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Imports weigh on UK economic growth (Thu, 28 May 2015 09:53:09 GMT)
The UK economy grew by 0.3% in the first quarter, the ONS confirms, with growth being hit by rising imports and a slowdown in the services sector.

Mortgage approvals 'jumped' in April (Thu, 28 May 2015 10:47:06 GMT)
There was a "significant pre-election jump" in the number of mortgage applications being approved, according to the High Street banks.

Food bug 'found in 73% of chickens' (Thu, 28 May 2015 11:27:40 GMT)
Nearly three-quarters of fresh shop-bought chickens test positive for food poisoning bug campylobacter in year-long study.

Chip maker Avago buys rival Broadcom (Thu, 28 May 2015 13:51:46 GMT)
Avago Technologies, one of the world's biggest manufacturers of semiconductors, is buying its California-based rival Broadcom for $37bn.

UK car production falls in April (Thu, 28 May 2015 06:56:30 GMT)
UK car production fell in April, the industry body says, after a rise in output for the domestic market failed to offset a drop in exports.

Yahoo to face class action lawsuit (Thu, 28 May 2015 01:39:36 GMT)
Yahoo will face a US class action lawsuit for allegedly accessing the content of emails sent to its mail users from non-Yahoo Mail accounts.

Fifa's Sepp Blatter under pressure (Thu, 28 May 2015 13:25:28 GMT)
Fifa president Sepp Blatter chairs an emergency meeting under growing political pressure over a corruption scandal engulfing football's governing body.

B&Q owner Kingfisher bolsters FTSE (Thu, 28 May 2015 11:35:40 GMT)
The FTSE 100 rises, with shares in B&Q owner Kingfisher rising after it says it is proceeding with its revamp plan "at pace".

Tate & Lyle profits fall amid revamp (Thu, 28 May 2015 08:01:54 GMT)
Tate & Lyle reports a drop in full-year profits, as the company undergoes a major restructuring.

Williams & Glyn relaunch assessed (Thu, 28 May 2015 11:14:19 GMT)
The competition watchdog is to assess the impact of the relaunch of former Manchester bank Williams & Glyn on competition in the UK banking sector.

Growth in Philippines slows sharply (Thu, 28 May 2015 04:03:24 GMT)
Growth in the Philippine economy slowed in the first quarter of the year to its lowest annual pace since 2011.

Rinehart loses family trust battle (Thu, 28 May 2015 07:26:42 GMT)
Australia's richest person, mining magnate Gina Rinehart, loses control of the family trust to her daughter, after a long-running legal battle.

Poster family warns over stock images (Mon, 25 May 2015 11:55:59 GMT)
A family whose image was used in a poster campaign by the group opposing gay marriage in the Republic of Ireland say they were "naive" about stock photography websites.

Parking fines make record profit (Sun, 24 May 2015 23:27:44 GMT)
Scottish councils have made a record profit from parking charges and fines, figures from the RAC Foundation show.

VIDEO: Macau's casinos gamble on growth (Thu, 28 May 2015 04:11:19 GMT)
Macau's biggest casinos plan to invest $25bn in hotels and casinos over the next two years, despite a plunge in gambling revenues.

VIDEO: Pressure mounts on Fifa's Blatter (Thu, 28 May 2015 12:53:52 GMT)
Pressure mounts on Sepp Blatter to stand down as president of world football's governing body Fifa - in the wake of the corruption allegations around the organisation.

VIDEO: Canada's 'early adopter' looks back (Thu, 28 May 2015 10:40:51 GMT)
Former Canadian prime minister Brian Mulroney, described as "an early adopter" because of the reforms he made while in office, talks about his successes and failures.

VIDEO: China's yuan may get reserve status (Thu, 28 May 2015 04:07:04 GMT)
China's yuan may become a global reserve currency this year - Bank of America's Claudio Piron explains why that's important.

VIDEO: The options for £12bn welfare cuts (Wed, 27 May 2015 22:47:33 GMT)
The Conservatives say they will freeze working-age benefits, including child benefit, for two years, but have still not spelt out what else will be targeted.

VIDEO: Cameron to meet leaders for EU talks (Thu, 28 May 2015 05:34:56 GMT)
Prime Minister David Cameron will travel to the Netherlands and France today at the start of an intense round of shuttle diplomacy.

VIDEO: China to boost navy's capability (Wed, 27 May 2015 01:19:28 GMT)
China outlines a plan to boost the capability of its navy amid tension over disputed areas of the South China Sea.

VIDEO: Hong Kong's computer coding classes (Tue, 26 May 2015 21:26:29 GMT)
School children these days no longer just have to learn traditional subjects such as English, Maths or Sciences. They are also expected to acquire computer skills and in some cases, programming knowledge.

Fifa scandal 'a disaster' for sponsors (Thu, 28 May 2015 12:19:37 GMT)
Are Fifa's sponsors being harmed by the continuing scandal?

Competition fever hits Brazil's bars (Wed, 27 May 2015 23:00:06 GMT)
The serious business of serving bar snacks in Brazil

Russian gas industry looks east (Wed, 27 May 2015 23:00:12 GMT)
Why Russian gas companies may turn to China

Why is 30 hours a week important? (Wed, 27 May 2015 23:00:16 GMT)
Why is 30 hours a week the threshold for tax breaks?

Strike changes: what do they mean? (Tue, 26 May 2015 23:00:29 GMT)
How tough will the new voting rules be?

How will the new Right to Buy work? (Tue, 26 May 2015 23:00:39 GMT)
How will the new Right to Buy actually work?

BBC Entertainment & Arts News

Arts Council boss makes funding plea (Thu, 28 May 2015 12:00:37 GMT)
Arts and culture should be spared further funding cuts as the government seeks to balance the books, the new head of Arts Council England says.

U2 mourn 'irreplaceable' tour manager (Thu, 28 May 2015 09:15:04 GMT)
U2 are mourning the death of their "irreplaceable" tour manager Dennis Sheehan who has died of a suspected cardiac arrest.

Tracy Morgan settles crash lawsuit (Thu, 28 May 2015 13:05:47 GMT)
Comedian and 30 Rock actor Tracy Morgan settles his legal action against Walmart over the car crash which left him seriously injured and killed his friend.

Pussy Galore back in new Bond novel (Thu, 28 May 2015 00:57:39 GMT)
Pussy Galore is to be reunited with James Bond in an official new 007 novel by Anthony Horowitz.

Hashtag is 'children's word of year' (Wed, 27 May 2015 23:07:23 GMT)
Hashtag is declared 'children's word of the year' by the Oxford University Press after analysis of entries to the BBC's 500 Words competition.

Turner Prize a 'honeypot' for Hull (Thu, 28 May 2015 10:35:22 GMT)
Hull is chosen to host the final of contemporary art's biggest competition, the Turner Prize, in the year it will be the City of of Culture.

BB King honoured with procession (Thu, 28 May 2015 08:09:50 GMT)
Blues artist BB King has been honoured with a street procession in Memphis a fortnight after his death at the age of 89.

'Danger' over future of S4C funding (Thu, 28 May 2015 06:05:43 GMT)
There is a real danger that S4C's funding will be shrunk by the Conservative government, a Labour MP warns.

CBS 'probably' in Apple TV deal (Wed, 27 May 2015 19:02:15 GMT)
The chief executive of CBS says the US TV network will 'probably' sign a deal with Apple TV.

Mans Zelmerlow climbs UK chart (Wed, 27 May 2015 15:51:08 GMT)
Swedish Eurovision winner Mans Zelmerlow soars to number five in the mid-week music chart with his upbeat song Heroes.

Broadway enjoys record season (Wed, 27 May 2015 08:26:57 GMT)
New York's theatreland enjoys its best ever season for 2014-2015, breaking box office and attendance records.

Jessica Lange returns to Broadway (Wed, 27 May 2015 11:09:48 GMT)
Two-time Oscar winning actor Jessica Lange is set to return to New York's Broadway next year in Eugene O'Neill's play Long Day's Journey Into Night.

McGregor film screens at Edinburgh (Wed, 27 May 2015 11:39:39 GMT)
Scottish actor Ewan McGregor's portrayal of Jesus during his 40-day fast in the desert will be screened at this year's Edinburgh International Film Festival.

Jake Wood to take EastEnders 'break' (Thu, 28 May 2015 11:12:57 GMT)
Jake Wood, who plays dodgy businessman Max Branning in EastEnders, is to take a year long break from the soap.

GOT star turned down Fifty Shades (Thu, 28 May 2015 05:39:19 GMT)
The actress who plays Daenerys Targaryen's revealed she turned down a leading role in the Fifty Shades movie, because of the amount of nudity.

VIDEO: Red Mosque focus of documentary film (Wed, 27 May 2015 23:02:36 GMT)
A new documentary focusing on the radicalisation of Pakistani youth is currently on the festival circuit.

VIDEO: Miranda Hart: 'Can I just be an actress?' (Thu, 28 May 2015 08:29:02 GMT)
Miranda Hart and Melissa McCarthy talk to BBC Breakfast about their new film Spy, and being a woman in Hollywood.

VIDEO: Turning Van Gogh into virtual reality (Wed, 27 May 2015 08:40:23 GMT)
An American artist has turned Van Gogh's The Night Cafe into an immersive virtual reality experience.

VIDEO: The 'radical' Barenboim piano unveiled (Tue, 26 May 2015 22:04:02 GMT)
Will Gompertz is at the unveiling of the Barenboim piano in London.

VIDEO: Writer McCall-Smith wins a pig (Tue, 26 May 2015 13:47:36 GMT)
Novelist Alexander McCall-Smith has won the unusual prize of a pet pig after winning the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse prize at the Hay Literary Festival.

VIDEO: Baddiel: 'My son gave me book idea' (Tue, 26 May 2015 10:43:46 GMT)
At this year's Hay Festival, writer and comedian David Baddiel has launched his first book for children, The Parent Agency.

Benny Green - boy who reflected changing UK (Mon, 25 May 2015 14:13:25 GMT)
The Grange Hill character who reflected a changing UK

Fassbender tackles 'the Scottish film' (Mon, 25 May 2015 01:04:13 GMT)
Michael Fassbender tackles Macbeth on screen

Putting human trafficking centre stage (Sun, 24 May 2015 01:15:04 GMT)
The writer who links The Vagina Monologues and Mad Max

Hugh Laurie seeks optimistic future (Fri, 22 May 2015 17:17:00 GMT)
Hugh Laurie challenges Hollywood's 'scary' view of the future

Laura Doggett: Suffering for her art (Sat, 23 May 2015 08:16:08 GMT)
Singer Laura Doggett's frustration with modern pop lyrics

Blanchett's Carol 'a labour of love' (Fri, 22 May 2015 00:14:05 GMT)
Cate Blanchett on her new film Carol

McQueen's life in the fast lane on film (Thu, 21 May 2015 15:35:18 GMT)
McQueen's life in in the fast lane on film

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