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Women earn up to 43% less at Barclays (Thu, 22 Feb 2018 15:46:11 GMT)
The bank's boss, Jes Staley, says it has "more work to do" as the gender pay gap figures are released.

UK economic growth revised downwards (Thu, 22 Feb 2018 12:07:06 GMT)
Economic growth was a worse than expected 0.4% in the last three months of 2017, official figures say.

More KFC outlets reopen as chicken chaos eases (Thu, 22 Feb 2018 13:02:23 GMT)
Almost 700 stores are trading again following the week-long chicken delivery fiasco.

Saudi Arabia to invest $64bn in entertainment (Thu, 22 Feb 2018 13:24:13 GMT)
The conservative kingdom promises thousands of Western-style events, include Cirque de Soleil.

Ford executive leaves over inappropriate behaviour (Wed, 21 Feb 2018 22:56:22 GMT)
The car giant says US chief Raj Nair's actions were "inconsistent with the company's code of conduct".

British Gas owner Centrica to cut 4,000 jobs after 'weak' year (Thu, 22 Feb 2018 10:31:59 GMT)
The cuts come after what Centrica said was a "weak" performance at the end of 2017.

Barclays takes £127m hit from Carillion collapse (Thu, 22 Feb 2018 11:01:42 GMT)
The bank reveals how much the collapse of the outsourcing giant cost it, but its profits still rose.

Brexit blamed by Stockport smart meter firm intending to axe 288 staff (Thu, 22 Feb 2018 13:11:32 GMT)
British Gas supplier Landis+Gyr says production costs have risen by 20% since the EU referendum in 2016.

Michael Gove tells water firms to clean up their act (Thu, 22 Feb 2018 00:02:18 GMT)
The environment secretary says water firms may face further regulation if prices and leaks aren't fixed.

Stansted Airport plan for 43 million passengers (Thu, 22 Feb 2018 09:49:49 GMT)
The airport says increasing its annual passenger limit by eight million would create 5,000 jobs.

Too few homes being bought commonhold, says law body (Thu, 22 Feb 2018 00:05:10 GMT)
Buying a home under commonhold law could be much easier than via leasehold law - but the idea hasn't caught on

Sacked pregnant worker loses European court case (Thu, 22 Feb 2018 11:07:06 GMT)
EU judges defend a Spanish bank's dismissal of a pregnant worker in general staff cuts.

Bitcoin: MPs launch inquiry into digital currencies (Thu, 22 Feb 2018 00:03:33 GMT)
The UK's Treasury Committee has launched an investigation into the risks and rewards of digital money.

Qantas Airways sees record half year profits (Thu, 22 Feb 2018 05:44:42 GMT)
Australian biggest airline beats off competition and higher fuel costs to post a 14.6% jump in profits.

Federal Reserve policymakers more confident about economy (Wed, 21 Feb 2018 20:36:12 GMT)
Minutes from the Federal Reserve's January meeting will fuel debate over whether US interest rates should rise.

The fashion firm bringing tinsel to the high street (Thu, 22 Feb 2018 11:07:43 GMT)
The tinsel revolution: A design company which started in a bedroom is expanding to the high street.

From 'terrible teen' to thriving entrepreneur (Thu, 22 Feb 2018 00:16:49 GMT)
A weightlifter has turned her life around to become a successful business woman at 32.

Meet Cora, your local bank avatar (Wed, 21 Feb 2018 14:16:09 GMT)
Next time you contact your bank, you may be served by a digital avatar instead of a human being. Cora is a prototype virtual bank teller developed by NatWest.

Making cosmetics from Russian herbs (Wed, 21 Feb 2018 16:03:17 GMT)
How Russian hair and skincare company Natura Siberica become a popular global brand.

Crowdfunding: When gold is the goal (Wed, 21 Feb 2018 12:21:33 GMT)
Great Britain's bobsleighers Mica McNeill and Mica Moore have got to Pyeongchang thanks to crowdfunding.

Hangzhou and the Alibaba effect (Tue, 20 Feb 2018 13:55:03 GMT)
The emergence of a tech behemoth transforms its hometown.

Maternity leave: 'I was made redundant on first day back' (Mon, 19 Feb 2018 19:06:07 GMT)
As a poll finds "worrying attitudes" among employers, three mums tell the BBC about their experiences.

Chicken shortage hits KFC (Mon, 19 Feb 2018 17:07:46 GMT)
Customers react as KFC closes 562 restaurants after problems with a supplier caused a chicken shortage.

KFC shortage: How much do we spend on fried chicken? (Thu, 22 Feb 2018 07:35:55 GMT)
KFC outlets have been forced to close due to a chicken shortage - but how much do we spend on fast food?

Fashion company loses social media followers over same-sex ads (Thu, 22 Feb 2018 12:14:21 GMT)
A men's suit company in the Netherlands faces "homophobic" backlash over their new same-sex adverts.

The shape of water (Thu, 22 Feb 2018 00:00:31 GMT)
The pros and cons of Labour's vow to bring the water industry back into public ownership.

School shootings (Wed, 21 Feb 2018 01:43:45 GMT)
Counting and remembering ever school shooting to stop US becoming 'desensitised'.

Russian rub (Wed, 21 Feb 2018 00:27:42 GMT)
How a Russian entrepreneur created a popular cosmetics brand based around using extracts from Siberian herbs.

Fin tech (Tue, 20 Feb 2018 00:20:50 GMT)
Fish farming is big business and producers are adopting new technologies to expand and cut costs.

Beauty boss (Mon, 19 Feb 2018 00:19:54 GMT)
Grit and determination, as well as snakes and dragons, helped Maria Hatzistefanis become a business success.

BBC Entertainment & Arts News

Kendrick Lamar's drug lyrics muted at Brits (Thu, 22 Feb 2018 16:14:25 GMT)
ITV censored parts of Kendrick Lamar's songs at the Brit Awards - but it wasn't because of swearing.

Milan Fashion Week: Models carry fake heads on Gucci catwalk (Thu, 22 Feb 2018 12:18:38 GMT)
The eerily accurate replicas of the heads were followed by baby dragons and a model with a "third eye".

Brits 2018: The real winners and losers (Thu, 22 Feb 2018 03:34:24 GMT)
From best mum to worst metaphor, these are the only Brit awards that really count.

Leslie Nope: NRA under fire for Parks and Rec gif (Thu, 22 Feb 2018 17:00:37 GMT)
When the NRA posted a gif of TV show Parks and Recreation series creator Michael Schur was displeased.

Shape of Water: Oscar favourite accused of 'copying' 1969 play (Thu, 22 Feb 2018 12:03:11 GMT)
The Oscar-tipped film is accused of being "in many ways identical" to a Paul Zindel play.

Meryl Streep slams 'pathetic' Weinstein lawyers (Thu, 22 Feb 2018 16:48:46 GMT)
Meryl Streep and Jennifer Lawrence are unhappy at being dragged into a Harvey Weinstein lawsuit.

BBC licence fee to rise by £3.50 in April (Thu, 22 Feb 2018 16:52:20 GMT)
The increase is in line with inflation for the next five years, taking the annual fee up to £150.50.

Channel 5 ordered to pay £20,000 damages to evicted couple (Thu, 22 Feb 2018 16:32:25 GMT)
A judge rules a Can't Pay? We'll Take It Away showing of an eviction violated their right to privacy.

Brit Awards 2018: White roses on the red carpet, but Paloma Faith's upset (Wed, 21 Feb 2018 18:20:47 GMT)
Paloma Faith says not enough male stars have white roses on the Brit Awards red carpet.

Brit Awards 2018: The best pictures from the ceremony (Thu, 22 Feb 2018 00:36:43 GMT)
Some of the biggest stars in music took to the stage on the biggest night in British pop.

Brit Awards 2018: Stormzy scoops Ed Sheeran to win top prizes (Thu, 22 Feb 2018 12:07:25 GMT)
The grime star beats Ed Sheeran to two prizes, while pop singer Dua Lipa also wins a double.

Jennifer Lawrence hits back at dress critics (Wed, 21 Feb 2018 18:00:26 GMT)
Jennifer Lawrence says the criticism is a "distraction" from real issues women face.

Brit Awards 2018 in two minutes: Stormzy and Dua Lipa win big (Thu, 22 Feb 2018 01:29:55 GMT)
The big winners are Dua Lipa and Stormzy, who used his performance to attack the government on Grenfell.

Brits stars react to white roses movement (Wed, 21 Feb 2018 20:21:08 GMT)
Paloma Faith was among those asked about the symbol of solidarity with victims of harassment and abuse.

Will Ed Sheeran play at royal wedding? (Wed, 21 Feb 2018 18:19:29 GMT)
The singer responds to reports that he's performing at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding.

Dua Lipa: 'More female artists are on the rise' (Wed, 21 Feb 2018 09:29:46 GMT)
The singer is the first female artist to get five Brit Award nominations in one year.

Gangster rapper Nissim Black on becoming an Orthodox Jew (Wed, 21 Feb 2018 02:13:50 GMT)
Ex-gangster rapper Nissim Black, or 'D Black', has embraced Orthodox Judaism, changing his music to fit his new lifestyle.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2: Visual effects revealed (Wed, 21 Feb 2018 00:23:57 GMT)
The visual effects team behind the film has been nominated for an Oscar.

Ed Sheeran wants to write a Eurovision song (Wed, 21 Feb 2018 21:10:01 GMT)
Pop superstar Ed Sheeran floats the idea of penning a song for the UK - but wouldn't perform it.

Brits nominee Jessie Ware: I'm ready to be a star (Wed, 21 Feb 2018 13:51:05 GMT)
The Brits Best Female nominee says she wants as many people as possible to hear her music.

Christopher Eccleston: Northern accent 'held me back' (Wed, 21 Feb 2018 11:06:46 GMT)
The actor says he struggled to secure Shakespearean roles on stage because of his native Salford accent.

Oscars 2018: Which films are worth watching before the ceremony? (Wed, 21 Feb 2018 05:03:29 GMT)
Film critic Ali Plumb gives his tips for the films that are worth your time before the awards on Sunday 4 March.

LFW: Walking condom dress and a colourful Cara Delevingne (Mon, 19 Feb 2018 17:33:04 GMT)
London Fashion Week highlights so far include yeti feet, balloon ensembles and a walking condom dress.

25 things you absolutely need to know about Top Gear's 25th series (Tue, 20 Feb 2018 02:45:40 GMT)
LeBlanc, Harris and Reid are back.

Jack Whitehall: I asked for the Chuckle Brothers at the Brits (Mon, 19 Feb 2018 02:36:46 GMT)
Actor and comedian Jack Whitehall on how he's preparing for British music's biggest presenting gig.

What the Baftas tell us about the Oscar race (Mon, 19 Feb 2018 18:20:39 GMT)
Will Three Billboards and The Shape of Water ace it at March's all-important Oscars?

7 memorable moments from the Baftas (Mon, 19 Feb 2018 11:31:02 GMT)
Including Daniel Kaluuya's sweet acceptance speech and Salma Hayek's general brilliance.

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