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Labour makes £8 minimum wage pledge (Sun, 21 Sep 2014 11:10:07 GMT)
The minimum wage would rise to £8 per hour by the end of the next parliament if Labour wins the general election, leader Ed Miliband promises.

US calls for EU to 'boost' economy (Sun, 21 Sep 2014 14:23:03 GMT)
The US Treasury Secretary urges eurozone countries to "boost demand" in order to reduce unemployment and avoid deflation.

Alibaba shares surge on NY debut (Fri, 19 Sep 2014 20:31:24 GMT)
Alibaba's shares closed significantly above their initial price on the New York Stock Exchange on Friday, a sign of the excitement surrounding the Chinese internet giant.

Vodafone saves Phones 4U store jobs (Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:34:20 GMT)
Restructuring at the Phones 4U head office is resulting in 628 redundancies, but 887 jobs in stores will be preserved.

Shares rise in London on 'No' vote (Fri, 19 Sep 2014 16:05:06 GMT)
Shares rise in London after Scotland rejects independence, as a rally in the pound fades.

Prada profit hit by fall in sales (Fri, 19 Sep 2014 15:53:27 GMT)
The Italian fashion house Prada reports a 20% fall in profit, hit by the strength of the euro and a fall in leather good sales.

GSK fined $490m by China for bribery (Fri, 19 Sep 2014 10:28:01 GMT)
China fines UK pharmaceuticals firm GlaxoSmithKline $490m (£297m) for bribery and its former head of Chinese operations is given a suspended jail sentence.

Scottish 'No' vote 'relief' for firms (Fri, 19 Sep 2014 12:51:07 GMT)
Businesses speak of 'relief' over Scotland's rejection of independence, and banks say they will no longer be shifting operations out of Scotland.

South Sudan dismays investors (Fri, 19 Sep 2014 20:30:41 GMT)
South Sudan's decision to order foreign workers to leave, reversed a day later, has rattled investors and neighbours.

WPP moves into Mongolia (Fri, 19 Sep 2014 14:57:50 GMT)
A subsidiary of global advertising giant WPP has acquired a majority stake in a Mongolian ad agency.

Oracle boss Larry Ellison steps down (Thu, 18 Sep 2014 23:14:29 GMT)
Multi-billionaire Oracle boss Larry Ellison steps aside to focus on product engineering, as Mark Hurd and Safra Catz are named as co-chief executives.

Rents 'rising faster than inflation' (Fri, 19 Sep 2014 11:12:01 GMT)
The cost of renting a home in England and Wales rose faster than inflation in the year to August, climbing 2.4%, according to a survey.

Microsoft cuts more than 2,000 jobs (Thu, 18 Sep 2014 19:52:10 GMT)
Microsoft announces another 2,100 redundancies as part of a target to cut 18,000 jobs, about 14% of its workforce.

Phones 4U 'rescue' attempt fails (Thu, 18 Sep 2014 15:40:46 GMT)
A group of bondholders in the collapsed retail chain, Phones 4U, have failed in an 11th-hour plan to rescue the company.

Clash over car tax disc changes (Thu, 18 Sep 2014 09:03:18 GMT)
Motorist organisation, the RAC, and the DVLA have clashed over the policing of car tax with claims of increased evasion amid changes to the system.

Vacuum cleaner boost for retail sales (Thu, 18 Sep 2014 10:09:52 GMT)
UK retail sales rose by 0.4% during August, helped by shoppers looking to snap up high-powered vacuum cleaners ahead of an EU ban on the products.

'Thousands lie' on motor cover forms (Wed, 17 Sep 2014 09:00:04 GMT)
A total of 180,675 fraudulent applications for motor insurance were detected by the industry last year, a trade body says.

Bosses and cash vanish at shoe firm (Tue, 16 Sep 2014 15:45:58 GMT)
Chinese footwear firm Ultrasonic has announced the disappearance of its chief executive and chief operating officer, along with most of its cash.

Airlines' luggage surcharges 'legal' (Thu, 18 Sep 2014 14:08:22 GMT)
Airlines are within their rights to charge a supplement to customers checking-in their luggage, a court rules.

Women convicted of 'pyramid scheme' (Thu, 18 Sep 2014 14:31:51 GMT)
Six women are convicted of running a "pyramid scheme" in south-west England and south Wales in which thousands of people lost money.

Mortgage appetite 'starting to wane' (Thu, 18 Sep 2014 10:04:33 GMT)
Borrowers' appetite for home loans is "starting to wane" despite an annual rise in mortgage lending, a lenders' group says.

ECB stimulus offer sees low take-up (Thu, 18 Sep 2014 12:43:34 GMT)
A European Central Bank measure designed to stimulate the flagging eurozone economy has seen a low initial take-up by banks.

Irish economy bounces back strongly (Thu, 18 Sep 2014 14:03:35 GMT)
The Irish government upgrades growth forecasts for 2014 after the economy grew by a stronger-than-expected 1.5% in the April-to-June quarter.

India and China sign landmark deals (Thu, 18 Sep 2014 15:59:57 GMT)
India and China sign 12 agreements, one of which will see China investing $20bn in India's infrastructure over five years.

The PoW who built a $180m business (Tue, 16 Sep 2014 23:28:02 GMT)
A profile of Everett Alvarez, the former US Navy pilot, who spent eight and a half years as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam, before a successful career in government and business.

Africa's first education tablet (Mon, 15 Sep 2014 23:01:28 GMT)
Ivorian Coast entrepreneur Thierry N'Doufou talks about how he developed a tablet computer which he wants to be used by all school children in the country.

How to be a big fish in a small pond (Sun, 14 Sep 2014 19:02:10 GMT)
Singaporean businessman Kenny Yap says he aims to be the world's biggest tropical fish exporters: "I like being a big fish in a small pond," he tells the BBC.

Radisson halts Vikings sponsorship (Tue, 16 Sep 2014 23:05:06 GMT)
Hotel chain Radisson suspends its sponsorship of NFL team Minnesota Vikings after one of their players was charged with child abuse.

US firm assessing offer for Tottenham (Fri, 12 Sep 2014 14:26:46 GMT)
US private investment company Cain Hoy Enterprises confirms it is considering a takeover offer for English Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur.

Man United predicts fall in profit (Wed, 10 Sep 2014 14:16:16 GMT)
Manchester United predicts profit and revenue to fall as a result of its failure to qualify for Champions League.

BBC Entertainment & Arts News

Cape Fear actress Bergen dies aged 84 (Sun, 21 Sep 2014 08:47:53 GMT)
Polly Bergen, the actress whose fictional family was terrorised by Robert Mitchum in the 1962 film Cape Fear, dies aged 84.

Jolie to direct ivory poaching film (Sun, 21 Sep 2014 10:35:06 GMT)
Angelina Jolie signs up to direct Africa, a film about a conservationist's battles with ivory poachers.

More celeb 'naked pictures' leaked (Sun, 21 Sep 2014 10:06:39 GMT)
Kim Kardashian, Mary-Kate Olsen and Vanessa Hudgens seem to be some of the latest victims.

Rare Monroe negative sold at auction (Sat, 20 Sep 2014 15:51:20 GMT)
A rare negative of the movie star Marilyn Monroe, taken during her first professional photo shoot when she was 20 years old, is sold at auction.

Artist wins top painting prize at 80 (Fri, 19 Sep 2014 20:18:16 GMT)
Artist Rose Wylie wins the John Moores Painting Prize, one of the UK's most prestigious art awards, at the age of 80.

Ukraine exits next year's Eurovision (Fri, 19 Sep 2014 15:32:38 GMT)
Ukraine announces it will not take part in the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest due to financial constraints.

Iran Happy dancers given 91 lashes (Fri, 19 Sep 2014 09:14:36 GMT)
Six Iranians arrested for filming a video tribute to Pharrell Williams' song Happy are sentenced to 91 lashes and jail terms, their lawyer says.

Spacey stalker given four years (Fri, 19 Sep 2014 07:49:24 GMT)
A woman who engaged in a "persistent and malevolent" cyberstalking campaign against actor Kevin Spacey has been sentenced to more than four years in prison.

Wallace Collection's gallery reopens (Fri, 19 Sep 2014 13:06:49 GMT)
The Wallace Collection's Great Gallery, which contains paintings by masters including Rubens, Velazquez and Titian, reopens after a £5m refurbishment.

Dennis Waterman to leave New Tricks (Fri, 19 Sep 2014 10:58:13 GMT)
The 66-year-old actor - one of the original cast - will leave the show in Autumn 2015

Gypsy Wedding designer gets payout (Fri, 19 Sep 2014 09:33:33 GMT)
Dressmaker Leanne Phillips from My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding wins compensation from her former boss for unfair dismissal.

Dancers suing Cher over race (Fri, 19 Sep 2014 09:29:22 GMT)
Three dancers are suing Cher for race and age discrimination amid claims she said there was "too much colour" on her tour.

Beatles' Eleanor Rigby made from £1m (Thu, 18 Sep 2014 23:26:26 GMT)
A sculpture of The Beatles' song character Eleanor Rigby made from £1m of used bank notes is to go on show at the Museum of Liverpool.

Bono defends album going on iTunes (Fri, 19 Sep 2014 13:48:04 GMT)
Apple might have created a tool to remove it but Bono thinks it's great so many people have listened to U2's new album.

Flautist Galway wins lifetime award (Thu, 18 Sep 2014 10:15:45 GMT)
Classical flautist Sir James Galway is honoured with a lifetime achievement prize at the Gramophone Awards in London.

Unfinished Austen manuscript on show (Thu, 18 Sep 2014 07:22:35 GMT)
Pages of an unfinished novel by Jane Austen will go on display at her Hampshire home later.

Campaign to save historic theatres (Thu, 18 Sep 2014 06:02:06 GMT)
More than 30 historic theatres in England and Wales are "at risk" from decay, closure or irreversible change, according to the Theatres Trust.

Delevingne lands key role in film (Wed, 17 Sep 2014 14:16:47 GMT)
British model Cara Delevingne is set to star in an adaptation of the novel Paper Towns, by John Green of The Fault in Our Stars fame.

Easy Rider chopper goes under hammer (Wed, 17 Sep 2014 09:12:50 GMT)
The customised chopper Peter Fonda rode in 1969 film Easy Rider is expected to fetch more than $1 million (£613,000) when it goes up for auction next month.

The Boxtrolls tops UK box office (Tue, 16 Sep 2014 16:26:27 GMT)
Stop-motion 3D animation The Boxtrolls tops the UK box office in its first week of release as last week's number one Sex Tape drops out of the top three.

Katy B pulls out of MTV Crashes (Thu, 18 Sep 2014 17:34:41 GMT)
British singer Katy B pulls out of an MTV concert in Londonderry following the death of her brother.

Country musician Hamilton dies at 77 (Thu, 18 Sep 2014 09:38:47 GMT)
Country music star George Hamilton IV dies in Nashville, Tennessee at the age of 77.

MTV EMA 2014 nominations announced (Tue, 16 Sep 2014 11:50:15 GMT)
Katy Perry and Ariana Grande are up for the most awards at this year's ceremony in Glasgow, this November.

Benefits St trio deny drugs charges (Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:29:31 GMT)
Three residents of a road in Birmingham dubbed Benefits Street after a television programme deny a series of drugs charges.

Gogglebox wins Rose d'Or TV award (Thu, 18 Sep 2014 08:41:53 GMT)
Channel 4's Gogglebox and BBC game show Pointless are among the British winners at the Rose d'Or international TV awards in Berlin.

Armstrong to voice new Danger Mouse (Thu, 18 Sep 2014 00:25:45 GMT)
Pointless host Alexander Armstrong will voice Danger Mouse when the much-loved cartoon hero returns to TV next year.

VIDEO: Metal ballet meets Games of Thrones (Fri, 19 Sep 2014 23:01:02 GMT)
Brutal Ballet performed a Games of Thrones inspired piece at TitanCon, a science fiction and fantasy convention in Belfast.

VIDEO: Jude Law: "DRC gone off the radar" (Sun, 21 Sep 2014 12:19:43 GMT)
During a trip to the troubled region of Eastern DRC, British actor Jude Law called for more international attention to be given to the country.

VIDEO: Choir sings for World Peace Day (Sun, 21 Sep 2014 14:48:28 GMT)
A global initiative is launched to get people and choirs from around the world singing together for peace.

VIDEO: Glass ceiling sheds light on artworks (Fri, 19 Sep 2014 16:50:18 GMT)
The Wallace Collection's Great Gallery, which contains paintings by masters including Rubens, Velazquez and Titian, has reopened after a £5m refurbishment.

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