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Government's July surplus at 18-year high (Tue, 21 Aug 2018 09:26:18 GMT)
Analysts say the improvement in public finances could give the chancellor extra money for the Budget.

Businessman Richard Cousins 'leaves £41m' to Oxfam (Tue, 21 Aug 2018 09:30:05 GMT)
The charity received the cash after Richard Cousins and two sons died in a plane crash in Australia.

House of Fraser's flagship London store saved (Tue, 21 Aug 2018 08:03:44 GMT)
The chain's new owners agree terms to keep the store on London's Oxford Street open.

Trump accuses China of 'manipulating' its currency (Tue, 21 Aug 2018 06:11:26 GMT)
President also criticises the US Federal Reserve for raising interest rates, sending the dollar lower.

Is it the end of the 9 to 5 working day? (Mon, 20 Aug 2018 23:13:13 GMT)
Just 6% of UK workers now work the traditional hours of 9am to 5pm, research suggests.

Workers in open-plan offices 'more active' (Tue, 21 Aug 2018 00:08:40 GMT)
They were also less stressed compared to people working in cubicles or private offices, a US study found.

Microsoft claims win over 'Russian political hackers' (Tue, 21 Aug 2018 08:16:28 GMT)
Cyber-attacks on US political groups are stopped after Microsoft grabs key net domains, the company says.

Tougher regulation of bailiffs urged as debt levels rise (Mon, 20 Aug 2018 23:12:55 GMT)
Citizens Advice says arrears on everyday bills total £18.9bn, but raises concerns on how this is pursued.

Venezuela crisis: More migrants cross into Brazil despite attacks (Tue, 21 Aug 2018 04:03:07 GMT)
The number of people crossing the border increases, as Venezuela tries to stabilise its economy.

UK can be '21st Century exporting superpower', says Liam Fox (Tue, 21 Aug 2018 06:40:20 GMT)
The international trade secretary outlines post-Brexit aspirations - but businesses ask for help.

John McDonnell calls Lehman Brothers reunion 'sickening' (Mon, 20 Aug 2018 16:25:57 GMT)
The collapse of the US investment bank in 2008 was a crucial moment in the financial crisis.

Tesla hit by doubts over Elon Musk's delisting plan (Mon, 20 Aug 2018 20:38:55 GMT)
Analysts at JPMorgan Chase slash target price for shares in the electric car maker from $308 to $195.

Energy switch firm in record Dragon deal (Mon, 20 Aug 2018 10:06:40 GMT)
The co-founders of Look After My Bills are "delighted" after selling a 3% stake for £120,000.

Countrywide scraps bosses' £20m bonus package (Mon, 20 Aug 2018 10:40:30 GMT)
A backlash from investors prompts the UK's largest estate agency to cancel a new incentive package.

Is roaring US economy a mirage? (Tue, 21 Aug 2018 00:02:49 GMT)
President Donald Trump often celebrates America's buoyant economy, but one number seems stuck - real wages.

Greek bailout: Five numbers that reshaped the country (Mon, 20 Aug 2018 20:35:17 GMT)
The story of Greece in five numbers as it emerges from its eurozone bailout programme.

The woman who created 'Tinder for lonely mums' (Sun, 19 Aug 2018 23:20:57 GMT)
As the first of her friends to become a mum, Michelle Kennedy didn't have a network of other mothers to share her experiences with.

Could this be the end of global trade? (Sun, 19 Aug 2018 23:16:02 GMT)
Global trade drives the world economy, but could rising tensions between the US and China threaten this?

Which fast-food chain is going upmarket? (Thu, 16 Aug 2018 16:33:01 GMT)
For one day only, a certain fast-food chain gave one of its London branches a luxury makeover.

'I never know how much money I'm going home with' (Wed, 15 Aug 2018 23:14:59 GMT)
A growing push to raise wages of service staff in the US could change the way Americans tip.

Avozilla: The giant avocado variety causing a stir (Thu, 16 Aug 2018 00:33:40 GMT)
A giant variety of avocado called the avozilla is attracting worldwide attention.

Electronics boss: 'You need to think 10 years ahead' (Sun, 12 Aug 2018 23:25:13 GMT)
Electronics boss Simon Shen says firms should think how people may be living in 10 years' time.

Bitcoin buster? The search for a stable cryptocurrency (Mon, 20 Aug 2018 23:15:59 GMT)
Bitcoin's price rises and falls wildly, making it high risk. Is there a more stable alternative?

Africa’s potential 'game changer' in the fight against malaria (Mon, 20 Aug 2018 23:20:51 GMT)
Four Ugandan students have developed a revolutionary way to test for malaria without drawing blood.

'It never entered my mind that I wasn't coming back' (Sun, 19 Aug 2018 23:17:49 GMT)
Surviving a life-changing injury has not slowed down Bill McDermott, the boss of software giant SAP.

'People no longer go into antiques shops' (Sun, 19 Aug 2018 00:05:07 GMT)
How the internet is changing the UK's antiques trade and widening the auctions market.

End of Greek bailouts offers little hope to young (Sat, 18 Aug 2018 23:20:15 GMT)
Politicians hail the end of Greece's emergency credit, but ordinary Greeks see little change.

The world's first floating farm makes waves (Thu, 16 Aug 2018 23:20:35 GMT)
An offshore dairy farm aims to help Rotterdam produce its own food more sustainably.

Why your next flight may go via China (Wed, 15 Aug 2018 23:10:01 GMT)
As Chinese airlines launch more and more international flights, are they playing fair to attract passengers?

How housing has divided the young (Wed, 15 Aug 2018 03:01:08 GMT)
Rising house prices have divided young people into property "haves" and "have-nots".

BBC Entertainment & Arts News

MTV VMAs: Madonna's 'self-indulgent' Aretha tribute & Camila Cabello wins (Tue, 21 Aug 2018 06:35:08 GMT)
Some people don't think the Queen of Pop gave the Queen of Soul enough R-E-S-P-E-C-T at MTV's VMAs.

Great British Bake Off contestants revealed for 2018 (Mon, 20 Aug 2018 23:52:41 GMT)
The highly addictive baking show is back for another series with 12 contestants battling it out.

Strictly Come Dancing: Susannah Constantine and Charles Venn join line-up (Tue, 21 Aug 2018 07:01:21 GMT)
TV stylist Susannah Constantine and actor Charles Venn join the Strictly Come Dancing line-up.

VMAs: Camila Cabello tweets her past self after MTV award win (Tue, 21 Aug 2018 08:39:06 GMT)
The singer sends her 2012 self a message after winning two awards at the MTV VMAs.

Asia Argento: #MeToo figurehead 'accused of sexual assault' (Tue, 21 Aug 2018 09:37:05 GMT)
Italian actress and #MeToo accuser reportedly reached a settlement with a man 20 years her junior.

Stormy Daniels: Celebrity Big Brother no-show 'never about money' (Mon, 20 Aug 2018 14:31:19 GMT)
The adult film star gives her side to the row over her Celebrity Big Brother non-appearance.

Paris Jackson apologises over Harper's Bazaar Singapore cover (Mon, 20 Aug 2018 16:29:07 GMT)
Michael Jackson's daughter was accused of hypocrisy after appearing on a magazine cover in Singapore.

Love Island cliche 'puts off female firefighters', says brigade chief (Tue, 21 Aug 2018 06:14:54 GMT)
An advertisement for Harpic was also criticised by London Fire Brigade boss Dany Cotton.

Probe after star thrown out of Edinburgh show (Mon, 20 Aug 2018 12:54:36 GMT)
Bad Education star Layton Williams accuses Edinburgh Festival Fringe venue staff of "racial profiling".

Aretha Franklin: Date set for Detroit funeral (Mon, 20 Aug 2018 10:06:07 GMT)
The singer will be laid to rest on 31 August at Detroit's Greater Grace Temple.

Greg James makes Radio 1 breakfast debut (Mon, 20 Aug 2018 11:16:10 GMT)
Avicii, a wild guest and the other firsts from Greg James's new show on Radio 1.

8 entertainment stories from last week (Mon, 20 Aug 2018 09:11:54 GMT)
Celebrity Big Brother, the new Spock and other things you might have missed.

Crazy Rich Asians tops US box office in weekend debut (Mon, 20 Aug 2018 07:43:09 GMT)
The film, with an all-Asian cast, is the first romantic comedy to take the top spot in three years.

Who will win best video at the MTV VMAs? (Sun, 19 Aug 2018 23:16:30 GMT)
Cardi B, Childish Gambino and Camila Cabello head up the strongest shortlist since 2004.

Jobcentre joke is Edinburgh's funniest (Mon, 20 Aug 2018 09:26:31 GMT)
Liverpool comedian Adam Rowe wins the award for his one-liner about being sacked by a Jobcentre.

Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas confirm they are engaged (Mon, 20 Aug 2018 08:29:39 GMT)
The Bollywood superstar and the US singer hold a private traditional engagement ceremony in Mumbai.

Ariana Grande breaks down talking about Manchester Arena attack (Sun, 19 Aug 2018 11:43:19 GMT)
"The truth is, it's scary. It's scary going anywhere. You look at places differently."

Backstreet Boys fans hurt in Oklahoma storm (Sun, 19 Aug 2018 10:42:19 GMT)
At least 14 people were taken to hospital after a metal structure at a concert in Oklahoma fell.

Celebrity Big Brother responds to Stormy Daniels no-show (Sat, 18 Aug 2018 12:18:17 GMT)
The adult film actress was meant to appear on the show on Thursday, but pulled out just before is was meant to start.

Stormy Daniels misses Celebrity Big Brother over 'row with producers' (Fri, 17 Aug 2018 16:13:26 GMT)
The adult film star had been expected to go into the reality TV house on Thursday.

Chuckle Brothers star Barry's funeral held in Rotherham (Fri, 17 Aug 2018 16:47:53 GMT)
Roy Chubby Brown, Linda Nolan and Bernie Clifton were among those attending the service.

How Taylor Swift's fans prepared Greg James for hosting breakfast (Fri, 17 Aug 2018 03:17:44 GMT)
The 32-year-old begins hosting the Radio 1 breakfast show from Monday.

Pretty Woman's pretty mixed reviews on Broadway (Fri, 17 Aug 2018 13:36:12 GMT)
The romantic comedy hit is now on Broadway but some are calling it a big mistake. Big. Huge.

Huntress frontwoman Jill Janus dies at 43 (Fri, 17 Aug 2018 09:34:37 GMT)
The California heavy metal band's frontwoman took her own life on Tuesday.

Indonesia's satay western film has a feminist twist (Mon, 20 Aug 2018 23:06:44 GMT)
Marlina the Murderer is the world's first "satay western", an Indonesian take on spaghetti westerns.

Bringing rent parties from Harlem to the UK (Mon, 20 Aug 2018 23:22:58 GMT)
Choreographer Darren Pritchard is putting on performances inspired by rent parties from 1920s New York.

Children of Blood and Bone author Tomi Adeyemi on her inspiration (Mon, 20 Aug 2018 23:24:59 GMT)
Children of Blood and Bone author Tomi Adeyemi explains the inspiration behind her best-selling book.

Film star Idris Elba on directorial debut (Mon, 20 Aug 2018 17:25:22 GMT)
Ahead of the release of Yardie, Idris Elba talks about 'Idris Castival Day'

Aretha Franklin: Stevie Wonder on last meeting with soul singer (Fri, 17 Aug 2018 16:17:53 GMT)
The musician says it was emotional for him to visit Aretha Franklin a few days before she died.

Aretha Franklin: Tributes to the 'Queen of Soul' (Thu, 16 Aug 2018 21:04:41 GMT)
The 'Queen of Soul' has died aged 76 and tributes from friends, musicians and politicians have been pouring in.

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