:16 GMT)
It comes a week after the multi-billionaire launched a profane attack on advertisers that left X.

Phillip Schofield: ITV made 'considerable efforts' to find out truth - review (Thu, 07 Dec 2023 16:03:53 GMT)
The former presenter left ITV after he admitted lying about the affair.

Benjamin Zephaniah: Writer, poet and Peaky Blinders actor dies aged 65 (Thu, 07 Dec 2023 15:54:21 GMT)
Zephaniah, who was recently diagnosed with a brain tumour, is remembered as a "beautiful human being".

S4C: TV boss in hospital after bullying allegations (Thu, 07 Dec 2023 18:49:02 GMT)
The husband of Sian Doyle says a report into bullying at the TV channel was “the last straw”.

Kodak Black arrested on cocaine charges in Florida (Fri, 08 Dec 2023 11:01:19 GMT)
The American rapper faces court on drugs charges three years after being pardoned by Donald Trump.

BBC funding: TV licence fee to rise by £10.50, government says (Thu, 07 Dec 2023 14:18:34 GMT)
The annual fee will rise by 6.6% - less than the BBC hoped for - based on September's rate of inflation.

Ryan O'Neal: Soap star and star of Hollywood's biggest weepies (Sat, 09 Dec 2023 01:06:20 GMT)
The former soap actor who starred in one of Hollywood's biggest weepies has died at the age of 82.

Disney goes punk: TikTok sends Welsh covers band viral (Sat, 09 Dec 2023 07:11:54 GMT)
Punk covers of Disney and show tunes? Heavy metal fans go mad for it, say the band rocking Frozen.

South Africa's Tyla sparks culture war over racial identity (Sat, 09 Dec 2023 01:28:30 GMT)
The term "coloured" is a slur in the US, but for millions of South Africans it is part of their identity.

Benjamin Zephaniah: The James Brown of dub poetry (Fri, 08 Dec 2023 13:37:14 GMT)
Friend pays tribute to a "humble man" with huge integrity, after the writer and poet passed away aged 65.

Chanel Metiers d'Art: Models turn Manchester street into a catwalk (Thu, 07 Dec 2023 23:13:18 GMT)
Kristen Stewart and Hugh Grant are among the stars to cram into a Manchester street to watch the show.

Wes Anderson and other TikTok trends that defined 2023 (Wed, 06 Dec 2023 13:05:41 GMT)
Users of the app also ran wild with discussion of the Roman Empire, yearbook filters and "girl dinner".

Johnny Marr on music, memories and how Manchester made him (Thu, 07 Dec 2023 00:40:34 GMT)
Ahead of two homecoming shows, iconic guitarist Johnny Marr considers his lifelong links to the city.

Golden Globes 2024: How to watch the awards-tipped films (Tue, 05 Dec 2023 16:57:46 GMT)
Ahead of the Golden Globe nominations, here are the ways you can watch the contending films.

Wonka reviews: Critics say Timothée Chalamet film is a treat (Tue, 05 Dec 2023 10:41:11 GMT)
Several reviews awarded the film five stars, although some suggested Timothée Chalamet was miscast.

Rebecca Ferguson on taking control after music industry abuse claims (Tue, 05 Dec 2023 03:00:41 GMT)
Rebecca Ferguson releases her new album independently after saying she was exploited and bullied.

Chanel Metiers d'Art: Fashion A-list to descend on Manchester street (Wed, 06 Dec 2023 00:08:33 GMT)
An ordinary road is being transformed into a catwalk for one of fashion's most prestigious events.

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